Six tips on how to get pregnant fast
Wondering how to get pregnant quickly? Here are six tips on how to become pregnant.
1. The younger, the better
For more information on egg freezing read our article ‘Egg freezing: Why women are buying time’ here.
2. Know your fertility window
“An egg can only survive for 12 to 24 hours after a woman ovulates, while sperm can survive in the woman's body for 48 to 72 hours after sex. Unfortunately, this means that there’s a small window of opportunity to conceive,” says Melbourne bases obstetrician, gynaecologist and fertility specialist, Dr Jospeph Sgroi.
If you're unsure of how long your menstrual cycle lasts for, it is recommended to use a calendar or use an app to track your cycle and pinpoint when you ovulate. Ovulation kits can also be beneficial.
For more help on charting your ovulation cycling, try our ovulation calculator here.
3. Make sure you are in tip-top condition
If you are a smoker, smoking might be affecting your fertility so now is the time to quit. , It’s also a good idea to speak to your doctor about any prescription medications you may be taking.
Another factor in your wellbeing is stress. Stress never makes anything happen faster or helps when you’re wondering how to become pregnant
“’Just relax” are likely the least favourite words of many women trying to conceive, especially if it’s taking longer than you hoped for. But there is growing evidence that excessive stress may play a role in fertility. To help with your emotional health, consider meditation, or trying pilates and yoga to learn stress-reduction relaxation techniques that could help relieve stress while you’re trying to conceive,” suggests Dr Sgroi.
4. Check your weight
Speak to your doctor, or use this ideal weight calculator, if you’re unsure what weight that is for your body.
5. Existing conditions
“Any existing medical conditions that you have should be discussed with your obstetrician or your doctor before pregnancy. Conditions that may affect pregnancy are high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, anaemia, kidney problems, heart or liver disease. You may wish to consider physiotherapy, seeing a chiropractor or osteopath if you have a back injury or condition that may affect your pregnancy or the birth of the baby,” says Dr Sgroi.
Gynaecological conditions such as fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome, pelvic inflammatory disease, and endometriosis may also affect your chances of conception or cause concern during pregnancy. Speak with your doctor.
6. Coming off contraception
“Once you stop taking the pill, your fertility should return almost immediately. This is because the effects of the hormones in the pill aren't long lasting and your regular menstrual cycle should return. I.e., if you used to have a 28-day cycle, this will resume after stopping the pill,” says Dr Sgroi.
The same should happen after removing the NuvaRing or IUD, regardless of whether you use the hormonal or non-hormonal intrauterine device. But if you have any concerns about your fertility after coming off contraception, consult your doctor or other qualified health professional.
7. Seek medical advice
“For women younger than 35, the general rule is that if you’re not pregnant within a year, you should seek medical advice. For women 35 and over, speak with your healthcare provider when you’re planning on conceiving,” says Dr Sgroi.
However, if you’re experiencing any pelvic pain, irregular or heavy periods, or the male has any concerns about his fertility health, then it is recommended to seek the advice of a qualified health professional at any time.