What Will Your Fertility Chart Look Like If You Are Pregnant?Katrina Wharton |20, October 2014
Not everything about getting past infertility is high tech. One of the most powerful tools you have is knowledge of your own body cycles. Every woman is different and to learn your own rhythms and patterns is one way to work with your body to achieve a pregnancy.
Every monthly cycle begins with the menstrual period. Some women have a very regular rhythm, always getting their period on a set schedule, maybe 28 days, maybe every 25 or 30.
In between your periods, your body is going through a cycle of change that you will be unaware of unless you take the time to study and record your daily stats. By recording these daily stats, you will get a picture of what a typical month is for you. This can help you pinpoint when you normally experience ovulation, when your most fertile days are, and when to time intercourse for optimum pregnancy chances.
What Happens During Your Cycle?
In general, ovulation occurs about mid-way during the monthly cycle. To determine the ovulation point in your cycle, you can track a few simple things; your basal body temperature or BBT, your cervical mucus, and note when you have sex.
Prior to ovulation, your basal body temp is typically 96 to 98 degrees F. Progesterone raises the body temp, which is apparent in a slight temperature spike of .4 to .8 degrees a couple of days post-ovulation. The temperature usually stays elevated until your period comes again.
The ideal time to try to conceive is two or three days before ovulation, to a day afterwards. According to the National Institutes of Health, sperm stays alive in a woman's body for 3 to 5 days. An egg will stay alive for only 4 to 12 hours after being released. Therefore, the overall recommendation is to have sex between days 7 and 20 of the menstrual cycle, and have sex every other day, or every third day. Having sex everyday does not increase your odds of getting pregnant.
Where you are in your cycle is also reflected in your cervical fluid. Early in your cycle, right after your period, the cervical fluid is virtually non-existent and the vagina seems dry. Next, the fluid will seem rather rubbery and thick. When the consistency of the cervical fluid seems slippery, wet, and has a stretchy egg-white type appearance and texture, it is likely ovulation time. After that, the fluid will become thick or dry again.
How to Monitor and Chart Your Fertility
For basal body temperature charting, you need to have a thermometer that has a read out of tenth of a degree. You will need to take your basal body temperature each morning at the same time, before rising from bed, going to the bathroom or getting a drink. Keep the thermometer in your mouth until you get a signal if a digital thermometer, or for 5 minutes for an old-school model. By recording the temperature every day for several months, you will have a picture of your typical cycle. You should note a time period of a rise in temp partway through your cycle.
To note cervical fluid, you check yor fluid in your vagina by sticking a finger into it, and then rubbing the fluid between thumb and finger noting wetness, texture, and amount. When you seem to have a stretchy, wet fluid resembling egg whites, you are likely near ovulation.
Be consistent in recording your daily findings. You can take your charts to doctor's visits to help determine your cycle and if it appears that you are ovulating normally and regularly. You can find various charts online to print up, or ask your physician, or even find an app for it.
What Pregnancy Positive May Look Like on a Fertility Chart?
While there is not one typical pattern that is a clear-cut answer of are you pregnant or not, when dealing with a fertility chart, there are some general things to look for. If you know your most likely fertile phase, you will see well-timed intercourse marked on the chart, a well-defined ovulation period, and a temperature that remained elevated after ovulation. Another sign is called a triphasic pattern. This is when a third elevated temperature period is noted 7 to 10 days past ovulation. Some women when pregnant will have a pregnancy drop in that same time period, however. Other women may even experience spotting, as implantation bleeding may occur then.
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