Feb. 2018 cycle buddies!

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Re: Feb. 2018 cycle buddies!

Postby Arielhopes143 » Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:50 am

Yes testing early makes it soooo hard to stay positive! Lol. I’m trying to think on the bright side though because the most common day for implantation is 9dpo and then it takes a day or two for hcg to be detected in a test. Keeping fingers crossed this is my month.

Found this link that has the statistics on what dpo is common for a bfp w women who end up being pregnant. My cramping and boobs and this website are the things that are giving me hope!

https://www.countdowntopregnancy.com/pr ... .php?dpo=9
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Re: Feb. 2018 cycle buddies!

Postby Vault101 » Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:16 am

Oooh that is a cool site cheers for posting
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Re: Feb. 2018 cycle buddies!

Postby LittleLisette » Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:57 pm

Ariel, 8/9dpo is so early! I'd be very surprised to hear you got a BFP at that stage! But I also totally understand the early testing...I'm awful about that! Really going to try to wait until missed AF to test this cycle, but we'll see about that lol. Will at least wait until about 12dpo. I've just actually ovulated so few times in my life that having any sort of 'dpo' makes me giddy! EEEeeeee I hope your gut feeling is right and that this is your cycle!! Will you test again tomorrow or wait a few days? I'm looking forward to the pee stick porn 8) :wink:

Vault101-- trust me, I'm unbelievably surprised and thrilled about the clarity of O this cycle...that has NEVER happened before! My body also hadn't been ovulating on its own. I suppose it did here and there, but really sparsely and sporadically. 7 years is a long time to be TTC to I'm sure you've tried lots, but have you gone to a Naturopathic Doctor? I really believe it's the supplements I've been taking that have helped to increase my progesterone and trigger ovulation... maybe it's worth a try? Are you located in the UK? That's great that your OH is so gung ho about TTC. My DH has recently learned how to read OPKs and he listens to what I teach him, but that's about it. He wants to be a dad so badly, but leaves the technical stuff up to me (minus the fun parts :rofl: )


As for me, I'm 99% sure I O'd today! I had another super positive OPK this morning, could feel O happen mid-morning and had a negative OPK this afternoon! SO...the wait begins 8)
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Re: Feb. 2018 cycle buddies!

Postby Vault101 » Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:46 pm

Oooh well fingers crossed then, hopefully this is the month for you! I am excited to see how your TWW turns out, FX again and all the luck to you! I can't even imagine what it feels like to know you O'd, but hopefully soon I'll find out. Unless I already did lol

Yes we are UK. Which is great, free healthcare (well not free lol, paid for through hard work and regular national insurance taxes, but still) I just can't imagine how down we'd be if we had to fund ourselves and go through all this. So I know we are so lucky compared to many couples I read about on here and other sites. And aye, if the first few clomid cycles don't get us anywhere we'll consider other things, like supplements and maybe acupuncture (I hate needles but apparently it's not bad at all, nothing like a blood test).
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Re: Feb. 2018 cycle buddies!

Postby Arielhopes143 » Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:14 pm

Omg!!!! I was soooo not expecting this! 10dpo and middle of the afternoon and I have BFP!! Ahhhh praying for sticky bean! I can’t believe this! So excited!
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Re: Feb. 2018 cycle buddies!

Postby LittleLisette » Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:17 pm

OMG :congrats:

This is so exciting!! Post a pic of your test!! :D
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Re: Feb. 2018 cycle buddies!

Postby Arielhopes143 » Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:26 pm

Omg I got by BFP today!!!! I’m 10dpo and it was late in the afternoon so I really wasn’t expecting just took it bc my boobs hurt sooo much....I’m over the moon! Please everyone keep me posted! I’m praying for a sticky bean.

I guess the soy iso and mucinex, and baby asa after ovulation helped!!! I’m an assistant director of nursing w icu and labor and delivery expierence and we like to do things on our own instead of going to doctor lol
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Re: Feb. 2018 cycle buddies!

Postby Vault101 » Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:11 pm

WOWZAS oh that's great news so exciting!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Feb. 2018 cycle buddies!

