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#1 ~A2~

Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:15 PM

Hi everyone

Congratulations to you all!

I have made this the general chat thread for you to talk and share, I will start new threads for this group at about 100 posts.

Please take a moment to read the rules and guidelines for this area (pinned at the top of the page)

Feel free to start your own threads as well if there is anything specific you would like to discuss or keep separate.


Also please PM me if you have any questions or suggestions.

Congratulations again!

Ali




#2 cbmum

Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:08 PM

I guess I'm the first GOLD


Heya everyone, congratulations can't wait to get to know you all.

I got my BFP last Wednesday and have an EDD of October 2nd!

I look forward to sharing the rollercoaster with you all!

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#3 CallMeFeral

Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:18 PM

Bah - silver but I claimed gold in my own thread... wink.gif

I got mine I guess on Sunday... tested again yesterday as it's still pretty faint. EDD around Oct 4th. Pretty freaked out...

#4 Le-a

Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:19 PM

Hi everyone! I got some very (very!) faint BFPs from about 8dpo, but got a ridiculously dark pos about three days ago. I can't stop looking at it!

Feeling surprisingly sprightly, I have a two year old DS and I seem to remember feeling really horrid in the early weeks. Perhaps this is yet to come, eep!

Looking forward to sharing the journey with some lovely ladies!

ETA: EDD 5th October.

Edited by Le-a, 28 January 2013 - 09:20 PM.


#5 CallMeFeral

Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:45 PM

laughing2.gif I reckon it's still to come! I remember not having any idea I was even pregnant at this stage the last two times.

So were you both trying? Cbmum is it your first?

#6 Le-a

Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:59 PM

Yeah, we were trying. DS was conceived first go, so I was expecting to get pregnant quickly again the second time. Finally, about five months after we began TTC, here we are. all it took was a bit more, erm, effort on DHs part wink.gif

Were you TTC CallMeProtart?

And, may i ask, what's with all the Protartyness? I've clearly missed something exciting!

Are you all feeling ok? I do have sore boobs, plus I feel pretty tired at the end of the day- but I could put that down to being busy at work (not the boobs, I don't work with my boobs or anything...).

#7 cbmum

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:13 PM

Hey! This is number 3 for me. I think I must be crazy blink.gif but this bub is very much wanted. First crack here. We were thinking next month then after New Years etc, I was like 'what the heck!' Suddenly I was ovulating the next day and bam! So here we are biggrin.gif
Symptoms wise, pretty good at the moment. Last time I was sick from conception to birth so already better. Ill enjoy any nausea free time I can!
Lea my husband was hoping for more 'effort' I just feel very blessed hands.gif
Callmeprotart hopefully the nausea might give you a break this time?? Fingers crossed



#8 CallMeFeral

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:48 PM

Looks like a fertile bunch over here original.gif
Le-a - yep my last two were one shot wonders so we wondered if this would be the same - but have also had some friends who had two in close succession and then took 8 years to get the third so we didn't want to take it for granted - but yep, another one shot wonder here!
All fine here - I feel like my relaxin over-production has already started as I put my back out last week and I haven't done that since I was 18. And now I'm feeling pelvis twinges - had pelvic instability last time - probably psychosomatic but it's the thing that scares the crap out of me with pregnancy. Every time I go through this could be the time I don't get better and end up permanently disabled  sad.gif

Hmmm, bit heavy - onto lighter topics - you must have missed the Kochie breastfeeding thread! It's maybe a week old and must have got to about 40 pages so shouldn't be too hard to find - I think about 35 or so pages in someone accused mothers who didn't breastfeed 'discreetly' of being tarty and trying to show everyone their boobs  rolleyes.gif  And then referred to anyone who supported them as 'protart'... which although the sentiment was terrible, was an excellent word!

cbmum how old are your others? Hope your nausea holds off. Mine hasn't historically been too bad past 1st trimester (touch wood) - usually it's the tiredness that kills me. And the pelvis  cry1.gif TBH the pelvis thing is half the physical impact and half the mental fear about it. It makes me feel so vulnerable and out of control.

