While it might seem like I had spent much of my adult life avoiding getting knocked up, ones I was ready for a baby, I wanted it to happen, like, now. We (yes, my husband too) checked in with an OB to learn about the best ways to get pregnant as soon as possible. If you and your partner are ready to start a family, checking in with your healthcare provider before you start trying can be a very smart move, I think. During that visit, we got a chance to review our medical history and discuss any possible issues that might come up during pregnancy due to past or current medical conditions. I was surprised that some forms of birth control may reduce your fertility for a while even after you discontinue use. So, go off birth control in advance.

 I knew that an egg can only survive for 12 to 24 hours after ovulation, while sperm can survive for 48 to 72 hours after sex. Unfortunately, this means that there’s a pretty narrow window of opportunity for baby making.  What’s true on a broader scale is that ovulation usually occurs about 14 days before the last day of a woman’s menstrual cycle.  To up our chances of timing things properly, I was trying to know when my ovulation taking place is. 

For me it was helpful to keep track on a calendar of when I got my period and how long it lasts, and it gave me a better sense of when I am most likely ovulating. I monitor my cervical mucus as well. How? Following my period, I likely won’t have much in the way of vaginal discharge for several days. Then, sticky, cloudy-looking mucus usually appear before it changes to clear and slippery, similar to the consistency of egg whites, a few days before ovulation. 

To ensure that my husband’s “swimmers” are meeting up with my egg at just the right time, we tried to have sex every other day, starting five days before I expect to ovulate (this 6-day period is sometimes referred to as the “fertile window,” ending on the day of ovulation). The hardest part for me was trying not to get stressed out about starting a family. My husband said, «Just relax and it will happen,” Yes, I know” because stress can actually interfere with ovulation. So the more relaxed you are the better. We got pregnant the first month we started trying. 

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    I found out that stress can affect the functioning of the hypothalamus — the gland in the brain that regulates our appetite and emotions, as well as the hormones that tell our ovaries to release eggs. If you're stressed out, you may ovulate later in your cycle or not at all. So if you're only having sex around day 14, thinking that you're about to ovulate, you may miss your opportunity to conceive.
      8Theresa Gould
      Unlike some women, I don't seem to have any problems getting pregnant. I cannot remember if we consulted with an OB/GYN before we tried to conceive, but that's a good idea. I know I read a few books and made note of special ways to conceive. I seem to have issues carrying my babies full-term.
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