Sunday, 27 April 2014

The Best Time for Getting Pregnant - 3 Signs of Fertility

Pregnancy is never sudden rather it depends on the pattern of ovulation. Predicting ovulation would help you identify the best time of the month to conceive a baby. Before going for those predictor kits, here are few things that you must know about ovulation.

Women’s menstrual cycle is divided into three phases:
  • Pre-ovulatory infertile phase
  • Fertile phase, and
  • Post-ovulatory infertile phase

By observing the primary fertility signs, women can determine which of the three phases they are in. The three primary fertility signs are:

Waking temperature

If your waking body temperature rises between 97.6 to 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, you are surely ovulating. And if it between 97.0 and 97.5 Fahrenheit, you are not ovulating.

Understanding the highs and lows of your body temperature would help you to know if ovulation has occurred. The considerable rise in waking temperature indicates the occurrence of ovulation. However, unlike the other two signs (cervical fluid and cervical position), waking body temperature does not reveal impending ovulation.

Cervical fluid  

This is the sign of impending ovulation. Body produces cervical fluid before you ovulate. Fluid acts as filtering mechanism to nourish the sperm. It creates an alkaline environment and encourages the sperm to reach the egg.

With the approach of ovulation, the in female body estrogen rises and the cervical fluid becomes more evident. It is first a little sticky, and then a creamy discharge. The final phase of cervical fluid is a clear, slippery, stretchy substance (similar to raw egg white). This is a sign of fertility — and recognizing these signs quickly can help you conceive.

Cervical position

Women find it difficult to spot this sign of ovulation, as it is hardest to predict and needs practice finding the cervical positions that indicate optimal fertility. Every month, women’s cervix prepares for pregnancy by becoming soft and “mushy”, rising a little higher, and opening up. The increase in estrogen secretion causes the cervix to change angle as well, and to emit fertile cervical fluid.

Women need to start observing the minor changes in their bodies to predict cervical position. Slowly, in each cycle you will be able to determine when your body is fertile and ready for pregnancy.

Watching the natural symptoms of ovulations during the phases of your menstrual cycle, would help you knowing the most fertile time to get pregnant. It is not that you cannot get pregnant during other times, but the knowledge of above three signs would increase your chances getting pregnant when you really want to. Do not forget that eating habits affects female fertility. So, eat healthy and add more nutrients to your diet.

Dr Neeraj Pahlajani

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