Trying to Conceive (TTC)

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  • sarawilliams5889
    sarawilliams5889 Posts: 105 Member
    I’ve been using the Flo app but just the free version. It’s pretty interesting but it’s taken a while to work out my cycle as I was so all over the place when I came off the pill! Just finished reading a pregnancy book and not sure if it empowered me with info or freaked me out!! Hope you ladies are all doing well, can’t wait to join you actively ttc 😊
  • Alioth
    Alioth Posts: 571 Member
    Yeah, I've seen the great sperm race. It's fun to think how amazing the stats are for creating life. ...I use mymonthlycycles.com and fertilityfriend.com

    Hey guys, I'm poking my head back in. Nice to see new members since the last time I was here. Also good to see old friends.

    I've started being more purposeful again with TTC recently. Hubs and I really tried this last cycle to time all the baby dancing. But I'm starting over day 1 today. Baby is 18 months old (amazing how time flies). We haven't done anything to prevent pregnancy since he was born. I'm a bit puzzled that after 10 months of trying, we have nothing to show. But I wasn't temping or taking vitamins or working out much. I would like to get back down to the weight I was when I got pregnant the 1st time, in case that's what my body needs for it to happen again. I also might start using progesterone cream again next cycle to see if that helps extend my 10-11 day luteal phase. Seeing a new doc on Friday who has an interest in women's health. Maybe she'll have some ideas.
  • Alioth
    Alioth Posts: 571 Member
    P.S. If I could figure out where the kid hid the digital thermometer it would help. I've been looking for 3 days for it. :D Sometimes I think he really doesn't want mommy to have another kid the way he acts.
  • arendiva
    arendiva Posts: 175 Member
    This TWW is driving me crazy. I'm trying not to get my hopes (or my husband's hopes) up too high and set us up for disappointment but I can't help but read into possible early pregnancy symptoms (bloating, cramps, frequent urination, fatigue) especially since pre-menstrual cramping isn't really a thing for me and my cramping has aligned with when implantation would theoretically be happening. Ugh I know I'm setting myself up for a huge disappointment if I'm not pregnant, but I can't stop. Saturday can't get here soon enough. I'll be 12DPO then so I'll let myself test.
  • Alioth
    Alioth Posts: 571 Member
    @arendiva Fingers crossed for you!
  • Alioth
    Alioth Posts: 571 Member
    I saw my new doc today. She said if I don't get pregnant in two more months, she can write a referral for me to see a reproductive specialist. She seems nice. She asked if I was using sperm friendly products and taking my vitamins... I really don't wanna take my vitamins as I used to throw them up, but I suppose I'd better start again.
  • puffbrat
    puffbrat Posts: 2,806 Member
    I wound up not asking my doctor about TTC since they were running an hour behind, so it was already 5:00 when she came in. She did ask how it's going and if my cycles are normal, but wasn't concerned since it hasn't been 6 months yet (I had miscounted) and my cycles were normal. Of course 2 days later my period started FIVE DAYS EARLY! I was devastated! My husband wound up Googling and thought it could be implantation bleeding. That made me feel better the rest of Saturday, but as of yesterday, I think it's probably too heavy to be implantation bleeding and is more likely my period.
  • sarawilliams5889
    sarawilliams5889 Posts: 105 Member
    So sorry to hear that puffbrat, that must be frustrating 🙁
  • Alioth
    Alioth Posts: 571 Member
    @puffbrat Total bummer to be that early. On the bright side, it's only been 6 months and cycles are normal? Hang in there! And, I'm not sure if you're a Walking Dead fan but...
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  • sarawilliams5889
    sarawilliams5889 Posts: 105 Member
    Hey ladies, how are you going ttc? I’m freaking out that we are going to start trying in 2 weeks and I’m no where near the weight I wanted to be! Probably over thinking things though and it will take a while to conceive! Just feel like I know nothing despite reading so many books and blogs on conception. Hope y’all are doing well 😊
  • VoicedJoy22
    VoicedJoy22 Posts: 15 Member
    @sarawilliams5889
    I just came off birth control and am also freaking out just slightly. For me, whenever I'm off birth control I experience spotting and irregular periods, so I'm also wondering if it will be a while to conceive. I'm still about 10- 15 pounds off where I wanted to be and I'm going to keep at that until I know for sure I'm pregnant. At least I know I lost about 25 pds, so I figure if I'm careful I won't get much higher than where I was at the beginning of last year! Hope your freak out has calmed down a little! :-)
  • sarawilliams5889
    sarawilliams5889 Posts: 105 Member
    Thank you for your encouragement @VoicedJoy22 😊 Congratulations on losing 25lb! That’s such great achievement! I have also been so irregular since going off hormonal bc about 6 months ago so not sure how things will go, fingers crossed it’s not too long for us though. I think that sounds like a sensible plan to keep losing gradually until you know you’re 🤰I will hope to follow that path too. Good luck with the next few lbs 😊
  • Bekah7482
    Bekah7482 Posts: 247 Member
    I am still working on losing weight while TTC. My doc told me as long as I am not working out so hard or be so restrictive that i lose my period then I'm ok. And im never that extreme. I also want to make sure im on a good routine and my body is used to it so I can continue through pregnancy.

