What is the Correlation Between BBT and Pregnancy?
on Dec 26, 2013
by Alyssia Granger
Your basal body temperature is the temperature of your body when it is completely at rest. You can only chart your basal body temperature using a special basal body thermometer.
Your basal body temperature is the temperature of your body when it is completely at rest. You can only chart your basal body temperature using a special basal body thermometer. This is because a basal thermometer measures temperatures very precisely, to a fraction of a degree. Many women choose to chart their basal temperatures as a way to tell when they are ovulating, because there is usually a small slight temperature spike around the time of ovulation, only a few fractions of a degree. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Many women do not realize that basal body temperature also rises during pregnancy as well. Actually, there is a temperature dip, and then a spike. The dip comes at the time of implantation. It comes at about a week past ovulation, and is only a small, one day dip. After the one day implantation dip, there will be a slight rise in temperature. The rise comes after the dip, but they both come at around one week past ovulation. Both of these BBT patterns are thought to be signs of increasing progesterone and implantation of the embryo. However, these patterns are very hard to see, and are impossible to see if you are not looking for them closely.
So, what is a normal basal body temperature for normal pregnancy? There really isn’t a particular number that is considered normal. The number is different for every woman. If you have been charting your basal body temperature already for a few months, chances are you are used to seeing a slight spike in your temperature around your time of ovulation. When you are pregnant, that temperature spike does not go back down, it will stay at that “ovulation” temperature for the duration of your pregnancy. So, the “normal” number depends on what your personal regular temperature is.
The bottom line is that there are many other signs of pregnancy that are much easier to notice than basal body temperature. If you have already been taking your basal body temperature for a few months, you might possibly notice a small spike when you are in your early pregnancy, but most women won’t be able to notice it. You will be better off to wait until your missed period in order to take a home pregnancy test and get an accurate result. Or, you can always go to your doctor and get a blood pregnancy test as well. For the most part, you do not need to worry about basal body temperature in early pregnancy.
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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.