15 Pregnancy Tips to Help Your Trying-to-Conceive Journey

on Oct 24, 2017

by Monica Scott, BS, RN

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Most couples get pregnant within a year of trying. If you have not gotten pregnant within a year, try these 15 tips to help you get pregnant quickly.

You and your significant other are thinking about having a baby! Great! You are about to embark on an interesting journey! However, before you jump into it, you must follow what is listed below in order to help you learn how to get pregnant fast and easy!

Because many couples do struggle each month when trying for a baby, it is likely that they did not follow the steps below. However, there are times when fertility issues can arise which are out of your control. That is when medical intervention will need to happen in order to help a pregnancy be achieved. Assuming that there are no fertility issues however, working through the following will help increase the odds of a baby coming into your life sooner rather than later. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Make Sure You’re in Good Health

The first thing you want to do when trying to get pregnant is make sure you’re healthy. Go to your doctor and have a check up. If you are overweight, you will want to lose weight and may want to get a referral to a dietician or nutritionist that will help you get to a healthy weight. If you are underweight, you will want to gain weight but by eating nutrient rich foods. A nutritionist or dietician can help you as well.

You are going to want to make sure your blood sugar is at a healthy level. If not, then be sure to take the steps to keep your glucose levels regulated.  

If you have any infections, whether they are sexually transmitted or not, be sure to get the proper treatment before trying to conceive.

Once you are in good health, you can start working on achieving your dream!

Have Frequent Sex

If you are looking for ways on how to get pregnant, having sex on a regular basis is the best way to get pregnant quickly. However, don’t have sex everyday because that will deplete the sperm count and quality, which will defeat the purpose. Having sex every 3 days is best because that allows the sperm count and quality to come back.

Spice Up the Sex Life

The fact of the matter is, you may start viewing sex as a chore when you are trying to conceive. The best way to prevent that from happening is if you spice up the fun. Watch an adult film and let that inspire you. Or get creative and put chocolate sauce and whipped cream onto your body and let your partner lick it off, which will lead to fun sex. Whatever turns you on, implement that kind of spice to increase the fun and this way, sex will not feel like such a chore!

Spice it up, so sex will not feel like such a chore!

In fact, some studies believe that having an orgasm during sex can increase your chances of conceiving. For women, the contracting movements of an orgasm will help pull the sperm into the uterus while for men a better orgasm may increase the sperm count that is shot up.

Position Matters

If you know the right position to have sex, then you will find out which type will help make a pregnancy happen. In fact, the missionary position is likely the best position for conceiving. The reason that the missionary position is one of the best ones to use to achieve a pregnancy is due to the fact that the use of gravity helps move the sperm toward the egg. Not to mention, it also keeps the sperm inside the vagina longer. If you’re working on having a baby make sure you choose sexual positions that use gravity to assist the sperm down the fallopian tubes, otherwise you will become frustrated each month when Aunt Flo pays you a visit.

Otherwise you will become frustrated each month when Aunt Flo pays you a visit.

The Calendar Method May be Helpful

This method is only helpful if your cycles are regular. For instance, if you have a normal 28-day cycle, then ovulation happens on the 14th day. Having sex around that time is the best time to increase the odds of conceiving. If you have a 35-day cycle, then ovulation usually happens around 16-17 days into the cycle, and therefore the time to have sex is around then. If your cycles are consistently irregular, then the calendar method will not help. Ovulation predictor kits are a better option, and there will be more about that explained a little later.

For instance, if you have a normal 28-day cycle, then ovulation happens on the 14th day.

Fertility Charts

Fertility charting is great for tracking your cycle, however it does have disadvantages. By the time you can see ovulation on a Basal Body Temperature (BBT) chart, you have already ovulated and that will not help you achieve a pregnancy for that particular month. However, for the future it can be helpful because it is a good idea to chart so you can track your cycles. This way you will know when you ovulate at the same time every month. You can also look back on your cycle and see if you timed things correctly. Therefore, if this is your first cycle trying to get pregnant, or if you are not ovulating at the same time each month then an ovulation prediction kit would be more helpful for you which will be explained more in the following paragraph.

Ovulation Predictor Kits

Using an ovulation kit to predict when you are ovulating will improve your chances of getting pregnant in a huge way. Charting or other methods of predicting ovulation are too confusing for many women which will only lead to frustration. Ovulation prediction kits work by reading LH surges prior to ovulation, and that is when you will know when to really start getting busy.

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The good news is, they are relatively easy to use, and are generally accurate for predicting ovulation.

The good news is, they are relatively easy to use, and are generally accurate for predicting ovulation. Fertility monitors are also worth considering if you are trying to conceive. Fertility monitors are similar to ovulation prediction kits in that they read changes in LH, however they also read changes in other hormones and don’t require any guesswork for couples which again will also lead to frustration. They’re simple to use, and will tell you when the best time that pregnancy can be achieved.

