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How to Get Pregnant (with Pictures)

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Prabha Sahgal, MD

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How to Get Pregnant (with Pictures)

Are you trying to get pregnant? Check out these photos to see how your monthly cycle works, what ovulation is, and what you need to know to get pregnant & what happens once you become pregnant.

Is you ask yourself how to get pregnant, some pictures might help you. There is a wide range of options from which to choose when trying to get pregnant. Male-Female Intercourse ExplainedBesides the usual answers you might get from doctors, such as weight control, a balanced diet, exercising and avoiding stress as much as possible, there are other less straightforward tactics that could apply, from herbal treatments and yoga, to fertility massages and trying new sexual positions. But, sometimes, the core of the problem is deeper than this, as some women are not fully aware of how their body works. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Therefore, if you are planning to get pregnant, you might want to follow these three simple steps:

How your menstrual cycle works

How Your Menstrual Cycle WorksThroughout each cycle, your ovaries and your brain communicate with each other by way of hormones. The menstrual cycle works by releasing a mature egg from your ovaries each month. It takes the first two weeks of your cycle for the dominant egg to completely mature. This stage of your cycle is called the follicular phase and lasts about 10-14 days. Most cycles are roughly 28 days long. Roughly halfway through your cycle, there is a surge of luteining hormone (LH) which appears to trigger the release of the egg by the ovary, called ovulation. Within 24 to 48 hours, the egg is released and the egg makes its way into one of the two fallopian tubes. Your hormones then work to prepare the egg to be fertilized. If the egg is not fertilized at the time of ovulation by your partner’s sperm, then your body will dispose of the egg and your period will begin, flushing the egg from your body. If you understand how your menstrual cycle works, you can predict the timing of your ovulation.
How Your Menstrual Cycle Works

What happens when you get pregnant

What Happens When You Get PregnantIf your egg has been fertilized by your partner’s sperm during ovulation, midway through your menstrual cycle, it will then continue on its path down the fallopian tube toward the uterus. The cells have begun to divide, and an embryo has formed. The egg, which will double its number of cells each time it divides, settles along the wall of the uterus and hatches about 6 days after fertilization. It will shed its hard shell and burrow deep into the wall of the uterus, called implantation. Within the uterus is where the embryo will grow into a baby over the next nine months.
What Happens When Your Egg Is Fertilized By Sperm?

Chart your menstruation cycles

Keep track of your menstrual cycles via a calendar, which can either be a picture printed and hung somewhere close to you, or some notes put in your daily calendar, or on your phone or computer. Keeping a pictorial chart will assist you in becoming familiar with your personal fertility cycle.

Best positions to get pregnant

Best Sex Position - MissionaryNot all sexual positions are created equal when you’re trying to get pregnant. The optimal position is the traditional missionary position, where your partner is on top. This position is the best position to get pregnant because when the woman lies on her back, her vagina is tilted downwards toward the cervix, making it easier for the sperm to get through the cervix and into the uterus. It also allows the deeper penetration, so sperm can enter the cervix more directly right after ejaculation. Lying side-by-side, either face-to-face or in the “spoon” position with the man entering from behind, are also good positions to get pregnant. Best Sex Position - Doggy StyleIn the rear-entry position, the man enters the woman’s vagina from behind, as she either lies on her belly or kneels on hands & knees. The man stands behind her, perhaps at the end of a bed, or he kneels. With deeper penetration & allowing gravity a role, this position also allows the sperm to be deposited close to the cervix.

So, if you are still wondering how to get pregnant, pictures will help you achieve a thoughtful understanding of how your body works, which is a major issue for all women, as well as the changes that happen in your body, when you get pregnant, and while you are pregnant.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.

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  • Alisha

    Well i think i have a problem with getting pregnant because with my first son it took two years to conceive and now i am in the same boat because he will be three in a month and i am wanting another one but can’t seem to get pregnant….. what should i do??

