Getting pregnant and starting a family is the number one dream of many girls out there. But, although it all seems pretty easy and straight forward, some women come to the realization that it’s not all that simple to become pregnant. It’s not abnormal if you don’t get pregnant directly after the first time you have unprotected sex. Not getting pregnant after sex is not directly a reason to get worried. In fact, for many young women it may take several times before they successfully gets pregnant. But let’s face it, when you’re ready to start a family and want to have a baby, the last thing you want to do is wait.
Although getting pregnant has a lot to do with timing and health, there are some things you can do, or not do, that will help you to increase your chances of getting pregnant fast. If you’re a young woman and are looking to start your family, there are several things to keep in mind before pregnancy. Below, Luvkis has listed down 9 important tips based on the most common questions young women ask about getting pregnant quick and healthy.
Tip 1: Should I visit a doctor for a preconception checkup?
The first thing you want to do before officially start trying to get pregnant is visit your doctor for a checkup. Inform your health care professional that you’re planning to get pregnant and ask him about prenatal vitamins that contain Folic acid. Folic acid helps the body to produce and maintain new cells and it also protects you against certain birth defects. Because the effects of Folic acid only work during the early stages of pregnancy, it is essential that you get enough of them inside of your body already before you’re getting pregnant.
Besides asking for Folic acids, also inform your doctor about any other health and medical problems you have or may have. Make sure to check with your doctor if any of these issues may have an effect on your ability to get pregnant or on your (unborn) child. If you suffer from certain medical problems, it is advised to get them under control first before you can get pregnant safely. For the smokers and drinkers among us, it is advised to stop drinking and smoking at least several months before trying to get pregnant. This counts both for the man and woman.
Tip 2: When is the best time to get pregnant?
As we all know, Mother Nature and good timing play a big role in getting pregnant. Besides having the right age, you’ll also need to pay attention to your menstrual cycle. But how much do you really know about your own cycle? The fact is, the more you know about your cycle, the easier it will be to become pregnant. After all, understanding your menstrual cycle helps you to know the time of the month that you’re most fertile. The period around your ovulation is the best time for you to get pregnant so this should also be the time to focus on having sex.
To get to know your menstrual cycle better, it helps to become aware of the signs your body gives when ovulation is near. During this period, there will be a change in your cervical mucus, for example, as this usually becomes thin and slippery during the time you’re most fertile. Other woman are actually able to feel by themselves when their ovulation is near. This can be felt through a one-sided pain in their lower stomach. If you have difficulties finding out when your ovulation is starting, you can also make use of an ovulation prediction kit. These kits inform you when your ovulation is near. By doing so, they let you know what is the best time of the month for you to get pregnant.
Tip 3: What are the best sex positions for getting pregnant?
Sometimes, you’ll hear people talk about ‘’the best sex positions for getting pregnant’’. There are myths going around on this topic but that is all they are – myths. The truth is that there is no scientific evidence whatsoever that certain sex positions are better or healthier for getting pregnant. Studies have shown that, very rarely, a woman’s body will be in a certain position that makes it more difficult for her to become pregnant. The only thing that may have an influence on getting pregnant is, of course, gravity. If you are sitting or standing during intercourse, there is the chance that (most of) the guy’s semen will run out of the vagina. This naturally reduces your chances of getting pregnant. But other than that, the position you choose for having sex should not make a difference.
Tip 4: Should you lay down after intercourse?
Above, we mentioned that gravity may have an influence on you getting pregnant. As a result, one myth that is often told says that, for a woman to increases her chances to get pregnant, she should lay down on bed right after intercourse with her feet up in the air. But does this really work? Well, it does – partially.
According to the vast majority of health care professionals, it is a good idea to lay down in bed for 10 to 15 minutes after intercourse. Having your feet in the air, however, is not necessary. Lifting your feet does not move your pelvis so it has no influence on you getting pregnant. The reason why doctors advise you to lay down after intercourse is to give the semen enough time to get into the cervix. Normally, it takes around 10 to 15 minutes for the sperm the enter the cervix, which is why it is advised to lay down and relax for this short period. It is, however, not a necessity. The only thing you do have to keep in mind is not to go to the bathroom during this period of time. So, if you really have to go, try to keep it up for at least 15 minutes.
Tip 5: How often should I have sex?
