I hear from a lot of women who are suddenly ready to have a baby. They want to be pregnant as soon as possible. Others are considering pregnancy and trying to get prepared.
Stop All Birth Control
It may sound obvious, and that’s because it is! If you’re ready to become pregnant, then the first thing to do is to STOP using any birth control.
With most birth control methods once you stop using them, your menstrual cycle will start up again. It may take a few weeks to see a period return, but the process that leads to your period resumes as soon as you stop birth control.
Do I have to wait for 1 -3 months?
You do not have to wait for the hormones to leave your system because they are cleared from your body within a day or 2. And that means you can become pregnant right away.
Likewise, as soon as an IUD or an implant are removed, you can become pregnant right away. The only exception to an immediate return to fertility after stopping a birth control is the Depo-Provera® injection.
When should I start taking a prenatal vitamin?
If possible start taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid and DHA in it for 3 months before you start trying to become pregnant. It’s been shown in studies that women who took folic acid for several months, decreased their already very low chances of having a baby with a serious neural tube (spinal cord or brain) defect.
How long will it take to become pregnant?
Most of the couples I talk to want to know how long it usually takes for people to become pregnant once they start trying.
On average for couples where the woman is healthy and under 35:
After age 35, fertility rates do decrease slightly, however don’t get discouraged, because it might take a bit longer to get pregnant.
When to see a specialist
I hope this information has been helpful. Good luck and remember to take your prenatal vitamin as you prepare for pregnancy.