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    While it may seem to you that everyone you know falls pregnant at the drop of a hat, the reality is that it can take up to a full year for a healthy couple with no infertility issues who are timing intercourse to the day of ovulation to successfully get pregnant. Be sure that you know when you are ovulating, so that you are timing intercourse to the 2-4 day fertile window you have each monthly cycle.

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  • samantha

    I’m trying to get pregnant but its not workin I have been on bith control for 5 years and I been off for a year what can I take over the counter?

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    You can try ConceiveEasy which is an all natural, 100% drug-fee, and safe solution for enhancing your body’s own natural fertility. It has been proven effective to overcome common hindrances to conception by regulating hormones and normalizing cycles, which is what your body needs after the cessation of any chemical form of birth control. This therefore increases your chances of conceiving by up to 33%. You can avail of this product online in the ConceiveEasy homepage.

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

     After sex, it is advisable to keep lying down for 15 minutes before getting up to help give the sperms a ‘head start’ to getting to the egg. Keeping your hips slightly elevated during this time also helps.

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    The chances of getting pregnant after miscarriage are often the same as they are before miscarriage. Women with two or more miscarriages have a success rate of 75% on subsequent tries. Health, illnesses, disease processes and other contributing factors will affect chances of getting pregnant, more than a miscarriage. Eating a healthy menu rich in folic acid before attempting a second pregnancy is one of the most important factor increasing chances of getting pregnant. It is also highly recommended to see your doctor to assist you with the pregnancy.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VBK7FXMSJWGZ5X2JGUORMV2MMM saif

    please tell me that male and female released at a time then female get pregnant is it true 

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  • AB_15

    i have problem with getting pregnant , and my doctor advise for HSG , should i go for this 

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    A hysterosalphingogram or HSG is an X-Ray of the uterus and fallopian tubes, which help doctors and healthcare providers determine the health of your uterus and fallopian tubes, and if there are any abnormalities or problems that need to be addressed. The test is simple and painless, and usually takes 15 minutes at the very most. The dye will be injected into the cervix and then ‘spill’ out naturally from the tubes, which will help give the doctors get a better picture of the inside of your body. The dye used is safe and harmless, so you need not worry of getting hurt. HSG is one of the most common procedures done to help determine female fertility issues. Getting this test done will help determine your condition and identify what fertility options would best help you.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ORGYF36NCAWC6FAW67N5TPF3RA Lanie

    i had a 3 days menstruation every month..i would like to know if i had a possibility to get pregnancy? when i got unprotected sex after 6 days of my period ends???

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GENCEIQCQBXUOJW3II7N6HXP5Q Danielle Greene

    I have been trying to get pregnant for 2 years now since i lost a baby, and I have had test done, and everything is fine now, so what is the best way to get pregnant it isn’t working for us. I just want to have another baby, before our son gets older, and it isn’t happening please help 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001540942039 Rupinder Rimpi

    i hear if we do sex in morning time more chances to get pregnant is it true?

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  • Monica Scott, RN

     Some studies claim that a man’s sperm count is higher in the morning but the differences are so minimal. I don’t think it matters much in terms of getting pregnant. One of the best ways to get pregnant faster is to have sex 2-3 days before ovulation. Sperm can live in your body for about 5 days while the ovum can survive for about 24 hours so you may want to give your man’s sperm a head start to boost their chances of reaching the ovum on time.

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  • Rosni Padhi

     I have blockage in my left ovary & also have cyst in left ovary so what is the possibilities of getting pregnant. any special concern do I have to take to get pregnant
    fast.

    Please do reply I am really so worried..

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  • N Silima31

    When having sex and you find that when your penetrates deep and you feel like his penis is going to the stomach in short his got a big and long penis is it good or bad to fall pregnant?

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  • N Silima31

    And how do I know that its the open window after having my periods and how do I count the days after the last day of my periods ended how do I count? Please reply any who’s got answers.

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  • Azhar Javed72

    i want to become pregnant please tell me the best position to get pregnant/
    and which days are best days for conception after mensus because my menstrul cycle is of 28 days.

