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Feeling Baby Fever?

It hits at different times for every woman, but most women can agree that they’ve been plagued with baby fever at one point or another.

For some women pregnancy isn’t a huge effort, simply a change in birth control methods and it happens. For many others it takes time and it can be a struggle, which could be due to a multitude of reasons: the body’s readjustment to coming off birth control, timing, infertility, etc.**

According to BabyCenter, “Of all couples trying to conceive, here’s about how long it takes: 30 percent get pregnant the first cycle (about one month), 59 percent get pregnant within three cycles (about three months) and 80 percent get pregnant within six cycles (about six months).”

Therefore, if you have baby fever and are considering expanding your family member count, don’t be discouraged if you’re not successful on the first go around.

In the meantime, use some of these resources to learn about your ovulation cycle and increase your chances of conception sooner.

(Bonus: These resources may also helpful for family planning when you’re trying to prevent pregnancy.)

1.) AmericanPregnancy.org

This website covers everything from thinking about expanding your family to birth and beyond.

There’s an easy-to-navigate ovulation calendar, but we think the most resourceful part of the website is all of the various articles you can find from natural methods of knowing when your ovulating such as cervical mucus (see the Billings Method below) to reviews on fertility monitors and ovulation kits.

There are also a number of articles that answer common fertility misconceptions and frequently asked questions that cross the minds of those trying to conceive.

This website is text-heavy, but for those looking to get deep in to information, this is a good starting point.

 

2.) The Ovia Fertility App 

According to the app’s website the Ovia Fertility app helps women predict ovulation in advance, and get pregnant three times faster. The app was developed by Harvard scientists and is based on clinical guidelines.

Through the app women can track their basal body temperature, blood pressure, weight, intercourse, emotions, nutrition, period, sleep and cervical fluid among a few other things you can track.

Then, based on what you track, the Ovia Fertility app analyzes your data to produce a fertility chart, predictions and various scores related to your likelihood of conceiving within a certain window.

Besides the main purpose of the app serving to estimate your best chance for conception, we thought the “partner share” feature on the app was an interesting way to keep your partner in the loop. More than anything we like this app for it’s easy-to-use format and Ovuline’s (the company behind the app) focus on overall health before, during and after pregnancy.

This app is available on the Apple and Android phones and on Google Play.

 

3.) The Billings Method 

This method requires a little more work due to having to learn the method itself and then correctly putting it in to action, but according to the website, “A retrospective study of couples who attended Billings Ovulation Method™ clinics between 1999 and 2003 wishing to achieve pregnancy revealed that out of 384 participants, 240 achieved pregnancy  – a total of 63 percent.”

Additionally, the Billings Method isn’t limited to those looking to conceive, it’s equally geared toward those looking to avoid pregnancy. According the website, the Billings Method has been subjected to more scientific research than any other method of regulating fertility and has been independently studied by the World Health Organization and was found to be as successful for avoiding pregnancy as any method of family planning available today.

The Billings Ovulation Method focuses on determining and tracking your body’s natural signal of fertility, which is cervical mucus. This method allows for determining times of fertility and windows of infertility, achieving pregnancy and safeguarding your reproductive health. For more information on the method, please visit: http://www.thebillingsovulationmethod.org/what-is-the-billings-ovulation-method™/natural-signal-of-fertility.html

For those looking to achieve pregnancy using The Billings Ovulation method, a free e-book can be found here. 

 

4.) YourFertility.org.au

This particular website gives a very clear and thorough breakdown on factors affecting fertility for both women and men, which sets this site apart from many others.

Many sites we came across had information mostly for women with a few links directing to other information on the man’s role and health factors regarding fertility.

And for those who don’t like to read article after article, there are also quite a few helpful videos on the Your Fertility website that cover everything from thinking about conception to timing to how to know you are ovulating.

In addition to information on every possible factor relating to your fertility, YourFertility also has a preconception checklist and questionnaire you can fill out and print to take to your doctor to schedule a preconception health check as well as an ovulation calculator.

 

** This article serves as general resource for those looking to conceive, however if you suspect you have fertility issues or have any outstanding concerns regarding getting pregnant, please consult your physician or a fertility specialist.

 

Sources:

BabyCenter – http://www.babycenter.com/how-long-does-it-take-to-get-pregnant

YourFertility – http://yourfertility.org.au

Ovuline – http://www.ovuline.com

The Billings Ovulation Method – http://www.thebillingsovulationmethod.org

AmericanPregnancy.org

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Elle Michels

Elle Michels

Based in Washington, D.C., Elle Michels is a contributing writer to Womenshealth.com.

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