Ovulation: Starting a Family
Having a child today as compared to having children 20 years ago is quite different. These days we can make a conscious choice about whether or not to have children, and we can also choose when we will have them.
Decisions may incorporate your aspirations for career, travel, a desire for independence and the urge to experience more of life prior to settling down and starting a family. Australian research has shown that these factors have caused women to delay, or in some cases completely avoiding marriage or having children.
Ovulation is the process by which an egg or many eggs are released by a woman's ovaries. During the period of ovulation, a woman is at her most fertile and thus has the greatest chance of falling pregnant. Prior to ovulation each month, around 20 or so eggs will mature, with the most mature one released into the pelvic cavity via the fallopian tube. Ovulation occurs quite randomly between the ovaries, without an alternating schedule of which ovary will engage in ovulation for any given month. Those who are attempting to conceive can judge when they begin ovulation by measuring various bodily signs such as temperature.
More and more women (and men) are choosing to put off parenting until a later age. This decision may be due to the desire to accomplish individual goals, or simply because we feel we are just too busy 'living' to fit a baby into our lives.
We plan and control so many aspects of our lives that when the time comes to have a baby, we are in danger of approaching conception, pregnancy and birth with the same desire to regiment the process. Unfortunately the world of conception, pregnancy and babies, tends not to work that way. Rather it will all take place as mother nature intended (which is sometimes not necessarily what you had planned!).
More and more doctors are encouraging women to have a fertility plan from an early age to avoid reaching an age where the risk of complications is much higher.