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How to Understand Your Body's Natural Fertility Signs

Your body is an amazing machine. It knows how to operate on its own and take care of itself, heal itself and more. If you're hoping to conceive, your body can tell you if you're ready. True, there is a learning curve, but if you are willing to get to know your body better, and faithfully track your progress
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How to Lengthen Your Luteal Phase

By JustMommies staff

If you have been keeping a fertility chart, you probably understand what a luteal phase is and know how long yours generally is. The luteal phase is the second half of your cycle, the time between after you ovulate and when your next period starts. A typical luteal phase is around 12 to 14 days long.
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Follicular Phase Explained

By JustMommies staff

Your menstrual cycle is divided into three phases – the follicular phase, ovulation and the luteal phase. The first half of your menstrual cycle is known as the follicular phase. This is followed by ovulation and the luteal phase. The follicular phase of your cycle starts on the first day of menstruation
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Ovulation 101: What happens during Ovulation

By JustMommies staff

Your body communicates with your brain and other parts of your body by way of hormones. Hormones are messengers that tell your body what to do and when to do it. When you ovulate, a sequence of hormonal events take place that tell your body it is time to ovulate. Scientists know which hormones are
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10 Signs of Ovulation

By JustMommies staff

Many women can tell when they are ovulating just by paying attention to their body and watching for fertility signs. Not everyone knows what signs of ovulation are or what to look for. You may have heard that you ovulate around day 14 of your cycle. This is a myth. Women ovulate at different times of
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Getting Pregnant While Breastfeeding: FAQ about Fertility and Breastfeeding

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If you are breastfeeding your baby, chances are that you won't be getting pregnant anytime soon. In fact, exclusive breastfeeding has been shown to be 98 percent effective in suppressing ovulation. For the first 6 months of breastfeeding, it is almost impossible to get pregnant again (but not unheard
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When is Your Fertile Window?

By JustMommies staff

Your fertile window is one of the most important factors when you're trying to get pregnant. This window is the time around when you're ovulating, which is the time when you're most likely to be able to conceive. Taking advantage of your fertile window to become pregnant takes a little bit of effort
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Luteal Phase - Understanding what happens after you ovulate

By JustMommies staff

After you ovulate, you begin the second half of your fertility cycle known as your luteal phase. During the first half of your cycle, Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) is produced. FSH signals your body to start the process of maturing eggs for ovulation. The eggs are contained inside a follicle where
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Cervical Mucous, Cervical Position and Ovulation

By JustMommies staff

Charting basal body temperature is the best way to determine ovulation but a woman's body also gives signals when she is ovulating. The position of your cervix and the cervical mucous you produce changes throughout your menstrual cycle. Therefore, charting the amount and texture of your cervical mucous
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Implantation Bleeding

By JustMommies staff

After ovulation the egg travels into the uterus and burrows into the lining of the uterus. For some women implantation will cause slight bleeding or spotting. This is called implantation bleeding. This is sometimes confused for an early period. What does implantation bleeding look like? Implantation
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