Ok, ladies...for those who want to get pregnant:
1. Figure out whether or not you have a regular cycle. If it is a normal 28 day cycle, days 9-14 are the days you can conceive. If you have a 30 day cycle, still start what I advise for the regular gals on day 9, but keep it going til day 16.
2. Cut out the caffine. That includes soft drinks, tea, coffee and chocolate. Avoid mangos and papaya.
3. Start taking prenatal vitamins if you are even THINKING of getting pregnant. Need to get those mineral stores up before there is a bun in the oven.
4. Day 9, start taking one baby asprin (81mg of asprin, like St. Joseph's) a day, and continue to take until you get your period or a positive result when you POAS. If you have any kind of bleeding or blood disorders, do not do this! As with any medical advice, please check with your doctor before taking an asprin daily if you have any reason to believe that it may adversely affect you.
Why baby asprin? A daily mild dose of asprin has been proven to not only help women get pregnant, but to also lower the chances of miscarrying for some women. I took the asprin until I hit 13 weeks with Billy, just to make sure he stuck.
5. Start taking regular 4-6 hour dosages of plain Robitussin syrup (Guaifenesin syrup) or store brand tussin (without the cough suppressant in it) on day 9 as well. Why? Because it thins out the mucus in your cervix and makes it easier for the little swimmers to get to where they are going. Continue to take this until day 15.
6. Make sure daddy-to-be ups his orange juice intake! The extra vitamin C in its natural form seems to help create stronger swimmers.
It seems to be that conceptions that take place within 24 hours of ovulation will result in a bouncing baby boy, while up to three days prior to ovulation can yield a little princess. Why? The male chromosomes are faster, stronger swimmers, but the female chromosome carrying sperm can live up to 3 or 4 days inside the cervix and fallopian tubes.
Avoid hot baths, hot tubs, and getting overheated when ttc. This is especially important for the daddy! Heat kills sperm, and it takes anywhere from nine to 12 days prior to the act for those little bundles to be produced. A great way to build up the count...MAKE HIM WAIT!!! The longer he goes without an ejac., the higher the count will be. Also, boxers really are much better than tightie-whities when ttc (not to mention they look much cuter)!
Finally, HAVE FUN!!! I know that pressure of "honey, its day 13...we have to make a baby!" Sure, its fun in the beginning and really exciting, especially if you've just come off birth control, but after the first 6 months, it can really become a chore. So change the pace a little. Got a great backyard? Set up a romantic "camping trip" on the patio (but don't you dare ttc in the swimming pool or hot tub!). Have a carpet picnic. Get some sexy big, fluffy pillows and a great blanket for the floor of the living room, just to change the pace a little. Most of all, be sure to enjoy those last days as a couple.
Once you see those lines on the stick, your life will never be the same.