Ovulation: The guide to perfectly timed eggs...
A light hearted start to a confusing and maddening subject. EGGS! UGGH!
So let's start with the most difficult thing and get it out of the way,
The easiest way to get pregnant is to know when you ovulate (release an
egg from your ovary). You ovulate once per menstrual cycle, so there are
only a few days per cycle when intercourse can lead to pregnancy.
If you have irregular periods over the course of several months, tracking
your ovulation can be more difficult. Best to ask your OBGYN for advice.
If your periods are regular, one method is to count back 16 days from the
1st day of your next period - you'll probably ovulate within 5 days of
There are ovulation calculators available online and kits available for
purchase. The kits aren't full proof, but work better than some other
methods and should be seen as another tool in your bag of tricks.
Check your basal temperature (basal thermometer required)
This should be done when you first wake up in the morning, before you get
out of bed after at least 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Try to take this
reading around the same time every day before you eat or drink anything.
Why do this?
Your body temperature in general is lower at the first part of your cycle
and higher at ovulation and at the end.
Monitor your cervical mucus
As your hormone levels change during your cycle, the amount, texture and
color of the cervical mucus changes as well. You can check this by looking
at the toilet paper after you wipe or using a clean finger, reaching
toward the cervix (roughly 3 inches inside your vagina) and examining the
liquid on your finger.
Once your period is over, your cervical mucus may be dry for several days
or cloudy and sticky. After that, it will increase in volume and become
more slippery and clear - similar to a raw egg white. This texture makes
it easier for your egg to travel. After a couple days of this, it will
become even more slippery and watery. This is when you are most fertile.
After this peak, your cervical mucus will become cloudy, dry and/or sticky
again - marking the end of your most fertile time.
Intercourse for pregnancy
When fertile, try to have sex every other day. With the average sperm life
of around 24-48 hours, you'll be sure to always have them ready and
available when your egg comes down. Also, be sure your partner hasn't gone
too long from the last time he ejaculated, because you will run the risk of having more
dead sperm in his semen.
Take care of your body
The human body is an incredible, miraculous machine that is excellent at
doing all that is required of it. It duplicates itself in the birth
process, grows, heals, maintains life and many other things all without
our purposely having to do anything but provide some level of care for it.
With that said, the corporate desire to program and control us to do what
provides them with wealth has perverted what passes for caring for the
human body beyond recognition. Smoked, fatty meats, potato chips and beer
are not a balanced diet.
Drink plenty of water. Not soda, coffee, energy drinks and
especially not alcohol. If you have ever tried to drink the recommended
8-12 servings of 8 ounces of water per day, you'll soon see how abnormal
this feels compared to what we've been drinking all these years.
Maintain a healthy weight. This phrase rubs a lot of people the
wrong way thanks to the media cramming unhealthy body images down our
throats. This works both ways, ladies - over or under weight
hinders the body's ability to function efficiently. Find out your BMI
(body mass index) - the recommended window is about 18-25. The further you
are from this range, the harder your body needs to work just to maintain
Eat a balanced diet and take supplements. Getting plenty of fresh,
organic vegetables in your diet is always an excellent idea, even if
you're not trying to get pregnant. The closer your food is to its natural
state or source, the better. More processing means less nutrients,
minerals and addition of harmful additives that we still don't fully
understand the consequences of.
Supplementing your diet with vitamins is a good idea in general and more
so when attempting to get pregnant. Providing optimum nutrition through
diet and supplementation provides a fertile base for your fertility to
flourish. As with most things, talk to your doctor about your options
before starting, just to be safe. Remember supplements are just that,
supplementation of nutrients - they are not intended to replace a
Don't smoke, drink or do drugs. There are enough studies and real
life examples of the effects of these habits to serve our purpose here I
would hope. Getting pregnant is best accomplished when you increase your
odds, these things, simply put, decrease your odds.
Exercise. As with most things, moderation is key. You don't need to
become a marathon runner, bodybuilder or triathlete to make your body
happy and healthy with exercise. Make it last by doing things you enjoy.
By the way, all of these practices to take care of your body should also
be followed by your partner. The easiest way to get pregnant is when we
reduce the obstacles to efficient, healthy bodies that house reproductive
systems that work well together.
One more note for the partner. Heat kills sperm, so have them avoid hot
baths, saunas and such.