Postby Vault101 » Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:11 pm

Also I'm with LittleLisette - PIC PIC PIC!!!!
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Re: Feb. 2018 cycle buddies!

Postby Vault101 » Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:58 pm

While we wait for Ariel's pee stick porn to satiate our BFP need, here's a far less interesting pic for the thread - my symptom spot journal, updated today. You TTCers all seem to have your fancy charts and apps so I'm a little jealous of those - but then I have pen and paper ahahahaha :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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Re: Feb. 2018 cycle buddies!

Postby LittleLisette » Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:51 pm

Well, if I felt like I could maintain a pen and paper journal that is that beautiful, I wouldn't use the apps ;)
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Re: Feb. 2018 cycle buddies!

Postby kayy » Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:34 pm

Oh wow! It's so nice to return to this forum with so much activity.. and a BFP TO BOOT!!! Congrats to the moon and back Ariel!! You've got to show us what it looks like, and keep us in the loop with all signs and symptoms!! I want to know everything!!

I apologize for a super long post, as I'll try to remember to address everything I read! I also apologize in advance for my excessive use of exclamation marks.. I get wayyy too excited about this lol

Vault- Hello! Wow, I can't imagine how confusing/frustrating it must be to not be sure if you O'ed. Regarding your u/s, that's awesome to be able to see your follicles! I'm a complete noob to all this. So are you able to see the amount of eggs you have left also? And how frequently do you do the u/s? Also, I've read about other u/s techs that don't say anything to patients.. so might come off as having a cold demeanor. I wonder if that's just how they are trained? Prob to not get us excited or upset, and to stay neutral. Regarding how the Clomid's got you feeling- I hate being on an emotional rollercoaster and a complete victim to my hormones! Sometimes I KNOW I am being so irrational but I just can't help it! But like you said.. positivity is key!

That's really great you are keeping such a cool head about this. I think that's only going to help you out! And that's fantastic that your OH is so into the technical details!! I can barely get mine to help decipher my pee sticks, lol. Ohhhh regarding the midnight pees and dreams!!! I'll be counting down til Fri to see what your test result is!! :)

And finally OMG.. your fancy handwritten chart! It's a work of art!!! Like Little said, if I could write like that, I certainly would be keeping a physical journal too! It would be something pretty neat to pass down to your future little girl ;)

Littlelisette- Yay on having an UNdiagnosis!! :D It makes sense that your body has to learn it's natural cycle again. Good idea on seeking additional counsel outside of your OBGYN, I honestly wouldn't have even thought about that as an option!

So when did you first raise concern to your OBGYN? (about TTC I mean) That is so cool that you can feel the ovulation!! I wish I was that in tune with my body! The best I can tell is that I'm bloated or gassy, or there is some sort of stomach pain lol. Nothing beats a gut feeling! I'm feeling super hopeful for you this cycle too!! It seems like 2018 has been a great year for your ovaries! :D Where are you located?

AFM (as for me)- A little background.. I'm 30, in the US, and we are trying for our first. I haven't seeked any additional medical help aside from a physical from PCP and annual women's health check from GYN. Everything seems normal, I'm just honestly surprised I tried NOT to get pregnant for so long.. I wasn't expecting it to be so difficult to actually conceive!

After the first cycle or two I was still hopeful, got an OPK for the hell of it and realized I was WAY off on timing. Now at month 4 of perfect timing, I'm beginning to worry that there might be something wrong. I'm extremely petite, usually classified as underweight by BMI at PCP office, but not malnourished by any means. I've been trying to gain some healthy weight.. but it's honestly pretty hard for me. I eat as much as my girlfriends do.. so I don't think it's a matter of not eating enough. DH and I eat a pretty balanced diet, and def steer towards being more health conscious. I know its a problem most people would kill to have, but I honestly don't know how to gain more weight without binging on unhealthy food!

