So you’ve decided to have a baby. Congratulations! Motherhood is truly a wonderful and rewarding experience. Your only problem is that you’ve been trying for a couple of months and no baby yet. Are you just impatient? Yes, and so are the rest of us.
What do your friends say? “You will get pregnant when it’s the right time.” “As soon as you stop thinking about it, you’ll get pregnant.” “It only took me a month to get pregnant! I’m so fertile.” (We all hate that last woman)
Remember, fertile couples have a 25% chance of getting pregnant each cycle. However, it can take up to a year for some perfectly fertile couples. If you are really impatient (like many of us), there are some things you can do to give Mother Nature a swift kick in the rear.
Yes, it sounds gross, but if you take note of your vaginal discharge, you will notice that it does change consistency depending on ovulation. During the first couple of weeks of your cycle, your cervical mucus will be light and sticky. During the few days leading up to ovulation, however, it will change to the consistency of raw egg whites. This is your most fertile time, since sperm can live for up to 72 hours in this type of cervical mucus.
- Basal Body Temperature Charting
What is Basal Body Temperature
Your basal body temperature is your normal at rest body temperature, best gauged when you first roll out of bed in the morning. When you take your temperature, make it the first thing you do in the morning and try to take it at the same time each morning.
Basal Body Thermometers
A basal body thermometer is more sensitive and shows more detail than a regular thermometer, so you need to look for one that is made specifically for this purpose.
Basal Body Temperature Charting
Most basal body thermometers come with a basal body temperature chart. During the first two weeks of your cycle, your body temperature starts out low (96º F to 97.5º F). During ovulation, your body releases progesterone (LH hormone). You should be able to detect a minimum increase in your normal body temperature of .40º to .60º at ovulation.
After charting your basal body temperature for a couple of months, you will be able to see your ovulation patterns. Once you know approximately when you normally ovulate, you can time sex to those few days before ovulation. Don’t want to wait that long? Try an Ovulation Monitoring Kit.
- Ovulation Monitoring Kits
If you want to pinpoint ovulation quickly (or if you don’t want to take your temperature every single morning), try an ovulation monitoring kit. There are several different types on the market.
- Electronic Fertility Monitors
The Clear Plan / Clear Blue Easy® fertility monitor is SmartMomma recommended. It is 99% accurate in predicting ovulation and extremely easy to use. You urinate on the disposable sticks that they provide, insert the stick into the monitor, and the electronic screen tells you if you are close to ovulation OR if you are ovulating at that very moment!
This is a wonderful new alternative in fertility prediction. Instead of dealing with messy urinating tests, you just test your saliva. These tests predict ovulation with 72 hours notice. This is a cheaper and less messy alternative to the Clear Plan / Clear Blue Easy® fertility monitor, although not as easy or entertaining.
- Ovulation Predictor Test Strips & Midstream Tests
These are disposable and look similar to home pregnancy tests. You basically urinate on the stick and if it turns a certain color, you are soon to be ovulating. You only need to use these in the second week of your cycle, or just before you think you are going to ovulate. This is the cheapest alternative per test, but may add up if you need several tests.
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