If you’re wondering how to get pregnant, remember that it takes most couples about a year to get pregnant. Luckily, here you have the best ways to increase your chances of conceiving a baby!
Before the tips, here’s a funny quote about breast-feeding: “There are three reasons for breast-feeding: the milk is always at the right temperature; it comes in attractive containers; and the cat can’t get it.” ~ Irena Chalmers.
That’s not to say you should breast feed; some mothers do and some don’t. Before you decide about that, though, you have to figure out how to get pregnant! You may find How to Get Pregnant helpful — and check out these ten ways to maximize your chances of conceiving a baby…
If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for a long time, read How to Stop Feeling Hopeless When You’re TTC (Trying to Conceive).
Take prenatal vitamins
It’s not too early to start thinking of your baby’s health! Start taking prenatal vitamins and minerals at least one month prior to conception. Studies show consumption of folate for at least one month before conception can decrease chances of neural tube defects by 70%. When you get pregnant, the vitamin C in the supplements will help create a placenta that will remain strong through your pregnancy.
Figure out if you have a regular 28 or 21 day menstrual cycle
The more regular your period is, the easier it may be to get pregnant. Use your day planner or another simple calendar to mark the day your period begins each month. And, track the number of days your period lasts. If you have a consistent 28-day cycle, ovulation is likely to begin about 14 days after the day your last period began.
Track your temperature changes and cervical mucus
When I was figuring out how to get pregnant, I didn’t find tracking my temperature and mucus very easy! I’d forget to take my temperature at the same time every morning, or I wouldn’t recognize that a tiny change in temperature indicated it was time to conceive a baby. And, I did recognize the cervical mucus part of the equation…but not until it was too late. So, not all women are good at tracking temperature and cervical mucus. But luckily, there are other ways!
Try to regulate your period
If you have an irregular period because of prescription medications, unbalance hormones, environmental toxins, or low body fat, then try to correct the problem. Regular periods make it easier it is to predict when the egg will be sailing down the chute, which maximizes your chances of conception.
Use an ovulation predictor kit to learn the best time to get pregnant
Stress, illness, and exercise can affect your period, which makes it difficult to predict ovulation. Ovulation prediction tests detect your luteinizing hormone (LH) levels – and a spike in LH means the egg is coming, the egg is coming! This will help you time your baby making for your optimal fertile days. Ovulation predictor kits are urine-based tests designed as a test strip or midstream format (held within the stream or urine). You’ll see a positive result when you’re ovulating.
Take care of your – and your partner’s – body
This means no smoking, drinking, eating foods that decrease fertility levels, getting stressed, or losing sleep. Some women need to lose weight or take care of health issues such as polycystic ovarian syndrome or endometriosis. For men, it can mean not lingering in hot tubs, not working with a laptop computer on his lap, and not wearing tight underwear. It can also mean getting a semen test, to figure out how productive and healthy his sperm is.
Eat foods that increase female fertility levels
According to The Fertility Diet: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Natural Ways to Boost Ovulation and Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant, yams, oysters, nuts, seeds, cruciferous vegetables, and berries can increase your chances of getting pregnant. So can full-fat dairy foods, such as cheese, yogurt, and milk. Avoid fried foods, saturated fats, caffeine, and alcohol.
Eat foods that increase male fertility levels
Red peppers, leafy green vegetables, carrots, avocados, whole grains, oatmeal, turkey, eggs, salmon, sardines, and pumpkin seeds are a few foods rich in certain vitamins and minerals that keep sperm healthy and strong. And, even men need to avoid fried foods, saturated fats, caffeine, and alcohol when they’re trying to get you pregnant.
If you can’t get pregnant, don’t assume it’s your “fault”
Many men and women automatically assume that if a woman can’t get pregnant, there’s something wrong her. But it’s not that simple! About 33% of the time, pregnancy doesn’t occur because of male infertility, 33% of the time it’s because of female infertility, and 33% of the time, it’s because of unknown reasons.
Take fertility tests if you’ve been trying to get pregnant for a year
There are several different types of female fertility tests and male fertility tests that can uncover the reason(s) you can’t conceive a baby. The best way to find out how you get pregnant given your health, genetics, age, and partner is to go see your family doctor or a fertility specialist.
Of course, you need to have regular intercourse to get pregnant! Mustn’t forget about introducing sperm to egg…
For more tips, read The Best Way to Get Pregnant. It expands on the fifth tip in this article.