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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How can we become pregnant fast?

    My husband and I have been trying for 6 months now to become pregnant.

    Neither of us have health issues that we know of, and certainly not infertility in the family.

    I know everything we read seems to say don't panic, it takes average couple between 6 months-1 yr but we are longing to start a family and it's hurting.

    What should we do from here?
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  • Dr Karen Osborne

    GP (General Practitioner)

    Sydney GP specialising in Reproductive & Sexual Health for both women and men. At Clinic 66, we deal with a wide range of reproductive and … View Profile

    The good news is that, if there are no obvious problems then >80% of couples will fall pregnant within 12 months of trying.
    You don't say how old you are. There is a strong association with female age and fertility with a woman's fertility declining with age, especially after the age of 35Y. If you are having regular periods then there is a very good chance that you are ovulating, particularly if you get ovulation pains.

    Make sure that your body is in tip-top condition for pregnancy. Do get some preconception tests done eg rubella, pap etc please see , take folic acid, eat a healthy diet, don't smoke or drink, take moderate exercise, try to aim for a BMI of 20-25. Your partner should aim to be as healthy as possible too.

    Aim to have unprotected vaginal intercourse 2-3 times a week in the week before expected date of ovulation, especially on the day before ovulation if you can predict it.

    If there has been no pregnancy after 12 months of trying (if you are under 35Y) you should visit your GP or Family Planning clinic / Sexual & Reproductive Health Centre to start some investigations (hormone tests and ultrasound for you, semen analysis for your partner) and to discuss referral to a specialist. If you are over 35Y you should think about commencing investigations now.

    Good Luck!

  • Erin Miller

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    Accredited Dietitian and Nutritionist Erin Miller is passionate about health and wellbeing. The Nutrition Network is her home and she opens her doors to assist … View Profile


    As Dr Osborne mentioned ensuring that you are within your healthy weight range is essential to assist with your pregnancy plans. I recommended that you & your husband link in with a local Accredited Practicing Dietitian to assist with weight loss (if needed), and to assess your nutritional intake to make sure you are on the right track!

    All the best & happy thoughts sent your way!!

    Erin Miller

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