Post # 1
Well, we are TTC and this is our first cycle actually really trying. I thought I would chart but honestly it seems intimidating. I go to look at how to chart and I panic. Also, my cycles are like 40 day cycles.
1. When you do get pregnant, does pregnancy start at the time conceived or the first day of your last period? So when I get a BFP will I be 40 days pregnant or just like 2 weeks pregnant? I am so confused.
2. Is there any other way to know when you are about to ovulate or are ovulating other then taking your temprature?
Post # 3
@figgnewton: Hi! To answer your questions,
1) When you get a positive pregnancy test, you are considered about a month pregnant at that point. Only 8 months to go!
2) Taking your temperature really only tells you if (and retrospectively, when) you ovulated in a given cycle. The first day you see a sustained thermal shift (3 consecutive days of higher temps) is the day AFTER you ovulated. So going by temps alone, you will only find out you ovulated yesterday perhaps if you see a large temp rise, but this won’t help you in TTC. While some women will see a temp dip before ovulation, not everyone does and it can also vary from cycle to cycle so this is not a reliable way to determine when you are nearing ovulation. To do that you will want to use OPKs and observe your changes in your cervical fluid. As your cervical fluid becomes more watery/stretchy and more clear than opaque you are usually nearing ovulation and this is when you want to BD to maximize your chances. Also, BD whenever you get a positive OPK as well as for a few days after the positive.
Hope this helps and GL!
Post # 4
I hopes this helps….i am not an expert at all, i am also ttc this is my 4th cycle and got my AF this morning, so not good for this month…..this is just stuff i reseached as well….GL girl ! : )
A normal pregnancy lasts 280 days from your LMP which is about 266 days from conception to birth. The first two weeks of your pregnancy includes the time of your period, ovulation and fertilization. Conception occurs approximately 14 – 16 days after the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP).
The date of conception is not always known and can vary between women. The date of LMP is known by most women so doctors use this date as a starting point for pregnancy. From your LMP they will add 280 days and this will give your Estimated Due Date or EDD. In general, all doctors agree that pregnancies, when using the LMP dating technique, average approximately 280 days or 40 weeks.
Before ovulation, your BBT probably ranges from 97.2 to about 97.7 degrees Fahrenheit. But two or three days after you ovulate, hormonal changes cause a rise of 0.4 to 1.0 degree in your BBT, which lasts at least until your next period. (You may notice your temperature spiking on other days here and there, but unless it stays up, you probably haven’t yet ovulated.) If you become pregnant, your temperature will stay elevated throughout your pregnancy.
Post # 5
@figgnewton: Charting your temps is not nearly as intimidating as it sounds. Step 1. Download Fertility Friend app on your phone. Step 2. Get yourself a Basal Body Temperature thermometer. I got mine at CVS, it was $10 or $15. Step 3. Set an alarm for the same time each morning (make sure you’ve had a few solid hours of sleep) and take your temp. Step 4. Enter your temp into your FF app, then let the app do its work.
Most doctors calculate pregnancy from the date of your last menstrual period, so when you miss a period and get a positive test, you’re considered about 4 weeks pregnant if you have a 28 day cycle. They do it this way because most women know when their last period was but not when they ovulated/conceived.
You can check your cervical mucus in addition to charting temps. CM should be the consistency of raw egg whites when you’re most fertile. You can also buy ovulation prediction kits. (I personally never did either of these things, I just charted temps) Good luck!
Post # 6
If you really don’t want to chart your BBT, then I recommend using ovulation prediction kits (OPKs). You can buy them at the store or order them online for much cheaper. Since you don’t have a good estimate of when you ovulate, you should probably start using OPKs as soon as your period ends, or maybe around 10 days into your cycle depending on how long your period is. Some women ovulate pretty early, but starting on CD10 should be ok. Anyway, use the OPKs a couple of times a day until you get a positive result (the line is as dark as or darker than the control or you get a smiley face with a digital). When you get a positive or think you get a positive, have sex, and keep having it until you have a few days of negative OPKs.
OPKs won’t tell you if you ovulated, but they can give you a heads up that it’s likely about to happen. You can get a positive OPK and not ovulate. That’s why temping is helpful because you can confirm ovulation.
Post # 7
Also, with a longer cycle, you do not ovulate on day 14. Ovulation takes place approximately 14 days BEFORE your next period. If you are a solid 40 days count back 14 days from the day you expect your next period. So for example if you expect your period on December 24th that would mean you likely ovulated on or around December 10th. If it varies by a few days from month to month, take the average number of days (say 38) and count back 14 days then begin having sex 5-7 days before you suspect ovulation to a few days after just for extra measure.
I was going nuts with charting and OPK’s until my gyn gave me the sound advice above. The first month I did nothing but what I described above I got pregnant. Unfortunately I miscarried but it worked once before I am confident it will happen for use again soon! Good luck to you!