Wednesday, October 5, 2016

How to get pregnant fast (SMEP)

Dear future parents,

I hope this post saves you three years of wait and heart ache!

Having said that, I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason and that each child is truly a gift from God. At the same time, this is how we nudged things along... whether it was by coincidence or if it really is accurate, we will never know till we try for our next few babies. :) We definitely plan to have more babies in the future, so leave a comment if you want to know how it goes! 

During our first year of marriage, it was fine not to have kids. By the time we were in our second year of marriage, our loved ones were already cajoling us into having babies, which was pretty ridiculous. 

Random stranger: "Don't wait so long! You're not young anymore!"
Us: "What a good idea! I never would have thought about it on my own! I will go get a baby right now!" 

Aw man, I remember those annoying talks with annoying people who spoke such empty thoughtless words simply because they have nothing else going on in their own lives. If you don't have time for babies or can't afford babies, you shouldn't have babies! Babies are precious gifts that need all your love and adoration to grow into meaningful members of society! Don't have babies simply because your parents/ uncle/ aunty/ grandma/ sister/ brother/ friend/ etc says so! 

Anyway, enough disclaimers. Here's how we got pregnant immediately after trying this method. It's called the SPERM MEETS EGG PLAN and basically goes like this:

Things you'll need: 
Ovulation predictor kit you can buy at Watsons or Guardian, get at least 4 sticks
Pregnancy test kit (one is enough!)
Fertile friendly lubrication (although people have gotten pregnant with Durex lube and KY Jelly, I recommend Preseed. I purchased mine for RM132.50 per box plus Poslaju delivery and 6% GST.

Very important! 
Remember to start taking acid folic before you start trying for a baby! One pack of acid folic costs around RM5-RM10 at any local pharmacy (when in doubt, just go to the counter and ask the pharmacist for acid folic). Just take one tiny yellow tablet a day for a super healthy baby. 

Steps to Get Pregnant

1. Mark down your first day of menstruation on your calendar. This is Cycle Day 1 (CD1).
2. On the 8th day after CD1, have sex. 
3. On the 10th day after CD1, have sex. Also begin testing to see if you ovulate using the predictor kit. Remember to pee on the stick at the same time everyday for higher accuracy! Throw the kit away after the timing expires to prevent false positive. 
4. Once you have double lines (positive!) on your ovulation predictor kit, plan to have sex on that day, tomorrow and the following day. 

That's it! 

If/When your next period is late for 3 days or more, you can then test for pregnancy. 

I actually took photos of my ovulation monitoring adventures (not knowing at that time I would actually get pregnant so .... yeah, I know the exact three days and locations we had sex to make Baby J.)

CD 10 results - faint line is not considered a positive. More likely I left the stick lying around for too long and went to do other stuff, not knowing what was about to happen to us that month. :) 

CD 11 - no line

CD 12 - no line

CD 13 - positive! 

Prior to SMEP, I used to have sex around CD14 or 14 days after my menstruation hoping that I could get a baby this way, but this method demonstrated that you can ovulate early or ovulate late and it's different every month, so unless you get lucky or get busy very often, you will probably miss your ovulation window. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

I want to try this but I don't have an ovulation predictor kit! 
If for some reason you did not get a kit and cannot know when you ovulate, then basically just have sex every other day from the 8th day after CD1 until 16 days after CD1. I guess this would be a less accurate method, though and for me it would be too tiring to have sex this way :P 

I tried this and it did not work for me!
Statistically, you will never have a 100% chance of getting pregnant every month. My doctor advised us to try for a baby 6 months in a row before worrying about infertility, so don't give up! I believe that the SMEP will allow any fertile couple to conceive within 6 months.

My Last Disclaimer
Honestly when we tried the SMEP, we didn't really think it would work hence it was quite a big surprise when I saw the big fat positive result one month later - right after we just signed on to buy our first house and new car. Luckily, we are blessed enough to provide our baby with a somewhat comfortable middle-class baby life but there were moments when I wondered how we'd fit the baby into everything else that was going in our lives, such as when Wewo decided to start a business right before baby was born. 

I think part of the reason why we are so happy with our baby is because my husband and I are committed to the baby and each other. So remember to review your life, your marriage and finances before welcoming baby aboard! 

And also, happy baby making! Practice, practice, practice! 


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