There are a few ways to get pregnant. Knowing your fertility and ovulation patterns helps increase your chances. Your doctor can help you plan a healthy pregnancy. Ovulation is the process in which a mature egg is released from the ovary. After it’s released, the egg moves down the fallopian tube and stays there for 12 to 24 hours, where it can be fertilized. Sperm can live inside the female reproductive tract as long as five days after sexual intercourse under the right conditions. Your chance of getting pregnant is highest when live sperm are present in the fallopian tubes during ovulation.
Different ways I can get pregnant
In order to get pregnant, sperm needs to fertilize an egg. Pregnancy officially starts when a fertilized egg (embryo) attaches to the wall of your uterus, where it grows into a baby over 9 months. There are a few different ways this can happen.
The most common way people get pregnant is from vaginal sex — when a person who has a penis ejaculates inside the other person’s vagina. Sperm cells in semen (cum) swim up the vagina, through the cervix anduterus, and into the fallopian tubes. If there’s an egg in the fallopian tube and it meets up with sperm, the fertilized egg moves down into the uterus. If the fertilized egg attaches to the wall of the uterus, pregnancy begins.
• Change in vaginal secretions (cervical mucus). Just before ovulation, you might notice an increase in clear, wet and stretchy vaginal secretions. Just after ovulation, cervical mucus decreases and becomes thicker, cloudy and less noticeable.
• Change in basal body temperature. Your body’s temperature at rest (basal body temperature) increases slightly during ovulation. Using a thermometer specifically designed to measure basal body temperature, take your temperature every morning before you get out of bed. Record the results and look for a pattern to emerge. You’ll be most fertile during the 2 to 3 days before your temperature rises.
• Have sex regularly. The highest pregnancy rates occur in couples who have sex every day or every other day.
• Have sex near the time of ovulation. If having sex every day isn’t possible — or enjoyable — have sex every 2 to 3 days a week starting soon after the end of your period. This can help ensure that you have sex when you are most fertile.
• One of the best ways to increase your chances of getting pregnant is knowing what days you ovulate (when you’re most likely to get pregnant), and planning vaginal sex or insemination around those days.
• Everyone’s body is different, but ovulation usually happens about 14 days before your period starts. An egg lives for about 1 day after it’s released (ovulation), and sperm can live in the body for about 6 days after sex. So people are usually fertile for around 7 days of every menstrual cycle.
• Maintain a normal weight. Overweight and underweight women are at increased risk of ovulation disorderss. Exercise together. Getting fit is a great way to boost your fertility. If you’re not used to exercising, start by building more movement into your day. For example, you could try getting off the bus a stop earlier, or taking the stairs instead of the lift. You may also enjoy going to a dance class together, or taking up running.Don’t overdo it, though. Women who exercise strenuously (such as professional athletes) sometimes find that it interferes with their menstrual cycle, which can be bad for fertility. If your periods are irregular, or you have no periods at all, try cutting back to a more moderate exercise regime.
Relax. Trying to conceive can be stressful. A bit of occasional stress is perfectly normal, and shouldn’t affect your chances. However, prolonged or severe stress may make it more difficult to conceive for both men and women, so try to take it easy when you can.
Heartburn during early pregnancy. Hormones can cause the valve between your stomach and esophagus to relax. This allows stomach acid to leak, causing heartburn
• Prevent pregnancy-related heartburn by eating several small meals a day instead of larger ones.
• Try to stay sitting upright for at least an hour after eating to help your food digest.
• If you need antacids, talk with a doctor about what may be safe during your pregnancy.
Stop Using Birth Control. Obviously, if you want to get pregnant, you need to stop using birth control. What you may not know is that you may need time for your fertility to return. It depends on what kind of birth control you were using.
With most forms of birth control, your fertility will return the next cycle after you stop using it. There may be a few bumpy months while your cycle regulates itself, but it’s also possible to get pregnant in your first official fertile month.
Quit smoking. Smoking is known to reduce fertility in men and women. It’s also dangerous for your baby if you’re still smoking when you conceive.
Take your foot off the gas. For some couples, trying to conceive can turn sex into more of a chore than a pleasure. If this sounds familiar, forget fertile windows for a while, and try to rekindle a date atmosphere with your partner.
have regular, but not regimented, sex
As we all know, having sex is the most important thing! Although it can sometimes help to know when you’re ovulating, just having sex every two days to three days throughout the month will give you the best chance of conceiving.