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Ooh Also I meant to ask for your acquired wisdom on supplements. I am reviewing what I take and thought id add something for egg quality. I currently take a conception multivitamin with B vits, and a separate vit D and calcium. I have read about the benefits of coenzyme Q10 and chromium, anyone have any experience? Mamablue- did you take anything?

I really do swing between thinking that a healthy diet is the best way and not to mess with my body balance, then I read about someone adding another pill to the mix and getting pregnant!!

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Thanks Oxford, Chuord! People have been excited, but those who've seen me in person beforehand weren't all that surprised since I look a but further along.

Oxford, I'm not much help with egg quality, but the month I got pregnant my doc had put me on an extra herbal supplement. I can't remember the name or contents but will check when I get home. I'm interested in what others have to say on the topic!
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Faith - I posted my supplement blurb on the fertility challenged thread if you're interested smile.gif
Oxford I forget to mention - I took a chromium supplement a few years ago, to help regulate blood sugar... I found when I ran out and started taking it again that it was contributing to my migraines, I took it with each meal and the headaches got progressively worse as the day went on. Mine was a natural remedy so the dose may have been higher, but I wanted to mention it in case it affects you that way.

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Oooh ladies. It's 9dpo over here an I am so cranky, irritable and contrary!! My DH is having a terrible time with me!!! He's even offered to run me a bath. I'm not nice to be around at all. Could this be a pregnancy symptom or just a hard hitting pmt?

Hope you have ha a good weekend :-)
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Oxford - hugs!!!! It really could be either, I've had it both ways - but it's still not that fun... Hoping it means you're pg!

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Oxford - How long are you gonna hold out until you test? Best of luck!!


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Oxford - I hope you enjoyed your soothing bath and that your cranky feelings are mellowing out. I like to think it's all part of the medically induced hormone rodeo that some of us ladies have to go through. I have a hard time believing that our sweet and gentle Oxford would ever be a grumpy beast without being on fertility drugs. It's the meds. They can make a good woman turn into a sour lemon sometimes. We still love you and I know your DH thinks the world of you.

Is everyone enjoying the Olympics? I do watch and enjoy them as a citizen of the world. That means I cheer on every athlete no matter where they are from. Are the Winter Olympics a big deal for Australians, Chourd? I know there are lots of awesome summer games athletes down in your part of the world.

Afm - Just cruising along rather uneventfully here. Feeling the baby move is awesome, but still not terribly regular. There is a whole section on the front of my belly where I feel no kicks, just an occasional rolling sensation almost like I'm feeling movement through a blanket. Because of that, I'm thinking that my placenta is anterior. Maybe I'll remember to ask at my 20 week ultrasound.

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Mamablue - we tend to be sport mad as a nation, so yep it's a big deal - two channels of it... I'm like you I love all Olympic sports - the spirit of it is amazing, all those athletes that have so much heart and keep going till there's nothing left - ok by that definition where Olympic baby makers right lol?
So I tape it at night and filter through during the day - unfortunately the commercial stations focus too much on our athletes and lots of talk waffle - I could be watching so many events through that time...
I love that you are mapping out the location of the placenta via where you feel the kicks - you should draw it on your tummy before the next scan and see how close you are wink1.gif
Oxford (and anyone else) do you normally have tummy cramping (light) and stretching in the tww regardless of if pg or not? I seem to, just an observation - I'm really staying calm this month (lol not so many manic posts) just expecting nothing and looking forward to an ivf run - anything else is a bonus...
How's your stress Oxford?
Wengrin where are you at?

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Hi All!

We just returned from a camping trip with all of the children. We drove my hubby's grandparents RV to Athens, Georgia for a gymnastics competition for stepson. We stayed in the most beautiful state park. It was fun, but very long and exhausting. We stopped by his grandparents on the way home where his mom and dad were along with niece and nephew... His grandmother is 91 and in poor health so she won't live much longer. His mom is there taking care of her, etc. so it was good to see her and of course the camping trip was fun. We brought home the niece and nephew with us so we had six kids and one motorhome!! It was interesting. But they had fun. We didn't get home until late, and then we had to unpack everything. It was a 6 hour drive and it's just a lot to cram into one weekend. Plus DS and I caught a cold so that's got me feeling yucky.

