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Welcome to the July 2011 charting to avoid and fertility awareness thread. We are all at different stages in family planning and our own fertility. Some of us are very ardently Charting to Avoid (CTA); some are CTA but would be thrilled with a BFP; and we even have a few who are "whatevering" or pregnant and continue to hang out here.

 

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 Wiki Resources for Charting to Avoid

 

Reasons to Choose Natural Family Planning - Why would you want to use charting to plan your family, anyway?  Feel free to add your own reasons for charting!

 

Types of Natural Family Planning - It's not just the rhythm method.  They've got this down to a science with options galore!

 

NFP or FAM Methods While Breastfeeding - You have options in the postpartum period while your fertility is returning!

 

Resources For Learning About Fertility Cycles - Find books to read or websites to visit, find an instructor, post your chart online, and learn about how your diet affects your fertility.

 

Fertility Awareness Method - A quick-start guide to the Fertility Awareness, a version of the Sympto-Thermal Method taught by Toni Weschler in her book, Taking Charge of Your Fertility.

 

Commom Abbreviations for Charting to Avoid/Fertility Awareness - BBT, EWCM, TCOYF, and more!  Learn what all these crazy acronyms mean here.


 

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Thanks for starting the new thread JMJ.  I hope we both end up in a DDC soon!  When you can, please move me to "no longer TTA."  biggrinbounce.gif

 

 


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Yay!  I'm so happy for you.  I hope you get your BFP soon!

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Well, I'm still here.  I am on day 10 today and still getting nice low temps.  No real CM to speak of yet although I feel like my body is starting to shift gears a bit so I expect to see some soon. The montor is showing lows for the moment.  On the Marquette website, there has been some discussion about an unintended pregnancy where the breastfeeding protocol was followed after a menses since it was light and so thought that it was not a true menses.  Looking back there is no way to be sure it was a true AF.  I keep thinking that I am glad about my decision to use symptho-thermal as well since in cycle 0 (postpartum pre AF), I also did not get a peak on the monitor (although I did get high readings), but with the temp shift I had, I was pretty sure that I had ovulated and was not surprised when AF arrived.  I then also new that I was into cycle 1 and there was no question about whether I should or should not be on the breastfeeding protocol.  I think all these different indicators are tools to help us see the big picture.  I don't like the idea of depending on one indicator alone.  For me so far, the monitor has kept us safe since I did get high reading postpartum even though I did not get a peak and last cycle it did give me the peak reading even though I was unsure of the temperature shift.  Since I was watching both though, if it had been a false peak, I would have been safe by looking at the bigger picture.  Lots to learn here. 

 

Good luck to JMJ and justKate in getting your bfp's.  Enjoy this time.  I enjoyed my last pregnancy so much knowing it was likely our last and had a beautiful home water birth which I will never forget.  It has given me such a good memory of childbirth to take with me.  I hope you will both have wonderful experiences this time round. 

 

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Thanks for starting the new thread. I'm on cd 22. I pretty much agree with Fertility Friend's assessment that I O'd around cd 17 or 18, but it's hard to be completely sure since I've had a cold and that might have elevated temps a bit. (The missing mucus observations due to spermicide on cd 18 also don't help pinpoint it.) This morning, however, my temp was back down, and my thermometer has been reading 97.18 suspiciously often. Would a BD digital thermometer be much better than the Target brand? Would it be worth it to go ahead and get a glass thermometer instead of digital, or should I stick with what I've got for now?

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I would stick with what you have for now, through the end of this cycle. I don't know if a BD thermometer would be better or not--but I seem to get 97.18 a lot too, and mine's a big pink Walgreens brand therm.  So who knows? Maybe try a new one next cycle.


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hello everyone!

 

Happy July! CD8 here and first cycle using FAM for TTA! Yep, we're there. I'm not sure he completely trusts the method yet but he trusts me. I think that's where I get the most worried. I know we are both okay with an "oops" because we want kids, just waiting a little longer to start our family for a few different reasons (mostly financial stuff that will be resolved before too long). But if I would get pregnant this month or next, especially when I'm telling him it's safe, I am afraid I'll lose his trust. I don't want him to think I'm trying to trick him into getting me pregnant. I'm not devious like that. He knows I want a baby but I hope he knows I wouldn't lie or deceive him to get one.

