Once mommy hopefuls make the decision to have a baby, many women try to do
everything they can to conceive during their up coming cycle. But it’s important to remember that getting pregnant can take time, more than you may think.
Many women ask, ‘how can i become pregnant soon?’ Interestingly, a healthy 30-year-old woman, has only a 20 percent chance of getting pregnant each month. It’s normal for it to take a few months or longer.
The more you know, the stranger it is when you hear of accidental pregnancies.
If you’re anxious to get pregnant, there are a few steps you can take to make “trying” more effective.
How Can I Become Pregnant Soon? Time For a Tune Up!
When you have decided you want a baby, it is time to optimize your body.
1. Take folic acid in supplement form, 400mcg a day, or it can be found in some foods like leafy greens, citrus fruits like oranges, breads and cereals.
2. Cut down on your caffeine intake, (not my coffee!!).
3. If you’re coming off the pill, there’s some controversy about how long you should wait before trying to conceive, but it’s probably best to wait 2-3 months.
4. Cut down on alcohol,and quit smoking. Maybe you will quit smoking for good… Not so bad!
5. Men should take zinc supplements to increase the strength and numbers of his sperm, recruit that army!
6. He should also increase his vitamin D intake with fish, dairy, or orange juice.
7. Keep the sperm cool – ideally 2-3 degrees cooler than the rest of the body. Avoid tight underwear and tight jeans, closer the sac is to the body, the higher the temperature. There is a reason the testicles hang low when warm and shrink close to the body when cold. Try boxer shorts, they may not be the latest in designer chic, but they help the testicles to stay away from the body and stay cooler.
Have Sex at the Right Time…
… and frequently. To stand a chance of conceiving, live sperm has to fertilize an egg at the time of ovulation – usually around day 14 of your period. Sperm will usually live for 3 days and will hang around waiting, so your timing doesn’t have to be exact. You may ask…
How Can I Tell if I’m Ovulating?
1. You can get ovulation predictor kits from your dollar store of all places among many others.
2. Keep a menstrual cycle calendar for a couple months so you can get an idea of what’s normal for you — or use tools that can help you calculate ovulation. If your periods are irregular, you’ll need to be even more observant for other ovulation signs.
3. If you’re like 20 percent of women, your body will send you signs you’re ovulating, in the form of a twinge of pain or a series of cramps in your lower abdominal area called mittelschmerz (German for “middle pain”). This monthly reminder of fertility is thought to be the result of the maturation or release of an egg from an ovary. Pay close attention, and you may be more likely to get the message.
Track Your Temperature
Your basal body temperature (or BBT). It’s taken with a special basal body thermometer, basal
body temperature is the baseline reading you get after at least three to five hours of sleep, first thing in the morning, and before you get out of bed, talk or even sit up.
Your BBT fluctuates throughout your cycle as changes in hormone levels occur. During the first half of your cycle, estrogen dominates. During the second half after ovulation, there’s a surge in progesterone, which increases your body temperature as it prepares your uterus for a fertilized, implantable egg. Hence, your temperature will be lower in the first half of the month than it is in the second half.
Confused? Simply, your basal body temperature will reach its lowest point at ovulation and then rise immediately about a half a degree as soon as ovulation occurs.
Keep in mind that charting your BBT for just one month will not enable you to predict the day you ovulate, but rather give you evidence of ovulation after it’s happened. Tracking it over a 2-3 months or more, however, will help you see a pattern in your cycles, enabling you to predict when your fertile days are, and let you know more accurately when baby making time should occur.
What’s The Best Position?
It doesn’t really matter, although with the woman on top you may be reducing your chances of conceiving, Gravity???
You can be ‘making all the right moves’, but you won’t necessarily conceive in the first month. In fact, you probably won’t. Success is closely related to age:
- Women aged 20-25 have a 1 in 4 chance of conceiving,
- With women aged 30-35 the chance drops to 1 in 7, and the success rate falls as they get older.
On average, it will take a couple in their early to mid-twenties five cycles to conceive, and in their early thirties ten cycles. Often one in ten couples have to wait more than a year before they succeed.
What If Nothing’s Working?
If you have been trying for a baby without success:
- Go back to the drawing board. Re-read the tune up section above and make sure these recommendations are implemented and followed precisely.
- Try to lower your stress levels. Stress can affect either partner and may reduce your chances of conceiving. Try to have a few days away from work just before ovulation is due.
- If you have been unsuccessful for a year or more it is worth talking to your physician. The doc can run tests to make things are functioning properly with both parties of the baby making process.
Surely for every couple that has an accidental pregnancy, there’s a couple at their wits end trying to become pregnant. Luckily with the wealth of information available it’s easier to optimize the process for a fast and healthy result.
If you’ve been asking how can I increase my chances of getting pregnant? Or frustrated that you haven’t become yet. I hope you reading this has helped even in the smallest way! Please leave a comment or question below. If you have any helpful tips please share.