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Chart Overload

Ok. I just started looking on the Trying To Get Pregnant board. I seriously feel completely overwhelmed.

Does everyone chart like that? Is it necessary??

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  • I did, but I was obsessed with getting pregnant. Embarrassed  It's not really necessary if you know your body.  I probably didn't need to chart because my cycles are like clock work, but it made me feel more involved in the process, haha. 
  • I charted to avoid for a couple years before we decided to TTC so it was a logical step for us to continue while trying. I'm glad we were because I tend to ovulate a couple/few days later than the 14th day of my cycle so we could have been timing things wrong had I been unaware. It took us six months of pretty much perfect timing to get pregnant so I am glad we were charting.

    That said, charting isn't for everyone. It can lead to a lot of over-analyzing and sometimes false hope - at least it did for me a couple times. I'd say if you don't want to do it, don't. If it winds up not happening for you and your husband after a few months of trying, it may be something you want to look into just to help you pinpoint when/if you are ovulating.
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  • eh, not necessary.  If you have a semi-regular cycle another "method" is just to do it and see what happens.  If you don't get pregnant in a few months or so, then maybe consider charting to see if you are ovulating.   I often think charting adds a layer of unnecessary stress and anxiety! 

    But, that said, I charted because I have PCOS and wanted a head's up on my body.  I didn't have a cycle at all, so I was able to see when my medicine was starting to work, and what amount of medicine I needed when I started ovulating, etc. 

    Charting may speed up the process, depending on how often you TTC.

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      If you have a semi-regular cycle another "method" is just to do it and see what happens.

    this is where I am right now. 

    Thanks for your advice ladies. :)

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  • I didn't chart at all and got pregnant on the first try (literally, we only did it once that month and it worked). I did not think I was very fertile but we must have chose the right day. The only thing I did do was on babycenter.com I entered the first day of my period into their ovulation calculator and they give you a span of days when you should most likely be ovulating. I think we DTD on the middle one of those days. 
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    I didn't chart at all and got pregnant on the first try (literally, we only did it once that month and it worked). I did not think I was very fertile but we must have chose the right day. The only thing I did do was on babycenter.com I entered the first day of my period into their ovulation calculator and they give you a span of days when you should most likely be ovulating. I think we DTD on the middle one of those days. 

    Way to brag, Kelli!  Stick out tongue Haha, kidding!

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    image kelclay724:
    I didn't chart at all and got pregnant on the first try (literally, we only did it once that month and it worked). I did not think I was very fertile but we must have chose the right day. The only thing I did do was on babycenter.com I entered the first day of my period into their ovulation calculator and they give you a span of days when you should most likely be ovulating. I think we DTD on the middle one of those days. 

    Way to brag, Kelli!  Stick out tongue Haha, kidding!

    lol Stick out tongue

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    image MommaMcG:

    image kelclay724:
    I didn't chart at all and got pregnant on the first try (literally, we only did it once that month and it worked). I did not think I was very fertile but we must have chose the right day. The only thing I did do was on babycenter.com I entered the first day of my period into their ovulation calculator and they give you a span of days when you should most likely be ovulating. I think we DTD on the middle one of those days. 

    Way to brag, Kelli!  Stick out tongue Haha, kidding!

    lol Stick out tongue

    Just sayin! Some people (including myself) think it will take a while to get pregnant. I thought so too and was completely surprised when it happened. I'm sure it probably won't be that way the next time we want to have a kid, but I know too many people who have the same mind set as me and I just want to warn them!  

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