I am 4 dpo I believe. I got a dark line positive OPk on Thurs so I ovulated sometime around Thurs or Fri....I think. We BD Wed, Thurs, and Fri so that was good I think. We will see....I am still having a lot of fear about going through the same loss as before. But trying to keep my thoughts positive.

Congrats Faith! glad you get to share your news. 😉

Chuord- I hope that one eggie is all you needed to conceive this month!! FX'd

Mamablue- that placenta anterior, does that cause a problem? Or is it just something they need to watch and be aware of? My friend who is pregnant (we were supposed to have our babies 1 week apart) found out that she has placenta previa. She is the one who has had a couple of losses- early miscarriage around nine or 10 weeks and then she had a stillborn last June that was 21 weeks. So she is a little worried but apparently it is very common. She has been told no lovin with the hubby because of the condition so that has been hard on them. She sees the doctor this Thursday and is praying that the placenta has turned itself right so that they can be together again their 10 year anniversary is Friday what a great anniversary present with that be on Valentine's Day!

Oxford I bet you must be feeling the throws of hormone hell. I am so glad that your hubby is so supportive and nurturing. That is exactly what you need to get through this. I hope that this is a sign that you are going to be in luck this month. Fingers crossed for you my friend. 😊

Anyway other than that we are all good here just has had a very busy week and weekend!

I will post a pic of the campground where we stayed.

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Wengrin - The camping trip sounds awesome. Your campsite is beautiful! I'm. Sure all the kids had an absolute blast.

As far as an anterior placenta goes, it does not pose any danger to me or the baby. It just means that the placental location of attachment is on the front of my uterus as opposed to the top, back or sides. It's not down on the cervix, so all is well. It just makes for muffled kicks and wiggles while baby is smaller. Of course, I am only suspicious that my placenta is positioned anterior, but it sure would explain a lot.

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Wengrin - that looks soo relaxing (although I'm sure you spent the weekend dashing to the event) I'm with mamablue - bet the kids thoroughly enjoyed it. Yay for great coverage and 4 dpo! You are doing so well to feel up to being back in the game smile.gif that baby wants to be a part of your family, have faith it will happen... Lol I lose it at times but keep reminding myself it will all be worth it.
Primal, mamablue - you two had a rough road, please remind us how it is worth it, and how the babies are?
Oxford - how are you doing? Next time dh sends you got a bath have heaps of Epsom salts - they're great for stress and tension... You are getting so close to testing time.... Fx!

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Oxford -- Keeping my fingers crossed for you as your testing time approaches. I really feel for you and the rough time the hormones are giving you. My regular-strength ones knock me for a loop, so I can only imagine what the med-powered ones are like. I know it will be worth it, hopefully very soon!

Chuord -- It sounds like this cycle's had a lot of ups and downs for you. I have high hopes that this one egg is the one that does it. When it comes down it it, it just takes one! 

Mamablue -- Three cheers for an uneventful go of it. I watched the Olympics when I was younger, but haven't in years. We don't have a cable TV connection, so I would have to find them online. There are events I enjoy, but I'm afraid that I mostly lack the patience to watch much. My younger son likes them, though, as he likes all sports.

Wengrin -- I love the view from your campsite. Camping with children sure is a labor of love, isn't it? We go sometimes, but it's an amazing amount of work. I am so exhausted when we return. I know that the kids get great memories, though. Good for you for going through all the effort. Fingers crossed for your cycle, too!

Faith -- Glad things are going well. I always show early, too. Never many surprises for my family.

AFM, I've just been really run down. I got a terrible cold last week and wasn't able to take time off work, had to travel over the weekend. I took today off, but I'm just really whiny and miserable right now. DH decided that DD shouldn't take a nap today because she wouldn't go to sleep until late last night. He's away at school tonight, and she's been so ornery. She's also learned how to break down her baby gate... Good times around here. (I'm sorry Chuord; I wish I had a more cheery story for you today!)

