So you’re ready to expand your family.
These are exciting and sometimes overwhelming times. Here you can learn about the importance of timing, diet, how age could impact your chances, exercises for a better fertile you and what chemicals to steer away from.
Timing is everything!!
When are you more likely to conceive?
We’re talking about the ‘fertile window’ – the days in a woman’s menstrual cycle when pregnancy is possible. The ‘fertile window’ depends on the length of the menstrual cycle, which varies among women.
The ‘fertile window’ is the day an egg is released from the ovary (ovulation) and the five days beforehand. Having sex (intercourse) during this time gives you the best chance of having a baby.
So how do you know when you’re ovulating?
It depends on the length of your menstrual cycle. It happens about 14 days before your period starts so if your average cycle is 28 days, day one is the first day of your period and you ovulate around day 14. This means your most fertile days for sex are days 12, 13 and 14.
If your average menstrual cycle is 35 days, ovulation happens around day 21 and your most fertile days for sex are days 19, 20 and 21.
If you have a shorter cycle, say 21 days, ovulation happens around day seven and your most fertile days are days five, six and seven.
Perhaps getting yourself an ovulation calendar or app on your phone to help better manage your “try for baby” time. Keeping in mind, you are in this together and the less stress and more fun the better!