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AF stopped by today. Although I knew she was coming and I'm not upset by her visit but I was kind of hoping she would stay away until Monday or so. I wanted a longer luteal phase. It was only 5 days and I think I read somewhere (maybe on here?) it needs to be at least 10 days long if I want get pregnant. Oh well, my body is kind of getting back into the swing of things and hopefully next cycle will be better. Hopefully it won't take me 40 days to ovulate and my post ovulation days increase (almost anything is better than 5).

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Sahm- for you.

PudnHead- Lots of mamas on here are having luteal phase issues. I am waiting to see if mine gets any longer too.
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I started spotting yesterday (which is unusual for me) so I was hopeful, but I woke up this morning and there she was... AF in all her glory Oh well- we will try next month (but not TOO hard because then I don't get pregnant at least according to prior history. I had to give up really TTC in order to conceive my 3 kids )

Please put me on the waiting to O list....

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Oh yeah - I guess I need to be moved back to waiting to O. Thanks.

I'm not too worried about my short luteal yet. This is just my second cycle. I'm kind of interested in seeing if it straigthens itself out.
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CD1 for me.

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what are the chances i can get pregnant while still nursing my 11 mo old (who hardly eats any solids).....? have not yet gotten my period. any hope? we were really wanting to try again soon, but i'm not ready to wean! would i have to nightwean? should i talk to the mamas in the bf thread? any advice would be appreciated- thanks!
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Lots of mamas on here are having luteal phase issues.

what does this mean?
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columbus - Well, the answer really isn't simple. I was EBF my 1st (who was 10mths old when I concieved), but she was eating lots and lots of solids and sleeping through the night, when I concieved my 2nd. My 2nd (who was 11 mths old when I concieved) hated solids and was nursing quite a bit when I concieved #3. In between 1 and 2 I had three periods, between 2 and 3 I had one period. I was expecting this go round to be much the same and have been hugely dissapointed. I have yet to have a period (dd will be one on the 16th), she seriously dislikes solids and goes back and forth between nursing all night long and only nursing once. (The last few nights she's only been nursing once, lets all hope it stays that way for a while.)

Some mamas have had to nightwean to have success, others not. It depends on your body and how willing you are to *shape* how things go. I am desperate to have another one and have that dc be as close to the baby in age as the baby is to the next older, but I'm not desperate enough to wean/nightwean or mess around with what my dc wants.

So I guess the answer is.....it all depends on how much you want to take into your own hands as opposed to letting your biology guide you. Not very helpful I'm sure....Sorry.

Monocyte - Yeah for you girl!!!! Stick around and let us know how things are going!

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Hi - I'm a newbie!

Does anyone know what the signs of an anov cycle are?

I have had my period for at least 9 months since my last birth. I am currently nursing my ds (26 months old) and have not yet night weaned him. I just fully weaned my dd about 1 1/2 mos. ago (just turned 4).
I didn't have to night wean my dd in order to get pregnant with #2 but am wondering if I need to do so this time.
Ever since my period returned this time around my cycles have been very long - about 35-45 days. I appear to have fertile mucous - but no pregnancies. I am starting to wonder if I am even ovulating?? Should I night wean? Are long cycles a sign of annovulation?
Has anyone had any experience with this?
Thanks!
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what are the chances i can get pregnant while still nursing my 11 mo old (who hardly eats any solids).....? have not yet gotten my period. any hope? we were really wanting to try again soon, but i'm not ready to wean! would i have to nightwean? should i talk to the mamas in the bf thread? any advice would be appreciated- thanks!
we are in the same boat! well, i cannot say anything...we are trying...and we'll see.

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Columbus- There isn't really any way to know what your chances are because it is highly individual. I didn't get my first post partum period until my dd was 15 months old. this seems to be pretty common among EBF mamas. From what I can see your body is probably not ready for another babe right this second. Weaning may or may not change that. You could try other things to get AF to return such as Vitex, or Red raspberry leaf tea.

Mamatotwo- I would bet cash that you are probably ovulating but having luteal phase issues. Do you chart? I know it seems like a PITA but I am so thankful for my charting. It has helped me pinpoint the exact reason I am not concieving and it really only takes a few minutes a day. An annovulatory cycle would have no thermal shift or EWCM.

The Luteal Phase, cause people have been asking. It is the length of time between when you O and get your AF. It takes 7-10 days for the fertilized egg to implant, if your luteal phase is shorter than 12-16 days, the egg usually does not have time to implant, therefor you don't get preggers. Here is the lowdown off of my Ovusoft primer

For about two weeks after ovulation, progesterone is being released by what used to be the ovarian follicle, now called the corpus luteum, while it is attached to the ovarian wall. Progesterone causes the endometrium to remain conducive to the implantation of a fertilized ovum. It also causes your temperature to rise perceptibly, typically 0.4º Fahrenheit / 0.2º Celsius. Additionally, progesterone causes estrogen levels to drop, resulting in the drying up of your cervical fluid. This period of your cycle is known as the 'luteal phase' and, when followed by menstruation, its length is usually fairly consistent, normally lasting between 12 and 16 days, though it rarely varies by more than a day for any individual woman.

There are a number of things you can do to help this. You can supplement with B6 vitamins, Vitex or chasteberry (but it takes 3-4 months to reach therapeutic levels), progesterone cream, and nightweaning. Night nursing has been linked to lower progesterone levels. Not that I am saying to go nightwean. It is highly personal. At this point I am doing B6 for a couple of months. I am 4 DPO and my average luteal phase is 8 days so I am hoping to at least get 9 this time.

