TMI question about charting post-m/c

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TMI question about charting post-m/c

Okay, so my spotting has pretty much stopped. I am about 3 weeks post-m/c. I keep getting globs of mucous, but in between, my CM seems dry/sticky. Also, my temps finally dropped a few days ago and were back up again today. Is this normal? Do I have to wait a month or two before getting anything that remotely resembles normal fertility signs? I'm just curious, but also, we are TTP right now, and it's hard to do if I have no idea what's going on with my body.

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I have no real idea how to answer your question. After having Zane, even though it was full term my cycles went right back to their usual length etc. The only thing that was different was that my periods were strangely light for a while. I got EWCM etc. like normal and the usual temp patterns. I started to temp a couple of weeks after the birth to see where my cycles were at.

If you're TTP and aren't ready for a 'surprise' i'd recommend that you use other protection every time until you're certain of your fertility signs.

Maybe it's just the blood that's obscuring your CM? Mine's the same right now. I checked my cervix today and it feels kinda fertile and i have what looks like blood stained EWCM, but i also know that lochia can be very stretchy too, so i'm not certain. Maybe i just expect to see those things because i'm roughly around where i would usually ovulate in my cycle (CD25).

Do you have a FF chart i could look at? I like to chart stalk and it might give me a better idea to look at your temps etc. Smile

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Here's my chart.

http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/1a8c89

I also have a new thermometer. It's temporal, so maybe it's different than what I was used to with the oral thermometer. (It beeped a lot and woke up DH.)

Oh, and don't worry, we're using backup till I know for sure what's going on.

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Thanks, i do like to chart stalk. Smile

Your temps started out high, but that's to be expected because you were pregnant. They do take a while to come down sometimes even after AF, so for a pregnancy it might take longer. The last week or so though they have been between 97ish to 98ish, which is what your pre-O temps were on your last cycle. So that's normal, if just a little higher on average.

You had a nice big temp jump/rise yesterday morning, along with the fertile CM could be your O - plus looking at the last chart, you also O'ed round this time before.

I had to google temporal thermometer cause i didnt know what one was. Now, i dont know if things have changed, but i thought that to get the most accurate chart you had to use a BBT thermometer. It could be mercury or digital, but it had to be BBT (Basal Body Temperature). Perhaps that is why you're not getting the results you're expecting?

I dont know how much you know about charting, so i dont want to start telling you stuff you are already aware of iykwim?

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Thanks. I'm pretty new to charting. I read that you shouldn't use an ear thermometer, but I don't know about the temporal one. It seems pretty accurate, but maybe it's not what I need for charting. I'm going to keep using it for the rest of the month and see. Perhaps it will just be a couple tenths of a degree higher than the oral one.

I really don't think that I o'ed yet. I did have what "seemed" like EWCM, but it was just a couple of globs. Other than those, my CM has seemed kinda sticky and not as much of it as I normally have at my fertile time. Also, I never got the "wet" sensation that I usually get for a day or 2 around o time, although up until 2-3 days ago, I was wearing a pantiliner ever day, and that could have masked my CM as well.

I haven't been very faithful about checking my CP, but I'm pretty sure it has been LFC since I started checking. (Although I'm guessing that "closed" is a relative term, since it feels open all the time.)

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If it's just the beeping of the BBT that bothers your DH perhaps take your temp once he's got up? Or, what i used to do was set my alarm on my mobile phone for 05.30. This way DH was still sound asleep and the beep was not loud enough to wake him up. As long as you take it at the same time everyday, before so much as moving to scratch your nose and after 3 hours of consecutive sleep you're okay. Maybe the BBT ones are quieter than normal digital thermometers in sympathy for all those sleeping DH's. Smile

CP is definately relative! I checked my CP every day at the same time as checking my CM so that i could build up a picture about it. When mine was LFC it felt more like a slit than a closed hole iykwim? It does also depend on whether you've had a vaginal birth too. I've never had one, but if you have it will never feel properly closed again, so you just have to learn what is open or closed to you personally.

If you dont mind me offering advice, i would recommend that you dont add your CP to your actual chart for a couple of months until you are confident of what yours feels like at certain times. Just add it to your notes maybe so that you can see the info, but it doesnt impact your chart. I say this because if you misinterpret it can make your CH's dotted instead of solid and mislead FF a little.

You have to check it at the same time every day too because it can move throughout the day. Also, you need to be in the same position every day too because that can affect how it feels.

TMI WARNING: I used to come in after work at the same time every day (6pm) so i would go to the toilet and after washing my hands i would squat and insert 2 fingers. That way i could have a good feel around in there, checking for firmness (does it feel firm like the tip of my nose or soft like my lips), height and how open the os (cervical opening) is. Then i would sweep the cervix with my fingers and after taking them out i would be able to check my CM too. It just meant that i was consistant with what i was doing.

It's glamerous stuff charting! Lol

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Thanks for all the great info. Maybe I should get a glass thermometer. They don't beep at all.

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That sounds like a plan! Wink