Learning Your Ovulation Symptoms and How to Track Your Ovulation Calendar

Learning Your Ovulation Symptoms and How to Track Your Ovulation CalendarIf you’re ready to start a family, you’ll want to learn your ovulation cycle like the back of your hand. Even if you download a simple ovulation tracker app or use an ovulation calendar, it doesn’t hurt to know the pre-and-post ovulation body signs so you can recognize how long your individual cycle is and when it falls in your month. Ovulation, which is one part of your overall menstrual cycle, is when your eggs are released and travel down your fallopian tubes. If you are trying to conceive, then this is the time when sperm can successfully meet your eggs for fertilization. Even though every woman with a menstrual cycle experiences ovulation, no two cycles are alike; on top of that, some women might experience regimented ovulation cycles while other women do not ovulate on any kind of schedule.

Ovulation cycles do not usually become important until family planning begins, which is why some women have trouble learning what signs to watch for at first. The biggest focus is placed on the menstrual cycle itself, which typically lasts 28 days. Your ovulation falls before your monthly period and will last between 1 and 3 days on average. This is a much shorter window of time for conception, which is why women who struggle to conceive will pay special attention to their ovulation symptoms as they occur. Some of the general ovulation body changes that occur include a light (usually white or clear) fluid discharge or internal body temperature changes. If you monitor your ovulation cycle by taking your temperature every morning, then you will see this ovulation trend firsthand: just before you ovulate your core temperature will decline slightly, but after ovulation you will a temperature spike upwards. Once you’ve recorded this temperature flux, you will know that you’ve passed through your ovulation cycle.

Other ovulation cycle symptoms include light cramping, spotting, feeling bloated, and changes that might remind you of your period symptoms. Not all women experience these feelings, but if you frequently cramp 10 days before your period, then you can chalk up the pain to your ovulation cycle. A good way to learn your ovulation cycle is to begin recording your symptoms and when you experience them in a day planner or on your phone calendar. After you note your experiences for a few months, look and see if there are any common threads in what you’ve written down. When you understand your body’s overall menstrual cycle, you can better anticipate at what points you’re most ready to conceive. Don’t stress out if the first few months seem to follow no schedule; it may take time for you to properly learn your cycle. Once you think you know your cycle, try recording your daily temperature in the morning to see how accurate you are.

Getting Pregnant in your 40s: What to Expect

Getting Pregnant in your 40s: What to ExpectChances are, you’ve met or know a first-time mom in her 40s. A few decades ago, this was not as common as it is today. While overall fertility has not changed for a woman living in her 40s, the fertility treatments available to women who want to start a family later in life are more effective than before. Are you considering a late start to your own family? We’ve got some facts and insights into what pregnancy and raising a baby in your 40s will be like if that’s the path you want to follow.

When you reach your 40th birthday, your chances for naturally getting pregnant have decreased heavily from your earlier years. It’s a startling statistic, but less than 1 percent of women 40-44 have babies. Conceiving without the help of hormone therapy depends largely on your overall health, fitness, and if you’re trying for your first baby. To increase the likelihood of getting pregnant in your 40s, make sure to practice good eating habits and exercise regularly. These aren’t pregnancy guarantees, but being healthy will not lessen your chances. You’re more likely to develop gestational diabetes or experience issues with hypertension during pregnancy, so practicing good habits and taking nutritional supplements (folic acid!) will help keep issues at bay.

If you do get pregnant and deliver in your 40s, it will be harder for your body to return to its former state than before. Sagging breasts, stretch marks—these are unavoidable body changes for moms at any age, but you’ve already lost a lot of elasticity due to age. If you’re struggling to conceive naturally, approach a doctor about donor eggs and other fertility options sooner rather than later, because after 45 your chance for conceiving through IVF drops significantly. Miscarriage rates increase as you enter your 40s, so talk to your doctor about progesterone hormone therapy or other ways to try and maintain a healthy pregnancy.

What other factors do you bring to the table as a more mature mother—by your 40s, you’re at a financially more sound point than you were in your 20s (no more Ramen for dinner!) and you have a deep pool of personal experience to draw patience for parenting. You’ve given yourself time to grow into your own person, most likely with a stable, long-lasting marriage or partnership, and you’re able to offer your child more comprehensive stability. While you might not be as energetic as a younger mom, your feathers will not be as easily ruffled by tense, emotionally-draining situations, simply because you’ve lived through more experience.

Physically speaking, getting pregnant in your 40s is the most challenging time to do so. Our best advice is to start preparing early into your fourth decade, because your fertility will drop quickly as years pass. Getting in touch with a fertility specialist will help you know what options you and your partner have should you have trouble conceiving naturally. If you do get pregnant, you’ll have to monitor you and your baby’s health closely, because the risk of complications goes up with age.

As a mom at any age, what matters most is the love and unconditional care you provide for your baby. We’re happy to support moms of any age at Loving Moments.