Does the timing of when you temp matter?

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Does the timing of when you temp matter?
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Fri, 03-22-2013 - 1:11pm

I saw a member asking this on another board, and wanted to see what you all thought.  She was wonderng if it makes a difference on what time in the morning you take your BBT.  For example, her natural waking time is 6am which is when she takes her temp.  Would she have lower temps than someone who has a natural waking time of 8 am and temps then?  

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Sat, 03-23-2013 - 1:17am

Her temps might be slightly lower than the person temping at 8 am, but there are other variables as well, such as what time she went to bed, and how many consecutive hours of sleep she had before temping.  Also, when it comes to charting, most often you're looking at the overall pattern of temps, not the individual temp readings.  As long as she temps consistently at whatever time she chooses, her chart should be accurate.


Sue
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Mon, 05-06-2013 - 2:19pm

To further gain understanding...

If "they" give what a BBT temp should be like pre-O, post-O, if someone who sleeps 8 hours to wake up at 6am vs. someone who sleeps 8 hours, but wakes up at 8am - they would have similar temps if a "normal" cycle?

So my BBT should still be within that average, no matter what time I wake up - just as long as I had the full amount of sleep/consecutive sleep, etc.?

But they have the bbt adjuster which adjusts for the time you wake up-- it says body rises .05 each half hour. So wouldn't the 6am person essentially have a 2 degree difference than the 8am person?

I'm just worried because my post-o temps rarely hit above 97.5, and my pre-o temps barely hit 97.2 - yet a post-o temp is supposed to be +97.5 at minimum. This is temps when I take it at 5:30 or 6am. So what if i start taking it at 7:30 or 8am-- I wonder if that's when my bbt will be within the normal range? (I'm too afraid to try it-haha) But I'm worried my temp will never get high enough to stop wall from shedding an implanted egg. Cry

A further question - if one is pregnant, what would be your temp during the day or night? How quickly does it rise to and does it go over the 98.6?

I'm just thinking that at any given time when someone is pregnant, their temp should never go below ~97.5... would that be a correct assumption?

Thanks!

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Fri, 05-10-2013 - 12:47am

Some of what you're looking at when you temp is the overall pattern of your temperatures, not just the individual numbers.  Your temps, taken at 8 am, might be slightly higher than those taken at 6 am, but as long as you're temping at the same time every day, your chart should give an accurate picture of your cycle, regardless of exactly where those numbers fall on the chart.  The bbt adjustor tool shouldn't be used often, and is really only for those times when you might sleep in one morning, or your schedule changes and you have to get up earlier than normal.  If you adjust your temp too many times in your cycle, your chart won't be accurate, because the adjustment is really just a guess based on average temp behavior.

I can't answer your question about temps when pregnant, but the best advice I can ever give a pregnant woman is, put down the thermometer and walk away from your chart!  Your temp is still going to have rises and falls and you can cause yourself a whole lot of worry if your temp is lower, when there's probably no reason to worry.

I'd be interested in seeing your chart, if you have a link to share.  You mentioned having lower temps, but I'm a visual person so I do better if I can see the whole picture.  There are medical conditions, such as a thyroid imbalance, that can cause temp aberrancies, for instance.


Sue
Homeschooling mom to DD15 & DS11

CL of Homeschooling, Signature Showcase, Ectopic Loss, and Fertility Charting