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You have decided to become a mother. Congratulations on making the biggest decision ever. You want to build and grow a human, then give birth to your greatest challenge yet. Parenting isn’t easy, and for many women, neither is getting pregnant. It may be an easy process or it could be a difficult one. So where do you begin.?
For starters, you should visit your doctor and get a preconception check up to see if your body is ready for pregnancy.
Then, you should prepare your baby’s future living quarters for a healthy and nutritious living space. It’s also a great time to get to know your body and how it works.
If you are currently trying to get pregnant, tracking your ovulation could be a great start. There are different ways you can do that.
You could track your ovulation with an ovulation tester. These can pinpoint your exact ovulation period, and even the day of ovulation.
You could utilize your discharge to track when you are most fertile.
Another way to track your ovulation is by charting your basal body temperature.
What is a Basal Temperature
A basal body temperature is the temperature you have when your body is at rest. This means right when you wake up, after your body has been motionless for a few hours.
How Does Your Basal Temperature Detect Your Ovulation
Your temperature can be effected by a number of things: whether you’ve consumed alcohol, when you are ill, when you are stressed, and when you are not sleeping well.
The hormone change within your body can also affect your temperature. Throughout your cycle, your temperature fluctuates. In the beginning of your cycle, it is low, or more towards your average temperature. When you ovulate, your temperature will spike a few degrees. Your temperature may also drop significantly right before you are about to ovulate.
How To Track Basal Body Temperature.
You can track your temperature with a Basal Thermometer. A Basal thermometer looks just like a regular digital thermometer but is more accurate in reading your temperature.
Use a chart to record your temperature throughout your cycle. Your cycle begins the first day of your period. Track from this day until your next period. Check your temperature each morning before you get out of bed and then record it on a Basal Body Temperature Chart.
Here is an example of a charted basal body temperature:
Tracking your basal body temperature may also detect early pregnancy. Normally, when you are about to get your period, or when your cycle is supposed to end, your temperature will drop right before your period arrives. If you are pregnant, your temperature may rise at the end of your cycle.
Let’s look at the same chart with a possible pregnancy temperature increase:
My Ovulation Chart
If you are interested in tracking your own temperature, check our this free My Ovulation Chart Printable.
You can track your ovulation cycle and add any key information. For example, if you got sick, what days you may have ovulated, what days you had your period, and any other information you feel like adding.
Feel free to print this out for your self. Make a few copies, as you should track your basal body temperature for a few months before determining your cycle.
• Take your temperature with your Basal Thermometer
• Record the temperature in the chart.
• Do this for a few months to determine the pattern of ovulation.
Here is an example of how I tracked my ovulation:
For more information on tracking your Basal Body Temperature, check out the following:
What’s The Temperature Method
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