Pregnancy Q&A



Q&A: Conceiving & Pregnancy

Conception can be somewhat of a mystery. And it seems especially tricky when women WANT to become pregnant! We sat down with Dr. Helliwell, practicing doctor and founder of Advanced Women’s Health Center, to ask a few of the questions every TTC (Trying to Conceive) woman wants to know. For more pregnancy related content, be sure to check out our blogs every month.

How easy or hard to get pregnant?

In healthy and fertile couples who are having regular intercourse, the conception rate is only 20% every month. So, it’s not very easy to get pregnant even in ideal situations, and that’s why we don’t consider someone to possibly have an infertility problem until after a year of trying to conceive.

I haven’t missed my period, but I think I might be pregnant. How early is too early to take a home pregnancy test?

Over the counter pregnancy tests are accurate about the 4th to 5th week after your last period. So, go ahead and check, and if positive, go see your OB/GYN to confirm it with a serum blood test (which can be accurate 3 weeks after your last period).

Is there a sex position that’s best for conceiving?

No. It’s not mentioned in any medical text or journal that I have studied. All positions work if the sex occurs at the right time and all the other factors are ok. These factors are: ovulation, the sperm, the tubes are open, and a normal uterus.

If I get my period regularly does that mean I’m ovulating and fertile?

Yes, usually it does mean you are ovulating, but it’s not 100% accurate in all cases. You should go see you OB/GYN to be testing for ovulation to be sure. This test is usually done through a blood test on or around day 21 of your cycle.

Should I try to stop sperm from leaking out after sex?

There is no medical text or journal that I know of that states this is good practice to do when attempting to conceive, but it makes common sense. There is no exact best way to do this and is up to each patient, but I do not recommend placing foreign objects in the vaginal or standing on your head. One may find that different sex positions may be better to help this if you notices this is an issue. So try different positions to see which one works best for you.

Are there specific health practices to take on while trying to conceive?

Of course, stay healthy as much as possible. Such as maintaining a healthy body weight, not smoking, limit alcohol use, exercise regularly, decrease stress where possible, get 7-8hr of sleep at night, and of course maintain a healthy spiritual life.

Is there a better way of eating, maybe certain foods to eat that will help with fertility?

There are no specific foods that directly help you get pregnant. Just eat a healthy balanced diet, meaning: fruits, vegetables, proteins, and healthy carbs. There is some thought that food with high Vitamin C and E, such as fruits and vegetables can help because of their anti-oxygenating qualities.

Can stress affect your fertility?

Yes, it is well known that women experience high stress have difficulty in conceiving. There are countless examples of women getting pregnant once they de-stress. This is often done when the patient, after trying to control the whole processes with testing kits, timed intercourse and other things, making the whole process unnatural. I recommend to stops doing these things and relax.

If you are having a particularly hard time trying to conceive and would like to see an OB/GYN for a check up or to discuss fertility options, please give us a call at  (661) 410-2942


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