So… we are back to cycle day 6! My period has just come to an end and we are now on countdown to ovulation! Hurrah!
You aren’t really given information about trying to conceive until you delve into the depths when you are actually having difficulty conceiving. So here are my tips if you have decided that you are going to try for a baby and want to save yourself the learning curve, and just some information I have learnt or found helpful.
Start tracking your period. This is something that I have never really done properly! I am terrible with calendars and remembering dates! But it is so important to track your periods! That way you can find out if you have regular/irregular periods and just helps you to be a lot more in tune with your body.
There are so many different tracking apps now that it is super easy to keep on top of! The best I have found to use is an app called FLO. It’s really easy to use and gives you lots of information about periods and trying to conceive. You can select that you are trying for a baby and it will give you tips of things that could help!
This app also then predicts your ovulation. And as I have learned through hours of research online, you can only get pregnant whilst you are ovulating so it is important to identify these dates if you are serious about having a baby. However the app isn’t 100% accurate and only gives you a general prediction.
I used this as my guide for the first 5 months but after not falling pregnant I turned to another practice. Ovulation kits.
So apparently there are 4 phases to a woman’s cycle.
The menstrual phase (Day 1-5) – the uterus sheds its lining.
The follicular phase (Day 1-14) – these are the days during and after your menstrual period leading up to ovulation.
Ovulation phase (Day 15) – when the mature egg is released into the Fallopian tubes.
Luteal phase (Day 15-28) – the egg cell released during ovulation stays in the Fallopian tubes for 24 hours, if this is met with sperm and successfully fertilised then hey presto! Baby!
These ‘days’ obviously vary depending on a woman’s cycle length (which is why it’s so important to get tracking and to understand what your body is up to!)
But it’s not quite as simple as that, even though that doesn’t sound simple in itself!
There is only a 25-30% chance of conceiving in any one cycle.
Your chances of getting pregnant increase dramatically if you have sex on the day of ovulation and the five days running up to it.
It turns out my app was a few days out of sync with my actual ovulation dates and my ovulation kit determined I actually ovulate a few days earlier than my app was saying. So it’s important to correlate an ovulation test against your tracking app! But it definitely does help to do the both to ensure you are giving yourself the best chances!
The ovulation kit I used was the clear blue digital test, it tells you what days to start testing and a little smiley face appears on the screen when you are ovulating! I have read some people say that by the time you see a positive on an ovulation test, you may have already ovulated or it is too late by that point so this is our plan of action.
We are going to have sex every other day leading up to my ovulation date, then also the day of ovulation and the few days just after just to be in the safe side that we have the best chances of conception.
Sperm can last for up to 5 days in the female reproductive tract so by ‘doing the deed’ every other day you are giving yourselves a better chance of conception.
We have also researched that having sex EVERYDAY does not increase your chances of conception as it lowers the sperm count so to have a days break in between gives you a better chance (and also not as draining, as great as sex everyday sounds it gets pretty tiring).
My last tip is to start taking prenatal vitamins ASAP. I have only just started taking them as another ‘maybe this will help’ plan so will be doing a blog about them soon!
Wish me luck!