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Hello! I'm just trying to get people's ideas here of how to figure out fertility (or lack thereof) when you have no period. DD is 8 months old and DH and I would like to get pregnant again. I'm still breastfeeding and have no AF yet. Sometimes I think I'm going to get her because I went through a couple weeks when I was VERY moody and was having hot flashes constantly...but nothing. I even thought maybe I was pregnant...but I took like 5 pregnancy tests (ok, i'm nuts) and they were all negative. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I also bought some ovulation test strips and did those for 34 days with no positives.....I can't afford to keep buying those though, so that's kind of not an option. I'm just wondering are there other ways to watch for clue for fertility? Or is it kind of hit or miss at this time? any people have luck getting pregnant while nursing and no AF?<br>
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Amy,<br>
I'm kind of in the same boat as you - so I don't have alot of advice in this area. My little guy is 6months - but I'm into having kids relatively close in age (My sister and I are 4years apart and that's too far in my opinion.)<br>
Anyhow, I'm just going to keep an eye on CM while I wait for AF. And kind of leave everything up to my body. There's no way to rush things that I know of other than weaning which DS and I are not ready for yet. Good luck!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:
 

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Hi Amy! I'm also in this boat, but my dd is 15 months. How much are you bfing? I think this makes a difference! Most people need to not be nursing more than every 4hrs during the day & 6 at night to ovulate. (This is natures way of making sure that babies who still need to nurse frequently aren't replaced at the breast by a younger baby). I night weaned dd about a month ago, and so now we only nurse 2 times in the am before getting out of bed, before nap, afternoon & bed. I nurse anytime she asks, but most of the time, she only nurses more frequently if she's tired & we're out of the house where she can't nap.<br>
Good luck!!<br>
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Hey Amy...fancy seeing you here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I know that you can ovulate without first having AF, but what are the signs that go along with ovulation? Can anyone direct me to a good internet source for cervical mucous info and what the different types might mean?<br><br>
DH and I are not in any big hurry to conceive but it's nice to know what's going on inside this body of mine<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Any why do I feel so "PMSy" all the time? Like my ovaries are sore? Could it be ovulation trying to happen? I breastfeed Adam at least every 4hrs and at least every 6 during the night (not that I ever wake up enought to look at the clock).<br>
Any discussion would be great!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:
 

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Well, as far as how often I'm breastfeeding...I have a slightly different scenario because Emily would never latch on, so I've been pumping and feeding since she was born. I only pump four times a day and get more than enough for her to consume all day (way more). So I odon't know if its the frequency of nipple stimulation or the amount of milk that is demanded, because when I pump, i get tons. I kind of tried to regulate it that way, so I would only have to pump a few times per day, since that is kind of time consuming. So only 4 times per day. I go 9 hours over night between pumpings.....been doing that for several months and no signs of AF. I do have HOT FLASHES all the time, my ovaries hurt and I'm very crabby sometimes. For months I have thought, ok....AF if coming....but no sign. HMMM...<br>
I too, would be interested in information about how to follow CM...it would be interesting to figure out what is going on.<br>
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Hi Amy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> - just wanted to chime in to say AF just returned last month for me, when Tsuneo was 23 months. But.....I started having PMS symptoms about 4 months prior. I know for lots of women (including myself), the key to AF returning seems to be nightweaning. Maybe lengthening the time between the last pumping session of the day and the first pumping session of the next day might help to speed things along. For me, the magic time frame seemed to be 10+ hours. Anyway, I'll keep sending you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/pos.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="positive"> vibes!!
 

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I'm with you all on this. My Dh and I are very excited to start ttc #2. Dd is 13 months and we've been SLOWLY weaning. She now nurses when she wakes up, at 2 p.m for nap, at 9 p.m. for bedtime and usually around 4 am. I don't want to rush weaning but we'd REALLY like another youngster. Any ideas? I was thinking that the morning nursing would be the next to go... she doesn't seem to want that one as bad??? The naptime nurse is really nice because I've been at work until then so its also a "hi, I've missed you" thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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