How to get pregnant quickly and naturally°

The desire for a child should encourage you to make healthier lifestyle choices, such as becoming more aware of the foods, drinks and medications you put into your body, as well as setting aside time for healthy exercise.

If you want to get pregnant, taking better care of your body is the first step to take. But what else can you do to improve your odds of having a baby?

The most important tip is to get to know your body, specifically your menstrual cycle. It is important that you know how much time passes between one period and the next, so that you can plan your sexual intercourse precisely and try to get pregnant.

Here are some tips that could increase your chances of getting pregnant, assuming that neither you nor your partner has fertility issues.

Record the frequency of your menstrual cycle

You should monitor the first few days of your period, noting if they tend to space out the same number of days each month, thus being considered regular. Conversely, your cycles may be irregular, i.e. their length varies from month to month. By noting this information on a calendar, you will be able to better predict your ovulations, which is the time of the month when your ovaries will release an egg.

A woman’s egg is only fertile for 12-24 hours after its release , while a man’s sperm can survive in a female body for about six days.

Read also: When to take a pregnancy test

Track ovulation

Women with regular menstrual cycles usually ovulate two weeks before menstruation starts. On the other hand, it is more difficult to predict the ovulation period in women with irregular cycles, but it usually occurs 12 to 16 days before the start of the next period.

There are various methods you can use to figure out what your fertile window is each month. Do-it-yourself ovulation tests may partially answer your question. They’re great for this purpose, but remember to read the instructions before using them, as each kit is slightly different from the next.

Available at drugstores or online, these kits test urine for luteinizing hormone, a substance whose levels rise each month during ovulation and which causes the ovaries to release an egg. The three days immediately following a positive result from this test are the best time for you to have sex with your partner to increase your chances of getting pregnant .

Other ways to detect ovulation include:

  • measurement of basal body temperature. Basal temperature should be taken first thing in the morning, preferably at the same time. After ovulation your basal temperature typically increases by 0.3°C and can be measured rectally or vaginally. Your time of peak fertility will be during the two to three days prior to this slight increase in body temperature .
  • a second method is to monitor your cervical mucus, which will require you to regularly check the amount and appearance of the mucus in your vagina. Just before ovulation, when you’re at the peak of your fertility, the amount of mucus increases and its appearance becomes thinner, clearer, and slimier . Fluid cervical mucus can help the sperm get to the egg.

Have sex whenever possible during your fertile period

Your fertile window spans six days, the five days before ovulation and the day itself 5 ) . These are the days of the month when you will be most fertile. One study found that sexual intercourse is more likely to lead to pregnancy when it occurs two days before ovulation. Some couples try to time sex to coincide with a woman’s “maximum fertility window”. However, while this can sometimes help, it is usually not necessary .

If your partner has been reported to have low sperm counts, having sex more than once every couple of days could make trying to get pregnant more difficult. This is because it takes up to three months for the male body to produce new sperm. Hence, too frequent intercourse could result in insufficient sperm production for each ejaculation .

Aims to maintain or achieve a healthy body weight

Being too heavy can reduce your chances of conceiving, while being too thin can make having a baby even more difficult.

Research has shown that an overweight woman (i.e. with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 35) can take up to twice as long to get pregnant compared to a woman with a normal BMI. An underweight woman (BMI less than 19) can even employ four times as much. Having too much body fat causes excessive estrogen production, which can interfere with ovulation. According to some studies, losing 5-10% of body weight before trying to get pregnant can improve fertility. Women who are too thin may not have regular periods or even stop ovulating.

Take prenatal vitamins

According to the  National Center for Rare Diseases , if you take this vitamin before conception you can reduce the risk of your baby developing serious birth defects by 70%.

“Wishing for a child is a beautiful thing. Protect him now, take folic acid before conception and continue for the first trimester of pregnancy. It’s the first gift you give to your baby.” – Sunday Taruscio.

Eat healthy foods

While there may not be one specific diet to promote fertility, eating a wide variety of healthy foods can help prepare your body for pregnancy by providing it with adequate supplies of key nutrients like calcium, protein, and iron. That means you’ll need to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, dairy products, and sources of healthy fats.

In addition to using folic acid supplements, you can also get B from foods like green leafy vegetables, broccoli, fortified breads and cereals, beans, citrus fruits, and orange juice.

Instead, while trying to get pregnant:

  • eat smaller amounts of fish that are high in mercury, such as swordfish, shark and mackerel;
  • he also limits his tuna to about 170 grams per week.

These two small steps should help you reduce your exposure to mercury, a toxic metal.

While there is no strong evidence that consuming modest levels of caffeine has any negative effects on fertility or pregnancy, caffeine intake is believed to be linked to complications during pregnancy, and consumption of this substance is often perceived as an unhealthy habit.

The consumption of drinks containing caffeine is therefore linked to possible fertility problems, while the consumption of these  during pregnancy  has been associated with an increased risk of miscarriages, congenital malformations, decreased fetal growth, fetal death and long-term effects. on the child’s behavior. The biological explanation for this association would lie in the tendency of caffeine to accumulate inside the fetal tissues and produce various effects that could interfere with the growth and development of the fetus .

Be aware of age-related decreases in fertility

As you get older, your fertility will decrease due to age-related changes within your ovaries. These changes cause a decrease in the quantity and quality of the eggs produced. The decline in fertility begins gradually in women from the age of 30, becoming more acute after the age of 37 and even more pronounced after the age of 40. These declines could mean that it may be more difficult to get pregnant.

Not smoking

Smoking can lead to fertility problems in both men and women. The chemicals in cigarette smoke, such as nicotine and carbon monoxide, can accelerate a woman’s egg shedding rate . It’s also a good idea for women who want to get pregnant (but why not…others too!) to stay away from secondhand smoke. Marijuana and other recreational drugs should be from around this time.

Give up alcohol

It is safest to avoid alcohol when a woman hopes to become pregnant. Drinking alcohol at moderate (one to two drinks a day) or heavy (more than two drinks a day) levels can make it difficult for a woman to get pregnant.

Create a supportive home and work environment

Exposure to pollutants or toxic substances certainly does not play in favor of fertility. If you work in environments where the use of protective masks, gloves, goggles or gowns is required, make sure you strictly comply with the most stringent safety measures. Depending on the case, you may want to speak to your company’s occupational physician for advice or to clarify any doubts you may have.

When you are at home, on the other hand, take care to protect yourself while you are cleaning or using potentially toxic substances (detergents, etc.). Always use common sense and don’t become “paranoid” or “obsessive”, as we will see below, stress – when it is exaggerated – does not help!

Stress… stress management is important. Trying to have a baby can be stressful for many couples. While the exact role stress plays in the likelihood of getting pregnant isn’t clear, it makes sense that improving your quality of life and reducing some stress might have its upsides. There are various ways to relax your body and mind. You can exercise, jog, get an extra hour of sleep a night, or even just go out for half an hour every day for a walk in the countryside with your partner.

Katherine Johnson, M.D., is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist with clinical expertise in general obstetrics and gynecology, family planning, women’s health, and gynecology.

She is affiliated with the Obstetrics and Gynecology division at an undisclosed healthcare institution and the online platform,

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