(Closed) Just started charting.. advice?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Helper bee

1) read TCOYF, obviously ๐Ÿ™‚

2) buy a good thermometer. Some ladies prefer a basal body thermometer, but they’re not necessary. Just make sure to get a high quality one.

3) take your temp at the same time EVERY day. Don’t lie in bed for 30 mins and temp, don’t get up to pee and then temp, don’t drink water or talk and then temp. After a few months, you’ll figure out how your temp reacts (for example, I can go to the bathroom an hour before temping or doze for a while before temping, and it doesn’t affect my temps). When you start out charting, try to be as precise as possible until you learn your body’s quirks

4) try not to focus on a single temp. You want to look at the big picture, not a single day. This can get really frustrating around O time, but you just gotta wait and see sometimes

5) using OPKs can be helpful. Charting only tell you when you O’d, but CM and OPKs can help you predict when you’re going to O.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yes, you should take it the first time you wake up. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Yes, like @abbylyn said, take your temp when your Darling Husband gets up. Set an alarm for yourself on days when he sleeps in (like the weekends). 

ETA: Also, in the future, only test once in the morning, even if it’s early or late. You can always adjust the temp or disturb it if necessary. Temping multiple times can get confusing, and sometimes the thermometers haven’t had time to reset yet, which is why you can get wildly different temps even a minute apart. I know why you tested twice in this case, but I figured I’d throw out another helpful hint for you.

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