(Closed) Share your TTC wisdom ladies!

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

great idea for a post, I have only just started the journey myself (2nd month trying) so I can’t really bring anything to the table….commenting to follow. 🙂

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Honestly, I didn’t have the patience to chart or anything. We NTNP for 4 months before we started using the clearblue easy fertility monitor (a friend let me borrow it). The first month DH was out of town on fertile days so that doesn’t count as TTC to me, but we got our BFP our 2nd cycle after that. My BFF used the monitor and also got KU on her second cycle, her friend used it and got KU on her first cycle. It’s expensive but it’s worth it.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

1. PMS symptoms and pregnancy symptoms are the same. Symptom spotting is terrible. I wish I had known to IGNORE my “symptoms” and just wait for my missed period. The months I thought I was preggo based on symptoms I wasn’t, and the month I got my BFP, I had NO symptoms and thought for sure AF was arriving. 

2. (For me) Paying attention to my cycles did nothing but stress me out. Temping/charting is definitely useful, if you can handle it. It was NOT for me, the more laid back I was, the easier the process was. 

3. It’s NOT as easy as you think it’s going to be. I thought I’d be pregnant right away, it took me 5 cycles, which even then is not a long time. Some women wait for years. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I learned more from reading Taking Care of Your Fertility than I learned from anything else in life. I feel if I had not read it, it would have taken a lot longer to get my BFP.

I also second the PMS symptoms and pregnancy symptoms  being the same. Symptom spotting in useless.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@serendipitouslove:  No not at all! I didn’t know when I started either. My symptoms were sore/tender breasts, heightened sense of smell, cramping and spotting during the two weeks after ovulation (could be misconstrued as implantation bleeding). If you google early pregnancy symptoms you’ll find a ton of them. When I actually got pregnant, the only symptom I had were hot flashes. I had breast tenderness right after ovulation which is a normal post ovulation symptom for me, but it went away after a few days. Now that I’m in my 5th week of pregnancy it’s coming back but it feels different than it felt after ovulation. It’s more of localized pain in random spots than the dull ache that I am used to. It’s so strange lol. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@serendipitouslove:  starting on cd 6 you POAS with FMU. It detects your estrogen surge and your LH surge. So it gives you your high fertility days based on your estrogen surge and your peak fertility days based on your LH surge. I ovulate quickly wand late in my cycle. So my estrogen surge and LH surge happen at the same time. I never have high days just peak days. and because I ovulate so late (cd 19,20) if I was relying on FF without actually temping I’d have been way off. Temping and regular OPK’s didn’t appeal to me because there’s too much interpretation which leaves too much room for error. The monitor leaves absolutely nothing up for interpretation. 

 

And I definitely agree with jny1179. I took tests before AF was due when we were NTNP convinced I was KU but I wasnt, my PMS symptoms were just the same as PG symptoms. When I actually got KU I was convinced AF was coming. I even had mild cramping like I was going to get AF. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Learning to read cervical mucous was really helpful for me, gave me a good sign I could trust from my body. Definitely read tcoyf even if you don’t plan on temping, but personally I loved temping! Also The Impatient Women’s Guide to Getting Pregnant is great and quite short. If you start looking into testing, make sure you get hubby tested before you get anything invasive done – I’ve heard of people getting laparoscopies done before their hubby even does a sperm analysis, only to find out his low count has been their problem all along! 

Personally, I got pregnant after 15 months with the help of a naturopath, if I could go back in time I would have started with her earlier. She helped with my major problem of ovulation, but also with overall health.

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