I have been doing basal body temping for a long time and it’s been really beneficial in helping me conceive in the past. While trying to make baby #4, basal body temperature pointed out that I am not ovulating and helped me get a diagnosis and treatment quickly, since ovulation is “kind of” an important part of trying to conceive.
Basal body temperatures and paying attention to your cycle can help make the baby-making thing go easier. The fertility window takes place each month and there is a span of 4 or 5 days where you’re uber fertile and your body gives the ideal conditions for fertilization to occur.
This time period is when you need to have the planned intercourse, or “chore sex” as I tend to call it. There are ways you can still make it fun and intimate even when the spontaneity is gone, so it’s not as bad as it may seem.
What I’ve learned the past two cycles is that the stomach flu and laryngitis are not exactly mood enhancers when it comes to the baby-making mood. I don’t know why it’s been happening… the time of year? Stress? For the past two months, I have gotten sick during that short fertile window and my husband is ill as well.
Last month, we obviously didn’t get pregnant and it’s totally possible that it’s because we were struck with the stomach flu. This month I was struck down with laryngitis and it felt nearly impossible to stay awake past the time the kids went to bed — not exactly helpful for the baby making.
We will have to see how it all worked out this month. The 2 weeks wait has begun.
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