Timing is important when trying to become pregnant. While there is a common process involved, it can vary from one woman to the next. That’s why it is essential to understand what’s happening and when it occurs in order to time reproduction. How do you know when you are most fertile while trying to get pregnant?
Are You Ovulating Yet?
Peak fertility is based on when you ovulate. This is when the egg leaves the ovaries and moves through the fallopian tubes, where it is ready to be impregnated by sperm. Ovulation usually happens around halfway through your cycle. If your cycle lasts for 28 days, then ovulation will occur around the 14th day. It usually lasts between 12 and 24 hours.
When Should I Try to Become Pregnant?
Your most fertile days are going to be those right before, during, or right after ovulation. You may still get pregnant outside of this time frame, but it is your best opportunity. You can also look for signs and indications that ovulation is occurring.
- Track Your Cycle with a Calendar – Start tracking your cycle with a calendar. This will allow you to identify your typical cycle length and show any patterns that might help. You can also record this information and share it with your doctor.
- Monitor Changes in Your Body – Your body changes as you go through your menstrual cycle. The ovaries produce estrogen which leads to the release of the egg. Your body temperature will rise during this time. You will also notice an increase in a sticky fluid called cervical mucus.
- Ovulation Pain – Some women describe a twinge of pain that is felt in their side when ovulation happens. It’s important to note that if you notice this pain, it means you are nearing the end of your peak fertility window for that cycle.
Whether you have been trying to become pregnant or are only thinking about it, you should schedule an appointment with your obstetrician. We can help you learn more about the process and what to do to increase your chances of fertilization. Contact Women’s Health West Bloomfield offices today to schedule your consultation.