You may be able to get pregnant fairly quickly and easily – the old fashioned way or you may struggle to get pregnant. If you are wondering how long or how hard it will be for you to get pregnant, you have come to the right place. This article will teach you how to recognize the different stages of fertility, determine when you are about to ovulate, understand when and how often you should have sex and inform you as to when you should consult a fertility specialist.
The following suggestions can help you get pregnant:
- Stop taking birth control: The first thing you want to do if you are currently taking oral contraceptives (birth control pills) is to stop taking them. It is important to note that your gynecologist may suggest that you wait at least 12 weeks before you try to get pregnant once you stop talking your birth control pills. You will have a better chance of getting pregnant if you give your body time to adjust to the absence of artificial hormones.
- Start taking prenatal vitamins: Next, you will want to pick up some prenatal vitamins. Even though you are not pregnant yet, it does not hurt to start preparing your body for conception and pregnancy in advance. You gynecologist may suggest that you take approximately 400 mcg of folic acid daily, at least one month before you become pregnant and 600 mcg of folic acid daily after you are pregnant. Research suggests that supplementing you diet with folic acid before and during pregnancy can actually significantly reduce your baby’s risk of neural tube defects.
- Regulate your hormones: It is important that your hormones are balanced when you try to conceive. You can accomplish this task by consuming a healthy, well-balanced diet and/or taking supplements. Vitamins and minerals like calcium, zinc, vitamin B6 and magnesium can provide you with the nutrients you need to get pregnant. Moreover, some herbs have shown to balance hormones and aid in conception. These herbs include: raspberry leaf, chamomile, ginkgo, ginseng, saw palmetto, black cohosh and licorice root. It is important that you contact your gynecologist before ingesting herbal supplements or adding herbs into your daily diet.
- Improve and/or alter your lifestyle: The best time to improve and/or alter your lifestyle is before you become pregnant. It is important to maintain a healthy weight, exercise on a regular basis, consume healthy foods, relax and refrain from smoking, alcohol and other harmful substances (drugs). A healthy lifestyle will not only increase your chances of getting pregnant, it may also prevent you from having a miscarriage.
- Determine your ovulation schedule: One of the most important things to know is when you are going to ovulate. More than likely you will ovulate on the 14th day of your monthly menstrual cycle, but you may ovulate earlier or later then this time. You can track your ovulation date by recognizing when your cervical mucus changes, purchasing ovulation tests, calculating your ovulation dates with an online ovulation calculator and/or checking your body basal temperature every morning.
- Have frequent sex: In order to get pregnant you will need to have frequent, unprotected sexual intercourse before, during and shortly after ovulation. Sperm can typically survive in your reproductive tract for three to seven days so it is good to have sex either every day or every other day until a day or two after you ovulate. For example if you are set to ovulate on the 16th day of your monthly menstrual cycle, you will want to have sex on the 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th, if possible.
- Take a pregnancy test: Once you are a couple of days late, you should be able to take an early pregnancy test and find out if you are indeed pregnant. If your pregnancy test is negative, do not fret – just take another test in a couple of days or so. Sometimes it takes a while for your HCG pregnancy hormones to increase so that they register on a pregnancy test. Follow these instructions each month until you become pregnant.
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