Most Fertile Days To Get Pregnant
While it would be easy to refer to textbooks and manuals with readymade answers on when the most fertile time to get pregnant is, the ovulation cycle differs from woman to woman. More so if your periods are irregular or do not follow the 28 day mark. So it is vital that you become acquainted with your unique cycle. Knowing your ovulation cycle though, takes time, effort and persistence. While there are many readymade solutions such as ovulation predictor kits which promise to tell you exactly when you’re most likely to get pregnant, all you really need to do is listen to your body. There are signs everywhere.
The Day 14 Method: If yours is a 28 day cycle and your periods are fairly regular, it might be a good idea to try this. According to popular belief, day 14 of the menstrual cycle (day 1 being the first day of the period) is the most fertile time to get pregnant. However, ovulation for many women may occur as early as day 10 or as late as day 20. So it’s a gamble, only you have nothing to lose.
Charting Basal Body Temperature: Your body temperature rises to almost a degree higher, when ovulation occurs. This is caused by the increase in the level of the hormone progesterone, and while this point is too late to conceive a child, keeping a tab of your BBT for a few months, may help detect when ovulation occurs. You may do this with a basal thermometer and once you have an idea, you may plan intercourse for about 2 or 3 days earlier, as it is considered the most fertile time to get pregnant.
Tracking changes in cervical mucous: Throughout your cycle, the cervical mucous changes in texture, volume and colour. When the volume increases and the texture is close in appearance to that of raw egg white – sticky, transparent and stretchy, it means the body’s production of oestrogen has increased. The purpose of this cervical mucous is tied to pregnancy – it protects and nourishes the sperm and helps it on its way through the uterus and into the fallopian tubes, where the egg will be fertilized. So paying close attention to your body and the subtle changes in your cycle, may sometimes give you all the information you need on your most fertile time to get pregnant.
Lower abdominal pain: This may or may not be detectable and in some women it is entirely nonexistent. But mild to strong twinges of pain in the lower abdomen may indicate the beginning of ovulation in many women.
While Ovulation Predictor Kits may come in handy, make sure you’re always listening to your body and paying close attention to even the subtlest changes. They tell you best about when you are most fertile to get pregnant.