No other exciting news. I'm fifteen weeks and change, and I have an OB appt on Thursday. I haven't noticed much movement lately, but that's not unusual for me at this stage. I am a little annoyed with my OB practice. It's my third visit with them, and this will be the third doc I've seen. The birth center I went through before had the same thing going on, a bunch of providers you had to see. I never really feel like I got to know any of them. I have a lot of misgivings, too, because I think I'm supposed to see a male provider this week, and I'm not really pleased with that. I'm not the most natural-minded person in the world about pregnancy and birth, but I do feel pretty strongly that it belongs to women (at least, that's what feels right for me). We'll see. If I am still uneasy after this week, I'll look into going somewhere else.


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Primal - I'm fine emotionally at the moment (the b multi was a godsend!) Please look after yourself, sending you healing energy and hugs from afar... Hoping that you recover quickly. Re the doctors - can you talk to them and ask to see the one person each time? If you explain that you find it stressful, and given your workload it would be easier to see one person who knows your situation and understands you? I totally understand - I'm the same I like my care givers to be part of my 'team' and able to be supportive when required. Hope it works out well xxx


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Primal, yes you said it very well. Camping with children certainly is a ton of work and a labor of love. The excitement in their eyes though made it worth it. They though it was the coolest thing. I can't say when our next trip will be (ha) but hubby mentioned taking 8-9 days and traveling up the east coast toward New England, making stops along the way at places we want to see. That sounds partly fun and mostly insane. Like think 8-9 days wouldn't cut it. A trip like that would be at least 10 days. So we will see. He is thinking summer when all of the children are out of school - aaaacckk!! 😫

Primal you really must be worn down. Sounds like good times for sure...with the little baby gate MacGyver you've got there! She sounds very smart. FWIW- I'm always a big believer in naps, no matter how late in the day. Evening always goes smoother (for us) if they get a small nap....preferably a long nap but some sort of nap releases someone that crazy tiger blood that builds up in them as the day wears on....and makes the evening time much more tolerable and less like putting angry animals to bed. (Analogy of course...just kidding, but you get my drift). Hope you can get her into a good sleep routine soon. I say that as my 2 1/2 year old is sleeping beside me. So I am by no means the expert on sleep!! I did stay very strict with DD's sleep routine and it worked wonders. She loved her naps. Up until she was starting kindergarten! So anyway- I feel for you. You have a lot you are juggling. You're a tough mama though....you'll figure something out and have her back to taking naps in no time. Or find another solution. 😊

Mamablue- so glad the condition you suspect you have isn't serious. So happy you and the other pregnant mamas have had a healthy pregnancy and no major issues so far!!

Well going to bed. We are all sick here with a little cold. Blah.

Good night everyone (or good day!)
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Hi everyone, I've been spying on you since before Christmas and wanted to see if I could join you. I'm 27 ttc #1 with my hubs who is 28. We are heading down this road for the third time. The first time I did clomid, estradiol and prometrium for 6 months with Clomid ranging from 50-200mg from beginning to end and a baseline cd21 progesterone is 0.2 and peak of 1.6 during month four. That was through my gyno. We took about a year off to fund a doctor I thought I could work with. I then found an RE who monitored two cycles and never saw signs of O. The day before my scope and dye test (I can never remember the name of it) we got dh's SA back which showed 11% normal morphology. We cancelled the test for me until we could get him into a urology specialist. Fast forward another year and half we got insurance worked out for him and got him on the waiting list for his doc and I went back to see the RE because my cycles had seemed to stabilize (from 65-70 days to between 32-34). I went to my first appointment in November on cd5 and he told me to OPk at home. I showed positive on dec17 and went for the post coital ultrasound and he said I showed zero sign of ovulation and only had one sperm at my cervix. He prescribed clomid again to take cd5-9 of my next cycle. I'm on day 7 of 10 of prometrium right now and cd 90 since I havent started since Nov 13.

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Welcome Lindscott- wow you've been through it haven't you? I hope this new protocol works out. I am also taking progesterone but I use it after I ovulate. I have taken it in the past to jump start a period as well.

Glad you chimed in. You'll get great support here.

I am ttc # 3 and have had a difficult time this go round. Never a problem before, but I am now 39 and hubby is 44. I have had 2 m/c since August (one very early at 5 weeks) and a couple of faint lines followed by a period so who knows what that is. Maybe a very early chemical? I had my D&C in Dec so we are trying again. I am 5 dpo so taking the progesterone. I wonder if I needed estriadol in the follicular phase.... When do you take yours?

