5 Surprising Ways to Get Pregnant

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If you're a mom looking for ways to optimize your fertility to get pregnant faster, you've come to the right place. We've rounded up a few tried-and-true (and a couple that are a bit surprising!) tips to help you conceive and have the family you've always dreamed about.

Ready? Let's go.

Cough syrup

Strangely enough, I actually know a mom who used this trick of the trade to get pregnant after trying for a year — and it worked. Essentially, if you take a little cough syrup, like Robitussin, that contains guaifenesin, an ingredient that helps thin your snot when you have a cold, you could get the added benefit of it also loosening up your cervical mucus. And what is that extra loose cervical mucus able to do, you ask? Why, it's able to more effectively and efficiently transport some enthusiastic sperm to meet an egg. Crazy.

(Also, obviously, you might want to talk to your doc before trying this, and be 100% sure you aren't already pregnant, as taking cough medicine like this while preggers can be harmful.)

Use a fertility tracker

This one should go without saying, but tracking your fertility and learning how to interpret the natural signs your body displays when ovulation is near or happening should be the #1 way you supplement your “Get Pregnant Now” plans.

There are many different apps, thermometers, and charts on the market that can help you do this, and I recently came across one really cool new fertility tracker that looks promising because it syncs to your phone. It's way more affordable than any other fertility tracker on the market; the “early bird version” on Indiegogo is only $29, which is shocking, honestly.

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The makers claim that it tracks and predicts changes in your cycle and, for example, can send alerts when ovulation is going to happen right to your phone.

Don't give up

If you're using IVF without any success so far, don't give up. A brand-new study found that two-thirds of couples will be successful following six or more rounds of IVF.

Think outside of the box

Um, I really don't know if I can even safely pass this information on to you, but for the sake of accurate reporting, I will. Turns out, there is a form of a giant intestinal roundworm out there that actually makes women more fertile. Bolivian women infected with the parasite had, on average, two more kiddos than their non-infected peers, according to one study.

It's so super gross, but scientists are in the process of seeing if they can use the worm — or its effects on a woman's body — to help with fertility treatments.

Keep your room dark at night

Getting enough sleep at night is very important for fertility, but one study also found that any amount of light at night could also disrupt your natural circadian rhythm and thus your melatonin levels, which can, in turn, affect your fertility. Keep those TVs, tablets, and screens out of the bedroom, ladies!

{ MORE: Just Found Out You're Pregnant? Here's What to Do Right Away }

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5 Surprising Ways to Get Pregnant

Chaunie Brusie is a coffee mug addict, a labor and delivery nurse turned freelance writer, and a young(ish) mom of four. She is the author of "Tiny Blue Lines: Preparing For Your Baby, Moving Forward In Faith, & Reclaiming Your Life In An Unplanned Pregnancy" and "The Moments That Made You A Mother". She also runs Passion Meets Practicality, a community of tips + inspiration for work-at-home mothers. ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Stephanie Stephanie says:

    The title of this article cracks me up. Better titled as: “5 surprising ways to increase chances of pregnancy”. It sounded like the title was going to be invetro, have sex, donated sperm….yatta yatta 🙂 But I do find the items in this article very surprising, especially the cough syrup!

    • Profile photo of Stephanie Stephanie says:

      I decided to delete this comment above as I was afraid someone would be offended or think of me being mean – I really wasn’t. I was saying it playfully. 🙂 It is a well written article with lots of hope 🙂 Thanks!


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