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#51 Starblossom

Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:12 PM

I did another OPK today and it's faded so looks like I ovulated sometime between Sunday and Tuesday. I think!
I'm going to test on the 13th. Actually I have like a thousand pregnancy tests so will probably be p*ssing on them every day next week lol! Like I said though I'm not hopeful for this month as we only DTD once. Went out today and bought a whole heap of vitamins to start taking so at least am doing things to work toward being healthy to conceive again. Also am trying to lose weight.
Good luck with your BDing Racheal! I really hope you catch the egg!
Happy Easter everyone. original.gif

#52 Starblossom

Posted 06 April 2012 - 05:09 PM

Well I'm out. Just went to the loo and wiped and there was pinky mucousy blood so looks like a period is coming.

I wasnt expecting to be pregnant but I'm still a smudge disappointed. sad.gif oh well, at least I can track my cycle properly next month and keep trying.

Hope everyone else is good.

#53 RachealJane

Posted 06 April 2012 - 06:52 PM

Starblossom sorry you are spotting, it could be implantation bleed... was this your first cycle, i cant remember. I had really short luteal phase for the first few cycles. I think one might of even been only 4 or 5 days.

AFM - I had another strong positive on my OPK this morning. So im thinking i went to O on Monday when the OPK was super strong but because Sophie was sick and feeding all day the hormone surge went down on Tuesday and but then straight back up again on Wed, Thurs and Fri.

#54 Starblossom

Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:17 PM

QUOTE (RachealJane @ 06/04/2012, 04:52 PM)
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Starblossom sorry you are spotting, it could be implantation bleed... was this your first cycle, i cant remember. I had really short luteal phase for the first few cycles. I think one might of even been only 4 or 5 days.

AFM - I had another strong positive on my OPK this morning. So im thinking i went to O on Monday when the OPK was super strong but because Sophie was sick and feeding all day the hormone surge went down on Tuesday and but then straight back up again on Wed, Thurs and Fri.


This was my second cycle but a long one. I think my first cycle was like 60 days plus or something and this one has probably been just as long. I have just put a pad on so I think the bleeding is getting heavier. Nevermind I suppose, at least it means my AF are coming back. I have like thousands of opks so am going to p*ss on them every day when the bleeding stops.
Oooh good luck Racheal! How is your DD? I hope she is better? Poor chook. My DS is teething at the moment so super clingy!

#55 Maybebebe

Posted 09 April 2012 - 11:54 AM

Hi ladies:)

Hope you don't mind a breastfeeding Mama dropping in to ask a question original.gif

I am currently fully breastfeeding my youngest child, & 4 days ago had all the symptoms of ovulation, (heaps of EWCM, & pain over right ovary.)  4 days later it appears that my period is starting.  I've noticed one post above where someone has had an extremely short luteal phase.  Has anyone else found this to be the norm whilst breastfeeding?



#56 RachealJane

Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:31 AM

Maybebebe Hi, of course you can ask a question  original.gif  It was me that mentioned the very short luteal phase. It is totally normal for breastfeeding mothers and will generally fix itself over time but i am so badly wanting another child now that i have chosen to help it fix itself quicker by trying B6 and Vitex vitamins. So far it has worked great. Some others who have tried Vitex have found that it mucked their cycle around a bit by Ovulation later and things like that, but for me it has helped.

Starblossom how are you going? Did it turn out to be your period?

How was everyone's Easter weekend?
Good Friday we spent the day mowing lawns, but Saturday we had a get together with my hubby's family for my SIL's birthday, then Sunday it was my eldest Niece's 18th Birthday get together with my family. But the best was saved til last, yesterday was an impromptu dinner at our new house with most of my hubby's family after the boys had been out fishing and caught a bucket load of fish and then we all played guitar hero  biggrin.gif  fun!



Racheal, TTC#2, BF: DD 23 mths, Cycle 7, CD 27, possibly 5dpo

Edited by RachealJane, 10 April 2012 - 08:33 AM.


#57 organic~sab

Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:50 PM

Hi ladies! Sorry i've been MIA, just finding it hard to get on here. I already spend too much time on facebook and im trying to spend less time on the computer. Just thought i'd let you know I got my BFP today yay! Don't give up ladies, DS is still mainly breastfed, so it can happen! Good luck everyone and Congrats to all the BFP's i've missed.

#58 RachealJane

Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:52 PM

QUOTE (organic~sab @ 10/04/2012, 07:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi ladies! Sorry i've been MIA, just finding it hard to get on here. I already spend too much time on facebook and im trying to spend less time on the computer. Just thought i'd let you know I got my BFP today yay! Don't give up ladies, DS is still mainly breastfed, so it can happen! Good luck everyone and Congrats to all the BFP's i've missed.


Thats awesome! Massive congrats  cclap.gif



AFM im not holding out much hope for this cycle, i already feel a little crampy like AF is on its way.

