What Is Pregnancy Body Temperature?
Pregnancy body temperature is the temperature a pregnant woman’s body records just before and during pregnancy. It is also called basal body temperature (BBT) and is measured to predict when a woman can conceive and possibly help track her ovulation cycle. Generally, the higher the temperature, the longer the fertility window for conception.
How Is Pregnancy Body Temperature Measured?
A woman’s pregnancy body temperature is typically taken orally using a thermometer every morning before getting out of bed. This temperature is higher than the normal body temperature because the body adjusts to a hormonal shift, called the “resting” stage of the cycle.
Some Reasons To Measure Pregnancy Body Temperature
1. To help predict the time of ovulation and when a woman is fertile.
2. To identify if a woman’s body is affected by a hormonal imbalance.
3. To help determine when a woman’s body is in its optimal state to conceive.
4. To identify any possible complications surrounding the menstrual cycle and ovulation.
5. To provide insight into a woman’s overall health and fertility.
How Does Pregnancy Body Temperature Help Predict Fertility?
As a woman’s body experiences an increase in hormones and a shift in temperature to a higher range the day ovulation occurs, her temperature rises. Keeping track of these daily changes in temperature allows a woman to identify when she is ovulating. When pregnant, her temperature remains higher than usual for several days before returning back to its normal range.
What Can Complicate The Measuring Of Pregnancy Body Temperature?
There are sometimes factors that can affect the accuracy of the temperature reading. Some of these can include:
- Taking the temperature at the same time each morning.
- Stress levels and changes to regular sleeping patterns.
- Illness, fever, and allergies.
- Menopause and other reproductive disturbances.
Pregnancy body temperature is an important factor to help determine when a woman can conceive. While the temperature measurements should not be taken to replace the medical advice of a doctor, keeping track of a woman’s temperature can help determine when she is in her optimal fertility window. Therefore, tracking temperature can help inform a woman if her body is in its optimal state of fertility and possibly save her time in conception.
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