When you’re ready for a baby, it seems pregnancy can’t happen soon enough. Whether you and your partner are planning to get pregnant during a specific time of year, balancing work schedules and vacations, biological clocks, or are just anxious to get a little one in your arms — the waiting game can get old quick.
There’s only so many months where you can say, “we’re letting nature take its course.” Because sometimes, even nature needs a little nudge. Here's some tips for moms and dads-to-be that can help speed things along.
Get in sync with your cycle – Know when you ovulate. This may seem like a no-brainer but it can take most of the guesswork out of conceiving. If you can plot your cycle on a calendar (or for the technically savvy, a period tracker app!), then you’ll be able to plan sex around your most fertile days. You can find details on how to track your cycle here. Or download our app here.
Spare the sperm – Your partner’s little swimmers are just as important in this process as your ovulation cycle. And there are surprising factors that can negatively impact sperm quality and quantity. For instance, your partner should stop smoking because it can affect sperm function. While he’s at it, he should reduce his alcohol intake, because it can also affect sperm quality and function. Hot tubs and very hot showers may help set the mood, but unfortunately are also no-nos for your partner. Sperm’s optimal temperature is 94 to 96 degrees Fahrenheit.
Get into the right position after sex – Contrary to some rumors, there is no “perfect” position that is proven to help you conceive. However, the position you take after sex can make a difference. Stay horizontal for at least 10 minutes after you do the deed. Don’t get up and go to the bathroom or get dressed. Just rest and let the sperm get to where it’s going. A perfect excuse to scroll Instagram.
Stop using birth control before you start trying – “No kidding”, you say. While it seems intuitive, not all birth control methods are created equal. Some will stay in your system for weeks or even months. Check with your OB/GYN to find out the details on any of the potentially lasting effects from your method of birth control.
Schedule an appointment with your doctor – Since you know you’re ready to conceive, this is one of the most important things you can do. Your doctor can give you the advice you need on nutrition, lifestyle and overall health.
And last but not least always remember...you got this.