Conceiving a Baby: Timing is everything

Aug 5, 2017 00:00 · 682 words · 4 minutes read Ovulation Conception Conceiving Period Cycle Barnes Basal Temperature Pregnancy Pregnancy Test

conception timing is everything

Conceiving: Let it happen Approach

While choosing to come off birth control and saying “let's just see what happens” is a more romantic approach to conceiving your bundle of joy, sometimes this approach can take a little longer than one expects. Weeks can turn into months and before long you can become frustrated with the “let it happen” approach.

If you have reached this point then it's time you started to be more pro-active. The truth is that you really only have a 25% chance of conception with each cycle and as you get older the chances reduce slightly each year.

When it comes to conceiving a baby it's a bit of a dance between making it happen and letting it happen. Let's have a look at the factors you should consider.

Understand Your Body

Get to know your body beyond the first day of your period. Learn it's natural rhythms and how it reacts to food, drinks, temperature, and environment. Using mindfulness can help you be present and focus your attention to what your body is telling you.

Understand & learn about YOUR Cycle

The average menstrual cycle is 28 days but there is no such thing as an average woman. We all have different cycles of varying lengths. Flights abroad, seasonal changes, temperature and factors such as stress can all influence our cycle length.

It is therefore very important to know more than just the first day of your period.

Use the Barnes Basal Temperature Chart

You need to know when your body ovulates. If you are the average woman and have an average cycle, this would typically be day 14 of your cycle. But as we know not all women have the same length cycles. You need to know when you ovulate. The easiest way to do this is to track your basal temperature or alternatively, use ovulation sticks. Start with tracking & recording your basal temperature.

Download a free Ovulation Cycle Tracker chart here.

Print off a copy of the above chart and use it as guide. Before bed every night place a mercury thermometer next to your bed. When you wake up in the morning, before you have even slipped a toe out of bed reach for the thermometer and take your temperature orally or under your armpit.

The more data you have the more accurate you can be but this also depends on how long you want to wait together enough information on your cycle and ovulation. 1 month is great, 2 or 3 months of temperature tracking is even better.

Conceiving & Ovulation

You need to time your conception perfectly without sucking the romance out of your relationship and making sex with your partner seem like another chore on your to do list.

You may not be too concerned about whether you conceive a boy or a girl, in this case just plan a couple of romantic dates nights before, during and after your perceived ovulation dates. You will become more familiar with these the more cycles you track with your temperature.

Pregnancy rates are higher if you have sex on the day you ovulate and higher still if you also have sex in the days leading to ovulation as well as on the day itself. Following ovulation conceiving rapidly declines. Temperature tracking provides personalised info on YOUR cycle. Urine Ovulation sticks fine tune the accuracy of your knowledge of your body & cycle.

If you want more specific information on how to conceive a boy or how to conceive a girl read my other article {insert blog link}

Handy Helpers

If you want to go the extra mile and be certain of when you ovulate buy some urine ovulation sticks. Clearblue are the best known brand but in my experience the cheap ones are just as accurate and don't break the piggy bank. The great thing about these ovulation sticks is that they work in a similar way to pregnancy sticks. You'll be fully rehearsed when it comes to peeing on that first pregnancy stick when the time comes.

Download Ovulation Tracker Chart here