Post # 1
So we’re going to ttc in September (HURRY UP SEPTEMBER!!!) and basically I have two questions for you guys who have already concieved or even had your babies (congrats to you all!) I’m really, really sorry for the tmi, but hey, we’re all after one thing, I guess!
1. I haven’t charted temperatures, BUT, I do keep a track of my cycles and I’ve noticed a huge change in cervical mucus around the time my app tracker says I’m ovulating. It’s clear, stringy and slippery. That’s a good sign, right? Does that definately mean I’m ovulating, or is there another way to tell? I’m going to start charting temps soon, but in the meantime, I just thought I’d ask.
2. After doing the baby dance around ovulation, what do you do, just wait and see if your period arrives? And is that not the LONGEST two weeks ever? How did you guys cope with that wait?
And lastly, not really a question, just after a lil Bee support here. Did any of you guys have irrational ‘Oh my god what if I’m infertile/can’t concieve’ fears that turned out to be, well, completely irrational?
Thanks you guys!
Post # 3
I didn’t do any charting or temping. I just did what you are doing. Tracked my period for a long time. I used an app and would note any symptoms like cervical mucous changes etc. Yes, the “egg white” mucous is a good thing. This is not the most accurate way, I think if you want to be sure you should do temping but this was enough for me.
For some those two weeks could be really long! I tried to distract myself and waited for my period to be late. I didn’t want to test too early.
As for irrational fears, I definitely had those. I was well into my 30s so I was sure we would have trouble conceiving because that’s all you hear about. We conceived on our second try.
Have fun and best of luck!
Post # 4
Congrats on ttc soon! You can start taking opk’s to detect your ovulation days and it’ll probably line up with your ewcm…which is a great sign that you’re ovulating! For my first pregnancy I charted and took opk’s and got pregnant the first month I ovulated (was on clomid). For this pregnancy I have a 9 month old so charting wasn’t going to be an option because of my irregular sleep schedule so I just did opk’s and got pregnant (again) the month I ovulated.
As for the tww it’s torture. Both times we covered every fertile day and I was still convinced I wasn’t pregnant. The days go by very slowly and it’s an emotional roller coaster.
I did have fears that I was going to be infertile ever since High School and sadly they were partly true. I don’t ovulate on my own and have to use clomid, but thankfully I respond very well to it. BUT most likely your fears will be unfounded. If you want to calm your worries you can always speak to your doctor, but if you have regular cycles that’s a fantastic sign that you won’t have much trouble getting pregnant!
Post # 5
Thanks you guys, that’s made me feel a LOT better. The temping thing might not be so easy for me since I wake and go to work at 5AM and I barely know my own name before I get out of the shower and I read you have to do it before you go anywhere. But my plan was to just have really, regular sex (like every 1-2 days) when I know I’m in that ‘fertile part’ and hope for the best..I’m really, really inpatient and getting incredibly frustrated right now!
Post # 6
@Lillyrose: In your TWW you imagine you have every symptom under the sun, google copiously, read pregnancy books from the library, and maybe share with your BFF or mom if you are comfortable knowing you are TTC. Yes, it’s the longest 2 weeks ever, hopefully followed by the longest 8 1/2 months ever.
Post # 7
So, I’ll address your last question first: yes, absolutely. I had a totally irrational fear of being infertile with nothing to base it on. We were barely even trying when we conceived, so all’s well there.
It sounds like you’re getting fertile CM. I’d definitely recommend charting your temps as well. I only ever charted temps and had a very good idea of when I was ovulating. You could also try ovulation prediction kits.
The two week wait is hard for a lot of bees. As I said, we were barely trying so my TWW was no big thing. I tested the day after my period was due. Some bees start testing as early as 8 or 9 DPO but I personally suggest trying to be patient and not drive yourself crazy. 🙂
Post # 8
1. The EWCM (egg white cervical mucous) is your body’s way of boosting fertility (helps the swimmers along, I believe) and telling you when you’re at your most fertile, so you are right on track there. We didn’t chart or temp or anything, so I had no clue about when I was actually ovulating, but I do remember when the EWCM arrived, and my conception date traces back to those exact dates. We got pregnant on the first try just BDing a few times per week, so I’d say it’s a good (if not exact) indicator.
2. Yup. Stinks, but that’s just the way it is. Some tests can detect things a little sooner, but it’s more accurate if you wait until you’re a few days late. I tested too early the first time, at it was such a crushing disappointment! I’d say to save yourself some money and hold out.
3. I definitely had the fear, especially since it took my mum 9 years of trying to get my brother and I–5 years trying the first time, 4 the second–but as I said, we got pregnant with twins on the first go.