Post # 1
I was recently married in May and my DH and I are currently in our second month TTC our first child! We are very excited! I used OPKs our first month, but felt they were not incredibly accurate based on CM & other signs of ovulation. This month we are just BDing a lot during the middle of my cycle, as to not miss O.
I would like to chart, as it seems much more reliable, but I am a nurse and work third shift, with occasional rotations to first shift. Needless to say my schedule is a bit crazy and I am never waking up at the same time on a daily basis like 9 to 5-ers.
Is it possible to chart with such a variable schedule? Or would my temps be all over the place and leave my chart unreliable ? And insight would be awesome!
thanks ladies 🙂
Post # 3
@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 # 4
@laa320 I totally know what you mean being literally freeeeezing from 0200-0500! I always joke that they turn the thermostat way down because management and HR are gone! That is a really good point. I too do not sleep well during the day, its more like half-lounging/half-sleeping with two naps rather then a restful night’s sleep. Do you chart- does your charting seem accurate if you do, based on other signs of O (or a successful pregnancy, if you’re KU?!)?
Post # 5
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 # 6
Well I may work overnight in either 8 or 12 hour shifts in the beginning of the week, have a day or two off, work days for two days, have a day or two off and I’m back to nights. Depending on the hours in my shift (8 vs 12 and occasionally 16) I might go to be right when I get home at 0830 or a little later around 1000.
The thing is I am never actually asleep for at most, I’d say, 4 hours at a time when I am working at night and sleeping during the day. When I am on days, I have a rather normal sleep schedule- although the time I go to sleep may change, I always get about 6-8 hours straight. Same goes for my days off.
By the way, if anyone is wondering- working a rotating schedule is a total bummer!!! Haha.
Post # 7
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.