Last Updated on July 18, 2022 by Avi Steen
The luteal phase is the second half of your menstrual cycle. It starts after ovulation and ends when you get your period. If you’re trying to get pregnant, it’s important to know what the luteal phase is and what you can do to make it as successful as possible. In this blog post, we will discuss what the luteal phase is in detail and give you seven tips for making the most of it!
Menstrual cycle 101
The menstrual cycle is the natural biological process that a woman’s body goes through each month to prepare for the possibility of pregnancy. The average cycle lasts 28 days, but it can range from 21 to 35 days.
The first day of bleeding is considered day one of the cycle. The menstrual phase, or period, is the first phase of the cycle.
It typically lasts three to seven days and is when the uterus sheds its lining. The next phase is the follicular phase during which the ovaries produce follicles— sacs that each contains an egg.
As the follicles mature, they release estrogen, which triggers ovulation. The egg is released during ovulation, which usually occurs around day 14 of a 28-day cycle (but cycles can last longer or shorter).
After ovulation, a woman enters the luteal phase. If fertilization does not occur, the egg dissolves, and the uterine lining is shed during menstruation. If fertilization does occur, the egg implants in the uterine wall and pregnancy begins.
What is the luteal phase? The luteal phase is the second half of your menstrual cycle, which starts after ovulation and ends when you get your period or get pregnant. This phase usually lasts for about 12-14 days but can be longer. If you’re trying to conceive, the luteal phase is the most important time to focus on.
During the luteal phase, your body temperature rises and your uterine lining thickens in preparation for pregnancy. If you do not conceive during this phase, the uterine lining will be shed during menstruation.
If you’re trying to get pregnant, there are a few things you can do to improve your chances:
-Baby dance (a TTC term) regularly during the fertile window: Baby dancing every day or every other day during the window will help increase your chances of conceiving.
-Track your ovulation: Knowing when you ovulate is key to getting pregnant. You can check out my free mini course to better determine your ovulation window.
-Eat a fertility diet: Eating a diet rich in nutrients like folic acid, iron, and zinc can help improve your fertility.
–Reduce stress: Stress can impact your hormones and interfere with ovulation. Try to relax and de-stress as much as possible during the luteal phase.
What Luteal Phase Really Means
Luteal comes from the term corpus luteum. The corpus luteum is an important part of a woman’s reproductive system.
It is a hormone-producing gland that helps to regulate the menstrual cycle. Each month, the corpus luteum produces progesterone, a hormone that thickens the lining of the uterus in preparation for pregnancy.
If pregnancy does not occur, the corpus luteum breaks down and sheds along with the lining of the uterus during menstruation.
If pregnancy does occur, the corpus luteum continues to produce progesterone until the placenta takes over this role. The corpus luteum is thus essential for both fertility and pregnancy.
Luteal Phase vs Two-Week Wait
These two terms are interchangeable. The luteal phase is the last two weeks of your cycle, starting from ovulation. The two-week wait is the period of time between when you ovulate and when you either get your period or take a pregnancy test.
If you’re trying to conceive, the two-week wait can be very stressful! There are a few things you can do to make the most of your luteal phase and take your mind off of trying to get pregnant:
7 Things to do While in The 2 Week Wait
- Start a New Book
- Go on a Walk
- Pray and Meditate
- Try a New Recipe
- Organize Your Closet
- Watch a Funny Movie
- Start a New Hobby
1 Start a New Book
One of the best things you can do during the two-week wait is to start a new book. This will help take your mind off of trying to conceive and give you something else to focus on.If you’re looking for something new and positive, check out my Two Week Wait Devotional here.
2 Go on a Walk
Getting some fresh air and moving your body can help to release some of the stress you may be feeling. Walking is also a great way to get in some exercise, which can help improve your fertility.
3 Pray and Meditate
Prayer and meditation are great ways to reduce stress. Spend some time each day focusing on your breath and clearing your mind. If you’re struggling to conceive, ask for guidance and strength during this difficult time.
4 Try a New Recipe
Cooking can be a great way to relax and take your mind off of things. Trying out a new recipe can be a fun way to change up your routine.
5 Organize Your Closet
Use some of your free time during the two-week wait to declutter and organize your closet. This can be a great way to take your mind off of things and get rid of anything you don’t need.
Plus, it’s always nice to have a clean and organized space!
6 Watch a Funny Movie
Laughter is said to be the best medicine, so why not watch a funny movie during the two-week wait? This can help take your mind off of things and give you a much-needed break.
7 Start a New Hobby
If you’re looking for something to do during the two-week wait, why not start a new hobby? This can be a great way to occupy your time and give you something to focus on other than trying to conceive. When I was TTC I started a YouTube channel and it evolved from a hobby to a business.
There you have it! These are just a few things you can do during the luteal phase (or two-week wait) if you’re trying to get pregnant. Just remember to relax and take things one day at a time.Wishing you all the best on your fertility journey!
Did you find this post helpful? If so, please share it with your friends! And be sure to check out my Two Week Wait Devotional for even more support during this difficult time.
What have you been doing during your two-week wait?
Octavia Steen is an NBDA certified fertility doula, health coach, certified fitness nutrition specialist, aspiring missionary with the COGIC, and owner of Mother Mindset. She helps future and current mamas become more consistent in faith + fitness and grow closer to God so they can create a healthier lifestyle from the inside out!