Reader's dilemma: What secrets do real moms use to get pregnant fast?
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD writes:
Are you wondering how to get pregnant? There are a few baby-making basics like predicting ovulation,learning how often to have sex, and understanding healthy lifestyle choices that can make it easier to get pregnant. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests
The first when you want to get pregnant is to learn when you are most fertile. Each month, hormones in the pituitary gland stimulate ovulation, and the egg travels to your fallopian tubes where it waits to encounter sperm. For most of us, figuring out when this happens is pretty much an educated guess. Start by marking on a calendar the day your period begins each month and how many days it lasts. For women with a twenty eight day cycle, ovulation occurs about fourteen days after your last period. If you are more or less than 28 days, subtract eighteen from the total number of days in a cycle.
When your next period starts, count ahead this many days and you’ll have a good idea of when you will be most fertile. Before you get pregnant, you can also look for changes in your cervical mucus. The secretions should look like raw egg whites. When you ovulate, the mucus becomes cloudy and sticky or goes away, and you will be far less likely to get pregnant.
Another method you can use when you are trying to get pregnant is to measure your basal body temperature. Ovulation causes a slight increase in body temperature, usually less than one degree. Track your temperature for a month, and when you notice the temperature change for about three days, you are probably fertile and should be able to get pregnant.
Some women find that an over-the-counter ovulation kit is a good way to predict the best time to get pregnant. OTC ovulation predictor kits detect a surge in hormones that takes place right before you ovulate. You’ll need to have an idea of the length of your cycle to get the best results (and not waste kits), so spend a month or two tracking your cycle before you start.
Once you know when you are fertile and are ready to get pregnant fast, there are a few simple things you should do to maximize you chances of getting pregnant.
First, have sex regularly. It can be a simple as having sex two or three times a week, because eventually you will hit a fertile time. If you are healthy and trying to get pregnant, there is no such thing as trying too often. When you know that you are ovulating, try to have sex daily.
The second way to get pregnant is to make smart lifestyle choices. Keep at a healthy weight (without crash dieting!), eat healthy foods, do not smoke or drink alcohol, try not to become overly stressed out, and avoid caffeine. Not only will these tips help you get fast, they will lead to a healthy baby and an easier pregnancy.
Third, see your doctor for some pre-pregnancy planning tips. He or she may have ideas that will help you get pregnant. Finally, start taking vitamins. Folic acid is an essential part of having a baby, and taking prenatal vitamins is good for you even before you get pregnant. Taking prenatal vitamins before you get pregnant can reduce the chances of neural tube defects.
Most couples who have sex often are able to conceive within a year. If you have been trying to get pregnant and have been unsuccessful after a year, you may want to talk to a doctor. If you are over thirty five or you have a known condition that effects fertility, you may want to see your doctor sooner. Depending on your condition, it may be relatively easy to get pregnant with a little help.
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