Tips To Help You Conceive Fast

When you're ready to be a mother, it can seem like everyone around you is pregnant except you. Here are 10 tips to help you conceive now.

shocked woman with pregnancy testTip #1: Know your body

When you do get pregnant, one of the first things the nurse will ask you at your first doctor's appointment is when your last period was. Do yourself a favor and track your cycle. Use your wall calendar, planner or even just a file on your computer to write down the start date of every period.

This will also help you find out how long your monthly cycles are — which in turn can help you decipher which days of the month are most likely to be your most fertile using this online ovulation calculator.

Tip #2: Have sex regularly

Sperm lives in your body for two to three days, so having sex every few days almost guarantees it will be there for your most fertile days. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, "Sperm ejaculated into a woman's vagina remain alive in the mucus of the cervix and are able to fertilize an egg for three to five days."

Better yet, use your period dates and cycle length to find out when you are most fertile, and have sex daily during those days of the month. Ovulation kits can help you discover your fertile days, too.

Tip #3: Be healthy

Maintaining a healthy weight — neither over- nor underweight — can increase your chances of getting pregnant. Regular exercise and eating a well-balanced diet are helpful, as well.

Adequate folic acid intake is important before and during pregnancy. "You’ll feel better and start your pregnancy off right if you eat a variety of nutritious foods every day. Avoid foods high in fat and sugar. Also, cut back on caffeine. Drinking more than two cups of coffee, tea or caffeinated soda a day may make it harder for you to get pregnant," according to MarchofDimes.com.

Tip #4: Take vitamins

Make sure that you are getting enough of all the important nutrients. Taking prenatal vitamins before you are pregnant will fortify your body and help you establish the habit of taking them so that you don't forget once you are pregnant.

Prenatal vitamins are best; they're available both over the counter and by prescription. If you're unsure which ones are right for you, consult your doctor.

Tip #5: Bring your doctor into the loop

Speaking of your doctor, make sure she knows your intentions before you get pregnant. She can help you take healthy steps toward pregnancy, as well as advise you on any concerns or troubles that arise.

Tip #6: Don't smoke

Aside from all of its risks to your lungs and those of your potential unborn baby, smoking can hamper your chances of getting pregnant. The Mayo Clinic says that tobacco actually can alter cervical mucus, making it harder for sperm to reach a woman's eggs.

Tip #7: De-stress

Stress can make your body work against you when you are trying to get pregnant. Furthermore, it can make you less interested in sex. No sex means no baby, so work on being relatively stress-free.

How? Eliminate things in your life that cause you stress. When that's not possible, find ways to overcome stressful situations, from short timeouts to long, warm baths. Also, check out The De-Stress Diva's Guide to Life by Ruth Klein for some great techniques.

Tip #8: Stop taking birth control early

If you are on birth control, it will likely take you a few months to work all of the hormones out of your body. So, accept that it may be a few months before your body will be ready to conceive.

If you know you're going to start trying soon, stop using birth control pills or the patch in advance of that time and use alternative, non-hormonal methods of birth control such as condoms until you are ready.

Tip #9: Stock up on inexpensive pregnancy tests

If you're trying to conceive, you'll probably go through dozens of pregnancy tests before you finally confirm a pregnancy. Name brands can be pricey, and so can store brands. Save yourself some money and head to the dollar store. Many carry kits, and they are indeed reliable.

Tip #10: Relax!

Breathe deeply and don't over-analyze your situation. The more you think about the logistics of getting pregnant, the less relaxed you will be. Instead, have fun and just let things happen. Try meditation and yoga.

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