How to plan your pregnancy
To Plan your pregnancy and pregnancy awareness is very useful for avoiding birth affects. Before pregnancy you should know your body and your menstrual Cycle. If you know exact time when your body will support your pregnancy then you could easily achieve it.
Plan your pregnancy
Benefits of planning pregnancy
You will receive lot of benefits by plan your pregnancy. Some of them listed below.
- You will conceive more easily
- You will have a healthier pregnancy
- It will help to avoid or minimize pregnancy complications
- You will give birth to a healthier baby
- You will recover yourself more quickly and easily after giving birth
- You will have more pleasant postpartum (post birthing) experience
- It will minimize your child’s risk of future health problems
What is ovulation
Know your Menstrual Cycle and plan your pregnancy
Understand your menstrual cycle is basic step for plan you pregnancy. You have to learn about your menstrual cycle (a total average of 28 days) and the changes in your body this can be the key to help you plan your pregnancy, or avoid pregnancy.
Menstrual cycle is divided into two parts
- Before ovulation
- After ovulation
Menstrual cycle from Day 1 to Day 28
- Day 1 starts with the first day of your period.
- By day 7, your eggs start to prepare to be fertilized by sperm.
- In between Day 7 and 11, the lining of the uterus (womb) starts to thicken and waits for a fertilized egg to implant there.
- Around Day 14, hormones cause the egg that is most ripe to be released, a process called ovulation. Now egg travels down the fallopian tube towards the uterus. If a sperm unites with the egg here, the egg will attach to the lining of the uterus and pregnancy occurs. If the egg is not fertilized, it will break apart.
- Around Day 25 when hormone levels drop, it will be shed from the body with the lining of the uterus as a menstrual period.
Interesting Fact of Menstrual cycle
- The first part of the menstrual cycle is different in every woman and even can be different from month to month in the same woman.
- First part could vary from 13 to 20 days long. This is the most important part of the menstrual cycle to learn as this is when ovulation and pregnancy can occur.
- After ovulation, every woman will have a period within 14 to 16 days unless she has a health problem that affects her periods.
How to find out when you are most fertile
If you are know when you are most fertile, this will help you to plan your pregnancy. There are different methods that could help you to track it every month.
Basal body temperature method
This method involves taking your basal body temperature. Every morning when you woke up get a temperature reading and prepare a chart. You will see different temperature every month but you will observe temperature rise of around 4 to 8 Fahrenheit on the day of ovulation.
At this time you are most fertile and most likely to get pregnant during the two to three days just before your temperature hits the highest point (ovulation), and for about 12 to 24 hours after ovulation.
This method involves keeping written record of each menstrual cycle on a regular calendar. After few months reading you will be able to identify the days which will be more supportive for your pregnancy. If your readings vary month to month then you can use other methods for accurate reading.
Cervical mucus method
This method involves learning and noting changes in your cervical mucus throughout the month. Sometimes it could be Sticky, Dry or Wet. You are most fertile at the first sign of wetness after your period.
Ovulation prediction test
This method involves urine test which detects LH levels above a certain threshold. The test is done to determine the time of ovulation.
Saliva Based Fertility Monitors
This method involves saliva test. You will get your best results when you test within the 5 day period around your expected ovulation. This period includes the 2 days before and the 2 days after your expected day of ovulation. The test is not perfect though.
To most accurately track your fertility, it is best to use a combination of all methods, and remember that your doctor is a professional he will guide you suitable method which will suite your body.
What if your first few attempts for getting pregnant failed
Do not lose hope if you are not able to conceive in first few attempts. Unfertilized egg can live for only 12-24 hours in your body. If you have been trying for a few months with no results, don’t get discouraged.
Only 20% of women who are trying to get pregnant are successful on the first attempt, so do not lose hope or assume something is wrong and keep trying to plan your pregnancy.