Entering the new year, it’s natural to have fresh starts on your mind, and if you’ve been discussing starting a family, then now could be the time to begin serious preparations!
One of the decisions you need to make is, in an ideal world, when you want to be pregnant. While plans like this are frequently disrupted by chance and life, it’s still important to have an aim, as this helps you to be ready, and to focus your efforts at conception. If you have a window in mind, then you can use a fertility device to ensure you know when the best time is to try for your ideal pregnancy.
Today we’re trying to answer that question and tell you when the best time to conceive is.
The Best Answer for You
The first thing we need to make clear is that there is no one perfect answer to this question, only the best answer for you. Every situation is unique, and you need to take into account your health, your job, and your preferences to decide what’s right in your situation.
One of the things you may want to consider is your job: while maternity leave is protected by law, and you are legally entitled to return to your job, the (unfortunate, unfair) reality is more complicated. At the very least, you can expect the reputation you’ve built up to be diminished in the meantime, especially in the eyes of people without children and men who aren’t primary carers.
You can counteract this by planning your maternity leave strategically. If you can arrange to begin it as you finish a big project or deliver an end of year report, you can go out on a high, building a bigger reputation for you to return to afterwards.
You might want to bear in mind how age affects your children’s performance in school. If you’re keen for them to have an early advantage, syncing your pregnancy with the school year can give them a better start – some evidence suggests that children born in the autumn perform better in the early years in school, so if you’re able to aim to conceive around December-January you could be taking the first step towards a high achiever!
Following this September baby plan has a big disadvantage – you’ll be heavily pregnant at the height of summer! It may be worth thinking of your own health and comfort, and planning to conceive at a time when you’re trying to carry a nearly full-term baby during a heat wave!
These are just a few of the factors you need to think about when you’re deciding on the best time to get pregnant. The most important thing you can do is make a plan that fits you, and makes you feel ready to welcome a new addition to your family.