Getting pregnant can actually be a bit more involved than your ninth-grade health teacher suggested. Yes, there is the sex (lots and lots of sex). But there are a number of other things you can do to set yourself up for success.
We’ve consolidated tips and tricks from the fantastic ela community to bring you the ultimate step-by-step guide to trying to conceive. Here is how to get pregnant FAST!
Cycle 1-Ramping Up
a.Download the ela app (free on iOS and Android phones)
b. Start tracking your period. Log your symptoms. The first day of cycle is cycle day 1, or CD1.
c. Start taking over-the-counter prenatal vitamins.
d. Schedule an OB-GYN appointment for a preconception check-up. Bring up any current medications with your doctor to see if they are safe to take while trying to get pregnant. Your doctor may give you a prenatal vitamin prescription at this appointment, too!
e.Cut down to less than 2 coffees and/or caffeinated sodas a day.
f. No smoking. No drinking. No drugs. (That goes for your partner, too).
g. Exercise in moderation (so keep doing whatever you’ve already been doing--no need to ramp up).
Monitor the length and heaviness of your period. If it lasts too long (7+ days) or is too short (2 days or less), it’s worth mentioning to your doctor. If your period is too heavy or very light, if it ‘can’t-get-out-of-bed’ hurts, or if you have unexplained diarrhea throughout, mention that to your doctor, too.
Days 8 Whenever your period comes next
a. Buy pre-seed or another fertility-friendly lubricant. Stop using KY-jelly or other non-fertility friendly lubricants.
b. Enjoy sex (baby dancing) with your partner every other day, or even every day if you feel like it! Your position does not matter. You do not have to lie there afterward, but you can if you want.
c. Concentrate on healthy living. Eat well. Go for walks. Do things you enjoy. If you just got off of birth control, your cycle may be anywhere from 22 to 60+ days long. It would be A-MAZING if you got pregnant this first cycle, but it is best to keep your expectations low.
d. Buy pregnancy tests in bulk. Try online retailers.
CYCLE 2 – LEARNING ABOUT CM
In your second month, it’s time to learn about cervical mucus (CM). It sounds gross, but it’s really not, and cervical mucus is an important part of understanding your own fertility.
Your body secretes different amounts of fluids depending on where you are in your cycle. If you can identify the type of fluid that is most conducive to conceiving, then you can better pinpoint the best time to have sex.
There have been entire guides written about checking CM, but the important steps to remember are:
a. Before having sex, stick a clean finger into your vagina. Pull it out and examine the residue left on your finger under a light.
b.If the residue feels slippery, watery, and stretchy and looks clear, then it’s go time! If it is clumpy, white or gooey, then you’re welcome to have sex, but you are most likely not at optimal fertility.
CYCLE 3 – START CHARTING BBT
Charting your Basal Body Temperature (BBT) helps you understand the mechanics of your fertile cycle. After ovulation, your BBT will spike. This jump in temperature will help you confirm the timing of your body’s rhythms.
Charting your BBT is super simple:
a. Purchase a BBT thermometer from your drug store. Make sure it has 2 digits after the decimal place.
b. Take your temperature every morning before you get out of bed.
c. Record it in the ela app
CYCLE 4 – PURCHASE OPKs
Ovulation prediction kits (OPKs) can be expensive, but they are also extremely helpful in pinpointing ovulation.
Start using OPKs as soon as your period ends and use them daily until you get a positive. Check to see whether your positive OPK matches your BBT spike and your fertile CM. If these three align, then it’s a very good sign! If they don’t, start to keep track of what’s off over your next couple of cycles. Is your CM not matching your OPK positive? Do you not get a BBT spike when the OPK says you should? Keep track of this information will help you better understand your body, and it will be also be helpful if you choose to see a fertility specialist sometime down the line.
CYCLE 5 to 11 - ALL SYSTEMS GO
By the start of your fifth cycle, you should be monitoring your BBT, your CM and peeing on all sorts of sticks (OPKs, pregnancy tests, etc!). You should continue to do all of this through Cycle 11.
We have to admit, from Cycle 5 onwards, the name of the game is “stress management.” It is normal at this point to feel a bit overwhelmed and panicky and start wondering if something is wrong. Chances are everything is perfectly fine. According to the ASRM, 80% of couples get pregnant within one year of trying and 90% after 2 years of trying.
CYCLE 6 or 12 – ONE LAST HURRAH
On day 1 of your twelfth cycle, (or your sixth cycle if you are over the age of 35) call a fertility specialist make an appointment during the first few days of your next cycle. Ela app can help you find good fertility specialists in your area.
Once the appointment is scheduled, go ahead and enjoy a cycle of carefree fun with your partner. No BBT, no CM tracking, no OPKS - just some good old fashioned sex, all the while knowing that you will get more of the help you need from this point on.
So, that’s it! We wish you a healthy and happy one year of baby making! With any luck you will be downloading our ela fertility app in no time!
There is no wrong sex position for conceiving but there are few positions that increase the chances of sperm meeting with the egg. The missionary position, Doggy style, spooning and plough position are said to be the best sex positions for conceiving.
Start tracking your menstrual cycle frequency, start taking supplements and maintain a healthy body weight, from the moment you start trying to conceive. Immediately stop your birth control pills and give up on alcohol and smoking. Most importantly enjoy sex every other day during your fertile window.
There may be several reasons to a false positive pregnancy test including chemical pregnancy, hCG trigger shots, ectopic pregnancy, evaporation lines, certain specific medications, UTIs, and wrong test kit.
Prega News test kits detect the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in urine. On the circular area on the device, urinate (up to three drops) and check the results after 3 minutes.If you are pregnant then two pink lines will appear on the device else one line will appear showing Negative.
Sperm Count, Sperm health, fertility days and non-fertile window are crucial factors that you should consider before deciding the frequency of sex to conceive. Having intercourse during fertile window provides 25% chances of conceiving however indulging in it every other day might lower the chances to up to 22% because of increase of immotile and morphologically abnormal sperm.
Ideal time to take pregnancy test is after two weeks of missed period. The wait is because the body needs time to develop a level of HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) hormones in case you are pregnant. It is this HCG, which the pregnancy test kit detects to show the desired result. In case you test too early then even if you are pregnant the Pregnancy test kit will show negative.
To get pregnant fast put an immediate stop to your Birth Control pills, start tracking your Ovulation to plan your sex ahead to time and eat healthy and keep track of your lifestyle by saying a strict no to alcohol and smoke. A diet or medication into folic acid and vitamins is always yes to get pregnant fast.
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