#9 Le-a

Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:04 PM

CallMeProtart, that sounds bloody painful and scary. I've got no experience with that kind of pain, and I in no way mean to belittle what youve been through with it, but the other day at work I had an "audience" of customers (think retail) and spun around to show someone something and copped the corner of the bench (ouch!) fair in the vag bone (ouch ouch ouch!!!). Trufact. I had tears in my eyes. And I had to act all cool and proffessional until I could walk into the storeroom and let out a quiet faaaaaaaaarrrrrkkkkkkkkk.... I've got a big bruise. Hope the baby is ok...

Sorry, not sure where I was going with that. Guess I just needed to share that with you all...

I did start reading the Kochie thread but the stupid started making me all stabby so I gave up. As if it's tarty to breastfeed. I was always too busy trying to eat something/drink/read/talk to friends/catch up on EB to be thinking tarty thoughts while I was breastfeeding.

Well done Cbmum, that's some efficient baby making!

Have you guys done loads of HPTs? I've done about 437, but I still have the urge to go buy more to wee on tomorrow. This despite getting a really good positive just a couple of days ago... I think I'm addicted...

#10 CallMeFeral

Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:56 PM

Yeah, if you didn't get to the 'native' comments you haven't hit the real stupid yet. It was a goldmine. But funny. Protart was a highlight.

Is HPT the pregnancy tests? I've done 2 so far - there's another 2 from the pack left in the cupboard which I might do one of next week and see if the line is a bit darker - then again if I still don't have my period next week then I'm pregnant anyway!
Haha I can see the addictiveness!

Yeah the pain I've experienced with the pelvic thing is probably not worse than what you described - it's largely the fear aspect - fear of how much worse it COULD get before the pregnancy is over (some people end up in wheelchairs etc) - but more especially fear of it not getting better afterwards - for about 8% of people it never recovers, which kind of rules you out of most forms of excercise/sport for life - and that's if it's mild.  
Not that I'm sporty, but I do dream of going back to aikido and maybe getting my blackbelt someday. The pain is really annoying but the disability aspect just really gets to me emotionally and I get very overwhelmed and panicky and depressed at times about it. I guess a constant feeling of apprehension.

Meanwhile, somebody tell me what a BFP actually stands for? I'm guessing the last letter is 'positive'...

#11 Le-a

Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:32 AM

Ive gotta say, CallMeProtart, I'm surprised you don't know what BFP (big fat positive) and HPT (home pregnancy test) stand for with your impressive post count! original.gif

Pelvic instability sounds pretty awful. I had no idea it could be so debilitating. I can understand how it would make you anxious, too. We are pregnant for what seems like forever (especially looking at it from this angle) and that's a long time to be watching for symptoms/being in pain. I hope we all have smooth, uneventful pregnancies!

I can't sleep, which is very unusual for me. It's 2:25am in WA and I've been awake for a couple of hours. DH is the most annoying loud-breather in the world and once I start listening to it, I can't stop focussing on it and it keeps me up. There's only so many times I can kick the guy and hiss, "you're snoring!" in his ear...

I'm a bit anxious as well I guess. Last pregnancy I got debilitating migraines around the time my period would have been due. The full works, aura, numbness, talking gibberish, can't think straight, blinding headache. Yet it was kind of ok last time because I had no toddler to look after when this happened. I'm going to have to have an emergency plan in case this happens again this pregnancy. Ugh.



#12 monkeynat

Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:17 AM

Hi All

Very happy to be part of the group, I did my test last week but knew eariler I was pregnant as I even felt the implantation. This will be my second and there will be a 3 year gap beween them, currently my EDD is 1st October. Congrats to everyone else - very exciting!

