How to get Pregnant Faster

Every adult who has taken a heath class in school knows biologically how babies are conceived. But once you are actively trying to have a baby it can seem like a math problem that you can’t quite figure out. Unfortunately, getting pregnant is not quite so simple and basic. It can be very frustrating to try your best to get pregnant only to have another month go by when it doesn’t happen. Often couples can be making mistakes in their fertility without even realizing it. There are certain things that you can do in order to increase your odds of becoming pregnant quicker.

The best first step to becoming pregnant quickly is to talk to your doctor at a preconception visit. At this appointment you will be able to talk to your doctor about your cycle and what to expect from your efforts to conceive. They can give you some advice about getting your body ready for a pregnancy, like starting to take a folic acid supplement. Your doctor will also take your family history and determine if you should do any preconception tests or screenings.

If you haven’t already stopped taking hormonal birth control pills then that is the next logical step. Some women will be fertile and able to become pregnant within weeks of stopping a hormonal birth control but sometimes it can take awhile for normal rhythms to return. This is most often true of the Depo-Provera shot which can take several months to wear off completely.

One of the most important steps in getting pregnant fast is to determine when you ovulate. Basic health class probably taught you that you can only become pregnant during the few days a month when you are likely to be ovulating. It is vital that you correctly determine which days you are most likely to conceive because an egg can only survive for 12 to 24 hours unless it is fertilized. For a woman with an average 28 day cycle, ovulation usually takes places between 10 and 14 days after the first day of your menstrual cycle. However, not many women have an exactly 28 day cycle, some may be 30 or 24 days normally.

There are many ways to track your ovulation but one of the easiest is to track your basal body temperature or BBT. All you need for this is a calendar and a thermometer that tracks tenths of a degree. First thing in the morning, before getting out of bed, take your temperature and track it on a calendar. Typically, right before ovulation your BBT will drop slightly and then rise in the subsequent days. If you don’t become pregnant your BBT will then lower again until your menstrual cycle but if you become pregnant then your BBT will remain elevated. That subtle drop in BBT is a good indicator that you are about to ovulate and it’s time to get down to business.

In addition to charting your BBT you can monitor cervical mucus for signs of ovulation. Normally this is most helpful in conjunction with a BBT chart since either method can be made inaccurate by a variety of factors so more than one will give you a more accurate analysis. Directly following your period you shouldn’t have too much vaginal discharge for a handful of days then should appear sticky and cloudy. When you get closer to ovulating that vaginal discharge will turn clear and start to have the consistency of egg whites. This is a sign that you are close to ovulating and the time is right to conceive. If these methods don’t work for you then you can buy an Ovulation Predictor Kit or a Fertility Monitor Kit at the local store which might help you chart your cycles better.

Once you know when you’re ovulating it is time to start having lots of sex. The best advice is to have sex every other day around the time you’re ovulating. Naturally if you are feeling in the mood then more often isn’t going to do any disservice to your efforts either. But don’t feel like you need to be having sex multiple times a day until it becomes a chore.

While you’re thinking about having sex then you need to remember not to dwell on the details. There is no need to stand on your head to encourage the sperm in the right direction. There is no one position that will make it more likely that you get pregnant. Have fun and keep it sexy. It can often be helpful to remain lying down for 5 minutes or so after sex but not doing so will have no negative consequence either. Avoid stressing and enjoy yourself. You don’t even have to worry about having an orgasm every time either. Yes it is more fun that way but not necessary to conceiving since ovulation and orgasm are not linked at all.

Avoid using lubrication when you are trying to conceive. There is evidence that lube can have negative effects on sperm. This might mean that more attention needs to be paid to foreplay to avoid using lube. If it is an absolute necessity then try to stick to ones that are mineral oil or canola oil based.

Live a healthier lifestyle to get pregnant faster. Stop smoking if you haven’t already since it can effect both you and your partner’s fertility. Not only that but smoking while pregnant can be very toxic to the baby. Also cut back on your alcohol consumption. Most women know that they can’t drink while pregnant but moderate or heavy drinking prior to conceiving can negatively effect your fertility. Light and occasional drinking is alright but more than 2 drinks a day can be problematic. Make sure that you are getting exercise and eating a balanced diet. These things will be necessary to have a healthy pregnancy so it is a good idea to start before you become pregnant and make it a habit. Caffeine should also be used only in moderation. Excessive caffeine can impact fertility but it can also make you a higher risk for miscarriage. Having a cup of coffee in the morning is fine but be cautious of drinking too much caffeine if you want to become pregnant quickly.

Lastly it is important to know when to seek medical advice. If you are under 35 then it is highly likely you will become pregnant without assistance within a year. If it has been longer than that you may want to talk to your doctor for further advice. Over the age of 35 it is recommended to talk to a doctor if you don’t become pregnant within six months since fertility after 35 can be more tricky. The vast majority of couples will become pregnant with no trouble and no need for medical intervention. With that in mind, relax and have a good time. There won’t be nearly this much time for enjoying your physical relationship with your spouse once you have a newborn so enjoy yourself now.