Successful pregnancies… did you 'chart'?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Did you 'chart', or just conceive without tracking your fertility?
    No, we got pregnant without charting. : (63 votes)
    56 %
    Yes, I charted my fertility patterns to get pregnant. : (49 votes)
    44 %
  • Post # 3
    370 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We got lucky our first cycle, I only charted my periods and ovulation pains.  I was planning on actually temping that next cycle, I even bought beer and a thermometer the day before my BFP! Haha 🙂

    Post # 4
    48 posts
    • Wedding: January 2006

    @lealorali:  good question! I’d like to know the answers, too…

    Post # 6
    3778 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    we used charting (temps and mucus) to avoid for over a year and got pregnant on our first cycle trying. It’s not any more complicated than taking your temperature in the am and noting any ‘stuff’ you see on your underwear (or at least that’s how I tracked cm). Most basal thermometers have a memory so you don’t even have to record your temp right away (most helpful if you have an alarm set and you don’t actually need to wake up early that day)

    ETA- plus it takes the guesswork out of when your period is supposed to come. So if you ovulate later than usual, you’re not going to be peeing on a bunch of pregnancy tests thinking you’re pregnant when in all reality you just ovulated late.

    Post # 7
    545 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @lealorali:  I didn’t answer the poll because I half-assed charting, by only recording CM, no temps. We had one month of NTNP and I got pregnant our first month of really trying, when I felt pretty confident about when I was ovulating. 

    A close friend has been TTC with full-on charting for 4ish cycles so far with no luck. Another friend got pregnant with 2 cycles of full-on charting. 

    So to me, it’s all about what you prefer. I didn’t want to get to into the “data” in the first few months of trying, but my plan was to go all in if we didn’t get lucky right away. Thankful that I didn’t have to!

    Post # 8
    11469 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    @lealorali:  We tried one month NTNP and I did not chart,  no luck. I then started charting and got our BFP the second month. The first month of charting was hit and miss considering I was still trying to figure it out.

    In addition to charting I used OPKs, monitored CM and yes I took Mucinex during my FW the month i got pregnant. All combined I really think it made us lucky and fast.

    Charting is just a wonderful way to really get to know your body. Even if you aren’t trying to get pregnant it is helpful to better understand our cycles and how things work. Provided  you don’t have any physical complications I do think that charting is very helpful for knowing how to make the most of BD and timing.

    Post # 9
    8483 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I got pregnant my first cycle off of BCP.  I guess after 16 years my body jumped at the opportunity to release an egg lol.  I was actually plannng to wait a few months but didnt know what to expect going off the pill.

    I would have charted if I had gone 4-5 months or more without anything. 

    Post # 10
    1835 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I had been charting to avoid pregnancy, then when we were ready I used my charting to achieve pregnancy 🙂

    Post # 11
    2276 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @lealorali:  I’ve started charting my periods a few months ago. I’m going to start tempting on Monday. I think I’ve figured out my ovu date by charting and just paying attention to my cycles. I never did before. I knew my period came every month, that enough for me ;). It is overwhelming!!! Lol we are not ttc right now, but my DH and I would like to be prepared when we do. 🙂

    Post # 12
    279 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    My first pregnancy I didn’t chart. Charted to avoid the second one but got pregnant. You really need to follow those rules when you start seeing egg white! even if you have days and days of it. Those swimmers can seriously live 5 days which is what happened. Charted to get pregnant again. 

    Post # 13
    3360 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    @lealorali:  I can’t give you any info on how much it helps to get PG, since I’m not TTC quite yet (hopefully this next cycle!), but I just wanted to assure you that if you want to do it it really doesn’t have to be so difficult.  Have you looked into the charting course FF offers (instead of the e-book)? That’s what I did, and it was I think a couple weeks of just little tidbits of info each day.  And like @Woodstock said, all it really involves is taking your temperature every morning and making note of anything you notice when you use the restroom.  I’m guessing the e-book is as long as it is because it goes more into the nitty-gritty of what’s going on in your body – which I think is awesome to know, but not fully necessary to do the whole charting thing.

    Post # 14
    3119 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I charted to avoid and figure out my cycle for a few months after going of BCP. Then I charted when we were TTC. I loved it…I thought it was really easy (just taking temperature once a day and recording CM) and very interesting to get to know my body. We got pregnant in our third (second for real) month of trying. Plus it helped me know exactly when to test because my period would be late. It’s not for everyone, but definitely was for me. 

    Post # 15
    440 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @lealorali:  I read up on egg white cervical mucus and then started watching for it.  I also used ovulation predictor strips.  I did not temp.  We got pregnant our second cycle trying and only second cycle off birth control.  My cycles were long and I didn’t ovulate until day 27 the first cycle and day 25 the second.  Also, my luteal phase was short.  I’m glad I used the opk because I would have had no idea when I was ovulating otherwise and we’d still be trying.  We also normally only BD once a week and had to increase that during my fertile week.  Every other day for an entire looong cycle was just not going to work for us.

    Post # 16
    2449 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I kept track of when I got my period on my iPhone, not for TTC but the opposite. We avoided sex on days that the app estimated I was ovulating. Then we got a little careless “what are the chances” last month and had sex a few days before what the app said was my estimated ovulation. Got my positive a few days ago, so yeah…

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