Wow, lot's happening on the thread the past couple of days, I've been reading but not posting (well, that's not exactly true, I had a bunch written but then when I went to go check out someone's post on a page other than the one I was currently on, I lost it all... and I was too tired to re-type everything).
Kewpie, how are things? Haven't heard from you since day before yesterday, was it? I've been thinking about you lots, and hoping all is well with you and the babes.
Deborah, I have never heard about caffeine affecting levels. One thing I did want to say about caffeine is that there is a new study out that says there's a good chance that caffeine can affect fertility-- something about it causing small spasms in the fallopian tubes or something like that--but I don't think they said how much caffeine will do that, and if it is in all women or those with pre-existing conditions. I'm not even sure if they did actual studies on women, or they did it on mice (poor creatures!)... However, I know that in Traditional Chinese Medicine, some acupuncturists tell you to stay away from it as much as possible. One of the ladies I was seeing, she told me not just to cut down but go right off it. Well, I couldn't give up my chocolate entirely, but I did do away with the 1 cup of java I had per day. I don't know if that helped me conceive this last cycle, or what.
Renavoo, Blue and Belly, good luck with all your stuff going on this week! I hope baselines, news about transfer, and lining checks all turn out super well. I'm so excited for you all!
Aura, here's hoping that when you do get a hold of your RE, that you find some answers and come up with a plan. Sometimes getting a new plan in place, although it takes a lot of energy after going through what you and your DH experienced, can really help.
I'm sorry if I've missed anybody-- I hope all is well with everyone else!
AFM, I've got a lot of bloating happening, which I'm fine with, I was just surprised. I guess after reading Renavoo's post I can assume that so much of it is the estrogen and progesterone I'm taking. I've got an appointment with my family doc tomorrow, since it is about time for an annual check and I'm going to do the pre-natal stuff with him to start. I don't see someone from my midwifery team until Novembe 25th. On the advice of my wonderful current acupuncturist, who I saw last Friday, I'm just taking things day by day, and looking forward to crossing off the different upcoming things and reaching the different milestones. So, the doc's appointment tomorrow, another acupuncture session Friday, and then on Sunday I will have reached the 6 week mark. Then I start another week... This approach seems to be helping me get through the day without disabling worry. I'm sad that my best friend isn't able to provide me with any emotional support right now... It's too long of a story to tell at the moment (I'm heading off to watch some Dancing with the Stars, and rest with my feet up), but basically, it comes down to either waiting for her to get in touch with me since having shared the news of my bfp with her, or, assuming that she meant it when she said that she was perfectly fine with my news and so I just carry on and do my regular 'friend' thing with her--texting, calling to get caught up, make plans for lunch, etc. The thing is, we both have recently experienced a pregnancy loss, and we supported one another during those times... and during the past few months, both of us have been ttc'ing. I know she is happy for us, but... KWIM? So on the one hand, I'm being really sensitive to the other feelings she might be having (but just not acknowledging to me) and thinking that she needs some space, and on the other, maybe I should just go with what she told me... and if it turns out that she isn't that okay with things, then it is her responsiblity to tell me and we can talk about. I wasn't going to share news of the bfp with anyone else--we are waiting to tell our families because we want to make sure we see the heartbeat on u/s at the end of the month-- but I did end up telling a friend who I recently re-connected with after a number of years, who is very dear to me. That was a good thing for me to do, because it's very isolating for me not to have any network of support and encouragement. But as for *L*, I just don't know what to do. Any insight from you ladies?