Health Information

Our Health Encyclopedia is a great resource for when you're planning for a baby, and the information below is a helpful start to some of the most common questions about trying to get pregnant. Patients in Greenville, Spartanburg, Clemson, and across the Upstate, SC area can also use our physician search tool to find a local OB/GYN who can provide information on additional steps to take before getting pregnant.

Identifying Fertile Days

When trying to conceive a baby, many couples plan intercourse around days 11 - 14 of the woman's 28-day cycle. However, it can be difficult to identify your most fertile days and to know exactly when ovulation is going to occur. Doctors recommend that couples who are trying to have a baby have intercourse between days 7 and 20 of a woman's menstrual cycle. Studies have shown that having intercourse every other day or every third day works just as well as having intercourse every day in order to become pregnant.

Importance of Folic Acid

There is good evidence that you can reduce the risk of certain birth defects (spina bifida and anencephaly) by taking a daily dose of 400 micrograms of folic acid from 1 month before conception through the first trimester of pregnancy. Therefore, if you are trying to get pregnant in the near future, you should take a multivitamin with this amount of folic acid to aid in birth defect prevention.

Pregnancy Tests

A pregnancy test measures a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). HCG is a hormone produced during pregnancy. It appears in the blood and urine of pregnant women as early as 10 days after conception.

Fertility Issues

About 10 - 20% of couples will be unable to conceive after one year of trying to become pregnant. The chances for a pregnancy in healthy couples who are both under the age of 30 and having sex regularly is only 25 - 30% per month. A woman's peak fertility occurs in her early 20s. As a woman ages beyond 35 (and especially after age 40), there is an increased chance of fertility issues and the likelihood of getting pregnant drops to less than 10% per month.

For more information about fertility and family planning, attend one of our Natural Family Planning introductory sessions. Our certified consultants also offer individual counseling sessions for couples that are trying to have a baby. This service is convenient for patients in Greenville, Spartanburg, Clemson, and surrounding Upstate, SC areas.

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