Pregnancy and childbirth are indeed some processes that are both joyful and painful. And although a woman goes through a lot during her 9 months of pregnancy and labour, the moment she sees her little baby for the first time, all those troubles just vanish away. A mother is indeed one special and unique creation of God. But, no one learns everything about pregnancy and childbirth when they are born. It takes research and help from people all around to understand this process. Yet, there are certain common questions that can sometimes go unanswered and are yet important. To answer such questions we have made a list with their answers.
1. “How soon can I do a pregnancy test?”
Over-the-counter tests are sensitive and can detect the pregnancy hormone in urine by the day of your missed period and sometimes a day or two before your expected period. If you get a negative result on the day of your expected period but your cycle hasn't started, try repeating the test in 48 hours. Most urine tests are accurate a week after your expected period. It is recommended that you take the test in the morning immediately after waking up as it will give a more precise result.
2. “How can I tell if I am ovulating?”
There are a few ways. You may notice that your cervical mucus changes during ovulation, becoming clear, thin, and stretchy. Some women can actually feel a twinge or even pain on one side of their lower abdomen during ovulation. If you still have trouble understanding when you are ovulating, then you can also purchase an ovulation kit which will help you determine if you are ovulating and how far into your cycle you are. By having sex when you are ovulating, you can significantly increase your chances of getting pregnant.
3. “Can I get pregnant even when I have period bleeding?”
No, it is not possible for you to get pregnant once your periods bleeding starts. Although, it is sometimes possible that you mistake your implantation bleeding for menstrual cycle bleeding. Implantation bleeding is lighter and shorter in duration than a menstrual period but it can still be difficult to tell which you're experiencing. If you're unsure, take a pregnancy test in a week for a definitive result.
4. “Can birth control pills affect my chances of getting pregnant in future?”
Long-term birth control pills do not affect your fertility. In fact, most women begin ovulating within three months of stopping birth control. However, the dosage of the pill also plays an important role and hence the pill should be taken in controlled quantities. Once you stop taking the pill, you will be able to determine your ovulation cycle in 2-3 months. Then you can try getting pregnant accordingly.
5. “How do I know whether my cycle is normal or not?”
Although the average cycle occurs every 28 to 32 days, some variation each month is common. In fact, it would be unusual to have a period every 28 days on the dot with no deviation. A menstrual cycle will be improper if your cycle is repeating as soon as every 14 days or if you are missing months between your cycle.
6. “Is there a particular time I should have sex to get pregnant?”
Because the sperm lives for three to five days, conception is more likely to occur when intercourse happens a few days before ovulation. Most women ovulate at the midpoint of their cycle. So, if you have a typical 28-day cycle, you'll ovulate 14 days after your last period began. Every woman is unique, so it's helpful to track the length of your cycles to better anticipate ovulation. You can also use an ovulation kit in order to determine the time when you are ovulating and then you can have intercourse accordingly.