Planning for a family and making the decision to have children with your partner can be one of the most exciting times in anyone's life... but if conceiving is proving to be difficult, it can also be one of the more stressful times in life. Here's about how long it typically takes for women to become pregnant.
Firstly, it's important to keep in mind that all women's bodies operate differently and getting pregnant can depend on several factors, including daily habits, genes, and overall health, just to name a few.
However according to Huffpost, Alan B. Copperman, director of reproductive endocrinology and infertility in the department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive science at Mount Sinai Health System, the typical amount of time that it should take for a healthy woman in the prime of her life to get pregnant while actively trying with her partner is around six months. “If a woman is in her 20s, most of the eggs are healthy, and conceiving is often easy,” Copperman told Huffpost.
That being said, it can take longer to get pregnant the older you are and usually doctors say that after a woman's 35th birthday is when things start becoming more complicated when it comes to getting pregnant.
But don't let this news discourage you if you are over the 35-mark and still don't hear the pitter-patter of little feet in your own home just yet. Since more women are choosing to start families later in life more than ever today, many of them go on to have healthy pregnancies, which is encouraging. It just may take longer to get pregnant and the pregnancies can become slightly more complicated.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that around 12.1% of women ages 15 to 44 suffer from fertility issues and from that number about 7.3 million of them choose to seek treatment such as IVF. Many couples have found great success with IVF. However, it is quite costly an can be tough, physically and emotionally, on the hopeful mother-to-be.
It's highly recommended that hopeful parents get themselves in the best states of health they possibly can before trying for a baby so that your body is in its best condition. Copperman stated that research has shown a link between low vitamin D levels and decreased odds of conceiving via IVF.
It's best to get a health check-up with your general doctor and inform her or him of your plans to start a family. Your doctor can help point you in the right direction to make sure that you on the right track to get your body baby-ready!
You can also request a reproductive check-up. Copperman recommends that patients under 35 get checked after trying for one year that patients get checked after six months of trying if they are over 35. At home, you can try ovulation prediction kits if you feel comfortable using them.
If you don't get pregnant right away, don't turn to stress. Worrying is not your friend. Keep in touch with your doctor and if your doctor doesn't have anything encouraging to say, find another doctor. Relax and take a romantic getaway with your sweetheart. Take things one day at a time.