How do you know when you’re ovulating? Here are the main ovulation symptoms to look out for, plus ways to predict when to expect ovulation.

Here’s a list of things you can practice before you birth your baby so that you maintain a sense of self when you’re suddenly alone with a newborn all day.

After I found out I was pregnant, it didn't take long before I began reading, researching, and preparing myself physically, intellectually, and emotionally for this seemingly far-off notion called parenthood. But it wasn't until I became a mother to Lila Sky nine months ago that I realized just how much is left out of those books: about being pregnant, what actually happens at the hospital, and the epic highs and sometimes lows that accompany that six pound, eight ounce little human.

Step 1: Go Off Your Birth Control—Ahead of Time Have you been popping those little white pills since high school? Take a pass on your prescription a few months before you plan to start trying, says Christopher Williams, M.D., a reproductive endocrinologist in private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia, and author of The Fastest Way to Get Pregnant Naturally. That goes for other forms of hormonal birth control too. (You should stop getting Depo-Provera, injectable shots of progesterone about nine months before you want to try getting pregnant.)

Overview When you’re trying to get pregnant, sex is about more than just having fun. You want to do everything right in bed to maximize your chances of conceiving. No methods have been proven to produce a pregnancy. Yet a few changes to the timing and frequency of your lovemaking might help increase your odds of success.

You are ready to getpregnant. Now. Once you are ready to start a family, waiting is the last thing you want to do. Although Mother Nature has a hand in the timing, there are some things you can do -- or not do -- to help increase your chances of getting pregnant ASAP. Read on for seven expert-approved tips for getting pregnant.

For the best chance of getting pregnant, you need to get your eggs and your partner's sperm together as often as possible. More than 8 out of 10 couples where the woman is aged under 40 will get pregnant within one year if they have regular unprotected sex. More than 9 out of 10 couples will get pregnant within two years. Regular, unprotected sex means having sex every 2 to 3 days without using contraception. You don't need to time having sex only around ovulation, though it is helpful to know when you are ovulating. Having vaginal sex every 2 to 3 days will give you the best chance of getting pregnant. Sperm can live for 2 to 3 days and this means there will always be fresh sperm in your system when you ovulate (release an egg). Remember it’s important for you and your partner to try and keep sex enjoyable by concentrating on each other and your relationship, rather than worrying about conceiving. This will help you limit stress.

These pregnancy-friendly superfoods offer big nutritional bang for each bite — for both you and your baby.

Tracking your cervical mucus Not sure what cervical mucus (CM) typically looks like at various points in the menstrual cycle? These photos will give you an idea of what to look for as you track your cycle and identify your most fertile days. You can check your cervical mucus by looking at the toilet paper after you wipe or inserting a clean finger into your vagina and reaching toward your cervix. You're likely to find more cervical mucus if you check after a bowel movement. Note: Not everyone will experience these same variations. If you don't, don't worry. The main thing to look for is some kind of change in cervical mucus mid-cycle. And if your cervical mucus pattern doesn't end up helping you predict when you ovulate, consider other methods for predicting ovulation.

Find out when you’ll ovulate using our calculator, an ovulation predictor kit, or by tracking your symptoms. Have sex during the two or three days before you ovulate. See your doctor, kick unhealthy habits, and start taking folic acid before you start trying. Sex position and female orgasm don’t affect your chances of getting pregnant.

Could you be pregnant? Some early pregnancy symptoms may show up around the time you've missed a period – or a week or two later. About 60 percent of women have early pregnancy symptoms by the time they're 6 weeks along, and roughly 90 percent have them by the time they're 8 weeks.

When do I ovulate? There's no foolproof method to predict when you'll ovulate, or release an egg from one of your ovaries. But here are a few ways you can estimate when it's most likely to happen, so you can try to time sex or intrauterine insemination (IUI) accordingly and boost your chances of getting pregnant. (If that egg gets fertilized by a sperm and implants in your uterus, you're pregnant!) Try the calendar method If your cycle is regular – the same number of days each time – you can try the calendar method (also known as the Standard Days Method). To estimate when you'll ovulate, count back 14 days from when you expect your next period. Your fertile window includes the day you ovulate and the preceding five days. So, for example, if day 1 is the first day of your period and day 28 is the day before you expect your next period, you'd be fertile on days 10 through 15. (But you're much more likely to get pregnant during the final three days of this window.) This method is the easiest way to estimate your fertile window, but it's not very accurate, even if you have a good idea of when your next period will start. That's because ovulation rarely happens exactly 14 days before menstruation. In one large study of women with 28-day cycles, the day of ovulation varied from seven to 19 days before menstruation. Ovulation happened 14 days before a period only 10 percent of the time.

There's very little research on this topic, and early symptoms of pregnancy are different for everyone. Some women feel the first twinges of pregnancy a week or two after conceiving, while others don't feel any different for a few months. In the best study on this question to date, 136 women who were trying to get pregnant kept daily records of their symptoms from the time they stopped using birth control until they were 8 weeks pregnant. (That's counting eight weeks from the first day of their last menstrual period.) The results: 50 percent had some symptoms of pregnancy by the time they were 5 weeks pregnant. 70 percent had symptoms by 6 weeks. 90 percent had symptoms by 8 weeks. The first sign of pregnancy is usually a missed period. The most common symptoms to follow are nausea, vomiting, fatigue, frequent urination, and breast tenderness and swelling. These symptoms can be mild or severe.

Are you pregnant? One way to tell is to look for the first signs of pregnancy, some of which can show up just a few short weeks after conception.

One of the most recurring questions I get from my readers and clients is: "Which herb should I take to boost my fertility and get pregnant?" My answer may surprise you, but there is no miracle plants that will help you conceive overnight. However, there are several steps you can take to increase your chances to conceive naturally. Having a holistic vision when trying to conceive is important because it allows you to understand the impact of various factors of your daily life on your reproductive health: diet, lifestyle, stress, medication, exercise, toxins exposure etc. When your body is healthy, you are more likely to get pregnant naturally. Plants and herbs are allies that can support your body and provide you with the additional vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients necessary to prepare your body for pregnancy, balance your hormones and cycle. Here are my 5 favorite herbs and plants to boost fertility:

It is time for some more fertility knowledge! I have learned so much on my road to motherhood that I want to share with all of you. Last week Cecily Yousaf and I chatted about the topic of age when it comes to fertility and 4 simple lifestyle adjustments that can improve your egg quality. Today we are breaking down the top 5 basic supplements for fertility. These supplements were a huge factor that helped me get pregnant after my recurring pregnancy loss. You can also download all of this information right here.

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