When you and your partner have decided to expand your family there is no waiting around. You may have been the woman who has spent most of her younger years preventing pregnancy. Usually, when you make this decision, you want to be pregnant right away. Some women become pregnant fast and easy, yet other women do not. You may be older and feel that you only have a few childbearing years left. You may have already had a child, but want to have another one quickly so they are close in age. There are numerous reasons why couples want to become pregnant quickly.
If you have not tried before, you may not know if you will be the one that will take some time or not. If you have had a baby, maybe you know it does take a while for you to become pregnant. Here is a great list with explanations to help guide you to becoming pregnant quickly. Some things may work well with some women and some may not.
Table of Contents
- 1. Schedule an Appointment with your Healthcare Provider
- 2. Quit Smoking
- 3. Decrease Alcohol Consumption
- 4. Decrease Caffeine Consumption
- 5. Eat Healthy!
- 6. Exercise
- 7. Detox
- 8. Your Weight
- 9. Begin Taking a Prenatal Vitamin
- 10. Stopping all Birth Control
- 11. Track Your Cycle
- 12. Cervical Mucous
- 13. Have Sex Before Ovulation
- 14. Certain Sex Positions
- 15. No Lubrication
- 16. Basal Body Temperature
- 17. Ovulation Predictor Kit
- 18. Fertility Monitor
- 19. Don’t Stress
- 20. His Health is Important Too!
- 21. Myths
1. Schedule an Appointment with your Healthcare Provider
When you and your partner have made this decision, schedule an appointment to meet with your healthcare provider. This could be your OB/GYN, midwife, or family doctor. It is a great starting place to meet with your healthcare provider and discuss any health history that may cause issues with you becoming pregnant. It is a good idea to bring all these issues, or non-issues, to the table. Your provider will do an extensive exam including blood tests, check for sexually transmitted diseases, and perhaps some genetic testing if you are concerned about anything within your family’s health history. It is also a great time to start a good relationship with your healthcare provider now, because when you do become pregnant you will be seeing lots of this individual!
2. Quit Smoking
When you have decided you want to become pregnant, you will want to quit smoking immediately. Studies have shown that the longer and more tobacco used, the higher your risk of infertility. Cigarettes are full of chemicals that you inhale, only to be spread through your body. Cigarettes cause multiple issues and diseases, infertility is just one of the many. Get ahead of the game and start now, because you will definitely want to quit this habit when you become pregnant and when the baby arrives.
3. Decrease Alcohol Consumption
There is no solid research that shows alcohol affects getting pregnant, or stopping your alcohol intake will increase your chances of fertility. However, many healthcare providers recommend decreasing your alcohol intake or stopping altogether. High alcohol consumption can have an effect on your hormones, which can ultimately affect your fertility. If you want to get pregnant quickly, your best bet is to give it up altogether.
4. Decrease Caffeine Consumption
Research for the effects of caffeine consumption on fertility also does not have solid findings. There are studies that show it may increase chances of miscarriages, while other studies show it does not increase chances of miscarriages. Either way, if you want to do everything possible to become pregnant quickly, you can add this to your list of things to do. Remember, caffeine is also in chocolate!
5. Eat Healthy!
You should always eat healthy, but if you are not the healthiest eater, now may be the time to start. Make sure you are eating plenty of fruits and vegetables (especially leafy greens such as spinach and kale), grains, lean proteins, and dairy.
You will want to avoid a few things also such as sugar, foods high in fat, fish high in mercury, and items with BPA. Fish high in mercury include marlin, orange roughy, swordfish, shark, ahi, and bigeye tuna. High levels of mercury can cause infertility in women and men. In addition, when you become pregnant you will want to avoid these types of fish because they can harm the baby’s developing brain. Research has shown that BPA can also be linked to fertility issues. Some ways to limit exposure to BPA include avoiding canned foods and avoiding anything in a plastic container with recycling number 3 or 7 on it.
Exercise is pretty much the cure and answer to everything, so of course making sure you are active and exercising would be on the list of ways to get pregnant fast. Exercise makes sure your body is functioning great and is also a great stress reliever. Making sure you feel good and healthy is best.
You have quit smoking and you have given up alcohol and caffeine. You pretty much feel like your detoxing already, right? This could be a good enough detox for you, but some women like to take it up a notch. There are several 3-day juice cleanses, or other safe detox choices available. A detox is a great way to get rid of all the nasty toxins you have been putting into your body and to start fresh. Make sure you do your research and talk to your healthcare provider first. You want to make sure the detox you choose to do is safe and does not cause more damage than good.
8. Your Weight
Your weight can affect your fertility also. Every woman should make sure their weight falls within their BMI (body mass index). If you are under or overweight, check your eating habits and make sure you are exercising. If you are underweight and are struggling to gain weight, make sure your practitioner checks you out. There may be an underlying reason why you are not gaining weight that may also be related to your fertility.
9. Begin Taking a Prenatal Vitamin
Start taking a prenatal vitamin now. You should already be trying to eat a healthy diet, but sometimes we mess up. Taking a prenatal vitamin helps supplement those vitamins and nutrients you may be missing.
The major development stages of vital organs in the baby happen in the first 10 weeks, and some women do not even realize they are pregnant until about that time. Starting early is a great precaution so you cover all your bases. Prenatal vitamins can also help with major birth defects and preterm delivery, so starting early is a great idea.
