Trying to Conceive - Get Pregnant
Get off to a healthy start before pregnancy begins. Your pregnancy can be most vulnerable during the first few months of gestation, so it is important to instill some healthy fertility lifestyle habits, like eating right, before you start trying to get pregnant. When you do start trying to conceive, see a doctor to protect your health—and your fertility.
If you are not ready to get pregnant yet, but know that you do want children someday, it is important to plan ahead! Many infertility problems cannot be prevented, but you can make small lifestyle changes today to boost and protect your fertility. For example, smart fertility health behaviors include maintaining a healthy weight, practicing safe sex and avoiding unhealthy toxins like those found in cigarette smoke.
You are your own best advocate when it comes to your health and your fertility. Educate yourself about good prenatal care and encourage your partner to live a healthy lifestyle, too. Remember that men and women can both contribute to fertility problems, so work with your partner to live a fertile lifestyle, starting today.
Track your cycles
When trying to get pregnant, it is helpful to know when you are fertile each month. In this section you will learn the following:
- Facts about your menstrual and ovulation cycles to boost your chances of pregnancy.
- Fertility tracking methods, such as natural family planning, to identify your most fertile time of the month.
- Physical fertility signs to help you predict when you ovulate each month.
Once you identify when your fertile period occurs each month, have sex daily, or every other day, during the fertile window.
Trouble getting pregnant?
As you learn more about fertility tracking, keep in mind that women's cycles vary drastically, and some of you may never experience some of the fertility signs presented here. If you spend several months tracking your cycles, and do not see any regular patterns emerging, discuss this with your doctor. You should also visit your doctor if you are consistent with fertility tracking, yet do not become pregnant within six to twelve months. If you do go see a doctor, take your fertility tracking charts and calendars with you. These charts may provide valuable information to help your doctor understand more about your fertility and your cycles.