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Have you taken the plunge and decided to throw out condoms, or stop taking the birth control pill? You could, of course, just do the deed whenever you and your partner feel like it and wait to see what happens lots of people get pregnant that way! But if you want to get pregnant a little faster, we have some tips for you. What are some simple things you can do to conceive as soon as possible?

When you start trying to conceive, keep in mind that there are quite a few things that can impact your fertility negatively. This goes for people of both sexes if you're a man, don't think your partner is responsible for everything related to getting pregnant! Smoking, drinking more than 200 mg of caffeine a day, and more than a few glasses of alcohol, are all among the things you should not be doing. Eating well, taking a good prenatal supplement that contains folic acid, and exercising regularly are all good.

Getting checked for sexually transmitted diseases is also a very good idea before trying to get pregnant. Knowing when you ovulate is the next important step towards getting pregnant. This can be achieved in a variety of ways ovulation calendars, ovulation predictor kits, and tracking your basal body temperature (charting to conceive) are all relatively easy and cheap. Women can often tell they are ovulating if they have had a little practice recognizing the symptoms too.

Having sex in the five days leading up to ovulating is a good idea but too much sex can lower a guy's sperm count at the time it well, counts. Excuse the pun. So don't think having sex five times a day actually increases your chances of getting pregnant. Likewise, too little sex is a bad idea. This, too, reduced the number of swimmers in a man's ejaculate.

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