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How to Get Pregnant After a Period

By Cathy Herold ; Updated April 18, 2017
Get Pregnant After a Period

Even though a lot women seem to get pregnant easily, for others getting pregnant can be challenging. Fortunately, medical science has discovered that most women ovulate around the fourteenth day after the first day of their last period; however, since some women's cycles vary from month to month, tracking the day of ovulation can be a little harder than just counting fourteen days. Whether you are just starting to entertain the idea of parenthood or have been trying relentlessly to have a baby, here are some tips to narrow down your ovulation date to help you get pregnant after a period.

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Make sure to document the first day of your period each month. Even one spot of blood counts as the first day of your period.

Count the number of days in your cycle from the first day of each period to the end of your cycle or the day before the first day of the following period. Make a notation of the number of days in each cycle.

Plan on ovulating 14 days after the first day of your last period if your cycle is 28 days long. For the best pregnancy results, make love every 48 hours during the four to five days before the fourteenth day after the first day of your period.

Subtract 18 days from the total days of your shortest cycle if your period cycles are usually over 28 days long. The remaining number is the days to count from the first day of your next period to get pregnant. For example, if your cycle is 33 days long, count 15 days from the first day of your period to estimate ovulation.

Make love every forty-eight hours for the four to five days preceding your expected ovulation date to get pregnant.

Watch for changes in cervical mucus after your period ends.

Look for an increase in clear cervical secretions on panties, especially 12 to 16 days after the first day of your last period. The clear secretions usually look like raw egg whites.

Make love every 48 hours to try and get pregnant while you are having clear secretions. Clear secretions, especially an increase in clear secretions, suggest ovulation.

Do not expect to get pregnant when cervical secretions disappear or become cloudy.

Purchase a digital thermometer specifically for measuring basal body temperature.

Take your temperature every morning before getting out of bed after your period ends.

Plot your temperature each day on graph paper. Mark temperature in tenths.

Watch for a 0.08 increase in basal body temperature. An increase in body temperature for three or more days suggests you have ovulated and you can get pregnant.

Make love every forty-eight hours for four to seven days as soon as your temperature increases. Since using a basal body temperature thermometer lets you know after you have ovulated, it's best to make love every forty-eight hours between 10 and 18 days after the first day of your period for the best chance of pregnancy.

Things You Will Need

  • Calendar
  • Graph paper or regular paper
  • Basal thermometer


Don't jump up after making love. Stay still for a few minutes.


Always check with your doctor before trying to become pregnant for a check-up. Never smoke before or during pregnancy. Avoid caffeine and alcohol before and during pregnancy.

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About the Author

Cathy Herold lives in Southern California and has been writing articles related to health, finances and education since 2007. Besides Demand Studios, Herold also writes for Suite101. Herold holds a Master of Arts in English from California State University Long Beach.

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