9 must-haves if you’re TTC

Trying for a baby? Then make sure you and the hubs have these at hand!

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You and your hubby have enjoyed a blissful marriage so far, ticking off most of the to-do items on your newlyweds list. Honeymoon? Check. Exotic vacays? Check. Set up your new home to your satisfaction? Check. But recently, something just seems to be missing. Looks like it’s time to move to the next stage of your marriage ― kids!

And when you start trying, forget those movies where the women gets pregnant after doing it just once! Of course, if you are lucky, you might hit the jackpot quickly. However, others might have to keep trying for some time before succeeding. SmartParents has compiled a list you’ll need in your quest to start a family. Read on to find out what these are…

1. Multivitamins

Multivitamins are specially formulated to ensure that your body gets the vitamins and nutrients needed to help sustain and boost your health. For women, make sure your multivitamin contains at least 400 grams of folic acid as it helps your body to produce more red blood cells. This helps prevent brain and spine defects in the developing embryo. For men, multivitamins that contain zinc will aid in the production of semen and testosterone.

Check out: Fairhaven Health FertilAid for Men and GNC Women’s Prenatal Formula.

2. Sperm-friendly lubrication

The safest lubricant is your body’s own cervical mucus. The type of cervical mucus you produce depends on your ovulation cycle. The best mucus for conception, produced during your fertile period, is translucent and can be stretched 2.5cm or 5cm between your fingers without breaking.

Lack of lubrication can result in painful sex, which may put you off it completely. If you are unable to produce enough lubrication for any reason, don’t fret ― get sperm-friendly lubrication from your gynaecologist or pharmacist.

Check out: Pre-seed and Conceive Plus.

Your fertile window only lasts about six to seven days out of the whole month, so make sure to keep track!

3. Calendar or app that tracks your ovulation

Knowing when you are ovulating is very important if you are trying to get pregnant. Your fertile window only lasts about six to seven days out of the whole month, so make sure to keep track! Mark it down on your planner, or download a free app that can help you track your ovulation cycle. Or use ovulation kits and fertility testers to figure out when you are ovulating.

Check out: Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test and Clue app.

4. Pregnancy tests

Many pregnancy test kits are on the market these days. There is even a test that tells you how far along you are in your pregnancy! However, if you are trying to conceive, you’ll be doing more than just one test per week. So, it won’t make sense to buy the most expensive test repeatedly, only for the result to come out negative. Cheaper versions do the job just as well without compromising on accuracy of the results. Those that come in packs are more economical, yet are as reliable!

Check out: OEM Pro Home Early Pregnancy Test Strips and RIS Home Women Testing Pack.