Trying to Conceive

For some couples, it may take just one random night of sex to get pregnant while for some, it may seem nearly impossible even after several planned attempts. Whether you are beginning to trying to conceive or have not been getting things to work, check mark these important conception tips before you try the next time.

Last Updated: Oct 22, 2020 11:29 GMT

Trying to Conceive
Trying to Conceive

Some couples may get it right on their first night together while some others may have to explore through several nights. Fairly being educated on how to get pregnant will definitely take you a step closer to your baby love!

1.       How well do you know your menstrual cycle?

To understand conception, it is important for you to track the following in your menstrual cycle:

·         The menstrual cycle length, that is, the number of days between two periods can vary from woman to woman. In general, a cycle lasts for 28-32 days. The first day of your period is the first day of your menstrual cycle. Using a calendar, track your menstrual cycle length. If the gap between the two periods is the same for months, you have a regular cycle. If there is a huge variation, then your cycle is irregular.

·         If you have a regular cycle, the day when your egg is released (a process called ovulation) in a month is fairly predictable. Somewhere around the middle of your cycle, ovulation occurs. Counting from the day your period begins, you are most likely to ovulate between days 10 to day 14, if you have a regular 28-day cycle. But, said that menstrual cycle and ovulation time can vary from woman to woman, you must be able to read your signs of ovulation or check with an online ovulation calculator.

 

2.       Have you figured out your fertility window?

You really need not have sex on all 28 days of your cycle, in order to become pregnant (though it is not a bad idea!) If you would like to know the smarter and faster way to get pregnant, it is this – understand your fertility window. Your ovulation date has a critical say when you are trying to conceive. It is because sperm can survive inside the woman’s body for 5-6 days while an ovum is viable for only 24 hours following ovulation. Fertility window is the 5-6 days before the end of the egg’s 24 hour viability time. It is calculated by an ovulation tracker or by sensing the signs of ovulation. Here are the common signs of ovulation:

·         Rise in basal body temperature

·         Increased sexual drive

·         Vaginal discharge becomes thick and sticky

·         The cervical opening feels softer when checked with a clean finger

·         Breast tenderness

 

3.       How to have sex to get pregnant?

If you are trying to conceive, you must get a better sense of when to have sex than how to have sex. It is wise to have sex every day during the second and third weeks of your menstrual cycle. If your busy daily routine makes everyday-sex a hard task to achieve, it is recommended to have sex on the 5 or 6 days which fall within the fertility window. The point is, arranging a meeting between the sperm and the ovum just the day before your ovulation (well, if you can magically predict exactly when you ovulate) is the ultimate key to open the door of your womb.

Coming to best sex positions to get pregnant, there isn’t one which can give surety of conception though the missionary position, that is, the man on top, is believed to enhance the chances of pregnancy. This is because the woman gets to sleep on her back while the little swimmers can make their way to the top to her fallopian tube, enduring minimal or no gravity.

A few tips to keep in mind during and after sex are:

·         It may take a few cycles after you go off your birth control pills or hormones, or remove contraceptive devices, before you get pregnant.

·         If your partner is habituated to withdraw his penis out just before ejaculation, remember to let go of this habit.

·         It is advisable for the woman not to clean her genitals soon after sex, which may wash away the potential sperms.

·         Lying in the horizontal position and putting the legs up after sex are a few old tales that are said to help conception though there is no evidence to support it.

·         The first semen out of an ejaculation that happens after a long while may contain dead sperms. Therefore, by the time you prepare for intercourse during the fertility window, you should be in your active sexual state.

Avoid using lubricants which might alter the pH of your vaginal floor which, in turn, can possibly hinder the receptivity of sperms.

 

4.       How healthy is your lifestyle?

You will be surprised to know that the health of your would-be baby begins even before you become pregnant. Studies show that women who followed the guidelines for healthy nutrition and lifestyle showed a higher percentage of conception than those who did not. That is why, it is important for both you and your partner to have a general health check done with a health care provider before you plan to conceive. You may be suggested for medical tests to test your glucose levels, hemoglobin levels or other conditions which may run in your families or known previously. Important guidelines to follow before planning your pregnancy are:

·         The woman must consume a minimum of 400 micrograms per day of folic acid supplements.

·         Avoid alcohol consumption.

·         Quit smoking.

·         Consume five or more portions of fruits and vegetables every day.

·         Maintain your body weight within the optimal range for your height, gender and age group.

·         Get into a regular exercise regime. But take care not to overdo. Strenuous physical activity can sometimes have adverse effects on conception.

 

5.       What can go wrong when you are trying to conceive?

Religiously following steps #1 to #4 is no guarantee to become pregnant. Discussed below are a few reasons why a couple does not get pregnant faster:

1.       With irregular menstrual cycles, it can be difficult to predict the fertility window.

2.       Physiological factors of the sperm and ovum, like the viability and mobility of the sperm.

3.       The receptivity of the uterus, that is, how prepared the uterus is for pregnancy.

 

4.       Higher levels of stress.

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