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How To Conceive Quickly

How To Conceive Quickly

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Getting pregnant can seem so easy - until you start trying. Now, it seems that everyone around you is making their adorably annoying baby-to-come announcements, and you’re feeling...left out.

Or maybe you and your partner have finally decided it’s time to add a mini-me to the family and you’re researching everywhere you can on how to get pregnant ASAP.

Whichever mama-to-be you are, you’ve come to the right place.

Getting pregnant isn’t a walk in the park for a lot of people. Around 10 percent of women struggle with their fertility - that’s millions of women. 

At the same time, around 40 percent of couples will get pregnant within the first two months of having unprotected sex. 

Fortunately, there are a ton of steps you can take to sway the odds in your favor and conceive more quickly. 


12 Tips To Conceive Quickly...

  1. Stop taking birth control

Birth control works by thinning the lining of your uterus, thickening your cervical mucus, and suppressing ovulation. This essentially creates a hostile environment for a sperm and egg to meet.


There are several types of birth control - the pill, the mini-pill (progesterone only), IUDs, implants, the patch, and the Depo-Provera shot to name a few. All of them affect your body slightly differently in preventing pregnancy. Based on the method you’ve used up until now and how long you’ve used it, the timeline varies as to how soon you’ll be able to become pregnant.


If using the pill or patch for birth control, it often takes 2-3 months for your body to get back in its groove.


If you use the Depo-Provera shot, it may take longer. Talk to your doctor about when getting off birth control will be right for you.


You may ovulate before your first period, so keep in mind you could get pregnant before you have a cycle once you stop using birth control. Some women may prefer to wait until after their first period, so they can track how far along they are.

stop taking birth control


  1. Get a tune-up

No, I don’t mean your car. 


Going for a preconception check-up can help increase your fertility by eliminating or switching medicines that would otherwise be harmful during pregnancy. A check-up also helps in identifying any underlying problems that could impact your chances of getting pregnant. 


Things like ovarian cysts, asthma, clotting disorders, HIV, diabetes, and high blood pressure are all conditions that could impact your ability to become and stay pregnant.


Your OB/GYN will also ask about your lifestyle and make sure you’re being as healthy as possible so you can have a healthy pregnancy journey. This is also the perfect time to ask your provider any questions you may have about fertility and pregnancy. 

blood pressure check


  1. Start tracking your menstrual cycle

Are your cycles regular? Irregular? Do you ovulate late, or early? Do you have a 28-day cycle? Or a 32-day cycle?


Tracking your cycle is important for planning a pregnancy because it helps you understand where your most fertile days land throughout the month. It’s also important to identify how you feel on the days leading up to your period and your ovulation.


An easy way to track your cycle is through an app on your phone. Clue and Flo are top-rated apps that let you enter your periods, symptoms, and cycle length and learn from each cycle. By doing this, the apps also predict fertile days and your ovulation day, which takes a lot of the guesswork out of trying to get pregnant. Each app has a free version and an upgraded version.


Both apps also let you track positive and negative pregnancy tests and ovulation tests, but only Flo lets you switch to pregnancy mode once you become pregnant. 

 start tracking your menstrual cycle

  1. Know when you O

Nope, not that kind of O. I’m talking about ovulating. 


Ovulation is when your ovaries release an egg to be fertilized. However, your egg is only viable for about 24 hours. This means you need to know when your fertile period is, which is usually the five days leading up to ovulation. 


There are several ways to track your ovulation. You can use ovulation kits, track your basal body temperature, or spot your pre-ovulation symptoms (or you can do all three!).


Ovulation kits are urine test strips that detect an LH (luteinizing hormone) surge, which happens right before ovulation. Once you get a positive ovulation test, it’s a good idea to do the deed daily for the next 3-5 days.


Tracking your body basal temperature works by taking your temperature every day, ideally at the same time every day, before you get out of bed (you can use a normal oral thermometer or a specially designed basal thermometer) and entering your temperature into a chart. 


Once you notice a 0.4-degree change in temperature that is consistent over about 48 hours, it’s likely an indication of ovulation (which means you should get busy).


Both apps also let you track positive and negative pregnancy tests and ovulation tests, but only Flo lets you switch to pregnancy mode once you become pregnant. 


(Side note: Both Clue and Flo let you chart in the apps) 

Another way to track ovulation is through your ovulation symptoms and cervical mucus. 


If you haven’t noticed by now, your cervical mucus varies throughout your cycle. When you’re ovulating (or gearing up to ovulate), you’ll notice an increase in discharge and it becomes thinner, clear, and slippery. 


Some women may also experience these ovulation symptoms:

  • Cramping or pinching on one side
  • Spotting
  • Increased sex drive
  • Bloating
  • Breast tenderness

 ovulation calendar

  1. Do the deed every other day

On average, your fertile period lasts six days - the five days leading up to ovulation and then the day of ovulation. 


Having sex every other day, rather than daily, during this time span won’t decrease your chances of pregnancy. Research shows that couples who have sex every day have a 37 percent chance of becoming pregnant and couples who choose to have sex every other day have a 33 percent chance.


It’s good to note that sperm can live for up to five days in your reproductive tract, which is why having sex every other day shouldn’t impact your chances of becoming pregnant. Since the egg is only viable for between 12 and 24 hours, doing the deed in the days leading up to ovulation, and not just the day you think you’re going to ovulate, is the best way to increase your chances of your egg becoming fertilized each cycle.


