One of the questions that most people ask when they first start trying for a baby is how long does it take to get pregnant? If I believed my biology teacher, it would have happened the very first time that I had unprotected sex. Alas he has a lot to answer for because for me it took quite a lot longer than that.
Even for perfectly healthy couples, unprotected intercourse does not always result in a positive pregnancy test the first month that they try.
For the average couple, the statistics seem to indicate that:
50% will get pregnant within 4 months
75% will take up to 8 months
90% will conceive with 1 year
That means the odds are in your favour that you will fall pregnant within twelve months of trying. Of course that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t explore fertility options before that time. In fact many doctors recommend that the older you are when you are trying to conceive the earlier you should seek to rule out any other possibilities that could be causing your infertility.
If you have been trying to get pregnant for some time (or even if you only just started) then you probably want to know what you can do to sway the odds in your favor. It’s not just a matter of making love and nine months later a baby will appear (ahh I wish it were that simple).
Instead the road to having a baby can be a long one, but never fear because you can increase the chances with some of these top three trying to get pregnant tips.
Get Pregnant Tips
Tip #1: Have More Sex
Most often, if everything else is working fine, the biggest factor is that couples don’t have sex around the right time that the women ovulates. Most people assume that every women ovulates on day 14, but that actually isn’t the case at all (that’s just the average day). You might ovulate before or after that day and if you are timing intercourse for day 14 you could be missing out on your peak fertility day.
If you have been taking birth control pills and now want to have a baby then you are probably wondering how long after taking the pill will you get pregnant? While the pill itself will not affect your fertility, you might expect that getting pregnant will take a little longer after stopping it.
Usually nearly 90% of all women will become pregnant within a year of stopping the pill. That’s about on par with most other couples looking to conceive who have used other forms of birth control.
Of course, it might happen at any time. You could get pregnant the first month after quitting your birth control or find that it takes closer to six months. It really depends on your body and your how soon your monthly cycle returns to normal.
The chances of getting pregnant on birth control, if you take it correctly, are actually pretty low.
Women have been taking the pill as birth control since the 60′s to help prevent unplanned pregnancies, and while birth control pills are effective at preventing pregnancy in 99% of all cases, there have been rare occurrences where some women have gotten pregnant.
Forget a day or two?
Usually it’s because the she has forgotten to take the pills on one or more days, or even taken it much later in the day that usual. This can be easy to do especially with today’s busy lifestyles. To be effective birth control needs to be taken at the same time every day. Miss a day and you are at a higher risk of conceiving if you are sexually active.
If you have been wondering (or worrying) over your chances of getting pregnant on your period then you’ll probably be relieved to know that it’s probably unlikely to happen. The reason is that ovulation usually occurs around fourteen days after the start of your period (give or take a few days) and it’s only at that time where it’s possible to get pregnant.
Ovulation is when your body releases an egg ready to be fertilized by the sperm. If there is no egg, there is no chance of conceiving a baby. Your period, or menstruation, is when the body shed’s the uterine lining that has been built up in case you do conceive. If you have your period it means that you are not pregnant.
Of course having said that, there have been rare cases when a women has actually gotten pregnant while on her period – but remember these cases are very rare and the probability of it happening to you is quite low.
The only way it would be a possibility is if you either ovulate extremely early in your cycle, or that you have a period that lasts close to fourteen days instead of the usually 5 or 6.
If you have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) then you’ll know that getting pregnant can prove more challenging than for women without it. It can affect your fertility by a number of ways including over mature eggs (due to extended cycles), miscarriages, hormone imbalances and sometimes blockages.
But don’t despair because the good news is that most women with PCOS can and will get pregnant and go on to have happy healthy babies. This article will go over some of the treatment methods that you can try to improve your fertility and chances of having a baby.
The main criteria as to whether you’ll be able to get pregnant or not is whether you ovulate. It doesn’t matter if you ovulate irregularly, late or even skip months. As long as your body is releasing an egg it’s possible to conceive.
Is there a perfect time for getting pregnant? This post will go over the best time to get pregnant in your reproductive cycle so that you can time things to give you the best chance.
Obviously the best time is going to be when you ovulate (when your body releases an egg). So you need to have a good knowledge of when that might occur in your cycle.
For most people, ovulation occurs around 14 days before the start of your next period. So if you have a typical 28 day cycle, then you would likely ovulate on day fourteen. If you have a 30 day cycle then you would probably ovulate on day 16, and so on.
However not everyone has perfect cycles. While I do have a 28 day cycle, I typically ovulate on day 16 or 17. Therefore it’s wise to track your basal body temperature (BBT) over a few cycles so you get to know when this will occur for you. You will notice that your temperature is always slightly higher in the second half of your cycle than in the first half. Getting a special BBT will be able to detect even the smallest changes in temperature.
If you are in a hurry to have a big family and you’ve always dreamed of having twins or if you are running out of time to start a family then you probably would like to know how to get pregnant with twins.
Trying for twins can be a lot of fun, but of course even if you try all of the tips on this page there is still only a slight increased chance that you’ll have two babies. Even couples who have the twin gene somewhere in their family (or are a twin themselves) still have no guarantees that they’ll get them.
But if you would like to give it a go then here are some tips that will help you to improve your chances of getting pregnant with twins.
In Nigeria there is a tribe where their diet consists mostly of yams. They also have the highest incidence of twins than anywhere else in the world. The theory is that yams contain a potent chemical which increases fertility (yams are also recommended for women who are struggling to conceive).
Before I fell pregnant with my second child (after a two year struggle), many of my highly fertile and well meaning friends would offer me tips on getting pregnant. The one I heard most often was ‘Just Relax, It’ll Happen’. Don’t you just want to smack people in the head when they tell you that? I know I did.
But over the years I did pick up quite a few good tips that have helped women like you and me to increase their fertility and improve their odds of conceiving.
In this blog post I’ll go over some of the easy and simple things that you can do right now to improve your chances of getting pregnant faster.
Is there really a way to increase your chances of having more than one baby? While there are no guarantees that trying for twins will result in success, there are a few factors that will increase your odds of how to conceive twins.
According to published studies and reports you can improve your chances for conceiving twins if you fall into one of the following categories.
You have a much higher chance of getting two babies at once if you are over the age of 30 when you fall pregnant. Women in their 30′s have a 5% or more chance of conceiving twins than a women in her twenties.