For women who are trying to conceive, knowing the best time to get pregnant can significantly ease the process. Unfortunately many women are all balled up when it comes to understanding their fertility period and their reproductive cycles. Well, the secret to knowing the perfect time to get pregnant is to understand your body and the ovulation process that it undergoes each month.
A woman is the most fertile when she starts ovulating. This is the time when a mature ovum is released from the follicles into the woman’s uterus. Unfortunately for the women trying to get pregnant the mature egg can be fertilized only within a time period of twelve hours, after which it disintegrates.
The only good news is that a sperm can sustain inside the woman’s body for around three to four days. So if you have intercourse a few days before the ovulation period then the chances of pregnancy are extensively raised.
In most women with a 28 day fertility cycle, the luteal phase or the time between the ovulation and menstrual periods is around 14 days. This can vary in case of irregular cycles. For example the luteal phase for some women is as long as 15 to 16 days or as short as 12 days. However if you have a 28 day cycle, then the ovulation will occur on the 14th day.
Similarly for women with a 30 day cycle, the 16th day is considered the most fertile time as the ovulation occurs during this phase. Charting out this time helps a woman in understanding the best time to get pregnant.
There are other ways to determine the most fertile time for a woman. This includes checking the increase in the basal body temperature. Although it is not a precise method for calculation but an increase of 0.5 to 1.5 degree in the body temperature can mark the phase of your ovulation.
Moreover lower abdominal pain and an increase in the cervical mucus along with a change in its texture can be used as effective ways of predicting ovulation. The clear, slippery texture of the vaginal mucus indicates the high levels of estrogen in the body which is generally caused by ovulation.
Bringing a baby into this world entails considering a number of factors such as the relationship of the couple, finances and more importantly the health of the to be mother. If you have worked out these factors and made your decision to get pregnant then welcome to the most rewarding and enriching journey of your life.