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If you’re anything like me, you’re reading everything you can get your hands on when it comes to trying to get pregnant. Thank goodness for the Internet – I don’t know how anyone got pregnant before the advent of personal computing….

We have a place here on TWW for ladies to tell their BFP stories, as well as a spot for submitting their symptoms to determine if they might be pregnant. We have a wonderful TTC community where you can get valuable support and ask questions. But until now, we didn’t have a spot for the detailed monologue of your trying to conceive experience.

Introducing the Two Week Wait Trying-to-Conceive Blog. This is where you can create your very own blog of your TTC experience—every detail, blow by blow. Note that you’ll need to create an account with us first in order to create your blog. It’s free, of course. That’s how we roll here at TWW.  *there is a 24 hour waiting period on new accounts before you'll be able to start posting to your new blog.  In the meantime, have a look around and get to know the site!

Happy blogging!

1st RE appt 6/10/13

Yesterday was my first appointment with an advanced reproductive specialist. He was an elderly middle eastern gentleman with 30 years of experience and a kindly face and demeanor. At the very start of the meeting, he asked me if I had any questions. I replied by saying that I wanted to know why I was spotting brown gunk before my period and why havent I been able to stay pregnant these past 2 years?

In his gentle  accent he responded, "The spotting is one of two things. It is either caused by low progesterone or it is cause by an early ectopic pregnancy that my body is ridding itself of."

We both hope it is a progesterone issue, which is easily treated with medication. However, it could likely be the other because I have had a tubal ligation in 1999 then reversal in 2011. A HSG was done at that time and my tubes were clear but who knows what could happen in 2 years. He went on to explain the plan of action and I was excited by all he was saying because I was so afraid he wasnt going to put forth much of an effort in my case.

Here is the plan:

1. Go buy some Clear Blue ovulation tests. I told him that I was using a brand I found online and he asked me to try the CB ones because he has found they are more accurate. I completed this step last night. I splurged and bought the digital ones with the smiley faces just because I didnt want to deal with the "is this darker, well it kinda looks darker, should i hold it up to the light or photoshop it" scenarios.

2. Use the CB tests once a day from 12-4 pm (do not use morning urine even though the directions say to- per the nurse) She doesnt want the LH to build up overnight.

3. If I get a positive that day, do two things. One- call their office to schedule a post coital exam the next day and Two- BD with the hubby that night. I asked how this worked, "why would they want to see all the lazy sperm left who didnt get up and go where they were supposed to," the nurse told me that they check this to make sure they dont find dead sperm. If they do, then DH will need to have a full sperm analysis and they will address the issue further to make sure there is nothing wrong with my CM.

4. BD for 4 days or nights in a row (once per day) when I get a positive OPK.

5. Instead of waiting to find out if the progesterone is low, he is going to treat me as though he knows it is low due to my spotting issue that has been going on for over a year now. Sometimes I see brown discharge and tissue anywhere from 3-7 days before my period actually begins. He is going to use 100 mg Prometrium Capsules starting 4 days after the positive OPK.

6. 7 days after the positive OPK, go into the lab for bloodwork to test my progesterone level. While I am at the lab. I am also to get other tests done. (prolactin, thyroid, prenatal ABO/RH/ASBC, Rubella, and HCG)

7. If my period does begin after all that, then on CD3 I am to go in for more bloodwork and then schedule a HSG to see if my tubes are open.

Im so excited to have a plan instead of just the monotony of BD, test, fail ...month after month. I really like this doctor, but there is something about his staff. The ladies in the front office just seemed to have a negative vibe or something. One of the things I am not looking forward to is having to pay for all this. Well hubby will, as I am not working and am staying at home with the 2 homeschooled teens,  TTC,  and housework. Fun Fun !

My First Journey to Motherhood

Firstly some background.

It was the evening of Saturday 1st June 2013 and my partner and I had the discussion about starting a family. We had had many discussions before but until now, neither of us felt ready. So that night, we dtd and the next morning I stopped my bc. I had been taking Cerazette for nearly 2 years, and microgynon30 and another combined pill (name I can't remember) for the previous 12 years. I'm 32 (33 this year) and my other half (OH) is 34.

Since stopping the pill, we have dtd every day, sometimes twice a day. Yesterday we had a day off, due to me being overly emotional because I forgot to take my other medication. This other medication however, I will be talking to my GP about tomorrow (12th June) as it's for panic attacks and anxiety and I'm not sure if it will harm a baby during pregnancy. It's called Citalopram and I'm currently taking 30mg of it. There are conflicting discussions about this medication all over the internet, but even the leaflet that comes with it, states that although it can cause problems 24 hours after birth, (but nothing serious that cannot be managed), there is not a requirement to stop it completely.

So tomorrow, I will hear what the GP has to say about it all. Probably get poked with needles (not fun) and so on. Fingers crossed it goes well.

Today.

This morning I received many packages too! Excited I open them to find my new BBT thermometer

http://www.amazon.co.uk/BabyMad-Basal-Temperature-Ovulation-Thermometer/dp/B001CL2GIA/ref=pd_sim_d_4/

and Chart to track it all. Should be interesting. I've not had an AF since being on Cerazette so I have no idea about my cycles. I got some cheapy OV sticks as well to try and track it too. So shall start all this tomorrow morning.

I also have my prenatal vitamins that also arrived this morning. They are Bellybar Prenatal Chewable Vitamins (I'm terrible at swallowing tablets) so these seem ideal.

 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Prenatal-Complete-Multivitamin-Flavour-Chewable/dp/B003IUGHSI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370948681&sr=8-1&keywords=Prenatal%2C+Complete+Prenatal+Multivitamin%2C+Mixed+Fruit+Flavour%2C+60+Chewable+Tablets

Containing Folic Acid, Iron, Calcium, as well as vitamin A (as beta-carotene), vitamin D, E, B-6, B-12, Zinc, Niacin, Thiamin and Riboflavin. Would I need to take anything else with these? Let me know if I do!

So this is the start of my journey. Fingers crossed baby dust is sprinkling my way soon!

 

Current Symptoms (if any)

So since coming off Cerazette I shall note down all the symptoms so far. As far as I'm aware, these can be side effects of coming off this mini pill for some, but could also be pregnancy symptoms. Every woman is different, and I've read so many horror stories about coming off this pill, how it can affect fertility, screw up your cycles and so on, yet others have no problems at all. Hopefully it's just an individual thing and nothing to do with these pills.

So since Monday 3rd June - 10th June I have had:

Headaches on and off every day.

Cramping (like PMS cramps but not AF.... yet) every day, ugh!

Feeling tired (last few days even more so and going to bed early :( )

Having to put 2 sweeteners in my tea because my usual 1 tastes horrible! 

Pinching feelings in stomach.

Boobs look a little darker (no pain or soreness though) but it comes and goes (weird). The OH noticed this, not me.

Slight nausea as though I feel like I need to eat more. 

Going to the loo more, but nothing major.

Since 9th June horrible leg pain on left leg (back of thigh) and aching hips. I do however suffer from Sciatica on and off so this could just be normal for me though I don't know what I've done to cause it!

 

Anyhoo, updates on my new BBT chart will follow tomorrow, as well as continuing symptoms. And hopefully an update about my GP appointment! :D

 

Lost in TTC land (Take 2)

Long time TWWer here! Going on 13 months TTC #2 - a Medium told me I had a few changes I needed to make before "She" would come. I'm still trying to figure out WTH I'm supposed to change? Sigh....

Working on my blog

My, but I do enjoy a good blogging in the summertime....

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