#59 Happy_daisy

Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:51 PM

Yay Sab! Very happy for you original.gif

#60 Maybebebe

Posted 11 April 2012 - 12:41 AM

RachealJane - Thankyou for the reply original.gif Definitely AF, so a very short luteal phase.  I have some B group vitamins in the cupboard, that I purchased for another reason, but I think I'll get them out & give them a go.

#61 ruth79

Posted 13 April 2012 - 03:24 AM

oooooh, congrats organicsab!!! it's the first time i've checked in here in months and i find this news!

afm STILL NO AF. ds turns 14 months tomorrow. i work 4 days a week but the days i'm home he usually feeds to sleep for his nap. but he still feeds at least 3 times a night, and often much more. sigh. would really like to be pregnant in the next few months but not sure i can bear to wean him yet...

#62 stickymicky

Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:27 PM

Congrats Organic_Sab! Very exciting news and some hope for the rest of us!

ruth79 Wow are you me? ph34r.gif hehe. DD is also 14mo and I still haven't had return of AF. I'm also working 4 days/week with extra feeds on my days off, although DD has been sleeping through the night since 10mo. I'm getting increasingly impatient about getting my cycle back as been wanting to TTC for AGES but still torn about weaning.

I had heard (on this thread!) that the average time to get AF back is 14mo for breastfeeding mothers so I had that milestone in my head and now its come and gone with still no sign of AF so not sure how much longer I can bear to wait. But then I can't bear to wean either. So umm yeah. Waiting waiting...

Racheal- hope the cramps are due to something other than AF.. keep us posted.

Hope everyone else is well and lots of BFPs around the corner!

#63 ruth79

Posted 14 April 2012 - 04:46 PM

Well if 14 months is the average that actually means that up to half of women get theirs back later than that! It's only the average for women who demand feed, and feed lying down, I think I read.

Wow, she's been sleeping through the night for so long? Awesome! I can only dream of that...

My friends who weaned when their babies were about this age (mind you they were pregnant already) said they felt sad about it before they did it but great afterwards... Still it's a tough one. I don't want to give it up yet!

#64 stickymicky

Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:13 AM

QUOTE (ruth79 @ 14/04/2012, 02:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Well if 14 months is the average that actually means that up to half of women get theirs back later than that! It's only the average for women who demand feed, and feed lying down, I think I read.

That's a good point.. I just feel like Im the only one still waiting for fertility to return! Hmm I had no idea that feeding lying down would have an affect? I feed lying down A LOT (tired after work!) but I will try sitting up more if it makes a difference!

QUOTE
Wow, she's been sleeping through the night for so long? Awesome! I can only dream of that...

I know it feels like a miracle because she was never ever a 'good' sleeper.. we co-slept from birth and she typically woke up 3-4+ times a night. All the other girls from my Mthrs Grp had babies who were 'self settling' and sleeping all the way through. But I had resigned myself to just being a zombie. Then we got back from an interstate holiday (in which she had been very unsettled at nights) and she just slept the whole night long in her own cot. I thought she was just jetlagged but she has been sleeping through ever since... which is great although I do sometimes miss those nighttime snuggles.

QUOTE
My friends who weaned when their babies were about this age (mind you they were pregnant already) said they felt sad about it before they did it but great afterwards... Still it's a tough one. I don't want to give it up yet!

I don't feel ready to give it up either. Spending all day at work and her spending the whole night in her cot I feel breastfeeding is such a lovely way for us to connect.

Anyway I'm off to a baby shower for one of my Mothers Grp friends today! She has a 14mo and has another baby due next month. She got pregnant while demand feeding AND she was on the mini pill and hadn't had her AF back! Didn't even realise she was pregnant until 17wks.. Lucky Duck!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend

#65 RachealJane

Posted 16 April 2012 - 06:46 AM

ruth79 Hi Ruth, the average is actually 15 months (according to the ABA's last conference) so you are still within 'normal' range. I have never heard about lying down effecting anything, is it because you probably feed for longer if you are lying down because you fall asleep?

AFM - i have been testing the last few day and they have all been negative. I should be due for AF tomorrow.

Racheal, TTC#2, BF: DD 23 mths, Cycle 7, CD 33, 11dpo

#66 Blossom73

Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:35 AM

Hi everyone, hoping I can join you all - I'm still bf'ing my 14 month old but am in the process of weaning - is that ok?

#67 Happy_daisy

Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:58 AM

Welcome Blossom! We'd love to have you original.gif Were you in the TTC#1 Grads BG? I think I recognise your username but may be mistaken...

Sorry to hear about the negative tests Rachael sad.gif hope next month is your month!

That's really interesting about fertility being affected by BFing lying down, I didn't know that. For the record, at least one of my feeds each day is when we're lying down, and have had regular periods for almost 6 months.

AFM: AF arrived yesterday, so that's officially CD1. Back to TTC! Yay! Now just to wait till AF leaves so we can get down to BDing  dev (6).gif

#68 Guest_Zombiekitten_*

Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:25 AM

Hi!
Hope I can join you, I am currently breastfeeding my 7 1/2 month old and am about to start TTC#2. At the moment DD is in 3-4 BF's a day and I have just started back at work sad.gif so she is having 1 bottle of formula the 3 days I work. I had 1 AF when DD was 5 weeks old but since then nothing. I thought AF was on it's way on Thursday but was only 2 days of light spotting then stopped so for the moment I'm just going by CM and OPKs and hoping my cycles return soon!

