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How to Get Pregnant

January 31st, 2010 · No Comments · Health

How to Get Pregnant

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There are many ways that hopeful mothers can increase their chances of getting pregnant.

  1. Most importantly, time intercourse to happen when you are fertile (ovulating).  Women ovulate about 14 days before their period, and semen can live for up to 72 hours in a woman’s body, so having intercourse up to three days before ovulation greatly increases your chances of getting pregnant.
  2. It is important for men to wear loose-fitting underwear.  The increase in temperature caused by wearing tight-fitting underwear can cause an overheating of the testicles, which reduces the viability and number of sperm.  Hot tubs and saunas can cause the same effect.
  3. Zinc, calcium, and vitamin D have all been linked to increased fertility in men.  Make sure that your man is eating well or taking supplements of these vitamins and minerals.
  4. Use an ovulation predictor kit.  These kits detect a luteinizing hormone in your urine, which indicates that ovulation will happen in 24 to 36 hours.  Having intercourse when your luteinizing hormone is peaking increases the chances of conception.
  5. It’s all about timing.  Most doctors recommend having intercourse every other day when trying to conceive.  Having intercourse every day can actually lower sperm count and decrease the chances of fertilization.
  6. Excessive exercise and very low body fat can cause problems with fertility in some women.
  7. Choose your sexual positions carefully.  Most experts agree that the missionary position is the most likely to result in conception.  Female orgasm is also likely to draw sperm up into the cervix, further improving the chances of pregnancy.
  8. Wait 3 months or more before trying if you’ve just come off of the birth control pill or other hormonal forms of birth control.  This will allow your cycle to recover its regularity.
  9. Relax.  Stress can interfere with fertility, and nothing is more stressful than mechanically having intercourse with the only goal being conception.  Be patient and expect the process to take several months.
  10. Seek help if you go more than 6 months without conceiving.  A consultation with your doc can suggest ways to increase your fertility.  Many doctors recommend trying to conceive for a year or more before looking for alternative methods of conception.
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