How Long Will It Take Me To Get Pregnant?
The most obvious question that will arise in your mind when trying to get pregnant is, how long will it take me to get pregnant? Unfortunately there is no answer to that question. Considering that both the man and woman are healthy and ready for baby making, it still takes a normally healthy couple up to a year to get pregnant.
The woman’s body and her reproductive system undergo various changes during a cycle. These emotional, psychological and physical changes are related to hormonal fluctuations in the system arising from the menstrual process. The monthly chance for pregnancy of a normally fertile couple is 15 to 25%. Besides the overall wellbeing of the couple, there are a few other factors as well which will determine how long it takes before you conceive. Some or all of these factors may be in play when you and your partner are planning a baby. To understand them better with respect to yourselves, you and your partner must consider a Health Officers consultation to guide you through the process of getting pregnant.
Factors that can affect how long you take to get pregnant are:
1. Age – For reasons medical and otherwise it is advisable that couples try for a pregnancy before the age of 35. After 35, there are increased chances of difficulty in conception as well as deformities in the baby.
2. Past and Current medical treatments – When consulting a General Practitioner for initial consultation on getting pregnant, remember to clearly indicate all details of medical treatments you have taken in the past or are taking currently. These medications can interfere with your chances of getting pregnant and later with the baby’s growth.
3. General Body Health – Healthier couples not only have a more active and pleasurable sex life but their chances of pregnancy are also higher than average. Start working out, practicing yoga or just taking brisk walks together to tone up your mind and body for the child to come. Pregnancy asks for a lot from you as a couple and you should be in the best of health to deliver.
4. Reproductive Health – If you or your partner suffer from any STDs or venereal diseases, it is better to manage those before trying to get pregnant. Not only can reproductive diseases hamper your chances of getting pregnant, they can also negatively affect the baby’s growth during pregnancy.
5. Frequency of intercourse - For best results when trying to get pregnant, understand how your body functions and work around it. For women, during and around ovulation is the ideal time for try for a baby. So time your intercourse around this period and have frequent baby making sessions to boost your chances of getting pregnant.
6. Lifestyle – Besides all other harmful effects, smoking and drinking also affect your baby making quotient. Couples who smoke, drink or consume drugs are usually more prone to infertility than others.
7. Stress – Trying to conceive can be stressful on its own. But if it coupled with other home or work related stress you might take a while to hit bull’s eye. Take it easy during this time and manage your stress positively to boost your chances of getting pregnant. In most cases relaxing and enjoying trying for a baby is the best thing to do.
If you are aged 35 or under and have been trying to conceive unsuccessfully for 12 months, you should contact your doctor. Your doctor will work on an appropriate timetable for you which will help you conceive. This time table will be based upon the specific needs and circumstances of you and your partner. Even if you have not become pregnant within 12 months, it does not necessarily mean that there is something wrong, but you should consult your doctor just in case.