A Preconception Checklist

Preconception is a big part of babymaking. Find out how to get your body ready for pregnancy.

Whether you're actively trying or just thinking about getting pregnant, you can take steps now to make the experience as healthy and joyful as possible. Print and carry this handy checklist to keep track of your efforts.

Can a Woman Become Pregnant During Her Period?

It's a common misconception that if a woman has sex during her period she cannot become pregnant. While a woman is unlikely to get pregnant during her period, it is absolutely possible.

Defining a Period

"A period is defined as the blood loss that happens at the end of an ovulatory cycle, as the result of an egg not being fertilized by a sperm," explains Michele Hakakha, M.D., a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist based in Los Angeles and co-author of Expecting 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for Your Pregnancy.

Provera and Ovulation

Find all the answers to your questions about Provera and ovulation, whether you're taking Provera and thinking about pregnancy, or your doctor suggests Provera to stimulate ovulation.

Provera is a prescription drug containing medroxyprogesterone acetate, a type of synthetic progesterone. Progesterone is one of the hormones that controls the menstrual cycle and ovulation, the monthly release of an egg from the ovaries. Progesterone also helps to prepare the womb lining for pregnancy and shed the lining each month when pregnancy does not occur (a process you know as your monthly period).

Charting Your Basal Body Temperature

Your body gives you several signs that you could be ovulating. One is a change in your basal body temperature. Here are some frequently asked questions about basal body temperature and its relationship to ovulation.

What is basal body temperature?
Basal body temperature is your body temperature when you're completely at rest, according to Planned Parenthood. Most women experience a slight rise in basal body temperature -- measuring only fractions of a degree -- when they ovulate. If you take your basal body temperature properly and chart it each day, it's possible to determine if ovulation has occurred. But how can you measure such a small change in temperature? You need a basal body thermometer.

Ovulation: Pros and Cons of Ovulation Predictor Kits (OPKs)

Many couples rely on ovulation predictor kits, or OPKs, to identify when the woman is most fertile. OPKs can detect a surge in the production of luteinizing hormone (LH), which occurs roughly 36 hours before ovulation. By timing intercourse shortly after the LH surge, you can increase your odds of bringing sperm and egg together at the time when conception is most likely to occur.

Sounds easy, right? In a perfect world, OPKs would infallibly detect ovulation, and ovulation would inevitably lead to pregnancy. The reality is more complicated, so be sure to consider the pros and cons of OPKs before trusting your fertility exclusively to this method.

How Do I Know I'm Fertile?

Odds are with you -- only about 12 percent of women have trouble getting or staying pregnant, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Of course, you won't know for sure until you start trying to conceive, but these clues are a good indication that your body is baby-ready.

Ovulation Facts

What is ovulation?

Each month, your body prepares for a possible pregnancy by releasing follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), causing eggs to mature in individual follicles located in your ovaries. Each follicle produces estrogen, another hormone, which must reach a certain level for ovulation to occur. When enough estrogen has been produced -- usually 12 to 18 days after the cycle begins -- a ripened egg, smaller than the head of a pin, bursts from the most mature follicle. The release of the egg is known as ovulation.

Ovulation Predictor

Getting pregnant should be simple, right? So why does conception practically require a Blackberry to schedule? Simplify the situation with our free ovulation calendar, which tells you when you're most likely to get pregnant.


Thank you to Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Wallingford, CT for giving my family complimentary admission for this visit. All opinions are 100% my own.

Cut to the chase. Take me to the Momsense.

Here’s the thing about writing a blog about things to do with kids: you are always, always, ALWAYS thinking about new things to do with your kids. Always. So when a Facebook friend of mine (who doesn’t even live in Connecticut!) posted some pics of her kids playing at a trampoline park called Sky Zone that looked like a ton of fun, the first thing I thought was, gee, I wonder if they have a location in my neck of the woods. And guess what? They do! In fact, there are two Sky Zone locations already in CT, and two more in the works (including one that has just been announced for the Hartford area!). So I contacted the one currently closest to me in Wallingford, CT and asked if I could bring my crew down for one of their bi-weekly “Toddler Time” sessions for kids ages 5 and under.


Thank you to our sponsor, Romp n’ Roll, for providing me and my family with complimentary admission to their open gym program. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.

Cut to the chase. Take me to the Momsense.

Back in January, there was a bit of a buzz in the world of indoor play as a new venue opened its doors in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Readers contacted us, friends contacted us, and everyone wanted to let us know that the first Connecticut location of Romp n’ Roll was now open for business. Both Shawna and I were excited to visit (and of course share this new destination with our readers) and I FINALLY made it happen last week when I took my little ones there to check it out.

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