Originally Posted by bbrandonsmom
The preg ones had the temps just going up and up w/ no drop-those seemed pretty consistant. Do they ever drop during preg? It seemed most people stopped temping. If the temp dropped would that signal a mc?
But, the mc ones (I had to look), followed the preg ones, but then also dropped just like the ovulatory ones around day 12-14. If one hadn't taken a hcg test, they'd have never known they were preg it seems. So it almost seems counterproductive to test early on days 10/11 at all, since the mc charts follow the regular charts as far as temp and af. Why set ourselves up for the sadness? It's made me rethink testing too early.
A drop in temp after a confirmed pg can signal an m/c but doesn't necessarily. I wouldn't worry about it too much unless it dropped below the CL, though. Also, temps don't have to drop to have a m/c. I had my temp go up a down a few times when I was pg with ds2. One thing I always look at when I see consistent temps on a pg chart is whether or not the person was taking progesterone. I'm sure it's normal to have rather consistent high temps when pg but not for me unless I'm taking progesterone so that's why I look for that.
Testing early and finding out you are having multiple m/cs can be useful if you are ttc. After 3 early m/cs (aka chemical pgs), most docs will run various tests to try to determine the reason for the m/cs so they can be prevented. I've had 4 m/cs, 2 of which occurred right around the time AF was due. If I hadn't tested early, I may not have known I had problems with early m/cs, most certainly would not have had any testing done to find out that I have a double mutation on my mthfr gene that interferes with folic acid absorption and may be associated with blood clotting that can cause m/c. If I hadn't known all of that and taken extra precautions, I may not have ds3. If you aren't concerned about that, then there's certainly no reason to test before AF is late unless you really want to know asap.
I spent 2 1/2 years ttc before I got pg with ds2. I was told by 3 different doctors that I probably would not be able to get pg again. I showed them, though. Ha! I experienced 3 m/cs before getting pg with ds3. And then there's this most recent m/c that has really been the hardest for me. I can't say which was(is) more heartbreaking, the thought back when we were ttc that I may never be able to be pg again and never able to have my dh's child or the loss of a pg. Because I hadn't started testing early until the cycle I got pg with ds2, I may have been pg many times during the 2 1/2 years we were ttc and just not known it. If I had known, maybe we would've had 4 kids by now instead of 2. My point in all of that is that I think it's a very personal thing whether or not to test early, whether or not you can handle knowing that you are m/cing, whether or not you would do something about it if you knew you had multiple early m/cs.
BTW, my home is my own again. It's so calm and quiet. I have collapsed. I'm grateful that I was in a position that I could help those kids but I'm also grateful for them and me that they are home with their dad and his family now.