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Catch that egg!

You will be ovulating in approximately three days. The cervical mucus is beginning to change -- the secretion on your most fertile days is similar to raw egg white: stretchy and clear.

In a typical 28 day menstrual cycle, ovulation usually occurs around Day 14 -- with Day 1 as the first day of your menstrual bleeding, says Fady I Sharara, MD, medical director of the Virginia Center for Reproductive Medicine and associate clinical professor at George Washington University School of Medicine. While the egg "fertilization window" is short he says (just 12 to 24 hours), sperm can live up to five days -- and sometimes longer -- in the cervical mucus, which is most abundant close to ovulation.

"Every woman who is attempting to conceive should know whether her cycles are regular and whether she experiences the 'ovulation signs,'" he says. "These signs include increasing cervical mucus close to ovulation, and what is called mittleschmerz, or the midcycle cramping that some, but not all, women feel."

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Advice and support

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In the know

Reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke by at least nine per day after the first prenatal visit can add 100g or more to your baby's weight, according to a study by the Vermont Cancer Center in Burlington.

The study, which involved 392 pregnant women, showed that an expectant mother's risk of delivering an underweight baby increased with the number of cigarettes she smoked. Women who gave up cigarettes had the fewest low-birth-weight babies.

So should you avoid all tobacco smoke exposure?

In a study published in the online journal BMC Pediatrics, Stephen G. Grant, PhD, associate professor of environmental and occupational health, says, "This analysis shows not only that smoking during pregnancy causes genetic damage in the developing fetus that can be detected at birth, but also that passive or secondary -- exposure causes just as much damage as active smoking, and it is the same kind of damage."

To read more about preconception, pregnancy and tobacco smoke, please click here.

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