Well that got long. I hope you all are doing well. This 2 WW has me pulling out my hair. I really don't expect to concieve this cycle but I always have hope. My temps are looking great though. http://www.tcoyf.com/forum/chart.asp?id=rozziesma
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Columbus- would you like me to add you to Trying to catch the first eggie?

Mamatotwo- Would you like me to add you also? Just let me know where to put you.

Thanks,
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I thought I would officially join after lurking for a few days.

DD is 22 months and we decided very spur of the moment (well he decided spur of the moment, I have been ready for a few months) that its time for another little one. So I am in the homestretch of my first 2ww since having Maya, af is due on Saturday (stay away pleeeease!). My luteal phases have been on the shorter side, around 11 days, down from my typical 14, but seem to be making a comeback month by month.

DD does still nurse throughout the day and night but less so since the weather has gotten nice and she has been playing outside.

Anyways here's hoping its a short stay.

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Welcome papaya mom I added you and keep us posted on your 2 WW
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I'm spotting. Hopefully it isn't AF but I'm pretty sure it is. My diva cup seems to have walked off the face of the planet and I'm so dissapointed.
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Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Shalenaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! That stinks about the spotting and the Diva Cup
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Columbus- would you like me to add you to Trying to catch the first eggie?

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thanks for all your info! is the first egg before you ever get AF? if so, i guess that's where i belong! i am not sure i'll be posting much, though, since i agree with whoever said the only way to get pregnant is to stop TTC!
i just think i would drive myself crazy if i paid too close attention. i do think i am going to consider nightweaning, though. does this mean i would also have to stop cosleeping ? probably- he's pretty aggressive! i really appreciate the time you all took to respond. p.s. 2WW (two week wait?)
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I'm spotting. Hopefully it isn't AF but I'm pretty sure it is. My diva cup seems to have walked off the face of the planet and I'm so dissapointed.
I'm really sorry to hear that, Shalena! *hugs*


I'm spotting today too. Too early to tell if it's my period or implantation bleeding (which I did have with my last pregnancy, FWIW). I "usually" start my cycle with a heavy flow, but I spotted for two days first last cycle. That coupled with many other "symptoms" had me holding on hope much longer than I should have been. :|

I'm trying really hard not to fixate too much on what might possibly be happening or not. Not much I can do at this point either way, right? :S
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Please move me to waiting to O. It's not spotting.
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I still haven't O'd yet on CD 25. I am just going to resort to the everyday BD in hope of getting the job done

Anyways, I am sorry that so many of you are getting visits from AF
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Does any one know if you need to take extra folic acid when nursing? I am currently taking a multivitamin with 200um and also a 400um suppliment. I know 400 is the reccomended ammount so I figure I probably am taking enough. But my dd has a dimple on her spine which makes me wonder if maybe I was taking enough with her?

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I always thought we were suppose to take 800mcg of folic acid? My mom is a nurse and suggests taking that much for any woman. I take a multivitamin and an extra 800 mcg a day. I did this before I conceived DD and she came out without any issues.
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I was taking a 1000mcg at least before I had DD. you can get a RX for it. or you can just take more over the counter I dont think you can OD on folic acid. Its vary good for you.

you should google it to be sure.

Could I be added on the list for Waiting to O?

DH and I are going to have our first night alone in almost 2 years at the end of this month. Hopefully this will be the ticket we need
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P1gg1e your waiting to O.

I think the 800 mcg is a good recommendation, that's what is in my prenatal vit. Do you need more if your nursing and TTC?
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So I've been spotting since yesterday. This morning I went #2 and had a whole toliet paper of blood and tissue and now I have a bit of cramping. I'm on CD 18. AF normally comes around CD 30. It seems a bit early for implantation spotting since with DD I spotted for about 4 days starting a week before AF was due. I also had cramping as well and I just started having a bit of cramping.
So what do you think? Could it be? I'm wishfully hoping!

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Hi- Sorry I haven't cought up with the thread this month, but go ahead and move me to the TWW. I think we timed bd very well this month so I'm hopefull!
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Don't know how many of us remember Kristeremy from last month, but today I saw she had lost the baby. I'm sure she'd appreciate any hugs and well wishes we have.

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...92#post5117892

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Oh that's sad.

Does anyone know if there is a greater risk of miscarriage for nursing pregnant women? I mean, I've read several places that there is no indication, but it seems like I hear of it happening a lot more from nursing mothers. My mother was shocked when I told her I would continue to nurse if I become pregnant.
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Does anyone know if there is a greater risk of miscarriage for nursing pregnant women? I mean, I've read several places that there is no indication, but it seems like I hear of it happening a lot more from nursing mothers. My mother was shocked when I told her I would continue to nurse if I become pregnant.
Good question...I've had 2 mc since having ds. I've heard so many people say it's not bad...then again, maybe we hear about nursing mamas having problems b/c we're all on this site!

AF is due on the 30th but I'm really hoping she'll hold off (for good really!) since I O'd late...think that was the issue with last cycle. Oh Lord let this be it!!!
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Good question...I've had 2 mc since having ds. I've heard so many people say it's not bad...then again, maybe we hear about nursing mamas having problems b/c we're all on this site!

AF is due on the 30th but I'm really hoping she'll hold off (for good really!) since I O'd late...think that was the issue with last cycle. Oh Lord let this be it!!!
LOL! I had the same thought, that I'm just reading all the stories because all the nursing mamas are here! It still worries me though. I know that if I become pregnant that I'll worry about nursing, even if there is no risk, I'll still worry. And should I have a miscarriage I probably wouldn't be able to stop thinking that it was because of nursing.

But then, there are sooo many women on here who have nursed through pregnancy and are now tandem nursing. Who knows!

I'm still waiting to ovulate. This is my 2nd month ttc and I think I really must have a short luteal phase. :
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