So you've finally decided that you're ready to start a family--Congratulations, that is a big step in itself! However, once you decide that you want to get pregnant, most women expect it to happen almost immediately--especially considering how hard you had to try to NOT get pregnant when you weren't ready for it. But the truth is that getting pregnant isn't as easy as it sounds--think more scheduled *sexy times* at particular dates and time of the month and less spontaneous, passionate lovemaking. So now that you've decided to get knocked up, here's a list of things you can try to speed up the process!
This step is easy because chances are that you're already used to tracking your period on an app in the past. Not only do these apps do a good job of keeping track of your monthly cycle and projected period start and end date, but it also keeps you updated about the days you are ovulating aka, the best time to get pregnant! Ovulation is the process of the release of the egg, which then travels to the fallopian tube, waiting to be fertilised. Hence, if you have intercourse during this period, the chances of you conceiving are extremely high. So make sure you regularly enter your dates into your period tracker, and if you want to be extra cautious, pick an app that will notify you when your ovulation period starts--you don't want to miss this golden window! Start now by downloading Gulabo, The POPxo Period Tracker.
If you're planning to get pregnant soon, it's definitely a good idea to book an appointment with a trusted gynaecologist for a pre-conception check-up. Your doctor will run a few tests to make sure that you are healthy and fit, and that your body is ready to conceive. If you do come across some problems, your doctor will direct you on how to fix them and get them out of the way. Many couples make the mistake of not going to the doctor and start trying--only to find out later that they couldn't get pregnant owing to a minor issue, which could've easily been fixed by taking a few extra supplements. So why take the chance and waste precious time? Besides diagnosing and eliminating any issues, your doctor can also suggest changes to your diet or lifestyle, which will help you get pregnant faster!
There's a lot of talk about various sex positions affecting your ability to conceive--and we're here to bust that myth. According to doctors, it's not the positions during sex that matters but what you do after the act is over. Sure, some positions may not yield the best results, like having sex standing up, owing to the rules of gravity. However, you need to make sure that you lie down for around 10-15 minutes after your partner ejaculates in you to make sure that the sperm has ample opportunity to get into the cervix. Also, make sure that you don't pee immediately after the act--that won't give the sperm enough time to settle in the cervix. The bottom line is, after you have sex, just lie down for a while, and then resume all activities as usual!
Stress is not good for human bodies and minds. If you let your stress go unchecked, symptoms can range from minor ones including headaches, muscle pain, chest pain, fatigue, low sex drive and insomnia to severe problems like hypertension, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. When you're pregnant, stress can lead to severe complications such as premature birth, low-weight birth and can also affect the brain development of the fetus. However, the truth is that stress is a part of everyone's life, but it is how you manage it that makes all the difference. Whenever you find yourself feeling stressed, figure out a coping mechanism that helps you relax. You could try meditating, listening to music, talking to a loved one, playing with a pet, working out or just taking a nap. Different things work for different people, so find what works best for you!
This one should be obvious. While everybody should be striving to lead a healthy lifestyle, your health plays a *major* role when it comes to your fertility and getting pregnant. First things first, cut out all things that negatively affect your fertility. This includes smoking, heavy drinking and processed food. If your partner has any of these habits, they also need to cut them out, or else their sperm count will be severely affected. Once you've eliminated these things from your life, focus on your diet and exercise. Eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals, and make sure you exercise at least 2-3 times a week. Besides your physical health, don't forget to focus on your mental health as well. If you're not in the right frame of mind, talk to a therapist, practice meditation, spend time with loved ones and do things that make you feel happy. You need to have a healthy mind AND body to get pregnant fast!
So you've been trying to get pregnant for a while but your endeavours haven't exactly been successful, despite trying every trick in the book? Worry not, this does not necessarily mean that something is wrong. Sometimes, minor issues can also stop you from conceiving. However, if you've been trying to get pregnant for at least a year without being successful, it's time to visit a doctor and get tested for infertility. Once your doctor diagnoses your problem, they can suggest a myriad of alternatives to you, thanks to modern science! Don't lose hope--you still have plenty of options if you want to start a family!
Getting pregnant is complicated enough. But things get especially hard when you have irregular periods because it is tough to track your ovulation period. If your cycle lasts lesser than 21 days or longer than 36 days, then it would be considered irregular. But having an irregular menstrual cycle that doesn't mean that you can't get pregnant on your own! Here are a few things you can do: First, determine the cause and get treated for it--do you get an irregular cycle because of hormonal imbalance, weight issues, polycystic ovarian syndrome, or excessive exercise. While you're getting treated, try to predict your ovulation by taking ovulation test, wherein you need to pee on a device to determine whether you are ovulating. Besides that, the best way for someone with irregular periods to get pregnant fast is to have frequent sex and lead a healthy lifestyle!
Polycystic ovarian syndrome, commonly known as PCOS, is a major cause of fertility in women. While PCOS makes it hard to conceive owing to reduced egg quality, it's also one of the most curable issues. While a lot of people might need medical intervention, you *can* try getting pregnant naturally while suffering from PCOS. According to doctors, making changes in your diet, regular exercise and managing stress make a huge difference while trying to conceive with PCOS. It's also important to regulate your weight and Body Mass Index if you're underweight or overweight. Try making these lifestyle changes for a few months, and if you still are unable to conceive, seek help from a medical professional.
The best days to get pregnant are when your body is ovulating--which is right in the middle of your cycle! For a normal cycle that lasts for 28 days, day 1 being the start of your period, days 12-15 is when your body is most fertile. If you want to accurately track when you are ovulating, use a period tracker or take regular ovulation tests.
Realistically speaking, your chances of getting pregnant during the first few tries is 30%. While 60% of couples get pregnant within three months, 80-85% of couples get pregnant within a year. So keep these statistics in mind while trying to conceive so that you don't set any unrealistic expectations for yourself.
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