(Closed) Charting- Need Help

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You should take your temp when you first wake up because you need to have atleast 3 hours of uninterrupted sleep to get an accurate basal temp.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Looking at your nightly schedule, I think the only accurate reading you would get would be the one at 3AM, since you need 3-4 hours (ideally more) of uninterrupted sleep to get a good reading. The question is, can you really rely on yourself to temp at that hour in the night? Do you consistently (every. single.night.) get up at that same time? That’s the problem with temping. If you deviate from the routine, even a little, it can really mess up your chart.

I get up a lot during the night, toss and turn, sleep with my mouth open in a cold room, etc, so temping orally didn’t work for me and I got crazy readings. I’m thinking of temping vaginally in the future in order to rectify this.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@roxy821: I would really consider temping vaginally, then. You can do that consistently when you get up for the day, before you get up/move too much, and it will be a little more accurate.

I just think temping orally in your case is going to give you super erratic charts.

Also, check out the Charters of the Hive thread. There’s a great group over there and they are so helpful with charting!

Part 2: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/charters-of-the-hive-part-ii

Part 3: (CURRENT) http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/charters-of-the-hive-part-iii

 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@roxy821: The basal one 🙂

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

@Roxy – I kind of trained myself not to get up to pee…or I look at the clock and if it’s within 2 hours of my wake up time, I hold it.  I think you’re going to have to try a few different things to see what works.

I don’t know if 3am is a problem…but I would guess it wouldn’t be since you’ve been asleep for nearly 4 hours.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@roxy821:I usually wake up at 6 but I found that I was getting up at 5 every morning to go to the bathroom so I set my alarm for 5. I take my temp and just go straight back to sleep. If I were you I’d set an alarm for 3am, take your temp and then go to the bathroom. Sometimes it can take a little experimenting to find what works best for you 🙂

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@roxy821:Oh I totally missed the OPK question! I do use OPKs as well and usually the instructions say to use them in the afternoon after you have held your urine for 4 hours. I usually take them right when I get home from work, around 6pm. I go to the bathroom at 2pm after I get back from lunch and don’t drink anything until after I take the OPK. Some people take them both in the mornings and the afternoon just to make sure that they catch the LH surge but I only take them in the evenings and it’s worked really well for me!

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