As you may know, if you have been following our journey we have been trying for baby number 2 for nearly 2 years now. So after 3 pregnancies in that time, I decided to share what tips I use to help us with falling pregnant. If you are trying to fall pregnant, just remember what works for one couple may not work for another. These are just some things that help us and might help you to. However, if they don’t, keep your chin up and don’t give up hope.
Prepare your body before even trying.
It may not seem important but your body has to be ready for a pregnancy. So before we started trying I decided to start taking a pre-pregnancy vitamin. I don’t think it matters what brand you use really as long as it includes Zinc, Folic Acid, Coenzyme Q10, Omega 3, Iron, Calcium, Vitamin B6. To be honest with you I have found most shops own brands include everything you need and are half the price (Call me cheap but if I can save some money on something sign me up).
Know your cycle.
Before having Baby bear I had no idea when my period was due it was all over the place. Luckily after having Baby bear, I have gained a very regular 28-day cycle, but I still wasn’t very good at keeping track. I have found knowing my cycle has helped us know when I’m due to ovulate. To help me track it I use an app called Ovia. It helps me track when my period is due, the week I’m due to ovulate in (Helps me know when to test…keep reading), any symptoms and even when we have sex. This all may seem like something you don’t need to know but it helps with falling pregnant.
Your cycle is the first day of your period until the first day of your next period. Knowing how long your cycle is will help you work out when you are due to ovulate.
Take Ovulation Tests.
I wasn’t using any form of ovulation tests until after our first pregnancy which took us over a year to conceive after starting to try. At first, I just brought cheap ones online which weren’t the easiest the read. I found you have to keep every test for that month (in order) to see when they were getting darker. Which probably works fine if you don’t have a toddler who loves to play with things they aren’t allowed. So after our 2nd pregnancy Daddy bear mentioned getting the Clearblue Ovulation tests as he had read they worked the best. After talking to my close friend who had just fallen pregnant using them I decided to take the leap and get them. After doing my result I decided on the Clearblue Ovulation Test System Connected. It connects to your phone so you can keep track of your results without worry about losing any tests…Thanks, Baby bear.
Don’t have to much sex.
This may sound really stupid but having to much sex isn’t very helpful when you’re trying to fall pregnant. It is advised to have sex every 2-3 days during your cycle. The week your due to ovulate have sex every 2 days. The day your ovulating have sex 1-2 times that day (ideally in the morning and in the evening). This all being said try to not let it become a chore as your own bodies lubrication can actually help keep the sperm alive longer. There are also Fertility lubricants you can buy to help (we haven’t tried them so can’t give any say on them, sorry).
Falling pregnant isn’t easy but it is worth it – remember that…
Lay down and tilt your pelvis.
During sex, you can use any position but to finish I would advise the lady on the bottom as after ‘the magic’ has happened she needs to place a pillow under her bottom. This helps the sperm reach her cervix without it leaking out (tmi but we are all grown ups here…). You want to aim to lay there for 10-20 minutes after sex without standing/sitting up (gravity isn’t your friend at this point). If you have toddlers I would recommend having sex when you have the time to lay down without trying to deal with a toddler (although dad doesn’t have to lay down too, don’t believe him).
Take A Baby Aspirin.
After our second miscarriage the hospital advised that taking 1 baby aspirin a day from 6 days past ovulation (dpo) it can help a pregnancy stick. They said your blood starts to thicken slightly from a hormone surge your body goes through around 4-5 weeks. By taking the aspirin daily as well as your other vitamins it can help a pregnancy stick and grow healthy. After doing some research on this I found quiet a few women that had done this and it helped. Anything is worth a try if it means getting your baby in your arms.
Falling pregnant isn’t always easy and straight forward but it is so worth it. It can be hard on you and your partner. It will cause arguments and put a strain on your relationship but remember to look at the bigger picture. It will all be worth it. I hope these tips help you get your baby here safe in your arms.