March 18, 2010

Cervical Mucus during Ovulation & Pregnancy

Posted in Category : Women's Health


Assuming that by mucus you mean cervical mucus or fluid, it typically means that you are at the fertile point of your regular cycle. Now this is a tricky symptom. This is because it is not a guaranteed symptom as some women’s bodies simply respond differently to pregnancy. At the time of ovulation, as well as up to around about four days following this, your cervical fluid tends to thin out and become almost slick. This is your body’s way of telling you that you are ready to conceive. Your body aids the process via this slippery mucus such that it’s easier for sperm to make it to your cervix and reach the fallopian tubes. Thus, meeting your body’s egg and subsequently fertilizing it becomes easier. Hence, when you find that your mucus seems to have some kind of egg white texture, it usually is a favorable sign of both ovulation and fertility. However, subsequent pregnancy will depend on other factors such as age and viability of the sperm. Remember that when pregnant, your mucus could be very different. It could be rather thick and non-flexible such as during the infertile period of your body’s natural cycle. One of the early warning signs of possible pregnancy is missed period. A woman’s breasts also undergo changes – swelling and soreness are possible symptoms. If you want to check on the likelihood of pregnancy, it’s best to invest in a home test kit. Try out more than one test, to be clear in your mind. You can follow this up with a more sophisticated pregnancy test at your doctor’s clinic.

Healthy Diet

Many people rely on an ovulation calendar to facilitate the fertilization process. If you do get pregnant, there are certain dos and dont’s when it comes to what you feed yourself. For starters, your doctor will assist you with essential vitamins and minerals that are a must during this critical period. You will probably have to continue the assorted prenatal vitamins. In addition to this, your diet has to reflect a new healthy approach. Leafy greens and other such vegetables should be your priority. Besides this you need fiber, calcium and of course, plenty of fruits. Foods you typically need to skip include raw fish, alcohol and fish with excess mercury. Your doctor will give you the complete list which should include caffeine and unpasteurized milk. Even when trying to conceive, the necessity of a healthy diet is pressing.