How long does it take to get pregnant?

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When considering having a baby, it is inevitable to ask the question of how long it will take to get pregnant, when to have sex etc. The most important advice for a woman looking to get pregnant is for her to know her body, particularly her menstrual cycle. A woman who wants to conceive must record her menstrual cycle, this can be tracked using a calendar, it enables a woman to know when she is ovulating.

It is important to monitor ovulation. There are methods used in determining ovulation, these include the use of home ovulation prediction kits and tracking of cervical mucus, which means for a woman to check the amount and appearance of mucus in her vagina.

Having sex during the fertile days which is the five days interval to ovulation and the day of ovulation. Studies have shown that women are most fertile during these days each month.

Physical fitness is also a factor in getting pregnant, being too heavy reduces a woman’s off of conceiving and being too thin makes it harder to have a baby.

Taking of prenatal vitamins is recommended to women who are attempting to conceive. This helps the woman to find a vitamin that is agreeable with her system which she can stay on during pregnancy.

Consumption of healthy food also helps, although there is no verified fertility-promoting diet, eating variety of healthy meals can help prepare a woman’s body for pregnancy by giving her all the necessary nutrients such as calcium, protein and iron. Healthy food implies consumption of variety of vegetables and fruits, lean protein, whole grains, dairy and healthy sources of fat.

Strenuous workout and stressful activities should be avoided. Although, being physically active prepares the woman’s body for the demands of pregnancy and labor, too much exercise or engaging in frequent strenuous workouts could interfere in ovulation. Medical professionals have noted multiple cases of menstrual disturbances in women who exercise frequently and in most cases these women were advised to cut back on their workouts.

Age is another glaring factor, fertility decreases as a woman gets older. This is because age related changes in the ovaries cause a decline in the quantity and quality of eggs. Ageing attracts health related problems such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis and blockage of Fallopian tube which leads to loss of fertility. Gradual fertility decline in women begins in their 30’s, worsens after age 37 and goes downhill after age 40. This decline means that it might take longer to get pregnant.

Smoking and drinking can lead to fertility problems in both men and women. Chemicals found in cigarette smoke such as nicotine and carbon monoxide speed up the loss rate of a woman’s egg. It is also advisable for women to stay away from second hand smoke and recreational drugs. Alcohol should also be avoided.

Also, partners should consider having an infertility evaluation, if the woman is 35 years old or older and hasn’t become pregnant after six months of trying to conceive without birth control.

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