What to Expect When Trying to Conceive

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Many couples dream of having a baby one day, but most find out that trying to conceive a child is a lot harder than it seems. Requiring more effort than just the perfect partner and a night of passion, getting pregnant can take some time and may not happen the way you intended it to. Whether you’re just starting your efforts to get pregnant or have been trying for a while, knowing what to expect, and what your options are while trying to conceive can make the entire process a lot easier.

It May Not Happen the First Time

The concept, in your mind, seems simple enough. If you’re trying to get pregnant, all you need to do is have sex with your partner. Though that is the gist of the idea, there are other factors that play a role in getting pregnant such as timing, sexual health, physical health, and your emotional well-being. It is reported that even the healthiest couple can take on average about six months to a year of trying to actually conceive a child.  As the saying goes however, practice makes perfect. So, have fun trying to conceive with your partner.

If it Doesn’t Happen…

Some couples spend years trying to get pregnant without being successful. There are a number of reasons that infertility can occur for couples. The underlying causes could range from poor diet and exercise to preexisting medical conditions and relationship problems. If you and your partner have been trying for six months or more to get pregnant with no luck, you may need to visit a doctor to learn of your options.

There are Solutions

If you and your partner are unable to get pregnant, don’t fret as there are solutions available to you. Those couples who find that they’re unable to conceive naturally or on their own turn to options like:

IUI – Intrauterine insemination is a medical procedure for couples who want to get pregnant but can’t. The fertility treatment is designed to help the sperm to travel easier to the uterus. The semen is collected and washed before being slowly injected into the uterus. The procedure is not as invasive as others but doesn’t have a high success rate, particularly for couples who are older than 35.

IVF – A more common method used by couples trying to get pregnant is in vitro fertilization. In this procedure, the women’s eggs are removed from the ovaries and paired with her partner’s sperm. Once fertilized, the eggs are placed back into the woman’s uterus. If successful, the embryo will attach the uterus and pregnancy will begin. IVF costs are bit more than IUI, however, the success rates are much higher.

Surrogates – For couples who have complications that prevent them from successfully carrying or conceiving a child, surrogacy is an option. Essentially, hopeful parents work with an agency to find a woman ideal for carrying their child. The surrogate is then impregnated with the fertilized embryos and/or inseminated with sperm and carries the baby to full term for the couple. This process is the most expensive and can often be the longest process. Finding a surrogate and successful impregnating her will take a lot of time, money, and resources.

Tips for Getting Pregnant

There are a lot of factors that can play a role in your ability or inability to get pregnant. If you’re trying to conceive, there are some basic things you can do to improve your chances of having a family faster. This includes:

  • Eating the right foods
  • Exercising
  • Eliminating stress and negative vices
  • Maintaining proper health
  • Know when you’re ovulating

Every couple is different when it comes to trying to conceive. Some will find the journey very easy and get pregnant fast while others will have to deal with roadblocks and let downs. If you’ve been trying to conceive for some time with no such luck, it may be time to consult with a medical professional to find out what options you have for getting the family you always hoped for.

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from Parenting Tips and Advice at Uplifting Families http://ift.tt/2BAuHDV

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