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6 Ways to Tell You’re Fertile

It’s time! You’re ready to have a baby. But how do you know if your body is ready to get pregnant? Here are a few simple signs that could mean you’re primed for babymaking.

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Everything stinks
Is taking out the garbage making you completely gag today? According to the American Pregnancy Association, a heightened sense of smell could mean you’re ovulating. Alright, a quick refresher: ovulation = best time for babymaking.

You keep checking yourself out in the mirror
Damn, you’re lookin’ good. This whole biology/evolution thing is pretty clever. When you’re ovulating, you feel sexier and your partner is more drawn to you too. Some signs of ovulation include fuller lips, dilated pupils and softer skin.

You’ve been eating your veggies
We probably don’t have to tell you that your body should be in tip-top shape in order to conceive. But did you know that eating your fruits and veggies can boost fertility? So if you’ve been eating your fair share of spinach salad, congrats -- you’ve probably boosted your fertility.

You’re at a healthy weight
Being underweight or overweight can affect your chances of conception. It may be harder for women who are underweight to conceive -- in fact, it can take up to four times as long. And if you’re overweight, you might have trouble menstruating, because of insulin resistance. If you’re underweight, eat more snacks, exercise to increase muscle, and drink juices and milk. And if you’re overweight, choose a realistic diet plan with enough nutrients, make sure you exercise and drink a lot of water. As always, check with your doctor first before deciding on a weight-loss or weight-gain program.

You’ve been passing on the coffee and wine
Caffeine’s impact on fertility is still being debated, but it’s recommended to limit your consumption to about 200 milligrams a day -- that’s about one to two eight-ounce cups of coffee. Too much alcohol consumption is linked to missed periods and altered estrogen and progesterone levels. You can still have a cocktail every now and then, but be careful about how much you drink a week.

You don’t smoke
Studies have shown that smoking may harm your reproductive system. It also can increase your risk of a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. Kick the habit now if you’re looking to get pregnant.

Plus, more from The Bump:
Fertility Tricks That Actually Worked

8 Surprising Facts About Male Infertility

The Vitamins You’ll Need to Conceive

-- Sarah Yang

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