Pregnancy

How much time does it take to get pregnant?

For all those women struggling to get pregnant, asking how long it will take to get pregnant is common. The truth is, no one can exactly predict a time but with the help of some basic things, it is easy to guess when will you conceive. According to that, you may like to speed things a lot it.

How long does it take to conceive?

Usually, it takes two to three months after they start trying to conceive. However, this timeline may get a little longer on the basis of independent factors i.e. age, fertility-related habits, food intake, and lifestyle.

As per general observation and records, of all couples trying to conceive a baby:

30% get pregnant within the first month of trying

60% get pregnant within three months of trying

80% get pregnant within the six months of trying

85% get pregnant within twelve months of trying

91% get pregnant within the three years of trying

93% to 95% get pregnant within the four years of trying

But if you are trying to get pregnant for a year and see no progress, it is wise to seek help from a fertility specialist. There are high chances to conceive on your own if you continue trying but it is better to find it earlier. It is particularly helpful to determine if you have any underlying fertility problem or not.

If your age is above 35 years, it is the right time to get a complete fertility checkup. Get an appointment with a specialist if you are not pregnant within six months of trying.

When should you have sex?

The key element for pregnancy is the right timing. Only if you know your high fertility days, the chances to get  pregnant increase. Among all couples, 80% to 90% conceive naturally, without following any particular plan. But the remaining are those, which are often suffering from infertility though it is due to an underlying condition.

What is an infertility diagnosis?

An infertility diagnosis is essential when its been more than one year and there is no pregnancy despite all efforts. Although it is better to see a fertility specialist before even trying as old age is a risk factor in pregnancy.

If there is an underlying condition hindering in the chances to get pregnant, get medical help. Many people taking a medical advice and treatment eventually get pregnant after recovery. The rest, for which no treatment works, consider other options such as sperm donation, surrogate pregnancy, and adoption.

How age affects pregnancy chances?

The older a person gets, the more difficult it becomes to get pregnant. It is due to the fact that the quality of egg declines when you age. This means that only a few of them will have the chance to meet a sperm and cause a pregnancy. Interestingly, the fertility rate in men remains the same in the middle ages. Their fertility rates decline when they are 50 or above.

How long does it take to get pregnant
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Is there a way to get pregnant faster?

It sounds unbelievable but yes, there are many steps to follow that speed up pregnancy chances. Read the following.

Find out your ovulation date

Do you know that you can only get pregnant when you are ovulating? This ovulation is the time of the month when your ovaries release eggs naturally. There are many ways to help to find ovulating days. One of them is to follow an ovulation calculator. There are many ovulation calculators available online, try any of them.

Align sex with ovulation

When you coincide ovulation days with sex the chances of pregnancy are highest. The best time to have sex is two days before your ovulation starts and on the day when you start ovulation. It means there are three days in every month when you are most likely to get pregnant.

Prepare your body for pregnancy

Apart from the above two steps, you essentially need to prepare your body to get pregnant. Both physical and general health contributes to it. so the best is to schedule a pre-conception checkup with your nearest healthcare. Quit life-affecting habits like smoking, caffeine, and alcohol.

Improve your diet and follow a moderate exercise plan. Learn about the nutrients that are required for the body to get pregnant. More importantly, check your weight and maintain it. Being underweight or overweight may affect the chances to get pregnant.

 

Areeba Hussain

The author is a Medical Microbiologist and a healthcare writer. She is a post-graduate of Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. She is an author of six research papers and currently working as a research associate in a Research Lab.

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