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My RE doesn't have me on estradiol right now, just the clomid. He tends to not express his methodology out right but he has me coming in cd 15-16 for an ultrasound so I'm guessing it's so he can just gauge the effectiveness. All he's told me is "lose weight and have coitus" when I first went to see him I was close to 220 pounds and when I returned in November I was around 190. I'm at around 175 now so I'm hoping that will help but even at my thinnest I was irregular. My gyno had said in the past that since I have a history of going longer between some cycles than others that's it's possible to have had chemical pregnancies or very early miscarriages and not even known due to the severity of the pain and amounts of tissue. We've never prevented anything from happening naturally since we've been married and chose not to do bc even when we weren't trying because I think it's foolish to pay 80/month for the convenience of knowing when I was going to have a period. :-)
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Welcome lindscott! Hoping that things get sorted for you soon... When does dh get the sperm analysis? My re did this for us on our first visit - just wondering if that would be cheaper than going through a urologist? Lol but I'm in Australia and it may be different there smile.gif
We've been working on number 1 for a little over a year - dh got an excellent report card (99% concentration at our first iui- lol show off ) I have a very high AMH so apparently have loads of eggs - just many of them are probably aged, I had that hsg dye test all clear, but I'm starting to wonder if a barnacle scrape (like you did mamablue) may be what I need...
The best thing for you is your age wink1.gif you have time to work it out... Looking forward to sharing with you!

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Morning Oxford! Hope you have a good day today smile.gif I've been wanting to check - how are the floods near you? Hope you are high and dry!
I've had an absolute poo of a day - hormonal and miserable all day... Feeling useless and purposeless... But it'll be bed time soon and tomorrow is a whole new day...

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Good morning!
Chuord- my RE did the first SA for dh which showed the 11% morphology. He referred us to the urologist who specializes in male infertility. Found out last night his appointment is March 17 so we'll see! I hope today is a better day for you!

AFM I'm working on cd 91 and only today and tomorrow left with the prometrium. I'm ready to be done with it for sure. I'm guessing since I generally don't produce much progesterone as it is being on 200mg for 10 days has thrown my moods for a loop, not the best thing for a special education teacher. But luckily I've been good at keeping myself check and keeping myself pretty level although my co-workers (who are incredibly understanding) and dh (equally patient and entertaining) might disagree!

Hope all is well with you ladies!
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Chuord I hope today is a better day....(or night). I know that blue-blah feeling. xx

Lindscott- Progesterone is so hard to be on. It literally made me feel like I was hungover from a night of drinking every single day. I had "the spins" where I would get dizzy, vomit, and had the worst headache and overall malaise. I feel for you. Hope you get some resolution soon. Good for you that you lost that much weight!! That's quite an accomplishment.

I am 5 dpo and have a very full heavy feeling in my lower pelvic area. DS and I have a cold. Other than that nothing exciting. We are leaving Friday for another cheer competition but hubby is going along with this time. Normally we travel and room with another mother/daughter. It will be nice to have him with us on Valentines Day. ❤️

Hope everyone is doing well!! We have crazy weather in the US....freezing temps and snow in places that don't normally get snow.

Oxford hope you are staying dry and doing well. Take care!!
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Thanks lindscott and Wengrin - it's 630 am so just woke up... I'm hoping it's a better day too!
Lindscott - now I get it re dh, lol was having a 'slow' day wink1.gif hopefully things get resolved easily... So do you teach at a special school or a class in a normal school? My mum (primary teacher) ended up teaching special ed for two or three years (there was no one trained, so she trained while doing) she had some low iqs, done behaviour and a bad tempered little blind boy (she got to learn Braille too lol) who would pick up and throw his Braille machine 3-4 metres when his will was crossed - it was heavy and lucky no one got hit. I used to go in and help on my days of no school. They were hard work but entertaining smile.gif you have all my sympathy doing that while hormonally challenged!
Wengrin - your description of progesterone affects sounds like an excerpt out of a horror movie! Your weekend ahead sounds as romantic as it can be while at a cheer weekend smile.gif heavy ish feeling sounds promising - here's hoping!
I think part of what got me down was mentally getting ready for an ivf cycle... My last hcg today, probably AF by Monday or Tuesday and then into the strong stuff - I just have to keep telling myself it's my choice and it's worth it...
Mamablue, primal, faith, lovely, Chrissy, what's exciting with you ladies?

