Post # 1
I see so many ladies talking about temps and charting, and I wanna play too! But I just dont understand it at all. I have no clue when to start charts, how often to take temps, and really just what to look for. Everything I’ve researched sounds like it was written in a second language! Any help is appreciated!
(And, for anyone interested: 6dpo and have mild twingy cramps. Nothing too out of the ordinary but its just annoying.)
Post # 2
A new chart starts on the first heavy day of your period. You take your temp first thing in the morning right when you wake up after having slept for at least 3 or 4 solid hours. Most women keep their thermometers by their bed so they can just pop it in and then if you use an app on your phone you can just plug the time and temp in right there. You want to use a Basal Body Temp thermometer that shows at least one if not two decimal points for the most accuracy. (I used the CVS brand and it worked just fine) It should be taken roughly at the same time every day. The goal of charting is to see the temp shift that happens when you ovulate, you’ll see a spike in temperature the day after it happens. Most women use Fertility Friend.com to track and there are also tutorials and resources on how/what to do. Also the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility is a great read and really helpful to figure it all out.
Post # 3
Also – symptoms spotting in the luteal phase will do nothing but make you crazy. Every month you think you’re pregnant you won’t be, and the one you don’t notice any symptoms or aren’t paying attention is the month you will be. Good luck!
Post # 4
You can also chart CM (cervical mucus) and CP (cervical position). If you sign up for Fertility Friend, they have a little walkthrough that will tell you everything you need to know (and more).