When trying to get pregnant, here are several tips about how you can increase chance of getting pregnant when trying to get

If you are trying to get pregnant and conceive a baby successfully, you should understand your monthly cycle, your health status and the best positions that will increase chance of getting pregnant. To conceive a baby and carry one through pregnancy is a wonderful, joyous experience.

If you are trying to get pregnant and think you need help, here are a few tips to try that may help you achieve pregnancy:

• 1- Find out when you are fertile. In reality, you can't get pregnant every time you have sex...the sperm must be there when you ovulate or just after to conceive.

Ovulation occurs in the middle of your cycle. If your cycle is approximately 28 days, then you should ovulate somewhere around day 14. If you have a 30 day cycle, you may ovulate a day or two later.

• 2- Keep a record of your basal body temperature. Every morning when you wake up, take your temperature with a basal thermometer. Write down what your temperature was. Your temperature will vary every morning by fractions of a degree.

When you ovulate, you'll see an increase in your temperature. If you are keeping track for a few months, you'll be able to anticipate this increase and time your love making so your partner's sperm will be there waiting for your egg.

• 3- Check your cervical mucus when you're trying to get pregnant. Your vaginal discharge (cervical mucus) changes throughout your cycle.

If you check every day, you'll see dry days, creamy days, wet days and slippery days.

Right before ovulation, it should be slippery. The cervical mucus resembles a raw egg white...slippery and stretchy. This helps the sperm reach their destination.

• 4- The time honored missionary position is very effective for conception. This common man-on-top position utilizes gravity to help semen flow toward the uterus to increase chance of getting pregnant.

• 5- The rear-entry position is also good for conception as the sperm is deposited very close to the cervix, making the journey a little shorter.

• 6- The side-by-side position can also help get your partner's sperm very close to the cervix. With all these positions, after ejaculation, you should remain on your back with your legs bent for awhile to help the sperm on their way.

• 7- Look at your lifestyle. This can be the most crucial when you are trying to get pregnant. You may need to eat healthier, take a high-quality daily women's vitamin supplement or get more sleep. If you live a stressful life, find ways to alleviate it.

Give up alcohol, smoking and drugs. Cut back on your caffeine. Start exercising. While it is normal to gain 20 to 35 pounds during the course of pregnancy, if you start exercising now, you'll be healthier during pregnancy and afterwards.

Another important tip is to relax and enjoy your partner when you're trying to get pregnant. It is all too easy to get stressed out and desperate, especially if you try for a few cycles and are not successful.

The more relaxed and loving you are, the better chances you have for conception. And that makes a much better memory...to know your baby was conceived during an intimate, loving encounter rather than in a stressed environment.

Here are some statistics that are related to your odds of getting pregnant, depending on your age and fertility. Don't let them upset or discourage you... these are only averages:

• If you are in your early to mid-thirties: in general you may be 15-20% less fertile than when you were in your twenties.
• If you are in your mid to late thirties: in general your fertility may decline by up to 50%.
• If you are in your early to mid-forties: in general your fertility may decline by 90%.

You may wonder why the odds of getting pregnant declines as you age. Well, fertility rates depend not only on the quantity of eggs, but the quality, and they deteriorate over time.

Over the course of her fertile lifetime from puberty to menopause, a woman will produce approximately 400 ripened eggs (usually one per month) that are capable of fertilization and pregnancy.

As these eggs get used up, estrogen production slows down and the uterine and vaginal linings are not properly stimulated to support a pregnancy. Ovulation may not happen for one or more cycles. You can still have a menstrual flow without ovulation.

As for men, age and fertility affects them, too. The probability of a man impregnating his partner when he is in his late thirties declines by 40% from when he was younger.

It is important to understand your reproductive cycle if you are trying to get pregnant, and if you maintain your health, it is more likely that you will be able to conceive.

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