Is there a best time of month to get pregnant? The answer is, “YES”! But the best time may be different for every woman. While many people assume getting pregnant is the most natural thing in the world, and will just “happen” when a couple is ready, it actually can only occur during a brief window in your ovulation calender.

The window of opportunity for conception occurs during ovulation. Ovulation may occur on different days of a woman’s menstrual cycle. It is the time when the egg is released from the ovary. Because sperm lives longer than the egg, the ovulation window begins before the egg is actually released. This is the 3-5 day window of optimal fertility and targeting that time is the key to success.

The average woman’s menstrual cycle is 28 days, but it can range from 21 to 35 days or even more. Most women ovulate 14 days before they menstruate. If your cycles are regular you can use the simple method of subtracting 14 from the length of your cycle to determine the day of ovulation (if a cycle is 30 days, then 30-14=16. Ovulation begins on day 16). Tracking your cycle for a couple of months first is best if you are not sure of its length. By having intercourse on each of the 5 days leading up to ovulation, the odds of conception will be greatly increased. If you have an irregular cycle then the use of a fertility monitor, widely available in drugstores and online, is a good option. Designed by DKD ARTS LLC

Another way to tell when you are about to ovulate is to tune in to your cervical mucus. Most woman have an increased discharge of a clear, sticky quality (often compared to egg whites) when they are in their fertile stage. Some woman can actually feel themselves ovulating and describe the sensation as everything from light twitching to a mild aching pain that can last for several hours.

Taking advantage of these truths about timing can make all the difference for couples who hope to conceive sooner than later. But sometimes there are other unknown factors, like thickened cervical mucus or nutritional imbalances that may delay conception. By using a natural, doctor formulated product to proactively address these issues, like the Make That Baby Kit by PregPrep, a woman can further enhance her chances for conception and a healthy pregnancy.