How Long Does it Take to Get Pregnant?

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.

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Trying to Get Pregnant Tips – Increase Your Odds of Conceiving

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.

Trying to Get Pregnant Tips
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.

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Getting Pregnant After the Pill – How Long Does It Take?

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.

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What are the Chances of Getting Pregnant on Birth Control?

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.

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When is the Best Time to Get Pregnant?

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.

When is the Best Time to Get Pregnant
When is the Best Time to Get Pregnant

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.

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How To Get Pregnant with Twins

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.

Eat Yams

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).

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Tips on Getting Pregnant

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.

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How to Conceive Twins

Odds of how to conceive twins

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.

Age

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.

 

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Conceiving a Girl – The Diet

While I’m not convinced that food alone can determine whether you will have a girl or boy baby or not, there is some evidence that it can indeed play a role in the chance of you conceiving a girl. Diet along with intercourse timing and different positions can help boost the odds in your favor of buying pink for the nursery.

Let’s talk a little about the science behind diet

We all have heard that you are what you eat, and that certain foods can have different effects in the body. When it comes to conceiving a girl, the optimum environment for the female sperm to thrive in is acidic vaginal levels.

Therefore you would want to include such foods in the diet that increase the acidity of your vagina as well as the proper nutrients to ensure that you have a balanced diet full of the essential nutrients needed for both your personal health and your reproductive health.

According to a study by Oxford University the following findings regarding diet can increase your chances of conceiving a girl.

  • High calorie diets are were more likely to product boys so if you are aiming for a girl – try and still to your daily limit for your weight and age.
  • Breakfast eaters usually had boys, and those that skipped breakfast more often had girls.
  • Eating cereal increased your odds of a boy while reducing the amount of cereals you ate to no more than 2 or 3 bowls a week favoured your chances of getting a girl.

So which foods should you diet on the conceiving a girl diet?

  • For breakfast, choose fruit smoothies, yoghurt, fruit and/or nuts.
  • For other meals lean towards, fish, cheese, eggs, bread, fruits, vegetables (particular green leafy vege’s) and nuts.
  • For drinks, try high acidic juices such as cranberry, orange or grapefruit juice.
  • Avoid high calorie and sugary foods if possible.

It has been said that the diet for getting pregnant with a girl baby is far more healthy that that for conceiving a boy.

While following this diet, it is important that you take a supplement and eat a balanced diet to ensure optimum fertility.

Does Age Play A Role in Trying To Get Pregnant?

With more and more couples putting off having a family until later in life, fertility for woman starting trying to conceive over the age of 35 has become a big issue.

But can age really affect fertility that much, and is it still possible to get pregnant naturally when you are older?

While studies do show a decreasing fertility in both men and women due to hormone fluctuations, the biggest factor in older couples trying to conceive is the rate of miscarriage which increases slowly after the age of 30 and at around 42 years of age is a factor in about half of all pregnancies.

There is also an increased risk factor for birth defects, especially Down syndrome in babies born to woman over the age of 35.

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