Top Tips to Help You Get Pregnant

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Becoming pregnant can be a fun and exciting event. Sometimes it happens without couples even trying, but for many it takes careful planning and help from a doctor. If you fall into this category, there are many things that you can do to help your chances of getting pregnant quickly. Below are some of the top tips that you should follow to help you on this journey.

1. Talk to your doctor

A preconception appointment is necessary when you are planning to become pregnant in the near future. If you do not have an OBGYN already picked out, this will give you the opportunity to interview a few before you do become pregnant. However, you should be prepared to pay some office visits during this time as well.

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During your preconception appointment, you will be able to ask any questions that you may have and your doctor will be able to go over your health history with you. Make sure you inform your doctor about the medications that you are taking as well as the form of birth control that you have been using. Your doctor will probably prescribe you a prenatal vitamin for you to take during this time as well.

2. Lose some weight

Extra weight and obesity is one of the leading causes of fertility issues in couples. Both the man and the woman in the couple should begin the process of losing weight before you try to become pregnant. This will help both members of the couple to have better fertility and will make the chances of becoming pregnant higher.

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Weight can cause a number of medical issues that can affect both your regular health as well as your fertility. However, if you are trying to become pregnant, you should not perform excessive exercise, because you may find that this will disrupt your ovulation cycle. You should also refrain from high contact sports and scuba diving as well.

3. Eat Right

Eating the right foods is important while you are pregnant and while trying to become pregnant. Fruits and vegetables as well as a number of other healthy options hold a number of important vitamins and nutrients that help regulate your hormones and promote healthy reproductive organs.

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It is also important that you begin taking a prenatal vitamin while you are trying to conceive as well. This will help you consume many of the items that your baby will need in the first few days after conception, and will help you get the vitamins and nutrients that you need to stay healthy and fertile.

4. Monitor your ovulation cycle

There are a number of ways that you can determine when you should have intercourse. One of the most effective ways is by using a basal thermometer. However, this method is very precise and you will need to be dedicated to taking your temperature first thing in the morning before you get out of bed. .

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You should place your thermometer and calendar where you can reach it without much movement so that you will not disrupt your temperature in any way. An ovulation predictor kit is also a popular method when it comes to monitoring your ovulation cycle.

It works much like a pregnancy test in that you hold the test strip in a stream of urine to determine if you will be ovulating soon. These can be fairly expensive, however, because it may take several test strips each month in order to determine when you are ovulating.

5. Remove the stress

Stress has also been shown to cause fertility problems in both men and women. When you are trying to get pregnant, it is best to eliminate as much stress from your life as possible. Some stresses may not be avoided, but it is important to understand how to control your responses to stress.

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There are a number of methods that you can use to eliminate stress. Massages and acupuncture are very popular, as are meditation and yoga. It is good to find an outlet for your stress and you may find that this is a good time for a career change as well.

6. Conclusion

When you are trying to become pregnant, there are many emotions that you must deal with. Through the excitement and the fear of becoming a new parent, many people find that they must also deal with the stress and frustration of having trouble conceiving. However, if you stick to the items listed above, you will increase your chances of becoming pregnant quickly and naturally.

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.