Apart from being healthy, what might help you get pregnant? Sex! (Or intercourse at the right time, to be technical about it.)
The best time to try and conceive is during the ‘fertile window’ of the menstrual cycle; this is different for different women.
We’re talking about the days in a woman’s menstrual cycle when pregnancy is possible. Pregnancy is technically possible during the six days before ovulation and the day of ovulation. The likelihood of actually becoming pregnant, though, is dramatically increased if you have intercourse in the three days leading up to and including ovulation.
Ovulation is when a mature egg is released from the ovary, moves down the fallopian tube, and is available in the fallopian tube to be fertilised.
These are the most accurate signs that ovulation is about to occur:
You can start testing with your ovulation predictor kit a few days before your estimated day of ovulation. Subtract 17 days from your average cycle length and start testing from this day of your cycle, e.g. if you have a 28 day cycle, you would start testing from day 11. A positive result means you are going to ovulate within the next 24 to 36 hours.
This will tell you that ovulation has occurred:
Women can determine their ovulation day by taking their basal body temperature (BBT) every day throughout their cycle. The BBT is taken using a BBT thermometer just after waking up in the morning, while still resting (before speaking or getting up). The BBT rises about half a degree Celsius after ovulation has occurred. So the BBT is useful if you want to know that you do ovulate and when in a cycle it is occurring.
"The best time to try to conceive is day 14 of your menstrual cycle. "
The only time a woman can conceive is during the ‘fertile window’ of the menstrual cycle.
The best time to try to conceive depends on how long the woman’s menstrual cycles are. The ’fertile window’ in the menstrual cycle is the two to three days leading up to ovulation, when the egg is released from the ovary. For women with 28 day menstrual cycles - with day one the first day of the menstrual period - the best time to try to conceive is day 12-14. For women with shorter cycles of 21 days, the best time to try is day 5-7. Women with 35 days between periods should focus their efforts to get pregnant between day 19 and 21.
When you're trying to get pregnant, timing is everything, as Justine and Mick are well aware.