It can be frustrating if you are trying to get pregnant and it doesn't happen straight away. The best thing to do is to relax and keep having sex regularly - about 3 times a week is ideal. You can also follow these tips on how to get pregnant faster to improve your chances of conceiving.
It can be useful to be aware of when you are ovulating, although becoming too obsessed with this can put unnecessary pressure and stress on both you and your partner. Women ovulate around half way through their monthly cycle, which is usually about 14 days after the start of their last period. Some women use special kits, or keep temperature charts, to try and pinpoint exactly when they are ovulating. Charts are a chore to keep, however, and not always a reliable way of predicting when you will ovulate. Also, both of these methods can, again, add to the stress of trying to get pregnant.
It can best to have sex in the days before ovulation, rather than waiting exact day, so knowing exactly when you are ovulating isn't always that useful. Sperm survives for up to 7 days, while eggs live for between 12 and 24 hours. Waiting until ovulation can mean that the opportunity is missed for that month. To strike a balance, certainly early on in your attempt to get pregnant, perhaps keep in mind roughly when you will be ovulating and aim to have more intercourse during the preceding days.
It is always a good idea to consult your doctor when you are trying to pregnant. Your G.P. can check your general state of health and get you tested for any sexually transmitted disease, or other infections, that may affect your chances of conceiving. Certain medical conditions like asthma, diabetes and hypothyroidism can affect either/or your chances of getting pregnant and the health of your pregnancy.
Being either over or underweight may not help your chance of success. Ideally, both you and your partner should try to maintain a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI). Your fertility levels could be affected otherwise.
You should avoid alcohol, smoking and drug use when trying to get pregnant. You need to be as healthy as possible when trying to conceive and, if you are doing any of these things when you are pregnant, it can negatively impact on your unborn child. Stop drinking, smoking and using drugs before you even try to conceive.
Don't let gravity affect your chance of getting pregnant. Try to have intercourse in positions which will encourage the sperm to stay inside longer. The missionary position, for example, where the woman lies on her back, is a good one. Also, raising your hips up on a pillow can help. Don't be in a hurry to jump up after sex either. Let the sperm stay inside you for as long as possible.
Around 84% of women conceive within 1 year of trying if they are not using contraception and are having regular intercourse. About 8% of the rest will conceive within the second year. So, although you may feel that it is taking a long time to get pregnant, patience is often a virtue in this situation. If you follow these tips on how to get pregnant faster and try not to get too stressed when it is not happening immediately, you will probably find it will happen.