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How long will it take you to get pregnant?

The good news: The odds to make a baby are overwhelmingly on your side.

How long will it take you to get pregnant?

Whether you're winging your TTC process (Goodbye, birth control, let's see what happens!) or you're charting your cycle like a champ (I'm ovulating, get in bed now!), making a baby requires a bit of luck.


How long will it take you to get pregnant? Here's what the science says.

What are my odds?

Your odds of getting pregnant each cycle are between 20 and 37%, during each of the first three months for young, fertile couples, explains Dr. Shannon M. Clark, OB-GYN, a maternal-fetal health expert and creator of the site Babies After 35. The longer you try, the better the chances.

“The chance of success increases to 80% by one year and 90% after two years of trying," Dr. Clark explains.

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Women over 35 and men over 50 have lower fertility rates, as do women with underlying medical conditions.

You can also get a custom evaluation of your likelihood of conceiving soon with Ava's fertility calculator.

Here's what your typical chances of getting pregnant this month look like:

What if I'm older?

Dr. Clark explains, “Women over age 35 should feel encouraged, because it's much more socially acceptable [now] to become pregnant later in life." ?

“In addition, women are more willing to purse other interests before starting a family. This is especially true for women who are in demanding and successful careers. It is no longer perceived that women over age 35 'fall apart'; they are healthy, happy, successful and starting families," Dr. Clark says. “What should be considered, though, is that although women are delaying childbearing, the biology of ovary aging still exists. This means that regardless of how healthy and successful a woman may be, getting pregnant later in life is still subject to the pitfalls of the aging ovary."

“There is still the reality of decreased egg quality and egg quantity and difficulties in naturally conceiving after age 35; especially after age 40," Dr. Clark says. “As a result, more women who have delayed childbearing are turning to assisted reproductive technology (think IVF) in order to become pregnant. This is part of the reason why we are seeing more women conceiving after age 35 and 40."

What if I have an underlying condition?

According to the CDC, about 12% of women have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term, and 7.5% of men of reproductive age report having seen a doctor for infertility. The good news is that most reproductive-age couples who face infertility will be able to have a baby with treatment.

What can I do to make it more likely that I will get pregnant soon?

Lots of things. We have 6 OB-GYN-approved strategies for getting pregnant fast. (TL;DR: Be at a healthy weight, chart your cycle, have a lot of sex.)

When do I get help?

“A general rule of thumb is that infertility is diagnosed after one year of actively trying to conceive without success at age 35 and younger, and six months of trying to conceive at age 35 to 40; and three months of trying to conceive at age 40 or older," Dr. Clark says.

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    These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

    Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

    While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

    I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

    I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

    My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

    The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

    Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

    Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

    1. Go apple picking.

    Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

    To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

    2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

    We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

    To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

    3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

    Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

    To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

    4. Have a touch-football game.

    Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

    To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

    5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

    Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

    To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

    This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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