From one pregnancy to the next can be a huge battle. The first time around falling pregnant can happen so easily; you decide to start a family and the next thing you know you pregnant. So why when you decide to have baby number two is it so difficult?
It is important to be healthy but what else may assist you to fall pregnant? Intercourse at the right time is essential which is during the ‘fertile window’ of the menstrual cycle. This window period is the two to three days leading up to ovulation. To determine this time, our Ovulation Predicator can be used as a guideline by entering your details to check your future fertile time and possible due date thereafter.
Ovulation takes place when a mature egg is released from the ovary via the fallopian tube and becomes available to be fertilized by the sperm. The uterus prepares for the fertilized egg by thickening its lining. If conception does not occur, the uterine lining and blood will be shed resulting in menstruation.
Facts of Ovulation:
- After leaving the ovary, an egg lives for between 12-24 hours, maybe even less. Fertilization must take place within this time period.
- Stress, illness or even a change in routine can affect ovulation.
- Some women may experience light blood spotting during ovulation.
- Implantation of a fertilized egg normally takes place 6-12 days after ovulation.
- Ovulation can occur even if a menstrual period has not occurred.
- Eggs that have not been fertilized disintegrate and are absorbed into the uterine lining.
- Normally only one egg is released by the ovaries each time of ovulation.
- During ovulation, slight aches and pains near the ovaries may be experienced by some women.
- A possible change in consistency of cervical mucus discharge around ovulation time. Some women notice the vagina mucus is clear and ‘slippery’.
- With an average menstrual cycle of 28 days, ovulation happens about two weeks before the next expected period and the day may differ from month to month.
- Chart your temperature – By recording ones basal body temperature (BBT) every day throughout the cycle, ovulation day can be determined.