Thank you all for your kind words on my new diet. I finally found a few minutes to sit down and catch up with you all, which feels delicious. So much excitement and juicy information right now!
Gumblossom, I realize this was a few pages ago, but thank you so much for posting the results of your chart analysis, I'm loving all the hope in that. I agree, 14 months does not seem like too long a wait for something so special. How are you feeling? Are you finding a way to stave off the nausea and the salty carb cravings that come with it? I had those as well with DD. I hope when my time comes round again I'll be able to find a healthier coping mechanism.
Maeryn Pearl, Welcome and thank you for your hopeful family stories!
Maritimegirl, I think I missed your BFP last time I was here! Welcome and BIG congrats to you! I'm sorry about your past losses, and am wishing you a super sticky bean this time! DH and I also use Pre-Seed (because I have zero EWCM in the past couple of years... instead, I get what FF calls "watery" CM). We've conceived using it (and not using it), but what we dislike about it is the inconvenient tube format -- it's kind of a buzzkill to have to fumble with the cap when you are in the moment. I did hear that Slippery Stuff has the same chemical composition and is equally sperm-friendly so we may try that. It comes in a bottle with a flip-top cap, much easier.
ContactMaya, so interesting regarding your ferning pattern! Have you tested yet? This makes me want to go out and buy a ferning microscope. Are they very spendy? Have you found the extra info you get each month to be worth the investment?
Saoirse, I'm sorry the BFNs are getting you down. I hope the next cycle brings a welcome fresh start.
Halifax, It's good to see you back! I'm so sorry for all your losses I hear you about the ache and emptiness. Your trip does sound wonderful, despite having to deal with yet another loss while you were there. Others were mentioning testing to you... because I also had 3 m/c in a row (all before 6 weeks), my RE ordered that set of tests for me. They tested me for auto-immune disorders, thyroid conditions, clotting disorders, and lots of genetic markers that would indicate increased chances of m/c. All came back negative, but it was helpful info for us to have.
BuzzerBeater, sorry that AF flooded your house this month! I had the same thing happen this month, kind of a new phenomenon and a bit overwhelming, I was caught off guard a few times. I'm hoping it's a kind of cleanse and my uterus is getting rid of stagnant blood. Thanks for asking what our names mean, it's been fun to read everyone's stories! Mine is a bit like Bookwormommy's. I'm LitMama because I'm a lit-head... I studied literature in college, read a LOT, and also write.
Bookwormommy, hello to a fellow book-eater! I hear you about not being ready to give up the mac 'n cheese. Some things have been easy for me because I was raised on a pretty crunchy whole foods diet (my parents actually made their own tofu) and so it's my childhood comfort food. But other acquired tastes have been difficult to give up... I just returned from a baby shower, where it was heartbreaking to say no to the most beautiful chocolate cupcakes I have ever seen! Fortunately, DH ate enough of them for both of us. :wink B-vitamins... I've been taking a B-complex throughout my cycle. I believe it's supposed to lengthen your LP (my LP is already 16 days, so not an issue for me) and generally support fertility. But one caution: a friend told me the "warm flashes" or "flushing" I was feeling throughout my body meant I had too much niacin in my system (there was probably already enough in my prenatals). I stopped taking the B-complex and the warm flashes disappeared.
Kristin, I'm sorry you've been feeling sad and stressed out! I can relate. I'm so glad to hear though, that you've found a wonderful healthy way of supporting yourself through swimming. I always find exercise (and water) to be very healing, too. It sort of takes me off my TTC grid so I can regain a larger perspective of myself as a whole person.
WaturMama, so glad your LP turned out to be just fine! You know, getting back to your ovarian-twinge question many pages ago... for what it's worth, I noticed that my ovarian twinges have lessened as I've spent more time with acupuncture and TCM. I read somewhere that there is a connection, I wonder if that's happening for you, too? Thanks for asking about the smoothies, I will post some recipes in a separate post since this one is getting sooooo loooooong.
GreenMama, thanks for sharing info on your diet and supplements! It sounds like you were on a regimen similar to mine, so I'm feeling hopeful I too may end up with a BFP! My diet is definitely not primal/paleo, but I see other similarities. Can you please tell me about PABA, emulsified D, fermented cod liver oil? Also, do you know what the advantage is to taking fresh (vs. freeze-dried) royal jelly and wheatgrass? I'm having trouble sourcing fresh royal jelly (not in any of my local co-ops, although I know I could order it online) and there's wheatgrass in my ultra-greens powder so I hadn't been taking it separately. But if it would make a difference, I'd seek out fresh versions of both.