Friday, February 17, 2012

So you want a baby? How to get knocked up

Here on Lady Parts, I do a lot of writing about how to NOT get pregnant. Indeed, for many of us, when it comes to our lady parts our main goal is to keep them pregnancy free. Yet there comes a time for many when those tiny little booties melt your heart, and all you can think about is, "GET ME A BABY!NOW!!"

After so many years of successfully NOT getting pregnant, you need to totally shift gears and figure out how to get a baby in your belly stat. Here are some steps to guide you through that TTC (trying to conceive) transition:

1. Stop using contraception of any kind. That means, no birth control pills, condoms, rings, patches, IUDs, or pulling out.

2. Be healthy. Get yourself eating well, exercising in a moderate fashion, and taking prenatal vitamins. If you are a smoker, stop (it is gross anyway, so this is a good a time as any to stop).

3. Make sure your meds are safe to take if you are pregnant. This includes your skin care products. Give your doctor a shout out and let them know that you are trying to get knocked up and whether any of your meds should be avoided.

4. Have unprotected sex. Yup, go nuts. Any position will do. Enjoy yourself, as the contractions from an orgasm helps pull in the sperm.

5. Have unprotected sex at the right time. Start by figuring out when you are ovulating (see my post about your cervical mucus). If you are still having trouble figuring out your cervical mucus, get yourself some ovulation strips. You can buy them at the drug store, or super duper cheap at Amazon. Pee on a stick (or in a cup and then put the stick in the cup) twice a day from around day 9 or 10 of your cycle. Some woman ovulate early in their cycle, some later, so it may take a while to figure it out when to optimize the stick peeing. When you are about to ovulate your cervical mucus gets very gooey like an egg white, and if you are peeing on a stick, you should see a positive LH surge. Drag your mister to the bedroom and get to work.

6. Check in with your lady parts doc. I recommend doing this BEFORE you are trying to get knocked up, just to make sure all the parts are in order, and there isn't some underlying condition that may affect your fertility. There is nothing more annoying that trying to conceive for a while, only to eventually find out that there was something that could have been treated that was preventing you from getting pregnant.

7. If you aren't getting a little happy face, plus sign, or "pregnant" read out on your pregnancy tests for a couple months (I would say around 6, especially if you are over 35, perhaps a little longer if you are under), give your lady parts doctor a ring. And listen to your body - if you think things are not quite right, be your own advocate. You know your body best!

Happy baby making!!


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