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What a FAM Pregnancy Chart Looks Like

 

Fertility Friend Pregnancy Chart - FAM

Welcome to my past month. I’ve had so many people ask how you take temps to get pregnant, to prevent pregnancy, or to monitor their bodies better. I’m going to show you what I’ve used for my twin pregnancy, to prevent pregnancy after, and then for this current pregnancy.

I use the Fertility Friend site. They also have an iPhone/Android app that is basically the reason I use them exclusively. It’s very simple to use and works a lot like their site, making switching back and forth easy. All data is saved in both spots immediately after you enter it.

I also use a Basal Body Thermometer. This is not a regular thermometer, but rather one that has 2 digits after the decimal point (ex: 98.63). As you can see from above, it’s the most accurate way to pinpoint your actual temps. Without this kind, my temps would not be as specific and that would make charting and being accurate a bit harder.

So below, I’m going to break down my chart for you. From starting, to finding a cover line, to ovulation and implantation dips. At the end is a detailed chart with all the info together. The same chart is at the top of this page — just without details.

More about this process can be found at the Fertility Friend site and the book I highly recommend every woman read “Taking Charge of Your Fertility.

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  • Taking Your Temp 1 of 8
    Taking Your Temp
    Each morning I wake up and take my temperature, then record it on my phone. The important thing is to try to take it at the same time each morning, which you can see from the white circles I didn't do very well the first few days of this cycle. You have about a half hour (give or take) from the first temperature you record. Getting up to use the restroom, being sick, not getting enough sleep -- all of those can affect your temperature.
  • Cover Line 2 of 8
    Cover Line
    During the first part of your cycle, the temps set what is called a "cover line" for the following luteal phase after ovulation. Mine is dotted because my temp rises slowly after ovulation, and the chart wasn't sure what day to pick.
  • Ovulation 3 of 8
    Ovulation
    More than likely, ovulation was Day 14. Often there is a dip in temps for this (like mine) but sometimes there is not or it's very subtle. If you are trying to get pregnant, before, during, and after these days is prime time. Note that even though most doctors and books base the ovulation day at 14, there is actually a wide range of days it can happen in a cycle.
  • DPO 4 of 8
    DPO
    After 3 days of higher than cover line temperatures, your chart changes to let you know you've ovulated. At this point you'll be 3 DPO (days past ovulation) and need to continue to chart to begin to see what is going on for the rest of your cycle.
  • Implantation Dip 5 of 8
    Implantation Dip
    The implantation dip is just that -- a dip in temps during the fertilized egg implanting. This is not a for sure indicator of an impending + sign on that pregnancy test, but if it happens, keep an eye out for the next phase.
  • Triphasic Shift 6 of 8
    Triphasic Shift
    My chart has a slight triphasic shift, which means that the temperatures take a 3rd jump in the cycle. This can be a strong indicator of pregnancy.
  • Positive or a Period? 7 of 8
    Positive or a Period?
    Your luteal phase is unique to you, but needs to be at least 10 days for an egg to implant successfully. You can start to test 5 days before your expected period, but it may not work that way. My test turned positive the day it was expected after 4 days of testing prior. If there is not a pregnancy, you will see your temp drop and a new cycle will start.
  • A finished chart 8 of 8
    A finished chart
    And there is a full chart! Hopefully that helps -- and once you get the hang of it, FAM is easy and slightly addicting to do!

 

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Diana blogs on raising a toddler daughter and the loss of her twin boys on the aptly named Hormonal ImbalancesSmaller glimpses into her day are on TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest.

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