New to charting and have a question

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Fri, 06-10-2011 - 3:01pm

Well, its only one for now, I'm certain there will be more. Your supposed to temp at about the same time every day, but right after you wake up. On the days I work, I'm up at 3 or 4 in the morning and the days I don't I sleep in till 7 or 7:30. How much is that going to mess up my charting adventure?

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Fri, 06-10-2011 - 9:18pm
That could potentially mess up your chart quite a bit, because your temp rises approximately .1 degree for every 1/2 hour difference. My advice would be for you to temp at the same time every morning, then simply roll over and go back to sleep (ha ha, I know how possible that is sometimes!) if it's your day off.

One other concern would be that temping very early in the morning might mean that your body wouldn't have had enough "down" time in your sleep cycle. I don't know what time you go to bed and how many hours of sleep you're getting on those nights.

You'll probably have to proceed by trial and error a little bit, but that's ok. Make sure you're getting used to observing your cm and if possible your cp, as well...sometimes those can be crucial signs that can help you figure out your cycle even if your temps were being a bit wonky.


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Fri, 06-10-2011 - 10:24pm

It could mess with it, I know my temps are different at different times in the morning if I wake up earlier or later than usual.

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Fri, 06-10-2011 - 10:49pm
I'm using fertility friend as well, I literally just started looking into this today :P If I work, I try to go to bed at 8pm, right after I put my DS down. Most nights I'm asleep by 830, 9 at the latest. It would be possible for me to set an alarm to temp at 3am each morning (only one work day a week do I get to sleep in till 4) and then go back to sleep. I'm one of those that can wake up and get back to sleep easily majority of the time, its actually rare if I can't.

I actually have unintentionally paid attention to my cm and cp, without really realizing what I was doing. Just kinda figured out that at certain times between menses certain........activities with DH were much more enjoyable as they were more comfortable. So I'm used to paying attention to it, so now its just a matter of recording it to make sure my thoughts on the patterns are correct.

Thanks ladies for answering so quickly, I'm sure I'll be back :)
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Mon, 06-13-2011 - 7:51am
You're well on your way already :-) FF has a "charting university" that helps you learn the basics...and of course, we're here to answer any questions you may have as well. Did we tell you...make sure you use a BBT thermometer, not a regular fever thermometer. I'm sure you already got that info somewhere but just in case you didn't, I'm letting you know ;-)


Sue
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Mon, 06-13-2011 - 2:02pm
Yep, I got one. I did take two temps with my reg thermometer, just so I could get started w/o an excuse to delay. Which if I had I never would have gotten started, lol. I finished FF's little university in just a couple of hours, hehe. Passed with a A :P I figure I'm going to do my first 2 cycles just temping when I get up, then the next 2 all at the same time. Then compare and contrast to see if it makes a significant difference. Since we're not "officially" TTC yet (just not preventing anything) I may actually have the 4 months to get all of it down.....or maybe not, we'll see.
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Tue, 06-14-2011 - 7:56am
It's good to have a few "practice cycles" under your belt :-) Hope all your "acquired knowledge" won't be needed for long tho.


Sue
Homeschooling mom to DD15 & DS11

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