Getting pregnant could be easy but some couples wait for months and even years to become successful. There are many reasons why a woman may fail to get pregnant and these often include incorrect timing, unhealthy lifestyle, and health issues.
Whether you’re wanting to conceive at the soonest time possible or afraid of the possible health risks that you may experience when you get pregnant, here are some tips that you will really find useful:
1. See a doctor for a pre-conception counselling. It’s not that you don’t know how babies are made but obtaining pre-conception consultation is often the best way to prepare yourself for pregnancy. You can discuss with your doctor any health issue that may interfere with your conception and obtain tips to deal with them. He or she will tell you what to do, what to avoid, what not to take (especially when it comes to medications), etc.
2. Be familiar with your ovulation period. When you make love to your spouse outside of your ovulation period, you will never get pregnant. Ovulation starts when your ovary releases an egg which happens only once a month. If you have a regular menstrual cycle, it’s easier to identify when the ovulation period starts. Otherwise, you can consult your doctor for advice. Having regular sex (three times a week) is one way to be sure you’re not missing your ovulation period.
3. Don’t rush. Enjoy it! The hypothalamus – the part of the brain that regulates hormones involved in ovulation, do not function well when a person is under stress. Instead of worrying about not getting pregnant or being anxious of when you would conceive, just enjoy the process. This does not only make your intimate relationship more satisfying but also raises the odds of conceiving.
4. Have sex before the ovulation and not after. Many couples tend to have sex after the ovulation. But here’s the thing – the woman’s egg could survive only for approximately 24 hours while the sperm stays there for like three to five days. To be sure you don’t miss the ovulation period, have sex two or three days before you ovulate.
5. Keep track of your cervical mucus. A couple of days after your period, you’ll have a cloudy, sticky discharge. This is then followed with a slippery, clear, egg white-like fluid which warns you that you’re about to ovulate. A few days after, you should be able to stretch it a few inches apart between your thumb and index or middle finger. The last day of discharging such fluid is usually the day that you are most fertile.
6. Do the right positions. Researchers in Amsterdam found that women who lie on their back flat after 15 minutes are 50% more likely to get pregnant than those who immediately get up after an artificial insemination. While it has not been proven yet whether the result is the same with sexual intercourse, the study suggests that staying put for awhile after sex can increase chance of conception. When it comes to sex positions, the missionary position is still ideal for couples wanting to conceive. Consider placing a pillow under your hips to keep the sperm intact (as doing so helps tilt your pelvis). Well, this doesn’t mean you should stick to this position every time you have sex. Remember, enjoy the process! Try as many as you want. The best positions are the ones that feel good to you.
7. Skip the lube. You may want to invest a little time on foreplay so you could skip the lube. Lubricants can be toxic and destroy sperm cells, reducing the chance of pregnancy. If you really prefer to use one, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recommends canola oil, mineral oil or hydroxyethylcellulose-based lubricants.
8. If you smoke, quit now! If you need one more reason to quit, then you should know that quitting lowers your chance of conceiving. In women, smoking has been linked to miscarriage, low birth weight, and other infertility issues. In men, smoking has been linked to poor sperm count and quality. Aside from quitting smoking, cut back on alcohol as well. Study suggests that women who have two alcoholic drinks a day are at risk of infertility problems.
9. Eat the right foods. In a groundbreaking study, researchers from Harvard looked at the role of diet in increasing the chance of pregnancy. They found that eating healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables, a little of carbs, essential fats, and protein helps women get pregnant faster. Also, avoid eating sea foods that contain high levels of mercury.
10.Stop using birth control in advance. Of course when you want to get pregnant, you won’t want to use contraceptive medications. But there are pills that may reduce your fertility rate for a while after you stopped using it. So check with your doctor to know when is the best time to discontinue using them.
If you’re looking to get pregnant naturally, the good news should come within the first three months. If you are still unsuccessful, considering seeing a fertility specialist. Don’t lose hope. With these tips and the guidance of a professional, you can increase your chance of getting pregnant fast!