Trying For Our First Baby!!

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
My husband and I have decided to plan for a baby. From the ovulation calculator online, I have come to know that I would be Ovulating from 21st Jan to 26th Jan(First day of my period was 9th Jan).

Do we have to try all these days,to increase the chances of being pregnant? Also when do I have to visit my Ob/Gyn next? I had visited her in the month of August 2008 for Pap Smear?

Thank you so much,
Deepsri

ANSWER

You normally ovulate 14 days before you have your period. So if you have a 28-day cycle, you would expect to ovulate about January 23. If your cycle is longer than 28 days, then ovulation would be expected later (and vice-versa). The egg lasts about 36 hours. I tell my clients to have intercourse every other day beginning a week prior to expected ovulation, so about Jan 17 in this cycle, and to continue until they are sure they are past ovulation, either using a basal body temperature chart or an ovulation predictor kit. This optimizes the chance that healthy sperm will be in the fallopian tube when the egg is released. Good luck!

--Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.