If you are trying to get pregnant, you may be well aware that it can take awhile. It's not usual for it to take women up to a year or more to get pregnant. There are some steps you can take to increase your changes of getting pregnant.
Use an ovulation predictor kit. There is only a finite period of time each month when you can get pregnant, and this is around your ovulation time. It is estimated that a woman is fertile between five to seven days each month. Ovulation predictor kits detect luteinizing hormone, commonly known as LH, in your urine. Directly prior to ovulation, women experience an increase in LH. Since the kit detects this rise, you can then predict that you are about to ovulate.
Have sex on the days during your predicted ovulation window. To increase your chances of getting pregnant, have sex directly before, during and directly following your predicted ovulation date. Having sex two to three times per week can help assure you have sex during your fertility window.
Be healthy. Avoid cigarettes, alcohol and drugs while you are trying to get pregnant. All these substances have been shown to affect fertility. In addition, they can harm your unborn baby if you do become pregnant.
Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Poor nutrition can decrease fertility chances. Make sure you consume a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and vitamins. While you can take a multi-vitamin, it's wise to get as much nutrition as possible from fresh food. This is true for both men and women while trying to conceive.
Have fun. Stress can seriously impede your chances of getting pregnant. The process of making a baby should be fun, so don't let the pressure of trying to conceive wear on you. Know that stress can hinder ovulation and lower sperm counts, so try to incorporate relaxation techniques into your daily life.
If you have been trying to get pregnant for more than a year without success, schedule an appointment with a fertility doctor. He will be able to help you assess the issue. Keep your body healthy. A healthy body will be able to conceive much more easily. Drink plenty of water, get adequate rest and incorporate exercise into your daily routine.
Women of childbearing age should ingest 400 micrograms of synthetic folic acid daily. This will help prevent birth defects in your baby should you become pregnant.