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Trying to conceive

Deciding to try for a baby can be difficult, you question if you are ready, is the time right, are you financially ready? One question that may not come up is can you conceive? Until you actual try for a baby, you may not realise it is not always as simple as you are led to believe.

When is the best time to try for a baby?

According to the NHS, out of 100 couples, 80-90% will fall pregnant within the year. The rest may take a little longer or may need a little help.
The stats work in your favour, but when should you actually try and conceive? Your chance of conceiving is greatest if you have sex within a day or so of ovulation, usually 14 days after the first day of your last period, if your cycle is about 28 days long. An egg lives for between 12-24 hours after being released and, to become pregnant, the egg must be fertilised within this time.

Have fun

It is important to have a happy sex life and enjoy trying to get pregnant as stress may not help. If you have sex every 2-3 days, then you are increasing your chances of conceiving.

Know your cycle

A woman’s menstrual cycle is usually between 24 - 35 days, with ovulation often between 12 – 14 days before your period. Get to know your own menstrual cycle - some woman monitor their temperature while others take ovulation tests. Neither of these are necessary and can often make the whole baby making process feel too planned and clinical. If that’s the case, then don’t do either and just listen to your body. You may notice things you didn’t before at different stages of your cycle – the key is that you do what works for you!

Look after yourselves

Your chances of falling pregnant are increased if both you and your partner are healthy, making a few small changes to your lifestyle can have a very positive effect. This could include eating more healthily, doing more exercise and if you smoke and drink, then now is the time to stop. It is also recommended that your partner doesn’t drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week. If you or your partner need help to stop smoking, then do talk to your doctor or a pharmacist.

Know when to get help

If you have not fallen pregnant after a year then it may be worth speaking to your GP. The NHS recommend that if a couple have been trying for a baby for over a year and not conceived naturally then a visit to the GP is a good idea. Sometimes these things do take time and there could be a number of reasons why you haven’t managed to conceive naturally. Your GP will be able to give you and your partner a quick health check and talk through everything and if required run some tests.
There are many things that can be done to help couples conceive, your GP is there to listen and offer you as a couple the right advice.

We’d love to know how long it took you to conceive and any advice you can give others? Post your comments on our blog here or our Facebook Page. And don’t forget to sign up for FREE on www.mumandbabyonline.co.uk and be the first to receive latest support tips, news and offers from our partners! Already a member? Then please share with your friends. Being pregnant and having a young family is amazing, let us be part of your journey.

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