Having sex every other day will most likely help both you and your partner keep the romance alive but ultimately the choice is yours!

 how to get pregnant quickly

  1. Skip the lubricant

Or at least find sperm-friendly lubricant.


Certain lubes are known to impact the viability of sperm, examples being… Astroglide, K Y Jelly, olive oil, and even saliva. 


So, what sperm-friendly lubes are out there? You can use Pre-Seed, which was designed with couples trying for a baby in mind. It was created to be PH balanced and help support sperm quality, basically mimicking your body's natural fluids.


You might even be able to find a few natural lubricants around your home,ie. olive oil.

 olive oil lube

  1. Get healthy

Maintaining a healthy body weight can make a huge impact on your chances of becoming pregnant quickly. 


Dr. Mary Ellen Pavone, a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist and medical director of the in-vitro fertilization program at Northwestern Medicine's Fertility and Reproductive Medicine department in Chicago, says “Research has shown that a woman who is overweight can take twice as long to become pregnant than a woman whose BMI is considered normal. And a woman who is underweight might take four times as long to conceive.”


For women who are overweight, losing five to ten percent of their body fat before trying to become pregnant could increase their chances of becoming pregnant quickly. 


Women who are underweight may not have regular periods or even stop ovulating.


Try decreasing your caffeine, saturated fats, and sugar intake, and increase your healthy fats, protein, and vitamins. Not only will this help you get to a healthy weight, but it will also prepare your body with all the necessary nutrients to support a pregnancy.

 get healthy

  1. Pick up an exercise routine

Plenty of studies have shown the benefit of exercise when it comes to fertility and being pregnant. 


Exercising decreases blood pressure, helps lose unwanted weight, increases blood flow to your reproductive organs (guys too!), and decreases the stress hormone. 


You don’t have to suddenly be going to the gym every day and become a bodybuilder. Simply walking at a fast pace for a half-hour to an hour every day will help get your body (and ovaries) on track to creating the best home for your tiny tenant. 


It also helps to create a workout routine that you can continue doing throughout your pregnancy. This will help prepare your body for labor and keep your weight gain in a healthy range.

 female working out

  1. Start taking your prenatal

You know that once you’re pregnant you’re supposed to start popping prenatals, but why should you start before you see those two lines?


One reason is that now you’ll have the opportunity to see which vitamins work for you and which don’t. Some prenatals leave women feeling nauseous and worn down, which isn’t good through that first trimester. Starting beforehand means you can test the market to find which ones work best for you.


If anything, starting a folic acid supplement is probably a good idea. A baby’s neural tube develops into the brain and spine at just 3-4 weeks gestation, before many women even know they’re pregnant, and folic acid helps aid in that development. 

 prenatal vitamins

  1. Break your smoking habits now

Not only is smoking an overall unhealthy habit, but it also has a direct impact on your fertility. 


The chemicals found in cigarettes, like carbon monoxide and nicotine, ages the reproductive system and restricts blood vessels. 


Smoking affects:


  • the DNA (genetic material) in eggs and sperm
  • men’s and women’s hormone production  
  • the fertilized egg’s ability to reach the uterus
  • the environment inside the uterus, where the baby grows.

Smoking can also increase the risk of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy.

It’s also a good idea to try and stay away from secondhand smoke, as well as recreational marijuana use.

 quit smoking


  1. Marie Kondo your mind

It’s time to declutter and decompress (your mind).


Trying to get pregnant can feel really overwhelming and stressful, so adding that to the mix of daily life frustrations like a threenager (if you know, you know) and a frustrating boss can often make you feel pushed to the edge.


So fill up that bubble bath, grab a glass of wine (it’s fine, I promise. You aren’t pregnant - yet), and r e l a x.


Or if you prefer, go to that Zumba class or go for a massage. Whatever helps you unwind will help increase your chances of getting those two pink lines. 

 woman drinking wine in tub

  1. Know when to ask for help

Typically, a young, healthy couple will be able to conceive within a year (usually sooner).


A study published in the journal Human Reproduction followed 346 women who were trying to get pregnant by having sex when they were ovulating. 310 women were able to get pregnant in the first year. 


Here’s the breakdown:


38 percent were pregnant after 1 month

68 percent were pregnant after 3 months

81 percent were pregnant after 6 months

92 percent were pregnant after 12 months


However, if it’s been more than a year it’s probably time to see a fertility specialist.


For couples over 35, if you’ve been trying for 6 months without any luck, you should see a fertility specialist just in case. Fertility decreases with age, so the sooner you rule out any underlying problems the sooner you can get a positive pregnancy test.


The key to getting pregnant fast is to take it one day at a time. Don’t blame yourself if it feels like it’s taking too long. Don’t get stressed out and worry about infertility.  It takes time for most couples, and even when circumstances are less than perfect, there are plenty of other options to expand your family.


National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, Vaginal lubricants in the couple trying-to-conceive: Assessing healthcare professional recommendations and effect on in vitro sperm function, 2019.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Smoking, Pregnancy, and Babies, 2019.

MedlinePlus, Pregnancy - identifying fertile days, 2018.

National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, Time to pregnancy: results of the German prospective study and impact on the management of infertility, 2003.

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