 

I know there is nothing i can do, except follow the rules exactly, but it still makes me a little nervous. Not at the idea of getting knocked up, but at the idea of him thinking I was lying to him.

 

Anyways, just thought I'd share and see if anyone else has felt like this. I can't be the only one, right?

 

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Good luck librarygirl!  You can also be on the conservative side the first little bit until you feel more comfortable.  Maybe he will want to check out your charts after a bit?  My dh has no interest in this but I hear that often men do like to read the charts.  This is our first month relying on NFP as well.  We used more of the rhythm method between our kids and it worked for us since I have always had a pretty regular cycle but we were really conservative on what we considered safe days as well.  I think this will actually give us more days to work with since we will know when I ovulate.  It is fascinating watching our bodies at work.  I've noticed my temps have been a bit higher the last few days but summer seems to arrived in a big way this week so it has been warmer in our room in the morning.  I expect post-shift my temps will also be a bit higher as well. 

 

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physicsgirl, with shaving the the temp on CD 16, you could have considered yourself in post-O infertility yesterday, but the temp drop below the the CL would be enough to warrant caution.  If your temp goes right back up tomorrow and the next day with no fertile CM, I would be comfortable assuming it was a fluke, but to follow the FAM rules to the letter, you would wait for 3 more temps above the CL before you would consider yourself infertile as long as fertile CM does not return.  It's all about how conservative you want to be.

 

librarygirl, I have found it helpful to get my DH involved in the process.  Sure, I know more about it than he does, but we talk about where I am in my cycle often.  He knows when we probably wouldn't get pregnant but I can't be sure.  He knows when I'm pretty sure I'm ovulating any day now.  He knows the day I think I ovulated.  He knows when we're in post-ovulation infertility.  It seems like every month, I tell him where I think the boundaries of the infertile period are based on whatever rule I'm using.  I explain the rule I'm using to him and show him how my chart fulfills that rule or doesn't.  He mostly asks about it when he's considering DTD (and I think he promptly forgets most of the time), but we both are involved in the decision to DTD based on the information.  If there was ever an unplanned pregnancy, he would know that he had looked at my chart and agreed with my assessment and accepted the probability that I could get pregnant based on DTD on that particular day.  I don't think there would ever be blame or any assumption that I was trying to trick him.  I don't know if your BF is willing to work towards something like that, but I think it might help.

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JMJ, the way you and your dh do things is very nice.  My dh as also always been aware generally where I am with my cycle so when we conceived our third child, he was fully aware of the possibility and took the risk.  Now, that I am really charting, I tend to tell him if it is a red day and he understands that better.  He does not seem interested in looking at my chart at all, so I use the same lights that are on the lady comp.  If I don't agree with LC, I will tell him which I did last cycle.  We had been planning on relying on the method last cycle but with my shift so small, I let him know I wasn't comfortable yet with what LC was telling us and he was good with that.  It really does help to keep the communication open when you are using this kind of method. 

 

Say, I've noticed in my cycle that during the first week when AF is around, my temps will be really low as expected, then they tend to shift up slightly as I get closer to ovulating and then they shift again after I ovulate.  Anyone else notice a shift once there is more cm and approaching ovulation?  It is like I have 3 temp ranges during a cycle. 

 

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Ahhh so I just now noticed the thread was moved!  I was wondering why I never got an update about new posts!

 

I'm so mad at myself right now - This weekend we went to my MIL's house and of course the one thing I forget is my thermometer. Gah, I was kicking myself every morning when my alarm would go off.   I still checked my cervix and being that I'm currently post ovulation, I should be fine right? 

 

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I don't know if a BD thermometer would be better or not--but I seem to get 97.18 a lot too, and mine's a big pink Walgreens brand therm.  So who knows? Maybe try a new one next cycle.

