If you’re trying to conceive, you’re probably familiar with the agonising two-week wait between ovulation and when you can take a pregnancy test. Here are a few tips to see you through those 14 days.
Understand what’s happening in your body
The production of progesterone during this time of your cycle could make you feel as if you’re pregnant – even if you aren’t. Expect mood swings, bloating and tender boobs – sensations that will eventually subside if you’re not expecting, but will continue if you are.
You may also experience implantation bleeding. You may mistake this for your period, but it’s actually a sign that the fertilised egg is attaching to the lining of your uterus. It feels similar to a period (think cramping), but it passes more quickly, is lighter, and tends to be light brown or black instead of red.
Remember to take care of yourself
Continue with your usual exercise regime, but don’t go overboard. This isn’t the time to take up boxing or try out that new hot yoga studio. Keep it moderate and avoid anything that will raise your body temperature dramatically, as this might compromise implantation. If in doubt, consult your doctor.
Act as if you’re pregnant
That includes taking a prenatal vitamin, saying no to sushi and fish that’s high in mercury, limiting your coffee intake and passing on alcohol. Since there’s no way of knowing whether or not you’re pregnant until those two weeks are up, the best thing to do is act as though you are.
Check in if there’s unusual bleeding
Chances are you’re watching everything to do with your period like a hawk – and that’s great, since you’ll definitely want to report any unusual bleeding, especially if it occurs less than 14 days after ovulation. This could be nothing, but it could also be a sign that there is something interfering with your ability to fall pregnant. Either way, it won’t hurt to get it checked out.
In her 16 years as journalist, Lisa Witepski’s work has appeared in most of South Africa’s leading publications, including the Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Entrepreneur and Financial Mail. She has written for a number of women’s magazines, including Living & Loving, Essentials and many others, across topics from lifestyle to travel, wellness, business and finance. She is a former acting Johannesburg Bureau Chief for Cosmopolitan, and former Features Editor at Travel News Weekly, but, above all, a besotted mom to Leya and Jessica. Lisa blogs at whydoialwayscravecake.blogspot.com and lisa.witepski.blogspot.com, and tweets at @LisaWitepski.