Time For A Baby? 3 Steps You Should Take Now That You're Trying To Get Pregnant

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You and your partner have decided it's time to get pregnant. You don't want to wait any longer. There's no way of telling how easy—or difficult—it will be for you to get pregnant. However, there are some things you can do to improve your chances of becoming pregnant. Here are three steps you should take now that you're trying to get pregnant.

See Your Doctor

Many women wait to see their ob/gyn until after they're pregnant. However, if you've decided that the time is right for a baby, the best time to see the doctor is as soon as you start trying to conceive. A pre-pregnancy exam will allow your doctor to identify any potential health problems you might have, as well as any problems that might interfere with your ability to get pregnant—such as issues with the position of your cervix. Not only that, but a pre-pregnancy exam will provide you with the peace of mind you'll need when you start trying to conceive.

Know Your Cycle

If the only thing you know about your menstrual cycle is when you start, you don't know enough. If you're trying to get pregnant, you need to know as much about your cycle as possible, including how many days it lasts and when you ovulate. The most important thing you need to know about your cycle is when you ovulate—which usually occurs somewhere in the middle of your cycle.

So, if you have a 30-day cycle—meaning you start your period every 30 days, you'll probably ovulate around day 15. Knowing that the first day of your period is day one of your cycle, you can find out which day you ovulate by taking an ovulation predictor around day 12 of your cycle. Continue testing each day until you get a positive result on your ovulation predictor test. Once you know which day you ovulate, you'll be able to pinpoint the best days to have sex for pregnancy.

Relax After Sex

Sperm need some time to swim upstream. If you're getting up right after sex, you're making it tough for the sperm to get to your cervix. If you're going to the bathroom to urinate right after sex, you might be washing the sperm away before they get a chance to swim towards your cervix. To increase your chances of getting pregnant, relax in bed for a few minutes after sex. This will ensure that the sperm have enough time to reach your cervix before you move around.

Now that you're ready to have a baby, increase your chances of attaining pregnancy. Use the tips provided here to help you get pregnant. Be sure to talk to your doctor about other ways to improve your chances of getting pregnant. For more information, contact a medical center such as Advanced OB-GYN Services.