Fertility: Timing Is Everything
Figure out when you’re ovulating
The best time to get pregnant is actually five days prior to the day you ovulate, along with the actual day of ovulation. To help you figure out when you are ovulating, track your period and take note of slippery clear discharge in your undies, which is the cervical mucus present during ovulation.
Track your period
Your menstrual cycle can help you understand when you are ovulating. Starting from day one of your period, count until your next period starts. Doing this for a few months can help you figure out if you have a regular cycle. Menstrual cycles can range in length, but a 28-day cycle is the average. If you have a regular 28-day cycle, you will be ovulating on day 14 of the cycle (exactly 14 days before day one of your period). If you don’t have a regular cycle, watch for that cervical mucus or purchase an ovulation kit to help you determine your most fertile days.
Doin’ the deed
Time to get busy! You don’t have to wait until you are ovulating to have sex – by then it may be too late. Remember those important five days leading up to ovulation are part of the fertility window. Take advantage of those! You shouldn’t limit yourself to having sex during the fertility window and ovulation day, however, or it will begin to feel like a chore. It’s important to keep sex sexy while you’re trying for a baby.
Maintain a healthy body
Prepare your body for housing a baby by staying healthy. Cut out smoking and drugs, and limit alcohol and caffeine consumption. Eat lots of healthy fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins, and maintain a regular exercise program. A healthy body makes a perfect home for baby on the way!
Tracking, timing and making a general job out of getting pregnant can suck all the fun out of trying. Try not to obsess or stress over the business of baby making.