Making a baby is not always as simple as the story of the birds and the bees would have you believe. It may be simple for some people, but if you are not one of those types, it would be in your best interest to understand some basics. You might have better success if you learn to predict when you are ovulating, how often you should have sex and which lifestyle choices to make.
Whether you have been trying to conceive a baby for years or are just starting the process, you may benefit from some regular yoga practice. Yoga helps you relax, prepare and get to know your body. It may not change any chronic fertility problems, but it may ease the process of getting pregnant if you have a normal reproductive system.
Though it may seem like everyone around you gets pregnant the minute they decide to have a baby, there's actually only a small amount of time that you can get pregnant each month--less than 24 hours. If you are trying to get pregnant--or want to use natural methods to avoid pregnancy--you need to learn how to pinpoint the time when you are most likely to get pregnant.
When you finally decide that you are ready to expand your family, you will likely want to do so with ease. While nothing can make you sure to conceive, there are some foods that may provide fertility enhancement and perhaps expedite your baby-making process. Many of these foods not only encourage your body to make room for baby, but also ensure that you are healthy and ready to promote a fetus' growth once you do become pregnant.
Having an unwanted child can be tragic for everyone involved. Some parents reject unwanted children, which can cause life-long damaging effects. According to Judge Orman W. Ketcham of the District of Columbia Juvenile Court, in a "Time" magazine article, most of the kids that came before him in the courtroom were unwanted children. Short of abstaining from intercourse, the only way not to get pregnant is by using some sort of birth control method.
If you're pining for a girl, you can pay around $10,000 for MicroSort, a technology that can separate the "girl" and "boy" sperm, or you can try combining several of the old wives' tales about how to increase your chances of conceiving a girl. These methods are based on the idea that the sperm with X chromosomes (which creates girls) is slow but hardy, while the sperm that carries Y chromosomes (which creates boys) is fast, but dies quickly. Your chances of conceiving a girl normally are about 50/50, but you may be able to increase your chances.
Some couples are lucky enough to get pregnant the month after they decide that they want a baby. Others can try for years before becoming pregnant. Though a couple with normal fertility has about a 15 to 25 percent chance of getting pregnant in any given month, there are many things that can play a role in how easy it will be for you to get pregnant.
Eat a proper diet to increase your chances of getting pregnant and to help your baby and body stay healthy during your pregnancy. If you plan on getting pregnant, you may want to begin to make changes to your diet up to a year in advance, according to Baby Center. Add more foods that contain plenty of nutrients such as folic acid and omega-3s and cut down on unhealthy foods, such as sweets and deep fried snacks, alcohol and anything with caffeine.
Even if your husband has had a vasectomy, a surgical procedure that cuts off the vas deferens, so that a man's sperm will not mix into his semen, you can still attempt to get pregnant. One way is to have him reverse the procedure. This option, however, can be expensive and usually requires another surgery. Some vasectomies cannot be reversed. Another way to get pregnant after a vasectomy is to use sperm from a donor or to use sperm that your husband may have saved in a sperm bank before his operation.
When you are trying to conceive a baby, good nutrition and maintaining a healthy weight are keys. The sooner you begin eating well, the more likely you are to get pregnant, according to the BabyCenter. It is easier to conceive if you are not underweight or overweight. The best way to ensure a healthy weight is to eat right and exercise. You can get many of the vitamins you need in the foods you eat and by taking vitamin supplements.