When looking for a prenatal vitamin, make sure you look for one that contains 400 to 800 mg of folic acid. You should also make sure your vitamin contains the following:
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin C
10. Stopping all Birth Control
All right, this is a no-brainer but you need to stop all forms of birth control. Depending on what form of birth control you may have been using, it may take some time for your cycle to come back to normal and for you to become pregnant. Some say if you are on the pill, your fertility should come back immediately. There is also a lot of information that if you have been on the pill, or any form of birth control, for years, it may take a lot longer for your fertility to return. Each woman is different so as soon as you know you are ready to get pregnant, stop your birth control.
11. Track Your Cycle
Tracking your cycle should be something that every woman does whether they are trying to get pregnant or not. Let us get down to the basics. When you ovulate, an egg is released from your ovary and the egg is only viable for 12 to 24 hours. Sperm can last 48 to 72 hours after sex. Using those times frames, there is a very small window for you to get pregnant. Isn’t that crazy? This is such a short period of time and it seems like some women become pregnant so quickly and easily.
After you know when you are ovulating, you will want to plan to have sex on your most fertile days. Your most fertile days are usually three days before you ovulate until the actual day you ovulate. When you have these days calculated, begin planning on when you will have sex. Remember, sperm can last up to 48 hours to 72 hours after sex, so make sure you use those time frames when calculating. To help determine this time frame, tracking when you ovulate is important. There are some fertility apps available such as Kindara or Glow. These apps can be downloaded onto your phone, so you have easy access to record what is going on with your body.
12. Cervical Mucous
This goes hand in hand with tracking your cycle. Some women do not track their cycles closely, but notice a change in their cervical mucous and know it may be getting close. When you notice that your mucous is clear, stretchy and is similar to egg whites, this is when you are at most fertile.
13. Have Sex Before Ovulation
As mentioned above, having sex before you ovulate would be beneficial. It can be a common misconception that they should have sex after ovulation. Have sex before your ovulation and this will allow the sperm to get to where it needs to be.
14. Certain Sex Positions
There is some back and forth on whether a certain position during sex is beneficial or not. If you really want to use this method in becoming pregnant quicker, make sure the woman is on the bottom. A position such as missionary is best. Also, placing a pillow under your hips with legs up after having sex may allow the sperm to gravitate to the egg. Those little sperm need to travel all the way up the fallopian tubes, give them a boost.
15. No Lubrication
When trying to get pregnant, you want to avoid lubrication. Lubrication slows down sperm and does not allow it to get where it needs to be! If you absolutely need lubrication for comfort, there are options available that are sperm friendly. These lubrications are created to help with the sperm’s viability and motility, which give the sperm a little boost.
Also, remember when cervical mucous was mentioned? If you are at your most fertile time in your cycle, your mucus should be clear and of an egg white consistency, which acts like a great natural lubrication during sex.
16. Basal Body Temperature
Checking your basal body temperature may sound a little old school, but if you want to get pregnant quickly it is best to do it to cover all your bases. A lot of the fertility apps have an area to record your basal body temperature also. What is your basal body temperature? This is the temperature of your body when you are at full rest. When you ovulate, your body temperature increases. As a result, checking and recording your basal body temperature daily can help you predict when you are most fertile.
The best time of day to check your basal body temperature is first thing in the morning before you get out of bed. Make sure you use an accurate thermometer or a specific basal thermometer.
If you really are not into tracking your cycle or checking your basal body temperature, using an ovulation predictor kit may be a great option for you. It also may be something you want to do on top of the other two, to cover your bases. Ovulation predictor kits check your luteinizing hormone (LH) and are about 99% accurate. The luteinizing hormone is always present in your urine, and at about 24 to 48 hours this hormone increases and triggers your egg to be released, or in other words, ovulation occurs. If you can determine this luteinizing hormone increase, you will know the best time to have sex to become pregnant.
18. Fertility Monitor
A fertility monitor accurately predicts ovulation up to 7 days in advance. These can be pretty pricey, about $300. If you are really struggling with becoming pregnant or really want to get pregnant quickly, this may be an option for you. A fertility monitor basically does everything for you. It takes and tracks your body’s chemistry readings and creates an ovulation calendar with its information. This is highly recommended if you are not having regular cycles.
19. Don’t Stress
Stress can cause a lot of fertility issues too. When you stress about getting pregnant or everyday life, your adrenal system does not function properly. To help alleviate stress, meditate or exercise. Take time for yourself and breathe. It is important to not become overly obsessed and stressed about becoming pregnant.
20. His Health is Important Too!
It takes two to tango! If you are making sacrifices and improving your health, he should too. Not only because you are doing it, but also because it will help with his sperm production and sperm motility. He should cut back or stop smoking, stop drinking alcohol and caffeine, and make sure he is eating healthy. Exercise is also important too!
There are a lot of common myths about becoming pregnant which include:
- Men wearing boxers versus wearing briefs.
- Men sitting in saunas or hot tubs.
- You need to have an orgasm to conceive.
- Lifting your eggs in the air for 10 minutes after sex.
Do not get caught up with all these myths. These are just a selection of many myths that are floating around. If you stick to the list above and have great communication with your healthcare provider, you are heading in the right direction.
Overall, the younger you are the quicker it should be for you to get pregnant. Most couples, if they try consistently, will become pregnant within a year. If you have been trying to conceive for one year or more with no success, you should reach out to a specialist. There may be something going on that you may not be able to control, or have no idea about. Also, your partner could have something that may be affecting not getting pregnant. Remember, not to stress!
There are a lot of suggestions to become pregnant quickly. Overall, living a healthy, stress-free lifestyle is going to be beneficial. Also, being aware of your body and how it functions is extremely beneficial. Even if you are not ready to get pregnant yet, but know that someday down the road you and your partner will be ready to conceive, you should be making these lifestyle changes now.