As you are trying to get pregnant (fast), it is normal to think that having sex every day during your ovulation will increase your chances of getting pregnant. The fact is, however, that this is not necessarily true. Sperm can live for up to 72 hours after intercourse inside the body of a woman. As of such, there really is no need to have sex every single day. Of course, we’re not saying you shouldn’t, but for the sake of increasing your chances of getting pregnant, it won’t make a big difference. Instead, it is advised to have sex every other night around the time of your ovulation. The best advise we can give is to have sex regularly throughout the month, both when you’re ovulating, and when you’re not.
Tip 6: Anything my man can do to increase our chances?
It goes without saying that getting pregnant involves both the man and woman. And although there are many things to keep in mind from the woman’s perspective, there also are some things the man can do to increase the woman’s chances to become pregnant.
The fertility of your man plays an important role in your ability to get pregnant. He should have healthy sperm and be able to get a strong and healthy erection. Some man, for example, have a low sperm count that may affect your chances of getting pregnant. Sperm count can be influenced by wearing too tight clothes or eating unhealthy food. Luckily, having a low sperm count is not a major problem as, through healthy living, you can always increase it again. One way a man can improve the health and count of his sperm is by eating the right type of food. If you are curious what these foods are, you can check out these 15 foods for stronger and healthier sperm.
Besides sperm count, the ability for a man to get an erection is also essential in getting a woman pregnant. Many men experience erectile dysfunction once they grow older. When this happens, it becomes harder for a man to have sex. Depending on the person, erectile dysfunction can already start at a relatively young age. Just like any health related issue, erectile dysfunction is related to to your lifestyle. This means that, by living in the right and healthy way, you can protect your erection and avoid erectile dysfunction. For more tips on how to do so, you can check out our previous article on how to avoid erectile dysfunction.
Tip 7: Does stress have an influence on my ability to get pregnant?
In today’s busy world, stress is a major problem for both men and women. As of such, it’s normal that girls wonder whether stress has, or may have, an influence on their pregnancy. The simple answer to this question is yes.
If you have tried several times to get pregnant but it’s not working, it’s normal that you start to become a little bit worried or stressed about it. That being said, the best thing to do is try and stay calm. Although it may seem innocent, stress actually can affect your ovulation. As a result, your ovulation may become irregular which makes it even more challenging to become pregnant. Try to stay calm and de-stress in any way as long as it’s healthy.
Tip 8: Does my general lifestyle affect my chances of becoming pregnant?
Living a healthy lifestyle is important no matter what. And what are the main keys to living healthy? Exercise and food! Naturally, this is also the case when it comes to getting pregnant. But just keep in mind that, when trying to become pregnant, too much is never good. This also goes for exercise.
What is healthy and what is too much when it comes to exercise differs per woman. If you’re an experienced athlete who is used to hardcore workouts and has her period regularly, there should not be anything to worry about. For beginners, however, it is advised not to strain yourself too much during this period. Heavy exercise can make the second half of your menstruation cycle shorter which may affect your ovulation and chances of getting pregnant. So, instead of heavy exercise, it is advised to keep it moderate yet regular. Go for a walk for 30 minutes per day or ride a bike. Anything is possible as long as you keep it moderate.
Tip 9: Are there any adult toys that help me get pregnant?
In today’s world, adult toys come in all sorts and sizes for both male and female. As of such, it’s normal for people to wonder whether there are any toys that help you get pregnant easier. The truth is that there are no sex toys that directly increase your chances of becoming pregnant. There are, however, some toys that may help indirectly.
As explained above, one essential part of getting pregnant is the ability of the man to have a strong erection. And, of course, there are adult toys on the market that can help with this. Your partner could, for instance, use a penis enlargement pump that will help him to get an erection. These toys help you to suck blood into the penis. By doing so, they even help guys suffering from erectile dysfunction to get an erection. Once the penis is hard, slip on a cock ring that will prevent the blood from flowing out of the erected penis again. With this toy, your man will be able to keep up a strong and healthy erection for much longer. Although these toys do not directly increase your chances of becoming pregnant, they do help couples where the man is struggling with getting an erection.
The bottom line is, don’t worry too much about it all. Although it may seem to take a while, 85% of all women become pregnant within one year or trying. So if it does not work out the first month or two, there really is no reason to worry. Keep calm, live healthy, keep on trying and – most importantly – have fun doing so.