In order to get pregnant, you need to ovulate. Much of what we focus on when we look at getting pregnant has to do with knowing when you’re ovulating and then timing your baby-making attempts accordingly. Ovulation prediction kits, for example, are a wonderful tool for the couple who are trying to conceive.
While every woman’s body is different, there are some common signs that you might be ovulating. Know what to look for, and you’re ahead of the game. Not every woman will have every one of these signs, but if you’ve got several of them going on there’s a good chance it’s time to try to conceive.
Here are the top 5 signs you’re ovulating:
- Your BBT is on the rise. Basal body temperature – which is the temperature your body is at first thing in the morning before you start any activity – is a good indicator of ovulation. Typically, BBT will rise about 0.4 degrees just after ovulation. Consider getting a good basal body thermometer to measure your BBT.
- 2. You’ve got egg-white cervical mucus. This is not one of the more pleasant things to track when you’re trying to conceive, but it’s pretty reliable. Your cervix secretes mucus throughout your cycle. When you’re about to ovulate, it will be the consistency and color of an egg white. Chart changes to your cervical mucus to track when it’s time to try to conceive.
- 3. You’ve got abdominal pains. About one in five women will have some abdominal discomfort when they ovulate. This is known as “mittelschmerz,” and is a good indicator for some women that ovulation is occurring.
- 4. Your libido is increasing. Generation after generation of human beings have tried to propagate the species, and one of the ways this is built into your genetic code is to have an increased sexual desire around the time that it’s best to conceive.
- 5. Your breasts are tender. Many women experience breast soreness or tenderness during ovulation due to hormonal changes.
There are other possible symptoms, including things like swollen labia and mood swings, that some women experience when they ovulate. While BBT and cervical mucus are your most reliable tools, after you’ve been charting your fertility for a few months you might notice some of these other signs, as well.