How to Put Pillow Under Hips To Get Pregnant?

How to Put Pillow Under Hips To Get Pregnant?

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Many women find it hard to get pregnant even after multiple attempts. With so many myths about the ideal methods to conceive available out there, it may be hard to ascertain what to believe. However, if you have been trying to get pregnant, you may try the ‘pillow under your hips to get pregnant’ method during or immediately after intercourse. A few studies have indicated that keeping a pillow under the hips could increase your chances of conceiving. You may give it a try, as it wouldn’t cause any harm. But does it actually help, and if yes, how long should you keep the pillow under your hips?

In this article, we have provided you with the information on the ‘pillow under the hips’ to get pregnant. Read on to know more.

Can Keeping a Pillow Under the Hips Help Women Conceive?

A woman looking into the mirror and imagining herself pregnant

As mentioned earlier, some studies have indicated that keeping a pillow under the hips and raising your legs against a wall can help women conceive. Here’s some information on how it could work.

1. The Vaginal pH

Your vagina has an acidic environment which is not ideal for the survival of the sperm. Sperm prefer an alkaline environment, and hence need to move away from the acidity of the vagina as soon as they can. The cervical mucus helps prevent damage that may be caused by the vaginal acidity until the sperm reach the egg, and fertilise it in the fallopian tube. Placing a pillow under your hips and raising them immediately after intercourse could speed up this process and prevent the sperm from getting affected by the acidity in the vagina.

2. Sperm Quality

Raising the legs up and placing a pillow under your hips could help increase your chances of getting pregnant if the sperm quality is not up to the mark.

3. Cervical Mucus Is Hostile

Cervical mucus is meant to protect the sperm from the acidity of the vagina. If the mucus in the cervix is hostile or you have less cervical fluid, this position could help the sperm reach the fallopian tube directly, without coming in contact with the vagina.

How Long Do You Need to Stay in This Position?

Since this method could help the sperm reach the fallopian tube faster, it could fertilise the egg in case you are already done ovulating. The sperm could also stay alive for 3 to 5 days in the reproductive tract. If you ovulate around this time, you could have a chance of getting pregnant. Try and stay in this position for as long as you can or at least for 30 minutes.

How to Place a Pillow Under Your Hips to Get Pregnant?

In this section, we will explore how to put a pillow under the hips to get pregnant. Let’s begin!

  1. Lie down on your back for 15-20 minutes after sex to allow the sperm to swim toward the cervix and into the uterus.
  2. Before getting up, place a thick comfortable pillow under your hips to elevate your pelvis.
  3. Lie on the pillow for the next 15-20 minutes. Do not move around too much so that the sperm stays inside the vagina for long.
  4. After 15-20 minutes, you can get up normally and go about your day as usual.

Points to Remember While Trying This Technique

Using a pillow to get pregnant can be proven to be an effective method, but there are some tips that you can follow to increase your chances of conceiving.

1. Time Your Sex Properly

To increase your chances of getting pregnant, have sex during your most fertile days, i.e. around the time of ovulation, when an egg is released from the ovary.

2. Use the Right Pillow

Make sure the pillow is firm enough to elevate your pelvis but not so thick that it causes discomfort. A wedge or a firm pillow can work well for this purpose.

3. Be Patient

Getting pregnant is a big thing, and conceiving can take time. Be patient and keep trying.

Your chances of conception are dependent on many factors. There are only a few cases wherein studies have proved that this method works. Therefore, avoid letting its failure affect you. Either way, it is best to consult a gynaecologist to discuss your options for treatment.

References/Resources:

1. What sexual positions are best for getting pregnant?; tommys.org; https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/planning-a-pregnancy/how-to-get-pregnant/what-sexual-positions-are-best-getting-pregnant

2. Timing of sex for pregnancy; tommys.org; https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/planning-a-pregnancy/how-to-get-pregnant/timing-sex-pregnancy

3. You’d Think We’d Have Baby-Making All Figured Out, But No; npr.org; https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2014/01/27/267025357/youd-think-wed-have-baby-making-all-figured-out-but-no

4. How to get pregnant; mayoclinic.org; https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/getting-pregnant/in-depth/how-to-get-pregnant/art-20047611

5. Trying to Get Pregnant? Here’s When to Have Sex.; acog.org; https://www.acog.org/womens-health/experts-and-stories/the-latest/trying-to-get-pregnant-heres-when-to-have-sex

Also Read:

How to Confirm Pregnancy Without Taking a Test?
Follicular Study – Know When You Are Ovulating
Can You Get Pregnant Right After Stopping The Pill?

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