It is believed that your correct basal temperature can be measured only if you have had at least three hours of uninterrupted sleep.Here are some tips on basal body temperature and Pregnancy:-
Tips On Basal Body Temperature And Pregnancy
Connection With Ovulation
Many women who are trying to conceive or are looking at natural ways of birth control must be knowing it, that are most fertile two to three days before basal temperature rises and two days during the risen temperature. Therefore, it is important for you to maintain a chart month on month to follow the pattern of your ovulation. If the pattern remains approximately same then you can plan your conception or birth control.
Having intercourse at least every alternate day in this period of 4-5 days can boost your chances of conceiving. Recording basal temperature is also an effective way to deal with issues around fertility; for e.g. if the basal temperature remains constant throughout then you might not be ovulating at all.
Recording Correct Temperature
Recording Basal temperature should not be done by a mercury thermometer; A digital thermometer is what is appropriate. This is because you are looking at a rise of 0.5 degrees to 1.5 degrees. A mercury thermometer will not give you such accurate measurement.
Also, you need to record this temperature every day at the same time. Best time is in the morning after good night’s sleep and before you get out of the bed. You can set alarm and record the temperature every day at the same time.
Chart To Track The Temperature
There are many charts available online to record and track the basal temperature. But you can make and chart of your own. There are two ways of doing it – a number chart or graph. For a number chart, plot 1 to 30 or 31 days in a column and mention the months in rows. Now keep recording your basal temperature for every day for each month.
After a few months you will have temperature for each day for all these months. On the other hand for graph, put the months and temperature on vertical axis and days on Horizontal axis. Keep plotting temperature each day and after the few months you will have pattern with spikes in certain period of the month.
Challenges And Shortcomings
Recording Basal temperature is little tricky. A restless sleep can cause it to spike unnecessarily. You also have to be careful not to indulge in any kind of activity before taking the basal temperature, even mild stretching can increase it. Normal mercury thermometer is not suitable for recording it. Also, make sure that you use same digital thermometer every time for recording the temperature.
For women who do not have regular menstrual cycle and irregular ovulation, this method is quite useless as they can only track the spike on that particular day when the temperature rises whereas the best days of fertility are before the spike in temperature occurs. This is because the basal temperature usually rises after the ovulation has taken place. If you have fever in any of the months the charting will go for a toss as the spike will be shown anyways.