Tips on Getting Pregnant Faster: The Basics
Whether you have just started to dream of smiling little babies in your future; or if you have already been trying for a few months and are feeling frustrated, almost every woman who is trying to conceive wants their little bundle of joy to arrive as fast as possible! It seems that once that biological switch is flipped it can not be turned off! Many of these you probably have heard before, but hopefully each woman reading this can learn something new on her journey towards those 2 little pink lines!
NOTE: This article only covers the basics, so if you have already been trying for quite a while, or have already been diagnosed with an advanced infertility problem then you may want to see my other hubs here - and here - .
1. Learn your cycle
Knowing your cycle is the best way to predict future ovulation and time intercourse correctly. It is also the best way to know if your cycles are too irregular or too long and you may be needing some extra help to get pregnant. The best way to keep track of your cycle is in conjunction with BBT charting which will be discussed below. There are even apps for any smartphone in which you can mark down your BBT (temperature) and any important days in your cycle such as ovulation or the start of a period.
2. Stop smoking and drinking now
If you wish to become pregnant, then logically now is the time to start treating your body as if you already were pregnant. The first few weeks are the most important time for your babies forming body. There's no reason to not stop smoking and drinking now since you will hopefully be pregnant very soon! It will also help you conceive.
3. Time intercourse correctly
Ideally, you will want to have sex every day during your fertile period. The only exception to this is if your husband's sperm count or quality is a bit low, in which case you would want to have sex every other day during your fertile period - so that his sperm can have time to "reboot".
4. Monitor your BBT
It can be extremely helpful to measure and record your BBT (basal body temperature) each morning. It must be using a special BBT thermometer and must be the same time each morning after at least 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Some women will see a slight dip right before they are about to ovulate. All women should then see a big jump right after ovulation. If your body is working as it should, your temperature will then stay elevated for 14 days at which point it will drop down and your period will begin. Unless you are pregnant in which case it will usually stay up! If your temperature does not act this way, for example if your temperature only stays elevated for 10 days before dropping - meaning this phase of your cycle is not long enough to get pregnant - you can then take this information to your doctor and he can help you fix the issue.
5. Monitor your ovulation
There are many ways to monitor your ovulation, but most women use the BBT charting described above in conjunction with paying attention to any ovulation pains, and looking at the changes in their cervical mucous.
6. Begin taking prenatal vitamins
It is very important to get your vitamins at this time of conception. The most important is folic acid which helps to prevent many birth defects. Having stores of these vitamins already in your body can only help ovulation and conception.
7. Eat healthier
Much of today's food is overly processed and full of chemicals. These chemicals can interfere with the body's natural processes of ovulation and conception. You want to eat as "clean" and "natural" as possible. This means mostly fruits and vegetables, organic when possible. Also healthy and naturally occurring things like chicken, milk, orange juice, eggs, wheat bread, peanut butter, etc. Most cereals are too sugary and processed but Cheerios is actually very good for you and is fortified with many vitamins including folic acid.
8. Eliminating stress
Stress has a huge affect on your body's natural cycle and can delay ovulation. Try to reduce stressful situations as much as possible and take some time each day to unwind and spend some time for yourself. This is different for everyone but it may be as simple as a bubble bath or time with a good book. For many women a big stress reliever is taking a walk or exercising, which also helps your body stay in shape.
8. Get enough sleep
It is very important to get enough sleep so that your body has the ability to work on your natural cycles.
9. Take extra fertility supplements
10. Have your husband take some extra supplements
11. Manage your weight
Being overweight or even underweight can delay or even halt the bodies natural ability to regulate ovulation. It is very important to reach as close to an ideal body weight for your age and height as you can. Many women with irregular cycles or who were not ovulating at all find great success after losing weight. Just think of it as practice for losing that after-baby weight! ;)
Some people say that visualization helps the universe know what you want and send it your way. Others admit that visualizing things keeps it front and center in your mind, and so you are more willing to make the right decisions necessary for achieving your goal. Regardless of how or why it works, it can't hurt to take some time to create a vision board or sit and daydream about the beautiful feeling of being pregnant or seeing your baby for the first time.
Many people have found great success in doing acupuncture and acupuncture alone to fix their irregular cycles or trouble getting pregnant. The key is to find an experienced trustworthy practitioner by searching on websites such as Yelp, Citysearch, Yahoo Local, Google Local, or Angie's List.
