There are many women who are trying to get pregnant, however, first, you need to prepare your body for pregnancy. If your body is not healthy, you may not be able to get pregnant even if you want to.
In this article, we will show you how you can prepare your body for pregnancy.
- The Mechanism of Pregnancy
- Know your fertile period.
- How to know when you are ovulating
The Mechanism of Pregnancy
A woman has two ovaries. Once a month, one of these ovaries releases an egg. This is called ovulation. At the same time, the uterus begins to prepare for fertilization.
The cervical mucus that fills the cervix, the entrance to the uterus, becomes less viscous, making it easier for sperm to pass through the cervix. When ovulation occurs, pregnancy is ready.
The egg is ready to be fertilized 24 hours after ovulation. Fertilization occurs in the fallopian tubes. If successful, the fertilized egg will implant in the uterine lining and begin to develop into a baby.
Know your fertile period.
The time when a woman is most fertile (the best time to have sex with a high chance of pregnancy) is the days around ovulation.
If you have sex after ovulation, the sperm may not reach the egg in time to be fertilized. If you have sex before ovulation, the sperm can live in the woman’s body for several days, waiting for the egg to be released.
Having sex at the most fertile time increases the chances of pregnancy.
How to know when you are ovulating
Every woman’s menstrual cycle is different. To help you know when you are ovulating, please use the Ovulation Cycle Calendar.
The Ovulation Cycle Calendar requires the date of your last menstrual period and the number of days in a standard menstrual cycle (if your periods are irregular, record the number of days in your cycle for several months and use the average). Once you know your expected ovulation date, you can plan your sex during the most fertile period.
- A fertility calendar can be used to predict the fertile days.
- Other signs to know when you are fertile
- Changes in Cervical Mucus
The cervix is the lower part of the uterus, the entrance to the uterus, and is narrow and connected to the vagina. The mucus produced by the cervix is affected by hormones and changes during the menstrual cycle, which can help predict the fertile days.
Before ovulation (just after the end of menstruation)
Cervical mucus is almost gone, or if it is present, it is minute, highly viscous, white to cloudy in color, and the vagina is almost dry. Since sperm need mucus to meet the egg, the chances of pregnancy at this stage are almost zero.
Just before ovulation
The amount of cervical mucus increases, becoming white or creamy, and the vagina becomes moist. The probability of pregnancy increases during this period.
Before and after ovulation
The cervical mucus becomes clear, silky, and stretchy (like the white of a raw egg), and the vagina becomes quite moist. The probability of pregnancy is highest at this time.
The cervical mucus becomes thick and viscous again, and the vagina begins to change to a relatively dry state. The probability of pregnancy also begins to decrease at this time.
Increase in basal body temperature
Basal body temperature is the temperature of the body at rest. If you record your basal body temperature for several months, you will be able to more accurately predict when you are ovulating.
Ovulation usually occurs at the beginning of the high-temperature period, which lasts more than three days. Basal body temperature is affected by factors such as heat, travel, time of day, diet, work hours, and amount of sleep.
To accurately record your temperature, take it in your mouth with a gynecological or digital thermometer at a certain time every morning before you wake up.
Pain in the abdomen can be a sign of ovulation. Focus a little on your nerves to see if you feel pain in your abdomen.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Typical PMS such as breast pain, bowel distension, and moodiness may appear during ovulation.
To know menstruation is important when you want to get pregnant. Check the cycle using the digital thermometer to record the body temperature every day. You can buy it at a gynecologist or some electronic shop.