How to Get Pregnant: 14 Best Tips and Practices to Conceive
Trying to get pregnant is often a bittersweet journey in a couple’s life. What starts off as an excuse to snuggle up and spend some quality time, soon turns into a frustrating experience for many. Couples are left scratching their head on how to get pregnant. Lifestyle changes, along with the stressful environment that we live in, has an adverse effect on women’s chances of conceiving. While it can be frustrating, there are certain ways to get pregnant fast. Read on as we list down the top 14 tips to boost your chances of conceiving.
Scheduling a Preconception Checkup
Once you are ready to start a family, it is better to schedule a preconception counseling. It is not only an essential step but also a smart move to be aware of one’s medical history. The checkup will also help you to discuss any possible problems that could crop up due to medical issues in the past. Before going for a checkup, have the entire list of your present medications at hand. Doing so will help your doctor in pointing out the ones that might affect your fertility or pregnancy.
Other than a full body checkup, your doctor might also suggest you to start taking up prenatal vitamins with folic acid. Folic acid works during the early stages of pregnancy to protect against birth defects like spini-bifida. Due to its importance, it’s essential for women to have it even before they get pregnant.
Know Your Ovulation Cycle
Blame it on the hectic lifestyle, but most women don’t keep a track of their menstrual cycle. For a faster pregnancy, it helps to have a grasp of your menstrual cycle, as it will help you know when you are most fertile. Ovulation, considered as the best time to try to conceive, shows itself through certain physical signs. Most common signs include:
- A change in cervical fluid: Women often see a change in the consistency of their cervical fluid during ovulation. Ovulation usually occurs when a woman releases the most amount of wet fluid, however, experiences may vary.
- A change in basal temperature: Checking your basal body temperature is another way of determining your time of ovulation. Your temperature might see a sudden dip as you get closer to ovulation, increasing the following day until your next period or throughout your pregnancy. To keep a track of your basal body temperature, it is better to invest in a basal body thermometer. Unlike a normal thermometer, basal body thermometer is capable of recording even the sensitive changes.
- A change in cervical position or firmness: This particular change is one which often goes unnoticed by many women. During ovulation, your cervix will be soft, high, wet and open.
If detecting these changes and keeping a proper tab on them is not possible for you, it is better to invest in Ovulation Prediction Kits. These kits help you to know if you are ovulating, and also the best possible time for your body to conceive.
You might also want to know around 10 highly relevant symptoms of pregnancy.
Getting Off Birth Control Pills
In case you have been using birth control pills, this is the right time to ditch it. Archaic wisdom dictated that women who have kicked the pill should wait for a certain amount of time before trying to get pregnant. That myth, however, has been debunked now.
You must also know the complications related to pregnancy.
It is possible for you to start trying to conceive right after discontinuing birth control pills. Fertility issues should not be a problem as the effect of the hormones present in the pills are not long-lasting. Your menstrual cycle after stopping would be the same as the one you had before getting on pills.
Timing Sex To Get Pregnant
Once you are aware of your ovulation cycles, it will be better for you plan your intercourse cycles accordingly. Your most fertile window, which is two to three days before ovulation, should be the time when you should be having the most sex. In case you are not aware of fertile period, try to have sex every day or every other second or third day of your cycle. This will ensure that you have a healthy sperm in your fallopian tube when your body is ready to release an egg.
If you and your partner have gone through a long dry spell, it will be better to ensure that your spouse has ejaculated once before that. Ensuring so will protect your body from the buildup of dead sperms in his semen.
Best Sex Positions To Get Pregnant
There are innumerable sex positions in the world, each one more mind-boggling than the other. However, they are just that, myths. There has been no scientific evidence which states that one sex position is better than the other when it comes to getting pregnant.
It is very rare for a woman’s cervix to be in an unusual position where a certain sex position seems more favorable than others. Women should however not sit or stand right after intercourse as it obstructs the natural trajectory of the sperm. It is better to lay in bed for a few minutes after intercourse and not move around too much.
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Originally published at www.babygogo.in on July 14, 2017.