TTC advice needed
I know this probably belongs in the TTC group, but I figured I'd ask here first because this question pertains to TTC baby #2. BTW, DH still isn't 100% on board with TTC yet, but he's getting there. And I'm breaking out the lingerie at all the right times, but AF still shows up. :-P
Before getting pregnant, AF was always very regular for me. I went off BC in 2004 and charted my cycle as our birth control method. After a year of taking my temp every morning, I got lazy and we just used condoms or abstained from DTD around the time when I usually ovulated (days 11 thru 16, just to be safe). This worked for years and we got pregnant on the first month we DTD on those days. Day 14 to be exact.
Now I'm 18 months post-pardum and I have had a seemingly regular period since the LO was 6 months old. The cycle lengths have varied from 24 to 32 days, but I have not ever skipped a month. The bleeding is a little heavier than I remember, but I have barely had any cramps. I also don't have any bloating or breast tenderness, which I had a little bit of before. I have a little nipple tenderness that is only noticeable because I'm still breastfeeding. But the LO only breastfeeds twice a day now. Irritability is there, but I'm always a little irritable, my MIL lives with me. :-)
I had my annual pap this week and discussed TTC with my OB. She seemed to think that I may not actually be ovulating, even though I'm having a period every month. She was stoked that I was still breastfeeding, but she said it would most likely be very difficult to conceive while still breastfeeding. I know this isn't always the case, hence so many women I read about who get pregnant before AF even comes back for them and they are breastfeeding more often than I am now.
My question is, how do I find out if I am actually ovulating? Do I start taking my temp every morning? If I'm not ovulating I'm guessing my temp will stay the same? Should I pick up an OPK? It's been a while since I did all of this, so I'm a little rusty. :-)
AF started this morning, 4 days early, and it has me in a funk. :-P Thanks.