How to get pregnant fast naturally? Here are 8 tips for you.
Maximize your chances of getting pregnant in a natural and easy way.
To optimize your fertility, taking good care of your body is definitely the first step. But what else can you do to increase your chances of having a baby?
The most important advice for women who want to get pregnant is to get to know how their bodies work and specifically her menstrual cycle, said Dr. Sarah Miller, a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist at Southwestern Medicine Center in Los Angeles.
1. Get a preconception checkup and folic acid.
Before you and your partner start trying, get a checkup. You might want to ask your doctor about prenatal vitamins. It is important to get vitamins that have folic acid. Folic acid helps protect against some birth defects, such as spina fibia. Don’t forget that a healthy pregnancy is largely determined by your lifestyle before you you conceived. So to lay the foundations, it’s important to make sure you're getting enough folic acid even when you try to conceive.
"Do this the cycle before you start trying," says Karen Solon, MD, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Stanford University. "If you have any underlying medical problems, they need to be under control before you can safely become pregnant."
2. Focus on foods rich in antioxidants
Recent studies showed that antioxidants like zinc and folate improve fertility for men and women. And the reason why is because they deactivate the free radicals in your body. Free radicals can potentially damage both egg cells and sperm.
One 2015 study of young, adult men found that eating 80 grams of antioxidant-rich walnuts per day largely improved sperm quality.
Also, a study of 451 women showed that higher folate intake was associated with higher rates of clinical pregnancy, implantation and live birth.
There is still a debate going on as to how much antioxidants will fertility. All we can say at the moment is that there is clear evidence pointing to the potential.
You might wonder what are the foods with high antioxidants levels. These are actually very convenient to find: Fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains are what you should focus on. You will find in them vitamins C and E, lutein, beta carotene, and folate.
Check out 12 healthy foods High in Antioxidants
3. Know when you ovulate.
We know you're ready to get pregnant now, but as we said earlier, make an appointment to see a specialist.
At your first visit, your doctor will be able to offer you genetic carrier screening. in case you never heard of it, the purpose of this test is to see if you or your partner carry certain inherited health conditions. Your specialist will screen for things that may hinder your ability to get pregnant. Based on the results, you specialist will attempt to maximize your health prior to conceiving and also tell you when is your ovulating period.
A certain number of chronic conditions (to name a few: high blood pressure, asthma, HIV, diabetes, clotting disorders) can complicate your pregnancy.
They will also make sure you are up to date on vaccines. You can’t get some of them during pregnancy, so make sure you list the ones you need before you try to conceive.
Additionally, you can check what ovulation signs you can Iook out for.
4. Exercise to get pregnant (together!)
Getting fit is a great way to boost your fertility. We are sure many of you are not quite used to it, start by building more movement into your day. For example, you could try getting off the bus a stop earlier, or taking the stairs instead of the lift. Our best recommendation is to walk 1 hour per day if exercising is too tough for you ;)
If working out is not new to you, please keep in mind that you don’t need to overdo it. Numerous studies found out that professional athletes experience irregular menstrual cycles due to training exhaustion. Needless to say that this is bad for fertility. If you relate to this, no worries: you can simply start a more moderate exercise regime.
5. Sex tips for getting pregnant fast
Contrary to popular belief, using lube is a bad idea. Some couples tend to use it to make it more comfortable. However, most lubricants on the market are not sperm-friendly and could even cause the sperm to die before reaching the egg. That’s not what you want ;)
It is important to keep in mind that body temperature has an impact on getting pregnant.
Don't do any activity that could raise your body temperature after sex. For example, strenuous exercise or having a hot bath. A quick shower remains the best way to refresh yourself after making love.
6. Stop smoking, stop alcohol and recreational drugs
It's best to stop smoking, recreational drugs and alcohol while you are trying to conceive.
Smokers can still get pregnant but their unhealthy lifestyle will definitely have a negative impact on their baby.
Additionally, drinking in pregnancy can lead to long-term harm to your baby. Of course, if you occasionally drink a glass of fine red wine - let’s say one glass per week - when you are trying to get pregnant, this will not affect your chances of having a healthy pregnancy.
Once you find out that you are pregnant (congratulations!), the safest thing to do is not to drink alcohol at all. You want to keep risks to your baby to a minimum.
7. Go easy on coffee.
Consuming high amounts of caffeine hinders the absorption of iron in the blood, and it may also cause dehydration. Although caffein effects vary from one person to another, we remind women trying to conceive that these things may lead to infertility issues. Scientific researches showed that it can potentially result in problems conceiving and risks of miscarriage or preterm labor. We always advise future moms to stop drinking coffee (and tea also).
You can check out here the results of a recent research on tea, coffee, soda, and fertility.
8. Men must be involved too
It takes two to conceive a healthy baby. Your partner must maintain a healthy lifestyle and we cannot stress enough how important it is for him to produce good sperm. The following video gives 5 tips to ensure healthy sperm:
Conclusion: How long does it take to get pregnant?
If you and your partner are healthy and under the age of 35, you have a 26% chance of conceiving in the first four weeks of trying and an 71% chance in the first ten months. So, if it takes longer than a few months, don’t despair.
Infertility isn’t diagnosed until you’ve been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for more than twelve months. If you’re under 35 and have been trying for a year, it’s probably time to make an appointment with a fertility specialist. If you’re 35 or older, you’ve got a little less time to work with, so maximize your chances and make the appointment after seven months.
It takes older couples longer to conceive because of age-related declining fertility (as you may be aware of, this is more of an issue in women than in men). When women reach menopause, they no longer release eggs for fertilization, making it almost impossible to conceive without medical intervention.