When you decide you’re at a time in your life when you’re ready to start a family, that’s not the end of your journey, it’s the beginning. You have a lot of choices to make, including when to actually get pregnant.
There are no guarantees with pregnancy – you find yourself conceiving unexpectedly quickly, or you might have a much longer wait for that positive result on a pregnancy test, especially if there are conditions like PCOS complicating your fertility. As long as you accept the risk that your plans may not wholly survive contact with reality, then it is worth your while trying to pick on best time to get pregnant.
This can take into account the time of year as it affects your own health and comfort and as it affects the future prospects of the child, your career and of course the biological realities of your own body.
Your fertility is linked to your menstrual cycle and when you ovulate. When you’re deciding when you want to get pregnant, you need to be taking into account your ovulation window – the time when you’re likely to ovulate and will therefore be at your most fertile.
A fertility monitor can track your cycle and predict when you’re likely to be ovulating and therefore what time in each cycle you need to try for the best chances of getting pregnant.
While your job is protected while you take maternity leave, your reputation is still subject to be somewhat forgotten or reduced, simply because you’re not on hand. You might want to try and ensure you leave on a high-point by trying to time your maternity leave for the conclusion of a big project which you make a key contribution to.
You might also want to set yourself certain targets to hit in your career before you try to have children – to have climbed the ladder to a certain level, be earning a certain amount of money and so on. Having this a ‘bookmark’ to return to may make you feel more secure as you leave.
THE TIME OF THE YEAR
Carrying a baby to term is a considerable job, and it can be very uncomfortable. You might want to aim for a pregnancy where you’re in the final months during the autumn and winter – when it’s cooler and more comfortable. Babies born in the winter tend to enjoy an advantage in their early school days, as they’re older than classmates who are born in the spring and summer. There’s little evidence this advantage continues past the early school years, but you may well feel it’s worth aiming for a winter birth
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING!
This is a contributed post.