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Charting question: when to temp?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

Hey, everyone! I'm interested in charting to avoid pregnancy, but I'm not sure when to take my temperature to get an accurate chart. 

My DD still nurses throughout the night, so I sometimes get up at irregular times through the night which confuses me as to when I should chart. Another thing confusing me is that I wake up when DH gets up for work, go back to sleep and get up a few hours later when DD wakes up. 

 

Here's a vague timeline of when I sleep/wake up:

10-11: bedtime

11-12: fall asleep

4-5: sometimes I'll wake up when DD needs to switch sides

530: DH wakes up for work (usually I wake up here if I'm not awake from DD earlier

6ish: fall back asleep (it takes me a while to fall back asleep)

830-9: DD switches sides nursing again and I wake up again (sometimes drift back to sleep as she nurses, but not for a substantial amount of time)

 

I'm thinking that I should just temp when I first wake up, even if it's as early as 4, because I would have been sleeping for at least 4 hours before then and the difference between 4 and 530 would be minimal, but maybe there's something about it that I'm not seeing. 

Thanks for your help : )

post #2 of 5

If you're cosleeping, a slight waking to switch sides is very unlikely to affect your temperature.  Taking it at different times is much more likely to affect it, so I would go with whatever time is most consistent, probably when your DH gets up for work.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the quick reply. That's what I was thinking, but then I was wondering if I should take it if I wake up earlier. Some days I'll fully wake up 30 minutes to an hour before DH wakes up, not just a half wake up to switch sides. Should I temp then or just wait so I'm temping at the same time every day? (I'm staying in bed, pretending to sleep so DD doesn't wake up, if that makes a difference.)

post #4 of 5

If you wake up 30 min earlier, just temp then. 30 min never made a big deal for me.

post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

Sweet. Thanks so much for your help. :)

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