4 Tips If You’re Wanting to Have a Baby

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Trying to get pregnant? It’s a huge step for any couple, and can be known to put a huge amount of pressure on a woman. It can be a very exciting time, but to be honest, it can also be a very stressful time.

Young woman looking a pregnancy test while lying on a bed

Read on for the things you need to know to take the stress out of trying to have a baby and make the experience a great one for both you and your partner.

1 Relax.

First things first. The most important thing that you can do when you are trying to conceive is to relax and don’t let yourself get stressed out. This is a big job, but you can handle it, and if you are lucky, you can even have a little bit of fun along the way.

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Just remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint. It is supposed to be a fun and exciting time, so treat it as such.

2 Know The Basics

The most important thing to figure out when you are trying to conceive is when you are ovulating. There are only a few short days every month in which a woman can actually get pregnant.

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If you are having sex outside of those days, good for you, but you are not going to get pregnant on those days. The first thing you want to do is to start tracking and charting your cycles so you can figure out when you are ovulating.

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You can buy a special basal body thermometer which can help you to track your temperature and look for the spike that happens just prior to ovulation, or you can learn to keep track of your own cervical mucus in order to know when you are ovulating. You can also buy an over the counter ovulation predictor kit which will tell you when you are ovulating.

3 Have Sex

Yes, it sounds simple, but you have to make sure that even if you know when you are ovulating, that you are actually having sex on those days. That is the only way that you are going to get pregnant.

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Make sure to have sex the day before ovulation if possible, and then every day or every other day for 4-5 days. This will give you the best chance of getting pregnant.

4 Rinse and Repeat

If at first you don’t succeed, try try again. That is the important thing to remember when trying to conceive. Don’t let yourself get discouraged, and most of all, don’t give up. You are trying to produce an actual person here. Do you expect that to be an EASY job? It’s not always.

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Keep trying and before you know it, you will be seeing that big fat positive that you are wishing for. Of course, if you have any questions about getting pregnant, don’t forget to ask your doctor.

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Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.

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