…I just finished my September period cycle which means that we’re waking up every morning at 6AM for me to take my temperature.
Every morning my alarm goes off. I attempt to turn it off to keep Leah sleeping while not moving too much. I fumble with which ever hand is closest to the night table for the thermometer and push the button and wait for the beep. After a few seconds I put the thermometer in my mouth, close my eyes and think positive baby thoughts.
My body is healthy
My body is ready for a baby
My body will support a healthy pregnancy
We will have a healthy baby
I love my body
I trust my body
I…beep beep beep!
My eyes pop open and I turn over to find my phone, using its light to read the digital numbers.
This morning my temperature was 96.86, it was 96.66 the day before, 96.98 the day before that, 97.18 the day before that and 96.81 the day before that. Before then was my period.
So it would seem, according to these temps that the day that it was 97.18, the second day after the last day of my period I ovulated. But according to my apps that still don’t understand that my body simply doesn’t operate on a 28 (30, 31, 21) day cycle month after month, I should be ovulating tomorrow.
So I pee on sticks. But as you can see, peeing on a stick has been rather unsuccessful as well.
So what can I do? I’ve pulled out my bag of tricks.
I absolutely love (have a baby crush on) my acupuncturist. I love her soothing voice, I love her gentle hands, I love her hipster glasses…wait, professional…her ability to knock me out completely for a blissful 1-2 hour tiny-needle induced nap. While I’ve been seeing her for my back and knee, I’m starting to see her next week for fertility.
Herbs, Teas and Tinctures
I’m lucky to live down the street from an amazing, WOC-owned apothecary. I’ve been in to discuss my fibroids and desire to have a child and the woman there suggested a Womb Tea, three times a day. I make big cars of it and drink it as iced tea in the morning at at night.
Jewish Superstitions, Practice and Tradition
I’ll be posting something else this week on superstitions around baby showers, but for now I’m sticking with recitation of Psalms, and thinking about wearing a red string. It’s also, apparently, a good idea to be around holy things and to steer clear of things that are unholy or unkosher. We don’t keep kosher, but I suppose it can’t hurt to start thinking about it.
Affirmations, Visualization and the power of positive thoughts.
I’ve been keeping up with my affirmations. I’ve also added visualization. I visualize myself pregnant, I feel my pregnant body with my mind’s eye. I feel fertile, etc., etc.
Ovulation checking at our clinic
Our doctor suggested that we come in right away for ovulation tracking, but we declined. Our last appointment was in the spring and we planned on starting in November, so it made little sense to run to the doctor every morning for blood tests, but now that we’re approaching November, it seems to make more sense to me. So I’ll be calling them after my period next month to start making appointments to see the doctor.
Sending lots of fertility love to all of you Mamas-in-Waiting out there. We can do this!