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  • RK

    Dear Dr. i am pregnent from 1 month. can i make relation again with my husband . & wt are the better ways for baby good condition growth. 

    rk malik(india)

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    The size of ovaries varies depending on your age. The ovaries are smallest before puberty and post menopause. During this time the size of ovary is approximately 1 to 1.5 cm. Ovary size after menopause, shrinks. At the time of puberty and pre-menopause, the ovary size increases to 3 cm long. It becomes 1 cm thick and about 2.5 cm wide. There’s significant enlargement of ovary during ovulation and menstruation.

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  • shahsi

    i’m trying to get pregnant for two years but not working ,i’m 33 years as well as i have cholesterol ,level 298 i never used birth control what should i do ?

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  • Pratiksha

    I had 3 to 5 days menstruation every month. I had complete 3 years recently to my marriage. I am of 24 years old & My husband is of 30. He is having a little less sperm count as compare to normal.

    We are trying from 2 years for a baby. We had done all tests of both all reports are normal. Now I want to get pregnant fast (within 6 months) Can you please help me

    I am waiting for your early, positive & prompt reply

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  • abde

    Hello i am trying become pregnant from 2 month. every doing a sex with my wife. i dont know why she not become pregnant. every 21 days she become menstruation cycles.

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Since your tests are normal, it is best that your husband must eat right, avoid stress and quit unwanted habits to increase his sperm count. You should try the ConceiveEasy TTC Kit System as well increase your chances pregnancy within 6 months.

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    When it comes to sex positions that can increase one’s chances of pregnancy, I do recommend the missionary position, lying side-by-side and the rear-entry position sexual positions. Knowing that you have a 28 day cycle, your fertile days would probably be 12 to 17 days after the first day you had your period.

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Having sexual intercourse with deep penetration can definitely increase your chances of getting pregnant. Sexual intercourse with deep penetration is considered to be good when trying to conceive since it brings the sperm closer to the cervix, and it allows the man to ejaculate his sperm longer inside the woman’s reproductive tract.

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  • akhil

    i want to know there is any certain or fix date for sex after period of partner to get pregnant.

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  • manju

    hi after sex all sperms just comes out so is there any chances of getting pregnant and why is that happening

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    Yes; there is a good likelihood for you to be pregnant when having sex 6 days after your period, if these days are considered to be your fertile window. It is best that you detect you ovulation date through an ovulation predictor kit, and have sex every other day during your fertile window-which usually occurs 4 to 5 days before your ovulation for you to improve your chances of conception. Additionally, your ovulation is most likely occurring if your body basal temperature increases, your cervical mucous changes in color, and if you experience abdominal cramps.

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    Sexual relations during pregnancy is considered to be safe as long as you don’t experience any complications. Sexual positions that you can employ when conceiving include the Woman on top, Spooning (Man behind woman, rear entry), Hands and Knees, and Side lying, knee pulled up. I do recommend that you take folic acid supplements and prenatal vitamins in order for you to prevent miscarriages. In this way, you can also provide your baby with the essential nutrients for a healthy development.

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    Given that you had preconception tests done and the results seem fine, there is a very good chance for you to get pregnant. It is best that you take fertility supplements, track your ovulation dates and increase your sexual activity during your fertility window, which naturally occurs 4 to 5 days before ovulation. You should also try to avoid stress and quit unwanted habits to improve your likelihood of getting pregnant.

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    There is still a good chance for you to get pregnant as long as your remaining ovary and fallopian tube are in good condition. It is best that you immediately consult your ObGyn for a check-up in order for you to determine what particular treatment or medication is best for you. You should try to undergo cleansing therapies that can help restore your reproductive tract and enhance your body’s fertility.

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    The chances of conception can vary from one couple to another, and it is best that you consult your ObGyn for a preconception check-up. In this way, the doctor can assess both of your body’s fertility and particularly determine what prevents you from getting pregnant. Since your wife’s menstrual cycles seems fine, I do suggest that your wife should track her ovulation dates and increase both of your sexual activity during her fertile window, which naturally occurs 4 to 5 days before her ovulation.

