Lesson 25 – Assessing Pregnancy on Your Chart

Lesson Objectives:

  • Learn how to assess your odds of pregnancy based on your fertility chart.
  • Recognize the early signs of pregnancy before a positive pregnancy test.

Major Points in this Lesson:

  • Certain pregnancy signs indicate a higher likeliness of pregnancy. 
  • When certain symptoms occur can point to a successful conception.
  • Charting can help determine when you should take a pregnancy test.

Charting pregnancy signs are an effective way to determine when ovulation will occur so that you can boost your odds of conception. However, while some symptoms such as spotting, triphasic patterns, and temperature dips around the time of expected implantation can indicate that pregnancy has occurred, these signs can also appear in non-pregnant women. 

To ensure that your chart is accurate, record signs immediately and to the best of your ability. Tools like an in-ear thermometer can provide accurate results when charting your basal body temperature (BBT).

When charting your fertility signs, you ideally want to see a clear ovulation pattern and perform intercourse during the most fertile time. If temperatures remain elevated beyond the typical luteal phase length, you may be pregnant. By reading your fertility chart, you can also determine the best time to take a pregnancy test. 

While it can be tempting to take a pregnancy test early when trying to conceive, it is best to wait until you have reached a more reliable testing date to lessen anxiety and help avoid disappointment. 

By charting your fertility signs, you can help determine if intercourse was well-time during your fertile phase or if alternations need to be made during your next cycle for better timing. If the intercourse was well-timed, a pregnancy test may be reliable once you have surpassed your typical luteal phase length.