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Finding your best date to get pregnant
By Missy Jaramillo
For some mothers, pregnancy seemed to happen without any trouble. They sought to have a child, and they did. Of course, there was probably a little luck involved, because ovulation doesn't occur every day and the further you are from it, the less likely you'll be able to create a child. Some women will hit just the right day to conceive by chance, but if you want to have a baby sooner rather than later, it'll pay off if you put a little strategy into your conception routine, particularly if you've had trouble getting pregnant so far.
Finding your ovulation date
Slate columnist Emily Oster recently discussed some of the strategies you can take if you want to maximize your chance of having a child. Your main purpose should be to find out when you're ovulating, and one way you can discover it is by paying attention to your morning body temperature. When you're ovulating, you'll run a little hotter at rest than you would at any other time of the month. This method won't always work perfectly, since the difference may not be too extreme. The author highlighted that it only reveals ovulation dates about 30 percent of the time. However, another 30 percent of the time, your hottest temperature may be the day before you ovulate.
Thankfully, these are two of your most fertile days of the month. So even if you don't find the exact day you're ovulating, tracking your temperature should help you come close.
But why settle with only one way to find out when you're ovulating? Slate also suggested that you can check your cervical mucus. When you're at your most fertile, it should be stretchy and clear. This will help you find the day before or during ovulation about 50 percent of the time.
Lastly? The news provider suggested that you can try an ovulation test. These are a little more expensive than the first two methods, but they should identify your ovulation date 100 percent of the time by checking for the hormonal increase that happens while you're ovulating. That's about as good as it gets, short of doing all three - after all, the other two don't cost you anything except the price of a thermometer.
One other possible sign
The Mayo Clinic also noted a few signs that you may be ovulating. In addition to your temperature and cervical mucus, you may also notice that you experience mild cramps at certain times of the month. This may mean you're ovulating.
Regardless, all of these can help you make a baby without having to pay expensive doctor's fees, visit a pregnancy expert or potentially undergo fertility treatment. Finding the right day to conceive may be the one push you need.
How long did it take you to conceive? Did you plan out your best day to get pregnant? Leave a comment and let us know!