Fertility Guide 4 Tips to Get Pregnant
Some women find conceiving is easy, but for others it might be more challenging. Find out how to maximize your chances of getting pregnant.
If you've been thinking about starting a family or growing your family, maybe it's as easy as having sex a few times. However, not everyone has easy success when trying to conceive. There are certain things to know and to try that may increase your chances of becoming pregnant.
Tip #1: Let your Body Guide You: Ovulation
Obviously the best time to get pregnant is around the time your body releases an egg, called ovulation. Many people have heard that women ovulate mid-cycle. This means that if a woman has a 28-day menstrual cycle, she should count 14 days after she starts her period to know when she is ovulating. For some women this is true, but not for all. Every woman is different. A woman typically can ovulate between 10 and 20 days after her cycle starts. (The start of a woman's monthly cycle is the first day she begins to menstruate each month.)
There are several ways to determine when you are ovulating. One of the easiest and most accurate ways to judge when your body is releasing its egg is to invest in an ovulation predictor kit. These are becoming more and more popular and should be easy to find in any pharmacy and even most grocery stores, usually in the same place you find pregnancy tests.
Another way to predict when you're ovulating is to track your basal body temperature. You can download a simple chart many places online for free to use to track your temperature if you didn't receive one from your gynecologist, or you can make your own graph. You will need to have a thermometer within reach when you wake up each morning without moving around much. Choose either orally or vaginally to take a daily temperature the same way at the same time each morning. Write down your temperature. During the times you ovulate you should see a marked increase in temperature. This is important because most women will typically ovualte roughly around the same time each cycle.
A great way to predict ovulation in conjunction with charting basal body temperature (BBT) is to be aware of your cervical mucus. Cervical mucus is generally a clear to whitish somewhat thick discharge that occurs near the time of ovulation. This is an excellent time to have sex if you want to conceive. Some say it helps the sperm on their journey to the egg. Once you are familiar with when you ovulate, you'll want to plan to have sex a few days before and up to your usual ovulation day.
Tip #2: Want a Baby? Stop Smoking
For both men and women, smoking can be a big hindrance in getting pregnant. Not only does sperm count in male smokers tend to be lower than in non-smokers, but the health of the sperm is also compromised. Female smokers as well as those exposed to second-hand smoke tend to have higher infertility rates overall. Quitting or reducing exposure to cigarette smoke can certainly help you get pregnant more easily and quickly.
Tip #3: Be in Your Best Health
Pregnant women want to be in optimum health for the sake of the baby growing inside of them, but those trying to conceive should also be in prime health before even getting pregnant. It is speculated that lower levels of stress, healthy diets rich in nutrients, and moderate exercise tend to improve chances of becoming pregnant. This is true in both women and men, as the sperm will be more abundant and more mobile in most cases.
Also, obesity tends to be a factor with some women trying to conceive, and getting enough sleep may play an important role to benefit overall health as well as fertility.
Tip #4: Have More Sex
Many people who try to get pregnant focus more on having intercourse only during ovulation, but having more frequent sex throughout the cycle can improve chances of getting pregnant. Sperm can live one or two days inside a woman's body and, even if it's not the exact day of ovulation, this can still result in pregnancy. Having sex a few days before and leading up to the day of ovulation results in more success because it takes the sperm time to reach the egg.
Not only will the woman be exposing herself to more sperm and more potential chances for getting pregnant, but sex has also been shown to relieve stress and bring about a sense of well-being, which is good for overall health. What better way for a future mommy and daddy to bond than to have more sex? Just don't make it feel like a chore, because that's not what sex should be about.
Having negative feelings regarding sex and getting frustrated that you cannot get pregnant is not going to help the situation, so stay positive and maintain a healthy and rewarding sex life. Realize that it can take many people six months or more to get pregnant, and sometimes it may take a woman a year or longer to get pregnant, so don't give up hope of having a baby!