Dr. Christopher Williams's successful guide to conception, updated to reflect the fast-changing science of fertilityEach year a new group of couples decides they're ready to have a baby. One thing they all share: the desire to have a healthy baby as quickly as possible. They've done their thinking, they've made their plans, and they want to get pregnant NOW. Fortunately for them, renowned fertility specialist Christopher Williams, M.D., has updated his popular guide, The Fastest Way to Get Pregnant Naturally (nearly 43,000 copies sold), to include all the later findings. Since the first edition was published in 2001, there have been significant changes in fertility research and recommendations to maximize the odds during each cycle. The revised edition includes: -An updated introduction-Revised and reader-friendly figures-Current statistics-An examination of new products-Up-to-date nutritional information-New developments in all studies covered in the original book-The latest resource and reading information-A new chapter preparing readers for the first appointment with a fertility doctorThis book continues to be a valuable and timely resource for couples ready to start their families.
Have you been popping those little white pills since high school? Take a pass on your prescription a few months before you plan to start trying, says Christopher Williams, MD, a reproductive endocrinologist in private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia, and author of The Fastest Way to Get Pregnant Naturally. That goes for other forms of hormonal birth control too. (You should stop getting Depo-Provera, injectable shots of progesterone about nine months before you want to try getting pregnant.)
"After you've been using birth control for awhile, it may take your body a few cycles to start ovulating regularly and be primed for pregnancy," he says. Plus, this gives you time to track your cycle to figure out exactly when you ovulate (step #2), which is key for timing your babymaking.
Just remember: Once you stop using birth control, you can get pregnant at any time!