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post #21 of 403

I'll be 4 weeks tomorrow and I have been spotting (a teeny tiny bit) every day for the past 3 days.  I'm so trying NOT to stress about it!
 

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I think I'm just over five weeks pregnant today. I wonder how long it will take me to stop studying the toilet paper after every pee for signs of period... or mc...

 



 

post #22 of 403

Congrats to the newest members of this thread!!!  joy.gif

 

Emaya and SweetBee - I'm so glad you know of great places nearby that will be a lovely place to have your babies.  My first birth was a hospital birth (ended in c-section) and I am so thrilled at the prospect of giving birth vaginally this time around.  I'm so glad that Mothering exists so I can talk about my plans without people telling me I'm crazy!  

post #23 of 403

Just got my BFP today.  We've been trying for two years (DH's VR was just over 2 years ago).  I'm still in shock!

post #24 of 403

Sweetest, I saw your post on BSL this morning (I lurked there for many months before posting myself -- didn't know if posting would help or hurt my cause in trying to stay 'living in the now' and not obsess about ttc -- and I'll continue to lurk I'm sure to hope and pray that those women get their bfps), and while I wasn't there when you were active, I'm so excited for you! Isn't it otherworldly seeing that positive? I couldn't believe my eyes (and it was hard to focus on that light line when my hand was shaking so much). I yelped from happiness and burst into tears. I'm considering going to buy another test just so I can see a strong positive now that my period is a week late. When are you going to tell your children?

post #25 of 403
Thread Starter 

Yay for contactmaya, Starr, and sweetest! This has been an awesome, fertile month for those of who have tried for awhile, and I think we have a great group forming here. smile.gif

post #26 of 403

It took us just under 13 months to get pregnant after getting my IUD out.  I felt like something was off, but my OB blew it off.  I asked for some basic blood work, and that came back normal.  My cycles were wonky and ranged from 2 weeks to 35 days.  I got pregnant after getting IVIG for another reason, and I believe that is what helped me get pregnant.  After the IVIG my cervical mucous was back to normal and I ovulated on time.  I think that the issues may have been autoimmune, but since we didn't see a specialist, I'm not positive. 

 

 

post #27 of 403
Thread Starter 

Congratulations, cameragirl, and welcome! I also had weird, varying cycles during our time TTC.

 

How is everyone feeling? I keep getting these pinching feelings in my lower abdomen, mostly on the left side but sometimes on the right. Naturally, I'm freaking out about it, even though I read on a million different websites/books that it's normal. I don't know how I'm going to wait until my first appointment on the 30th without driving myself crazy. Feeling so anxious to see our baby!

post #28 of 403
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 I keep getting these pinching feelings in my lower abdomen, mostly on the left side but sometimes on the right. Naturally, I'm freaking out about it, even though I read on a million different websites/books that it's normal.


This is probably round ligament pain.  Round ligament pains are generally sharp pains that happen when you make a quick movement, such as springing up out of a chair, turning over in bed, or sneezing (especially while laying down).   The round ligaments normally look like this:

 
 
As the uterus grows with pregnancy they have to stretch out until they will eventually look like this:
 
 
 
 

Edited by thorn - 5/24/11 at 7:40am
post #29 of 403

JUST WANTED TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE ON THIS THREAD !

post #30 of 403

Cameragirl - congratulations!  I hope you don't mind my asking, but do you have an autoimmune disease (is that what the IVIG was for)?  

 

I'm convinced that autoimmunity is responsible for lots on infertility.  I have autoimmune thyroid disease and my DH had a VR which is know to cause autoimmune issues with sperm.  I'm convinced that I got pregnant because I took the focus off of my fertility and put it on my inflammation!  I have been GF for 2.5 years (since my thyroid disease was diagnosed) which made me feel a lot better but I was still not great and my TSH numbers were fluctuating a lot (indicating that my thyroid was being attacked).

