Couples waiting for the little bundle of joy to arrive in their lives will want to know the most fertile days to get pregnant. This is because unlike popular information or rather misinformation, conception of a baby does not happen any time you have sex. A woman will conceive only when she ovulates.
The process of ovulation refers to the release of the egg from ovaries which are stimulated by the hormones released from the pituitary gland. Although the cycle may vary from one woman to another but the process of ovulation usually takes place every 28 days.
The released eggs travel via the fallopian tubes and conception occurs only when the sperm fertilizes the eggs.
However it is important to keep in mind that the unfertilized eggs have a survival limit of only 24 hours before they disintegrate.
This is the reason why a number of couples who do not time the intercourse with the fertile period fail to conceive.
In fact a majority of women trying for conception do not know the most fertile days of getting pregnant. So how do you remedy this problem?
Well, the simplest way to know your most fertile period is by charting your menstrual calendar in a way that helps you understand when you are ovulating. To count the days, just chart out the date of your next periods and then count fourteen to sixteen days before it.
While doctors generally tell you that the 14th day of the month is your most fertile period, this date may differ from one woman to the other as this probable date is based on the regularity of your cycles.
Other signs of ovulation that signal the perfect time to get pregnant are the changes in consistency and color of the cervical mucus which becomes clear and slippery.
Moreover a slight increase in the body’s basal body temperature, caused by the release of the progesterone hormone and abdominal pain is also observed when a woman starts ovulating. Charting out your fertility dates and observing these ovulation signs can help you plan your pregnancy effectively.
For women with irregular cycles, ovulation predictor kits can help. However it is not necessary to plan your sexual intercourse to coincide with your ovulation period. The sperm can stay within the body for a few days so if you time your intercourse two to three days before your ovulation date you still retain high chances of getting pregnant.