So you are trying to have a baby. Congratulations. You are on the path to starting a family and living a long and happy life. Having a child, or children, can make you happier and more fulfilled in life. And the process of getting pregnant can be a lot of fun too.
Once you start trying, you no doubt want to get pregnant as soon as you possibly can. But there are no hard and fast rules about how long it takes. It could happen the first time if you’re incredibly lucky, but on the other hand, it could take months or even years.
Unfortunately, there’s no magic button you can press that will suddenly make you pregnant, but there are plenty of things you can do to increase your chances of conception. Follow these four tips as you begin your journey to parenthood, and hopefully, you will get to your destination a little bit quicker.
Ignore the myths
There are so many myths and legends when it comes to getting pregnant. Some people believe that lying on your back with your legs in the air after intercourse will help, but in truth, it doesn’t make a difference. There are plenty of rumors about certain foods that will increase the chance of conceptions and conjecture about birth control and fertility, but you shouldn’t let these things worry you. The best thing you can do is talk to a doctor who will set things straight with science and tell you how it is.
Get a checkup
Before you officially start trying, it’s a good idea to have a preconception checkup. Your doctor will give you sound advice about the best way to get pregnant, as well as things to avoid to ensure a healthy pregnancy. They will also be able to look for and identify any potential medical issues that might impact your ability to get pregnant. Chances are there is nothing to worry about, but it’s always good to make sure before you commit.
Know your menstrual cycle
Understanding your cycle to learn when you are most fertile is key to increasing your chances of pregnancy. Ovulation is the best time to have intercourse, as this is when you are most fertile. By tracking your periods in a calendar or app, you can work out when you are likely to be ovulating and make the most of this time. Learn to identify the signs of ovulation, which include changes in your cervical mucus.
Have sex every other day
During your fertile window, research shows there’s not a huge difference in conception rates between couples who have sex every day and those who have sex every other day. Therefore, going for alternate days will be less of a commitment and easier to pull off. The important thing to remember is that consistency is key, so keep at it, even if it takes a little work to get you both in the mood.
It’s impossible to know how long it will take for you to finally become pregnant, but by following this advice you will increase your odds.