I have that one, too, and get the same temps a lot as well.  Their old version was so much better, but they decided to switch over to the quicker version, which doesn't seem as accurate. 

 

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physicsgirl, I just looked at your chart again.  Based on the temp today, I don't think you ovulated.  I also noticed that your temp on CD 18 was 98.8, and while it's not much above normal, it's uncommon to have a temp that high first thing in the morning when you wake up.  Have you been sick, or is there something else that has been going on that could make your temps not as accurate such as taking them early or late, not getting enough sleep, excessively hot or cold room, or breathing through your mouth?  It could also be your thermometer, but it's too soon to tell.  For the time being, I would not recommend assuming that you are infertile while you wait to figure out what is going on.

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JMJ, I was just about over a cold at that point. Throw in the stress of preparing to move cross country and start grad school in a month, and I guess a cycle with delayed ovulation or an anovulatory cycle wouldn't be too surprising. It's probably a very good thing that I'm not trying to rely on my charts just yet and that I have the wonderful women of this board to offer guidance while I learn.

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Physicsgirl, I'm still trying to figure out what is going on with your chart, but that doesn't mean that it would be ineffective for CTA.  It just means that there are more days that you would have to consider yourself to be potentially fertile.  Conservatively, if you assumed that your fertile period began on CD 3 when you had spotting and EWCM or liberally, if you assumed that your fertile period began on CD 8 when you had CM, you would not have gotten pregnant this cycle.  By "Rule R" (3 days dry up + 3 days strong thermal shift), you would be infertile on CD 21 and potentially fertile again on CD 22.  Now, I see today's temp is above the CL.  If your temp stays above the CL for 3 days in a row, you could consider yourself to be infertile again as long as you do not have any other CM.  If your temp drops again or you observe CM, you would need to consider yourself to be potentially fertile until you experience 3 temps above the CL and 4 days of dry up. 

 

That said, if you were practicing one of the CM only methods, you would consider yourself to be infertile starting on CD 22 (CD 17 is probably peak day, but you can't count drying up if you don't make observations, so you would count dry up after CD 18 and consider yourself to be infertile on the 4th day, and as long as you don't have a return of CM, you would consider yourself to be infertile.  However, without the individualized training in Creighton, this is slightly less effective, though still highly effective.  If you are taking temps, though, it is unwise to ignore the temp data if it is conflicting with the CM data because it could be a sign that you're not getting enough information from the CM data, or it could be that everything that is going on is making your temps strange (especially if you are losing sleep over it), and the CM data is right, and the temps are just off.  Yes, it's difficult to know what is going on sometimes, but it is possible to rely on charting for family planning through it.  It just means being more careful.

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Hi - am kind of new to actually charting - though I've known about this method for 3 years. Am having trouble with my temperatures fluctuating and wondering about vaginal temping. Anyone doing it this way? Can you tell me about it? Anyone also wake in the night to BF a babe? DS is 10 months old and wakes me 1x or 2x a night and sometimes I wake an hour early and just lay there dozing in and out of sleep. IS it better I take my temp an hour early or after an hour of semi-consciousness?

 

Ideas on my chart? I don't think FF put ov in the right place seeing as I still have fertile cm.

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Hi - am kind of new to actually charting - though I've known about this method for 3 years. Am having trouble with my temperatures fluctuating and wondering about vaginal temping. Anyone doing it this way? Can you tell me about it? Anyone also wake in the night to BF a babe? DS is 10 months old and wakes me 1x or 2x a night and sometimes I wake an hour early and just lay there dozing in and out of sleep. IS it better I take my temp an hour early or after an hour of semi-consciousness?

 

Ideas on my chart? I don't think FF put ov in the right place seeing as I still have fertile cm.     http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/34fe74

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My kids wake up several times a night and I still managed to get a biphasic pattern.  But everyone is different and some women are much more sensitive to sleep and waking time disturbances.  You certainly could give vaginal temping a try.  If it were me, I would take my temp at whatever time was most consistent- the first morning wake up or the second and just keep it that way.  For me that was the second time- just before actually getting up for the day- b/c that time was almost always the same vs. when they woke to nurse in the early morning, which tended to vary quite a bit.

