Conception – Getting Started & Next Steps

Track Your Fertile Days

Most likely, you are convinced that the most fertile days are when you are ovulating. But do you know how precise and prepared you need to be? If you are reading this, most probably you want to have a baby, or you are aware of someone who wants to. Many women underestimate the efforts it takes actually to conceive and while some get pregnant without trying there are others who struggle for months or years.

The first step when trying to conceive is knowing the most fertile days.

But what are fertile days? It is common knowledge that during your menstrual cycle, there are days that you can get pregnant, and there are days that you cannot. The best time to try to conceive is when your body is most fertile, and this is the day before ovulation, the ovulation day and the day after ovulation.
A 10-Point Plan for Ovulation (Without Being Overwhelmed)

The the issue is, many women are not aware of the point in their cycle when they ovulate. You can track your fertile days through fertility charting. Below are some ways of charting your fertility.
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Cervical Mucus Analysis
One way of tracking ovulation is taking note of the changes in your cervical mucus. Right after the period, you will have dryness. The mucus increases and becomes sticky and moist as ovulation approaches. During ovulation, the mucus further increases, and resembles the egg whites and feels slippery and stretchable. You are now in your fertile days and can actually get pregnant.

BBT Charts
At the start of your menstruation cycle the body temperature is lower. A minimum of 0.4-0.6 degrees increase can be detected since the body is producing more progesterone. The the rise in the BBT will continue to be that way for the rest of the cycle. You can identify ovulation by keeping track of your basal body temperature each day and at the same time and record when the temperature rises.

The Calendar Approach
If you have regular periods, you can utilize an ordinary calendar to keep track of your cycle. The first day of your period should be the first day that you mark. The next cycle starts when you begin your period again and is not included in the last cycle’s numbers. After several months–recommended number is seven to eight months, you then do the following

Identity the shortest cycle and subtract 18 from the total number of days. For instance, if your shortest cycle has 29 days, subtract 18 from 29 and get 11. On your current cycle, count 11 days and mark the second date; this is when ovulation starts.