8 tips for couples on how to conceive

Are you and your partner trying to get pregnant? Here are some tips

It is the ultimate sign of your love, it’s your miracle and it’s the most beautiful thing that ever happened to you. Having a baby sounds wonderful, but actually getting pregnant is not always that romantic or easy. So, here are eight tips on how to get pregnant – in addition to having sex, of course.

1. Get to know your cycle

Every woman knows when to expect her period. Yet, many do not realize what the rest of the cycle will look like. In addition, how long the cycle lasts, differs from one woman to the next. Some women have a cycle of 27 days, while others have a cycle of 29 days. If you know exactly what your cycle looks like – even though it may differ from month to month – you can calculate when you ovulate.

2. Calculate when you ovulate

As we’ve mentioned above, you can calculate when you ovulate if you have knowledge about your cycle. Do you know the date on which your most recent period started and how long your cycle lasts? If so, you can use this internet tool to calculate the days that you will be fertile. Note: this gives only a rough estimate.

3. Buy an ovulation test kit

You can use an internet tool to find out when you are fertile, but there are also tests nowadays that tell you more specifically. They look like pregnancy tests, and when you use the test you will see within five minutes if that day is a fertile day.

4. Don’t have sex every day

If you and your partner love having sex every day, keep doing it. But if you’re having sex for the purpose of conceiving a baby, you don’t have to do it every day. Women are fertile for six days per cycle. Five days before ovulation and the day after. Research shows that it is not necessary to have sex every day during those six fertile days. Dr. Mary Ellen Pavone advises not to have sex every day if you’re only having it for the purpose of getting pregnant. And Pavone would know. She is a fertility specialist and medical director of a fertility and reproductive medicine department in Chicago. By having sex every day, you often put pressure on yourself and your partner, she says. But again: if you enjoy a horizontal tango every night and you both feel no pressure, just keep doing it.

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