Trying to get pregnant means not just making lots of attempts to conceive, and various methods to improve your chances from the latest technology to traditional ways of determining the best time to try for a baby. Then you have to wait, to see if your period is skipped. If it goes ahead as normal, then you can be confident you’ve not managed to conceive. If doesn’t happen, it still doesn’t mean you’re necessarily pregnant, but it does cue you up to try a pregnancy test.
With all this waiting, you need to think about ways you can try to get pregnant quicker – ensuring you’re in good reproductive health and trying at the best possible to time to give yourself a boosted chance of success and avoiding experiencing any more of these agonising waits than necessary. That’s why we’re taking a look at this topic today – to help give you the best chance possible of getting pregnant quicker.
One of the most important things you can do is optimise the timing of your attempts to conceive. If you’re not making an attempt to identify and focus on your ‘fertile window’, you’re denying yourself the best opportunity you have to conceive.
The fertile window is the time around ovulation when sperm can survive in the body long enough to reach and fertilise the egg – it’s when your fertility is at its peak for that cycle. There are several methods you can use to identify that fertile window, by pinning down the date you’re going to ovulate.
A supermarket fertility kit can help, but has limited use. These work by testing the hormone levels in your urine, but if your experiencing hormone issues like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or Hyperthyroidism, or simply have low levels of the relevant hormone then they can’t give helpful results.
Measuring your BBT gives more accurate results, especially if you’re using a modern fertility tracker that can measure your temperature for you and give algorithm aided predictions of when you need to try to conceive for your best chance at success.
Lifestyle and Diet
There’s no single perfect fertility diet: your best results will come from working with the specifics of your body to ensure you’re getting all the nutrients you’re not getting from your normal foods. Talking to a fertility specialist can help, but there’s a few supplements that are helpful for nearly everyone who’s trying to get pregnant. Folic Acid may not help you conceive but it is important for the healthy development of the foetus, so you should start taking a supplement as you soon as decide to try for a baby.
Eating lots of green, leafy vegetables also helps give your body a boost in the vitamins and minerals that go into building both sperm and eggs, and ensuring you have healthy, high quality reproductive cells helps to extend your fertile window and give those cells more of a chance of successful, healthy fertilisation when they do meet.