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TTC Advice and Tips

TTC Advice & Tips

Would you rather receive TTC advice from your mother-in-law or a complete stranger? Most ladies I know prefer the complete stranger route (myself included). Well good news! Our site is literally crawling with complete strangers (the good kind), many of them eager to share their "tried and true" TTC stories with you. So unless you're a mother-in-law, we invite you to chime in with your TTC Advice and Tips. What got you pregnant? We want to know!

And for gosh sakes – if you have TTC advice to share, stop hogging it to yourself! Send us your TTC advice so we can share it with the world!

Tubal Reversal and TTC

Hi my name is Angela and I have been stocking this website since I came upon it like 2 months ago (I know not that long) but still I have been waiting for someone to post a BFP story with trying after a tubal reversal but sadly I have not found one story to give me some hope. Even though I love reading every1's story about their BFP's I’m concerned that I will never get to post my story.
Here's my background
I had my tubes tied in 2003 after my 3rd child was born well becuz I wasn't sure I wanted to stay with the father yes I know after 3 I still wasn't too sure and good thing cuz we didn't last to much after she was born. NEways long story short I'm with the love of my life now and I want to be able to give him kids. So this yr in March I had my tubal reversal and I couldn’t' wait to start trying but kno that it’s been like 4 months (I know it’s not that long) but for me it feels like an eternity. I have tried to read anything and everything and check my cervix charting I’m totally going crazy LOL and driving my DH CRAZY. He says to just relax and that it will happen when it happens huh easier said then done is what I say to that. I mean I'm very regular so I don't c why my efforts are not working. UGHHHHH!!!!! Ok sorry I had to let that out lol but if anyone is going thru the same thing or something even similar to my story please let me know so I don't feel soooo DH tries to be supportive and there for me but I don't think he truly understands how hard it is for me. I try to have faith and I pray but I need something more.....

Fertile Focus

Hi Ladies,
I got my BFP yesterday for baby #2 and was delighted. My partner and I tried for 9 months to conceive with our first child. I kind of guessed when I would be ovulating and we bd around that time. This time however, I decided to buy the Fertile Focus which is a little microscope that you put a sample of your saliva on. You do this each day until you see a slight ferning pattern which is then followed by a strong ferning pattern (ovulation). Basically, I came off the mini pill, had a month to let my body get back to normal and then we started trying. I used the fertile focus and ensured we bd around ovulation and sure enough in the first month we got our BFP!!! I am so thrilled and just wanted to share my good experience. The fertile focus costs around £20 and you can use it for around 2 years! Much more cost effective than ovulation strips!
Good luck and baby dust to all xxx

Buddy (Buddies) Again!

Buddies Unite! MAYbe a May baby?? :)


After taking a 2-year break from IUIs, we just did our first (and last) IUI on Saturday before we decide to move to IVF. This time around, I started doing acupuncture about a month before and have made dietary changes, taken some holistic/natural supplements, etc. Hubby's numbers are always low - this time (post wash) it was 6 million with 85% motility. Number still low, but this was the best motility we've seen. Anyone have any positives with these kind of numbers?

2WW Is Torture

Month after month the 2WW is slowly (and painfully) driving me to clinical crazy. I think this is a worse feeling then not responding to Clomid and having to "waste" a month and a half. (Fingers crossed I continue to respond with Femara and HCG)
So what now? How do you ladies survive the 2WW with your sanity and dignity?

Feeling at Little Lost...?

Hi Ladies!! This is my first time writing here, I just love reading all your stories and thought I should share mine and get your thoughts. This is my second cycle TTCing, I stopped taking BCP at the end of March. Last month my cycle was 44 days long, I was always 28 days on BCP. Last month I never really used any fertility aids, this month I am using OPK's, BBT Charting and Fertile Focus Savlia Testing. CD 1 was May 11th, so today is CD 32 (long cycles are the worst, even more waiting!). I wasn't sure how long my cycle would be this time, I was hoping it was just longer last month because my body was still adjusting to stopping BCP. So since I wasn't sure how long my cycle would be this month we started BDing every other day on CD 13 and still continuing that now. I started using OPKs on CD 13 but they have yet to show anything more than a faint line for me... I'm convinced they don't work for me! Yesterday I got full ferning twice during the day with my Fertile Focus and that was the day I was expecting to ovulate based on 44 day cycle. However, no change in BBT to suggest ovulation yet.

Were any of you ladies taking the 3 month extended period BCP? And how long did it take to regulate and what were your cycles like?

Anybody know if OPK tests don't work for everyone?

