There are many old wives’ tales about getting pregnant, but how many of those are actually helpful? Although trying to conceive can be stressful, it can also be fun. Let’s explore some helpful fertility tips on how to get pregnant fast.
There are certain factors to consider when trying to conceive. One is timing. You need to have sex when you’re ovulating. Simple, right? Not always.
Signs of ovulation
How do you know that you’re ovulating? The symptoms of ovulation aren’t too difficult to notice if you know what to look for.
Pinpointing the exact day of ovulation can be tricky, but there are signs your body gives you to indicate which days you are most fertile.
- One way is to check your basal body temperature for any increase. You’ll need a special thermometer for this. You then need to take your temperature at the same time every morning before you get out of bed. Your most fertile days are the 2nd or 3rd days before your temperature rises.
- Another way is to check your cervical mucus. When ovulation occurs, the mucus becomes thick and clear, like egg whites.
- Some other symptoms you may notice are tender breasts, bloating, and cramping.
7 helpful tips when trying to get pregnant
How can you get pregnant fast? I know from experience that when we want to have a baby, we want it to happen quickly. Here are some helpful tips when trying to get pregnant.
1. Stop using birth control
The 1st step to getting pregnant is to stop all forms of birth control. If you have been on a contraceptive pill, it can sometimes take around 3 months for your cycle to find its own rhythm again.
It’s important to remember that this is not the case for everyone and that you can get pregnant on the 1st day after stopping the pill.
2. Get to know your cycle and track your ovulation
Ovulation usually occurs halfway through your cycle. Day 1 is the 1st day of your period, so if your usual period length is 28 days, you’ll probably ovulate around day 14. The more regular your periods are, the easier it is to pinpoint ovulation and to know which days are your most fertile. This is why it helps to keep track of your cycle. Most women ovulate between days 11 and 21. If your cycle is shorter, then it will be close to day 11, and if your cycle is longer, it will be later.
One of the easiest ways to determine ovulation is with an ovulation predictor kit. This test detects the levels of luteinizing hormone (LH), whose production surges just before ovulation starts. Thus, when you have a positive test, you know that it’s go time for you and your partner.
3. Have sex regularly
The exact day of ovulation doesn’t matter too much if you are having sex regularly. Having sex daily or every 2nd day within the 3-4 days of your possible ovulation date is enough. So, as long as you kind of know when you’re ovulating, you can just enjoy the intimate time with your significant other.
Determining when you’re most fertile can be difficult if you don’t have regular periods. This can become stressful when you are a planner, so try not to obsess about it. The good news is that even though an egg is only fertile for 12-24 hours after being released, sperm can survive in the cervix for up to 3 days. The best and fastest way to get pregnant is to have sperm waiting there when the egg is released. This means that you don’t need to have sex immediately after a positive ovulation test.
You can have sex before ovulation occurs. Having sex within 12 hours of the egg being released or a positive ovulation test significantly increases your chances of getting pregnant. All of this means that it’s a good idea to have sex before you ovulate, but you don’t have to check if you’re ovulating every day if you often get frisky with your partner.
My ob-gyn gave us what he called the “getting pregnant fast” recipe. It was basically just a schedule of when to have sex. My ovulation was around day 14/15, so we needed to have sex on days 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, and 17. This would ensure that we had sperm waiting when the egg was released, and if it was released 1 or 2 days later, we would still be covering those days.
It’s important for me to mention that such a highly scheduled approach can become daunting or start feeling like work. It really can take all the fun out of it. My suggestion is to still make it fun. Don’t get so caught up counting the days and getting the deed done that you forget about your partner or the good times you have together. Even if you do decide to schedule your intimate moments around your most fertile days, make sure you stay connected and enjoy the experience. Have a romantic dinner, give each other a nice massage, or do whatever it is that keeps things special between you.
4. Take prenatal vitamins
Sometimes you have to prepare your body even before you start trying. It’s recommended to take prenatal vitamins containing folic acid before pregnancy even occurs. Folic acid helps prevent birth defects in a baby’s spine and brain during the early stages of development. So, even if you aren’t planning on getting pregnant just yet, start taking some prenatal vitamins in preparation for when you are.
Taking prenatal vitamins before pregnancy occurs helps the baby get much-needed vitamins and minerals from day 1, which is before you even know that you’re carrying a child. Moms are often 4-6 weeks pregnant when they find out.
It also helps to find a vitamin that agrees with your body so you can keep taking it during pregnancy. With many women, starting vitamins in the 1st trimester makes them nauseous, which makes keeping them down a challenge. It is slightly easier if your body is already used to them by the time you really need them.
5. Eat healthy foods
There is no specific pre-pregnancy diet you need to follow, but eating a variety of healthy foods can help prepare your body for pregnancy by storing the nutrients needed, such as calcium, protein, and iron.
This means eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy, and lean protein. Also, try to stay away from processed and sugary foods.
6. Stress less
I know telling you not to stress isn’t really helpful, but research has shown this to be good advice. Several studies have established that stress, especially high levels of stress, reduces a couple’s chances of getting pregnant. This is true for both men and women. So, one of the best tips for men to get their wives pregnant fast is to stress less. Stress affects the mobility and quality of the sperm produced.
A study done on women in 2014 showed that higher levels of stress are associated with longer timeframes for getting pregnant. One fertility tip given in this study is to practice some stress-relieving activities. These could include running, pilates, meditation, or practicing mindfulness. Do whatever helps you deal with stress and calm down.
Most of us are looking for a fast way to get pregnant, and in theory, it can happen in month 1. Some will wait longer. At the end of the day, try not to become too caught up in the mechanics of getting pregnant and do your best to enjoy the process and practice.
7. Seek help
There is a general guideline on when to seek help. This one applies to couples who don’t have any known medical issues that could prevent them from conceiving.
Couples under the age of 35 who haven’t been able to conceive despite having unprotected sex regularly should seek help after 12 months of trying. Couples who are over 35 should seek help after 6 months because fertility starts to decrease around the age of 35.
Some gynecological issues could be affecting fertility, such as endometriosis, irregular menstrual cycles, polycystic ovary syndrome, and fibroids. Your ob-gyn will do an examination to see whether there are any issues affecting your fertility.
Trying to get pregnant can become stressful, especially when it doesn’t go as planned. The best thing you can do is follow the tips offered and have fun with your partner while trying to conceive. Don’t just focus on the end goal, and if you do take longer than expected, know when to seek help. Enjoy the journey to parenthood.