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August 14, 2018 What days are best to conceive?
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(BPT) - When a couple is planning to have a baby, understanding the 28-day cycle can mean the difference between success and disappointment, says Dr. Gloria Richard-Davis, Ob/Gyn, fertility specialist and author of Planning Parenthood.

Timing is a critical factor when you're trying to get pregnant. As more and more women are waiting to conceive until later in life, we have seen an uptick in fertility tracking technologies — from apps to wearables that help women pinpoint their most fertile days. However, it's important to supplement an app or fertility monitor with simple ovulation tests to accurately identify your fertile days.

Each month, the body prepares for ovulation, or the release of an egg from the ovaries. The cycle begins on the first day of menstruation and serves as a detox to dispose of old uterine lining and make way for the next cycle. Day one, the first day of menstrual bleeding or spotting, represents a new opportunity to conceive. Days 11 to 16 are the optimal time to kick-start baby-making efforts, as ovulation is nearing.

A simple at-home ovulation predictor kit like First Response Ovulation Test Kit will identify your two most fertile days by pinpointing a surge in the luteinizing hormone (LH) that triggers ovulation. Women can maximize their chances by having sex within 24-36 hours after detecting this LH surge. If a sperm successfully fertilizes the egg, conception occurs.

The lining of the uterus thickens between day 17 and 24, and if the egg and sperm have successfully met, the fertilized egg will soon implant or attach to the uterine lining (endometrium). The end of the cycle is near, and PMS symptoms may present themselves if pregnancy has not occurred, as progesterone peaks around day 21 or 22.

If you think you might be pregnant, but haven't missed your period yet, try the First Response Triple Check Pregnancy Test Kit. It includes one Early Result Pregnancy Test that can let you know six days before your missed period, a Digital Pregnancy Test for women who like to see a yes/no answer, and a Rapid Result Pregnancy Test to take on the day of your missed period or anytime after.

Other important considerations to keep in mind when trying to conceive include:

* Keeping a healthy, well-balanced diet and practicing stress relief.

* Using prenatal vitamins with sufficient folic acid like prescription OB Complete even before trying to conceive to ensure a healthy pregnancy journey for mom and baby.

Don’t guess at your fertile window when it’s so easy to identify the best time to conceive. Every woman is born with millions of immature eggs, but the quantity and quality of remaining eggs, known as the ovarian reserve, decreases. If you’re not able to get pregnant, your ovarian reserve may be low. Tracking ovulation can be challenging as well, especially if your menstrual cycle is irregular. Remember to note your cycle and its symptoms so you can discuss concerns with your medical provider and schedule a preconception checkup.

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