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Me and my fiance REALLY want to get pregnant. I'm ovulating this weekend, so we're gonna try soon :) but is there anything I could do to help my chances? I've already quit smoking and even quit drinking caffeine. I miss my dr pepper tho lol. I've used all my 11:11 wishes on this :) I was thinkin, after we try, would it help to lay down and sort of prop my pelvis up for a while? I've heard that it helps to do it for fifteen minutes or so after intercourse, but would it benefit me to keep elevated...

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Boost Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

Tips for Conceiving: 6 Must-Try Baby-making Ideas

Trying to conceive a baby can be tougher than it sounds.  Making a baby should be as simple as having

Boost Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

What to Expect When You're Trying to Conceive after Bariatric Surgery

Any kind of surgical procedure has the potential to put tremendous stress on the body and can lead to major post-surgical physical changes, some expected and some that are surprising. If you've recently had bariatric surgery, you already know that life is very different than it was before your surgery.

Family Health

11 Reasons for a Late Period

You were expecting your monthly visitor, your Aunt Flo, your little friend, or whatever you like to call her, but she hasn’t arrived. Besides the obvious reason for a late period, what could be causing your period to be late? There are plenty of reasons why your period might be delayed that do not

Boost Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

Best Time to Get Pregnant

Everyone knows that it takes a sperm and an egg joining to get pregnant. Most people know that women release just one egg a month and that men release millions of sperm with each ejaculation. What people can’t seem to agree on is the best time for that one egg to be fertilized by a man’s sperm.

Boost Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

Getting Pregnant after Birth Control

There are many types of hormonal birth control options. Birth control pills are a very popular form of birth control because they are affordable, convenient and effective. Depo-Provera is another type of hormonal birth control. It is given by injection every three months and one injection prevents you

Adoption and Surrogacy

Adoption: Where Do I Start?

On your journey to starting your family, you may decide that adoption as an option appeals to you. Even if you already have children and are looking to add your family, adoption could be the right course for you. For all couples who have difficulty conceiving, adoption is usually one of the first options

Boost Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

What to Expect When You're Trying to Conceive after Bariatric Surgery

Any kind of surgical procedure has the potential to put tremendous stress on the body and can lead to major post-surgical physical changes, some expected and some that are surprising. If you've recently had bariatric surgery, you already know that life is very different than it was before your surgery.

Deciding to Have a Baby

Waiting to Have Children: How long can you wait?

Early this year, Janet Jackson gave birth to her first child. What made the headlines, though, was the pop star’s age. At 50 years old, Jackson’s pregnancy was a rarity, but part of a growing trend of women waiting until later in life to start their families. According to the Centers for Disease

Fertility Charting Ovulation and Prediction

How to Understand Your Body's Natural Fertility Signs

Your body is an amazing machine. It knows how to operate on its own and take care of itself, heal itself and more. If you're hoping to conceive, your body can tell you if you're ready. True, there is a learning curve, but if you are willing to get to know your body better, and faithfully track your progress

Fertility Medications and Natural Supplements

IVM: In Vitro Maturation

An increasing number of women are turning to a lesser-known alternative to in vitro fertilization (IVF) these days: in vitro maturation (IVM). Women are exploring this newer approach to fertility for many reasons, some of which are medical, others of which are purely financial or personal. Regardless

Having Problems Getting Pregnant

What to Expect When You're Trying to Conceive after Bariatric Surgery

Any kind of surgical procedure has the potential to put tremendous stress on the body and can lead to major post-surgical physical changes, some expected and some that are surprising. If you've recently had bariatric surgery, you already know that life is very different than it was before your surgery.

Male Fertility

Daily Sex Improves Sperm Quality

There has been some debate over how frequently a couple should have sex when trying to conceive. It was once thought that abstaining from sex for a few days before ovulation helped build up a man’s sperm count, improving the chances of conceiving. Daily sex was believed to reduce a man’s sperm

Pregnancy Tests

OPK as HPT: Can I Use an Ovulation Prediction Kit as a Pregnancy Test?

Ovulation prediction kits, OPKs, work by detecting the presence of luteinizing hormone, LH. LH is produced by the pituitary gland and triggers ovulation. OPKs are helpful in pinpointing when ovulation will occur, before it occurs. Before ovulation occurs, the body secretes a "surge" of LH, which triggers

Trying to Conceive After Loss

Infertility Etiquette: What to Say and What Not to Say

Infertility is an often sensitive and difficult subject for women to discuss. In our society, young girls are frequently brought up with the belief that they are made to bear children, so finding out as a woman that they are unable to conceive naturally can be heartbreaking, especially when they are

Understanding Your Cycle

How to Understand Your Body's Natural Fertility Signs

Your body is an amazing machine. It knows how to operate on its own and take care of itself, heal itself and more. If you're hoping to conceive, your body can tell you if you're ready. True, there is a learning curve, but if you are willing to get to know your body better, and faithfully track your progress