Many couples decide that it is time to start a family and assume that they will get pregnant quickly and easily. For some this will be the case, but for others, it can take quite a bit more time to actually realize their goal. Sometimes, all you need to do is make a few lifestyle changes and your chances of getting pregnant will be greatly enhanced.

Here are a few great tips to aid you in your dream of getting pregnant.

Relax – The simplest suggestion sometimes feels like it is almost impossible to achieve. If you have unsuccessfully been trying to get pregnant for several months, chances are your stress levels, surrounding having a baby, are extremely high. Studies have shown that stress can complicate fertility issues for both men and women. There are many things you can do to help lower your stress level. Meditation, yoga, exercise or even support groups or counseling can help you get control of your stress surrounding getting pregnant.

Become an Expert About Your Menstrual Cycle – The key is ovulation. In order to get pregnant, you NEED to know when you are going to ovulate. Use as many out all you can about ovulation and your body body works in regard to this aspect. Knowing when you are about to ovulate is the key factor in knowing when to have sex so you can get pregnant. There are many wonderful techniques and products designed to pinpoint ovulation which will help you create a baby making plan.

Stop Unhealthy Activities – If you or your partner is smoking, drinking, or using illegal substances then you should quit now. Not only is it very unhealthy for an unborn child, these habits have also been show to negatively impact your fertility resulting in a decreased chance of getting pregnant.

Know The Best Positions for Sex – Practice sexual positions that are more likely to help sperm swim to the cervix. The missionary position seems to be most helpful in in getting the sperm to where it needs to be to facilitate you getting pregnant. Avoid any positions that have you sitting, standing, straddling, or on top of your partner. If your cervix is tipped or tilted, making love with your partner behind you may allow sperm a better opportunity to reach the cervix.

Lift Your Hips – Putting a pillow under your hips during and after having sex allows the sperm extra time to travel to the cervix. Make sure the pillow does not prop your hips to high, or the sperm may end up sitting behind the cervix.

Time Sex Wisely – Make love in the early morning or afternoon. Sperm levels are often highest in the mornings.

Aim for the BIG O – Enjoy the lovemaking process. Studies show that when women orgasm, it creates an alkaline state in the vagina that sperm prefer over the normal acid conditions. If you have an orgasm at the same time or shortly after your partner ejaculates, it increases the opportunity for sperm to survive the trip to the cervix.

Keep Those Fellas Cool – Your partner should avoid overheating or constricting his testicles. Some studies have shown that sperm counts drop when men wear tight pants or underwear. He should also avoid saunas and hot tubs. Maybe a gift of sexy boxer shorts is in order?

Increase Your Lovemaking Sessions – According to an Environmental Health Services study, the more sex you have, the greater your chances of becoming pregnant. But don’t have so much sex that you begin to dread having it. Sex should be enjoyable for both parties. If your partner has an issue with his sperm, like low sperm count, you should discuss with your doctor how many times and when sex should occur for optimizing the chances to get pregnant.

Ditch the Birth Control – If you have recently discontinued hormonal birth control, it may take at least a month before your body regulates itself. If you have discontinued the Depo Provera shot, it may take up to six months or a year before the body begins to regulate the menstrual cycle.

Optimize Your Cervical Mucus – Mucinex has an active ingredient known as guaifenesin ( pronounced gwai-FEN-es-en) that has been shown to have thinning effect on cervical mucus. If you are taking Clomid to help regulate your ovulation, you may find that that your fertile cervical mucus is almost non-existent. Guaifenesin can help relieve some of that hostile cervical mucus. You can also use a sperm friendly lubricant, like Pre-Seed. Pre-Seed mimics the fertile cervical mucus that is supposed to accompany ovulation.

Get Moving – Exercise regularly, but do not take it extremes. Too much exercise and too low body fat can actually work against you and make it harder, not easier for you to get pregnant.

Eat Healthy – A healthy diet is essential. Make sure your body is getting the proper nutrients that will keep it in top performance. Increase your fiber intake and try to limit animal products and vegetable oils as these foods affect estrogen levels.

The great news if you have just begun your journey towards parenthood is that 85% of couples conceive within the first year. Hopefully, these pointers will help you conceive your own bundle of joy. Good luck!

Getting Pregnant – Some Helpful Tips