"There are only six days in a month when you can get pregnant, says Zita. "The 5 days before ovulation and the day of ovulation ."
"Get to know your own cycle," says Dr Diane Farrar research midwife at the Bradford Institute for Health Research. "It’s easier if you are on a 28 days cycle, if not keep a diary so you know your optimum time."
Ovulation happens 14 days before you start your period. Once you’ve ovulated an egg is only viable for a day, so 24 hours after ovulation you’ve missed your most fertile time.
In fact a ten year study found that having sex starting 6 days prior to ovulation is the most conducive to achieving conception .
"There are lots of gadgets to help such as tracker apps or ovulation predictor kits, says Siobhan Freegard from Netmums. "Or you can look for your body’s own signs."
Don’t make it a commando mission to get pregnant though, you need to stay relaxed. You partner might not be able to perform to order either.
If timing and predictor testing is stressing you out, Zita says: "Stay relaxed and throw away your thermometer and charts."
Geritol is just the brand name of a particular type of prenatal vitamin. It was especially popular decades ago, and had as its slogan, “A baby in every bottle.” This became a huge grass-roots campaign, and women flocked like mad to get their own baby in a bottle. The reality is that Geritol is not a magic fertility pill, and even according to its manufacturers, they disclaim that rumor as having any bearing on reality. But success stories do abound on the Internet, and science has shown that it could be due to the added iron that this particular brand of prenatal has. So either add an iron supplement to your diet, or try a bottle of Geritol as your prenatal vitamin of choice. It can’t hurt to try!
Getting a flu shot is the first and most important step in protecting against flu. The flu shot given during pregnancy has been shown to protect both the mother and her baby for several months after birth from flu. Studies in young healthy adults show that getting a flu shot reduces the risk of illness by 40% to 60% during seasons when the flu vaccine is well-matched to circulating viruses. There also are studies that show that a baby whose mother was vaccinated during her pregnancy is protected from flu infection for several months after they are born, before the baby is old enough to be vaccinated. Pregnant women should get an inactivated influenza vaccine (flu shot); the nasal spray vaccine should not be given to women who are pregnant. Learn more about the flu vaccine .