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post #61 of 160

erthe_mama, Hi! its Serena :) im so looking forward to our trade this summer :)

 

bcblondie, I took Clomid with Metformin and chasteberry all together and it helped. My obgyn saw a change in my blood tests after being on chasteberry for only two months!

I need fertility meds to conceive my son and this baby, so I totally understand how you feel *hugs*

post #62 of 160
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Chasteberry?! I was very much warned against combining chasteberry with clomid. Don't they cancel eachother out?

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Chasteberry?! I was very much warned against combining chasteberry with clomid. Don't they cancel eachother out?



Not that I know of! My obgyn knew I was taking it the whole time and it worked for us! My obgyn is an amazing guy who also studied under a midwife, so I imagine he would have said to stop taking it. I was taking a chasteberry tincture, im not sure if that makes a difference though. I also took higher doses of vit D and B12.

 

I know for me and for other woman that I know, the combination of clomid and metformin seem to be what really brings the results.

 

Have they told you what fertility issue you have? Im annovolatory, who knows if that will every change. I also have an auto immune disease that complicates getting pregnant and staying pregnant in the first four months.

post #64 of 160

I just wanted to add that I ordered my chasteberry and other good stuff ;) through http://www.gaiagarden.com

post #65 of 160
Thread Starter 

Hm that's the first I've heard of using those 2 together. Well clearly it worked! lol.

 

I don't know what my infertility is. I've always had long cycles in high school. Like 5 or 6 weeks. I didn't pay that close attention. After my miscarriage I pretty much stopped ovulated all together. Doc put me on clomid. Which has gotten me ovulating most cycles. Although still a bit late. Sometimes a lot late... I'm still wondering if there's something else affecting my chances of actually conceiving/implanting though, once I O. And I've had 2 m/cs so of course I wonder if there's a cause for that.

post #66 of 160
  • Hey erthe_mama.....I might be interested in placenta encapsulation.  I am still pretty queasy this pregnancy so I haven't thought about it too much yet....but I suffered from PPD after my first was born and I have heard that can really help.  How does it work?  Do you come and pick it up or would I have to get it to you after the birth?  I am planning a home birth, due early June.  Would be interested in some details. thanks!
  • Oh, and I have been to Dr Shi as well and am a bit skeptical as she encouraged me to stop breastfeeding. After I had already paid for several treatments she basically said it wouldn't work unless I weaned my DD so I could take all the herbs. She knew I was still BF'ing from the start, so I was not too impressed with that. I certainly have head others say great things about her though!
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Hm that's the first I've heard of using those 2 together. Well clearly it worked! lol.

 

I don't know what my infertility is. I've always had long cycles in high school. Like 5 or 6 weeks. I didn't pay that close attention. After my miscarriage I pretty much stopped ovulated all together. Doc put me on clomid. Which has gotten me ovulating most cycles. Although still a bit late. Sometimes a lot late... I'm still wondering if there's something else affecting my chances of actually conceiving/implanting though, once I O. And I've had 2 m/cs so of course I wonder if there's a cause for that.



I had extremely long cycles as well, usually about 40-60 days. With my son it only took 1 round of metformin to go from a 55 day cycle to 33 (55 was the average of the previous 13 months). With this baby the first round brought me to 42 days, second was 37 and then 32. Without the metformin clomid was kinda useless for me because It made me ovulate but by the time it happened there was no chance for a healthy implantation. I had a friend who was only on clomid and then talked to her dr about metformin too and started taking them together and it worked right away as well.

 

Its not easy being on both of them between being so sick and being high strung and moody, but the end result is worth it :)

 

I know with clomid, when you take it in your cycle makes a big difference! The earlier you take it, the more eggs but they're less mature... not sure when you take yours.

 

Are you using OPK's too? feel free to message me if its too personal to post for all to see thumb.gif

post #68 of 160

lash, congratulations!!!!! :)

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I had extremely long cycles as well, usually about 40-60 days. With my son it only took 1 round of metformin to go from a 55 day cycle to 33 (55 was the average of the previous 13 months). With this baby the first round brought me to 42 days, second was 37 and then 32. Without the metformin clomid was kinda useless for me because It made me ovulate but by the time it happened there was no chance for a healthy implantation. I had a friend who was only on clomid and then talked to her dr about metformin too and started taking them together and it worked right away as well.

