Friday, March 21, 2014

Charting while Breastfeeding

It's that time again, folks. Yes, I want to get pregnant. For the second, and last, time. My husband really doesn't want another child due to the excessive cost (see my daycare post).However, I want several. So we compromised, and will try for one more. And that trying starts next month. In preparation for this I have been diligently charting my temperatures to ensure that I am actually ovulating.

Warning: Taking your basal body temperature while still breastfeeding at night is very, very difficult.

To get an accurate temperature you have to have been asleep and laying down for at least 2 hours. If your child is anything like mine, there is no guarantee that this is going to happen. You also need to take your temperature at the same time every morning. Again, no guarantee when your little one is up at 4:30 one morning, 6:30 the next. and then 2:30 the one after that.

As you can see from my chart below, many of my temperatures are way out of whack, especially at the beginning of my cycle, when I knew that I wasn't ovulating. I find that checking my CM is a much better way to tell if ovulation is about to occur, and I have also stocked up on LH strips for next month, when we start trying in earnest.

Another caveat is that some months you may not ovulate, particularly if you are breastfeeding more than usual. Last month my body tried to ovulate several times, and I am still not convinced that I did. I had to do a lot of tweaking to my chart to get the crossed lines. Little M was sick one weekend and basically stayed latched for hours (ok, slight exaggeration, but you know what I mean), and I believe that this prevented my ovaries from actually releasing an egg. Not that it mattered that month, I guess I will never know. This month looks good, and I am trying to breastfeed slightly less often so that I can be sure of an ovulatory cycle.

I also realize that getting pregnant while breastfeeding might be a challenge. Last time I got pregnant instantly, but this time I might need to learn to be a bit more patient. Only time will tell!

Take a look at my chart below to see the wild ups and downs of my temperature taking while breastfeeding. Have you done it to any degree of success?? Any tips or tricks to share? Feel free to comment below.

My Ovulation Chart


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    1. Hah! I knew you would say that! Only it might make coming to Japan a little more difficult... How bout we say, oh, 2020?