For some couples trying to conceive a baby it just happened without really trying, yet for others it can be a really difficult process that can seem to have no real answer. While some of these couples may indeed have some very real fertility issues, for others it is just a question of getting the conditions for it right.

So if it is not only about sex, what is it about? By learning a little about your own body, you will soon find out, and hopefully you will have some very good news to tell the world.

The Fertility Cycle

Since puberty, your body has been preparing itself for the possibility of conceiving every month with the growth of a uterine lining. If an egg, fertilised by your partner?s sperm during intercourse, is implanted in this lining, you will get pregnant. And if not, this lining is shed in the form of a menstrual period.pregnancy test

During the middle part of the menstrual cycle, you ovulate – meaning that your body produces an egg that is ready for fertilisation. This egg can live for up to 24-48 hours in the fallopian tubes. Ovulation is the time when, if you and your partner have sex, you will conceive a baby.

Knowing exactly when you ovulate can be a bit of a hit and miss affair. To help you, there are various symptoms that you can look out for, such as thin vaginal mucus, a sharp drop in temperature before ovulation, followed by a rise that continues until after the next period, and a softer cervix.

As it is not always easy to find or keep a track of these symptoms, you can use an ovulation calendar to help you. By logging these signs, you will learn more about how your body works and when is the best time to try to conceive.

Tips for Getting Pregnant

Apart from the above, there are certain other things that you need to take into account when trying to get pregnant.

  • When was the last time you were on the Pill? As the Pill affects the hormones and the menstrual cycle, it can take some time, depending on the person, for everything to settle down again. So don?t give up if it seems to be taking a while.
  • Do your best to stay healthy. If you are in a good physical condition, it will be easier for you to conceive and to maintain a healthy pregnancy.
  • Take folic acid tablets to make sure that you have good iron levels before you conceive. This will keep you strong during pregnancy and assist with your baby?s development.
  • Make love often, and use the positions that are best suited for conception.

Fertility Testing

If you have been trying to conceive for over a year and nothing has happened, it might be a good idea to have a fertility test. If you do need some fertility treatment, don?t despair. These days, many issues can be resolved or helped, and techniques are always improving.

Think Positive

The best aid when trying to conceive is a positive attitude. Some couples will test for fertility issues and find that nothing is actually wrong. But when they stop thinking so much about having a baby or worrying when “the time is right,” they feel under less pressure – and that is when they conception finally happens.

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