You may be ready mentally for pregnancy but is your body ready to take on that task? Knowing and understanding when your body is ready will increase your chances of becoming pregnant during the time-table you want.
To truly understand when your body is ready for pregnancy, you must first learn when and how you ovulate. Ovulation is different for each woman but generally an ovulation cycle is 28-32 days and the actual ovulation takes place around day 11 to day 21 of the cycle. The ovulation cycle is split up into two parts; follicular phase, this starts the first day of ovulation and runs until the next period begins.
What is ovulation? Ovulation is when a mature egg is released from the ovary, pushed down fallopian tube, and is made available to be fertilized. One egg is released each time of ovulation and lives about 12-24 hours after leaving the ovary. Ovulation can occur even if a menstrual period has not occurred, and a menstrual period can occur even if ovulation has not occurred. It is also common to see light spotting of blood during ovulation. Ovulation can be affected by stress, illness or disruption of normal routines.
Being aware of the symptoms of ovulation will be key indicators of when your body is ready. There are seven symptoms to look for:
- Cervical mucus change (should be stretchy and clear)
- Heightened sense of smell
- Breast soreness or tenderness
- Mild pelvic or lower abdominal pain
- Light spotting or discharge
- Libido changes
- Changes in the cervix
There are many ways to keep track of your ovulation cycle through charts or mobile apps. Keeping track of when your body is doing what will easily let you see when the best time is or when to be ready to conceive.
Be sure to talk with your OB before you are ready to conceive to be evaluated for any conditions that might affect you during the conception or pregnancy as well as the health of your baby. Some women do know what their body can handle and what it can't; speaking with your doctor can eliminate any pain, stress or disappointment that might come with trying to conceive. Taking this step can also give you answers to problems that may come up along the way.