Getting pregnant can be easy for some people and a struggle for others, and medicine is still not giving us the clear answers as to why that is the case, but whether you will be trying for the first time, or have been trying to conceive for months (or even years) there are many things that you can do right now to maximize your fertility and know how to get pregnant faster and easier, so read on.
What to do before you conceive
The first thing you need to do if you want to know how to fall pregnant is get yourself as healthy as you can. Once you do fall pregnant, you will have a much easier time if you have a healthy body and so it pays to start now. It’s proven that women who eat healthy foods and exercise regularly have a much easier time conceiving than those who don’t. Yes I know, I’ve heard all those stories of women who are overweight, smoke, take drugs or eat junk food too and still fall pregnant, but we are not talking about them, we are talking about YOU, and what YOU can do to get pregnant.
Check your multivitamin to make sure that you are getting enough folic acid. This B group vitamin is essential for preventing birth defects like spina bifida and you should be taking it well before you conceive for maximum benefits. As a bonus it will give you a slight boost in energy which is important when you want to fall pregnant.
There are other fertility supplements that you can take to help improve your chances of getting pregnant as well.
Also take up some form of mild regular exercise, whether that’s walking, yoga or a leisurely bike ride.
Regular exercise has many benefits to fertility including balancing hormones, reducing stress and improving circulation, all which will help you get pregnant faster.
What he can do
Next make sure that your partner has healthy sperm. He can easily get that tested by visiting a sperm bank or even his local GP. Because this test is so easy to do (especially compared to the fertility tests that women have to go through) it’s worth doing upfront to rule out any issues that may cause problems down the track.
You should also try and convince your partner to wear boxer shorts and avoid hot showers or baths, as this can make his sperm much stronger and this means they’ll be able to live longer and have a better chance of fertilizing your egg.
Trying to get pregnant
You next steps is finding out when you ovulate so that you can time lovemaking appropriately. A woman is fertile for around six days of her cycle, which includes the five days prior to ovulation and the day of ovulation itself.
There are many ways of determining your ovulation day from charting your BBT, to keeping track of your cervical mucus, to using ovulation predictor kits or saliva monitors. Each method is different and can also be used in conjunction with each other to really pinpoint your most fertile phase.
Pinpointing ovulation really is the main factor in knowing how to fall pregnant but it doesn’t have to be stressful. If you have a regular cycle and want to avoid obsessing over every temperature rise or dip then you could do what many women do and have intercourse every second day between days 10 and 18 of your cycle which should make sure that you optimize your fertile period.
What if you are still not pregnant after 6 months?
If you still haven’t gotten pregnant after at least six months of trying then the next step is to visit your doctor to see if they can determine the reason. Your doctor will usually order a number of tests including hormone tests and perhaps even a laparoscopy to check for any structural issues.
It could be something as simple as balancing your hormones or prescribing a fertility drug like Clomid to help you conceive or you might need further help such as IUI or even IVF to have a baby. IVF methods (while expensive) are becoming very efficient at helping couples have a baby that are unable to do so naturally and shouldn’t be ruled out.
There are many other ideas and tips on this blog about how to get pregnant so I hope you have a look around and find something that brings you closer to your dream of having a baby.