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Having the semen come out after sex is quite normal, and can be avoided by employing effective sex positions such as the missionary position. Knowing that this case can prevent one’s chances of conception, it is best that you stay on bed after sex for a longer time in order to prevent the semen from dripping out. In this way; the sperm can stay in your reproductive tract thus, increasing your chances of conception.

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Since you have been trying to conceive for two years already, there is good chance that you might be experiencing underlying infertility issues. I suggest that you have you and your partner’s fertility assessed in order for both of you to determine what is particularly preventing you from conceiving.

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    You would most likely get pregnant; if you have sexual intercouse during your fertile window, which normally occurs 4 to 5 days before your ovulation date. Your ovulation dates occurs 14 days after your menstrual period during your cycles. If you have irregular cycles, it is best that you use Ovulation Predictor Kits to track your ovulation dates accurately. In this way, you can greatly improve your chances of getting pregnant sooner.

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    The sperms cells are usually released by men during ejaculation, while the egg is released by the female’s ovaries during ovulation. Given this, it is best that you try to increase your sexual intercourse with your partner during your fertile period, which usually occurs 4 to 5 days before ovulation to improve one’s likelihood of getting pregnant.

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    Your fertile window usually occurs 4 to 5 days before your ovulation and is considered to be your most fertile days. It is best that you increase your sexual intercourse within this date range in order to improve your likelihood of conceiving. You should bear in mind that your ovulation occurs halfway of your cycle, and you can easily track your ovulation dates through an Ovulation Predictor Kit for consistent results.

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  • Aavani

    I am 32 and my Dr. suggested me to go for IUI. Is there chances of pregnancy with IUI.
    .

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    Though conception is not guaranteed with IUI, this particular type of artificial insemination is considered to be effective and can increase your chances of getting pregnant soon. Compared to ART and IVF, this procedure is least expensive and easier. Since you’re not getting any younger, I do suggest that you undergo this procedure sooner in order for you to have a higher success rate and for you to improve your likelihood of conceiving soon.

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  • thembisa mlindi

    Hi i think i have a problem getting preg this month i thought i ‘ve concive cause i miss ma date for periots which is on 6th and i just started yesterday 19th this month, is there a problem ?

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  • afshan

    My age 30 and I m.trying to conceived last 6 months
    Please help me out

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    There are lots of ways to conceive a baby. Figure out when you ovulate, getting pregnant faster is knowing when you ovulate. In the meantime you may try having sex every other day to make sure your ovulation days are covered.Having fun with your sex life will actually boost your chances of success. You may also increase your chances of conceiving sooner by keeping your self healthy : eating right, exercising, avoiding alcohol and tobacco.

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  • pooh

    I think i am having a problem getting pregnant i have been trying for a year now and still there is no success in becoming pregnant. I ordered some conceive easy pills and have been taking them since the 16 of november i hope this works. Please give me soma advice. What could be the problem?

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  • omira

    hi my daughter is 3 years old n m trting to grt pregnant bt my problem is tht i dnt get my period it cum after 6 mnths or if i take medicine then i get wht shuld i do plz m worried

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  • manju

    Hi, I have a problem for getting preganent .my falopian tube have Extra mass thatway both overa block but period is correct. may i get pregenent? plz answer me,

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  • brendag

    Hi , I’m 22 years old. Just got married 2 years old. And been trying to start a family but No luck:(, i’ve never veen on pills , I’ve beed drug free. I’m irregular I don’t smoke or drink I weight 150pound but just started a diet about 2 months ago. And excercise. I really need help I don’t I’m now what to do first.

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  • alia

    Hi
    during ovulation if one gets loads of wet and it become abit hard to pentrate indise vagina and
    one does not feel he coming inside ,what are the chances of getting pregnant in thid situation??

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  • Rebecca

    I’m trying to get pregnant however I just recently found out my ovaries have many small cysts.
    Will this effect my chances?

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  • Guest

    when is the right time to having sex for getting pregnant in periods time?

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