How Long Does it Take to Get Pregnant?
Well, how long is a piece of string? The answer to “how long does it take to get pregnant?” will be different for every couple. But there are a few things you can do to help you get pregnant more quickly and easily. Read on for information on how long it usually takes to get pregnant, lifestyle changes you can make to increase your chances, and what you should do if you’re finding it difficult to get pregnant.
How Long Does it Usually Take to Get Pregnant?
If both partners are healthy and fertile, you’ll usually get pregnant within a year, and often much more quickly. Let’s take a look at the statistics for healthy couples conceiving naturally. Statistics show that, out of 100 couples:
- 20% will conceive in the first month of trying.
- 70% will conceive after 6 months of trying.
- 85% will conceive within one year.
- 90% will conceive within eighteen months.
- 95% will conceive within 2 years of trying.
Remember that these figures are only based on statistical averages. Some couples just are more fertile than others and it is perfectly normal to try for more than a year and then get pregnant naturally. Be patient and do everything you can to ensure that your body is pregnancy ready.
How Long Does it Take to get Pregnant After 35?
It’s true that, as you get older, your chances of getting pregnant quickly reduce. Experts say that after 35 years old, you have a 15 to 20% chance of getting pregnant in any given month. If you are 35 or older, it might be a good idea to have a pre-pregnancy check-up with your doctor and to be prepared to “try” for a little longer. Chances are, you’ll still be able to get pregnant naturally.
How can I Increase my Chances of Getting Pregnant?
Unfortunately, there are no miracle answers to this question. And, there’s little evidence to suggest that there is a better position for getting pregnant or anything like that. But the good news is that you can make a few positive lifestyle changes that may help you get pregnant faster. These include:
- Eat a nutritional pre-pregnancy diet and keeping fit and healthy. This applies to your partner as well – healthy sperm equals higher chances of conception.
- Stop smoking and drinking alcohol – both of these habits can decrease fertility significantly.
- Cease birth control pills or the injection at least six months before trying to get pregnant – they can take quite a while to wear off.
- Track your ovulation to ensure that you have sex within your fertile window. Measuring your basal body temperature can help you to do this.
- Take a folic acid supplement in preparation for pregnancy.
How Long did it Take You to Get Pregnant?
It can be really helpful and heartening to read other women’s stories when you’re trying to get pregnant. And, the wonderful thing about the internet is that everyone has the opportunity to share. If you’d like to share a story about how long it can take to get pregnant or the strategies you used when you were trying to conceive, we’d love you to share in the comments. Just remember to be kind and respectful to each other.
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