Are There Any Ways to Increase Chances of Pregnancy?
Once you’ve made the decision to have a baby you tend to want it to happen really quickly. But this is not always the case. Some couples try for many months before conceiving. Some need medical interventions. And a few unlucky find that they are not able to conceive and have to look to other options. However, with a little perseverance, most couples are able to get pregnant naturally within six months. Every week we get lots of questions about ways to increase chances of pregnancy. So we thought it was high time we put together a post. Read on for ten simple tips which may help you to conceive more quickly.
Every week we get lots of questions about ways to increase chances of pregnancy. So we thought it was high time we put together a post. Read on for ten simple tips which may help you to conceive more quickly.
1. Identify Your Fertile Window:
Did you know that you’re only “fertile” the day you ovulate? But your partner’s sperm can survive inside your body for five or six days. This means that your fertile window is the five days leading up to ovulation and the day of ovulation. To give yourself the best chance of getting pregnant quickly, you need to identify your fertile window and have intercourse in that time. If you know the first day of your last menstrual period, click here to use our online ovulation calculator for a rough guide. Or, if you want to be as precise as possible, you can try measuring your basal body temperature to identify exactly when you ovulate.
2. Don’t Overdo the Sex:
Once you know when your window is, you’ll increase your chances of pregnancy by having sex as often as you can during that window, right? WRONG! Scientists have proven that the best approach is to have intercourse every second day leading up to ovulation. This gives your partner’s sperm count a chance to recover.
3. Take Prenatal Vitamins:
The main reason for taking prenatal vitamins is to build up a dose of folic acid, which helps prevent birth defects. But you can also buy vitamins to increase pregnancy chances. Check out our guide to pre-pregnancy vitamins here.
4. Get in Shape:
It’s true. Your fitness level and body weight do have a strong correlation with your chances of getting pregnant. Make sure you’re active for at least 30 minutes a day. Your heart will be healthier, you’ll feel stronger and more energetic, and your chances of conceiving a happy, healthy baby will increase. That said, this is not a good time to start training for an ultra marathon. Women who exercise to this extent often find that their periods stop. Then you’d have no chance at all of getting pregnant!
5. Encourage Your Partner to Get in Shape:
Don’t forget that it takes two to make a baby. There’s not much point in agonizing about whether your body is ready for pregnancy if your partner has unhealthy sperm or a low sperm count. Get out and go for a walk or a jog together – it’s a great way to strengthen your relationship and make plans for your new arrival.
6. Eat a Balanced, Nutritious Diet:
You are what you eat. If you’re eating a balanced and nutritious diet, your body will be in a healthier condition and you’ll have a better chance of conceiving more quickly. Thy and cut back on processed sugars, fats, and salt. Resist the temptation to grab fast food after work and prepare your own meals at home as often as possible. Again, this piece of advice goes for both you and your partner – sperm responds well to good nutrition too. Check out our guide to a healthy pre-pregnancy diet here.
7. Stop Smoking and Drinking:
We all know that alcohol and cigarettes are a no-no when you’re pregnant. But did you know that heavy smoking and/or drinking can actually make it much harder for you to become pregnant in the first place? Smoking and alcohol have huge negative effects on your blood flow, your internal organs, and your general health. All of these factors affect your fertility. Studies show that to increase the chance of pregnancy, you should stop smoking and drinking at least three months before attempting to conceive.
8. Encourage Your Partner to Stop Smoking and Drinking:
Both nicotine and alcohol have been proven to have a serious negative effect on sperm count. Quit together – the reasons have never been better than right now! Also, you’ll be able to offer each other emotional support. Another excellent reason to encourage your partner to stop smoking is that second-hand smoke can have harmful effects in the early weeks of pregnancy and you don’t want to be breathing it in before you know you’re pregnant. Find out more about the effects of second-hand smoke during pregnancy here.
9. Go Easy on Caffeine:
I’m sorry to say this, but your daily coffee fix may be sabotaging your conception attempts. Research into caffeine’s effects on fertility shows that women who have more than 200mg per day find it twice as hard to get pregnant. Once again, this piece of advice goes for both you and your partner.
10. Don’t Let Yourself get Stressed about it:
Trying to get pregnant doesn’t need to be stressful. In fact, emotional stress and anxiety may actually make it more difficult to conceive. Keep living your life and don’t let an obsession with getting pregnant take over or make you miserable. Whatever will be will be. AND, don’t turn your sex life into purely biological attempts to become pregnant! It will not make it happen any faster. Think of it this way: what could be more relaxing than spending ‘intimate time’ with your partner? With the added bonus that you might soon be starting your own little family?
If you’re unsure about whether you’re able to conceive or want to seek professional advice on how to increase the chances of pregnancy, call your regular doctor and make an appointment for a pre-pregnancy checkup.
More Articles on Preparing for Pregnancy:
How long is a piece of string? Seriously though, every couple has a different experience of how long it takes to get pregnant. Some lucky couples fall pregnant the first month, others try for more than a year. Find out the real statistics on how long it takes to get pregnant here.
So, you identified your fertile window, had sex every second day, and now you’re waiting to find out if you were successful? When can you take a pregnancy test? How do pregnancy tests work? Are they completely accurate? How do you keep positive and upbeat if you don’t get that longed-for result? Check out our information and advice on pregnancy tests here.
Sometimes you just need a little advice from the experts. And, luckily, there are lots of great books by obstetricians, gynecologists, and fertility experts. Check out our top five recommendations for books on getting pregnant.