After years of practicing birth control, it can be quite the mind shift to actually invite pregnancy. Letting go of the pill can be kind of scary. Because no one really prepares you for this phase, it is OK if you don’t know how to get pregnant in the safest and most effective way possible. There may be more to it than just letting nature take its course.
Really understanding the basics of ovulation, your basal body temperature, and even basic lifestyle choices can help increase your chances of conception. Yes, this is all the legitimately helpful stuff you probably didn’t learn about in sex ed. But there are quite a few basic things to know about getting pregnant that can help make your journey to conception much easier. Because there may be a little more to it than just having sex all the time — although that will likely help your cause.
So when you and your SO are trying to conceive, here are some science-backed tips to help you out. There are easy ways to maximize your fertility and make your chances of getting pregnant even better. And don’t worry: tracking your ovulation with a calendar is pretty simple. (You can even get ovulation tracking apps for your phone.)