Having a baby, like many of you, was always one of my biggest desires. I day dreamed of what my future children would be like. I thought about what being pregnant would be like. When the time came for my husband and I to start “trying” I intended on doing everything in my power to optimize my chances of conceiving.
Let me share with you what I did to get pregnant faster.
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Start taking vitamins long before you start trying.
You may want to read my article on which vitamins you should be taking. It’s only going to benefit you, increase your chances of conceiving, and subsequently benefit your baby once you do conceive. It is important to be at LEAST taking a prenatal vitamin for an entire month before starting to try.
The most important vitamin for fetal development, I’m sure you have heard, is Folic Acid. This vitamin plays a key role in the neurological development of your baby, and this starts developing before we even realize we are pregnant. Learn more about that here.
Maintain a healthy weight.
No one really likes to hear it, but being overweight is not going to work in your favor when it comes to getting pregnant faster. Walking for just 30 minutes a day can benefit you in the long run.
Start off easy and gradually you will develop more stamina. Your exercises will be longer and you will be able to do more. It takes time, but it is so important for your health.
Diet will obviously play a huge role in weight maintenance as well. For help on what a well balanced diet consists of, check this out.
For at least a month before, start tracking your basal body temperature (BBT).
This is your most accurate temperature when your metabolic rate is low. This is why you need to take it the instant you wake up. Before even getting out of bed. I literally kept the thermometer on my night stand, and before I even lifted my head off of the pillow I reached over and grabbed the thermometer.
You want a thermometer specific for measuring BBT because it goes to the 100th decimal place, giving you more accurate tracking information. Try this thermometer on Amazon. There are many apps to help you keep track of your temperatures. I used “fertility friend”. I liked this app in particular because it helps you estimate when you ovulated. Which brings me to my next point:
Keep track of your ovulation.
In theory, a woman’s menstrual cycle is 28 days. That is the average. Some are shorter and some are longer.
The average woman ovulates on day 14 of her menstrual cycle. The day your period starts is day 1 of your cycle. So 14 days after the beginning of your period is when most women ovulate. Again, this is only the average so that’s why keeping track of your temperatures will help you better gauge when you ovulate. I was able to reasonably estimate within a day or two the actual day I conceived my baby by tracking my cycle so well.
For more information on tracking your ovulation:
Ovulation predictor kits (OPK’s).
I was determined to pin point my most fertile days so I used these strips from Amazon that detect Luteinizing Hormone which is highest when you are about the ovulate. The tricky part with these is that luteinizing hormone is always present in your system, therefore you will always see a second line on the test. Unlike a pregnancy test when it is either positive (2 lines) or negative (one). You look for the test line to be at its darkest with OPK’s.
This can be a little difficult to determine, and it takes a lot of strips over the course of several days. There are some kinds that are digital, but I did not find those to be worth the money.
Are you ready for this one?
Have a lot of sex. Like every day. Not exaggerating on this one. There is one way babies are made, and this is how. With all of the other tips I gave, you will have a pretty good idea of your fertile window. To optimize your chances of conceiving sooner, having sex at a minimum of every other day will be key.
That’s how I got pregnant fast!
Using all of these suggestions (and daily prayers) I successfully conceived our beautiful baby girl the first month of trying. I’m not saying these things to tell you this will 100% get you pregnant, but they are suggestions that worked for me.