Many factors contribute to your success in fertilisation. Following the same steps that expectant mothers would take to ensure a healthy pregnancy such as diet, lifestyle and environment will also assist your body in becoming more fertile so you can conceive. While you might not be pregnant yet, if you are trying to conceive, you will need to create an environment for your body, and for the baby, to thrive.
You can use a variety of method and tools to help become more aware of when you or your partner are most fertile. These tools track the normal functions of the body to determine the optimal times for conception by highlighting the most fertile days in a female menstrual cycle.
You can try each natural conception method individually or combine a method with an ovulation test kit. Natural methods include the calendar method, the basal body temperature method (BBT), and/or the cervical mucus method to determine when your body is most fertile.
Identifying the days of ovulation will help you determine the most favourable time for conception to occur and therefore optimise your chances of getting pregnant. Use this calculator to predict your most fertile days.
Ovulation occurs when an egg matures and is released from the ovary; it then travels down the Fallopian tubes and is ready to be fertilised. The uterine lining becomes thicker in preparation for egg fertilisation and implantation if fertilised. If the egg does not become fertilised: conception does not occur, and the uterine lining will shed (menstruation).
Some women experience minor pain or discomfort when ovulating, some experience light spotting.
Conception occurs when a sperm penetrates a mature egg. The fertilised egg starts dividing into many cells and continues its journey down the Fallopian tubes into the uterus where it implants itself into the endometrium. The cervix becomes “plugged” by thick mucus in preparation for the next nine months. Your baby will be termed an embryo until the 8th week after fertilisation, of which the term for your baby will be fetus!
Your partner should follow similar tips in order to be healthy for conception to occur.
If you think you may be pregnant; use a pregnancy test kit at home and be sure to contact your doctor to make an appointment as soon as possible!