If getting pregnant was quick and easy the first time around (and sometimes it’s way too quick and way too easy) you probably don’t expect to have to work at it the second time. The truth is, though, that every pregnancy is different. What might have happened easily the first time might actually take a bit of work the next.
If you’ve already been pregnant and you’re thinking about trying to conceive again, there’s a process you need to go through:
- Make sure you’re really ready. Just because you’ve gone through pregnancy once doesn’t mean you’re ready to do it again. You and your partner need to both be on the same page here.
- Examine your fertility. It’s possible you won’t be able to conceive as easily the next time around. Look for irregularities in your menstrual cycles, for example. If they’ve increased, you might take longer to conceive this time.
- Don’t forget his fertility. You can choose to have his sperm count analyzed on an elective basis, even if you’re not yet struggling. That alone has the potential to identify conception problems in about a third of couples.
- Consider previous complications with pregnancy. If your first pregnancy had complications, you’re more prone to them during a second or subsequent pregnancy. This is especially true if you have several previous miscarriages. You’ll want to talk with your doctor about the particular complications you’ve experienced, and what it might mean for you trying to conceive again.
- Know that it may take longer. You’ve probably figured it out by now, but every pregnancy is different. You might get lucky and get it right on the first try this time, or it could take you several months. Don’t be discouraged if it takes longer this time; instead, devote that energy into studying what you can do to help increase your odds of conception.
- Get your body ready for pregnancy. You need to consider a number of health factors before getting ready again. If you’re overweight, underweight or obese it can dramatically impact your chances of conception. The same goes for nutrition; it wouldn’t hurt now to get on a regimented meal plan not only to be healthy enough to conceive, but also to be ready to be as healthy as possible when you do become pregnant. Getting into an exercise routine now is also a good idea, and it won’t hurt to start taking a prenatal or preconception supplement.
- Get a handle on your stress. Stress is believed to impact your ability to conceive. The stress of not being able to conceive can, in some couples, wind up causing a double problem. Add in the stress that comes from the child you already have, and you’re looking at a real potential problem. In addition to diet and exercise, learn stress management techniques that can help get your stress levels under control.
Getting ready to get pregnant again lets you increase the odds that you’ll succeed and helps you be more prepared for when it does happen.