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#1 bambiigrrl

Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:09 AM

hi ladies, please excuse my lack of paragraphs, my enter key on my computer isnt working for some reason...anyway i just want to know if anyone had any luck using natural things to fall pregnant? My cycle is a little bit irregular lately (first from illness where i had to take antibiotics and steroids, then from a cp) and i am trying to bring my o date foward as its been way too late. I am using milk thistle, heaps of fish oil, baby aspirin, red raspberry leaf tea, pre natal vitamins, chia seeds etc, making healthy smoothies and eating nothing but salads, steamed veg, water etc, no white flour/refined food, no sugur, no caffine, no dairy, no alchohole, ciggerettes etc im being super good! Did any of these things work for you? any advice would be greatly appreciated! thanks! tthumbs.gif

Edited by bambiigrrl, 01 February 2013 - 10:10 AM.


#2 zande

Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:10 AM

Nope, have to admit I tried absolutely nothing but good old sex when I was ovulating, and bingo, 2 x pregnancies. I think I might have been taking pre-natal vitamins but that was it.

#3 lynneyours

Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:24 AM

A good friend of mine who works at a fertility clinic, has told me before that the majority of problems they see are related to two things only:

1. not enough sex
2. parents-to-be being overweight.

NB: I'm NOT saying this is true for ALL people struggling to become pregnant, just that these are major causes of infertility apparently.

I was fairly healthy when I got pregnant, fairly fit, in my early 30's, eating well, with a BMI around 27 or so - so not in the 'healthy' range.  We just had sex at the right time - didn't do anything else to help it along.  

Sorry that you are struggling.

#4 Koobie83

Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:31 AM

Sex. That worked.
Hahaha.

I think the best rule is to have as much sex as you can around your ovulation days. I was taking some prenatal vitamins, but that's mostly to make sure I had enough folic when I did conceive.

The only thing I did was to chart my basal temperature leading up to when I conceived. I did this for about 2 months before I conceived. I started 'trying' (i.e.stopped taking the pill) the month before I did fall pregnant. I used an app called Menstruation & Ovulation tracker downloaded from Itunes which helped me plot the data to see any trends. To be honest, I wasn't exactly sure when I was ovulating because my true temps were only done for the month prior to conception and I fell sick with a really bad flu that month. And I actually fell pregnant the week before I actually thought I conceived which meant I actually ovulated much earlier than I thought.

Oh yeah, and go on a holiday. Mine is a holiday baby I smuggled home on board after a ski trip in NZ with DH. Hahaha.

#5 Koobie83

Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:31 AM

Sex. That worked.
Hahaha.

I think the best rule is to have as much sex as you can around your ovulation days. I was taking some prenatal vitamins, but that's mostly to make sure I had enough folic when I did conceive.

The only thing I did was to chart my basal temperature leading up to when I conceived. I did this for about 2 months before I conceived. I started 'trying' (i.e.stopped taking the pill) the month before I did fall pregnant. I used an app called Menstruation & Ovulation tracker downloaded from Itunes which helped me plot the data to see any trends. To be honest, I wasn't exactly sure when I was ovulating because my true temps were only done for the month prior to conception and I fell sick with a really bad flu that month. And I actually fell pregnant the week before I actually thought I conceived which meant I actually ovulated much earlier than I thought.

Oh yeah, and go on a holiday. Mine is a holiday baby I smuggled home on board after a ski trip in NZ with DH. Hahaha.

P.S. I've heard raspberry leaf tea shouldn't be taken in early pregnancy. It's mostly used in late third trimester to help ease your contractions. I don't know whether it works or not but the information I have is to avoid it in early pregnancy.

Edited by Koobie83, 01 February 2013 - 10:34 AM.


#6 countrychic29

Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:32 AM

I fell pg first time both times (first ended in mc) i contribute that to eating well and regular acupuncture - acupunture was not specifically for fertility but it got cycles in order.
of course plenty of BDing probably a minimum of every 36 hours in lead up to O
Good Luck original.gif

#7 DressageQueen

Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:32 AM

We tried for 18 months and had 1 MC, I had one appt with a fertility clinic and the Dr removed a cervical polyp, the next month I was pregnant. Maybe TMI but when we concieved DS and this one we had sex multiple times in the 48hrs around ovulation, like 4 times a day. My understanding from A&P is that there needs to be a LOT of sperm to get through the zona pellucida.

Edited by DressageQueen, 01 February 2013 - 10:34 AM.


#8 bambiigrrl

Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:19 AM

thanks for the responses guys. i do already have a 4 yo dd and a 2yo ds, both of which were concieved first try. i am on my 5 th cycle this time though. i have always had a regular 28 day cycle until recently, i will be so excited when it finally evens out again! its def a hormone imbalance, im not overweight, im only 30 and we have plenty of sex! wink.gif

#9 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:25 AM

I had my gall bladder removed and was pregnant within six weeks after TTC for 12 months.

#10 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:26 AM

My DS was conceived first go. This one took longer because I was breasteding. I ended up using OPKs and taking a multivitamin that had EPO and B6 in it that was supposed to help.

Also I reduced caffeine both times. I am overweight so that did not affect me.

Have you considered seeing a naturopath?

#11 Goggie

Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:34 AM

Acupuncture. Go to a good one and they will give you chinese herbs too. I conceived on the second month of trying.

