Post # 1
So I read Taking Charge about a month ago….trying to remember everything and all the abbrev. while reading these threads.
So my last cycle, I bought a themometer and printed everything out… and then I realized. I am a horrible sleeper. I wake up a few times a night and my DH snores and wakes up a few hours before me and wakes me up.
I will never get a full nights sleep or even the required three hours.
We arent “officially trying” until dec or Jan but at 33 I was hoping to chart so the process could hopefully go as quickly as possible.
So this past month I just took notes on cervical fluid, which I guess told me approx. the right days to time intercourse but not anything else.
Suggestions? am I out of luck?
My DH says he thinks it is ironic that we might have to sleep in seperate rooms to get pregnant. 🙂
Post # 3
I think you should try 1 month of taking your BBT and see what your chart shows. I wake up sometimes in the nights but I find as long as I didn’t move around much it doesn’t affect my temp in the morning.
If your temp is being affected it might be worth trying to sleep in seperate beds but until you know, I don’t think you should count yourself out.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@nonapkns: If it’s that difficult to get accurate temps, then I recommend BDing every over day or every two days until you get your BFP. If you haven’t been TTC very long just have some fun with it for the first 3-6 months and see what happens.
Post # 5
I’m a terrible sleeper– I’d say I wake up around 4-5 times a night and get out of bed twice. Charting has been fine for me, since my behavior is consistent, I think it all works out. Try to do it the same time every sleep cycle and you should be fine.
Here’s a look at mine for good measure:
Post # 6
I’m the same as @OldMrsMcDonald:
I sleep for like 2 hours then FI comes to bed and I wake up. Then I sleep for 3-4 hours, and I get up to pee. Then I sleep for 2-3 hours and wake up for work. Charting has been fine for me as well. like PP said, because its fairly consistent for my way of sleeping.
PI say pick one of those times you wake up, and always temp at that time. See what happens.
Post # 7
@nonapkns: You could always try charting CM and OPKs first and see how that goes. I find that paying attention to CM will tell you when to start using OPKs and then use those until you get a positive. Pay attention to your CM the next couple days after the positive to confirm O (basically, your EWCM should change to wet CM or creamy CM). As for the OPK’s, you can get 50 on Amazon for like $20 and that will last you a while. Then if that isn’t getting you result that you want you can move on to temping.
Post # 8
I wake up regularly too, and get up to go to the bathroom pretty much every morning, so I’m sure that it’s less than 3 hours between then and temping. It doesn’t seem to make much of a difference for me and I’ve fallen into a rythm with it. I’d say go for it and see what happens for a few months.
Post # 9
@nonapkns: i’m a horrible sleeper too and it doesn’t seem to affect my BBT. i still get a very clear pattern of when i O. try taking your temp for a few months and see how your chart looks. you might be surprised. 🙂
Post # 10
Thanks everyone… I like to follow directions so when I read that you have to be asleep for three hours I figured I was out of luck.
Also the two mornings I tried to take my temp, it was 86 something!!!! But a week ago my DH had a fever I AM SURE, and he is one of the warmest people on the planet, and his temp was 97. I think I got a bumb thermometer from Wallmart. I did choose the cheapest one.
I think I will buy another.
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015
@OldMrsMcDonald: I agree!
If you are consistent @nonapkns: every night, then your chart will show some sort of pattern. You should give it a try! Good luck!
Post # 12
I agree with everyone else. i thought the same thing, but just started charting midway through this cycle. So far so good, I think!
Post # 13
@nonapkns: make sure you get a basal body temperature thermometer not just a regular one.
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015
@nonapkns: Another recommendation since you are thinking in investing some money is to get a thermometer that goes to the hundredths reading, so you can get a more accurate chart. I was doing that the last few days of my last cycle and saw a small shift that made me happy!
Post # 15
I actually found that the exact time I take my temp and if I get up first, that it doesn’t really matter. I can temp at 5am, 9am, after waking up to pee first, after waking up in the middle fo the night… and it’s all still about the same before and after O within 0,3 deg, which is enough to tell when you O since that shift is 0.5 deg or more. If you try temping, you may be able to recognize your own temp pattern.
Post # 16
@nonapkns: You know you can take your temperature vaginally too! I’ve never done it, but its supposed to be more accurate!