Have you been looking for a guide to getting pregnant? Here are 10 tips for getting pregnant faster.
We go over the science behind baby-making to ensure that you are doing everything in your power to expedite the arrival of a positive pregnancy test.
10 tips for getting pregnant fast
1. Get to know Aunt Flo
While menstrual cycles vary, most women ovulate once a month. During ovulation, a woman’s body goes through hormonal changes before releasing an egg in the ovaries. Ovulation typically occurs 12 to 16 days before your period. This is the time when you are most fertile.
Some signs of ovulation include a higher basal body temperature, higher levels of luteinizing hormone (LH), the production of thin, stretchy vaginal discharge, breast tenderness, bloating, spotting, and cramping. 1Ovulations Calculator webmd.com/baby/healthtool-ovulation-calculator
You might consider using an app-based ovulation tracker, such as Fertility Friend, Period Tracker, or Glow. These programs will use data to make an estimate when your monthly friend is going to arrive.
2. Cancel those birth control refills
You’re not going to have much luck getting pregnant if you’re on birth control. Ditch the pills, patches, and intrauterine devices (IUD) as soon as you start trying to conceive. Add condoms, diaphragms, vaginal sponges, and spermicides to the list of birth control methods you’ll want to avoid.
Some of you are probably wondering what happens when you stop taking something that’s been part of your daily routine since high school.
According to the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS), it could take women up to three months to return to their regular menstrual schedules after they stop taking oral contraceptives. 2When will my periods come back after I stop taking the pill? nhs.uk/conditions/contraception
Still, you might have a better chance of getting pregnant if you’ve been using birth control for several years.
In a recent study, researchers found that prolonged use of oral contraceptives decreased women’s chances of experiencing delayed conceptions.3Farrow, A., Hull, M. G. R., Northstone, K., Taylor, H., Ford, W. C. L., & Golding, J. (2002). Prolonged use of oral contraception before a planned pregnancy is associated with a decreased risk of delayed conception. Human Reproduction, 17(10), 2754-2761.
3. Optimize your calendar
A woman’s fertility window includes the five days leading up to ovulation. Your chance of conception is highest during the two days leading up to and the day of ovulation.4Wilcox, A. J., Weinberg, C. R., & Baird, D. D. (1995). Timing of sexual intercourse in relation to ovulation—effects on the probability of conception, survival of the pregnancy, and sex of the baby. New England Journal of Medicine, 333(23), 1517-1521.
nejm.org The World Health Organization has determined that women are fertile for approximately 9.6 days during their menstrual cycles.5World Health Organization. (1983). A prospective multicentre trial of the ovulation method of natural family planning. III. Characteristics of the menstrual cycle and of the fertile phase. Fertility and sterility, 40(6), 773-778.
So, how can you make sure that you are optimizing your babymaking sex? Well, if your period arrives like clockwork each month, then your work is going to be easy. You’re likely to ovulate on the fourteenth day of your cycle. You can up your chances of conception by having sex once every other day for the 10 days following the fourteenth day of your menstrual cycle.
If your period isn’t that predictable, consider using alternative methods to determine when your body is going to release an egg. Many pregnant women use special thermometers to track their basal temperatures. The consistency of your cervical mucus may also indicate if you’re experiencing ovulation.
Sorry ladies, scientists have successfully disproven the myth that the timing of conception determines the sex of an infant.6Wilcox, A. J., Weinberg, C. R., & Baird, D. D. (1995). Timing of sexual intercourse in relation to ovulation—effects on the probability of conception, survival of the pregnancy, and sex of the baby. New England Journal of Medicine, 333(23), 1517-1521.
4. Health and Wellness
One way to get pregnant faster is to make healthy, positive changes to your lifestyle. That means eating better, exercising often, and maintaining a healthy pre-pregnancy weight. Naturally, you’ll want to continue good habits when you’re pregnant.
A body mass index (BMI) over 30 decreases your chance of getting pregnant by a whopping 50%.7Varma¹, M. D. S., Mhatre, M. V. R., More, M. P. M., & Ayane, S. S. (2015). Measurement of Body Mass Index (BMI) using PIC 18F452 Microcontroller. International Journal on Recent and Innovation Trends in Computing and Communication, 3(4), 2213-2216.
You should also exercise regularly (though not vigorously) if you are trying to get pregnant. Each woman’s ideal pregnancy diet and exercise routine is going to look a little different. Talk with your doctor to develop a plan that will help you get pregnant faster.
5. Start swallowing those prenatal vitamin
Don’t wait until you have a baby on board to pop a daily prenatal vitamin. You should consider taking prenatal vitamins as early as three months before conception or, in the least, as soon as you start trying to conceive. Prenatal vitamins fill the gaps in women’s diets.
They offer folic acid (folate),omega-3, iron, vitamin D, and calcium and other important vitamins and minerals. However, do you need these nutrients before the baby is here? Well, folate helps form the neural tube. According to the CDC, healthy levels of folate can help prevent brain defects, including anencephaly and spina bifida.8cdc.gov
Supplements will also help your body stave off any deficiencies, making it easier for you to get pregnant.
