How to Get Pregnant Quickly 101
I remember when my husband and I decided to start trying for our first baby. I was over the mood excited and I couldn’t wait to see those double lines appear on that pregnancy test. If you know me by now, I am the most impatient person on the planet. I immediately started researching how I could conceive quickly. I looked at every fertility site I could get my hands on and soaked in all the information I could get.
It took 5 months of trying before I finally conceived my first daughter. The second time around I was much more educated on fertility and ended up conceiving the very first month of trying. I’d like to think that these methods helped with this result, but I’m sure there was some luck involved.
Please keep in mind that this will not work for everyone trying to conceive. These methods can boost your chances of getting pregnant, but not guarantee it.
Alrighty, here we go!
Get off Birth Control
First and foremost, get off birth control (if you are on it). Depending on the type of birth control you are on, it could take a few months before your body is ready for baby making. If you are like me and got an IUD, you can start trying for a baby shortly after you take that sucker out.
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Track Your Cycle
Tracking your cycle is probably the most important part of knowing when your fertile window is. You cannot get pregnant if you are not ovulating. Knowing your cycle will help you pinpoint when you ovulate so you can maximize your chances of getting pregnant.
When I started tracking, I would count my cycle days. In a perfect world, ovulation occurs about 14 days after your first day of your period. This is based on a typical 28-day cycle. However, my typical cycle length was 30-32 days long, and ovulation occurs 18-20 days after. Knowing this, I knew that to max my chances of getting pregnant I should be having sex on cycle days 16-21. To verify the accuracy of my tracking and ovulation days, I did some other methods to backup that information such as:
- Purchasing an Ovulation Test. Ovulation tests tell you if you are ovulating or not. My favorite one is the Clearblue Advanced Digital Ovulation Test. This one comes 10 per pack, which is great because you will probably need to use more than one to pinpoint ovulation.
- Take Your Temperature. Get a good oral thermometer, like the Basal Body Thermometer. All you have to do is take your temperature every morning before you get out of bed and write down what your temperature is. You will notice that in the first half of your cycle your temperature will be lower, but after you ovulate your temperature will spike up a degree or so. The rise in temperature is from the releasing of extra progesterone in your body after ovulation. Once you see that spike, you know you ovulated the day before. This is good to see what your pattern looks like and find out when your typical ovulation days are so you can prepare for the next time. To help with temperature tracking, I used an app called Fertility Friend. This one was by far my favorite fertility app to use when I was trying to conceive.
- Track your Mucus. Gross, I know, but when tracking your cycle your cervical mucus plays a very important role. Just before ovulation, your mucus will become more clear and watery. This is nature’s way of helping the sperm survive and swim to the egg. After you ovulate, your mucus will change to a “creamier” texture, almost resembling lotion. Keeping track of these changes can help pinpoint when your fertile window is to optimize your chances of getting pregnant.
Make sure you are taking care of yourself and putting your health first. Your body is going to be the home to another human for 9 months, so eating right and preparing your body for what it is about to endure is critical. On top of that, a healthy, well balanced diet can make you more fertile. Eating foods rich in antioxidants can help improve fertility for both men and women. Good sources for this are fruits, veggies, nuts and grains.
While we are still on the diet and health topic, try to stay away from:
— Soda: Both diet and regular soda have been linked to lower fertility.
— Trans Fats: Trans fats have been associated with an increased risk of ovulatory infertility. A study from Harvard School of Public Health found that women who ate trans fats had more ovulation-related fertility problems than women who avoided it.
— Alcohol: Alcohol depletes your body of vitamin B and can decrease your ovarian reserve, which can contribute to infertility.
— Mercury: Cut back on high-mercury fish while trying for a baby. Mercury can build up stores in your body, which could harm the development of your baby’s nervous system when you do get pregnant.
I’m a big fan of getting most, if not all, your nutrients through food, but if you think you need a supplement boost, some good solutions are:
— Prenatal Vitamins: I took Vitafusion Prenatal Gummy Vitamins. These were my favorite because they tasted good and gave me everything I needed to prepare for a new resident in my body. I took them all the way through breastfeeding.
–Vitex: If you have irregular periods, tracking your cycle can be a nightmare. Nature’s Way Vitex is a natural herb that helps women regulate their menstrual and hormonal balance, making it easier to track your cycles to optimize conception.
— FertilAid for Women: This supplement supports overall reproductive health. It’s packed with antioxidants and vitamins that support fertility. This also supports cycle regulation just like Vitex.
Probably the most fun (and important) part of trying to conceive! Once you learn how to track your cycle and figured out roughly when your fertile window is, the next step is to get them swimmers to the egg! Try having sex a few days before ovulation and a couple days after (in case you ovulate sooner or later than usual that month). Having sex every day during your fertile window is ideal, but every other day works too since sperm can live inside you up to 5 days.
As for position tips, to get deeper penetration (sperm closer to the cervix) try missionary or even doggy style. “Woman on top” is fine too, but gravity tends to work against you in those positions. Once the deed is done, to make sure you give those swimmers enough time to do their thing, lay in bed with your hips arched up for a for a few minutes.
Did you know that if you’re stressed, it can actually hinder your chances of conceiving? Stress negatively influences your fertility because it can disturb your hormone balances that control normal ovulation cycles. Studies have shown that the more stressed a woman is, the longer it takes her to get pregnant.
A few ways to de-stress are:
— Exercising: Exercising is one of the best stress relievers. Physical activity produces endorphins (the feel-good hormones). Endorphins are chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers, improve sleep and reduce stress.
— Breathe Deeply: Another de-stress and anxiety remedy that produces endorphins.
— Take a bath: Taking a bath with some nice candles and music is incredibly stress relieving.
— Be Social: Get out of the house and enjoy other people’s company. Being social and feeling connected is important for reducing stress. Socializing can decrease anxiety and make you feel more confident in handling stresses in your life.
Seek Medical Assistance
Unfortunately, there are women who will still have a harder time getting pregnant, even after trying everything they could do. Statistics say that 1 out of every 10 couples will experience infertility. If you go a year with no luck, or if you are age 35 and older, it’s time to consult your doctor to see what the next steps should be.