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Welcome to what hopefully is conception day, or the first day of your baby's gestation!

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If you have a 28-day cycle (or if you adjusted this calendar to reflect the length of your cycle), today is the day an egg should be released from one of your ovaries!

Some women feel an abdominal pain or twinge -- mittleschmerz, literally meaning "middle pain" -- upon ovulation. The ovum must be fertilized by a sperm cell within 24 hours. This is why it's such a good idea to time sex for up to 5 days before ovulation as well as the day the egg is actually released so there are plenty of little guys ready and waiting for the egg's grand appearance.

Researchers from The University of Utah reviewed data that examined the timing of intercourse relative to the estimated day a woman ovulates. They found that a woman is most likely to become pregnant one to two days prior to ovulation rather than on the actual day of ovulation, as popularly believed.

Read more on that fertility study here... and if you are not sure you have ovulated, keep having sex!


Have the right dates?

If you have a cycle that's longer or shorter than 28 days, be sure to use your adjusted EDD when generating your daily page.


WTH?

TTC? 2WW? What's that? Check here for a list of acronyms (and their definitions) that you may run across in your trying to conceive adventures!


Double the fun?

Do twins sound like a dream? Wanting to go for the 2-for-1 special? Have a good supply of dairy in your daily diet!

Women who consume animal products, specifically dairy, are five times more likely to have twins. The culprit may be insulin-like growth factor (IGF), a protein that is released from the liver of animals -- including humans -- in response to growth hormone, circulates in the blood and makes its way into the animal's milk. IGF increases the sensitivity of the ovaries to follicle stimulating hormone, thereby increasing ovulation. Some studies also suggest that IGF may help embryos survive in the early stages of development.

The concentration of IGF in the blood is about 13 percent lower in vegan women than in women who consume dairy. Click here for more suggestions to increase your odds of having twins.

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