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!
Your cervix, located in deepest part of your vagina, is the entrance to your uterus. Your cervix position changes during your menstrual cycle and can give you clues about when you are most fertile.Â It may take some practice, but make a habit of regularly checking your cervical position and you’ll become familiar with how your cervix feels at each stage of your fertility cycle.
Ovulation and Cervical Mucus
When ovulating, your cervical mucus can give you important clues about when you are most fertile. Cervical mucus (often abbreviated CM) is your body’s natural way to make your vagina and uterus sperm-friendly, guiding and protecting the sperm on their way to your fallopian tubes and waiting egg.
Cervical secretions change throughout your cycle. When you are not close to ovulation, mucus is usually absent. You may first notice wetness in your vagina a few days after your period ends as your body prepares for ovulation. The best way to monitor your cervical mucus is by checking daily and keeping track of the results in a preconception journal. You will start to notice patterns that will help you predict ovulation and choose the best times to have sex to conceive. If you are worried your body doesn’t produce enough CM, there may be ways to naturally increase your cervical mucus.
Â Best Sex Positions to Conceive a Baby Boy
Rev up your engines Y sperm, this is all about you.Â It’s a race to the egg, and we’re rooting for team Y! We’re going to use the natural characteristics of the Y sperm to discover the best sex positions to conceive a baby boy.
Basic biology review:Â A baby’s sex is determined by his chromosomes. He gets half from his mother (via the egg) and the other half from his father (via the sperm). Mom’s egg always contributeÂ the same sex chromosome, an X.Â Dad’s sperm can contribute an X chromosome or a Y chromosome.
- If a sperm with the X chromosomeÂ fertilizes the X egg, you will conceive a baby girl.
- If a sperm with the Y chromosome fertilizes the X egg, you will conceive a baby boy.
Y sperm are fast swimmers, extra sensitive to acidic (low pH) environments, and are not as hardy as X sperm. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of Y sperm helps us decide what sexual positions are best to conceive a baby boy.
How to Conceive a Baby Boy
Deep PenetrationÂ Â The best sex positions to conceive a baby boy will get the sperm as close to the cervix as possible. Your cervix is the opening to your uterus and the doorway to the egg. It is located at the deepest part of your vagina.The Y sperm can beat the X sperm in a foot (tail?) race. We want to make the distance between the point of ejaculation and your cervix as small as possible. The Y sperm do better in a sprint, not a marathon!
It won’t take much time reading “trying to conceive” forums before you find mentions of the popular product Preseed.Â The main question prospective parents-to-be ask is, “does Preseed work?”
Preseed is a personal lubricant that relieves vaginal dryness without harming sperm.Â It is the only lubricant product allowed to say, â€œsafe to use when trying to conceive.â€ It is also thought to enhance or improve your natural cervical mucus and thus may aid in conceiving a baby. It’s important to note upfront that no clinical studies have been done to evaluate pregnancy outcomes in people using Preseed. The evidence in respect to using Preseed to increase your chances of getting pregnant is, at this point, anecdotal.
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.