23 Ways to get pregnant that are effective

You may have spent many years trying to avoid getting pregnant but once you have made the decision to try for a baby you want it to happen as soon as possible! There are a number of ways you can maximise your chances of getting pregnant in super, quick time. It is not an exact science but if you are under 35, in good health and are having regular unprotected sex it should happen within about six months to a year. Maybe you are just really eager to get pregnant, or maybe you hope that your baby will be born at a certain time of year.

A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years, and in your heart until the day you die. — Mary Mason

1 Take prenatal vitamins

Starting taking some even before becoming pregnant

2 Get enough folic acid

One of the common causes of infertility is the genetic mutation that prevents the conversion of folic acid into its usable form, 5MTHF. For women with such genetic mutation, getting folic acid in the form of 5MTHF is highly important to increase chances of getting pregnant.

3 Maintain a healthy weight

Being too heavy can reduce a womans odds of conceiving, but being too thin can make it even harder to have a baby.

4 Get a preconception checkup

Get a general health check up before trying for a baby to identify problems before waiting too long.

5 Know thy ovulation cycle

Knowing when you ovulate is the biggest secret to quickly becoming pregnant. Ovulation is the act of releasing the egg from the ovary. Once you know your ovulation time-frame, you can plan sex during your most fertile days. It is mostly three days before ovulation through the day you ovulate.

6 Do not overdo intercourse

Keep intercourse frequency to a minimum. The more you do it, the lesser the sperm concentration during each ejaculate, leading to reduced chances of some sperm actually getting to their destination.

7 De-stress

Cortisol, the stress hormone, is one of the biggest factors that contribute to hormonal imbalance. For a woman to conceive, her hormones must be in balance, so when her stress levels are too high, especially chronically, she will have a difficult time getting pregnant. "Cortisol throws off all of the hormones because it places the body in a flight or fight state so that the other hormones do not have a chance to do their own jobs," said Mindy Berla, certified holistic nutrition and fitness specialist at Brooklyn Academy Roots in Oakland, Calif. to Medical Daily. Focus on your body and find a place to sit at peace and take deep breaths to naturally relieve the tension and stress levels in your body.

8 Stop smoking

Smoking lowers sperm quality. Quit smoking for better health, longer lifespan, and increase your chances of being a parent.

9 Avoid spermicidal lubricants

Some lubricants can actually decrease fertility. When you are trying to get pregnant, be sure to avoid products that have spermicidal agents.

10 Gluten-free diet

6% of women with unexplained infertility have celiac disease. Their bodies respond to gluten by producing antibodies that may interfere with the development of the placenta.

11 Get tested for an sti or infection

Sexually transmitted infections affect a woman's ability to coceive.

12 Exercise reasonably

Thin women, who workout strenuously are less likely to conceive than those who do moderate exercise. Similary, men who perform excess cardio have decreased testosterone, and thereby decreased virility.

13 Kick your soda addiction

Soda decreases the fertility of women and also the virility of men. Better stay away.

14 Go to bed early

Clock seven to eight hours of sleep everyday for improving your chances of getting pregnant.

15 Be a better brusher

Gum disease can add an extra two months to the amount of time it takes to become pregnant, 2011 Australian research shows. Make sure you get your teeth checked before trying to conceive. More: How to Keep Your Smile Healthy

16 Avoid tv

Guys who watch more than 20 hours of TV weekly have a 44% lower sperm count than those who watch almost none, a 2013 Harvard study showed.

17 Get a handle on chronic anxiety

High stress levels mess up the ovulation cycle.

18 No phones in pants

Lower sperm counts result from having phones in the proximity of testicles.

19 Use an ovulation predictor kit

The most accurate method for predicting ovulation is testing your hormone levels with an ovulation predictor kit, such as this OPK.

20 Conceive early in life

With age, your ability to conceive declines, especially in women. If you have plans of having a baby, better do so early in life than later.

21 Intrauterine insemination

Women with partners who are sub-fertile may use their partners sperm for insemination, but the sperm is concentrated in the fertility lab first to increase its potency and improve the odds of pregnancy. Infertile women may also take fertility medication to help them produce more or better quality eggs before IUI is done.

22 In vitro fertilization

Some couples going through IVF produce more embryos than they can use. They may choose to donate these already made embryos to an infertile woman. In this case, if the woman has a partner, neither of them is the genetic parent of the child she gives birth to. Embryo adoption involves taking medications to thicken the uterine lining so its a good place for the embryo to implant. Some IVF centers do not get involved with matching embryos with couples, but will transfer the embryos once a couple is matched. Embryo adoption is similar to traditional adoptions; it just takes place at the cellular stage.

23 Donor eggs

Women who no longer produce eggs on their own can get pregnant by using donor eggs. Another woman undergoes IVF and donates her eggs to the infertile mom to be; the embryos are transferred into the recipient after she takes medications to prepare the uterine lining for implantation by thickening it. The womans partners sperm is used to fertilize the eggs, so the child produced is genetically his and carried by her, but not genetically hers. If both partners have fertility issues, both donor eggs and donor sperm can be used.

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