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Getting Pregnant

For some couples this happens quickly, and for others it can take longer.

According to the NHS, out of every 100 couples trying for a baby, 80 to 90 will get pregnant within 1 year. The rest will take longer, or may need help to conceive.


You're most likely to get pregnant if you have sex within a day of ovulation. This is usually two weeks after the first day of your last period. The egg lives for about 12-24 hours after being released. For pregnancy to happen, the egg must be fertilised by a sperm within this time. Sperm can live for up to 7 days. If you don't want to calculate anything, you can just have sex every day or every other day. Even having sex every third day could be enough.

Helping Apps

If you are trying to get pregnant, you can use an app, an ovulation measuring machine, or just your own diary and history of menstruation to calculate when it is a good idea to have sex. Apps that can help you: Fertility Friend, Glow, Kindara, Clue, Conceivable and Ovia.

Healthy Lifestyle

Taking care of your health is important when trying to get pregnant. This includes staying active and maintaining a healthy weight. Taking folic acid supplement is recommended before getting pregnant and in the beginning of the pregnancy.

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