Advice on how to get pregnant


It often seems like falling pregnant is only easy when you aren't trying! Here's how to increase your chances.

No, we are not going to give you a lesson on the birds and bees, but getting pregnant in the modern world is not as easy as it might seem. The increased age at which many couples start a family, the conditions of modern life, stress, complicated schedules and tiredness can sometimes make it take months for a woman to fall pregnant.

If you want to get pregnant, consider using rhythm and calendar-based methods. They may seem convoluted and difficult to understand at first, but are very effective once you understand them. In the event of difficulty conceiving, the information that you have collected about your body’s cycle will be of great use to the gynecologist.

This is known as fertility awareness, in which the aim is to determine exactly when ovulation takes place, which is when you have the highest likelihood of becoming pregnant, and interpret the changes that take place in your body during this period. These methods are also used to the opposite effect as a method of contraception, in order to find “safe days” when a woman is less likely to become pregnant, although we all know that this method is contraception should not be relied on…

This method is based on the combination of three factors: your personal calendar, cervical mucus, and basal body temperature. The idea is to become aware of the days when you are most fertile and should therefore increase the frequency of relations with your partner.


A woman’s ovulation cycle is usually 28 days, although it can vary from anywhere from 23 to 42 days. The first thing to do is to determine the minimum and maximum number of days in your cycle.

To do this, mark the first day of your period on a calendar, ideally for a whole year before so that you can get a full picture of your cycle. Then count the number of days between the marks (remember that the first day of your period is the first day of your cycle) and you will understand your rhythms.

Ovulation usually take place during the three days in the middle of your cycle, so calculate the central figure of the maximum cycle and of the minimum cycle, and add two days before the first and two days after the last. This period of time is when you are most fertile.

Basal body temperature

You will need a basal body thermometer. Take your temperature every morning when you first get up and you will notice that the temperature increases by 0.4 to 1 degree during ovulation. Check your basal body temperature every day for several months before trying for a baby and make a note on a chart.

Cervical mucus

The cervical mucus is secreted by the neck of the womb or the cervix throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle, and varies in texture during the different days of the cycle. It has a clear and slippery texture a few days before ovulation, and your most fertile day will usually be the last day you see this egg-white consistency. This makes it easier for the sperm to travel to the egg, so when you see this, it’s time to make babies! The cervical mucus has a sticky texture during the rest of the cycle.

Check your cervical mucus when first going to the bathroom in the morning, after taking your basal body temperature, and make a note on a chart.


Make or print out a new chart each month to take note of your basal body temperature (BBT) and cervical mucus (CM), and learn how to interpret the patterns of a raise in temperature and clear, slippery cervical mucus. Try this free printable chart from

What can the man do?

Fertilization is not just the responsibility of the woman; the man has 50% of the responsibility, so however fertile a woman is, if her partner is not producing plenty of good quality sperm, a pregnancy is unlikely.

Men produce sperm in their testicles and store them in their seminal vesicles. If you feel stressed, tired or tense you may not be producing sperm in sufficient quantities to make your partner pregnant, so it is vitally important that you eat and rest well and enough.

Eating foods rich in carbohydrates and protein, and giving up unhealthy habits like smoking or drinking are important if you wish to bring that long-awaited child into the world. Men are also advised to avoid tight underwear as the testicles should be kept cool and not restricted.

The golden rule of trying for a baby

Above all, the golden rule is to remember that making love should be about pleasure and desire, not just reproduction. It is important that passion does not left by the wayside in the search for a child. Relax, enjoy the love that you share, and do not despair if you do not fall pregnant straightaway.

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