We understand that it can get quite frustrating when you are trying to get pregnant. By learning the process of getting pregnant and understanding how your body works, you can grow to be more patient.
Most women under the age of 40, having regular sex without contraception, have a chance of becoming pregnant within the first year. So, if you are planning to get pregnant, these tips might help you to get pregnant faster:
- Stop your birth control:
It is definitely an obvious step for anyone trying to get pregnant. However you should note that some birth control methods such as contraceptive pills and contraceptive injections have an effect on your menstrual cycle even after you stop using them. It is best if you wait to get your natural periods after stopping your birth control pill.
On the contrary, if you use birth control such as male or female condoms or the natural family planning methods, they will not affect your menstrual cycle and you can try to get pregnant almost immediately.
- Monitor your menstrual cycle:
Menstrual cycle is an approximately 28 day cycle that starts from the first day of your period and ends on the day before your next period starts. The first half of your menstrual cycle is your period which lasts for about 4 to 7 days.
The second half is the ovulation phase. When trying to get pregnant it is important to monitor your menstrual cycle because you need to be ovulating regularly. When women are ovulating, they are the most fertile, which increases their chance at pregnancy.
- Monitor your ovulation:
Even though on average women ovulate on the 14th day of their menstrual cycle, the actual day of ovulation differs from woman to woman. The most accurate way of knowing your most fertile days is through an ovulation test. Some women also rely on the age old method of using ovulation calendars and period tracking apps which has some level of accuracy.
The egg that is released during ovulation only remains fertile for 12 to 24 hours. So if you are trying to conceive, make note of the highly fertile window to boost your chances at pregnancy. This fertile window lasts about six days, i.e. 5 days prior to ovulation till the day of it. It is advised that couples have sex every alternate days in this period with enough rest in between.
- See a doctor:
Understanding your body will make it easier to know what is best for you and your baby. You can schedule a preconception checkup with your doctor or a health professional. During the visit the doctor might suggest a test of your vitamin levels.
If you are under 35 and have been trying to conceive for over a year, we would suggest visiting a doctor. It would be best to check for any underlying medical conditions that might be preventing you from getting pregnant.
- Exercise and work-outs:
It is important to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle to increase your chances at conception. When you exercise regularly and add physical activity to your daily routine, it boosts your general health and fertility.
Adding 30 minutes of physical activity in your daily routine will ensure an improved overall health and ovulation cycle. Not only that but if you have a healthy body before pregnancy, you will have an easier time staying fit during pregnancy.
- Consider sperm boosting foods:
Poor sperm count can also be one of the reasons halting your chances of pregnancy. You might want to ask your partner to consider adding foods that are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin D, walnuts, eggs, fish and leafy vegetables to their diet.
Healthy vitamin rich food items have a proven benefit on the overall health as well as the sperm count of the male partner. Also it is best to cut back on processed meat and stop smoking cigarettes which can reduce the quality of sperm production.
- Take vitamins:
There is no specified list of vitamins that would increase your probability of pregnancy. However, making sure that your body has enough supply of necessary vitamins and that you are consuming healthy fruits and vegetables is definitely beneficial.
It is recommended that you get your vitamin levels checked. If necessary you may take Folic acid, Vitamin D and even Iron supplements while you are trying to get pregnant. This will reduce the risk of certain neural defects in the baby.
- Don’t stress:
The stress of trying to get everything right might be trying and overwhelming. Especially when you are trying to get pregnant as fast as possible. Nonetheless, you need to relax and learn to be patient. When you are stressed, your ovulation cycle gets disrupted. It’s a very small window of opportunity. If needed you can practice some meditation and yoga to help you relax.
- Be rested:
Of Course you need to workout, maintain a healthy lifestyle and become active. However, if you do a lot of strenuous workout, keep in mind that your body needs proper rest as well. Extremely heavy workouts can cause your menstrual cycle and the ovulation to be inconsistent.
Also it is advised that you have sex regularly (alternate days) when you are trying to conceive to increase the chances of pregnancy. Nonetheless, make sure that your body gets enough rest days in between.
- Add dairy and iron to your food:
If you are planning for a pregnancy very soon, you need to prepare your body with enough nutrients for the baby. Diets including dairy and protein that boost the calcium and iron are incredibly necessary to prepare the mother’s body.
You need to make sure that your body can provide the necessary minerals needed to grow a healthy baby. Along with all the vitamins, increase your intake of dairy. In case you are lactose intolerant opt for alternative food items with fortified calcium and iron.
- Conceiving a baby: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/Conceiving-a-baby
- Trying to get pregnant: https://www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/trying-for-a-baby/trying-to-get-pregnant/
- Top 10 things to help you get pregnant: https://uk.clearblue.com/how-to-get-pregnant/10-things-to-know
- Understanding your menstrual cycle: https://uk.clearblue.com/menstrual-cycle/menstrual-cycles-and-ovulation
- 7 Tips for Getting Pregnant Faster: https://www.webmd.com/baby/features/7-tips-getting-pregnant-faster