So, you've decided that you want to have a baby, but it's not happening as quickly as you would like. First, don't worry if you have only been trying for a few months. There are some basic things that every woman should know, especially when you're having trouble conceiving.
In this article I have shared some tips for getting pregnant. But for a better understanding of your own fertility I highly recommend the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. This book has been a bestseller in womens health for years and has helped many women get pregnant. You may learn more about your body than you care to know, but trust me, you'll be glad you did.
If you have only been trying for a few months, rest assured that there is a good chance that everything is perfectly fine. For couples that are trying to conceive a baby, there is only around a twenty five percent chance of fertilization occurring each month. Even normal, healthy partners can take more than one full year of trying before becoming pregnant.
Your Cycle and Fertility
One of the most important steps to fertility success is to know your menstrual cycle. When you have this knowledge, it is easier to predict ovulation. If the length of your cycle is different from month to month, you may have more trouble getting pregnant than a woman with a regular cycle. This is perfectly normal though, as many women have irregular cycles.
Your best time for getting pregnant is the day of and the days just before ovulation. There are four, maybe five days that are ideal for fertilization. Many women decide to have lots of sex right in the middle of their cycle, but this may not be the correct time. Ovulation can happen on any day of your cycle. Experts suggest that instead of focusing all of your sexual energy during one week of the month, spread the wealth and have sex several times every week. This way you are less likely to miss your ideal days.
If you would like a little help from science, look into mapping your Basal Body Temperature (BBT). First, you will need to find a chart, which should be easy to find online. You will also need a thermometer, but keep in mind that you will be looking for a 0.4 temperature change, so your thermometer needs to be able to measure that. It is also recommended that you track your BBT while also using an ovulation prediction kit.
Ovulation prediction kits are made to help you discover when you ovulate. All you have to do is pee on a stick once a day to uncover your hormone surge. Once you get the appropriate sign, you should have sex that same day and the following day.
You can test ovulation without a kit or without the purchase of any equipment by checking your cervical mucus. It is a very effective test when you know what you are looking for. When you begin ovulating, your mucus changes so that it is better suited for sperm survival. Ideal mucus is wet, stretchy, and has the consistency of raw egg white.
Stress and Trouble Conceiving
The best thing you can do if you are having trouble conceiving is to relax. Experts suggest that you don't restrict intercourse to just your fertile time. Not only does this kill the romance and emotional connection with sex, but physically it is not in your best interest. Sperm are at their best quality if sex happens every two days or so.
Finally, if you are still having trouble getting pregnant after a year of trying, you should seek the assistance of a doctor. Contact your OB-GYN to set up a consultation. But even if you get to this point, there is no reason to lose hope. Many couples still go on to have a baby with just a little medical assistance.