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Old 12-14-2007, 08:06 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Ok, so. I've been taking my BBT this cycle - never did stop. I take it so I can see a nice high temp and start the day reassured.

This morning's temp dipped a bit and I called the midwife, freaked out. She said that what my BBT does bares no indication of whether the pregnancy is healthy. Huh?
I thought high progesterone = high temp.
Can anyone fill me in?

(I did get a blood draw today. We'll see.)

Update: Prog and hcg levels both good! Go figure. Stopped temping - much less freaked now.
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maybe I can help, I'd been charting for over three years when I got pg.. here's what I understand:

In general, your temp will be in post-o range when pregnant. and you're right, progesterone is the 'heating' hormone that makes your temp higher. The BBT is influenced by a lot of other thigns too though, and a high temp doesn't always mean high progesterone. a dip doesn't really mean anything either, and the dip you saw, from about 98.5 to 98.4 is very small, one tenth of a degree. fluctuations are normal. your temp really looks nice and steady though I know you're temping to give yourself reassurance that this pregnancy will stick, but a lot of charters on another board I'm on have had to stop temping because it stresses them out. (FWIW, I got a bfp 4 days ago and am still temping)

your temp can fall and you can still have a healthy pg and likewise your temp can stay high and the pregnancy end.

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So, as long as it's above the coverline, I'm good? Otherwise, it's useless?
Sheesh. I think I may ditch it soon like the other women you know!
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even the coverline is just a general guide to separate the pre-o, temps and post-o temps it doesn't really mean much. The way FF sets coverlines is arbitrary. the way NFP sets a coverline is different than the way FAM sets a coverline. try not to stress yourself out over it. I feel like because it is so variable, falling below the coverline doesn't really matter. It seems liek a very steep dip might mean a drop in hormones, but at the same time that can also be caused by sleeping with your mouth open. if you were temping, and you saw a huge dip, it would be very stressful and might not mean anything.

I hope your test results reassure you!
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I ditched mine...every little 10th degree temp freaked me out last time, and my temp stayed high even though my baby's heartbeat was slowing down.

So this time, bye-bye thermometer!

Everyone told me that those little fluctuations are nothing as well.

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I am still temping and I got my BFP 12 days ago I figure I will continue to do it until the end of first tri, or until the thermometer makes me gag -- whichever comes first.

My chart: http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/9b65e
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Hey fyoosh,
I found many sources saying that there comes a point when bbt means nothing. I found a place it said the bbt can help predict a m/c, and another that summed up all the others, "it's a very affective way to drive yourself crazy, and that's all it'll do." (or something like that)
Just to warn you. That way, if you get a low temp (like I did), you'll know not to panic.
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Yeah, I would never temp past a BFP, its not going to tell you anything. It will just drive you crazy.

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Nah, it won't drive me crazy. I am just weird, and I like to see what my body's doing. I am not worried about low temps. I just like to see what it's going to do until the end of the first tri. I wonder if anyone (ever) has charted through an ENTIRE pregnancy. I wonder if it can tell you when labor is imminent or anything. That'd be interesting...
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