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Getting Pregnant

Suggestions to help make conception a little easier

Having a child is a wonderful experience, and conception for some is relatively easy. For other couples, however, conceiving a baby can be elusive and confusing. Getting pregnant is a dream for many people, so we've compiled a list of tips to make it easier to get pregnant and fulfill that dream.

Pre-Pregnancy Tips

Before you start trying to conceive, make sure to go to your doctor and get a full physical health checkup. Conceiving will be easier if you and your partner are healthy. Your doctor will prescribe you prenatal vitamins. Be sure to discuss with your doctor any prescription medication that you may be on. Also, see your dentist for a checkup to make sure you don't have any untreated gum disease, since it's linked to preterm births. Look into prenatal exercise classes or yoga. Limit your alcohol and caffeine intake, and if you're a smoker, quit smoking cold turkey or with smoking aids.

Fertility Charting and Knowing Your Cycle

Your menstrual cycle is the key to knowing when you are most fertile. Fertility charting details your body's temperature during your menstrual cycle. When you are ovulating, your temperature rises by about 0.5 of a degree. This is the sign to start trying for a baby. You have a window of approximately three days in which your chances of getting pregnant go up. The egg descends from the ovary; it takes 7 to 10 days for a fertilized egg to attach to the endometrium. Knowing your cycle intimately will help you determine if you are pregnant, but a home pregnancy test can help you confirm your condition.

Tips on Getting Pregnant

Here are some tips to help conception go a little more smoothly:

  • Drink lots of water. Water hydrates your body and increases the amount of good quality, fertile cervical fluid.
  • Having an orgasm increases your chances of getting pregnant, since it pumps blood to the reproductive organs and encourages sperm to find the egg.
  • Eat health food such as that rich in calcium to help your baby's bones grow better.
  • Take folic acid while trying to conceive and throughout your pregnancy.
  • If you are fertility charting, be sure to chart every day.

Getting Pregnant After Miscarriage

A miscarriage is an unfortunate complication of pregnancy. If you miscarry, you can get pregnant again. Women with recurrent miscarriages (three or more in a row) still have a 75 percent chance of carrying a healthy baby to term. If you have had a miscarriage, wait until two or three normal periods have gone by before trying again. Make sure your diet and exercise are healthy and up to par. If you continue to have miscarriages, see your doctor for more options.

Conception can be hard – if you find that you cannot conceive despite your fertility charting, see your doctor for help getting pregnant. He may send you to a fertility specialist, where you will find out why you can't conceive and be offered more options to help you do so.

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