You and your partner have decided you want to get pregnant. That’s wonderful! Best of all, you’re pretty sure how to make it happen. After all, health class may have been back in high school, but it’s hard to forget. Getting pregnant is easy, right?
So, you go about your way trying to get pregnant. Yet, you find out that it’s not always as easy as simply jumping into bed for a bit. For some couples, it’s going to take a little more planning. You might have to work at it.
Predicting Ovulation to Get Pregnant
Going back to health class, you remember how pregnancy happens, right? Each month, your pituitary gland releases certain hormones. These hormones stimulate your ovaries so that they will release an egg. This is known as “ovulation.”
That egg travels to one of your two fallopian tubes. Once it’s there, if it meets with a sperm that can penetrate it, you’ll become pregnant.
In other words, timing is everything when you want to get pregnant. Having sex is great fun but if ovulation is no where in site, the new addition to your family can not be conceived.
There are a few methods you can use to try to predict ovulation in order to get pregnant:
- Track your cycle. Your cycle might be exactly 28 days, or it might be a little shorter or longer. Ovulation usually occurs about 14 days before your next period. If you have a 30-day cycle, you’re going to ovulate about 16 days after your period starts. That means trying to get pregnant on days 13 through 16.
- Track cervical mucus changes. If you have an irregular cycle, it can be tougher. Just before you ovulate, you’ll see an increase in clear, slippery cervical mucus secretions. At this phase, it will resemble the white of an egg, and you’re most fertile.
- Track your temperature. A very accurate way of determining when you will ovulate is by charting your basal body temperature. Basically, you take your temperature first thing in the morning using a basal body thermometer and record the result. After you ovulate, you’ll see an increase of about .2 to .4 degrees in your basal body temperature. You will really need to chart your temperature for at least two or three months before you can figure out when ovulation will occur. Once you see the slight temperature increase, ovulation has already occurred and the chances of getting pregnant are slim.
For many couples, it’s simply a matter of paying attention to what your body is doing, and then trying to get pregnant at the right moment.
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Vickie Barnes has been working with the trying to conceive community for over a decade and loves hearing the success stories from her customers at BabyHopes.com. She would love for you to come and join their TTC community on Facebook.