When is the Best Time to Get Pregnant?

One of the most common misconceptions people have about pregnancy is that it’s something that happens quickly and spontaneously as soon as the couple starts trying. In reality, pregnancy can happen the first time you have sex or after you’ve been trying for months and even years.

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Around 85% of couples conceive within a year, but it might take a few years to get pregnant for the other 15%. Many things need to line up perfectly, and still, there’s a chance you won’t conceive.

Learning the basics about fertility, health and age can help you understand when it’s right for you to get pregnant. There might be some prep work involved for you and your partner before you’re ready.

Charting your cycles and paying close attention to your body can help you figure out the best time to have sex to increase your chances of getting pregnant.

Fertility

Fertility in both men and women is the key to getting pregnant. For women, ovulation is the time when they are fertile. That is the point when an egg is released from a woman’s ovary and begins traveling through a fallopian tube. We’ll explain more about how to understand when this happens further in the article.

During this egg’s short lifespan, a woman is able to get pregnant when the egg is fertilized by a man’s sperm. The egg will only remain in a woman for 12-24 hours, so the window of opportunity is extremely small.

That’s right, you only have 12-24 hours each month to get pregnant. This makes it seem much more understandable why it takes couples several months or years to conceive!

Men have it slightly easier. As long as they are producing sperm normally, they are always fertile. They are able to impregnate a woman on any day of the week, month or year.

Analysis can be done to determine if your partner is having any issues with fertility. Experts can check sperm for counts, shape and movement. This can determine whether or not there are any foreseeable issues with sperm production in a man.

Health

Each partner's health plays a big role on when it’s best to get pregnant. For many people, it’s normal to need a bit of time to adjust their habits.

Any healthy lifestyle improvements you make will ultimately make you more prepared for trying to conceive.

It’s important to quit any bad habits you and your partner have. Stop smoking and drinking as this can lower your fertility and subject a potential baby to numerous issues. You want your body to be in the best condition before trying for a baby.

Another aspect to look at is your diet. Make sure you and your partner begin eating more healthy. Start cooking meals at home. Instead of using boxed or frozen meals, begin cooking together with real ingredients. This will give your bodies the nutrition they need and bring you both closer in the process.

Begin an exercise routine. Even if it’s taking the dog for an extra walk each day. Working out will be important during pregnancy, so it’s a great time to get started on improving your lifestyle before trying for a baby.

Lastly, before trying to get pregnant, start taking a prenatal vitamin. This will cover your bases in case you miss any needed nutrients in your new, healthy diet.

Age

The best age for getting pregnant can vary based on what you’re looking at.

If you’re looking at biological age to get pregnant, shockingly it’s in your late teens and early 20s. This might come as a surprise to many people, but there are good reasons for this. The body of a woman is at its youthful peak.

Late teens and lower 20s women have extremely low rates of miscarriage and complications. Often women in this age range haven’t developed any serious disease or illnesses that could complicate a healthy pregnancy or birth.

Having a baby at such a young age might not be the smartest idea. Often times young mothers find themselves in tougher financial and emotional situations. In today’s day and age, it’s better to push pregnancy back. Our society is constructed in a way where women often go to college and pursue higher degrees that further their careers before settling down with a baby.

If we look at the best age range for conceiving based on other factors, ideally the best time to get pregnant is between 20-35 years old.

Seasons

There is also an advantage to getting pregnant in certain seasons. It’s recommended that women try to get pregnant in late summer and autumn. Our bodies have several nutrients and vitamins at this time due to the sun and summer months.

In the spring, our bodies have gone through cold, winter months where we’ve been exposed to several diseases. It leave us with weaker immune systems and you may need extra vitamins if you aim for getting pregnant in the springtime.

Cycles and Timing

The key to getting pregnant quickly is figuring out at what point of the month your body is the most fertile. Because all women are different and your cycle is unique, it’s very important not to look at any general charts. Instead, you should focus on tracking your own symptoms and learning more about your own cycle.

According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a woman’s most fertile period begins five days before ovulation and ends after she is done ovulating. Having sex a few days before your ovaries release an egg and on the day of ovulation is a good strategy for getting pregnant as soon as possible.

Of course, in theory having sex around ovulation makes perfect sense. In reality, the tough part is analyzing your cycle to figure out when you ovulate.

While experiencing noticeable symptoms during ovulation is perfectly normal, women who get mild symptoms that can easily go unnoticed are often surprised that they can pinpoint when they ovulate by taking a closer look at their cycles and making a conscious effort to listen to their bodies. Most women experience an increase in slippery discharge during ovulation, and some women even have ovulation pains or cramps that feel similar to the type of pains they get around menstruation.

If you don’t usually experience symptoms or if you want to know for sure when you are going to ovulate, you can buy ovulation kits and a fertility monitor. They are a bit expensive, but they are easy to use, and they can be very useful in helping you understand how your cycle works.

Another common method women use to figure out the best time for getting pregnant is charting temperatures.

You can keep track of your temperature changes by using a basal thermometer first thing in the morning right after you wake up. Because of normal hormonal changes, a woman’s body temperature can increase by about .4 to 1 degrees a few days after ovulation.