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From diets that aid ovulatory function to pregnancy and ovulation tests, we can now add something new to the growing arsenal available to aspiring moms-to-be in their quest in getting pregnant: an over-the-counter fertility test.
Mommy site LilSugar.com reports that the new First Response Fertility Test checks the "FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) level to assess ovarian reserve (egg quantity and quality)—one of the leading single indicators of a woman's ability to get pregnant." Women should follow the instructions on the box carefully, but basically using the stick test on Day 3 of your menstrual cycle can help you determine your fertility potential.
Trying to get pregnant? It can be fun—but it can also be a trying time if you don't conceive right away. Our Getting Pregnant Guide offers you the best information to maximize your chances of conceiving.
After all, we know that it has to be the right place and the right time to make a baby. When you're trying to get pregnant, timing is everything. Here's four ways to figure out exactly when you're ovulating so you can plan your baby-making efforts. And don't forget our Ovulation Calculator!
Whether you're just considering starting a family or you've been trying for a while, our complete guide to conception can help. And don't forget our handy Preconception Checklist so you can cross off everything you need for a healthy pregnancy.
Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.