Getting Pregnant - Things You Need To Know
Getting pregnant, for some women, is easy, too easy they might say! However, if you're experiencing problems getting pregnant, then there are a few things you can do to improve your chances.
- Prepare for pregnancy (Read the article, Preparing for Pregnancy).
- Get to know your own body, paying particular attention to your menstrual cycle. By getting to know your own body and the signs it sends out when you are ovulating (producing an egg), you can substantially improve your chances of getting pregnant.
- Take your temperature every morning at the same time... when you are ovulating your temperature will rise very slightly.
- Watch for changes in your cervical mucous and take note of what it looks like and feels like on a daily basis. Cervical mucous becomes very clear and stretchy when you are ovulating and this normally happens around 10 days after the beginning of your last period. If you are trying to get pregnant, the days before and just after this are the best times to have sex as you are more likely to become pregnant at this time.
- Some women experience a slight pain in alternating sides at the same time of the month, every month, when they are ovulating. If you are one of these women, this is a good time to have sex!
- Have Sex! Regularly having unprotected sex during your fertile time of the month will increase your chances of getting pregnant :)
- After unprotected sex, do not rush off for a shower: instead try placing a pillow under your bottom to raise your pelvis. Some women even rest their feet on the headboard of the bed, using gravity to help the sperm on their journey!
- If, after one year of regularly trying to conceive you have still not become pregnant, you should contact your GP as there may be an underlying fertility problem. If this is the case you will probably be referred for treatment to see which partner has the problem, and to see if it can be treated with medication or surgery.