14. Sleep in darkness
The theory here is that turning off all electronics and lights can help your body adjust to the natural rhythms of the moon and tides that keep you on a regular menstrual cycle. In order for this to really work you need to have no light in your room at all, even from an alarm clock because your body needs to get in sync with the moonlight. I have to admit, when I tried this I don't know how much it helped but I certainly got a much more relaxing night's sleep! It somehow felt right sleeping in the darkness, whereas I usually have the TV on.
15. Be proactive
What ended up helping me get pregnant wasn't any natural cure. I had VERY long and irregular cycles and so in the end I had no patience for the many months acupuncture and dietary changes would probably take. I started going to an infertility center after only 6 months trying and they evaluated me very thoroughly. Instead of being depressed I was now in charge. If I had not gone to them I would not have discovered that I had a slight thyroid problem and needed to be on medication for it. Although I was diagnosed with mild PCOS and needed Clomid to conceive as well, I believe a large part of the problem was the thyroid issue. Luckily I am a very proactive person and was able to do what it took to get in control of my body once and for all. The cycle I got pregnant it was because I went in for monitoring and knew exactly when I was going to ovulate. I am now 15 weeks pregnant! =)
16. Eliminate chemical exposures
It blows my mind how most people today don't realize the effect of the environment all around us. We are bombarded daily with chemicals in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the products that touch our skin, and the items we cook with and store food in. Cleaning up your environment now can greatly improve your chances of conceiving and carrying a healthy baby to term. If you must paint, use no VOC paint which can be purchased at Lowe's for around the same price as regular paint. Throw away all your chemical cleaners. Who decided that "clean" meant "chemical" anyway? The best way to clean is to mix up water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Vinegar actually kills bacteria and it is not harmful to you or to a growing fetus. You don't need a bunch of fancy kitchen & bathroom cleaners. We clean everything from our floors to our toilets with just vinegar and water. It saves money as well! I also stopped using any health & beauty products that were not natural. In addition, it is very important to switch plastic containers to glass containers and to switch non-stick cooking pans to cast iron pans. Opening windows in your home can help to clear out any bad chemicals in the air and ensure that you are breathing in fresh air. Regardless of the smog in your city, studies show that indoor air quality is usually much worse than outdoor air quality!
17. Get your gums & dental health in check
The health of your gums and teeth surprisingly have a strong affect on many other areas of your body's overall health.
18. Elevate your hips
It is very important to lay with your hips elevated so that the sperm have the ability to travel where they need to go.
19. Stay lying down after sex
Additionally, you should stay in this position for at least 15-20 minutes and do not shower afterwards.
20. Have your partner switch to boxers
It is very important to have your husband's sperm at the best quality possible when you are trying to conceive. This not only affects how soon you will get pregnant, but also the quality of the sperm could affect the future health of your baby!
21. Cut down on caffeine, sushi, and other things that pregnant women should not have
This is part of that whole "treating your body as if you were already pregnant" thing ;)
22. Learn to evaluate your cervical mucous
23. Quit using lube!
Using lube affects the sperms ability to swim as far as they need to go to fertilize the egg. The only lubricant that actually helps instead of hurts is called Pre-seed, so if you absolutely must use lube then this is the one you should invest in.
24. Check your medications
Many people do not realize that even commonly used medications - such
as ibuprofen - can affect your chances of getting pregnant. Ibuprofen
for example, can interfere with implantation, making it hard for the
embryo toimplant in your uterine lining.
25. Avoid using certain vaginal products
Vaginal douches & deodorants, as well as scented tampons and other similar products can affect the PH in your vagina making it more difficult for sperm to survive for the long journey upward.
Remember, every woman is different - and while some of these may seem glaringly obvious or basic to you - odds are there is at least one woman out there for whom each of these tips will work when they otherwise would not have thought of it. All of these things will also help to create a healthy environment in order to sustain a beautiful & successful pregnancy - remember you are growing a human life now! Treat your body like it.
But if you just can't help but to roll your eyes at how lame these sound - then you, like me, have probably been diagnosed with an infertility problem or have been TTC for many months or even years. If this is you - don't forget to check out my post here - about advanced infertility. ;)