Ways To Increase Chances of Getting Pregnant

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When you are trying to conceive, you want to make sure that you have the best possible chance of getting pregnant in each cycle. Getting pregnant isn’t always as easy as planned, so anything you can do to increase your chances of getting pregnant will go a long way towards helping you. Read on for some of the best tips for increasing your chances.

1.  Know Your Cycles

The single most important tip for conceiving? Know your cycles. Know when you are ovulating and then you can know when to have sex for the best chance of getting pregnant. There are only a total of five or so days in a month that a woman can get pregnant, so it is important to know when those days are.

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You can learn how to pay attention to your cervical mucus so you know when you are ovulating, or you can use a basal body thermometer to track your temperatures. Also, you can use an over the counter ovulation predictor test to determine if you are ovulating.

2. Watch Your Weight

Experts agree that being overweight or underweight can wreak havoc on your fertility and losing just a tiny bit of weight, even five pounds, can give your fertility a boost. Try to get your weight at a healthy level. Eat a healthy and well balanced diet full of healthy foods. Aim for at least 30 minutes of outdoor exercise each day as well so you can stay as healthy as possible.

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3. Stop Smoking

If you smoke, you should stop. Smoking can really damage your fertility. If your guy smokes, his fertility might be at risk as well. This is why it is very important to stop smoking while you are trying to conceive.

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The same goes for using illegal drugs, as they can greatly damage your ability to conceive as well. If you drink alcohol, you need to know that it can have a negative effect on your fertility as well. For this reason, it is important to stop drinking or cut back on your alcohol consumption while you are trying to conceive.

4. Have Sex

If you already know when your fertile days are, it is important to really take advantage of those days and have sex with your partner so that you can have the best chance of getting pregnant. Some couples choose to have sex on the day of ovulation and every day after for about a week.

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Some couples choose to have sex also on the day before ovulation too. Some couples opt for only sex every other day during ovulation week. Whatever you decide, just make sure that you are actually having sex during ovulation week, since that is the only time you can get pregnant.

Larissa Belanger, RN

Ms. Belanger has 20 years of experience in women's healthcare and nursing, including labor and delivery, postpartum and antenatal. She is passionate toward improving both maternal and fetal outcomes of high-risk obstetrics patients.