When you and your partner decide you want to have a baby, figuring out when the best time to get pregnant is important. To start with the most simple and basic fact, the best time to get pregnant is when you are most fertile, at the time of ovulation. Tracking your cycle will be very beneficial for you.
Tracking your cycle should be something that every woman does whether they are trying to determine ovulation or not. Let us get down to the basics. When you ovulate, an egg is released from your ovary and the egg is only viable for 12 to 24 hours. Sperm can last 48 to 72 hours after sex. Using those times frames, there is a very small window for you to get pregnant. Isn’t that crazy? This is such a short period of time, but this is the best time to get pregnant.
After you know when you are ovulating, you will want to plan to have sex on your most fertile days if you are trying to get pregnant. Your most fertile days are usually three days before you ovulate until the actual day you ovulate. Remember, sperm can last up to 48 hours to 72 hours after sex, so make sure you have those time frames in mind.
To help determine this time frame, tracking when you ovulate is important. There are some fertility apps available such as Kinadra or Glow. These apps can be downloaded onto your phone, so you have easy access to record what is going on with your body.
Checking your basal body temperature may sound a little old school, but if you want to determine when you are most likely to get pregnant, it is best to do it. A lot of the fertility apps have an area to record your basal body temperature also. What is your basal body temperature? This is the temperature of your body when you are at full rest. When you ovulate, your body temperature increases. Checking and recording your basal body temperature daily can help you predict when you are most fertile.
The best time of day to check your basal body temperature is first thing in the morning, before you get out of bed. Make sure you use an accurate thermometer or a specific basal thermometer.
You can also keep a close eye on your cervical mucous. This goes hand in hand with tracking your cycle. Some women do not track their cycles closely, but notice a change in their cervical mucous and know it may be getting close. When you notice that your mucous is clear, stretchy, and is similar to egg whites, this is when you are at most fertile. This is the best time to get pregnant.
As mentioned above, having sex before you ovulate would be beneficial. It can be a common misconception that you should have sex right after ovulation, because this is when you are most likely to get pregnant. Although you very well could get pregnant, your best bet for pregnancy is having sex a few days before ovulation.
If you really are not into tracking your cycle or checking your basal body temperature, using an ovulation predictor kit may be a great option for you. It also may be something you want to do on top of the other two, to cover your bases. An ovulation predictor kit checks your luteinizing hormone (LH) and are about 99% accurate. The luteinizing hormone is always present in your urine. At about 24 to 48 hours this hormone increases and triggers your egg to be released, or in other words, ovulation occurs. If you can determine this luteinizing hormone increase, you will be able to determine the best time to get pregnant.
A fertility monitor accurately predicts ovulation up to 7 days in advance. These can be pretty pricey, about $300. If you really want to know when you are most likely to get pregnant, you can use this monitor. A fertility monitor basically does everything for you. It takes and tracks your body’s chemistry readings and creates an ovulation calendar with its information. This is highly recommended if you are not having regular cycles.
When it comes down to it, knowing when you ovulate and calculating the three days before you ovulate is the best time to get pregnant. If you are having irregular periods it can be extremely hard for couples to determine when the best time to get pregnant is. If you have been trying to get pregnant for 6 months to 1 year it is recommended to see your healthcare provider, and possibly see a fertility doctor.