Trouble Getting Pregnant with Baby #2

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Many women, who become pregnant quickly with their first child, find it surprising when they are having difficulties getting pregnant with their second. In reality, this issue is rather common and people who are trying for baby number 2 are just as likely to seek help for fertility related issues as are people looking to have their first child.

When faced with having issues of getting pregnant a second time, it may help to understand your chances of getting pregnant in the first place. For example, one study showed that about 25% of couples who are trying to have a baby get pregnant in the first month, 60% by the 6 month mark and 75% by nine months. Eventually, 90% of couples looking to become pregnant do so within 18 months.

1. Stop Smoking

Of course, there are some things that can hinder this process that you should stop doing immediately. For example, smoking can be a huge contributor to fertility issues. If you are smoking, you need to stop now, not just for your health, but for the health of your baby and to promote healthy fertility.

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2. Drugs and Alcohol Use

Drugs and alcohol use are also leading causes to infertility in women. Just like smoking, there are chemicals in drugs and alcohol that can alter our hormones and prevent our bodies from working properly. Drugs should be stopped regardless of your situation, but it is also a good idea to stop drinking while you are trying to get pregnant as well. If you are having difficulties when trying to stop drugs or alcohol, you should seek medical treatment immediately.

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3. Caffeine intake

Another factor to consider when you are trying to get pregnant with your second baby is your caffeine intake. While some believe that small amounts of caffeine are ok, others say that any amount can prohibit your body’s conception process. Caffeine has also been shown to increase the chances of a miscarriage if you continue to use it excessively during pregnancy. For example, moderate use is considered about three cups of coffee per day.

4. Eat a healthy diet

You should also try to eat a healthy diet when you are trying to get pregnant with your second baby. There are many nutrients in healthy foods that have been shown to improve the chances of women getting pregnant. Plus, this is a great way to get your body ready for the pregnancy journey once you do get pregnant.

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5. Exercise

Another thing that you should do when you are trying to have your second child is to exercise. Not only will this help you get in shape and prepare your body for the childbirth process, exercising has been shown to increase your fertility. It is suggested that you exercise at least three times each week for around twenty or thirty minutes each session.

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Women who are obese or overweight also have a difficult time getting pregnant. It is a good idea to combine proper diet and exercise in order to get to a healthier weight before you begin trying to conceive. Many women who are overweight and obese also have increased chances of having miscarriages and birth complications as well.

6. Keep as stress free as possible

Finally, you should try and keep as stress free as possible. Stress has been shown to affect your fertility greatly and some have found that they even need to change jobs in order to reduce their stress enough to get pregnant.

If this is not possible, you should try learning some relaxation techniques or finding an outlet for your stress. Some have found that by eliminating stress, they are able to get pregnant, even if no other factor changes in their life.

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Trying to get pregnant with your second child can be just as frustrating as becoming pregnant with your first, even if you had no difficulty conceiving the first time around. However, by making some of the changes listed above, you should be able to get pregnant without any further complications.

You should keep in mind that since our circumstances change frequently, so does our body as we age. Just because you were able to get pregnant without issue the first time, does not mean that getting pregnant the second time will be any easier. However, you should try to be patient and talk with your doctor if you have been trying for over a year without becoming pregnant.

Dr. Karen Leham, MD

Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.