Charting When You Work A Crazy Schedule??

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
272 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@coffeecoop:  I am also a nurse. I work 12 hour shifts that rotate day/night. I found that my tempurature when I got home at 0800 from a night shift was lower than after sleeping for a couple of hours and taking a temp upon waking. It made me think that I had my basal temp while I was working (always wondered why I got SOOOO cold at 0200-0500!!). Maybe give something like that a try and see how it goes.

I know that TCOYF suggests that shift workers take their basal temp after their longest sleep, but frankly I never sleep well during the day.

Post # 5
2457 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

you say you usually work overnights, right? when you are doing the overnights, do you sleep at the same time each day?

if your occasional first shift is only a day or two (?) then i would just skip temping on those days and temp at the time you usually sleep.



Post # 7
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I also worked crazy shifts, so I don’t have a great answer for you.  We spent four months just BDing really frequently in the middle of my calendar cycle, and then were going to try charting the fifth month (since I didn’t work any night shifts for 4 weeks), but we got our BFP.  If your cycles are regular, then you’re likely ovulating and will have good chances conceiving.  And you could try OPKs again (which we were going to try the following month when I went back to crazy hours, if it hadn’t happened yet).  Or CM, etc.  Good luck, sorry I don’t have better advice.

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