How Long Does It Normally Take to Get Pregnant? When Should We Be Concerned?

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Once you decide you want to have a baby, it is natural to hope it happens quickly. You probably know somebody who got pregnant very easily, and you think you should too. You may get pregnant right away, but you might not. It’s important to know what is considered normal, so you don’t worry if there is no cause for concern. 

90% of couples will conceive within 12 to 18 months of trying.

Infertility is defined by doctors as the inability to get pregnant (conceive) after 12 months of frequent, unprotected sex (intercourse), if you are less than 35 years old.

If you are 35 years of age or older, doctors will start evaluating your fertility after six months of unsuccessful attempts at pregnancy. If you are having regular menstrual periods, you are probably ovulating regularly. You need to know that you are the most fertile in the middle of your cycle, between periods. That is when you release an egg. You and your partner should have frequent sex on a number of days in the middle of your cycle. You can use an over-the-counter fertility kit to find out when you are ovulating. You should not use any lubricant, and the standard wisdom is that you should not get up immediately after having sex.

Somewhere around 25% of couples will be pregnant at the end of the first month of trying. About 50% will have conceived in 6 months. Between 85 and 90% of couples will have conceived at the end of a year. Of those that have not conceived, some still will, without any specific help. Many of them will not.

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  1. Avatar of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    It took us 3 months after getting married to conceive our first!

  2. Avatar of TaKeisha TaKeisha says:

    It’s not as easy as some may think to get pregnant, yet it always seems that the ppl who don’t need any more children are the ones who continue to pop them out!!! My heart goes out to those who are trying!!!

  3. Avatar of Stephany Stephany says:

    I got pregnant 2 days after taking my IUD out…

  4. I am trying to conceive from last 13 month but still now get result,,,because of that i so frasted

  5. It has taken my sister-in-law more than 2 years. However I believe that this is because she is overweight and stresses too much.

  6. Avatar of Raven Raven says:

    I have been trying for another baby since my son was 2. He is 18 now and no luck, and no one has ever looked into it for me until I suffered the loss of twins last year. I can get pregnant- after a LOT of trying, but they always pass and no one can find anything wrong with me. I’ve been told recently it seems I have cysts on my ovaries, when the scan before said I was clean. I don’t know what’s going on, only that I’m running out of hope.
    I’m going to be 37 this year, and have been through 3 marriages all about 5 years in length- where we tried to get pregnant and had unprotected sex continuously, trying every method we could find for conception…and nothing. My first husband went on to have 2 little girls. My 3rd and my current fiance have both gotten me pregnant but I have been unable to sustain

  7. Avatar of Marina Marina says:

    Getting pregnant is not as easy as it seams for some including me.

  8. Avatar of MissTK MissTK says:

    10 -15% infertile . , That is such a huge number. Its quite sad.

  9. Avatar of Lulu Lulu says:

    Interesting read.

  10. Avatar of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

    My sister has been trying for over a year :(. I hope this month is their month.

  11. Avatar of Ada Ada says:

    Not getting pregnant quicker is nerve racking already

  12. Avatar of Leslie Leslie says:

    I try for six years and gave up. after my last car crash in 2009 and after recovery from therapy. a year later I got pregnant with my daughter. I would like another one, but if it meant to be then I will have one. otherwise I’m good with the one. she is my angel and the daughter I always wanted. she is 33in and 20 months now. I did gain 60 pounds being pregnant, but I lost it all. I’m the same size before I had her which is 1.20lbs

  13. you shouldnt be trying to get pregnant unless your married and have a steady home and income. youve been trying since you were 16? you should be focusing on school and college not changing diapers.

  14. Avatar of Lizzy Lizzy says:

    Oh honey are you sure you really wanna do that i mean im 22 and have 2 kids and its so hard and my husband and i both have really good jobs. Im not trying to be rude plz dont take it that way plz but think of it this way darlin you wont have free time it’ll be all about the baby you wont really have you time anymore. But if your really bent on having a little ball of love maybe you should stop trying so hard and just let it happen thats how i got pregnant we tried for 2 years with our first and i never thought it would happen so i gave up month later morning sickness was knocking at my door. But plz hun think of all the things that you will be missing out on and if you dont have a good job then you have to think of what the baby will be missing out on. A baby cant live off of love alone hun plz think about this. God bless you.

  15. Avatar of belen belen says:

    i would like 2 know if i should be worried because i been tryn 2 get pregnet for a 1-1/2 but up to this point i havent had any luck im only 18 yrs old can u help me out??

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