Tips on Getting Pregnant

More than traditional mating rituals and superstitions, there is science involved in improving one’s fertility. Here are some suggestions.

Quit smoking, drinking and drugs

Smoking or taking drugs diminishes your chances of getting pregnant and can lead to miscarriages, premature birth, and low-birth weight babies. Research suggests that smoking can affect your fertility and lower men’s sperm count. 

Stay physically active

Obesity can affect fertility and pregnancy. Maintaining a physical regimen helps improve the chance in getting pregnant. Optimal body mass index for pregnancy is from 18.5 to 25. This could be achieved by eating well, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight.

Reduce stress

Mental stress and psychological depression can also affect pregnancy. Limit activity that strains you a lot and keep a good mood running.

Mind control

Women who suffer from depression are twice as likely to have problems with fertility as women who don’t. Get a mental health check if you notice signs of depression. Also, try stress management techniques, such as yoga and meditation, which research suggests can also help in getting pregnant.

Take folic acid

Folic acid is a synthetic form of folate, a B vitamin that can help reduce the risk of serious birth defects that affect the brain and spinal cord. For this reason, the FDA recommends that all women attempting pregnancy take folic acid supplements for decreasing chances of birth defects.

Missionary position

Many experts suspect that the missionary position (man on top) provides the best opportunity for getting pregnant, though no definitive studies have been done on this question. This position allows for the deepest penetration which deposits sperm closer to the cervix. For additional effectiveness, the woman can try elevating her hips with a pillow so her cervix is exposed to the maximum amount of semen.


Getting pregnant isn’t always easy. Very few couples conceive on the first try. If you are under 30, and haven’t conceived in 12 months, you should make an appointment to see your doctor as there could be some issues at play with are preventing you from getting pregnant.

If you are over 35, and haven’t succeeded in getting pregnant in six months, make an appointment to see your doctor, as infertility issues become more prevelant the older you get. If you are over 40, then do not delay in getting medical help.


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