 

Anyway... about 3 months ago I went on a mostly paleo diet (DH did as well just because he eats what I cook!) - I cut out almost all grains, legumes, and sources of omega 6.  Started taking fish oil and high level supp with vit. D (found out after I started the Vit D that my levels were very low, my RE told me he didn't think I should be using so much vit. D and that my numbers were probably fine... they came back extremely low - ha!).  Last month I blacked out all the windows in my bedroom (per recommendations from The Paleo Solution book).  Two weeks ago I went on a strict autoimmune/Paleo diet and took out eggs, dairy, nuts, and all grains.  I feel amazing and I'm PG, wow!

 

Sweetbee - I'm feeling pretty good.  I've been a bit queasy the last two mornings, but better after I eat.  Yesterday afternoon, I was hit with bone aching exhaustion which lasted for a couple of hours.  I didn't get MS with my first two (just occasional low level nasea) but I remember feeling super tired the first Tri both times... 

 

AFM - I went in for my first beta yesterday morning and i have my second tomorrow.  Haven't heard back from the Dr. yet, probably this morning.  Even with the 4 positive HPTs, I'm terrified he's going to call and tell me I'm not PG, ugh!  Trying to stay positive!  

post #31 of 403

I'm wondering if this has anything to do with my success as well because I started trying to eat a paleo diet around 6 weeks before I got my BFP.  I didn't completely cut out grains, but I really tried and probably cut out about 75%.  I've been experimenting a lot with coconut flour and trying to make paleo substitutes for some of my faves like pancakes.  orngbiggrin.gif
 

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Anyway... about 3 months ago I went on a mostly paleo diet (DH did as well just because he eats what I cook!) - I cut out almost all grains, legumes, and sources of omega 6.  Started taking fish oil and high level supp with vit. D (found out after I started the Vit D that my levels were very low, my RE told me he didn't think I should be using so much vit. D and that my numbers were probably fine... they came back extremely low - ha!).  Last month I blacked out all the windows in my bedroom (per recommendations from The Paleo Solution book).  Two weeks ago I went on a strict autoimmune/Paleo diet and took out eggs, dairy, nuts, and all grains.  I feel amazing and I'm PG, wow!

post #32 of 403

MommyM - So nice to see another Paleo lady!  I was thinking about starting a thread... I'm convinced that Paleo can help infertility when it is caused by autoimmunity or hormone imbalance (I have both).  Besides the Thyroid disease, I have had Luteal Phase Defect for at least the last 4 years (spotting starting 4 or 5 days after O and 11-12 day luteal phase).   I think the Paleo diet is powerful medicine to help reduce inflammation and regulate hormones.

 

The first sign I had that I might be pregnant this cycle was that I wasn't spotting!  I even had progesterone supps that I was supposed to take after O - I had gotten into the habit of starting them once my spotting started, so I wasn't even on prog. supps when I got my BFP (I started them as soon as I found out though, just to be safe)

 

Here's the irony:  When I was younger and had normal cycles with no spotting, the first sign that I was pregnant was implantation spotting on day 8 (with both of my previous pregnancies).  Crazy!

post #33 of 403
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Hi all: I'm personally struggling quite a bit. I think it's a double whammy if you've tried for awhile AND had a prior loss. It just makes everything feel so incredibly tenuous and like it could go at any moment. I know there's really no way around it and just "letting it go" because whatever be will be just doesn't work for my brain. It doesn't help that the hormones are playing with me too! I could kill people AND cry while doing it. Random.

 

Hope everyone else is doing a bit better than me.

 

 

It must be difficult - I have a hard time letting myself get connected and I'm finally past the stage of crying.  I have never had a miscarriage (this is my second pregnancy), but for some reason I just assume something terrible is going to happen.  I'm so terrified of miscarrying that both times I got a positive pregnancy test, I reacted with joy, but within a day I was miserable, sure that it wouldn't last.  I know a lot of women who've experienced losing a pregnancy, including women in my family, and I have a hard time letting myself just be happy and loving my tiny little embryo for fear I will lose it.  

