As many as 6.7 million women in the U.S. struggle to conceive at some point in their lives, and if that’s where you’re at, you’re not alone. Every woman’s pregnancy journey is unique, but everything begins with the sperm meeting the egg. There are ways to help that happen, some more scientific than others. The midwives at Desert Blossom Women’s Care can come up with a plan that works for you.
A study published in Human Reproduction studied 346 women that were trying to get pregnant by having sex when they believed they were most fertile. Of the 346, 310 women conceived within one year, or within six cycles with timed intercourse — 38% of those women were pregnant after one month, and 92% after twelve months. The Bump did an informal Facebook poll on how long it took moms-to-be to get pregnant, and 34% of the respondents said they got pregnant within the first month and 23% within the first three months. Women over age 35 who do not become pregnant spontaneously should speak with their midwives sooner about exploring infertility options.
Every story is different. Whether the story involves fertility monitoring, getting off the pill, changes between children, or a miracle, an awareness of the best and most fertile time to conceive certainly helps. If you’ve gone a year without conceiving, consult a midwife.
Timing is Key
If you don’t give your partner’s sperm and your egg the perfect opportunity to meet, you won’t get pregnant. In general, sex has to occur a few days before or on the day of ovulation. Sperm can live in your reproductive tract for several days, and ovulation provides a ripened egg for the sperm to fertilize. Learning to pinpoint when you’re ovulating can help you get pregnant.
If you have a regular cycle, you can estimate and chart when you’re ovulating by subtracting two weeks from the date of your next period. If you’re charting your basal body temperature, you can pinpoint your ovulation a little easier. An over-the-counter ovulation predictor kit can also help you determine if you’re close to ovulation, especially if your cycle is irregular. Finally, you can check your cervical mucus—if it feels like raw egg whites, that’s when you’re most fertile.
Other Things You Can Do
Start enjoying a healthy lifestyle now—it could help you get pregnant, give you a head start on taking care of yourself during pregnancy, and ensure your baby has a great start to their life. Cut down on your portion sizes and eat a variety of healthy foods, but don’t overdo the dieting and exercising because being underweight can also keep you from getting pregnant. Cutting out some chemicals from your beauty and cleaning products, like phthalates and parabens, can also make your home a little greener and you a little healthier.
Listen to your body and make sure that any other health conditions are being managed by your midwife and healthcare team. Just worry about the few things that you can manage and not the things that are out of your control. As long as you’re tracking your ovulation, staying in shape, eating well, and listening to your body for signs of your period and ovulation, you can give yourself the best possible chance at getting pregnant.
Preconception Care from Desert Blossom Women’s Care
Desert Blossom Women’s Care is the women’s health center for hopeful mothers in southern Arizona. Our women’s health center has knowledgeable certified nurse-midwives prepared to answer any of your pregnancy questions and take care of you through your entire pregnancy journey, from the very beginning to after you’ve delivered. Get in touch and schedule an appointment today.