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TTC, just started charting, any advice.

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izzymattmum28 Wed 30-Jul-08 11:55:48

Morning ladies, I am new to charting and would appriciate any advise as i have never charted before.

I have a 6yrold and an 17mthold, and me and DH have been TTC for about 1yr, it took almost 5yrs to get ds after dd so we wanted to try soon after ds, anyway i have started charting things like AF due, which CD i am on, fertile days ect, and i am using the web http://www.mymonthlycycles.com to do it, i find it very easy to use, but what i wanted to ask is can i join you ladies in becoming a women obsessed with HPT's and symptom spotting, and the serious question is, is their any other advise you can give to help me chart as this is now my third cycle, and how do you do your BBT, and what "equipment" do you need. Thankyou in advance. Hope to become a regular MN'er

whomovedmychocolate Wed 30-Jul-08 12:10:14

Basal Body Temperature is taken before you get out of bed each morning. You normally use a thermometer (oral or underarm). If you can stump up for an ear thermometer it's obviously less faff because it takes a couple of seconds rather than a minute.

Quite honestly though you are better not to get obsessed with such things, they don't mean very much. Have sex regularly and that's about all you need to do. Oh and take a pregnancy vitamin supplement with folic acid.

There is a really good book I used called Dr Zita West's Guide to Getting Pregnant which explains everything you could ever want to know about charting etc.

Good luck

izzymattmum28 Wed 30-Jul-08 12:22:59

chocolate, we do try to have sex quite often lol, where would i get that book from, could i get it from BHS.

BrightSideOfLife Wed 30-Jul-08 12:34:44

Hi izzymattmum

Zita West's books (the author that whomovedmychocolate recommended) is excellent - I have her 'Fertility and Conception: The Complete Guide to Getting Pregnant' You can get it at most good bookstores or on amazon.

You will need to make sure that whichever thermometer you use shows two decimal points - the temperature increases are really small so, that extra decimal point does help.

There is a thread for those of that temp, we update it daily with our temps - feel free to pop over and join in or ask any questions you might have. grin

The thread is called Temping buddies 12- What's all the Broo-har with Hoo-Har temping? BFP's please!

izzymattmum28 Wed 30-Jul-08 13:04:26

Thanks brightsideoflife, i will pop over and have a look, i do have a couple a questions.

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