Getting the timing right for conception often takes planning. There are even dozens of smartphone and computer Apps to help get it right. So, what works? What should you consider?
In this article, we explore the topic of timing for conception. When it comes to finding the right approach for you, however, you should always consult with a medical health professional.
There are Apps for conception that help to track your flow, cramps, and tenderness. Most of these Apps use the data you provide it to develop a profile to help predict the best time to try for a baby. For some, these Apps makes conceiving very simple, predictable even. However, this is not always the case.
One study of over 36 fertility Apps found that less than half predicted the correct ovulation date and, fewer than one in five predicted the correct estimated due date. It also found that many apps also gave incorrect timing for fertile-window calculations and times to try conceiving.
The good news is that you may be able to understand the best timing for conception by recognising the signs your body provides. After all, this has been how humanity has been managing conception long before Apps became a thing.
These simple changes in your body may be the indicators that it is a good time to conceive:
- Mucus – vaginal secretion becomes clear, and stretchy during ovulation as opposed to cloudy or thick.
- Body Temperature – a slight increase in temperature is seen two to three days before your fertility window.
- Aches & Discomfort – breast tenderness and abdominal cramps are noticeable at the time near ovulation.
Deciding between using an App, listening to your body or seeking out specific advice from a health professional, maybe your first decision as a new mum. The journey is different for everyone but just thinking about it means that you are already on your way.
Written by Chelsea D.
Chelsea is a mum of one and pregnant with another. She writes about pregnancy, parenting, and body positivity.
 Salleh A, Taylor T. More than half of fertility and period-tracker apps ineffective at predicting ovulation, study finds. 2019-09-17
 Pregnancy, Birth & Baby. Ovulation Signs. 2018-07
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