How Easy is it to Get Pregnant?
While getting pregnant seems to be easy for some couples, for other it’s not as straightforward or as simple as it may seem. It’s important to remember we are all unique in how our bodies work and therefore you might not be pregnant as soon as you’d like. Following are some ideas that can help you get pregnant by boosting your fertility and chances of conception.
1. Eating Well for Pregnancy
Studies show that women who are either too skinny or overweight may take longer to conceive than women who are maintaining their ideal body weight. Eating a healthy and well balanced diet is one of the best things that you can do as you plan your pregnancy. Eat lean proteins and up the amount of complex carbohydrates in your diet. Cut down on white flour, sugar, and fats. Avoid eating seafood that is high in mercury such as king mackerel and swordfish. High mercury levels have been linked to infertility. If you need to gain weight or lose some, the time to do this is before you try to get pregnant. The goal here is to get your body as healthy as possible before you try to conceive.
2. Kill the Birth Control in Advance to Ensure Fertility
It may seem like an issue that you don’t really need to think about, but if you want to get pregnant you need to stop using birth control. What is important is that if you’re on the pill, that you stop taking it so that you allow your body to have at least one normal cycle before you start trying to get pregnant. Not only will this allow your body to regulate itself it will also allow you to determine what your regular menstrual cycle is so that you know when you’re ovulating. If you’ve been using Depo-Provera shots it may take up to 3 months for your body to be fertile once again.
3. Know When You Ovulate and are at your Most Fertile
Your egg is only able to survive for about 12 to 24 hours after you ovulate. This means that there’s a very small window of time each month where you can get pregnant. Knowing when you ovulate allows you to have sex during the most opportune time. Track your menstrual cycle for at least 3 months to determine what your cycle is. For most women ovulation will occur about 14 days before the last day of your period. This means that if you have a 28 day menstrual cycle that ovulation should happen on day 14.
4. Chart your BBT and Increase the Window of Conception
Keeping track of your BBT (basal body temperature) is another way to determine when you ovulate. Take your temperature before you get out of bed each morning. Changes in your body temperature are an indication that you’re going to ovulate. You’ll need to chart your temperate for at least 2 months before you can recognize the signs of ovulation.
5. Monitor your Body’s Cervical Mucus to Calculate Fertility
Monitoring the fluid changes of your cervical mucus can also help you pinpoint your day of ovulation. A few days before you ovulate, your cervical mucus will change from a slight vaginal discharge to one that is slippery, sticky, and stretchable.
6. Lose the Lubricants if you Want to get Pregnant
You may think that using lubricants is a good idea if you’re going to be having frequent sex to get pregnant. However, artificial lubricants have a pH level that damages or kills your partner’s sperm. Let your body produce its own cervical fluid as a natural lubricant.
7. Super Sperm for Pregnancy
Your partner’s sperm are at their best for fertilizing your egg when they’re healthy and when there are a lot of them. Encourage him to boost his sperm quality by cutting back on alcoholic beverages and quitting smoking. Sauna and hot tubs should be avoided as heat can kill off even healthy sperm. Add some important supplements to his diet such as Vitamin C and D, folic acid, and calcium.
8. Wanting to be Pregnant Means Easing up on the Caffeine
Cut back on how much coffee you drink. It’s okay to have one cup a day but high levels of caffeine can decrease your fertility. High caffeine levels are also linked to early miscarriage.
9. Smoking and Alcohol Decrease Your Chances of Pregnancy
The healthier you are, the faster you’re going to get pregnant and of course this means stopping smoking and drinking alcohol.
10. Step up the Exercise for a Fertility Boost
Making sure that you exercise every day is going to boost your fertility in wonderful ways. Not only will you be able to maintain your weight, exercise will also help to balance the hormones in your body. As well, fitness can reduce your stress levels.
11. Avoiding Chemicals for Optimum Fertility
While it’s not always easy to avoid contact with harmful chemicals and toxins, once you’re aware of the damage they can do to your fertility you’ll be able to make a more conscious effort.
12. Relax and Enjoy Getting Pregnant with your Partner
Perhaps the most important thing of all when it comes to getting pregnant is enjoying the time you spend with your partner. You’ve embarking on a special time in your life, a time that shouldn’t be stressful and so focused on getting pregnant that you lose sight of all else in your life.