How to Get Pregnant

There is a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to fertility. Here’s some information on how you can help your chances of getting pregnant.

What can I do to help my chances of getting pregnant?

If you are considering getting pregnant, you should first and foremost check in with your healthcare provider. They can make sure you are prepared for a healthy pregnancy.

General Health

Maintain a healthy body weight. It becomes difficult to get pregnant if your body mass index (BMI) nears 35 or higher.

Ensure you are eating a balanced diet with green, leafy vegetables, and antioxidants like blueberries, blackberries, and walnuts.

Prenatal Health

Prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy by taking a prenatal vitamin. A key component of prenatal vitamins is folic acid, which is essential in the early stages of fetal development – often before the pregnancy is detectable by over the counter tests. It is important to either be taking a prenatal vitamin or have adequate dietary intake of folic acid when attempting to conceive. Prenatal vitamins should contain as least 400 micrograms of folic acid.

Is there anything I should avoid if I’m trying to become pregnant?

Try to decrease your caffeine intake and avoid more than 2 cups of caffeinated beverages a day.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It is not only dangerous to a developing fetus, but it can have an impact on your fertility before you even become pregnant.

Quit smoking. It is dangerous for your health, can decrease your fertility, and is dangerous for a developing fetus.

How often should I have sex when I’m trying to get pregnant?

You should have intercourse every other day during your fertile window. Your healthcare provider can help you identify when in your cycle your fertile window occurs.