When a couple decides to have a baby, everything is filled with anticipation! Many couples mistakenly believe they’ll get pregnant the first cycle they try, but for many couples this isn’t the case and it may take a couple months before they hit the baby-making jackpot! Here are some tips to help you get pregnant faster!
1. Understand Your Cycles
It always surprises me how little women know about their bodies or their cycles. With technology today, it’s easier than ever to track your cycles using free websites like Femilia. Although it might take a little habit building, log in and record your cycle details every single day, preferably a few months before you decide to start trying. This will give you the opportunity to record details in your cycle such as bleeding, spotting, cervical mucous changes, dates of intercourse, positive and negative ovulation predictor kits, and any other special notes you’d like to make for the day. Having this record may help you understand and recognize what is normal for your cycle and what isn’t, which may, in turn, make getting pregnant and recognizing a possible pregnancy easier.
2. Have Sex Prior to Ovulation
Many women mistakenly believe that you should have intercourse the day of, or even shortly after ovulation, however, it’s best to have intercourse prior to ovulation. Sperm are able to live anywhere from a few days, to even as long as a week inside the woman’s body. If an egg is released while the sperm are waiting in the fallopian tubes, this increases your chances of achieving a pregnancy.
3. Get A Pre-Conception Check Up
Before you try to get pregnant, it’s important to go to your health care provider, preferably an obstetrician or gynecologist who specializes in pregnancy and fertility, for a pre-conception check up. Your doctor will discuss various lifestyle factors, such as obesity, smoking, advanced maternal age and others with you and discuss how they may impact your fertility. Your caregiver will also give you a general check up and may ask you questions about your health. If indicated your caregiver may run bloodwork to test for certain conditions that may impact your ability to achieve a healthy pregnancy. No matter the outcome, it’s a good idea to get checked out before getting pregnant; not only for yourself, but for your future baby too.
4. Avoid Harmful Substances
Just as a pregnant woman should avoid excess amounts of caffeine, and abstain completely from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, so should a woman who is trying to become pregnant. It is unclear how, but it is thought that these substances may inhibit a woman’s ability to get pregnant. If a woman becomes pregnant but isn’t aware of the pregnancy yet, these substances may have a negative impact on the health of the baby. For this reason, it’s important to avoid these substances while you are trying to conceive.
New research indicates that if a woman orgasms during intercourse, the uterine contractions that result from orgasm may help to pull the sperm into the uterus through the ever-so-slightly-dilated cervix. So, take your time and make sure you enjoy love-making quite thoroughly!
6. Pay Attention to Gravity During Intercourse
Although positions during sex generally have little impact on whether or not a pregnancy is achieved, it’s probably a good idea to avoid positions that involve the woman being on top, or in positions where the semen may leak out after intercourse. Positions where the woman is on bottom, or able to lie down immediately after, without leaking any semen are ideal. For this same reason, it may be advisable for a women who is trying to conceive to lie down on her back and elevate her hips slightly with a pillow under her buttocks.
7. Eat Healthy, Exercise & Take Prenatal Vitamins
A good diet and plenty of exercise are important for anyone, but they’re especially important for a woman hoping to conceive. Make sure you’re eating a well balanced diet, drinking plenty of water (64 ounces, or two liters per day) and taking a prenatal vitamin. Many physicians recommend taking prenatal vitamins three months prior to conception in order to help build vitamin and mineral stores in the woman’s body.
8. Don’t Overdo It!
Although more might seem like it’s better, this isn’t always the case. Sperm need time to regenerate. Considering that most sperm live at least 72 hours inside the woman’s body, having intercourse every other day around the time of ovulation should be sufficient and allow time for the sperm to regenerate.
9. Know When to Seek Help
The majority of couples are able to achieve a pregnancy within one year of trying, however, if you have been trying for a year or more, it may be time to see your doctor and discuss any possible reasons for your inability to achieve a pregnancy. Your doctor may be able to address health issues that impact your fertility, or provide other options to enhance your fertility.
10. Stop Birth Control
This might seem obvious, but many women believe that they will become pregnant as soon as they stop taking birth control. Birth control, however, may take many months to work out of your system and should be discontinued a few months prior to when the couple intends to try for a baby.
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