Have Sex Before Ovulation

Many times couples understandably get confused about the best time to have sex when trying to get pregnant. Unfortunately because there is a small window of opportunity each month to achieve a pregnancy, that makes trying to conceive a tough job. The reason for that is because the egg will only survive approximately 24 hours after ovulation. However, the sperm can live from 3 to 5 days in the fallopian tubes and that is the good news.

Unfortunately because there is a small window of opportunity each month to achieve a pregnancy, that makes trying to conceive a tough job.

This is why having sex 2 to 3 days before ovulation will increase your chances of getting pregnant, and if you really want to play it safe, having sex every 3 days can increase the chances even more. There may be some sperm that can live even longer.  

Don’t Smoke, Don’t Do Drugs and Don’t Drink Alcohol

This may seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised at how many women do try to get pregnant when they smoke, drink alcohol and do drugs! Smoking, drugs, and alcohol can affect your fertility in a negative way, not to mention it will also affect your unborn baby. It’s so important to stop smoking, drinking or using drugs before getting pregnant. Don’t wait until you find out you are pregnant to stop.

Cut Back on Caffeine

Bad news for coffee drinkers. If you are addicted to caffeine, and cannot live without drinking several cups of coffee a day, at the very least you need to cut back. Researches show that women who drink more than 4 cups of coffee have lesser chance to get pregnant easily as compared to those who drink it in moderation, such as only having 1 cup a day. So keeping a check on caffeine intake may help you achieve your goals quicker. That also means to stick to eating chocolate in moderation, because chocolate contains caffeine.

Bad news for coffee drinkers.

Ancient Techniques

It would be easy to assume that the only effective ways for becoming pregnant involve state-of-the-art methods, which simply isn’t the truth. In fact, many ancient techniques (such as those originating from China) have produced some of the best results for women who want to achieve a pregnancy. However ancient people lacked much of the modern scientific knowledge that we have, it turns out that many of their methods were actually quite effective. The best way to look into some of these methods is to research them online, as well as to consult a doctor who specializes in Chinese medicine to help you out, if you are interested in going down this route.

Increase Sperm Quality and Quantity

Sperm are fragile, and making your partner’s sperm quality good enough to reach the egg (or yours if you are a man reading this) is another goal to meet. Keep in mind that certain foods also help cervical mucus to aid sperm movement. Talk to your doctor about medicines and foods you can take to get the right pH of your mucus. Also increasing your partner’s ability to produce stronger sperm will help a pregnancy happen (or your sperm if you are a man reading this).

Wearing boxers instead of briefs can also increase the count and quality by allowing more circulation to happen in the groin area.

Cutting back on alcohol and tobacco with regular exercise and a balanced diet will also help increase sperm quality. Wearing boxers instead of briefs can also increase the count and quality by allowing more circulation to happen in the groin area. That is important to help make those little swimmers powerful.  

Reduce Stress

This is easier said than done, but several studies have revealed that stress releases certain enzyme in your body that reduces your chances of getting pregnant significantly. Even though stress is to be expected in life, and that amount of stress will not have a significant effect on achieving a pregnancy. The kind of stress noted here is if the levels are high to the point that your ability to function is hindered.

Trying relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation and aromatherapy can be helpful in reducing stress levels. These techniques may soothe your body making it easier for you and your body to get ready to achieve a pregnancy. Excessive stress may even lead to infertility, so it is better to avoid it. Try new hobbies or register yourself to the nearest yoga classes to keep yourself busy and help relieve stress.

Many women find it hard to conceive easily but it is certainly not impossible. Considering the above factors will not only help you to know how to get pregnant fast, but also enable you to carry out your pregnancy in a healthier way. Remember, panic may even make it harder, so relax and enjoy the process. Let your body do the job in a natural and easy way, otherwise you will become frustrated.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a natural fertility treatment that can be helpful. A trained acupuncturist can give you specific treatments that will help you to get pregnant by improving your fertility. Another way to get pregnant is by taking natural fertility supplements that are available to increase your odds of getting pregnant.

Never Give Up

Most couples get pregnant within a year of trying. If you have not gotten pregnant within a year, don’t get discouraged. However, you may consider consulting with your doctor for advice because there may be some underlying factors that are contributing to infertility.

Some factors may be the man may have a low sperm count, and that will need to be examined as to why. If your cycles are extremely irregular which is having a negative impact on fertility, there is a chance that you have a condition such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) which creates imbalances in hormonal levels. Testosterone levels in women who have PCOS are higher. Fortunately, there are treatments to help regulate hormonal levels, and to regulate cycles. Sometimes there may be tubal blockages, and structural problems with the uterus for unknown reasons.

With the right fertility treatment, pregnancies can be achieved but in cases like that, extra help will be needed. However, most of the tips mentioned above, especially that pertain to maintaining good health are still just as important to go by in order to achieve a good pregnancy.

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Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.

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