If you are trying to achieve a pregnancy then you know that there are only a few days per month that you are able to conceive properly that results in getting pregnant, and those days are when you ovulate (when your body releases the egg ready to be fertilized).
However determining when you ovulate is not as simple as having intercourse around Day 14 – the supposed magical day that all women are supposed to ovulate – because every woman is different and Day 14 is just an average day. You might ovulate later or earlier.
And it isn’t just ovulation that you need to know to get pregnant; you also have to have lots of fertile egg white cervical fluid, be healthy and not stressed, and avoid certain foods such as caffeine and peas (yes ordinary green peas have been known to have contraceptive qualities) and of course your partner needs to have lots of healthy sperm too.
With all that we have to do to conceive a baby – is it any wonder that so many of us have trouble getting pregnant?
For the rest of this article, I’m going to assume that you are in perfect health and your partner’s sperm count is fine, and talk about how to determine the best time to conceive to result in a pregnancy.
There are many ways to determine when you ovulate but the most common ways are: charting your basal body temperature, using ovulation predictor kits, using a saliva fertility monitor like Maybe Baby, feeling for the position and softness of your cervix, or keeping track of when you produce fertile egg white cervical mucus (ewcm).
Once you have determined your ovulation day, you should aim to have intercourse every day starting five days before right up to the day after you ovulation day. This will give you the best chances of catching the egg so that you can conceive and fall pregnant.