 

Recently I read a blog post about a woman who had a miscarriage (over at the Hobo Mama blog) and it gave me a new way to think about it - if something DID happen, I would regret not giving this tiny little life love of it's own while it existed.  I would lack a connection to that child just because I was afraid of getting hurt.  I don't know if that helps at all, but it seemed to help me a lot because I have finally relaxed and am looking forward to a healthy and awesome pregnancy!  

 

 It took over a year to get pregnant with my first child, who was born October '09, and his birth story is a nightmare.  I had him at about 36, 37 weeks or so, and he was born via section because I had preeclampsia.  The hospital birth was nothing but a disaster, and the five days I was there were miserable.  This time around, we tried for almost a year before finally getting another  BFP.  I loved being pregnant and I can't wait for the first kick!  We're hoping for a home birth this time, too, if we have a healthy pregnancy.
 

 

post #34 of 403

Matsumoto, I somehow missed your post on the spotting two days ago. How are you doing now with that? From what I've heard, light spotting is extremely common in many healthy pregnancies, as I'm sure you've also read and heard. Still, I understand your nervousness about it. 

 

I'm still trying to practice living in the happy moment with this wonderful new turn of events, and not thinking about all the what if's. I had a dream last night that I looked down at my engagement ring and the diamond was gone. I was really upset and knew that finding it would be impossible (it's not THAT big redface.gif). In my dream, my husband said "don't worry, we'll get you another one." But I wanted that original one that he had proposed with... In the first few minutes after waking, I was sure the dream was a symbol for this pregnancy, and I was so sad... But after talking it over with my husband, he reminded me that I have absolutely ZERO female intuition, and that my dreams have been totally wrong all the time. So besides the fact that I ain't fooling him with my feminine mystique, or feminine intuition in anycase, I felt a bit better. 

 

I must say, I feel exactly the same as the early stages of pregnancy with my daughter. Then, I didn't know I was pregnant, and wrote off my extreme fatigue, irritation, and general hit-by-a-semi feeling to jetlag and PMS (I was just home from a 24-hour plane trip, and where was that darn period anyway?).

 

How's everyone else here doing? Sweetest, how about that beta? Hi Cameragirl, contactmaya and starr! 

 

8:15 p.m. -- time for bed!

post #35 of 403

So my Dr's office called and my HCG was 23 as of yesterday.  I'm trying not to worry about it but that seems really low to me (although it is within range).  I tend to ovulate early so I had been guessing that I was 4 weeks pg when I had the bloodwork yesterday, maybe I o'd later and tomorrow is the 4 week mark?  I thought the HPTs I was taking had sensitivities of 25, if that's true my number should be higher, right?   I had the blood drawn maybe 18 hours after my last BFP test (the digital)  My hpts were all early response tests (one FRER, two target, and one Clearblue Digital) Maybe they are just really sensitive tests.  

 

So I'm freaking out a little thinking that maybe HCG is dropping.  I'm still not spotting (I'm on progesterone) and the nurse who called me said the number was fine.  She didn't seem too worried, just said to go back tomorrow so we can see if the numbers are doubling... I hope they get the results back tomorrow, I'm going to go crazy if I have to wait all weekend.

post #36 of 403

Well, I haven't had any today, but I did for the past 4 days.  It wasn't a lot, but just like once or twice when I went to the bathroom and when I wiped there would be some pink.  I still haven't had any cramps so I'm just going to continue on thinking this one WILL stick.  Thanks for checking in on me.  love.gif
 

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Matsumoto, I somehow missed your post on the spotting two days ago. How are you doing now with that? From what I've heard, light spotting is extremely common in many healthy pregnancies, as I'm sure you've also read and heard. Still, I understand your nervousness about it. 

post #37 of 403

You totally should start a thread!  We may be the only ones on it, but at least we wouldn't be hogging this thread talking about recipes and stuff.  orngbiggrin.gif
 

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MommyM - So nice to see another Paleo lady!  I was thinking about starting a thread... I'm convinced that Paleo can help infertility when it is caused by autoimmunity or hormone imbalance (I have both).  Besides the Thyroid disease, I have had Luteal Phase Defect for at least the last 4 years (spotting starting 4 or 5 days after O and 11-12 day luteal phase).   I think the Paleo diet is powerful medicine to help reduce inflammation and regulate hormones.



