Getting pregnant

Are you thinking about starting a family? Or perhaps you’ve already started trying? Wherever you are on your baby-making journey we’ve got the information you need to boost your chances of getting pregnant and make sure you have a happy, healthy pregnancy.

In this section you’ll discover lots of interesting facts about fertility and how babies are made. You’ll also pick up useful tips to maximise your chances of conception, from pinpointing when you are ovulating to important lifestyle changes you can make.

Of course, trying to get pregnant doesn’t always work overnight. If you’re taking a little longer to conceive than you’d hoped, we can help there too. We’ve got all the latest info about ovulation kits, fertility tests and what help your GP can offer. You’ll also find plenty of in-depth information about IVF, sperm donation and other fertility treatments.

Tips on Getting Pregnant

The links below provide answers to all the common questions people ask when trying to get pregnant. Whether you’ve just started thinking about having a baby or have being trying for some time, we can offer information and guidance on ways that could help you get pregnant fast and advice for those wondering ’Why can’t I get pregnant?’

Before you begin

Preparing for pregnancy

Before you embark on your journey to parenthood there are a few things you may want to think about first.

Stopping contraception

Now that you’ve decided to have a baby, you may need to put a little thought into how best to stop your contraception first.

Folic acid

folic acid

Folic acid is important for pregnant women because it helps to protect your unborn baby against spina bifida.

How to get pregnant - A guide to increasing your chances

How to get pregnant

If you’re starting a family, read our tips on getting pregnant to help boost your chances.



Knowing the best time to get pregnant can help increase your chances of conception.

Pregnancy tests

pregnancy tests
Buying a home pregnancy test is almost as exciting as buying that first pack of nappies, ready for your baby’s birth. And seeing the positive result appear is a moment you’ll never forget.


Most of us never give our fertility a

thought until we’re planning on starting a family. Then it suddenly becomes very important indeed!



In IVF (in vitro fertilisation) your eggs are fertilised with your partner’s sperm in a laboratory then placed back in your womb. Doctors may recommend it if you have been trying without success for at least three years or your fallopian tubes are blocked.



If it’s been a while since you began trying to get pregnant you may be starting to wonder if there’s a problem.

Alternative therapies

Many women find the every day problems caused by infertility such as constant checks, treatments and invasive procedures - not to mention the fact that it is constantly on their mind - can lead to huge amounts of stress.

Am I Pregnant?

Assuming you’ve succeeded in getting pregnant. What are the signs and symptoms of pregnancy?