Getting Pregnant

Your Ultimate Guide

Are you trying for a baby? Well, the good news is that humans have evolved to reproduce extremely successfully. But, this doesn’t mean it’s easy for everybody or, indeed, that your second, third or fourth pregnancies will happen just because it was “easy” on a previous occasion.

Good health and nutrition are, of course, two of the fundaments of successful reproductivity and, if you’re planning to try for a baby, you’ll want to give yourself a boost by eating well and making sure your general fitness is up to scratch.

Here at My BabyManual we’re passionate about providing great information to women and families, so we’ve partnered with some of the top clinicians and specialists in the UK to bring you articles and guides on the subjects that matter. In this section you’ll find all you need to know about how to get pregnant.

Fertility and infertility

Reproduction is not always straightforward and many couples require assistance in some way or another.

Parents who face struggles with fertility and getting pregnant can take some encouragement from living in an age when it is now, more than ever before, possible to find assistance on the journey to pregnancy and they should not feel alone, nor should they feel any shame as a result of their situation.

Discussion of and the approach to IVF, and indeed most issues relating to treatment for ovulation, sperm count and conception problems, is becoming, more or less, mainstream. In fact, it is estimated that soon around one in every ten of all babies in the UK will be born via IVF.

In February 2016 it was reported by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority that the number of babies born via IVF in the UK had just reached 250,000, while the global number is now thought to exceed 4 million.

Yet, despite these advances, birth rates in the West are declining and a variety of techniques and treatments are used to meet both the challenges of fertility problems and the needs of new kinds of families – i.e. same sex couples who want to have children together. These include the following:

  • Artificial Insemination
  • Donor sperm
  • Donor eggs
  • Donor embryos
  • Fertility Drugs
  • Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
  • Surrogacy
  • Reproductive Surgery
  • Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer (GIFT)
  • Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer (ZIFT)

Getting pregnant with My BabyManual

My BabyManual has a vast resource of blogs and articles offering information on the many challenges and issues around getting pregnant and the whole pregnancy journey. Read on for help, advice and information regarding what you can do to get pregnant, – with or without assistance – eating for conception, and being fit and healthy, so that you are give yourself the best possible chance of having a baby.

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