Before You’ve Missed a Period
— Very Early Signs of Pregnancy —
Wondering about the really early signs of pregnancy? Do you have unusual discharge, cramping, or nausea? Â Check your symptoms against 14 of the earliest signs that might indicate that you have conceived a baby!
If you are trying to conceive, having sex when you are most fertile is obviously the fastest path to parenthood. Of course, that begs the question, exactly when are you most fertile?
Even though you can have sex anytime, there are only a few days each month you are able to conceive. In fact, the time frame for conception may be measured in mere hours, rather then days. Timing sex for when you are most fertile is crucial for getting pregnant as quickly as possible.
Cervical mucus is an important part of your ability to conceive a baby. High quality cervical mucus creates a hospitable, protective environment for sperm and is the channel sperm use to find your egg. In order to know how to increase cervical mucus, you should understand how your hormones affect your cervical secretions.
Â Hormones and Cervical Mucus
When your period ends, your vaginal secretions are acidic and harmful to sperm. Your estrogen level is very low. You will notice little or no moisture in your vagina.
- Next, FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) levels rise and your ovaries start to mature eggs for ovulation. The maturing egg follicles increase your estrogen levels.
- As your estrogen levels continue to rise, you will begin to notice a change in your vaginal secretions. Your vagina becomes moist and secretions are sticky and white or creamy.
- When your estrogen levels begin to peak, your cervical mucus discharge increases rapidly. Your cervical mucus thins out and becomes cloudy and stretchy.
- When ovulation is imminent and your estrogen levels are highest, ideally you will feel constant wetness in your vagina and have copious amounts of stretchy, slippery, translucent, cervical mucus. Fertile cervical mucus very much resembles raw egg whites and will stretch more then an inch between your fingers without breaking.
Weight and Fertility -Â The Relationship
It’s hard to think of two more loaded issues for women then weight and fertility.Â We are surrounded by messages about what we should weigh and how our bodies should look. Our fertility is intimately tied with our femininity and sense of self worth. Combine weight and fertility, and you have a powder keg of emotion.
How Weight Effects Fertility
Your weight does effect your fertility in a variety of ways, primarily with respect to your hormone balance. Â The amount of body fat you carry effects your estrogen levels. Excess body fat can lead to raised estrogen levels while too little body fat often leads to chronically low estrogen levels.