Anybody using the Fertile Focus or other Saliva testing, I'd love to hear your thoughts on interpreting the results? How do you determine the difference between Not Fertile and Transitioning??

I'm starting to feel a bit discouraged cause I have not seen a temperature shift yet.... and I've been hoping for the last few weeks to see something sooner to indicate a shorter cycle this month. I'm starting to think I will never see a change! What if it doesn't shift higher at all and I eventually start AF? Anybody have this happen and still ovulated? Does BBT work for everyone guaranteed or will it not show a shift for some women?

Please share your thoughts, last month I felt like I didn't have control over anything and this month I felt a bit more in control what with all the tools I had this month but now with nothing showing a for sure positive I'm just not sure anymore....

Thanks Ladies!!

TTC Advice

I was obsessed with this site while TTC! I got BFP in my 3rd cycle of trying and I did 2 things differently that month that I wanted to share. Also, I am somewhat of a POAS addict. I ordered a bunch of cheapies online so I would feel OK about it. This cycle I told myself that I would wait until 10 dpo. My temp spiked a little on 8 dpo so I decided to try then and it was a BFP! faint but definitely there.
1. Starting on cd1 I began to drink 1 cup of whole milk each day. I have no idea if this changed anything, but I can't remember the last time I had whole milk on a regular basis so it was a definite change for me. I heard that it's good for ovulation, I ovulated a few days earlier this cycle.
2. BD every other day from the first EW CM. Then AM and PM on the day of my temp shift just to make sure and because we figured it was the last chance anyway for that cycle.

Good luck to all of you!

Finally, a BFP!

I have been looking at this site the past few months, and have been very interested in what other people's symptoms are and what they might have done differently that month that resulted in a pregnancy. I have tried various things that people recommend, and I appreciate it!

My two week wait did not seem any different than waiting for my period. Same symptoms and everything, so I really did not think that I would get those lovely 2 lines when I POAS. But I did. I am very happy and hope that it

I thought that I would share some information about myself and what I did differently this month that might help other people:

1. I am 38, I have a 3 year old child, and had a miscarriage last year in November. Have been trying to get pregnant ever since.

2. I have tried a special massage (Mayan massage) and acupuncture and herbs, but no dice.

3. This month, though, I started taking 1000 mg of Vitamin D, Very Green from Trader Joes, a pregnancy herbal pill from Whole Foods called "Baby Me Now," prenatal vitamins, flaxseed oil AND raspberry leaf tea. Every night (wellll, almost every night). I also downloaded a special mind/body fertility program from a website called Circle + Bloom. I kept falling asleep to it, but I really liked it!

Anyway, I hope this helps!

BFP -helpful conceiving tips and symptoms

Hi Moms,

This was our 2nd month of TTC.  I did not notice much CM last month so I tried these tips. 4 EPO pills/day(cycle day 1-O) tons of grapefruit juice(Ovulation, this produced amazing results!!!!) Green Tea(Cycle day 1-Oand current) Vitamin B6(100mg/day. Cycle day 1-current). I'm no doctor, but I think all this helped.

Day 1-5 Twinges, slight breast tenderness
Day 4 and 5-swollen sinuses, teeth sensitivity, vivid dreams
Day 6 and 7 Cramping
Day 8-increased breast tenderness, disturbed sleep
Day 9-similar to Day 8
Day 10-tired, nauesous, disturbed sleep continues....the absolute most faint BFP...not convinced yet.
Day 11-FMU: EPT/Answer/Digital Test: BFP!!!!!! continued tired, disturbed sleep, breast tenderness, nausea. HCG blood test done on this day.
Day 12-HCG blood test back at 52, continued symptoms

This is our 3rd child! We are soooo happy! My very good friend who has suffered 2 miscarriages also found out she was pregnant last month and saw the heartbeat for the first time today, which makes my news even sweeter! !!

TTC after miscarriage

I just read the What no one told you section, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

If it really helps, I just wanted to let you know that two of my friends who had PCOS got pregnant after low carbing. The lower the carbs, the better. Atkins, protein power re two very lowarb diets and metabolism miracle is a diet in moderate carbs.

I also believe a lot in the power of prayers and there are two prayers i suggest-a novena to saint Anne, grandmother of Jesus. She did not have  a kid for 19 long years and in their culture,women were considered cursed if they could not have kids.She had to go through severe mockery but she kept her faith and coceieved Mary at age 39. My friend said this novena and on second day had a BFP! Then there is also the prayer to La Leche mother. Google to find out more about these prayers.

I am reading a book called fertlity and nutrtion right now and it makes so much sense too. Read the reviews in Amazon. I sent everyone including me here some babydust.