How to Get Pregnant After You Stop Taking Birth Control Pills

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You can get pregnant after you stop taking birth control pills. While birth control pills are a great way to help you plan your family life, becoming pregnant after you stop taking them can seem a little confusing. But it is actually quite simple. It is important to follow certain steps to help you have a healthy and happy pregnancy after you stop taking birth control pills.

Talk to your doctor about your decision to stop taking your birth control pills and get pregnant. She can help you plan better for the pregnancy and give you some helpful tips. Your doctor can help you determine how long it will take for you to get pregnant and make future appointments with you to help you along. Most doctors will wait about a year depending on what happens. If you don't get pregnant within a year or 18 months, your doctor may recommend fertility treatments.

Wait a couple of months before you try to get pregnant after you stop taking birth control pills. See how your menstrual cycle goes for at least two cycles. Keep track of your menstrual cycle on your calendar; write down "menstruating" or "cycling" on each day you are bleeding. If you want to be discreet, you can use a shape or sticker to mark your period. Keeping track of your period after you stop taking birth control pills will help you and your doctor better determine the date of conception.

Take a home pregnancy test when you miss your period. Waiting a couple of months before trying to get pregnant can also help you determine when you are late for your period, because your menstrual cycle might be a little different off of the birth control pills.

Be healthy and fertile. Start taking a prenatal vitamins while you are trying to get pregnant. Prenatal vitamins usually contain folic acid, calcium and iron. These nutrients can help you have a healthy pregnancy and baby. Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy and grains--a variety of healthy foods is a must. Drink plenty of water. Reduce your stress levels with yoga and/or meditation. Use something that helps you relax and use it on a daily basis. Exercise every day if you can, doing both cardio and strength training.

Start trying to get pregnant. Thinking about when to try to conceive can cause more stress than necessary. Just try when you want to and see what happens. If you are doing everything recommended and you still are not pregnant after six months to one year, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor to see what more you can do.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can get pregnant as soon as the first day you stop taking birth control pills. Wait until you complete a birth control pill package to stop taking them to avoid mid-cycle bleeding.

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