#12 Chopster

Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:36 AM

I didnt conceive but my wife did

Everyone points out sex around ovulating, I would only add dont just do it around ovulation, do it as much as possible - its fun and if your calculations are off, then you're covered.

She took some vitamins - I think Elevit?

I never had my sperm tested, but I was taking zinc from before we were trying, and its supposed to help out.

Other than that, enjoy!

#13 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:51 AM

I really just think it comes down to timing and luck of the draw.

Both pregnancies I conceived from having sex once, me being overweight and DH being a heavy smoker of over 15 years (he's since quit). Must have just been the right time.

Edited by Sunnycat, 01 February 2013 - 11:52 AM.


#14 Rolex

Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:56 AM

For me, quitting TTC lol.  Seriously, 4 years of struggle with miscarriages, fertility specialist, naturopath (and spent hundreds on foul tasting crap!).  Gave up TTC and 2 years after that, baby on the way wink.gif

Sorry that doesn't help you!

ETA, I did lose a few kilos in the couple of months before we conceived.  I wasn't terribly overweight, but who knows, that may have helped?

Edited by Rolex, 01 February 2013 - 11:57 AM.


#15 SpaghettiMonster

Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:03 PM

OPK's and all the dietary stuff you are doing. DH also gave up caffeine and took multi-vitamins everyday. One more thing, kinda crazy, I put my legs up in the air after bd'ing to work the sperm toward my uterus! Hey, we'd been trying a loooong time by that point and were desperate :s haha
Funnily enough, the very month we decided to take a break from actively conceiving was the very month we hit the baby jackpot.

#16 Escapin

Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:11 PM

Took a year for us, not charting or anything (didn't really learn about that until I joined EB!). For us, it turned out that I ovulate very quickly after the end of AF, and the one time we did BD the first day after AF, BAM! DD original.gif

#17 busymumof1&1/2

Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:19 PM

It took us a year for the first one, and we did nothing different, but for DD2, we weren't not tryin g(IYKWIM) but I had started WW at work to lose some baby weight. 6 weeks into the program and we were UTD again. I really think the loss of excess weight, and healthy eating really helped. Plus DD1 was a good sleeper, so there was lots of sex at our place  biggrin.gif


#18 ~Mo+Moosh~

Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:29 PM

For me I seem to fall pregnant easily during times of intense exercise and after my weight drops below about 53kgs.

I had trouble falling pregnant with number 2 (took 15 months) but I didn't exercise much during this period. I did take a homeopathic remedy called pregnancy drops, which I felt worked, but in hindsight I realise it was the exercise and weightloss that occurred at the same time that actually did the trick.

ETA: the last two times I've been pregnant I've also been breast feeding and this doesn't seem to have inhibited my fertility at all.

Edited by ~Mo+Moosh~, 01 February 2013 - 12:31 PM.


#19 Duck-o-lah

Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:33 PM

I found my cycles were longer when I was underweight. I was O'ing around CD18 at the earliest. I put on a few kg's and that brought my O date forward to CD15-ish.

By the time I conceived (16 cycles in) I was temping, using opk's and monitoring hormones with blood tests via a fertility clinic. The month I conceived I was incredibly unwell. I ate nothing but pineapple and ice cream (not together!), drank no alcohol and slept about 20 hours a day. I know that's not really practical though original.gif Turns out I had low progesterone too and needed hormones to maintain the pregnancy.

I graduated from uni 2 months prior to that, so I think the decline in stress levels helped too. I was also getting acupuncture, but that was for something else, so I don't know if that would have helped.

Your chart is quite erratic OP, how are you temping? I found oral temping worked fine for me, but if you are seeing daily temp shifts like that on a regular basis perhaps consider internal temping?  Good luck original.gif

#20 Jenflea

Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:35 PM

IVF worked for me!
Only took 3 years, multiple rounds of Clomid, 3 IUI's, weight loss, one MC and 3 rounds of IVF and BAM, presto, I was pregnant!

I've heard many good things about acupuncture and chinese medicine though.

#21 opethmum

Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:39 PM

I have PCOS and I took clomid and I have 2 miracles.

#22 antigone_

Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:43 PM

First two kids - whammo first go.

Third kid I believe it was acupuncture. I had a miscarriage 6 months beforehand and felt something was just a bit out of whack. I was pregnant within two acupuncture treatments.

Doesn't work for everyone and I have no evidence that it was actually that, but it did make that cycle much more normal after a number that weren't.

#23 Bazinga

Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:52 PM

Follicle stimulating hormone injections. I have lean PCOS and anovulation.

#24 gemini2

Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:01 PM

Both of my babies were conceived during what people would regard as highly stressed times in life - the first my husband was made redundant from his volatile and stressful position while my youngest one was conceived one month into his return to study.  I guess my point is that sometimes in life things happen when you least expect them, and we are so grateful for having both of our girls in our life regardless original.gif

#25 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:53 PM

I too had varying length cycles and was using those ovulating test kits in which you comparing the two lines (same darkness = ovulating). I would get two lines but DH and I couldn't figure out if they were dark enough.

DH got online and ordered a Digital Clear Blue kit with 20 tests selling here for over $100 for $30. I used it 4 times and got a proper positive result.

It worked. Got pregnant that time. 16 tests still left over.






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