Often, young girls will play with dolls and dream of a time when they are older and will have a baby of their own. As the young girl grows into a young woman, the time gets closer and she starts to dream of baby clothes and diapers, but she probably does not put much thought into the process of conceiving. It is not until the time comes when a couple begins to try for a baby that the thought even enters her mind.
When you are finally ready to try and get pregnant, it may come as a surprise that trying to conceive can actually be more difficult than expected. Most women expect the first month of unprotected sex to result in pregnancy but for the majority of couples that is not what happens. Conceiving can take many months even when there are no infertility issues involved.
This unexpected delay in getting pregnant can be a bit of a strain, especially on the woman. It doesn’t take long before a woman starts to worry that either she or her husband is infertile and that she may never be able to get pregnant. When conception has not happened after three or four months of trying, she may begin to wonder what is going on. As six months close in, wonder turns to worry.
This is a natural. When you are so excited about something that doesn’t happen as you expect, it is completely natural to start to worry. But for the majority of couples there is no reason to be concerned, pregnancy will occur eventually. Just relax and give it some time.
While six months of having trouble getting pregnant may seem like a very long time, there is no need to get too anxious as this point. In fact, it can take a perfectly healthy, young couple up to eighteen months or more to conceive. If the couple is older, or if either partner has health issues, that time range can increase. While couples who are having a hard time conceiving are always encouraged to contact a medical professional for advice, there are some things that they can try in the mean time to help increase fertility.
Monitor Your Cycle
You need to understand your menstrual cycle to know when your chances of conceiving are the highest. Most women have a 28 day cycle with Day 1 corresponding to the first day of your period. But every woman is different so you will need to monitor your cycle to determine when exactly you are ovulating and hence most fertile.
Increasing the amount of intercourse may seem like a no-brainer, but all too often couples are unaware that activity in the five days leading up to ovulation can increase the odds of a successful conception. Intercourse in the days after ovulation also increases the odds, as the egg is still viable and ready. If time constraints are an issue and the couple is worried that they are not optimizing the prime conceptions periods, ovulations predictor kits can help. Ovulation tracking can also be done through keeping a record of the woman’s basal body temperature (BBT).
Eat Healthy When Trying to Conceive
A woman’s fertility can be sensitive to her diet. If you are not conceiving as quickly as you had hoped, try improving your diet a bit. Be sure to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and lean meat. An unhealthy diet of fast food or processed food will not help your situation, so clean up your eating as soon as you can.
A healthy, varied diet has been shown to prime both partners for pregnancy. A strong body is able to produce healthy components and regulate necessary hormone levels. In addition to the vitamins and minerals that people get though food, many couples also take supplements such as fish oil to help increase the odds of pregnancy. A little exercise couldn’t hurt either.
Natural Fertility Enhnacers
When a couple has tried these routes but is still having trouble getting pregnant, frustration may set in. There is still hope. Acupuncture is a long studied treatment that can aid in fertility; again, this is something both partners may benefit from. Herbal supplements are commonly used also, but a person should contact their physician before going this route in case of any health or medication interactions. You may also want to look into certain over the counter fertility drugs that can help promote getting pregnant.
You should also make sure that you are at least taking a multi-vitamin each day. Preferably, your doctor can prescribe a prenatal vitamin for you to take to ensure you are getting the proper nutrients for when you do get pregnant.
Trying to get pregnant is a very exciting time for a couple, but that excitement can quickly turn to frustration if things don’t happen quickly. But if it’s only been a few months, just relax and know that trying to conceive is not always as easy as you might hope. Stress can play a part in conception as well.
If one, or both, of the partners are feeling overly anxious about conceiving, that can actually hinder the process. Stress and worry causes the body to create hormones that can negatively impact fertility. Practicing deep breathing and other relaxation techniques together may help.
Trying to get pregnant can start off exciting but quickly become overwhelming after a few months with no success. If you are having trouble getting pregnant, try and do the things outlined here along with researching other fertility advice. Try to stay positive and consider a book like Taking Charge of Your Fertility to learn how to improve your chances of getting pregnant and feel a bit more in control. Finally, if a couple is at the point where they feel they have exhausted natural methods, then it may be time to contact a fertility specialist for advice.