How to Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

Happy young couple holding a sonogram of their unborn childGetting pregnant and having a baby is one of life’s greatest joys – but unfortunately for some couples, getting pregnant isn’t that simple. I give you some tips that should help you to get pregnant a little more quickly.

Have Sex Three Times a Week

A lot of women believe that they know their exact time of ovulation. However, without an ovulation kit, predicting your ovulation period is nearly impossible. If you cannot afford an ovulation kit or you’re unsure of how to predict your ovulation, you should be having sex at least three times a week. The more times you have sex, the better your chances of getting pregnant.

Give Birth Control a Chance to Leave Your System

If you’ve been taking birth control such as the pill for a number of months or years, the hormones from the birth control will still be in your body for a number of months – even after you stop taking them. If you don’t get pregnant straight away, that’s normal – so try not to worry about it too much.

Try a Fertility Monitor

These days, you can buy fertility monitors that you use in the same way as a pregnancy test. They work by measuring LH surges prior to ovulation as well as other hormone changes. These sorts of kits are available from a number of pregnancy test manufacturers, such as Clear Blue, and they’re really quite easy to use.

Learn Your Ovulation Period

Once you’ve established an ovulation period using either a fertility monitor or by speaking to your doctor, you can then establish when the best period in the month for you to get pregnant is. Your ovulation period really only lasts for 24 hours, so you should be having sex in the 2 or 3 days leading up to this period and during the ovulation period itself.

Don’t Stress Yourself Out

It takes a lot of couples a number of years to get pregnant. Quite often, they’re not doing anything wrong and their bodies are perfectly capable of creating a baby – it’s just not happening for them. This may be because they’re worrying about it or it may just not be happening – but it is entirely normal for the process to take some time.

Don’t Associate Sex with Pregnancy

Although you obviously need to have sex to get pregnant, if you have sex just to get pregnant, not to enjoy it or to spend time with your partner, you will inevitably put strain on your relationship. Try not to think ‘Why bother having sex, I’m not near my ovulation period’ – instead remember that sex is an enjoyable experience between a couple and it should be used as such, not just as a tool to have a baby.

See Your Doctor

If you’ve been trying to have a baby for a year and you haven’t been successful, it may be time to visit the doctor just to make sure that there aren’t any problems with either of you. The earlier you seek help and advice if there are any problems, the more chances you have of turning to other treatments, such as IVF. If you don’t go to the doctor because you’re frightened of what he or she might say, you could leave it too late to be treated successfully.

Look After Yourself

It seems like common sense, but a lot of people neglect themselves when they’re trying to get pregnant, as they’re so wrapped up in trying to have a baby they forget to look after themselves. Instead, make sure you eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, drink plenty of water, and keep away from cigarettes, drugs and alcohol.