I've been using just the Amazon OPK where you POAS. My cycles are 30-32ish days. I've always been pretty regular, so my guess is that I'm ovulating regularly. Since I've been using the OPK, I've consistently gotten a clear LH surge.. so hopefully no issues there. I'm now just at 7dpo, and am going to try to wait until at least 10dpo to test. Although it has been killing me! I feel like such a POAS addict lol. Haven't really had any signs except for bloody nose 1dpo, and bad HA 2dpo (I don't even remember last time I've had a HA). I know those are waay too early to actually be signs, but I feel like EVERYTHING is a symptom now that we are TTC lol. Feeling good today? Oh I must be preggo! Craving tacos today? There must be a bun in the oven! lol :rofl:

Anyway, I'm excited to share this journey with you lovely ladies!
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Re: Feb. 2018 cycle buddies!

Postby LittleLisette » Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:19 am

Kayy, ooh so much good stuff in your post :). DH and I are both 25, living in Minnesota, USA! We love it here. Had a snow storm last night and the snow is still falling! And yeah, I wanted to visit a naturopath from the get go, but I decided to wait and try to manage things myself first. When I felt like I had come to a point where I wasn't sure what to do next (and was simultaneously being swept into the current of conventional medicine's fertility treatments), I put my brakes on and was like WHOOAA there. First of all, I want to heal and balance my body so that I can get pregnant naturally! I knew fertility treatments may have to happen, but I wanted to exhaust all other options first! If you can't tell, I tend to be a naturalist lol but I'm really glad I went the ND route. She's amazing!

Now Kayy, I know it's stupid to say, "Try not to worry," but really...it often takes perfectly healthy, fertile folks 6 months to conceive! It's only after a year of trying that gives you that mark of 'infertility.' It's really an awful word, isn't it? It sounds so final, when most often it is not. Sometimes it just takes longer, and sometimes we women (and men!) just need a little extra help :). But anyway, I'm getting side tracked! I know that 4 months feels SO long when you're trying, but do your best to stay positive because I bet it'll happen for you soon! Heck, you may be bakin a baby as we speak!

As for the BMI thing, F* that chart. Seriously. All they take into account is height and weight...not muscle mass, not bone structure, not genetics...it's awful! I'm technically 'overweight' when it comes to the chart, but I've had extensive blood work done this last year and everything is perfect. I'm active and muscular, and really the only thing that wasn't perfectly healthy about me was that I didn't ovulate, but now I have been! Same thing on the other end. If you are eating enough, you are consuming good, wholesome food, you're living a healthy lifestyle and you feel good, then trying to gain weight to fit into the arbitrary chart seems like an unnecessary stress. That being said, have you ever had your thyroid levels checked? Maybe you have some hyperthyroidism going on? Not sure, but maybe it's worth asking about?

It's great that your cycles are regular AND you're regularly detecting an LH surge! Wow I'm so excited for Friday! Let's get some more bfps up in here!!!

Speaking of testing... I had a temp drop this morning, which I half expected because I O'd late morning yesterday, and it can take longer than that for BBT to rise! So i'm fully expecting a temp rise tomorrow morning :). Still considering today 1dpo (but will BD later just in case I'm wrong and today is actually O day!). I'm horrible about testing early and getting stressed, so I may have DH hide my tests until AF is late. My last LP was 15 days, so I'll at least try to wait until 14dpo! Haha you are so right about symptom spotting, Kayy...buckle your seatbelts! :rofl:
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Re: Feb. 2018 cycle buddies!

Postby Vault101 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:43 am

Calling Ariel lol! Update pleeeeease hahaha! Tbf she's probs giddy with excitement and has forgotten all about us, can't blame her! I'd be bouncing off the walls for weeks hahahahahahaha!

Hiya Kayy! Nawww, thanks - and Little Lisette too - though I wasn't fishing for compliments lol, just easier than writing out all the cycle day details! I'm a writer by trade so if I wasn't handy with a pen I'd be a bit buggered really... My journal is my life in a book, I'm such a technophobe and can't handle all these apps and programs - plus my memory is appalling, writing everything down keeps me on track, and it's pretty therapeutic too.

