It seems so simple: you stop with contraception, have sex and wait. But, there is more you can do to become pregnant, especially to have a healthy pregnancy. In the last few years it has become clear that the health and lifestyle of both men and women are of influence on the development of a pregnancy and the baby.
When trying to conceive it is good to know what days you are most fertile. By looking at your periods you can figure this out.
In most women the length of a menstrual cycle is between 21 and 35 days, counting from the first day of your period to the first day of your next period. The most ideal length is 28 days, which happens in 15 % of women.
In a cycle of 28 days the ovulation (the egg leaves the ovary) often happens on the 14th day. In a cycle that is longer the ovulation happens later. You are most fertile in the 3 days before the ovulation and the first day after ovulation. To become pregnant it is not necessary to have an extreme amount of sex during this time. Roughly every 2 – 3 days should be sufficient as male sperm can survive for a few days.
The time just before your pregnancy and the first few months of your pregnancy are of more influence on the health of your pregnancy and your baby then we previously thought. Your medical health and lifestyle of both you and your partner are very important.