Tips for Getting Pregnant Quickly
Once you have decided to have a baby, you want it to happen fast. But it is natural that it may take some time to get pregnant even without any fertility problems. You cannot expect just to have sex and get pregnant immediately.
There are a few things you can do to help increase your chances of getting pregnant. Let us look at what they are.
Get off birth control
Although it is possible to get pregnant soon after going off birth control, it may take your body a few cycles to get back to the natural cycle, especially with hormonal birth control pills. After stopping the pill, you are likely to have anovulatory cycles, late ovulation, and short luteal phases in your first few cycles making it harder to get pregnant. So it is advisable to get off the birth control ahead of time and give your body time to start ovulating regularly.
Visit your doctor for a preconception check up
Before you start trying, get a checkup. Ask your doctor about prenatal vitamins that have folic acid, which helps reduce risks of some birth defects. Folic acid works during the early stages of pregnancy, so try to take the right amount after consulting your doctor, even while trying to have a baby. The doctor will also make sure that your body is healthy enough to take on the pregnancy. If you have any underlying medical problems, they need to be under control before you can safely become pregnant.
Know when you ovulate
There are six days in a normal ovulating cycle where sex results in pregnancy: the five days before the ovulation and the day of ovulation. In a 28-day menstrual cycle, women tend to ovulate on day 14. There are ovulation tests that you can take to know when you are ovulating so that you can figure out how best to time your sex. During this fertile window, you can have sex every day or every other day. More sex doesn’t necessarily mean increased chances of getting pregnant. So do what feels best for you and your partner.
Sex on the day before or two days before ovulation has the highest chances of conception. So even if you cannot have regular intercourse throughout the fertile window, try to not miss these two days.
Don’t stress about the fact that you are not getting pregnant and put unnecessary pressure on yourself. Stress can interfere with ovulation, so being relaxed works in your favor. Find ways to help you de-stress.
Live a healthy lifestyle
Both you and your partner can live a healthier lifestyle. Stop smoking to increase your chances of getting pregnant. Smoking decreases fertility, affecting estrogen levels and ovulation. Exercise in moderation regularly (about 30 minutes for five days a week). If significantly overweight, try to get to a healthy weight. Limit the intake of alcoholic beverages. Your partner can avoid hot tubs, and saunas as heat kill the sperms. He can also avoid wearing tight underwear.
Try different sex positions
There is no one position better suited for conception. Positions at defying gravity, like standing or sitting, may not be ideal for a sperm traveling upstream. You don’t want to semen running out. So just lying down for 10-15 minutes after intercourse will help ensure the sperms that reach the cervix stay there.
It does take time to get pregnant even when both partners are healthy. Once you try for about a year and are still unable to conceive, consider consulting a fertility specialist. If you are above 35 years, then you may want to consult one after about six months of trying.