7 Things to Avoid When Trying to Conceive
You’ve decided that it’s baby-making time. Congrats! Now that you’re trying to conceive, you may need to make a few lifestyle changes. And while these aren’t major changes, they can totally up your chances of getting pregnant. Avoiding these seven things when you’re trying to conceive can help to make sure that both you and your baby stay fit and healthy from conception on!
1. Lube: Yes, really. While the evidence isn’t 100 percent on this one, it’s thought that the pH of most lubricants isn’t exactly welcoming to your guy’s sperm. That isn’t to say that lube is a spermicide. It isn’t, and should never be used as a form of birth control. But, if you’re trying to conceive, you might want to steer clear of the usual suspects. It might be in your favor to go au naturel for now. If you really, truly can’t get by without it, some lubricant manufacturers make products that are considered sperm friendly.
2. Tuna: So, in general, fish contain plenty of good things that you need right now. They’re rich in DHA and EPA (omega-3 fatty acids that play an important part in the baby’s development) and are a low-fat source of protein. But some kinds of fish contain high (or rather, higher) levels of mercury. Mercury is toxic to the nervous system in high amounts. Don’t worry: Most fish have low amounts and don’t pose a risk. Tuna, tilefish from the Gulf of Mexico, shark, swordfish and king mackerel all contain amounts that make them fish to avoid when trying to conceive (and while pregnant).
3. The Known Baddies: Smoking. Illegal drugs. Alcohol. Caffeine. Oh, come on — we all know that these are major no-no’s, especially when you’re trying to conceive. Unless you’re Betty Draper or you’re stuck in some sort of mystical Mad Men-era time hop, you’ll want to stay far, far away from any of these. There’s nothing good that can come from taking an occasional puff or downing a few shots when you’re trying to make a baby.
4. Skipping the Dentist: Along with the rest of your body, your pre-pregnancy health routine should include good oral care. Your gums need some love too. Periodontal disease may put you at a higher risk of having a low-weight or pre-term baby. Even though you aren’t preggo yet, getting your gums in order right now puts you a step ahead when it comes to pre-baby health.
5. Obsessing: You’re charting your basal body temp like a mad woman. You have graphs, pictograms and an Excel file that all map out your ovulation to the second. It’s 24/7 conception talk for you. But your friends, your mother and your coworkers are all starting to tune you out, and you’re starting to feel the stress of finding your fertile window. The pressure of pregnancy is starting to weigh on you, and you’re wondering if your anxiety is making it even harder to conceive. Yes, you want to get pregnant, like right now, but obsessing won’t help. Calm down, relax and do whatever you can to make this whole process fun (because it totally should be)!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)