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Dear Midwife,
Me and my fiancé have been trying to get pregnant for 8 months now, I am 19 and he is 20. I have just recently started taking pre-natal pills to help give me the nutrients that I need.

We feel that we are too young to need to start taking fertility supplements. Are their any natural foods or drinks we can use to increase our chances of getting pregnant


Not really. But if you follow the directions about when to have intercourse and are sure that you are ovulating and you still don't get pregnant for a year, then it is time for you both to get a good check-up and find out what is going on.

You might also consider getting married first, since marriage is much less of a commitment than parenthood, and just see how that goes.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

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Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.