Let’s admit, every woman sooner or later face it. You have been married for a while now and are ready to start a full of children family. It’s never too early to start preparing for pregnancy. For some women getting pregnant is easy and doesn’t require any special measures or preparations; your partner only needs to forget to wrap his woody womb pecker and ‘poof!’, a baby. For others, however, one has to start planning for it earlier, as I did.
Stop using birth control earlier
When trying to make a baby, it’s obvious that the birth control pills have to go. The rate your fertility returns after stopping using any particular birth control method varies. For some methods, such as condoms, it is easy; you just need to not wear it while having sex. However, if you use hormonal birth control methods, it may take a while until your body is normal again. It’s not uncommon for you to experience irregular periods for a while after stopping. This makes it more challenging for you to plan exactly when you want to get pregnant. Do you want to have a baby soon? Get off your chosen method as early as now. For, instance, if you usually get Depo-Provera shots you should stop getting them at least 9 months earlier if you want to start trying.
Track your ovulation cycle
You have been getting busy between the sheets with your partner regularly but aren’t getting any results. Well, results besides the orgasms. Here may be the reason why you haven’t had a successful pregnancy. Sex aimed at making a baby should occur when the woman is most fertile. But just when are women most fertile? Whenever a woman is ovulating, this is the best time to get pregnant. If you have infrequent sex, this is the time to switch it up. This period is called the fertility window and may last for up to 5 days before and during ovulation. However, ovulation happens only once in a menstrual cycle hence the timing for sex needs to be done at the right time. To avoid missing the next fertility window, you can use an ovulation calculator to predict when the next one will be. Keeping an ovulation calendar can also be helpful in this.
Know the best sex positions
It’s now time for the action. Using positions from the Kama Sutra will not guarantee you get pregnant. However, there are various theories supporting why some specific sex positions can increase your chances of conceiving. Stick to sex positions that have you lying on your back. Some of the best sex positions to get pregnant include the missionary, sex while lying side by side or sex or from behind. Keep lying on your back for a few minutes after the deed. Some specialists will even recommend you put your legs up for a few minutes. It has not been proven yet whether this increases the chances of conception. The theory behind this is that this position keeps the semen in your vagina. It wouldn’t hurt to try it, right? After all how long does it take to get pregnant after sex? Also, don’t use any lubricants as they will be may restrict the survival of sperms.
Timing is everything
Simply having sex may not produce your desired result. Maybe you want a child of a particular gender. It will all depend on the number of days after ejaculation that the ovum is fertilized. I know you are now wondering, ‘just how long does sperm live? Can the sperms survive for more than a day? Well, for one, frozen sperm can live for many years when preserved in the right conditions. The sperm ejaculated in a woman’s vagina can live for up to 5 days. The timing of intercourse is important when trying for either gender or for twins. For instance, if you are trying for a boy child you should have sex closer to your ovulation date. The Y chromosome in the sperm is more active but dies off faster than the X chromosome. However, if you want a girl child you can have sex two or one day before ovulation because the X chromosome, though slower, lasts for a longer time. If you are aiming for twins, however, your chances are higher if having twins runs in your family (on the mother’s side) or are above 35 years of age. Yes, for twins, the older the better. There are many other theories for having twins you can explore.
Eat a healthy diet
Your nutrition plays a significant role in the chances of getting pregnant. If you want to start trying to make a baby, it’s advisable to start taking a balanced diet and eat foods from various food groups. Foods rich in folic acid are a must. Folate helps in preventing your baby from having neural tube defects (defects in the brain and the spinal cord). Some folate-rich foods include whole grains, vegetables as well as citrus fruits. Start taking prenatal vitamins and supplements for various nutrients. Foods you can take to prepare for pregnancy include proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, fruits, and vegetables as well as dairy products. Eating a healthy diet ensure you start your pregnancy off with a healthy body.
Kick unhealthy habits to the curb
If you are aiming to have a healthy baby, it’s time for you and your partner to stop any habits that could tamper with getting pregnant. Doctors recommend that if you are trying to conceive you should stop these two habits completely because you most likely will not know exactly when conception will happen. Another unhealthy habit you should cut back n is your caffeine consumption. Caffeine, being a stimulant raises both your heart rate and your blood pressure which could lead to fertility issues. Embrace habits such as regular exercise to ensure you are in shape before pregnancy. Also, exercise will help you lose any extra weight if you are overweight.
Consult your healthcare provider
Visit a fertility specialist for a prenatal checkup to see if your body is in shape for baby making. They can also advise on various lifestyle changes you will have to do. This is the platform for you to air your fears and any other family history and fertility issues you might have. If you are not in a position to conceive naturally, you can get recommendations for other options.
It’s the dream of many women to have a baby. If you want to get pregnant soon, start preparing for it now. Ensure to use the above tips to get pregnant fast. However, if you are a young woman of below 35 years of age and have been trying for a baby for more than a year with no success, it might be time for you and your partner to visit a fertility specialist for testing.