It is a really natural thing of ladies wanting a baby. In fact, there’s lots of healthiness in it. After we decide to have a baby, many of us try to do everything we can to conceive during our next cycle. However, it’s important to remember that getting pregnant can take time.

A healthy, 30 years old has only a 20 percent chance of getting pregnant each month. It is normal for it to take a few months or longer. It is also normal to get anxious to get pregnant. The goal is to make the journey an effective one.

Understanding The Basics

Each month, there are a series of hormonal changes in our bodies that cause an immature egg in the ovary to grow and mature. Every lady’s cycle is different. The process takes about two weeks on average, beginning with a woman’s menstrual period.

Once the egg is matured, it’s released from the ovary in a process known as ovulation. The egg then travels down the fallopian tube towards the uterus. The egg is only viable for about 24 hours once it’s been released.

If the egg is fertilized by a sperm cell during this time frame, the fertilized egg will keep traveling down toward the uterus. It will then implant into the uterine lining. The key is to have sex on the days before and during ovulation. That way, the sperm cells are in the fallopian tubes when the egg is released, making it easier for fertilization to occur. Sperm can survive in the female reproductive tract for up to four or five days.

Expectations Of Getting Pregnant

We all know that the odds are of getting pregnant are pretty good when ladies are younger. An average healthy couple in their 20s and early 30s has about a 25 to 30 percent chance of getting pregnant during any one menstrual cycle.

Though that number may seem low, over the span of a year it means your chances of conceiving are about 75 to 85 percent. Do keep in mind that the odds drop with age, which may be a contributing factor if you find it difficult for you to get pregnant. It is important to manage our own expectations and be patient during the process.

Tips To Increase Chances Of Pregnancy

  • Schedule a preconception appointment
  • Look into your family tree/ seek genetic screening
  • Control chronic illnesses
  • Avoid environmental hazards such as chemicals during daily lives
  • Avoid exposure to radiation
  • Watch over your diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Get physically active/ Exercise
  • Sleep 7 to 9 hours a night
  • Take prenatal vitamins
  • Switch up your medicine cabinet/ Toss away contraceptives
  • Eliminate smoking or excessive alcohol or caffeine
  • Start charting
  • Always think positively
  • Involve your partner in these changes

We understand that infertility itself causes tremendous stress. Stress itself may not directly cause infertility, but it can lead to lifestyle factors that may make it more difficult to get pregnant.

To ease the feeling of being overwhelmed, consider seeing a therapist. You may have known that couples undergoing IVF treatment along with therapy were found to have double the conception success rate compared to their counterparts who were not in therapy.

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