Your body will give you a number of signs to tell you when you are most fertile, which is when you are most likely to be able to get pregnant. Your body is very clever and if you know what you are looking out for it can help you to monitor the signs so you know when you need to be trying for your baby.
Normally you are most fertile approximately 14 days into your cycle, this can be different between women, especially because not everyone has the same length or regularity of their cycle. So one method is to keep a track of when you are having your periods, how long you have them for and then you can see the pattern and regularity of your cycle.
You and Your Breasts
Another way of improving your chances of knowing when you are ovulating is by being aware of the sensation of your breasts, they will normally be more sensitive when you are ovulating and may feel swollen or tender. This is a sign that a lot of women report, as is the fact that your libido is heightened, in other words your sex drive is higher and you feel more like you want to have sex.
This makes you want to have sex as your body is telling you that if you do at that point you may be more likely to conceive. Some women also report feeling some pain or discomfort on their side near where their abdomen is. So if you have some of these signs your body could be telling you that you are ovulating.
There are a number of other signs that your body gives you including looking at the mucus that your vagina produces, during your ovulation you are likely to have thinner mucus. There is a scientific reason for this which is that your body naturally uses the mucus as a plug or barrier to the womb, at the point when you are ovulating your body does not want this plug as it is a barrier to the sperm entering the womb to fertilise your egg. You may also notice that your mucus or discharge may become milky in appearance.
Another way of monitoring the position your body is in your cycle is by checking your ‘basal temperature’ this means the temperature of your body when you first wake up in the morning after at least 3 hours of uninterrupted sleep. There is normally a spike in this temperature when you have ovulated, so if you keep a record of this you should be able to notice a pattern in order to work out your ovulation dates, but obviously you could speak to a medical professional to get more tailored and specific advice.
Checking Your Cervix
The final method that could be monitored is the position of your cervix, this changes position during your menstrual cycle, the cervix is the lower bit of your uterus and you can feel it by inserting your fingers into your vagina. When you do this make sure you observe good hygiene rules and also you want to not have long or sharp finger nails in case you cause any damage internally.
If you feel this daily at the same time you will be able to recognise changes in the position of your cervix, when you ovulate the cervix feels more open, it rises up and away from the opening of the vagina and will be more moist with mucus. Normally your cervix should be closer and easier to feel when you are checking, it will feel more firm and less moist, when it is like this you are in the first half of your ovulation cycle.
Altogether there are many signs which can help you to increase your chances of getting pregnant, if you require any further information or tailored advice then seek support from a medical professional. The message here is that your body tells you a lot, so why don’t you listen to it, one of my friends followed some of these signs and she got pregnant within a couple of months and she was surprised at how much her body showed signs of ovulation.
Good luck with your baby making journey.
This article has been written by Anna from pregnancy.co.uk and she wants to help people understand the best ways to fall pregnant.