Trying to get pregnant isn’t always easy. That’s why we want to be sure you have all the information needed so you can have your best possible chance at conception.
Of course, there’s more to getting pregnant than mere timing—it’s vital to be sure that you are ready emotionally as well as financially. We are dedicated to helping you on this journey, and providing these tips can help you start on the road to parenthood.
Our dedication to our patients’ health has earned us recognition as the best OBGYN practice in the Triangle, Orange, and Durham counties, for five years in a row. If you’re interested in getting pregnant, struggling with fertility issues, or are even ready for your annual wellness exam, we invite you to contact us to make an appointment.
10 Useful Tips If You’re Trying to Get Pregnant
1. Understand the Best Time for Trying to Get Pregnant
We realize that the menstrual cycle may vary from woman to woman, but it’s typically around 28 days. Ovulation usually occurs around 14 days before the start of your next period. We recommend using methods such as fertility apps or ovulation predictors to help determine your most fertile days.
2. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Even something as simple as managing stress and exercising regularly can help increase your chances of success when you’re trying to get pregnant. Avoid smoking or alcohol when you’re trying to conceive, and maintain a healthy weight. We also recommend eating foods that are high in iron, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids. During this time, you should also be getting plenty of folic acid–we recommend taking 400 micrograms every day.
In addition, studies have shown that excessive stress can make it more difficult to conceive. Women who regularly experience high levels of depression and anxiety are twice as likely to face fertility challenges. Therefore, if you’re prone to stress, we encourage you to try yoga, mindfulness meditation or even breathing exercises.
3. Understand Cervical Mucus and Your Basal Body Temperature
Your cervical mucus changes texture and appearance throughout your cycle. When you are ovulating, it is clear and “stretchy.” Your Basal Body Temperature (BBT) is your temperature when your body is fully at rest. Ovulation causes a slight rise in your BBT.
By recording your cervical mucus changes and your BBT, you can track your ovulation cycle, helping determine when it is most likely for you to get pregnant.
4. Be Proactive in Your Healthcare
We always recommend a preconception checkup. By meeting with us, we’ll be able to identify any problems or issues that could have an impact on your fertility. It’s also a good time for us to review your current medications and conduct any health assessments. We may ask you about your family medical history, and in certain cases, may recommend genetic screening.
5. Optimize Your Sexual Activity
You should have intercourse every two to three days during the fertile window to have your best chances of getting pregnant. When you’re trying to get pregnant, you may have heard that certain sexual positions are better than others. While there’s not a lot of definitive research on that, we suggest selecting positions that allow for deeper penetration.
6. Communicate with Your Partner
You and your partner are a team. Trying to get pregnant can be challenging and exhausting. That’s why open and honest communication is vital as you go through this journey together. Support groups and even counseling can help you encourage each other during this time.
7. Take Certain Supplements
Supplements, especially those like folic acid, zinc, and vitamin D can be beneficial if you want to conceive. We’ll be happy to work with you to be sure you’re taking the supplements that will safely give you every possible advantage to conceive a healthy baby.
8. Discuss Alternative Therapies with Your Provider
Some women have found therapies such as acupuncture useful for relieving and managing stress. In turn, this can aid their well-being and can have an indirect, yet positive impact on fertility. Again, we encourage you to discuss any additional therapies with us so we can help ensure your health and safety.
9. Exercise Regularly
Exercise is wonderful not only for your overall wellness, but it’s also a great stress reliever. Moderate amounts of exercise can boost your fertility. However, we want to caution that more rigorous or extreme exercises, such as CrossFit, can harm fertility.
We’ve explored this issue in more detail in our earlier article, “Does Exercise Affect Fertility?”
10. Consult a Fertility Specialist If Needed
If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for a year, it’s time to see one of our fertility specialists. If you’re over 35 and you’ve been following the tips above, we recommend you schedule an appointment if you’ve been trying unsuccessfully for six months.
When Is the Best Time to Try to Get Pregnant?
As we mentioned earlier, your chances are best in the “fertile window” of your menstrual cycle when you’re ovulating. That’s normally about 12 to 16 days before the start of your next period. However, if you have irregular menstrual cycles, we encourage you to schedule an appointment to speak with us so we can check for any potential health issues that may affect your fertility.
How Can I Increase My Chances of Getting Pregnant?
We recommend following our tips above in addition to speaking with us so we can take a proactive approach to ensure the health of you and your baby.
You can increase your chances of conception by:
- Tracking ovulation
- Eating healthy food
- Taking care of your health
- Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, or harmful substances
- Having sex regularly, especially during the fertile window
What Not To Do When Trying to Get Pregnant
Some actions can hurt your ability to get pregnant. These include:
- Recreational drug use
- Excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
Ready to Start or Expand Your Family? Chapel Hill OBGYN Will Be With You Every Step of the Way
While following the tips listed above can help you if you’re trying to get pregnant, we realize it doesn’t always happen quickly. If you’re struggling to get pregnant, you’re not alone. We want you to understand that we have the resources to support you both physically and emotionally on the journey to conception.
We’ve spent decades dedicating ourselves to serving residents as the leading OBGYN in Chapel Hill and Durham. We’ve been ranked the top OBGYN practice in the Triangle for five consecutive years by INDY! Magazine’s “Best of the Triangle” edition.