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How to Get Pregnant

Your one-stop resource for everything you need to know about getting pregnant

How to Get Pregnant


Here's your one-stop resource for everything you need to know about getting pregnant--from preparing your body to pregnancy to finding out which days of the month you're more likely to be fertile.

Trying to get pregnant? For approximately 85 percent of American couples, conception happens fairly easily, and we hope you’re among them.  During the times in your life when you’re trying not to have a baby, you know that having unprotected sex just once can result in pregnancy. But the truth is conception doesn’t happen quite as quickly as you may think, particularly when you’re 35 or older. Even if you’re younger and you time intercourse perfectly, “you have only a 20 percent chance of getting pregnant each month,” says Bryan D. Cowan, M.D., a reproductive endocrinologist and chairman of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Our guide to getting pregnant tells you what you need to know to maximize your chances of conceiving. Here, you'll find information on everything from preparing your body for pregnancy, to calculating your most fertile days, and steps to take if it's just not happening.

Ready, Set, Conceive!
A 3-month guide to preparing yourself for pregnancy

Get Healthy, Get Pregnant: The Fertility Diet
Answers to important questions about which foods are most—and least—fertility-friendly

Preconception Checklist
A healthy pregnancy starts long before you test positive. Here's what to do before you get pregnant:

Fit for Pregnancy?
A guide to getting your body ready for a healthy nine months

The Best Cities to Have a Baby
Fit Pregnancy set out to find the best cities in America to have a baby, we looked at everything from doctors and hospitals to doulas, midwives and a whole lot more.

How to Get Pregnant
Whether you're just considering starting a family or you've been trying for a while, our complete guide to conception can help.

Ovulation Calculator
Increase your odds of conceiving by finding out which days of the month you're more likely to be fertile.

Prenatal Vitamins Made Easy
A good prenatal vitamin helps you get necessary nutrients your diet may lack.

Right Place, Right Time
To make a baby, sperm and egg must meet at the ideal moment. Here's how to know when that is.

Do's & Dont’s of Pregnancy
How to eat right, exercise safely and protect your growing baby

Through the Ages
Pregnancy and motherhood at 20 30 & 40

Are You Pregnant?
Here are nine subtle clues that you might be pregnant.

Trying to Conceive Discussion Boards
Join the discussion and hear other women’s stories about trying to conceive.

The Later-In-Life Pregnancy
Older, wiser and, yes, of "advanced maternal age." But becoming a mom can still be cool when you're over 40.

Stress and Infertility
Ask the Labor Nurse blogger examines how stress and infertility are related

Trying Again?
Just because you've had one baby doesn't mean the next one will come easily.

Bacterial Vaginosis, Infertility and Pregnancy
Ask the Labor Nurse blogger discusses Bacterial Vaginosis and how it affects infertility.

The Race to Conceive
Ask the Labor Nurse blogger discusses exercise and fertility.

Little Swimmers
Nearly half of all fertility troubles are linked to sperm problems.

Of Fat and Fertility
Weighing too much—or too little—can make it harder for you to conceive.

I used an Egg Donor
One women’s story of using an egg donor.

Ask the Experts
Wondering whether you can continue to do crunches, or if you have to ditch your daily latte while you're trying to conceive? Find the answers to these questions and more in the "Fertility & Conception" section of our Ask the Experts database.