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A helpful guide to getting pregnant

Deciding that you want a baby is an exciting time and wanting everything to go smoothly is only natural. That’s why we’ve created this helpful guide to getting pregnant so you can spend more of your time preparing for the joys of parenthood.

Make an appointment with your doctor

When you’ve decided you want to get pregnant, the first step is to make an appointment with a doctor you trust. A gynecologist can give you a fertility consultation, do a physical examination to evaluate any risks and provide good advice on a healthy lifestyle. The doctor will likely advise you to start taking prenatal vitamins and to get off any birth control too. Additionally, talking to your doctor is a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have, so make a list to bring to the appointment.

Sync up with your partner

Have a conversation with your partner to get on the same page about your pregnancy plans. Some good things to talk about are if you’re both ready, any habits you should start making together and what kind of parents you’ll want to be. This one may seem like a drag but as much joy as a baby may bring, they’re also a lot of work! It’s important to communicate with your partner about your needs, wants and concerns to build a solid partnership and promote harmony in your home.

Know when your ovulating

Getting to know when you are the most fertile every month can help you get pregnant faster. Every woman is different when it comes to her day of ovulation, although on average it is around day 14 of a complete cycle that lasts between 28-31 days, with day 1 being the first day of your period. Cycles can automatically calculate this for you, while also allowing you to manually track your cycle symptoms to figure out your day of ovulation (a 24 hour period). Knowing this will ensure you and your partner have sex during the ‘fertility window,’ lasting about 6 days, including the 5 days before ovulation and the day of ovulation.

Take care of yourself

Being healthy and happy is one of the best ways to increase your chances of a healthy conception and a smooth pregnancy. Make sure you eat a well balanced diet full of fertility friendly foods, stay active and avoid any foods that may be unsafe for conception such as raw or undercooked meat.

Have sex to get pregnant

Having unprotected sex more often will increase your chances of becoming pregnant. In other words, if you’re serious about getting pregnant, plan to have unprotected sex at least once every two to three days throughout the month. Having sex more often is also a great opportunity to bond with your partner through physical intimacy.

Be patient and stay positive

It may take time to get pregnant and that’s completely normal. Some couples will get pregnant right away while others may take several months, there is really no right way to get pregnant. On average, a healthy couple only has about a 25% chance of getting pregnant every month! Although, if you are having trouble getting pregnant after 12 months of trying, you should contact your doctor for guidance and fertility options.