Learn the Basics
You've reviewed the menstrual cycle and gotten up to speed on just what "charting your cycle" means. You're ready to jump into this trying to conceive thing.
I've gathered up some additional tips for getting pregnant that you'll find useful - including an info-sheet on how to get pregnant fast
I can't stress the importance of your preconception diet enough. It's so important I've dedicated an entire section to preconception nutrition! Your nutrition can make you more fertile, and you're establishing a good nutrient reserve for your future baby!
Ok. You and I both know that baby making gets, well, intimate. We both know how babies are made! But did you know that different positions may favor conception? It's true - there are some good positions for getting pregnant!
Having fertile fluid helps you know the time is right to try to conceive. But there are some women who don't have as much fertile fluid.
It is possible to use lubricants while you're trying to get pregnant - you just need to be careful which ones you choose (some will hurt sperm!)
You can also look into herbs and supplements to increase the quality of your fluids.
Ovulation predictor kits can be a great help if you're having issues figuring out just when you're ovulating (don't worry, it can be hard to figure out exactly which day is the "big day").
In fact, if you're already charting your cycle but feel a little unsure about when (or if) you're ovulating, getting some ovulation test strips is one of my first tips for getting pregnant.
You can also pick up a fertility monitor. There are quite a few on the market and they work in different ways, though all have the same goals as an ovulation test - to help you figure out when you're fertile.
One of the most advanced systems is the ClearBlue Easy Fertility Monitor - it's considered one of the most trusted device on the market (Click here for a video of me unboxing a new monitor or Click here to see a video of how to use the Clearblue Easy).
The above-mentioned fertility monitors and ovulation test strips can help you figure out if you're ovulating. If you're worried about your supply of eggs, or the quality of your eggs another simple at-home test - follicle stimulating hormone test strips - may help you identify an issue.
It's good to record what your monitor or OPK tell you, along with your other fertility signs. I recommend you use a cycle charting app for that
You can also get a discrete in-home male fertility test.
...ok this is actually a BIG thing - really. Look into conscious conception. Being mentally and emotionally prepared to try to conceive can make a giant difference in how quickly you conceive.
This is one of those tips for getting pregnant that you don't hear a lot about. But if you've gone through all the physical steps then your own mind could be having a giant influence on your success at getting pregnant! Go ahead and explore just how to make sure you're completely prepared conceive - mentally and emotionally as well as physically.
Learn the Basics