Thank you! so far so good, I have a triphasic chart and two implantation dips.
I want to warn older moms ttc not to be nursing when ttc. It caused me huge problems due to low progesterone. I was depressed, hot flashes, freaking out, couldn't sleep, even suicidal...it was like I had postpartum depression when pregnant. Oh and I should have suspected it because it was causing me to have some anovulatory cycles (30%). Here's some info I found:
* Weight gain especially over the belly area
* irregular periods
* Abnormally heavy flow during periods
* Low sexual drive
* Pain in breasts
* Mood swings
* General body pain
* Hot flashes
* Varying degrees of fatigue
* Cravings of a wide variety
* Mental stress
* Onset of insomnia
* Lowered immune system
* Hampered intestinal health
* Uterine and breast cancer as a long term effect
* Several heart diseases
* Increase in cholesterol levels
* The formation of fibroids
* Frequent bloating and occurrence of gas
* Migraines and headaches
* Miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy
* No ovulation
* Formation of ovarian cysts
* Lowered body temperature
* Cramping during menstruation
* Excess water retention
* Puffiness in cheeks
* Formation of acne and tremendously oily skin
* Feelings of anxiety
* Lack of concentration
* Memory loss
* Problems in urination
* Night sweating
* Thoughts of suicide and exhibiting suicidal tendencies
* Vaginal dryness
* Joint pain
* Onset of urinary tract infection
* Changes in appetite
* Inability to lose weight
If you are TTC while Breastfeeding, PLEASE READ THIS!
Hey there, Ladies. I have been MIA for quite a while. Baby #6
is almost 7 weeks old. I just wanted to share something about TTC while breastfeeding.
I have had 5 miscarriages and a 24-week stillborn. 3 of the miscarriages were while I was breastfeeding. Nurslings were at least 10 months old every single time. I got an email a couple of months back while pregnant. wish I had saved it but I didn't. Anyhoo, I had always been told/read that breastfeeding while pregnant was fine. Not by doctors, but by books and lactation consultants. Well, the latest information I have read is that the hormones while nursing DOES interfere with a pregnancy by lowering hormone levels-- estrogen and progesterone, therefore, making the chance of miscarriage rise. (We know this is fact, just because of not having a period for months after having a baby, while we are breastfeeding). Further, the e-mail said that younger women may could nurse a baby through an entire pregnancy with no problems but that older women would be much more likely to miscarry. The email did not define "younger" and "older" but I, myself, am guessing younger means less than 28 and anything greater than that would be considered "older". There have not been extensive studies on this that I know of. Feel free to define "younger" and "older" however you like. I'm kind of going by some of my nursing classwork and my college bio professor. Once we get to about 30, and especially 35 years old, our bodies do not produce progesterone as well as they did before, hence the miscarriage rates go up as we age already.
I wish I could find the email and almost think it was from baby center but just don't have time to research right now. I know I was subscribed to it though and I don't subscribe to crappy things, lol.
I just wanted to put this out there in hopes that it could keep someone from having to suffer a loss, because I know how hard it can be. I wish I had the info myself 17 years ago when I suffered my first loss.
I think it is GREAT that you shared this! After #5
we started TTC and 15 months and 4 losses later I was referred to a RE. As soon as she found out I was nursing, she said that there is your problem. She said if we wanted she would do testing, but that she wanted me to wean first, wait 2 months, then start trying. She said if nothing happened or another loss she would for sure do the testing. She also said to wean whenever we wanted..not to rush, but that if we did not use protection we would keep having losses.
We were ready to wean at that point anyways, so we went ahead with it. 6 weeks later we found out we were expecting. When I went in for my early u/s (I am high risk for ectopic) she said that I was just one of those Mama's whos body puts the hold on any new babies while nursing. I said but all of my friends become pregnant while nursing and are fine...she said that is rare...especially after 30 and that my body was working as it should...protecting the baby it was feeding, by saying no to a new one....
I was shocked to say the least! She put me on progesterone this pregnancy as well, because it was lower that she would have liked, but so far all is going well!