I got off the pill, fully expecting to end up pregnant right away. I was nearing 30, so admittedly, I was in a hurry. Unfortunately, my body wasn’t and I hadn’t realized how much time it could take when I was finally ready for my first baby! Despite the fact I’d been told it could take 6 months to a year after stopping birth control, I was certain I would get pregnant quickly. I felt healthy and ready, so why wasn’t it happening? And I nearly gave up hope before I got pregnant.
I scheduled an appointment with my OB, but she wouldn’t do anything so soon.
When you’re so ready to have a baby, any amount of wait feels like an eternity. I feel for those who have waited, or will wait, longer than I did.
Admittedly, I’m a fast-paced kinda girl, so the 8 months it took me to get pregnant the first time nearly killed me (thankfully not literally). I was trying everything I could think of to get pregnant naturally. I didn’t want to wait a whole year before the OB would see me. And, at the same time, I really didn’t want to get pregnant with medical help. If I believed in giving birth naturally, did I really want to be poked and prodded to start my journey to motherhood? Clearly, I hadn’t seen the depths of hopelessness or despair in trying to get pregnant. Thankfully, I never had to face that reality.
You see, in the eight months I waited to finally learn I was pregnant, I began reading and researching. I had to come to the realization that
a) it could take time once off the pill
b) there were things I could try to help get pregnant naturally, but still
c) resolve that it wasn’t exactly within my power to make it happen… and I needed to relax.
And it finally happened. 8 months of waiting and a month after I agreed to let my husband get his 370Z, it finally happened. We had gotten pregnant naturally.
How to Get Pregnant Naturally
Did you know your health is affected by stress? Of course, you did. So, relinquish some control and don’t stress it.
Realize this is something that you can’t totally control, but that there are ways to make the process easier!
Get (or stay) Healthy
The first time I tried getting pregnant, I was eating semi-healthy. But, I read a really informative book that helped me understand how my body may process food. I took a quiz and then changed a few things in my diet, specifically how I delivered food and drink to my system. Shortly after making a few tweaks, I became pregnant.
Did you know that your overall health can affect sperm’s ability to make the journey to your ovaries? A healthier body will be more sperm friendly. And I firmly believe this because the second time I got pregnant, I’d been eating mostly Paleo and became pregnant immediately after IUD removal.
Don’t overdo it
While light to moderate exercise is healthy and encouraged before and during pregnancy, it’s important to not overdo it. I found out that heavy or intense workouts were not conducive to becoming pregnant.
If you’re in doubt about your exercise regimen, consult your doctor or consider a lighter routine. Caring for and being gentle with your body as you embark on your journey through motherhood will be important at every stage, so don’t be afraid to take it easier before you become a mom.
Tracking your ovulation can be a great way to get pregnant sooner. At the very least, using ovulation tests, you’ll get a better understanding of your body’s process. This can, however, take some of the excitement out of the process, so try to be sure not to only “do the deed” when you get a positive ovulation test 😉
Regardless, it’s important to have a better understanding of how your body works. Tracking ovulation will help you determine whether or not you have issues in your menstrual cycle … ovulating too soon or too late in the month can indicate issues with your hormones.
Assist your body
I don’t know how true it is, but I almost always practiced laying with my legs elevated above my stomach to allow gravity to help aid the process. In my desperate moments, I would have been willing to try just about anything to get pregnant at the time.
I still hadn’t resolved that medical assistance was the answer, though. So, I would have loved if Stork OTC had been available at the time. The Stork OTC is a cervical cap device that garners nearly the same success rates in achieving pregnancy as more expensive IUI procedures. The best part is, it’s an at-home device which could save you money and the headache of fertility treatments in a doctor’s office.
There are no prescriptions or medical devices, so you can still leave the medical staff out of your fertility business for a little while longer!
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Get Pregnant Naturally and #TTCwithStorkOTC Twitter Party
Great news! I’m going to be a #TTCwithStorkOTC Twitter Party Panelist! If you are struggling, or have struggled with fertility, but are interested in ways to get pregnant naturally, join us me for the twitter party. Don’t forget to share this tweet!
I’ll be with you for this hour long fertility twitter party … let’s share our trials and triumphs to encourage moms-to-be on this very delicate journey!
Have you ever struggled with fertility? Were you able to get pregnant naturally or did you seek medical assistance?
Feel free to share your story. We’re all here for you. Maybe your story can inspire and encourage others, or you can make a connection with someone in the same boat as you! Or, throw yourself or a TTC’ing friend a “get pregnant party” with these fun ideas!