How to increase your chances of pregnancy

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Once the decision to have a baby has been made, it can be hard to wait to see the two lines on the pregnancy test. Nevertheless, it is quite common for pregnancy to take 6 - 12 months.

If you would like to try and speed up the process, here are some ideas of what you can do.

Give up smoking and alcohol

Both smoking and alcohol are unhealthy for the body and fertility, so it's a good idea to put these habits on hold right away.


Healthy and stable weight

A healthy lifestyle is an important factor when you want to have a baby. Make sure you eat a healthy and varied diet, take moderate exercise and avoid yo-yo weight.

Keep track of your cycle

Write down when you have your period so you can find out when you ovulate. In the app Clue you can track your cycle and see when you're most likely to ovulate and get pregnant. Simply enter data about your cycle and the app will calculate when your ovulation is likely to fall.


Have sex up to ovulation

Once the egg has passed through the fallopian tube, it needs to be fertilised within 24 hours to attach. Sperm, on the other hand, can live for a whole week in the womb. You therefore need to have unprotected sex up until ovulation to have the best chance. If you are unsure when you will ovulate, you can take a ovulation test.



Once you've achieved pregnancy, you can follow baby's development week by week straight here.

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