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Hello girls!

All sounds exciting on your cycles. I have been reading along.

Things are manic here with the weather. We have had a series of storms with heavy rain and 100mph winds. There are trees down, roads blocked, thousands if people with homes flooded and the army rescuing people by boat! I have been working from home for two weeks as the train lines are flooded and I can't get to the office. It's all a bit crazy!

In TTC news, in 13dpo today and don't feel pregnant at all!

Will do personals later. Have a good day and stay safe xx
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Af finally showed her face after being on cycle day 100 crazy!! She has came with a vengeance lol
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Oxford - Oh wow! That's gnarly! Are your loved ones safe? Is your home in the path of floodwaters? Thinking of you as you get close to a BFP or CD1.

Scjp - That was a long wait for AF. Something is going on. If your doctor is not taking your desire to conceive seriously, you need to switch doctors. At this point, you need a doctor that will do some investigating - blood work and an ultrasound should be in your near future. Waiting that long between periods significantly lowers your odd of conception.

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Oxford - I've been watching it in the news and worrying about you smile.gif glad to hear you are ok - I'm assuming you are dry? Keeping my fingers crossed, last month I didn't feel pregnant either... Whatever happens the more you are on your meds the closer your baby is smile.gif
Dh rang a friend to see how they were, and found out they are expecting a second in July... For the first time he was a little annoyed or upset that someone is there before us... Lol I was like really? I've been there for 5 years! Not bitter just as you ladies know - it hurts!

me 39, DH 39, one no babies yet due to previous poor health. Trying to make up for it now (TTC since November 2012) At least one confirmed chem.Ivf #1 march 2014 - 6 day 6 blasts, two transferred bfn, 4 frosties in waiting. Ivf #2 may, cancelled, Ivf #3 July... Waiting
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Oxford hope you stay safe and hope this weather eases up soon!!

SCJP that is a vicious long cycle. I bet this AF is in full force. I hope it eases soon and your doctor can figure out what is going on.

Chuord, I understand that feeling of sadness when someone tells you they're expecting. It's not bitterness, just sort of a sadness for the longing of your own pregnancy. It's cute that hubby feels it now....at least he is able to relate and empathize! My hubby is more practical and doesn't get worried or sad about those types of things. He is a bit tough to get him to let his guard down.

He did give me a very sweet bracelet charm of two swans facing each other making a heart shape, last night for a Valentines gift. (The only moment we had alone...lol). I have a bracelet that I add charms to for special occasions. It was very sweet and thoughtful.

Well Happy Valentines Day All!! Hope each of you has a wonderful day and may you be treated like the Queens that you all are. 👑
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Oh and on the TTC front, I'm afraid the heaviness was bloating and needing to use the bathroom (sorry TMI). It is gone now. I don't have any symptoms. I keep checking my bbs for soreness and nothing. All of my healthy pregnancies there has been massive soreness and swelling. So I am not optimistic about this month.

I am considering calling the doctor and seeing about trying some meds to help get a healthy O like a Clomid challenge. He recommended it before I got pregnant but the next week I got a BFP, but of course lost that at 9 weeks.

Anyway.....I feel the clock ticking. But I need to keep my thoughts positive and be grateful for the precious gifts I've been given, and not be greedy.

Take care everyone.
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It's a very viscous cycle greensad.gif
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Wengrin - that's exactly it, a sadness smile.gif
Thats so cute - the swan charm, I used to have one but it got stolen years ago when someone broke into our house (old house)
Wengrin I think that if this month is a no go going for a med is a great idea - you're older like me from memory... So all it does is give is multiple eggs so there's more chance one is viable (sorry I'm sure you knew that - lol I'm just enthusiastic for you to be getting closer!)
Day 12 here, was tempted to test out the hcg shots but am thinking I'll just stay relaxed (try) and go with the it will be what it will be approach... I'm so tired this morning, between the weird dreams and lack of sleep am feeling blah.
Hope you all had a fun day

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