Last night OH had a dream that he was being really mean to me hahahaha! And he gave away my nice fluffy coat to his friend. Told him clearly he's just a horrible person and our subconsciouses know it lol. He's so lovely in real life.

My ultrasounds were cd13, cd14, cd15 and cd18. BUT they should really have been cd12, cd14, cd16 and cd18. Bloody schedulers messed it up. Basically they just showed me a black screen with weird holes in it - like cheesecloth or loose knit netting - and measured them across. You can Google Image search 'follicle ultrasound' for an idea of what I was seeing haha, my description probably does it no justice. Well, anyway, on the first two days with the nice nurses I saw all this and they explained what everything was (just looked like a weather satellite to me til they explained it lol), on the second two the mean nurse didn't even show me the screen.

The first appt there were lots of small holes, the second there were a few less, and some distinctly bigger than the rest. They reckoned I had a decent sized one on each side, and by the last appt they were bigger than 19mm, I know that much. Also on cd14 they said my womb lining was thickening and showed me these, like, triple stripes - that's apparently good. Basically looks like the Clomid did its job, but later than expected, and no idea if any eggs actually popped out of those holes or if they just grew and then dissolved themselves again. Human biology is f***in' weird.

Feeling way less confident about this cycle today, I have some - not cramps, but discomfort. Yesterday it was above my left hip bone, today it's more central and low down. Worried that perhaps I did O but even later than I first thought, and during that time we didn't BD enough, probably should have got cd20 but coz of the weird UTI-ish pains I wasn't up to it. So there's been a gap between cd19 and cd24 which I bet turns out to be the right time - grrr! :roll: Also got some slight pain in my right bb when I poke it, but that could well be caused by me poking it to see why it doesn't hurt. Still not my usual tenderness though, generally in both and quite noticeable in the sides.

That said, if AF does come on time then I defs have too short a luteal phase, and I defs hadn't O'd by cd18, I know that for definite, giving me ten days absolute max between O and AF. Think I may end up needing the trigger shot to prompt O on time, but when I've asked about it no-one's been very helpful so far. They want to see what the clomid does I guess.

We've got extra stress this week too as OH has to go for an endoscopy, he's having stomach problems, hopefully it ends up being nothing serious but they are rushing him through as though it's something major. So that's sure to take our minds away from the end of this cycle - much as we want to TTC, he's my priority - if it does end up being something awful, will certainly push back the coming clomid cycle so we can concentrate on his health and get him well. Might still be something minor, or something easily fixable like an ulcer, we'll see. Worried though! :shock:

I know how frustrating being little is! I sway between low-but-healthy weight and borderline underweight. However I have in the past been bigger, so I know I can put weight on, then for no reason it will drop off me again. I get loads of people say I'm lucky to have such a slim figure but I don't feel lucky - I'm more comfortable with a bit of chunk to me lol! I can't say my diet is the healthiest, but it's balanced I guess, and lately I've tried to up my protein intake and we're down to one takeaway a month. Nothing, nothing, nothing would persuade me to ditch my tea habit though, I don't think I'd care if they told me the caffeine was causing my problems - TEA IS LIFE LOL (yes, I'm British, yes, I'm a stereotype, no, I don't give a damn) :rofl:

I have ridiculously regular cycles, like four weeks to the day and middle of the afternoon, you could set your watch by me. But I don't O on my own. Unusual but it can happen. Very, very occasionally I drop to 27 days, but never late. That said, OPKs were useless for me as I used to get positives all over the place - if you get one consistent surge a month that's probably a very good sign. Fingers crossed!!!!

Anyway.... CALLING ARIEL COME IN ARIEL DO YOU READ US OVER?
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2017 - learned I don't ovulate (big surprise as regular 27/28 day cycle always)
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Re: Feb. 2018 cycle buddies!

Postby Vault101 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:45 am

Think I'm out this month. Starting to get my usual bb pain, for one thing. And I dunno, I just feel.. not PG. You know? Ah well. Good luck everyone though.
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