6. Just say no to lubricant
Do you keep a bottle of K-Y jelly or Astroglide by your bedside? That lube might make your sex more enjoyable, but it’s also possible that it is preventing your partner’s sperm from reaching your egg. Over-the-counter lubricants do not contain spermicides. However, they do impact the pH of a woman’s cervical discharge. They also the have the ability to interfere with the mobility of sperm.9Steiner, A. Z., Long, D. L., Tanner, C., & Herring, A. H. (2012). Effect of vaginal lubricants on natural fertility. Obstetrics and gynecology, 120(1), 44.
Our recommendation for those looking to get pregnant faster: ditch the lube or switch to something with a balanced pH, such as Pre-Seed Personal Lubricant.
7. Eliminate unhealthy habits
According to the Cleveland Clinic, a regular cigarette habit can have a negative impact on your fertility.10health.clevelandclinic.org
How Stopping Smoking Boosts Your Fertility Naturally Infertility rates of smokers are twice as high as those for nonsmokers.11Practice Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. (2008). Smoking and infertility. Fertility and sterility, 90(5), S254-S259.
It’s probably best that you skip that glass of wine. After all, studies show that excess alcohol consumption increase’s a woman’s chance of conceiving.12EFFECTS OF DRUG ABUSE ON THE MALE AND FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEMS drugabuse.com/addiction/health-issues
Try replacing your old vices with healthy foods and moderate exercise. Barre, yoga, pilates, and running are great ways to destress, maintain a healthy conception weight, and improve your overall well-being. You’re chances of getting pregnant sore when you are healthy.
8. Give his sperm super powers
Women, do you want to get pregnant fast? Don’t underestimate your partner’s role in the babymaking process. There are a few science-based things that he can do to boost his sperm count and, therefore, up to your chances of conceiving.
Scientists have found that D-aspartic acid levels are particularly low in men with fertility issues. He can boost his sperm counts by taking a daily D-aspartic acid supplement.13D’Aniello, G., Ronsini, S., Guida, F., Spinelli, P., & D’Aniello, A. (2005). Occurrence of D-aspartic acid in human seminal plasma and spermatozoa: possible role in reproduction. Fertility and sterility, 84(5), 1444-1449.
Make sure the ditches his briefs for a while too. A recent study published in Human Reproduction identified the fact that tight underwear messes with men’s sperm concentration and FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) levels. So, until you get that BFP (big fat positive), have him opt for boxers or go commando.
What’s more, stick to sex every other day to ensure that his sperm has time to replenish itself.
9. Call your primary care provider
You’re privy to the concept of postpartum care, but what’s a preconception checkup?
Set up a preconception checkup with your regular provider and let them know you’re trying to conceive. They will be able to answer all of your most pressing questions. They’ll also look for medical conditions that could potentially impact on your fertility and subsequent pregnancy.
According to the March of Dimes, preconception checkups are for experienced mommies too. They suggest that women who have experienced any of the follow phenomenons go for a preconception checkup:14marchofdimes.org/pregnancy/your-checkup-before-pregnancy
YOUR CHECKUP BEFORE PREGNANCY
- Premature birth
- A baby with birth defects
10. Make the most of your time in the bedroom
Medical professionals recommend that you have sex every other day or every day during a woman’s ovulation period to get pregnant.
Believe it or not, conception work isn’t done after a round of intercourse.
Make it easier for your partner’s sperm to reach your egg by lying in bed after intercourse. Try tilting your pelvis back and lifting your legs in the air. What’s more, avoiding going to the bathroom immediately after sex.
According to Sherman J. Silber’s book “How to Get Pregnant,” sperm moves quickly to invade a woman’s cervical mucus. Your partner’s semen has a mere 30 minutes to make this happen. After that, it’s a race for them to pass the cervix and enter the fallopian tubes.
When in doubt, seek outside assistance
For most women, conception doesn’t come instantly. It’s crucial that you familiarize yourself with the average conception times for someone of your age.
According to the experts at the Cleveland Clinic, the average female only ovulates 300 to 400 times during her reproductive lifetime.15Reynolds, L. P., Killilea, S. D., & Redmer, D. A. (1992). Angiogenesis in the female reproductive system. The FASEB journal, 6(3), 886-892.
You heard that right. Females are born with ALL their eggs. By the time young women are ready to think about having a baby, their once plentiful stocks are often dwindling.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a woman’s fertility starts dropping by the age of 32 years old. The numbers really start to dip when women turn 37.
For this reason, they recommend that women over the age of 35 seek outside help if they fail to conceive after six months of doing the baby-making dance. They also advise women over the age of 40 to seek immediate fertility evaluation and, whenever warranted, treatment.16No, C. O. (2014). Female age-related fertility decline. Fertility and Sterility, 101(3), 633-634.
It is important to remember that age is not the only thing that can impact your fertility. According to the Mayo Clinic, an estimated 10 to 18% of women have trouble getting pregnant.17Smith, S., Pfeifer, S. M., & Collins, J. A. (2003). Diagnosis and management of female infertility. Jama, 290(13), 1767-1770.
If you’re under the age of 35 and have been unsuccessful in getting pregnant for over a year, you may reach out for a professional assessment and treatments.
Of course, reach out to your doctor before attempting to conceive if you have experienced any of the following complications :
- history of irregular or painful periods
- pelvic inflammatory disease
- repeated miscarriages
- prior cancer treatment
Wrapping things up
We spent hours researching the latest fertility studies, conversing with the experts, and talking with our fellow parents. We’re confident that these steps will help you get that bun in the oven as fast as possible. Are you looking to pregnant? Share your thoughts and questions in the comment section below.