Understand Your Menstrual Cycle to get pregnanat
Track your menstrual cycle. Use a calendar to take note of the day your period starts and ends each month. Half the battle for achieving a natural pregnancy may be learning about your body. Women are fertile for only a few days during each menstrual cycle. Knowing how to identify those days with over the counter tests or symptom tracking can help you target your sexual activity and get pregnant sooner.
- If you have regular cycles, you can often estimate the time of ovulation by dividing your cycle in half. For example, if your period usually lasts 28 days, you will likely ovulate around day 14 of your cycle (14 days after you begin menstruating). If you have a longer cycle, you may ovulate as late as 20 days after your period began.
Test for ovulation. Most pharmacies and drug stores sell ovulation test kits and tracking systems over the counter (without a prescription). Many can be used just like a pregnancy test, while others may come with additional hormone tests or ovulation calendar tools. If you want to track your cycle without tests, you can track your fertility through temperature and vaginal discharge.
- When your vaginal discharge is clear and stretchy, like raw egg whites, you are most likely fertile and should plan on having sex daily for 3 to 5 days from the day you noticed this consistency in your discharge. Once the discharge becomes cloudy and drier, you are less likely to conceive.
- Track your basal body temperature (BBT) daily by plotting your temperature when you wake up each morning to identify the days you are most likely ovulating.Look for a gradual or sudden rise in temperature (between 0.5 and 1.6 degrees F).Fertility is highest during the two to three days before your basal temperature risesso if you can observe any month-to-month patterns in when your temperature rises, you can predict the best time to conceive.
- Keep your stress under control. Illness and stress can both affect the timing of ovulation, making it difficult to predict.
Recognize the symptoms of pregnancy. If you have missed a period or if you are tracking your menstrual cycle on a daily basis, you can often identify a successful conception very quickly.
- If you have missed a period, take an over the counter pregnancy test or visit a pregnancy center or physician’s office to confirm your pregnancy.
- If you have had an abnormally light period or if you cannot remember when your last period occurred, symptoms of nausea, fatigue, vertigo, mood changes, increased breast tenderness and changes in appetite may occur when you get pregnant. Each woman is different, so it’s difficult to predict what symptoms you may have.