 

As for your chart, your temps are so erratic and you're still getting fertile cervical fluid that I would agree with you that you have not yet O'd this cycle.  I'm surprised your crosshairs aren't dashed b/c there is a lot of conflicting data.  I bet things will be better sorted out in the next week, but for now I would definitely not consider yourself infertile.


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I wake a lot more than once or twice a night to nurse, and it hasn't been a problem, though we cosleep.  Waking and walking to another room to sit in a rocking chair for a 30 minute nursing secession before returning to bed could be another matter, though getting up to use the bathroom hasn't been a problem for me either.  I just try not to take a drink of water within a couple hours of temping.  Dozing off and on has never been a problem for me either.  It's more important for me to take my temp at the same time than anything else.  I used to take my temp vaginally, and it works fine.  For some people who breathe through their mouths a lot, it works much better than the mouth.  I switched to the mouth when I had a toddler a little too interested in my thermometer and doing everything Mommy does.

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Yeah we still cosleep and not a mouth breather smile.gif last month I had a long patch of fertile cm then dry then fertile. FF mis calculated by 5 days. I think based on last month Im about to with this 2nd patch. Time will tell smile.gif Im a "whatever-er" wink1.gif
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Yeah we still cosleep and not a mouth breather smile.gif last month I had a long patch of fertile cm then dry then fertile. FF mis calculated by 5 days. I think based on last month Im about to with this 2nd patch. Time will tell smile.gif Im a "whatever-er" wink1.gif
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JMJ... I pulled this quote up from the June thread in response to asking how long you had been charting:

 

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How long have I been charting?  That's a more complicated question than you'd think.  I've been paying attention to fertility (though not always charting) ever since my menarche, so 11 years.  My mom encouraged me to pay attention to my CM and mark on a calendar the dates of my period.  ... I charted temps for a year or so my Junior/Senior year of high school, but my sleep was pretty erratic, and I didn't know that I needed to take my temp at the same time every day, so that wasn't much help.

 

I've been charting for nearly six years minus pregnancy and LA.  When I first read TCOYF when I was thinking about TTC, I was totally blown away.  I thought to myself that the book should be required reading for all young women.  I can recall the year or so prior to starting my first period having fertile cervical fluid that scared me.  I had no idea what it was and I thought I might be sick.  I was so embarrassed I couldn't ask my mother directly.  I remember writing her a note asking if I was sick and to please not tell my dad.  She responded that I did not need to worry, but offered no explanation.  So I continued to be in the dark thinking that I would periodically have this annoying issue that wet and stained my panties that other people didn't get.  None of my female friends every mentioned anything about it either.   I find this highly troubling.   I don't want my daughter to be in the dark about her fertility. 

 

So, how did your mom broach the subject with you?  What did she tell you about your fertility?  How did you find out more information regarding recording your temp and CF?  Did your mom show you?  Or give you a book?   I worry that my dd might not care or be interested.  I also worry that if she does get quite proficient at charting that she may rely on it for birth control without telling me.   I mean, I of course hope that she will be able to talk to me about all these issues, but you just never know sometimes what goes on in a teenager's mind.

 

So how do you ladies plan on broaching the subject of fertility with your daughters?  Or if you don't currently have a daughter, what do you think would have worked for you when you first starting menstruating?


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Interesting question, Jaimee.  I don't meant to make it sound like my sexual education was perfect, that I always knew what I needed and always made the right decisions with that information, but there was a lot that was right.

 

I grew up knowing that my parents used NFP and that it worked.  All 8 of my mom's pregnancies (4 live births) were planned, and after my youngest sister was born (5 years younger than me), they had decided that they were finished and successfully prevented pregnancy using NFP only from then until menopause.  (They had a little easier time than you or me because my mom's cycles never returned during breastfeeding.  She breastfed ecologically until we were all weaned pretty suddenly between 12 and 18 months.)  I just grew up hearing about NFP, not in a lot of detail, but knowing that it was possible to determine when a woman could get pregnant or not.

