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Family planning: When can you get pregnant?

Trying to get pregnant is not always an easy task. In fact, many times it is a difficult task which requires patience. By knowing the general process of conception, you are maximising your chances of success. In addition, it's vital to know best days to try to conceive.

Concept of conceiving

The key to getting pregnant is figuring out when you ovulate. There are tests out there which determine when the ovulation occurs. Many women experience a distinctive pain on either side of their abdomen when ovulation occurs. If this is not true for you, there are ways to figure out the best time to conceive. Generally, the luteal phase lasts 14 days. By subtracting 14 from the number of days your period lasts, you can have a general idea of when ovulation occurs. In other words, if you period lasts 31 days and your luteal phase lasts 14 days, you will be ovulating around the 17th day of your cycle. According to Babyhopes.com, a woman will ovulate some time between the 11th and 21st days of her cycle. On average, ovulation lasts anywhere between 24 hours to 48 hours. However, this varies from woman to woman. Some women experience other symptoms during ovulation. Cervical discharge is one common sign of ovulation. During ovulation, the consistency of cervical mucus turns watery or raw egg white-like. In addition, the mucus usually increases. An increase in body temperature may occur as well. This number refers to your basal temperature and it rises a few tenths of a degree. Your cervix will change positions and become higher, softer and more opened. A more emotional state, breast tenderness as well as an increased sex drive are signs of ovulation, too. The days you ovulate is the best time to conceive. Don’t forget that sperm can live inside the body for up to five days. So, start trying early. Approximately, 6-12 days after conception implantation occurs during which time, you may experience bleeding upon implantation. This is one of the signs of conception. Usually, this bleeding is very minimal and either pink or brown.

Tips for conceiving

The best way to conceive is monitoring fertility. However, there are other steps which can improve your chances of conception. Maintaining a proper weight for you is important for conception. When you’re underweight or overweight, it may pose a problem for ovulation. If you smoke, quit. Smoking can cause problems with fertility as well as causing problems during pregnancy such as a low birth weight baby. Illegal drugs and alcohol should also be avoided when trying to conceive. Start taking either a prenatal vitamin or other multi-vitamin. Many nutrient deficiencies hinder conception and during pregnancy.

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