How To Get Pregnant

The most important thing you can do to increase your chances of getting pregnant and help you to get pregnant faster is to make sure that you focus intercourse on your most fertile days.

Your most fertile days are the two days before ovulation and the day of ovulation. For most people trying to conceive, getting the timing right relative to ovulation is more important than any other factor that is within their control.

The difficulty can be identifying your most fertile days. A simple ovulation calculator is not accurate for most women as menstrual cycle characteristics vary from woman to woman and cycle to cycle. You can most accurately find your fertile days when you chart your fertility signs.

Observing your cervical fluid will help you see when you are fertile before ovulation so you can get the timing right. Taking note of your basal body temperature will help you to pinpoint and confirm ovulation. Other secondary signs, such as OPKs, observing cervix changes and other signs can also help you to find your most fertile days.

If you're new to fertility charting you can get started charting your fertility signs by signing up with Fertility Friend for free.

You can learn more about fertility charting with our free fertility charting course, Fertility Frequently Asked Questions, free Fertility Charting e-Book, fertility videos or fertilicty charting podcast.

Some other factors that are within your control that may influence your chances of getting pregnant are:

  1. getting adequate nutrition
     
  2. maintaining a healthy body weight
     
  3. avoiding excessive smoking
     
  4. avoiding excessive drinking
     
  5. avoiding recreational drugs
     
  6. avoiding excessive caffeine intake
     

Factors that may affect the time it takes you to get pregnant that are outside of your control are:

  1. Your age (older women take longer to conceive and may have more difficulty conceiving)
     
  2. Your cycle length (women with longer cycle lengths may take longer to conceive)
     
  3. Whether or not you previously used oral contraception (women who previously used the pill may take longer to conceive)
     
  4. Whether or not you already have children (women with children have been found to conceive more quickly)
     

Even if one or more of these factors apply to you, focusing baby-making on your most fertile days will help you to get pregnant faster.

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