 

Its not easy being on both of them between being so sick and being high strung and moody, but the end result is worth it :)

 

I know with clomid, when you take it in your cycle makes a big difference! The earlier you take it, the more eggs but they're less mature... not sure when you take yours.

 

Are you using OPK's too? feel free to message me if its too personal to post for all to see thumb.gif



Thats great that it worked for you. I agree, it's worth any side effects. Luckily clomid by itself doesn't give me any.

I take mine 5 to 9. When my obgyn prescribed it she said 3 to 7. Didn't seem to work as well. My new doc said 5 to 9. Works much better.

I do use OPKs. I'm so mad, I had 2 days of blazing pos, like I normally do. But I had a fever so I couldn't temp. I assumed I would still O. Finally today I temped and I didn't O!! But noticed a lot of ewcm so I took another opk and blazing again. So I guess we'll try this again! I hate my stupid body.

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Thank you for teh tips. :) I'm on clomid now which has worked for me in the past, so. Just hoping that'll work again. If not I'll be willing to try other things. :) I very much like herbs. :) (helped me avoid need misoprostol after my missed miscarriage.)


You're welcome! I'm happy to help. :) Hopefully the clomid works for you!

 

 

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erthe_mama, Hi! its Serena :) im so looking forward to our trade this summer :)


Hi Serena!! Great to "see" you on here! I'm looking forward to it too!

 

 

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I just wanted to add that I ordered my chasteberry and other good stuff ;) through http://www.gaiagarden.com


Also try http://www.mountainroseherbs.com . Sometimes they can be less expensive, or have things that Gaia Garden does not.

 



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Hey erthe_mama.....I might be interested in placenta encapsulation.  I am still pretty queasy this pregnancy so I haven't thought about it too much yet....but I suffered from PPD after my first was born and I have heard that can really help.  How does it work?  Do you come and pick it up or would I have to get it to you after the birth?  I am planning a home birth, due early June.  Would be interested in some details. thanks!
Oh, and I have been to Dr Shi as well and am a bit skeptical as she encouraged me to stop breastfeeding. After I had already paid for several treatments she basically said it wouldn't work unless I weaned my DD so I could take all the herbs. She knew I was still BF'ing from the start, so I was not too impressed with that. I certainly have heard others say great things about her though!


Hi lash! The placenta mainly works by releasing oxytocin, the "love" hormone, into your body. It seems to give people energy and gushy, lovey feelings. Some wymyn report an increase in breastmilk productionas well! I ask that someone drops the placenta off for you, and picks it up as well. It's usually in-laws, dads and doulas that come to my door. I haven't actually met any wymyn whose placenta I've encapsulated besides my wife's! lol Here's a link to my facebook page for more info.

Wow, usually Dr. Shi is encouraging about breastfeeding! I'm surprised, and sorry to hear that. :( It's possible that she didn't realise you needed the herbs in the first place... I've found her to be very honest about whether she can help you or not and under what conditions. She sure helped my DP who had REALLY bad food allergies, and Dr. Shi had them completely cleared for a few years until DP got really ill from renovations in her workplace. Then she tried to do it again, but it didn't work this time, so she referred my DP out to a specialist and we found out she has Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. :( We're going to try her again when we can afford to. lol

post #71 of 160

Andrea, I order mountain rose herbs through crunchy coop, it is incredible!!! the discount is absolutly amazing! feel free to message me if you want more info ;)

post #72 of 160

Hi Winnipeggers!!  My name is Mel and we are going to officially TTC starting next week!!!  My hubby and I just got married and he leaves for a business trip tomorrow but when he gets home next Sat it's go time!  (i'll be on CD 10 and my periods are very regular)  I'm so very excited and nervous!  Just reading too many books, reading online it makes you go insane.  The amt of info out there is great, but when does it stop.  Who knew deodarant was bad for you when pg?? lol  So im a bit overwhlemed but so very happy to found this site, it's going to be very benefical in our journey.  :)  It's nice to see other local ladies on this site and i look forward to getting to know you!

