When planning to get pregnant, do you measure your basal body temperature?
Daily measurement is recommended for obstetrics and gynecology because there is a need to check if the state of pregnancy is ready in the graph of basal body temperature. Basic body temperature is sensitive to the state of the body. In order to stabilize the basal body temperature, you may go to the hospital and take medication, but if it is a disease requiring treatment, we can improve through changes in lifestyle habits.
In this article, we will introduce five ways to stabilize the basic body temperature that you can do daily as a part of your routine.
What is the basal body temperature?
Basal body temperature refers to the body temperature at rest, basically what you measure immediately after waking up in the morning. It fluctuates in a month, it is divided into “low temperature period” and “high temperature period” greatly at the ovulation boundary, and you can check whether the balance of the body is in place by measuring regularly. If you record consistently and regularly and suddenly get disturbed, there is a possibility that ovulation may not happen.
However, unlike a regular thermometer, this particular basal thermometer is very sensitive and more specific because we can measure up to two decimal places such as “36.59”. If you make a small mistake in the process of measuring, you will not be able to get the correct temperature.
Method of measuring basal body temperature
According to obstetricians and gynecologists, many people feel that their basal temperature is not stable after measuring for only 1 or 2 weeks. The important thing is not to see the difference from one day to the next, but for a much longer period of time. You need to make it a goal to record and check the patterns for 3 months. Here are some times that you can measure:
- When you wake up in the morning, measure your temperature before you get up from bed
- Measure at the same time every day
- Measure in the mouth (under the tongue)
What causes the disturbance of the basal body temperature?
When you measure the actual basal body temperature, it may be unstable, and fail to identify the “high temperature period”, or unable to detect a pattern in the graph. So, what are the causes of disturbance of the basal body temperature?
- Reduced reproductive function
- Disturbance of hormonal balance
- Disturbance of autonomic nerves
- Deterioration of internal circulation
- Decrease in gastrointestinal function
Deterioration and disorder of the internal environment, no matter how trivial, can lead to a smaller numerical value of the basic body temperature. Disturbances like cold, sleep, incorrect way of measuring, 5 hours or less of sleeping time, worry, and stress are not good. Please try the following if you feel that the basic body temperature is not stable.
Five ways to stabilize the basal body temperature
There are some ways that can help in stabilizing the basal body temperature. In order to stabilize your basal body temperature, you need to be aware about the following important aspects:
Take “good quality” sleep
Sleep deprivation breaks the balance of autonomic nerves and hormones. Even though you have enough time to sleep, you may feel that there is a problem with its quality, and feel sleepy throughout the day.
You must be careful about staying awake late into the night (or early morning) and spending too much time on your cell phone or computer which makes it difficult to get into a deep sleep.
Warm-up your body
Cooling of the body also causes disruption of the basal body temperature.
The body can become cold if you are in the shower or if you often cover your legs or body with thick clothes. So, you must warm up your body with a cup of warm water, foot baths, or a half bath in the morning.
By doing moderate exercise, muscle mass increases and basal metabolism rises, developing a body that is resistant to chills.
Women are cold more often than men, but one reason is that muscle mass is smaller in women than in men.
Yoga is a recommended exercise to stabilize body temperature as it balances mind and body by eliminating stress, as well as the effects of environmental disturbances on the body.
Try to eat a well-balanced diet
Eat a balanced diet that is high in nutrition. Refrain from food that cools the body, because cold is the reason that prevents “the high-temperature period” from happening which is conducive for ovulation.
Use the power of oriental medicine
Try oriental medicine such as acupuncture and other traditional Chinese medicine. Compared with Western medicine, Oriental medicine carefully stabilizes your body more comprehensively, so that it can effectively raise the quality of health.
There is the possibility of ovulation disorder in someone who does not stabilize the basic body temperature. Trying the above tips may improve the basal body temperature and increase your chances of getting pregnant, but if there is an abnormality in the uterus, a doctor’s treatment is necessary. Try to measure the basal body temperature regularly for 3 months, and if you are not satisfied with the results, consult a specialist.