#69 indigo99

Posted 16 April 2012 - 02:18 PM

Hi Everyone

I would really like to join this group.

My DS is 13 months and trying for #2.
I had a m/c last month and my OB suggested possibly weaning but i am reluctant to yet as DS still loves his milk.
Not sure how long it will take to for my period come back after a D&C, so more waiting i guess original.gif

#70 Blossom73

Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:46 PM

Thanks Happy _daisy! You may be thinking of another Blossom (I hope there aren't too many!) as its not me.

We are going to start TTC this month, as being 38, I don't have any time to lose really. I'm still carrying about 5 kilos of my pregnancy weight too, so trying to accomplish losing that as well. I got my period back 1 day after I returned to work when my son was 10.5 months - not impressed! I'm now on my 4th cycle.

We are still on 1 BF a day, and have had some sleeping through, but little man is waking at night again lately. Last night he thought 3 am was a good time to chat.  huh.gif

Hope everyone gets their BFP soon!

#71 RachealJane

Posted 17 April 2012 - 07:32 AM

Hi, welcome to the group, we've had a few people leave recently with their BFP's so some new faces joining us is great!

I have found that if you can update every few posts with this simple tag line, that i'll post below, it helps us keep up with everyone.

It goes:

Preferred name, TTC #?, age of child being breastfed, cycle number, cycle day


So mine looks like this today:

Racheal, TTC#2, BF: DD 23 mths, Cycle 8, CD 2



indigo99 - i've had one D&C before and it only delayed my next cycle by about 2 weeks. Sorry to hear about your miscarriage, hopefully you'll go back to normal soon.

Zombiekitten - wow only 3 to 4 breastfeeds a day at 7.5 months, my DD must still feed like a newborn, on and off all day  biggrin.gif
Thats good that you are using OPK's, you should be able to see when you O again a bit easier, i have found it a god send because if i was just going off other signs i would never have pinpointed O yet. Hopefully your cycle does return soon for you.

Blossom73 - best of luck with cycle number 4, do you think you have O'd yet?



AFM - unfortunately AF arrived shortly after yesterdays post, onwards and upwards for next cycle hey.  cool.gif

#72 Guest_Zombiekitten_*

Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:07 AM

Racheal- Sorry to hear AF arrived.
DD is feeding 30 minutes- 1 hour each feed so they're long ones. Some days are more but usually she's happy with 4. I demand feed and she's not waking at night and she's putting on weight so my doctor said it's all good.

Indigo- Sorry to hear about your MC. I hope your cycles start back up soon.

I keep getting cramps like AF is coming but only ever get the lightest spotting for a few hours. Did anyone else get this before their cycles started back up?

Zombie TTC#2 Cycle-nonexistant.

#73 Blossom73

Posted 17 April 2012 - 12:40 PM

Thanks Rachael, sorry AF arrived - onwards and upwards definitely.

Pretty sure I have o'd in my last cycle, so fingers crossed we won't have to wait too long for a BFP.

Sorry about your MC Indigo, hope cycles start back up soon.

This is me:


Blossom73, TTC#2, BF: DS 14 months, Cycle 4, CD 4

#74 stickymicky

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:58 PM

Hello to all the Newbies! Its so nice to have you all here! May your stay be short and sweet!
Rachael- that really sucks about the arrival of AF. You are doing well to put on such a brave face.  Big hugs to you. Best of luck for cycle4! (I always feel even numbers tend to be luckier than odds  original.gif )
Zombiekitten- I'm pretty sure my DD was having about 4 feeds per day at 8mo too (and about 2 per night as well- don't miss those!) With your cramps and spotting it certainly sounds like AF is around the corner. Hope so!
Blossom73- I'm also 5kgs above my pre-preggo weight and working on shifting that while I patiently (ha!) wait for AF to come back.  Hope your 4th cycle is lucky for you
Indigo99- so sorry to hear of your miscarriage. I hope you don't have long to wait for AF. I'm surprised your OB suggested weaning, do they think BF increases miscarriage risk?
Happy Daisy- yay for being back on the TTC train!! Wouldn't it be great if you got pregnant first go! Wheeeee!

stickymicky, TTC #2, DD 14mo, Cycle 0- still waiting for return of AF

#75 Happy_daisy

Posted 19 April 2012 - 07:59 PM

Welcome newbies! As Rachael said, we've had a few BFPs recently so could do with some new members original.gif

QUOTE (stickymicky @ 17/04/2012, 11:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Happy Daisy- yay for being back on the TTC train!! Wouldn't it be great if you got pregnant first go! Wheeeee!


I know, I'm so hoping that happens!!! hands.gif

Nothing much to report, just waiting for

Happy_Daisy, TTC #2, DD 16mo, Cycle...um...2? biggrin.gif


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