 

My first question for all of you:   Did anyone use a midwife in Winnipeg.  I am pretty sure we are going to hire a doula.  But, i don't have a obgyn.  Well the one i use for my yearly paps does not deliver babies any more and well he's just old and i wouldn't be happy with him giving my prenatal care.  I found the website for midwives in Winnipeg and was thinking soon as i get pg i'll give them a call and hopefully be able to get a doctor that way?  Any advice or experiences i'd love to hear from you.

 

Thanks!!!

post #73 of 160
Thread Starter 

I had a midwife! THere's a number you're suposed to call... I forget. Maybe call  Mt Carmel Clinic and they can help you. That's where my midwife works out of. Literally call the day you find out you're pregnant becuase there's a serious shortage of midwives here. They'll put you on a list and the nearest available midwife will give you a call in a couple of weeks. If no one will take you you'll get a letter in the mail.

Good luck. Hope it happens quickly.

post #74 of 160

hi Mel,

Welcome!  I have a midwife through Mount Carmel.  I called all 4 clinics the morning after I got a positive test, and kept calling for many weeks before I heard back.  You have to be extremely persistent.  I have heard it can help if you request a specific midwife....but I did that and didn't get ones I requested, so who knows.  On the College of Midwives site you can find a list of all of them, when they were licensed, etc.  Basically just be persistent.  It helps if you are wanting a home birth or have some other reason why you specifically need as opposed to want a midwife.  You can always exaggerate a bit.  I said I wanted a home birth even though I wasn't totally sure and I have a feeling that's why I got a midwife.  Now I am positive I want a home birth so I feel very fortunate to have found a supportive MW.

 

Good luck!

 

 

post #75 of 160

Thanks ladies!  I was going to call the main clinc on the MB midwives homepage the day i get a BFP!  Sounds scary that I might not get one if im not persistant!  Thanks for the tip, lash.  I don't want a home birth, not with my first anyways.  And i'm a terrible liar...this could be tricky...lol

 

I hate that we have such a shortage of doctors here... I don't even have a family doctor....ugh.

post #76 of 160

Hi Mel,

I hope you get the midwife that you want! I know that they are pretty hard to come by! Im using an obgyn; he's old! and the most wonderful doctor ever - I would never trade him for anyone else! After he became an obgyn he actually trained with a midwife! Unfortunatly he has a 9 month waiting list right now :(

Im also using a doula (I used one last time with him as well) and he is very very pro doula.. I couldnt ask for more!

 

post #77 of 160

Oh the waiting lists are so long!!  Who's your doula that you are going with?  I was looking into Birth Roots....

 

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Hi Mel,

I hope you get the midwife that you want! I know that they are pretty hard to come by! Im using an obgyn; he's old! and the most wonderful doctor ever - I would never trade him for anyone else! After he became an obgyn he actually trained with a midwife! Unfortunatly he has a 9 month waiting list right now :(

Im also using a doula (I used one last time with him as well) and he is very very pro doula.. I couldnt ask for more!

 



 

post #78 of 160

Lite, the doula I used when I had my son was working privately with another doula and later moved to Birth Roots. What she told us about BR was really disappointing :( I would never hire one of their doula's. If you want more info feel free to message me, ill give you the low down she gave me. She ended up taking time off from working with them but they still keep her pic up on the page (its been over a year now!).

 

Unfortunately due to lifestyle differences we couldn't use the same doula again. We interviewed a couple and decided with Theresa from Blissful Beginnings. We've met with her a few times already and are very happy with her! She even offered to stay on as our doula in the event that we have a csection (I had an emergency csection with my son and may have a planned one this time around).

post #79 of 160

Aviva Cipilinski is the only doula I would ever consider using. She is beyond amazing.

 

Aside from that, for any pregnant womyn, I'd really suggest reading http://midwifethinking.com/

 

I'd also suggest eating your placenta, but, of course, I'm biased. winky.gif

post #80 of 160

Serena, I'll pm you, i'm interested to hear more....

I'll look into Blissfull Beginnings, i think i may have come across that website as well...

 

erthe mama, do you have any further info on this doula, website, email? 

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