To add to the fun I start a new 4 month contract next Monday, full time work too - first full time job since 2009! We also we decided over the chrissy break we are going to move to Perth at end of June (currently in Melbourne) to be closer to my Mum so there is sooo much organising too which is slightly freaking me out given I'lll be working full time & pregnant!

I sympathize alot with the pelvic instability sufferers too, I had it pretty bad first time around and I am worried that it will come again but trying to keep an open mind until then! I am currently have a flare up of my Ulcerative Colitis which isn't much fun, for those who are not familar with it its a inflammatory bowel disease in the same family as Chrons disease. I'm off to see my specialist on Wednesday so fun & games there too! I didn't have any symptoms with my first, I actually wasn't on any medication so it sucks that I have to take meds while I'm pregnant. I've been assured it's fine but I just don't like the thought - I just don't have a choice.

Ok sorry sounding like problem child now! We are both over the moon to pregnant again and look forward to hearing everyone's journeys along the way original.gif

#13 MrsRadiant

Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:51 AM

Hi ladies,
I got my BFP last Wednesday, I was 9dpo!
This is our first baby! Very excited!!
My EDD is 6th October!
Can't wait to share everything with you guys and
being my first I will have a million questions for you all.

First one is do I book my confirmed appointment with a normal gp or ob?

Edited by MrsRadiant, 29 January 2013 - 06:53 AM.


#14 Stronger

Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:46 AM

HI ladies can I please join you? My due date is 5th October but I think it will be a late September baby as I will probably need another c-section. I did post in the September thread but they are all so far ahead of me I feel a bit out of it...so I might actually join you ladies if I can even if I end up with a September bub? It's just that i will be more on par with you with symptoms and scans etc!


This is our second bub after 4.5yrs of trying and was our last frozen embryo from our 3rd IVF cycle! We conceived our DD naturally second month trying so were very frustrated #2 has taken so long but so thrilled they are on their way!

Still very early though - only about 5 weeks so am cautiously happy! I hope so much that everything is ok in there! Not many symptoms yet apart from no AF (yay!), a bit of bloating and very hungry! No sore BBs or MS yet though.

Look forward to chatting more!

#15 CallMeFeral

Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:48 AM

QUOTE (Le-a @ 29/01/2013, 05:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ive gotta say, CallMeProtart, I'm surprised you don't know what BFP (big fat positive) and HPT (home pregnancy test) stand for with your impressive post count! original.gif


Weird hey! I never really ventured much into the TTC areas before, as I discovered EB after I was already pregnant with DD, and then DS was an accident so I never really had to. And then after a while it's too embarassing to ask!

Haha to the loud breather - then again beats a full on snorer? Or is he snoring already? DH used to only snore on his back, but now periodically he does on his side too - if that becomes regular there will be no escape! And you're right - once you focus on it, that's the end!

Euw - you mean you got the migraines every month??? What's with that??? How awful... And yeah - everything is worse after you have one because you don't get to just lie it off! TBH if not for DS being an accident we probably wouldn't have had a second child till now, due to my fears of the pelvic thing while looking after a toddler (can't lift). Does your first go to care or are they with you full time?

Monkeynat - how did you feel the implantation? What did it feel like?! I had no idea that was feelable!
Was freaking myself out yesterday because my ovary was really hurting and I thought the only thing that could be was ectopic pregnancy, but apparently there's some kind of cyst that happens on the ovary if you get pregnant and it's quite normal, so hopefully just that. Freaked me though!
Good luck with the job!
I start studying next month - if I'd known this I wouldn't have started I don't think! Pregnancy + work + kids + study is going to be more than I planned on my plate, and I don't know what's going to happen to the study further down the track - I don't fancy studying with a newborn - and my due date is 1 month before uni exams! And I get baby brain something chronic - I'll be lucky to keep a thing in my head sad.gif
Bugger about the ulcerative cholitis, that sounds terrible.
Actually I'm wondering what to do medication wise - I used to be on antidepressants, and moved to a herbal thing, but those things don't tend to be tested for pregnancy, so I've stopped - but I'm really worried about it because I get VERY highly strung and overwhelmed without it, and I've a lot on my plate to cope with during this period. I'm wondering whether to get back on the proper AD's, at least they've been tested. But they are a bugger to come off, so I'm not really too keen on it. And pregnancy safe is still "as far as we know". Decisions, decisions!

