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Old 09-18-2010, 02:25 AM - Thread Starter
 
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What is considered normal for the first few months? Pretty much anything?

DD2 is 13-months old and I got my first pp period 3 weeks ago. 2 weeks before that I had LOTS of cramping, lots of ewcm, and I would have bet $1000 I was gearing up to get my cycle back. I was right.

I haven't really noticed any ewcm at all since my period ended, maybe once when I wiped in the bathroom. I did have a little cramping this past week, and increased sex drive which I knows comes with ovulation usually, but the no ewcm has me confused.

I'm new at the whole natural family planning stuff. I'm not really being super active about, just trying to learn my body's signals.

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Old 09-19-2010, 12:48 PM
 
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I just got my first PP cycle when my daughter was almost 13 mos old as well. I happened to catch my first ovulation by taking OPKs...I have been taking them sporadically since she was about 6 months old.

To give you an idea, my luteal phase from that cycle was *4 days* which to me is insane, but is supposed to be totally normal. My period was pretty normal, maybe even lighter than normal, which I guess if you only have 4 days to build up lining is to be expected.

This cycle, I am ovulating today, which is **CD 31!!** I used to ovulate on day 14 or 15, so this is kinda weird.

So yeah, I'd say pretty much anything is to be expected. We use FAM so it has been a bit confusing, but no slip-ups so far. I will admit I took a pregnancy test yesterday, before I got the positive on the OPK. I use to have very short cycles (24 or 25 days total) so going 30 days without a period made me paranoid.

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Old 09-19-2010, 11:23 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Thanks so much for taking the time to respond. I'm so confused with what is going on. I think I ovulated this past week (CD 18-20 ??) because I had the normal abdominal cramping and the same tender nipples for a couple days that I had my first cycle, but no substantial fertile cm. (The tenderness is totally gone or else I might have thought I was pregnant.) I am just beginning to try and read my body's fertility signals as I don't want to use any hormonal birth control. I guess learning after 22 plus months of no period is kind of a crazy idea.

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