What will give me the best chances of conception?
Real Mom Problem
“I've been off birth control for seven months now and have been trying to have a baby. What can I do to speed up the process?”
- 1. Track your menstrual cycle to predict when you are most fertile during the month
- 2. Be strategic about when you have sex. Moms recommend having sex either every other day or trying each day leading up to ovulation
- 3. Try not to stress about getting pregnant. Stress can actually make conception more difficult
- 4. Enjoy this journey. Use this time to bond with your partner and prepare for parenthood together
Real Mom Solutions
Some women get pregnant soon after they start trying, but for others it can take many months or even years. See what worked for these moms while they were trying to conceive.
Track Your Cycle
Track your periods and when you should ovulate. If you have a smart phone, there's an app called "My Days." You plug in your period and it gives you the days you should be most fertile and when you should ovulate. There's a spot where you can put in when you guys have sex so you can guess as to when you probably conceived.
I used digital ovulation tests because my cycles were out of whack. They worked great!
I used basal body temperature to track my cycle for several months before we conceived. I learned my cycles are weirdly short, making our fertility window very short. I also made sure to exercise lightly every day. We had lost a pregnancy, so we knew we could conceive.
Be Strategic About Sex
I was taught, when I was tracking, to have sex every other day. Every other day allows hubby's sperm count to rise again giving more fertile efforts.
I was drinking green tea and lots of water because I had dryness. I took one low dose baby aspirin every day because I had heavy periods, tracked my cycle, and checked my cervix. We had sex the day before and every day while I was ovulating. Every time I started doing these things I got pregnant within two weeks.
Take Care of Yourself
I tried a lot of things, but the only thing that helped me was to lose weight
I got pregnant the month after I quit smoking. I really think it was quitting that did the trick.
Being healthy definitely helps. I lost 20 pounds and was on meds to regulate my period.
Eat well, get lots of sleep, and enjoy the time you have with your partner.
Take prenatal vitamins. Have him take vitamins. Exercise. Lots of water. Warm showers, not hot. He should wear boxers, not briefs. Eat healthy.
Quit trying to get pregnant and let nature take over. "Trying" to get pregnant leads to stress, which can lead to no period. Not only that, but you don't want sex to be a chore.
Give up! No really, stop trying and just make sex fun. When you stop concentrating so hard on making a baby, it will happen. No charts. No temping. Not kits, etc. and it will happen.
It took me 15 months to conceive. So don't stress if it doesn't happen right away. Also, have fun with it! The more thought you put into it and the more you make it into a science project the less successful you are, and the more disappointed you get each month. Have fun, enjoy your partner, and once again, do not stress. We went in knowing it was going to be a challenge, but we finally conceived when we were on vacation. I told my hubby we weren't talking or thinking about baby and we were just going to have a great time. Lo and behold, that's when we were successful.