How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

Getting pregnant is easy for many couples. Others have a more difficult time and may need to do some simple things to boost their chances. While there are fertility drugs and medications that your doctor can prescribe to increase your chances of getting pregnant, there are things you can try on your own first. Before you begin trying to conceive, however, you should talk to your doctor and have a complete checkup to make sure you’re healthy enough to have a child.

Things You'll Need

  • Calendar
  • Basal body temperature thermometer
  • Folic acid supplements
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      Maintain a healthy weight at all times. Maintaining a healthy weight is particularly important because being overweight or significantly underweight can affect hormone production and inhibit ovulation.

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      Eat healthy foods. While there isn’t a specific diet for women who want to get pregnant, eating a balanced, healthy diet is still important. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean sources of protein like chicken and fish and limit fatty, sugary and salty foods.

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      Track ovulation using a calendar. Mark the day your period begins each month, as well as the day it ends. You’ll probably notice a pattern emerging. Ovulation is most likely at the midway point of your monthly cycle.

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      Check your basal body temperature with a basal body temperature thermometer when you wake up in the morning. Note your body temperature throughout the month on your ovulation calendar. After ovulation, your temperature is likely to rise from the usual 96 to 98 degrees Fahrenheit to between 97 and 99 degrees Fahrenheit.

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      Have sex regularly throughout the month and once per day on days leading up to ovulation. Having sex frequently will improve your chance of becoming pregnant.

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      Avoid tobacco and alcohol. Tobacco affects cervical mucus, which can prevent sperm from reaching fertile eggs. Alcohol may also affect your chances of getting pregnant. Once you are pregnant, both tobacco and alcohol are off limits.

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      Exercise regularly, but not too much. Regular aerobic exercise while you’re trying to conceive can promote fertility, but strenuous exercise like training for a marathon may negatively impact your chances of getting pregnant. Limit exercise to not more than seven hours per week.

Tips & Warnings

  • Begin taking folic acid supplements a few months before conception. According to the Mayo Clinic, folic acid can help reduce the risk of spina bifida and other neural tube defects in children.

  • You can purchase a basal body temperature thermometer at some pharmacies and most medical supply stores or online. If you can’t find one in your area, ask your doctor.

  • The average chance of becoming pregnant each cycle is only 20%.

  • It takes 5-6 months for the average fertile couple to conceive.

  • Consult your doctor after 6 months of actively ttc.

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