Tracking Your Fertility Could Help You Get Pregnant Faster

4 tips to help you get started on the road to pregnancy.

Tracking Your Fertility Could Help You Get Pregnant Faster

You and your partner have decided to start a family. Before you learn how to have sex to up your chances , you need to listen to the cues that your body is giving you to let you know it is ready to conceive. But how to even start? Well, getting pregnant is all about timing: you want to make sure the conditions are right for eggs to meet sperm, and to do that, you need to track your fertility .

We know that ovulation cycles and fertility can be confusing and overwhelming subjects, especially when all you want to do is peeing on a stick and getting that positive result. But that’s why we are here: to help you learn the signs of ovulation and figure out your most fertile days.

Here are 4 tips to help you track your fertility.

  1. Calculate the length of your cycle. As it turns out, having a 28-day cycle is not the norm. So knowing the length of your menstrual cycle is the first thing you need to do when you begin to track your fertility. Why? Because the longer the cycle, the later the ovulation. So jot down the first day of your periods and figure out how many days are in between. Once you figure out how long your cycle is, subtract 18 days to know the first day that you are likely to be fertile. Then subtract 11 days to the length of your cycle. That is the last day that you are likely to be fertile. I always recommend tracking your cycle length for at least 4 to 6 months to get an average length. Glow app can help you keep all your information organized and track your period and fertile days, cycle after cycle.
  2. Take your body temperature. Basal Body Temperature, which is your temperature when you wake up in the morning, is a great method to track your fertility. When you ovulate, your body temperature rises slightly (usually by .4 to .5 degree) and stays up until your period starts. So if you take your temperature every day, you can spot the changes that indicate your ovaries are about to release an egg. But remember: for this to work, you need to take your body temperature at the same time (usually in the morning) every day throughout the month. To help you in this task, you can use a BBT Thermometer like TempCue.
  3. Know your cervical mucus. The hormones that control your menstrual cycle affect the mucus that your cervix makes. So taking a closer look at your cervical mucus (perhaps after showering) can tell you a great deal about your menstrual cycle and whether or not your body is ready to make a baby. What do you want to look for? Amount, texture, and color. When your ovaries are getting ready to release an egg, your cervix makes more mucus, and right before you ovulate, the mucus gets white and slippery, like egg white.
  4. Chart! Chart! Chart! Write down everything that’s going on during your menstrual cycle: the length of your cycle, your body temperature, changes in your mucus, the length of your period, and any other patterns that accompany your cycle throughout the month. It will help you understand your body in a much more intimate way and, ultimately, hone in on your fertility cycle. The chart on The Bump is easy to use and understand and has really helped me keep track of pretty much everything along this journey.

Choosing to track your fertility with this type of awareness will help you understand the conversations that your womb is having with you. Whether you use apps or a good old-fashioned pen and paper, try your best to relax and enjoy this process. You are embarking on a journey that will bring you so much joy and love in the end.

We're so glad to live in a time when modern baby gear exists. Sure, no one is going to argue that having a baby is easy—but it can be easier with support from some gadgets designed to help your baby and put your mind at ease.

As you build your baby registry, look for products that go the extra mile to make your life a whole lot easier. For example, what's better than a bassinet? A bassinet that can rock by itself. And what's better than a traditional baby monitor? One that allows you to actually take a peek at your baby. Believe us when we say these upgrades can make all the difference.

Here are 10 baby gadgets that will make your life so much easier… relatively speaking, of course!

A bassinet to promote safe + sound sleep

HALO Innovations Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Essenta Series Nautical Net

The safest place for your newborn to sleep is in your room, but not in your bed. Thanks to the swivel function of the Halo Bassinest, you can easily tend to your baby during the night—which means more sleep for you, too. Trust us when we say that is the best gift you can give a new parent.


A smart swing for your baby

4moms mamaRoo 4 Bluetooth Enabled High-Tech Baby Swing - Classic

Believe it or not, many babies are born with strong opinions about how they want to be rocked, swung or shushed to calm down. With the mamaRoo's various motions and reclining positions, you'll be able to find a setting your baby loves when you need to free up your hands for a bit.


A complete travel system for car + sidewalk

Chicco Bravo Travel System - Indigo

No matter where the day takes you—or what mode of transportation you need to get there—getting a complete travel system for your baby will equip you for anything.


A swaddle you don’t have to wrestle

Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original

What do babies and Harry Houdini have in common? A knack for breaking out of tight constraints—which can be a headache when swaddling is the best way to help promote good sleep. Thanks to a breakout-proof swaddle that allows your baby to sleep with their hands up, you don't have to work up a sweat just to get your baby comfortably swaddled.


A nursery wherever you need it

Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe II Nursery Center

During the early days of parenting (when you are feeding and changing your baby around the clock), having convenient access to everything you need with a go-anywhere nursery station can save you serious time and energy.


A little help for stuffy noses

Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator

Up until the point years down the road when your child is able to blow their own nose, the sniffles can be a real struggle—but not with a nasal aspirator that makes it easy for you to get that snot out of their nose.


A way to keep an eye on your baby

VTech 5" Digital Video Baby Monitor - VM5251

Trust us when we say you'll sleep better when you know your baby is also sleeping soundly. That's why we're so thankful for modern-day video monitors, which allow you to check in on your sleeping baby without running the risk of waking them up when you sneak in for a peek.


A bassinet for hands-free rocking

Simmons Kids Silent Auto Gliding Elite Bassinet - Odyssey

Babies are soothed by rocking motions. But what does that mean for you if you can't rock them throughout the night? With an auto-gliding bassinet, they can comfortably drift off to sleep... and continue snoozing.


An easy way to contain diaper smells

Diaper Genie Expressions Pail

Sometimes it's the little conveniences that make a big difference in the quality of your day-to-day life. That's why a great diaper pail should not be undervalued: By containing the smell, you will save yourself dozens upon dozens of trips to the garbage can.


A white noise machine that pulls double duty

Hatch Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to-Rise

A phone-controlled sound machine may be something you never considered until now, but it will be a major lifesaver for years to come, especially as it can also function as a time-to-rise clock that promotes good sleep habits for your child.


And as for securing all these awesome products? Well, a Target baby registry is the way to do it. By creating your baby registry with Target, you will also enjoy their Year of Benefits registry program, which includes perks like a welcome kit with more than $100 in savings and samples, two 15% off coupons to complete your registry, and a full year of returns. The benefits are better than ever right now: Target just launched the Year of Exclusive Deals perk as one of its registry benefits, and this includes a year's worth of discounts on baby essentials (think diapers and formula) and comes complementary when you sign up for Target Circle.

Because while parenting may not be "easy," deciding to register with Target definitely is an easy decision. Start your Target baby registry now and enjoy shopping with a Year of Benefits featuring a Year of Exclusive Deals available via Target Circle, two 15% off coupons, a year of hassle-free returns, a free welcome kit and more!

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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