How to Conceive a Baby
When most people decide to start trying for a baby they don’t usually think it will be difficult. However it is not as easy as some would think. How to Conceive a Baby is a big process involving many different things. It is generally taught in school that you can get pregnant really easy so you need to protect yourself.
While this is true for some people it is not for others. This site is dedicated to teaching about conception as well as gives great advice to those who are trying. Also, this site will have lots of products to aid in the trying process.
Understanding a Woman’s Cycle
The most important thing to know is that conception only can happen at a certain time of the woman’s cycle. Ovulation (when an egg is released and ready for sperm to fertilize) is when a woman is fertile and it usually happens around the middle of each cycle. Every woman’s body is different so it will not be exactly the middle of the cycle.
The woman’s cycle is divided into two parts.
There are two very different parts to a woman’s cycle. It is divided by ovulation. The first part of the cycle is called the follicular phase. The second half of the cycle is called the luteal phase. It is important to know these two parts because it will help you to know when a woman is fertile and when she is not.
The Follicular Phase:
This is from the first day of the period (full flow – not spotting) until she ovulates. When a woman starts her cycle –the first day of her period, she is NOT fertile. That is a time when the body is shedding the extra blood it has stored up in case a pregnancy did occur. It also sheds the egg that was not fertilized. Once the body sheds the egg the hormones will change within her to send signals to start maturing new eggs. Usually the body will only have one egg that matures but it can mature more than one. That is how fraternal twins happen. Once an egg has been released this is called ovulation. This is when the body can actually get pregnant. You will conceive a baby during this time of the month. The woman is only fertile for 24 to 48 hours after the egg is released however, sperm can live inside the woman in good conditions – to be discussed on another page – for up to 5 days before ovulation. This half of the cycle can change monthly. This is the part of the cycle that makes your cycle come “late” one month and “early” the next month. In a perfect cycle 28 days the Follicular phase it would be day 1 to day 14. NO ONE has a perfect cycle! This is why it is hard to conceive a baby using the calendar method only. Methods will be discussed on the Tracking Ovulation page. This phase is effected by outside factors such as illness, stress, sleep deprivation, or anything that takes you off your normal routine.
The Luteal Phase:
This is the time from ovulation to the next period. A woman is not fertile during this time. This is usually 12 to 16 days from ovulation. It is not affected by things such as stress and shouldn’t change from month to month. Once a woman starts tracking her ovulation she can tell how long her luteal phase is. If a woman conceived a baby during ovulation, she will not get her period after this phase, however if conception didn’t happen then it all starts over and she will be back to the follicular phase.
Understanding a Man’s Sperm Cycle
It is important for couples who are trying to conceive a baby to understand both male and female cycles to better their chances! Yes, men have a sperm cycle. Most people believe that a man has new sperm every day when in fact sperm has to regenerate.
Men can produce sperm all their lives unlike women who have a certain amount of eggs that they are born with. Do not confuse this with men being able to fertilize an egg. There are many factors that go into whether a man is fertile or not. Sperm Regeneration is when a man needs to renew his sperm count. After a man ejaculates sperm, he needs to produce more. This is happening all the time in a man’s body, however it takes time to regenerate. Many believe it is done by the next day. This is not the case. It can take 72 – 90 days for this to occur. Now as sperm leave the hormones in his body send a message to replace them. There usually is a supply of mature sperm to take their place. However if a man has factors influencing his sperm quantity or quality it will take at least 3 months to fix. Things like frequent ejaculations, exposure to extreme heat, certain chemicals, alcohol, cigarettes, and other factors are all things a man can fix to improve his sperm quality and quantity.