Welcome Mrs Radiant! Do you mean the appointment where they confirm the pregnancy? If so, gp will do - they just refer you for a blood test.

And love to have you here bok bok - the more the merrier, and it makes sense to be with a group at the same pregnancy stage than due date - birthdate would probably matter more at the other end! I mean none of us really know how early/late we could end up being anyway original.gif Congratulations - sounds like it's been a long awaited positive!

#16 hyphen

Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:58 AM

Hi everyone!

I'm in for this month too biggrin.gif

Very feint lines on the test but hey, a line's a line, right?

This will be number 3 for me. DD is 23 months and DS is 8 months. I shall be quite busy it seems.

I'm going to go to my GP next week sometime I think. I have to have that three hour GD test as soon as possible as they found it with DS at five weeks ohmy.gif  

Hoping that these pregnancies treat everyone well and that you all aren't in too much pain as things progress.  

Eeeep, I'm excited!

#17 Lubbly

Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:31 AM

Hello! May I join also? I'm due with #2 on 5th October.  Our DD is 14 months.  

It's hardly sunk in that we're expecting again but have been trying for some time so it's very exciting albeit unbelievable!  I suffered a miscarriage in 2010 so am feeling a little nervous as I did during my last pregnancy but trying to maintain a positive and optimistic outlook.  Come on little baby!

No symptoms for me as yet but maybe soon.  I was ravenously hungry for the whole 9 months last time.  If people were looking for me at work, others would just direct them to the kitchen. laughing2.gif I'm wondering if this pregnancy will be similar...

Good luck with your study CallmeProtart! I actually undertook a graduate diploma last year and it was intense! Started studying when DD was 12 weeks and finished when she was 11.5 months.  A lot of hard work, many tears and tantrums (from me) but I'm pretty proud of myself for achieving something I'd been wanting for many years.  The juggle is such hard work though.  I'd imagine it would be even more challenging with a couple of little ones!

#18 Mama Syd

Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:52 PM

Hellooo ladies, I'd like to join too! My due date is the 9th of October. We conceived from our first round of IVF after 5+ years of trying (1 mc). This will be our first. I'm so worried that it won't stick but extremely excited anyway!!

I found out I was pregnant yesterday and I don't know if the news will ever sink in :D

Very pleased to have you to come along with me.

#19 dimensionk

Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:03 PM

Congrats, Mama Kas!
We were also lucky enough to conceive on our first IVF.
Sending you lots of sticky luck, it's something that's definitely on my mind too.

Our EDD is 7th Oct.

#20 monkeynat

Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:45 PM

QUOTE (CallMeProtart @ 29/01/2013, 10:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Monkeynat - how did you feel the implantation? What did it feel like?! I had no idea that was feelable!
Was freaking myself out yesterday because my ovary was really hurting and I thought the only thing that could be was ectopic pregnancy, but apparently there's some kind of cyst that happens on the ovary if you get pregnant and it's quite normal, so hopefully just that. Freaked me though!
Good luck with the job!
I start studying next month - if I'd known this I wouldn't have started I don't think! Pregnancy + work + kids + study is going to be more than I planned on my plate, and I don't know what's going to happen to the study further down the track - I don't fancy studying with a newborn - and my due date is 1 month before uni exams! And I get baby brain something chronic - I'll be lucky to keep a thing in my head sad.gif
Bugger about the ulcerative cholitis, that sounds terrible.
Actually I'm wondering what to do medication wise - I used to be on antidepressants, and moved to a herbal thing, but those things don't tend to be tested for pregnancy, so I've stopped - but I'm really worried about it because I get VERY highly strung and overwhelmed without it, and I've a lot on my plate to cope with during this period. I'm wondering whether to get back on the proper AD's, at least they've been tested. But they are a bugger to come off, so I'm not really too keen on it. And pregnancy safe is still "as far as we know". Decisions, decisions!