 

post #38 of 403

Raphaeline, you've found a great way of trying to manage your fear of miscarriage. I'm trying to think that way too!

 

Sweetest, I hope that you get your numbers back today so that you can rest easy this weekend! I don't know the first thing about beta numbers, but if the nurse isn't worried, that sounds good to me.

 

Matsumoto, glad to hear you're doing great and no spotting!

 

Sweetbee, time zone buddy, how are you? What's the latest?

 

I won't have access to internet after noon today (going out to the country), so I won't be in touch until Monday. Hope all goes well with those numbers for Sweetest.

post #39 of 403

Sweetest - unfortunately I do.  I've got issues with pretty bad muscle spasms and rigidity in my neck/upper back because of it.  I'd rather not take steroids, so it's normally a combination of muscle relaxers and Ativan for me.  I just started IVIG and only got 2/3 of the recommended dose last time, but I'm pretty sure it helped me get pregnant. I'll probably keep getting it since I can't take benzos while I'm pregnant.  I had really low vitamin D and B12 levels after my last pregnancy - probably due to the hyperemesis and autoimmune issues. I'm a lot less tired since I got that corrected. 

 

Congratulations, btw!
 

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Cameragirl - congratulations!  I hope you don't mind my asking, but do you have an autoimmune disease (is that what the IVIG was for)?  

 

I'm convinced that autoimmunity is responsible for lots on infertility.  I have autoimmune thyroid disease and my DH had a VR which is know to cause autoimmune issues with sperm.  I'm convinced that I got pregnant because I took the focus off of my fertility and put it on my inflammation!  I have been GF for 2.5 years (since my thyroid disease was diagnosed) which made me feel a lot better but I was still not great and my TSH numbers were fluctuating a lot (indicating that my thyroid was being attacked).

 

Anyway... about 3 months ago I went on a mostly paleo diet (DH did as well just because he eats what I cook!) - I cut out almost all grains, legumes, and sources of omega 6.  Started taking fish oil and high level supp with vit. D (found out after I started the Vit D that my levels were very low, my RE told me he didn't think I should be using so much vit. D and that my numbers were probably fine... they came back extremely low - ha!).  Last month I blacked out all the windows in my bedroom (per recommendations from The Paleo Solution book).  Two weeks ago I went on a strict autoimmune/Paleo diet and took out eggs, dairy, nuts, and all grains.  I feel amazing and I'm PG, wow!

 

Sweetbee - I'm feeling pretty good.  I've been a bit queasy the last two mornings, but better after I eat.  Yesterday afternoon, I was hit with bone aching exhaustion which lasted for a couple of hours.  I didn't get MS with my first two (just occasional low level nasea) but I remember feeling super tired the first Tri both times... 

 

AFM - I went in for my first beta yesterday morning and i have my second tomorrow.  Haven't heard back from the Dr. yet, probably this morning.  Even with the 4 positive HPTs, I'm terrified he's going to call and tell me I'm not PG, ugh!  Trying to stay positive!  


 

 

post #40 of 403
Thread Starter 

Raphaeline, welcome to another long time TTCer!

 

sweetest, hoping your 2nd beta gives you a nice, high number. I think HPTs are often more sensitive than listed. Here, according to peeonastick.com:

 

The "official" sensitivity is the manufacturer's guaranteed minimum detection level. Often, however, tests are more sensitive than advertised.

 

Emaya, yay for time zone buddies! And for having our first appointment on the same day. Do you have checkups once a month there? We do once a month here, even at the end.

 

Sorry for missing anyone. There's a toddler trying to attack my keyboard. winky.gif

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