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The Best Days To make a Baby

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Terrence Jeter Riley, Brandi’s husband, was ready to give their 8 year old daughter a baby brother or sister.

Riley was worried about infertility after she didn’t become pregnant immediately. Before she saw a specialist, Riley tried something new: tracking her cycles and timing them correctly.

It was a huge success. Riley, who is from Oakland, CA, became pregnant less than two months later. She says, “Nine months later I was giving birth my little boy boy.”

Kara Manglani is a certified midwife and fertility expert from New York. “When a couple has problems getting pregnant, they need to ensure that they are doing it correctly.” They should learn about the woman’s cycle and ovulation, which is when their eggs are released each month.

What is the best time to get pregnant?

Manglani states that most pregnancies are due to sex occurring less than two days before ovulation. However, you can still get pregnant sooner or later. She says that fertile cervical mucus can keep sperm alive for up to five days. A fertilized egg can survive for up to 24 hours after its ovulation.

According to Edward Marut MD, Fertility Centers of Illinois reproductive endocrinologist, the best time to get pregnant is between 12-16 days before your period.Manglani states, “The trick part is identifying when it occurs.” Every woman’s menstrual cycle looks different. Many women believe that they ovulate on their 14th day. This is a myth. Most don’t.

These methods can help you determine when your ovulation occurs.

Monitor Your Basal Body Temperature

This is the temperature you feel when you wake up each morning. It rises slightly when you ovulate and stays there until your next period.

A basal body thermometer is required to track it. It measures small changes. One can be purchased at most pharmacies and supermarkets.

Before you get out of bed each morning, take your temperature. Notify your body if it rises the first time.

Manglani states, “Once you know the date you ovulated you can predict when ovulation will occur in future cycles.”

Get an Ovulation Predictor Kit, (OPK).

OPKs are home test kits that detect an increase in luteinizinghormone (LH) within 24-48 hours of your ovulation.

During the middle of your cycle you will test your urine daily for between 5-10 days. It’s time for you to try to conceive when your LH is up.

There are two types OPKs.

Ovulation test strips. These are strips of paper that you dip in a cup full of your urine. A few minutes later, a line shows up. It will depend on how dark the line is to determine if you are about to ovulate.

Test strips are more expensive than digital ovulation tests. A digital test is performed by placing a stick under the morning’s pee. You can see if your body is likely to begin ovulating by the digital monitor.

OPKs can be purchased at most drugstores and supermarkets. Many have clear instructions with a toll-free number available for any questions.

OPKs can be helpful if you have less sex or want to time it more accurately, Marut states, but they are not always accurate.

Use a Cycle Charting app

You can track your cycle using smartphone apps. You can record details such as the day you began your period, OPK results and your basal temperature. Alerts will be sent when you are more fertile.

However, most women use a 28-day cycle with ovulation occurring on day 14. This is not accurate for many women.

Fertility monitors

Fertility monitors use digital monitors and urine test strips to determine your LH levels and estrogen levels. They will determine your peak days as well as the days preceding them and then store your information over multiple cycles.

These high-tech devices can cost up to $200. They often follow a 28-day standard cycle, just like other tracking apps.

Cervical Mucus Method

Your cervical mucus is also affected by hormones that regulate your menstrual cycle. There is no mucus in the few days following your period. Mucus forms in the vaginal opening of an egg as it matures. It can be sticky, white, cloudy, or yellow.

You may experience “wet days” right before ovulation. This is when your mucus becomes clear and slippery, and it looks almost like egg whites. This is when you are most likely to conceive.

When is it OK to have sex?

Manglani states that it is important to have sex with your ovulation as closely as possible. It is best to have sex frequently. Start sex every day for five days starting five days before ovulation. Continue the practice for one day after ovulation.

Marut has a different perspective. He suggests that you get into a routine of having sex every day and not worry about it.

You can also try the “sperm meets eggs plan”. Start sex every other day on the eighth day of your cycle. On day 10, start an OPK. Manglani states, “Once your OPK is positive, you can have sex every day for three consecutive days.”

Seek out a doctor if you aren’t pregnant within six months. Manglani states that most OB/GYNs can perform a fertility checkup. You can also contact a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist.

 

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