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chances of getting pregnant

According to NHS Choices, roughly 84 per cent of people will conceive within one year if they do not use contraception and have sex regularly. What's more, of those who don't conceive in these first 12 months, about half will do so in the next year, so the great majority of people won't have to worry about fertility treatments to have a child.

sex

The most important thing to remember is not to put too much pressure on yourself and instead to focus on having lots of sex and enjoying it, so in the first instance you may not want to worry about fertility timetables or planning your sex sessions.

Guidance from NICE says that for the best chances of conception you should be aiming to have sex every two to three days throughout the month.

However, if you've been trying to conceive for a few months, you may want to start thinking a bit more carefully about how to maximising your chances of getting pregnant by using a simple timing technique.

You are most likely to conceive if you have a sex a day or so following ovulation, as this is when you're releasing an egg, and this will usually happen 14 days after the first day of your last period, so it can help to make sure you're having plenty of sex at this time.

Diet and exercise

Possibly the best way you can help yourself get pregnant is to ensure that both you and your partner are in good health, and this can be achieved by eating a balanced nutritious diet and exercising regularly.

Indeed, being overweight or underweight can affect your chances of getting pregnant as too much or too little body fat can make your periods irregular or even stop them completely, which could have serious implications for your fertility.

According to the NHS, women whose BMI is more than 29 or under 19 may have problems getting pregnant, while a man with a BMI of more than 29 is likely to have slower fertility than normal.

Lifestyle choices

Not only is smoking bad for your general health by putting you at risk of conditions such as cancer, heart disease and stroke, but it can also damage your chances of conceiving a healthy child. Therefore, if you want to improve your chances of getting pregnant then it's a good idea to ditch the habit as soon as possible.

In addition, it may also help to avoid drinking alcohol when trying to receive and cutting it out altogether if you do become pregnant, as otherwise it could harm the baby.