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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!

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What I did differently this cycle

I just got my BFP! ~ What I did differently this cycle...

No more heated seats in the car for me or for DH!
No more using the electric blanket at night ... turn it off before hopping into bed.
Believe it or not, I switched from my Rx prenatal vitamin to Geritol Complete this cycle from CD-3. (Now I'm back on my Rx).
Cut waaay back on my caffeine everyday.
Increased my daily water intake Propped after BD or simply remained lying down for about 15 mins after. *I might have done a handstand or two, sure! :-)

No sugar diet & Preseed/Clomid/IUI

What we did differently: Everything!
* We did a Clomid/Repronex cycle (see my home page for details)
* hCG shot
* IUI (#2 - our first IUI was w/ just Clomid)
* added yams to my diet
* added avocado to DH's diet
* completely stopped eating sugar
* drank decaf green tea instead of the full-caff white tea for CM
* used pre-seed (we've done this for several months)
* did NOT use Instead cups (we'd done that for about nine months)
* HSG was done on April 13, so still w/in the 3 mos of increased fertility post HSG
* BDed a LOT. Even when we were sure we were past O date, we continued to BD
* used fertility monitor instead of OPKs

Grapefruit Juice and Robitussin

The first month we tried, I got a BFP!
* I o'd on Day 14 and we bd'd 12, 13, 14, 15.
* I used warm water for lubricant since we need it and Pre-Seed hadn't come in the mail yet!
* We did doggy-style and I would lay on my stomach for 30 minutes or go straight to sleep, depending on the time of day.
* I used Grapefruit juice (1 glass everymorning start on day 10)
* And I took 3 tbsp a day of Robitussin starting day 10 as well until after O.
* I temped as well.
* Robitussin (the kind with no letters after the name) and grapefruit juice help increase CM, so there is more the the sperm to live in once they enter the cervix!

Here is what I did my BFP cycle

What I think might have made a difference for me in my BFP cycle: * I've been eating more protein, including some fish (I'd been vegetarian for 18 years, so this was WEIRD and difficult, but I figured it was worth a try). * Almost no soy. * Eli/Weagan's B-vitamin/Vitex cocktail (NOT for everyone I know, but good for me b/c of my short LP, late ovulation, and other issues). * Cut way back on exercise after O--I usually work out 5-6 days a week for an hour, plus I bike to and from work. This month I just biked to/from work, no lunchtime workouts. * I stopped drinking altogether a couple months ago--I used to drink up until O, or a few days after O. But I read a couple things that suggested that alcohol, even in moderation, can lower fertility in some people...at this point I need all the help I can get, so I cut it out. It was hard for me at first, but it's actually great now, and I'm sleeping better. I was resistant to this b/c I felt like cutting out all drinking would make me more aware of TTC, acting as if I were already pg, put more pressure on me--but I'm aware of it all the time anyway, so....And I did decided to have a beer or glass of wine each time I got my period (but that's it). * Acupuncture every 2 weeks plus Chinese herbs * Had lots of sex around ovulation, recommended by a friend of mine (who has no kids, but two of her friends, who are our age, didn't get pg for a couple years, then one cycle tried the sex-fest, and it worked)--I know it goes against most doctors' advice, since sperm doesn't get to build up, but...it seemed to work for us * I didn't temp after O, which made me less stressed in 2ww.

Vitamin B6 and Carrot Juice/Green Tea

I did everything different this cycle.
* I used the CBEFM and BD on both Peak days (rear entry) and the High day after the Peaks (missionary).
* I had the *other* big O AFTER DH.. I read that helps the little guys in some suction movement or something.
* I was taking B6 all cycle.
* From AF to O I drank carrot juice, water, ate lots of carrots, drank de-caf green tea, and lots of good ol fashion PRAYER!

Good luck!

Preseed

Just got my BFP! What I did differently this cycle:
1. Used pre-seed beginning at CD11 until O was confirmed.
2. Didn't chart that much (just to confirm O and a few other random days.)
3. BD approx. 36 hours apart the 3 days leading up to O (Thurs PM, Sat AM, Sun PM with O on Sunday.)

Other things that I did or didn't do:
1. No green tea or robitussin (I did that on some of my previous cycles.)
2. Pillow under butt for between 10-20 minutes after BD.
3. Took PNV every day.

Green Tea tablets and Lots of water

I wanted to tell you what worked for me:

1. BD lovingly...keeping it fun and fresh. I prefer missionary, so 98% of the time that's how it goes.
2. Green tea tablets every day
3. Lots of water (I try for 1.5 L a day)
4. Grapefruit and/or fresh carrot juice when I can
5. Prenatals & supplemental folic acid daily
6. DH multivitamin & 1000 mg vitamin C daily
7. BBT and OPKs
8. SMEP plan, loosely

This month, we've been traveling (my husband is on business) and I actually reduced my temping obsessiveness...
I drank more caffeine than I have in a long time...
Put on about 5-10 pounds from eating out....
I bought tons of size small pants and size small shirts...
Invested in a mountain bike (which even has yet to be assembled)...
Mostly, we kept BDing fun!

Hope this works for all of you too...I will tell you I wasn't expecting this to happen this month!

Pineapple Juice

Hi, we just got our BFP today and I wanted to share the story with you.

On our 4th cycle TTC we did a few things different because I was getting really impatient and needed to do SOMETHING, even though it might not work.

What we did:
BD every other day from CD 10 on
Used opks and BD 3 days in a row after positive opk
Drank 1-2 glasses of pineapple juice from O day until I tested positive
Prayed!

I hope that helps some of you. I heard good things about the pineapple juice and decided to try it this month. Only don't use it after your BFP because one of the chemicals in it can cause AF tocome. (on the flip side the same chemical is supposed to help with implantation...)
Another note- on my estimated O day, we BD of course, and my husband was having a hard time "finishing" due to all the BD we had being doing. (sorry TMI) He even got blisters (TMI again!) but was determined to BD and finished after 45mins. We got our BFP 11 days later!

Musinex until O and Low-estrogen diet

What I did different this month: No drinking, even before Ovulation, no caffeine, one cup of green tea every day, one cup of grapefruit juice every day before O, Raspberry leaf tea every day before O, B-100 complex vitamin along with prenats, stopped taking all medications including my allegra-d, Musinex every day till O (max dose around O), ate only organic dairy and meat products (to avoid excess estrogen), ate mostly whole foods (non-processed) including lots of fruit and vegetables, took fibercon tablets to have a BM once a day, supposedly excess estrogen can be absorbed from you bowel if you don‚t have a daily BM - sorry if that is TMI, but hey whatever works! Drank pineapple juice every day from O to 10DPO to help implantation. Used a natural progesterone cream twice a day.

Exercise + No sweets, No Caffeine

Hubbie (25) and I (26) have been ttc for four months and just got our BFP! I have been charting my cycle since we first married 2 1/2 years ago (Roman Catholic). When we didn't conceive the first couple months of trying. I made a bunch of changes to my lifestyle, not sure if they helped but here they are: stopped drinking coffee/tea only decaf tea, stopped eating candy (I'm a big sweet tooth), stopped weightlifting/running. In July when we first started trying I was doing lots of running races up to 1/2 marathons. I was 5'2", 14% body fat and less than 100 lbs. I replaced running and weightlifting with swimming 4X a week because I knew I needed to gain some weight and put less strain on my body. I would reccomend it for those of you exercise freaks who are planning to slow down only when you actually get pregnant!!

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