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This is  is a question every woman who is trying to conceive asks herself. Once you and your partner decide to try for a baby you don't want to wait for ages, do you?

If you weren't ready to add someone new to your family, you wouldn't have taken the plunge quite yet. You may not get pregnant right now, but there are definitely things you can do to speed the process along a little. What are they? 

See your doctor

You're a healthy woman who has made all those changes that are supposed to get you ready for pregnancy. You're taking folic acid, don't smoke or drink, and eat well. You're active and feel great. You don't have medical conditions that you know of, or you're quite sure that your medical conditions don't interfere with pregnancy and conception. So why see a doctor before you start trying to conceive? Because... you never quite know.

Everyone benefits from a complete medical checkup once in a while, and the months before you try to get pregnant are a great time to have one. While you're there, you can get blood tests, urine tests, your blood pressure monitored, and whatever else your doctor recommends. You can also talk about prenatal vitamins and ovulation. If you do turn out to have a problem that could affect your chances of conceiving or having a healthy pregnancy an iron deficiency for instance you will be glad you took the step of going for a preconception checkup.

Find out when you ovulate

Only sex within the fertile window is going to get you pregnant. How are you going to make sure you get your timing just right? There are several ways to go about this. You can either just have sex when you feel like it and hope you will get pregnant soon, have sex nearly every day, or find out when you're fertile. The fertile window lasts approximately six days the day of ovulation and the five days before it. You have many different ovulation-detecting methods at your disposal, and they vary from easy to use to quite a hassle. One very simple thing you can do is take note of the average length of your menstrual cycle.

Then, figure out when your next period is due and subtract 14 days. That's because the average length of the luteal phase (second half of your cycle) is 14 days. You are most likely to ovulate exactly two weeks before your next period. Remember, the five days prior to that are also considered fertile days. Do this, and you've just created your own very simple ovulation calendar! Using ovulation predictor kits is also going to help you detect ovulation. This is a very accurate method, and it's easy to use too.

Just start peeing on the sticks about seven days after your period ends. You could also measure your basal body temperature to figure out when the rise that signals ovulation occurs, or you could monitor your cervical mucus. Whatever you do, you'll increase your chances of a faster conception by using some method to figure out when you ovulate.

How should you get pregnant?

You've probably heard that the missionary position is the best for getting pregnant. That's not really true. You can choose any position you want. One thing you might like to try, however, is to lie down with a pillow under your butt for 15 to 20 minutes after intercourse. This little tricky really may help gravity to help you. It was long thought to be an urban myth, but a study showed that women who stayed horizontal for a while after being artificially inseminated had higher pregnancy rates than those who didn't. Does it really, really work? Well, you can't be sure. It is certainly not going to harm your chances any, so why not? Now, do remember that it takes a while for sperm to be produced in the testicles.

Doing the deed multiple times a day isn't necessarily going to boost your odds of getting pregnant, because fewer live sperm will be present in a man's semen if he ejaculates multiple times. You'll essentially be getting two (or more) for the price of one if you do it more often. Giving intercourse a break before the fertile window comes along isn't necessarily a great idea either. Once again, fewer sperm are present if a man had a long break. Sex every other day or every third day is generally a great approach, but only if you feel like it of course.

Your partner should be ready too

You've been taking folic acid and improving your health, but did you know your partner's fertility also improves if he takes the same steps? He might look into taking a multivitamin to improve his general health and thereby his fertility, and he should definitely stop smoking and drinking alcohol (in excessive amounts) if he did those things. Being at a healthy weight and eating well increases fertility in both sexes. If you'd like to read more about male fertility, take a look at Trying to conceive a checklist for men.

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