As couples decide that they are ready to take the next step in starting a family and try for a baby, many don’t know where to start. There are some hurdles to getting pregnant, but we have a few tips that can help couples on the road to conception.
“Women who have been on oral contraception usually need about 2-3 months for the medications to fully leave their system, but there is no harm in a woman who would get pregnant in the first month”, according to Dr.Sejal Dharia Patel of The Center for Reproductive Medicine. If a woman has been using any intrauterine device (such as Mirena), because it causes inflammation this may delay a return to normal menstruation up to 8-10 months, she says..
Want to up your chances to conceive more quickly? Dr. Dharia Patel has a few suggestions about ways you can help boost your chances of getting pregnant
1. Tracking your menstrual cycle lengths: There are many great free smartphone apps , such as iPeriod, Period Plus, and Period Tracker Lite that can help you to track your menstruation cycle. If your cycle is less than 25 days or greater than 32 days, you are not menstruating efficiently. You may wish to reach out to a physician if this is the case.
2. Over the counter ovulation prediction test: This will help a woman track their LH surges, which indicates when you are ovulating. This is 99% effective. It is best for couples to try to conceive on the first day of the surge and the subsequent two days. These tests, such as Clear Blue Easy Digital, are readily available at your pharmacy
3. Cycle changes: If you are feeling any pains in the middle of your cycle or experience changes in your mucus this can indicate that you are starting to ovulate.
4. Post Intercourse: Dr. Dharia-Patel suggests that women stay put 10-15 minutes after intercourse to help give the sperm time to reach the egg. According to Dr. Dharia-Patel the most optimal sperm should reach the egg within this time frame.
5. Lifestyle changes: Dr. Dharia-Patel recommends women take a prenatal vitamin with folic acid, have a diet rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, eliminate tobacco or other toxins, minimize alcohol and minimize your stress.
Following these suggestions can certainly boost your chances of getting pregnant, but it sadly, pregnancy does not always equal a baby in 9 months. Couples should also be aware that miscarriage is common, and that 15-20% of women miscarry at least once, and 2-3% will miscarry more than one time.