Are you trying to get a second baby but are having a hard time? Here’s how to manage the problem and how to treat it.
What is secondary infertility?
Secondary infertility is when a woman cannot become pregnant or carry a pregnancy to term after having already had a baby.
Secondary infertility is quite common as it affects about 50 percent of women. It is even more common than primary infertility (infertility before the first pregnancy). It’s especially more prevalent among women in their late 30s or even 40s when fertility begins declining.
Causes of infertility might be:
- Not enough sperm, low sperm count or sperm not swimming in the right way
- Fallopian tube blockage or damage that prevents the egg from moving to the uterus or the sperm from meeting and fertilizing the egg
- Infrequent release of the egg from the ovary (ovulation)
- Scarring from endometriosis, which involves the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus growing outside of the uterus
- Uterine fibroids or adenomyosis
- Past pregnancy or surgery-related conditions
- Age, weight and use of certain medications that act as risk factors for your partner
Here are a few remedies you apply:
Assess your preconception preparation
The unfortunate thing is that women who are trying to get their second child don’t put enough effort into working on conceiving as they did for their first pregnancy. To be more serious, begin by asking yourself if you still have regular cycles. Have you been having sex with your ovulation timing in consideration? The thing is, get back on track with tracking your fertility and if it fails, seek treatment.
Reexamine your diet
Have your eating habits changed since you had your first baby? For instance, has your caffeine consumption increased now that you’re a mother? That’s understandable, but watch out for too much caffeine is bad for fertility. It is a probable contributor to your secondary infertility.
Take stock of your lifestyle habits
Has your first baby been giving you too much stress that you found yourself back in your smoking ways? If yes, decide to quit smoking immediately and implement it. Smoking ages your eggs faster and decreases fertility. Besides, if you are not sleeping well, you are messing with your hormones and then possibly your fertility. Plead on your spouse to reduce their alcohol consumption because alcohol reduces sperm quality.
Consider your health status
Examine your health and check if you are on medications that might be meddling with second conception? What is the new chronic condition that might have cropped up after your first baby was born? You might need to do a fertility detox or go for a fertility-friendly treatment.
Step on the scale
What about gaining or losing weight since giving birth? Your weight can impact your fertility. Do everything to have a healthy weight to get closer to your dream of a second pregnancy.
The bottom line is, you need to boost your fertility with a fertility detox, fertility tea or any other natural treatment that is effective. You don’t have to wait for a year to experience secondary infertility before rushing for the treatment.