Originally Posted by wholewheatchick
Can being around women who are in labor/just gave birth affect other women's hormones? I ask because I am a doula, and I just attended my FIRST BIRTH and it was AMAZING but anyway after I got home, I had the most copious, high quality EWCF I've ever had in my life!
I've heard from other doulas and MWs that can happen. I can't remember now if it was
starting sooner than expected or being all of a sudden fertile. I can see how it could cause either, though, depending on where you are in your cycle. Biologically speaking, we are all always in reproductive competition with each other. If you are close to the end of your cycle and you're around lots of female hormones, your body might start
sooner than expected so you'll be fertile sooner. If you are near O, your body might react by making your hyperfertile.
I forgot to mention that my temp is almost always lower on my BB thermometer during the day. I don't think I've ever gotten anything out of the 97 degree range. I don't know why that would be because my temp register more normal on a regular digital thermometer.
I might be having O pains today. I've had this intermittent sort of crampy, sort of achy feeling around the area where my right ovary is. We'll see. I think I had the same feeling last cycle a day or two before my thermal shift. I might actually be starting to recognize a discernible pattern to my cycles. That would be nice!