Post # 1
This morning was literally my very first temping and charting day and I was so worried I barely slept! My DH and I aren’t going to be actively ttc until June but I went off my BCP this month and wanted to start charting right away.
I went crazy. I kept waking up and thinking about how you are supposed to have uninterupted sleep. Then I kept trying to sleep with my mouth closed because I didn’t want to alter the temp. I couldn’t turn off the alarm quick enough so I thought I was moving too much. It was awful. Please tell me it gets better and more natural??
When does everyone log their temp information? Right away at the crack of dawn or later in the day?
Post # 3
awww hun, don’t be too nervous about it, you’ll do fine, the less you think of it as a chore, the better it gets. I wasnt nervous to start tempting or charting, what got me nervous were the numbers, like what it meant, was it high? was it low? but then you get use to it and you start to get to know what’s a normal temp for you, your body. You’ll do fine ;)))
Post # 4
Oh man, I felt that way the first time, too. Don’t worry about it, in a week you’ll be way over it, and it will become a part of your routine, you’ll barely think about it (until your first TWW). Especially since you aren’t TTC until June, you’ll be an expert by then. Congratulations!
Post # 5
i record my temp when i get up. are you using fertility friend? if so, you can set the default time so no matter when you enter your temp, it will record it for the time it was taken, not the current time. mine is defaulted for 5:15am. don’t stress too much over it. i am a restless sleeper so i hardly ever have 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep before taking my temp. i still see a pattern though so it’s fine. here’s my chart:
it’s my first month charting too. 🙂
Post # 6
Hi! come and join us at the Charters thread if you’d like : http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/charters-of-the-hive-part-xviii#axzz2LvrtHAnl
this is my second month charting officially! i’m on FF too. http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/foxwife
Jut remember, don’t try hard to make your chart look pretty. even if you expect a high temp, add whatever is there! FF can see a pattern no matter how wonky you think it is. 🙂
Post # 7
It was the same for me when I first started charting. Actually, a few months ago, I began temping earlier, and I had the same problems just like when I was a newbie charter. Don’t worry, it gets much easier. Don’t stress over things like mouth breathing and moving too much. If you get a whole bunch on wonky charts, then you can worry about that kind of thing, but as long as you see a temp shift, you’re ok. After a cycle or two of charting, it’ll all become second nature.
Post # 8
I am in my first month and I dont worry about it enough. somehow I forget to take my temp on a regular basis. I am sure you will get the hang of it.
Post # 9
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This cracked me up because I did the same exact thing. I’ve never slept as poorly as I did my first month charting (just two months ago). We aren’t TTC yet, but I’m off BCP as well, so I wanted to start charting.
It definitely got easier. For month 2, I set my alarm at 4:30am so I could be sure not to have my “I’m not awake, but I’m thrashing around trying to be asleep” time that I’m pretty sure skewed some of my temps the first month.
I’m continuing with my 4:30am alarm, and I go back to sleep until around 6. It’s worked really well for me so I don’t worry about the consecutive hours of sleep.
Post # 10
Yep, I was nervous at first, too! After a while you get used to it and you won’t stress over it too much anymore 🙂 Then when you first get pregnant it feels weird to stop taking your temperature! Haha!
Post # 11
@princessbelle: don’t be so nervous! I charted for a few months and you learn to adjust for outliers. Especially if today is cd1, these temps arent that important anyway
does your thermometer have a recall? I’d just set my alarm for 5am, take the temp and stick it back in my table. Then when I woke up id enter the data. I set my ff app to default to 5 am so it didn’t record that I was inconsistent.
Post # 12
I could have written your post, I feel the exact same way. I am sure we will get the hang of it:)
Post # 13
Thank you everyone for your advice and words of wisdom. It really does make me feel better to know that it gets better and that I am not the only one feeling crazy!! I did catch myself getting excited today to temp tomorrow so maybe that is a shift in the right direction! Hopefully I can shut my brain off and not worry so much!
@calibee79: I am on fertility friend! I love the app for my phone so far! I really like looking at the charts. Thank you for sharing!
@FreckledFox: Thanks for sharing your chart too! I will be heading over to the charters thread 🙂
@happybunny: We will get the hang of it I know it!! Good luck to you!!
Post # 14
@princessbelle: Haha! Today is my Day 3 Charting and I TOTALLY GET IT! I was just in the “Charters” thread yesterday asking questions like “how much does it matter if I get 2 versus 3 hours of sleep before temping?” The first two nights, I was totally confused as to whether I needed to take it in the middle of the night when I got up to go to the bathroom, or wait until I normally wake up around 7. I was also afraid I’d toss the thermometer off the bed and screw up my temp trying to find it. You name it – it probably crossed my mind. haha
My temp was much higher than the last two days today, but I suspect that it is because I was working late and went to bed like 2-3 hours later than normal. The same thing will probably happen tomorrow because I have this virtual career fair thing in a different time zone tonight that basically means I’ll have to take a nap and talk to recruiters at like midnight. Oh well?
We’re not TTC yet either, but i wanted to try to confirm whether or not I’m actually ovulating after being on BC for almost a decade.
Post # 15
@Mrs.LemonDrop: Good luck charting! My temps are going to be all screwed up because my thermometer went wonky and I had to buy a new one! Looking forward to chatting in the charters thread!
Post # 16
It will become second nature to you after a few weeks. I don’t temp during AF but still use my phone as an alarm. I still shove the darn thing in my mouth before I move out of habit! It is very important to temp AT THE SAME TIME every morning, and before getting out of bed to get the most accurate chart.