Once you are ready to start a family, waiting might be the last thing you want to do. Although your instinct has a hand in the timing, there are things you can and can’t do to help increase your chances of getting pregnant. Read on for more tips for how to get pregnant fast.
Monitor Your Ovulation
Women with regular cycles ovulate about 2 weeks before the arrival of their periods. It’s more difficult to predict ovulation in women with irregular cycles. But, it usually occurs 12 to 16 days before the start of the next period. Here are several methods for you to help determine the most fertile days each month.
Home ovulation-prediction kits can help you do the guesswork. Easily to find at any drug store, the kits test urine for luteinizing hormone, a substance that increases each month during ovulation and causes the ovaries to release an egg. Three days right after a positive test result is the best time for couples to “take action” to increase their odds of having a baby!
Another method to predict ovulation is to track cervical mucus, which involves regularly checking the amount and appearance of mucus in vagina. Just before ovulation, the amount of mucus increases and it also becomes thinner, clearer, and more slippery. A study found that women who checked their cervical mucus consistently were 2.3 times more likely to get pregnant over a six-month period.
Take Advantage from the Fertile Window
The fertile window usually spans a six-day interval, the 5 days before ovulation and the day of it. These are only a few days each month when a woman is most fertile, so you and your partner should make it count! Some women are turning to new technology tools, such as fertility tracking apps or websites, to help them keep tabs on when they may be more likely to conceive. But, remember that sometimes the apps might not be that accurate.
Have a Healthy Body Weight
Believe it or not, your weight can actually affect the chances of conceiving. Research has shown that a woman who is overweight or underweight can take twice as long to become pregnant than a woman whose body mass index (BMI) is considered normal. Having too much body fat can produces excess estrogen, which can interfere with ovulation. So, make sure you check your BMI and have some exercises more often if needed.
Try a Healthy Diet
Although there may not be a specific fertility-promoting diet, eating healthy foods can help your baby prepare by giving it adequate stores of important nutrients such as calcium, protein, and iron. You should try foods like lean protein, whole grains, and healthy sources of fat. When trying to get pregnant, you might want to avoid a few foods that are not good for pregnancy like fish with a high level of mercury or caffeine.
Having Suitable Workout
Being physically active most days of the week is a good way to prepare for the demands of pregnancy and labor. However, getting too much exercise or doing frequent strenuous workouts could interfere with ovulation. If you like to exercise at high frequency, try to cut back your workouts a little bit during this time.
Be Aware of Age-related Fertility Declines
As you get older your fertility decreases because of age-related changes in the ovaries that cause a decline in the quantity and quality of your eggs. Also, there is an increased risk for some health problems, such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and blockage of the fallopian tubes. Normally, this happens when women are in their 30s. A sharper decline after age 37 and the chances drop significantly after the age of 40. But, remember that you still can have a baby! The possibility is just slightly less when you are older.
Quit Smoking and Drinking Habits
Smoking can lead to fertility problems in both men and women. The nicotine and carbon monoxide speed up the loss rate of a woman’s eggs. You should also stay away from secondhand smoke because it can affect your chances of becoming pregnant. On top of that, marijuana and other recreational drugs should also be avoided while trying to conceive.
A study found that about half of pregnant women in America drink alcohol around the time they become pregnant or in early pregnancy. Whether you drink alcohol at moderate or heavy levels, there’s no safe amount of alcohol for conceiving and pregnancy.
Get a Preconception Checkup
Before you officially start trying, get a checkup. Make sure you get a preconception checkup before you start trying. And, if you have any underlying medical problems, they need to be under control before you can safely become pregnant. Also, ask your doctor about prenatal vitamins to help protect yourself from defects, such as spina bifida. Folic acid makes fertility supplements for both men and women who are trying to conceive. So, it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough of it before you get pregnant.
Don’t Worry about the Positions for Getting Pregnant.
There are many myths about the best positions for getting pregnant. However, there is really no scientific evidence saying there is one that is better than others. Very rarely, having your cervix is in an unusual position where certain positions can make a difference. And, certain gravity-defying positions, such as sitting or standing during intercourse, may discourage sperm from traveling upstream. So, don’t overthink it! Just let the process happen naturally. Our advice for this one is just to lay in bed for 10 to 15 minutes after intercourse.
Try to Relax
We know that sometimes there is a lot of pressure about starting a family, but try to not stress about it too much. You might take this advice for granted. But, be aware that stress can actually interfere with ovulation. So, the more relaxed you are, the better chance you have! Try whatever helps you de-stress is fine, as long as it’s healthy.
Trying to get pregnant can be hard or time-consuming sometimes. But, remember to never stop trying! We are sure you will be a good mom. And, if none of our advice works or it takes you too long to see the miracle, try to talk with your doctor about it. Feel free to share your conceiving experience with other moms and mom-to-be in the comments!