the monthly peaks and troughs
Your egg is released during ovulation, and it has two days to become fertilised. It’s at its peak about 14 days after the first day of your last period. It’s a good idea to make yourself a calendar and mark up the days. Keeping a record will help you track your cycle. You can also buy kits that will take the guesswork out of it. They measure the amount of luteinizing hormone in your urine, which goes up during ovulation. Three days after the test is positive is the best time for getting pregnant.
the best time to get pregnant
When you’re planning how to get pregnant, it helps to think about timing so you know when the best time to get pregnant is. Basically, there’s a six-day window to have sex – the five days leading up to and the day of ovulation. Cervical mucus may give you a clue, as it gets clearer, thinner and more slippery, and your temperature will increase slightly. Depending on your enthusiasm (and schedule!), you can have sex every day or every second day during this peak time.
That being said, try and enjoy this time and not get caught up in scheduling sex to a specific time. As you would imagine, regular frequent sex helps increase the probability when trying to conceive, whatever the time of the month!
can you determine the sex of the baby?
Hmmm, not really… but there are some tricks you can try. Girl sperm, carried on the X chromosome, are stronger but slower swimmers. So if you have sex two to four days before ovulation, the girl sperm have more chance of survival. This is called the Shettles method. Sexual position also plays a part. Deep penetration assists boy sperm as they’re faster swimmers, so if they’re close to the cervix they’ll get there quicker. The missionary position is better if you’d like a baby girl. Not having an orgasm is also thought to contribute as it secretes an alkaline substance and girl sperm do better in an acidic environment. Another way to contribute to this is by eating green leafy vegetables.
knowing when you’re pregnant
You’ll never know the exact answer to the question ‘when did I conceive?’ but you might feel cramps six to 12 days after the egg is fertilised and you might get some spotting-type bleeding. Tender breasts, tiredness and nausea are also signs. It’s time to take that pregnancy test and hopefully, get the good news!