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#1 of 4 Old 07-07-2004, 06:16 PM - Thread Starter
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Boy does that make me sound like I'm inexperienced! With my daughter we weren't trying so I never charted anything and I was on BC. After Maya was born I tried the temperature chart which didn't change for me at all and I was pretty religious about it. So, what are the ways that I can tell I am ovulating? and when can I expect it to happen? To be honest I'm not as in touch with myself as I should be so most of this stuff will be a mystery to me. I saw a kit today that looked like it inclded a magnifying glass to check saliva. Has anyone used this before? I hate to spend the money on ovulation predictions. I know it sounds a bit off but I figure it will happen when it happens (pregnancy that is). Talk about rambling on! However, most important is that I start to recognize my own body so any direction or books would be wonderful. I obviously need to sleep.
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Hi! I'm not currently TTC, but I can suggest a book that has become something of a *bible* for many women. Check out Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. It will teach you all you need to know about observing your fertility signs and then some.

Best of luck!

K(h)aren. Writing/editing mama to my quixotic Sam (12.07) and my intrepid William (01.11).

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That saliva test, is called Ferning. I think! It is too complicated for me!

I suggest checking out
It is an online, iterractive charting website. It is so full of wonderful information and is a terrific resourse, for those Mama like you and me.

I also second the Taking Charge of your Fertility, book.

Between Fertility Friend and the book, you'll know everything!!!!
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I used the saliva thing when ttc #1 and #2. It worked like a charm!!! I wanted to have the baby (both times) at a particular time of year - and it worked! (With #1 I conceived right away - the first cycle - and with #2 it took two months!) I had used the thing for a year before I was ready to ttc, so I'd gotten familiar with how the ferns etc. looked.

But then this time, ttc #3, I was seeing ferns all the time! I don't know if that's because I'm older now or what. So I stopped using it.
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