Tips for Getting pregnant fast
Some people get pregnant without even really trying, and you may be one of these. But you may be very eager to conceive and do not want to leave anything to chance. You could even be keen for your baby to be born at a certain time of the year. Many people think that getting pregnant will just take a few days, but in reality it can actually take a long time, and plenty of patience.
Here are some tips to help boost your chances of conceiving quickly.
- Pay a visit to your doctor. Before you even begin try getting pregnant, pay a visit to your doctor for a thorough physical exam. If your body is in tip top shape, you have an excellent chance of falling pregnant quickly, and be more likely to have a healthy, successful pregnancy.
- Work out when you ovulate. There are many ways to do this, and perhaps the easiest is to use an Ovulation Calculator. These are readily available, and as you ovulate only once during a menstrual cycle, and there are only 4 or 5 days and the day of ovulation, when you can fall pregnant, it will give you a good idea when to have intercourse. This will give you the best chance of getting pregnant in that particular cycle.
- Give sperm a helping hand. You may have a clean bill of health, but it is important that your partner is also in the best of health. In order to successfully fertilise an egg, sperm needs to be healthy, strong and in plentiful supply. Your egg is only viable for 24 hours, so sperm needs to get there as fast as possible in your fertile window to do the job.
- Ensure there is a reduced risk of a low sperm count. A low sperm count is the most common fertility problem for men. If you are concerned about this possibility, there are things your partner can do to prevent this problem. Among these are cutting down on alcohol intake, giving up or cutting down smoking, and losing weight if he is overweight. Research has shown that obesity can lower sperm count, and slow down the motility of the sperm, thus affecting the chances of reaching the egg.
- Eat a healthy diet. This is important for both you and your partner. Make sure that you both get enough of nutrients like zinc, folic acid, calcium, and vitamins c and D, all of which promote a healthy pregnancy, and help create strong and plentiful sperm.
- Obesity. Being overweight can also impact negatively on your chances of falling pregnant. If this is you, discard bad eating habits and embrace a healthy diet. Plan to exercise on a regular basis as this can help with weight loss efforts.
What happens if I just do not conceive?
If you are trying to fall pregnant naturally, it should happen within the first 6 months. This does not mean that you must immediately go for help or that there are fertility problems. It will be okay to keep trying for a year before going for assistance. As long as you are sure that you are ovulating, there is always a chance of conceiving.
Recalculate your fertile window, and if your cycle is very irregular, take an average number of days over a 3 month period, and work out when you might be ovulating, and be sure to have sex within the time frame of 4 or 5 days before ovulation.
However, research has shown that on average, a couple who are trying to conceive naturally, may need to have sex about 104 times before falling pregnant.
While this might sound exciting, it is not advisable to rush in and start counting. For the best chance of success, try and spread the 104 times over a reasonable period of time, although you have probably heard the old adage – practice makes perfect! Give it your best shot!
When should we see a fertility specialist?
After a year or more of unprotected sex, if all has failed and there is no sign of a pregnancy, you should both consider seeing a fertility specialist. Included in the tests, the doctor may want to do a full analysis of your cycle to make sure you are ovulating regularly. And of course he will want to do a semen analysis. This analysis will test the quality and quantity of your partner’s sperm.
If the quality or the volume of the sperm is poor, it will hinder its ability to penetrate and fertilise the egg. If it is indeed the case that the sperm is slightly lacking in quality, your doctor may advise that you both embrace some natural options, starting with a healthy diet. There are natural fertility solutions which have proved successful in the treatment of poor sperm problems.
Once the doctor has analysed your cycle and is satisfied that you are ovulating regularly, he will want to know if you have been on an oral contraceptive or a patch in the recent past. These drugs can linger in the system and will sometimes prevent you from falling pregnant for a while. The doctor might suggest that you give it little more time before considering other methods to conceive.
The way forward.
Continue changing your lifestyle for the better and giving up any bad habits. It might not be the easiest thing to do, but some positive lifestyle changes will give you a fighting chance of falling pregnant naturally.
Focus on the end result, and the effort, difficult or not, will be worth it.