Pregnancy is a beautiful period in a couple’s life. Once you are ready to start a family, waiting is the last thing you should do. But, what should you know before getting pregnant?
Studies have shown that 6 out of 10 couples have conceived within the first three months. It is well known that fertility declines as you get older. So, if you are under 35 keep trying for at least one year before you seek further help. If you are over 35, seek help after 6 months of not being able to conceive, and if you are both over 40 seek medical help immediately. If you have reasons to suspect fertility for you and your partner do not wait, but make an appointment with a fertility specialist. Keep in mind that even though you and your partner might do everything right there is only 25-30% chances of getting pregnant in any given cycle.
Although it all depends from Mother Nature, there are still some things that you can do to improve your chances of getting pregnant as soon as possible.
First of all, before you start trying to conceive, get a total checkup. Your doctor will prescribe you folic acid, as it is very important in the first months of pregnancy. Folic acid protects against neural birth defects like Spina bifida. Any underlying medical condition, like diabetes for example, needs to be controlled before you get pregnant. If you are taking any prescription drugs or over the counter drugs, consult your doctor if you should continue to take them, when trying to conceive.
Get to know your menstrual cycle. The information you have about your menstrual cycle will help you understand when you are most fertile. Ovulation is the best time to conceive. The first day of your cycle is considered as the day one. A menstrual cycle usually lasts 28 days, and the ovulatory day is usually the 14th day. Women, however intend to have shorter or longer menstrual cycles. The most fertile days are considered to be the five days leading up to ovulation. Have sex on these days, as there is a great probability that you will conceive.
Lead e healthy life. Our daily routine is very important for our health, in general, and normally even when we want to get pregnant. A good night sleep, a life without stress, healthy food and regular exercises will increase the chances of conceiving.
Stop smoking. If you are a smoker you should stop it when you plan to start a family, and especially stop smoking the minute you realize that you are carrying a child. It is well known that smoking affects estrogen levels and ovulation, beside all the other negative effects on health. Smoking more than 10 cigarettes a day, will reduce the chances of getting pregnant by 50%.
Stop drinking alcohol. Even if a glass or two won’t harm your baby, the best idea is to totally quit it when you are trying to conceive, and especially when you are pregnant. Fetal development usually occurs before the woman even realizes that she is pregnant.
There is no best position for getting pregnant. There is no scientific evidence saying that one position is better than the other one to conceive. Try having fun and relax while you are having sex. Eventually it will happen. However, it is recommended to lay low at least for 10-15 minutes right after sex. This will help your sperm get into the cervix. It is a matter of gravity. Do not go to the bathroom in the meantime either.
Don’t overdo it. It is very important to have sex on the right time when you are most fertile. Too much sex during one menstrual cycle, will not necessary increase the chances of conceiving. Have sex every other day as sperm can live up to 72 hours after intercourse. The best tip is to have sex regularly, no matter if you are ovulating or not. Abstaining from sex for more than seven days decreases the male’s fertility. Hot tubs, Jacuzzi, tight pants and cell phones kept in the pocket should be avoided as they interfere with the sperm count and sperm quality.
Avoid vaginal sprays, artificial lubricants, tampons, vegetable oils, glycerin, etc. as they can all affect the vaginal pH, kill the sperm and wash away the cervical mucus.
Keep sex fun while trying to conceive. Don’t get stressed out if you don’t get pregnant the first time you try it. It does not have to mean anything. Just keep doing it. Eventually it will happen.