Someone recently told me that a blogger shouldn't blog about why they haven't blogged in a while, they should just blog. But the reason I haven't blogged in quite some time is directly related to the subject matter of this blog, so allow me to explain. This is a blog about trying to get pregnant. I have yet to get pregnant. I don't update often because, frankly, I don't want to be reminded all the time that it's taking longer than I thought it would. I don't want to be that girl. Not yet. I want a baby, but I also want to be relaxed about it. It would be so easy to think about it all day every day, but I don't think that's healthy. What will be, will be. At least for now.
With that being said, I am taking the next step in figuring out this fertility thing. I recently got a great book, "Taking Charge of Your Fertility," by Toni Weschler. It's about the Fertility Awareness Method, or FAM, and can be used to prevent or achieve pregnancy. Basically, it teaches you how to read your body (determine if and when you are ovulating) through charting your basal body temperature and cervical fluid. Yeah, I said cervical fluid. Every morning, as soon as I open my eyes, I take my temperature and mark it on a chart. (It took about a week or so to remember to do this before I get up to pee.) And while I will spare you the details of the cervical fluid-thing, that, apparently, is the biggest indicator and most important analysis of all. Charting all of this allows you to determine exactly when you are ovulating, thus pinpointing precisely when you are most fertile, which tells you when to do the horizontal mambo. Sweet. Not that I need to be told to do it, but if I'm having sex at the time that I am most fertile, and I'm still not getting pregnant, there could be a bigger issue.
Since this is my first month to chart, I don't have any idea what my cycle is like. After a couple of months of charting, I should know what my body is or isn't doing. I'll be more knowledgeable, and knowledge is power, right?