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It’s time to start tracking your menstrual cycle! Tracking your cycle will allow you to know when your body is most fertile, as well as alert you to any potential problems that may complicate you conceiving.
Using the Gestational Age method, the first week of your pregnancy begins with the first day of your last menstrual cycle. For most women with a 28-day cycle, ovulation is thought to typically occur 14 days after the start of the menstrual cycle. However, the day of ovulation differs from woman to woman, and can even be different each month. Some women even ovulate twice in one cycle!
It’s most helpful to track your cycle using a combination of methods over a long period of time, so you can learn what is normal for your body and realize when something is wrong. There are many free fertility apps you can use to start logging your body’s fertility signs, including taking your temperature every morning right when you wake up, along with signs that your body is gearing up for ovulation such as:
- What your cervical fluid looks like (it will change when your body is fertile)
- Change in cervical position
- Dull ache or pain on one side of abdomen
- Light spotting
- Increased libido
- Breast tenderness
- Abdominal bloating
- Heightened sense of vision, smell, or taste
You can also use ovulation predictor kits to help you determine whether or not you are ovulating. These kits detect the luteinizing hormone, which rises in your body right before ovulation occurs.