Best Way to Get Pregnant
Best Way to Get Pregnant
If you are trying to get pregnant you have probably asked yourself the same question many women have asked themselves before. What is the best way to get pregnant and how can I increase my chances to conceive?
You are not alone. It always seemed so easy... you see pregnant women everywhere. Teenage pregnancy rates are at an all-time high and still, you – wanting nothing more in your life than having a baby - stare at nothing but a stupid control line every single time you do a pregnancy test.
Unfortunately, getting pregnant is not as easy as it may look like. Many people think regular, unprotected sex will do the job and it shouldn't really take that long, but in reality there is more to it than this. Did you know that statistically it often takes 6 to 12 months for a normal, healthy couple without any fertility problems to conceive, and that in a regular cycle a woman is only really fertile for 24 to 48 hours? To make matters worse, these 24 to 48 hours can change from month to month.
Luckily though, you can improve your chances to conceive and these 6 to 12 months can be dramatically reduced by following a few simple things.
Step one is finding out when you are most fertile and at the same time finding a way to keep track of this fertile window every month, even if it changes. Fortunately, our bodies give us a few good hints when it comes to fertility and once you know what to look for, it only takes a few minutes a day and you are ready to rock :-)
Most women think that they usually ovulate, and therefore are most fertile, around 14 days into their cycle. Ovulation however, is often quite unpredictable in a lot of women, and in reality most women ovulate between cycle day 10 and cycle day 30, sometimes even as late as cycle day 40.
A good clue your body gives you that tells you that you are probably about to ovulate is your cervical mucus. Have you ever noticed this sometimes dry, but often sticky and wet stuff in your underwear? This stuff is called cervical mucus and is one of the best hints you can get when it comes to fertility.
Cervical mucus changes throughout your whole cycle, from dry to sticky, to slippery, or to creamy. Knowing which one of those indicates high fertility is one of the key factors when trying to find the best way to get pregnant.
Usually, after your bleeding stops, it is dry down there and stays dry for about 6 to 7 days on average. After that short dry spell, it will usually get pretty sticky, wet, and creamy for a while. If you try to stretch this sticky or wet mucus between your fingers, you will notice that it breaks apart. The next change in mucus you will see is called egg-white cervical mucus and this is exactly the one you have to look out for. It is usually slippery, clear in color, and with an egg-white consistency, hence it's name. When stretching this egg-white mucus between your fingers it will often stretch up to a few inches and now it's time to call your partner to schedule in some baby dancing (sex) ;-)
This alone, however, can't confirm that ovulation did happen, which brings us to step two.
Step two is going one step further and confirm that you did indeed ovulate when all the other symptoms you had, predicted that you are about to. The only method that can do this is called BBT charting. BBT stands for basal body temperature, or in other words your body temperature at rest.
Hormones in your body play a big part in your monthly cycle and one of them is Progesterone. Progesterone is a heat-inducing hormone and is only released in big amounts after you successfully ovulated. This makes it quite easy for us to confirm ovulation, because the heat-inducing part of the hormone will raise your body temperature slightly. In fact, the raise is so small, only a special BBT thermometer will be able to properly pick it up.
If you keep track of your body temperature every morning at waking time, throughout your cycle, you will be able to see a clear pattern, and once you see a clear increase of body temperature over a period of days, you are able to actually confirm ovulation.
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