 

It was also very tied to our Catholic faith.  For Catholics seeking to be obedient to Church teaching, NFP is the only option for family planning.  NFP was part of our identity as Catholics.  Perhaps it was a little too tied to Catholicism.  All 3 of my sisters are no longer Catholic and have no interest in NFP.  I stayed Catholic and knew that if I was going to get married someday, I would need to figure out how to make NFP work.

 

When I went through puberty, my mom and I had several conversations that I would describe as awkward.  I'm not sure how you talk about such intimate details as a young teenager and not have it be so awkward.  She told me that my vaginal secretions would change throughout the month and would become clear and stretchy around ovulation.  I know she had talked about temperature, but not much, not enough to know how to do it.  She did not teach me the rules of NFP.  As awkward as it was talking about with my mom, I did check.  I didn't notice CM changes, and I didn't ask for clarification.  She asked me once or twice if I noticed changes, and I brushed her off.

 

As a side note, I've actually heard of encouraging teenage girls to chart temperature only so that they can know when their period is going to start, like to know if they need to bring materials when they go on vacation.  That's probably more what I will do with my daughters, though I'll probably give them some information on CM.

 

When I was in later high school, I got more interested in how NFP worked and looked online in many internet searches.  My high school biology class had an NFP overview when talking about family planning.  I learned a lot, but I never ran into anything that told me that I was supposed to take my temp at the same time or that I was supposed to get enough sleep.  As a result, I had charts and charts of a mess of temps and flat CM.  I guess part of it was a concern that since CM was so hard to determine, I was worried that I would never get it figured out before getting married, and my mess of HS charts didn't do anything to instill confidence in me.  I was pretty sure there was something wrong with me, which I now believe I had a chronic yeast infection for many years. My mom never knew I was charting, so I didn't get any help from her.

 

When I got engaged, actually I think it might have been even a little before when it was looking like this relationship was headed for marriage, I started trying to chart again, but my charts looked terrible again.  A friend who was training to be a CCL instructor told me I needed to take my temp at the same time, and I started getting better charts.  We had to take an intro to NFP class for our Catholic marriage prep, and the only option at the time was through a Creighton instructor.  I was disappointed that there was no information on temperature since that was the only thing that was helping me.  I talked to the instructor afterward about my CM (small amounts of creamy, watery discharge every day of my cycle), and she confirmed that I would chart with a yellow sticker every single day of my cycle and that if I have continuous mucus, I would probably get unexpectedly pregnant sometime.

 

Meanwhile, I was able to get about 4 good charts before I got married (at least from a temperature perspective.  I didn't know much of how to apply the rules to CTA, but at least I had a pretty good idea when I was ovulating and that I was ovulating, so I wasn't a completely lost cause.  I also looked into fertility monitors and various other methods.  Our friends who were training with CCL gave us a CCL correspondence course for our wedding.  We read the manual on our honeymoon, so even though I grew up with it, I feel like I barely had enough information in time.

 

For my own daughter(s), I hope to give them a similar experience of growing up knowing that NFP is a method of family planning that has a lot of benefits.  I will probably teach them how to chart without teaching them the rules, enough to understand what their bodies are doing, but not enough to use it as birth control, as that can be added very easily later.  If they aren't interested, I won't push the issue until they are.  I also hope to maintain a strong relationship with them with open communication and model a sense of awe of a woman's body and cycles.  This coupled with much discussion of my beliefs on the proper use of the body and sexuality, beginning in infancy by being an example of using my body for the good of the infant through breastfeeding/cosleeping, continuing in toddlerhood discussing using our bodies to share, to be gentle, helpful, etc, and all the way into marriage to give oneself completely to another in love.

