If you are planning on trying to get pregnant a lot of things have to fall into place for conception to happen. You'll want to have a pretty good idea of your average cycle length in order to optimize your timing of intercourse. Not everyone has the textbook 28 day cycle and it will take you longer to get pregnant if you assume you are ovulating on day 14. You egg only lasts 24 hours so timing really is everything in this case. Menstrual cycle length is calculated using the first day of bleeding on one period to the first day of bleeding of the next period. Subtracting 14 from your average cycle length will give you an idea of when you ovulate. Keeping track of this for a few months before conceiving may help your timing be better. You can also use ovulation predictor kits if you want to more accurate predict ovulation by having intercourse on the day the test is positive and possible the following day as well. If you don't want to take such a calculate approach to conceiving then just have sex every 2-3 days after your period and until you are fairly sure you have ovulated. The sperm can live up to 72 hours so having them around prior to ovulation is the key. Don't try to have sex everyday because
Recommend: Discuss with your doctor any major issues with your menstrual cycle timing, for example very irregularly spaced menstrual cycles or missing multiple cycles. This may be an indication that you aren't ovulating properly and could interfere with being able to get pregnant.
All reproductive age women who have any chance of getting pregnant, even if not actively trying, should take a folic acid supplement. During a preconception appointment your physician may get you a prescription for prenatal vitamins that have a higher dose of folic acid than you can purchase over-the-counter.
Consider a preconception consult, especially if you have any chronic illnesses (even if in good control) or family history of medical problems that may impact your pregnancy. Conditions like Diabetes and thyroid disorders have a direct impact on the development of your baby right from the start at the time of conception. Some conditions may make it more difficult for you to conceive or increase your risk of miscarriage if not well controlled. There may be vaccines for you to consider getting before even starting to try to get pregnant that can prevent illnesses that can cause birth defects. You may want to discuss the risks of any medications that you are on and whether they are safe to take early in pregnancy.
Make your appointment with your physician to be sure you are ready for pregnancy, take your folic acid and continue your healthy behaviors.