    As far as "how" are we doing it? We are not going to overthink it. We are just bding a lot through the month. I feel like tracking everything else makes the process to painful and stressful which will hinder our happiness and affect our chances. I only track my periods and when we bd
  • puffbrat
    puffbrat Posts: 2,806 Member
    I'm still working on losing weight while TTC, although I'm not actually succeeding. Period just started today, so I guess I have at least one more month :| Unfortunately, my last cycle was only 24 days long. They keep getting shorter and shorter which isn't great for TTC.
  • VoicedJoy22
    VoicedJoy22 Posts: 15 Member
    @puffbrat My problem before I went on birth control was really frequent periods, so coming off of it, that's my fear as well. I'm trying to give myself a few months at least for my hormones to level. I read in a few places that red raspberry leaf tea may help with regular periods, so I'm even going to try that for a little while.
  • puffbrat
    puffbrat Posts: 2,806 Member
    @puffbrat My problem before I went on birth control was really frequent periods, so coming off of it, that's my fear as well. I'm trying to give myself a few months at least for my hormones to level. I read in a few places that red raspberry leaf tea may help with regular periods, so I'm even going to try that for a little while.

    I'll have to give that a try. Before birth control, my cycles were 21 days long with 7-8 day periods. Thankfully my periods are still really short (shorter than ever actually) but it seems like my cycle is getting really short again, which I do not approve of
  • Alioth
    Alioth Posts: 571 Member
    How's everyone doing? I'm in the same boat with not having lost enough weight here lately as I'd like to for TTC. I might have to start working out at home since all gyms are closed too.

    @puffbrat Sooo, I totes know how you feel. After I posted last time, I ended up with a surprise 21 day cycle with only a 9 day luteal phase. boo! So last month I bit the bullet and got more progesterone cream. Got my luteal phase out to 12 days that way. But, I totally missed the BD window because I ovulated on CD 12 instead of CD 15-17 as far as I can tell! We were super busy too because the hubs pirate band had a big show for St. Patty's Day performing Irish music at a brewery. So I'm gonna be more proactive with OPKs this month.

    I read this research study where they found that most women ovulate 1/2 a day BEFORE their OPK peaks, so while the LH levels are on the rise, NOT after peak OPK. Maybe I've been missing my fertile window by a couple days all along and that's making things harder for me? I'm going to try to BD earlier this time. Here is a link to the study in case any of you ladies want to read it. https://obgyn.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1471-0528.2001.00194.x It had a small sample size so it may not be crazy accurate. But the findings seem pretty legit. Ovulating so early is worrying me though. It could potentially be a sign that my egg reserve is getting low, that I could be getting to perimenopause and releasing eggs that are not mature enough to be viable. Or it could be just random. I'm probably overthinking. But, my BBT plummeted today on CD 5, so I bet I'm gonna ovulate early again. Wish me luck. It would be nice to have prenatal appointments and birth in the same fiscal year.
  • sarawilliams5889
    sarawilliams5889 Posts: 105 Member
    Hi all 👋 hope everyone’s doing ok with everything that’s going on in the world at the moment.
    We started TTC for real at the beginning of March, have gone through one ovulation period (only tracked on Flo though, not opk so don’t know if it was that accurate). Did a fair bit of BD though ☺️ on 2 week wait now, probably just imagining things but I have been extra tired and scatter brained, have a very strong sense of smell and have been getting a bit nauseous but at random times of day. We will see!
  • puffbrat
    puffbrat Posts: 2,806 Member
    Alioth wrote: »
    How's everyone doing? I'm in the same boat with not having lost enough weight here lately as I'd like to for TTC. I might have to start working out at home since all gyms are closed too.

    @puffbrat Sooo, I totes know how you feel. After I posted last time, I ended up with a surprise 21 day cycle with only a 9 day luteal phase. boo! So last month I bit the bullet and got more progesterone cream. Got my luteal phase out to 12 days that way. But, I totally missed the BD window because I ovulated on CD 12 instead of CD 15-17 as far as I can tell! We were super busy too because the hubs pirate band had a big show for St. Patty's Day performing Irish music at a brewery. So I'm gonna be more proactive with OPKs this month.

    I read this research study where they found that most women ovulate 1/2 a day BEFORE their OPK peaks, so while the LH levels are on the rise, NOT after peak OPK. Maybe I've been missing my fertile window by a couple days all along and that's making things harder for me? I'm going to try to BD earlier this time. Here is a link to the study in case any of you ladies want to read it. https://obgyn.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1471-0528.2001.00194.x It had a small sample size so it may not be crazy accurate. But the findings seem pretty legit. Ovulating so early is worrying me though. It could potentially be a sign that my egg reserve is getting low, that I could be getting to perimenopause and releasing eggs that are not mature enough to be viable. Or it could be just random. I'm probably overthinking. But, my BBT plummeted today on CD 5, so I bet I'm gonna ovulate early again. Wish me luck. It would be nice to have prenatal appointments and birth in the same fiscal year.

    Good luck Alioth! I also worry about my egg reserve, especially since early onset menopause runs pretty strongly in my family. I haven’t been using OPKs but will probably start, so that article is helpful. Based on other symptoms I think I actually ovulate 2 days later than Ovia says, which sucks. I’m at the point of wanting to see the OB/GYN, especially since I’m 35 and this is cycle 9, but now obviously isn’t a good time for non-essential doctor appointments.
  • Alioth
    Alioth Posts: 571 Member
    @puffbrat Riiiight. I'm staying as far from every doctor's office as I can right now. And I know what you mean about looking at app data with a suspicious eye. I second guess my apps all the time. The OPKs are usually helpful for me. I started out with dollar tree ones, then eventually got a big pack of cheapies off ebay so they only cost 34 cents each. Two years later, I'm still working my way through the pack and they still work. haha.

    I'm cautiously optimistic this cycle. All my temps and dates look waaaaay better than they have for the last 3 months. Maybe the prenatal vitamins and supplements are actually helping? Temps are rockier than they've ever been though due to stress and weird wakeup times. But they rose really well. 2WW is flying by.

    @sarawilliams5889 Oh, that all sounds very promising. Good luck!