 

I understand that many disagree, but I think that to really influence teenagers to make wise decisions about their sexuality, biology needs to be taught alongside morality.  I want to help my children to understand not only what their body is doing but what it means in a spiritual sense, what it means to be female, and give them tools to use to reach the goal of authentic love and give them the power to recognize and resist any counterfeits they encounter.  It all sounds great now when my only daughter is 2.... ask me again in 15 years, and I'll tell you how it's going.

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Thanks for the detailed response JMJ!   I appreciate hearing your experience and thoughts on your conversations with your future teenage daughter.  Anyone else have an idea of how they'll broach the subject with their daughters?


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You know, I was raised Catholic but noone ever told me about NFP.  I am amazed at how many peopel on forums are aware of that teaching.  They is no class locally here that can be taken.  I did some reading on my own though when we started to decide to have kids so I was on the pill for a while after we were married before that.  I read TCOYF and really found it interesting and like Jaimee thought that every young girl should read it.  I never did chart after that but was definitely more aware of what my body was doing and we really used a form of the rhythm method while still being aware.  I never was able to figure out my cm very well.  Like JMJ, I don't get a lot of the big difference in CM.  I have not noticed any typical EWCM in my cycles but have now noticed my CM gets very wet around the time I ovulate.  I wouldn't have realized before it was even CM until I started taking my temp etc.  After I read TCOYF, we got pregnant very soon after and using our own little method continued on until my 3rd child was born.  We only got pregnant when we were aware it was time to have another child in our marriage.  Before I got pregnant with Reid, we didn't talk out loud that we were going to try but we definitely took more of a risk 2 months in a row which lead me to believe my dh must have been okay with me getting pregnant again as he was fully aware of my cycle.  Since Reid was born, knowing my dh really feels done, I decided it was time to start charting and I was able to catch my first ovulation postpartum which was really neat.   I also read the CCL home study guide and the postpartum guide soon after Reid's birth and really liked that.  I found the rules easier to see than in TCOYF but it is really nice to know both.  I also came across the Marquette site postpartum and that fascinated me as well.  Sometimes I think it would be nice to have a daughter to whom I could teach all this information, lol, but that has not happened.  I will see how much I tell my boys as I get older.  

 

Anyways, my day today.  I got a peak on the monitor this morning and my temp dropped.  I did take it a little early but that has not usually affected it that much in the past so perhaps a dip before it jumps.  My cervix is soft although I tend to do this weird thing where one side of my cervix will be soft and the other side firm.  I noticed that last cycle where I had the whole cervix soft but the day after my peak day on the monitor, when it started to firm up, it was very firm on one side and still soft on the other.  Interesting.  My lady comp was flashing red this morning indicating ovulation.  I think this is just based on my history though since last cycle it thought I ovulated on day 17 and it is day 17 today.  We will see what happens to my temps over the next few days.  If it works the same way as last cycle, I would get another lower temp tomorrow and then start rising the next day.  Hopefully I will get a stronger shift this cycle than last time.  I am healthier this cycle and getting a better sleep right now so I'm thinking if that continues, it should be fine.  We will see.  Oh, so for monitor, I ended up using 9 strips this month, from day 9-17.  Once I get more cycles in, I think that number may drop a bit.  I know my cycle is usually quite regular normally so I could likely not do as much as early in the long run.  My cycle is still finding itself right now postpartum and even now, it is fairly regular. 

 

Hope everyone is having a good cycle. 

 

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One of the best things about charting my cycles has been the emphasis on getting my body healthy while CTA and getting ready to TTC.  The beauty of knowing my body so well is that it then becomes very easy to Chart to TTC.  I had a crazy cycle, not ovulating until 5 weeks into it, but we caught the egg, and I got a BFP this morning.  I am so excited!!!!!

 

Now, I need to get this thread arranged so I'm not thread keeping the CTA thread throughout my pregnancy.  Still looking for anyone who wants to take it over.....

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Such wonderful news for you and your family!

 

I'm willing to take over starting the thread, checking in at least once a day or so to see if new members need to be added, etc.

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Congrats JMJ!  That is so exciting.  I hope you have a wonderful pregnancy. 


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