Getting pregnant requires first getting into the best health possible through eating well, getting into a regular fitness routine, eliminating alcohol from the diet and taking folic acid supplements. Prepare the body for getting pregnant with helpful information from a certified nurse-midwife in this free video on pregnancy.
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So you're wondering about how to get pregnant. This is Mavis Schorn, nurse midwife and professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and I'm going to try to help you with a few tips about that. If you're ready to get pregnant, first of all I really would recommend that you go see a health provider before you're pregnant. That gives an opportunity to really discuss a lot of different things, any medical issues you have going into pregnancy, any guidance that your provider can give you before then. It can be very helpful. But, you're ready to get the show on the road so I can tell you is a couple of things. One is you want to eat healthy. The healthier your body, the more likely it is that you're going to conceive and that your pregnancy is going to go well. So eat healthy, get into a normal exercise routine. You want to begin taking folic acid which is an important nutrient that you need to grow a healthy baby because you don't know you're pregnant until you've actually been pregnant for a couple of weeks. It's better to start that before you get pregnant. Easy way to get that is start taking a prenatal vitamin. There are prenatal vitamins that are over the counter, you don't need a prescription for them. So go ahead and get started on that. If you smoke, stop smoking if you can. If you can work on smoking cessation before pregnancy, that will help your pregnancy but it also helps with conception. Smoking thickens the cervical mucus making it a little bit harder to get pregnant. It also increases your risk of miscarriage. So anything you can do to reduce the amount of smoking that you're doing or stopping all together is helpful for your pregnancy. And then alcohol, alcohol there's really no safe amount of alcohol for pregnancy so it's a good habit to get into before you ever get pregnant. Now the last thing that's probably the thing you're really wondering about any why you clicked on this particular topic and that is how do I actually get pregnant. Remember that time between your two periods when you're ovulating, when you're actually producing an egg is when your time is that you're the most fertile so you need to be producing an egg number one, number two, you have to have the semen or sperm to participate. So you need to have and I'll be real specific here, that you need to have to be the most likely to be successful, penis in vagina, sexual intercourse with ejaculation and you don't need to do it several times a day. The reality is about every other day is plenty. And if you normally with your partner have sex every two or three times a week and you're a normal healthy person, you have regular menstrual cycles, you're going probably conceive on your own just doing that. But if you want to maximize your chance, do it around time of ovulation and every other day.