Hey CallMeProtart - I just felt something going on in that area which I just presumed was the implantation, I can normally feel myself ovulate as well so was a similar feeling, a bit of a pain near the area. I guess I have fairly sensitive insides!
Good luck with the studying too - sounds you are just as mad as me! And I feel you with the antidepressants, I suffer with anixety & depression too and is one of the main reasons we are moving back to Perth so I get a bit more support this time and help. The medication is a hard one I guess you need to weigh up what is best for your mental health. I know alot of women do stay on them during pregnancy so there are definitely safe ADs out there, I think there is a specific forum on here if you need others opinions.

Awesome news for those ladies on IVF - so pleased for you!

#21 Jasper01

Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:37 PM

Hi all I would also love to join EDD 3rd Oct. biggrin.gif  
Had my blood test today but have had 3 BFP very exciting have been TTC for a year.

#22 klr70

Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:16 PM

Hi all,

Congratulations to everyone! I've never been in a DIG before... I might not post all that much, depending on how things go.

I got a BFP this morning (incredibly dark line with a barely visible "control" line). It hasn't quite sunk in yet & I might do another test, just to make sure! I think my EDD is October 2, but as my cycle is all over the place (anywhere from 21 to 42 days, or longer), it could be anywhere from early September to early October. My Ob will probably order a dating scan, so I'll have more of an idea after that.

This is my 4th pregnancy, but I only have one living child (DS 16mths). I'm not sure how I feel about being pregnant again. The anxiety I felt in my previous pregnancies hasn't kicked in yet... And I'm an "older" Mum - I'll be 43 (eek!) in a few months. I'm not looking forward to the major fluid retention (20+ kg, thighs/knees/ankles that morph into one long blob, feet that are unrecognisable) that happens in later pregnancy for me (from approx 32 weeks), but I'll worry about that when I get that far! Have no idea how I'll deal with my very active toddler while very heavily pregnant... will work that out when I get there, too!  biggrin.gif

For now, my main symptom is exhaustion - so I'm off to the GP to get my iron levels checked, as well as all the usual early pregnancy bloods.


#23 dorkalicious

Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:35 PM

Hi everyone original.gif

Got my BFP Friday- seeing the GP tomorrow to confirm. This will be #2 and last- DS is 28 months.
I currently work full time and study part time so I'm hoping the intense nausea and lethargy don't hit me as hard as they did last time. As an extreme coffee addict, I will be struggling with caffeine withdrawal too  wacko.gif

EDD 8 October

#24 Stronger

Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:49 PM

Wow there is a few of us here from IVF and also from Perth. I am from Perth too!!

Where is everyone going to have bub? It is only early days but I know if I want to go private in Perth then I need to decide and book quickly!!



#25 Le-a

Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:13 PM

I am in the Great Southern, about five hours south of Perth wink.gif just a theory about all the WAliens, but perhaps it was the heatwave around mid-jan in WA which meant we were all restricted to, erm, indoor activities wink.gif

Congrats everyone, especially all the IVFers, I appreciate youve gone the hard yards to get here. I'm looking forward to having you amazing women on this fabulous journey.

I'm feeling really bloody normal. I'm not at the freaking out stage yet, but if I didn't have twenty million + HPTs to look at I wouldn't believe I was pregnant. I dnt want to be a Debbie Downer but I'm hoping it's just early and not a sign of impending doom...

I FINALLY got some Internet shopping in the mail today. All pre-pregnancy clothes of course! But I'm already browsing the maternity section on asos.com. If you haven't been for a look, please do, the sale section is awesome (much cheaper than target et al, and WAY funkier) and free shipping from the UK! Amaze!

Excited about getting to know you all, ladies.


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