Jump to content

Clomid and OI #105


  • This topic is locked This topic is locked
113 replies to this topic

#1 Forum Moderator

Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:35 PM

New thread time ladies.

Here's the link to your old thread.

Cheers,
~Mintie~

#2 Fingers Crossed!!

Posted 21 April 2012 - 01:44 PM

GOLD!!!!

Yippee - hope this brings good luck!!

AND I got my positive OPK today!! Ovulation should be tomorrow so lots of BDing for me!! Happy weekend everyone!

#3 Sassy Dingo

Posted 23 April 2012 - 09:05 PM

Have fun finger's crossed! I have to admit, it isn't as fun when you know you have to do it.

I'm just waiting around now. I'm either 7 or 8 days PO. POAS this morning, but negative, but it is probably too early anyway, especially with the internet cheapies I have. It is so annoying, I think every little twinge is a sign and I'm just tying myself in knots.

How are you going 1982blair?

#4 1982blair

Posted 24 April 2012 - 03:55 PM

Well today was 13 DPO for me and I was starting to think this might be my month and plucked up the courage to do a HPT but it was a BFN and then to add insult to injury AF showed her ugly head this arvo, devastated!  I guess we can just move on and start again though but with daily blood tests this month to pick up the LH surge!  Its awful but both my DH and I are bored of BD'ing because we have to I want ot to go back to because we want to!  Think if this next round of clomid doesn't work that will be it for a while not sure I can cope with the continual disappointment!

Good luck to you Sassy Dingo and everyone else keeping everything crossed for you all!

#5 Thylacine

Posted 25 April 2012 - 09:45 AM

Hi ladies waves.gif ,

I'd like to join this group as I will be starting on clomid next cycle. (Currently waiting to O, so have this cycle to get through first)

A bit about me: I am 34 and DP is 35, we started TTC in Aug 2011.

An u/s in 2008 showed I have PCO, ttc blood tests in Nov 2010 came back normal.  My cycle used to be pretty regular but since Dec last year has been very irregular. I had my first FS appointment last week, she did a u/s which shows I am now only borderline PCO. She has prescribed clomid to regulate my cycle, but it's a very low dose; 25mg (half a 50mg pill) each day for 5 days. Has anyone else been on such a low dose? I've only heard of people starting on 50mg per day. Also having more blood tests this month and again when I start on the clomid.

DP just had an SA - morphology 3% but everything else was OK - his GP says this shouldn't be a problem as the better than average motility, volume etc cancel out the low morphology, but the FS I saw said 3% is definitely a problem and that we were not likely to conceive without IVF. So she's recommended we give the clomid a try for 3 cycles before we start on IVF. I'm really hoping it doesn't come to that.

Fingers Crossed - I noticed on the previous page you asked about a HyCoSy. I asked my FS if we would be doing one of those before starting the clomid and she said that as it was invasive, she didn't think it was necessary at this point because we already know that my irregular cycles and DPs low sperm morph are causing the problem. I was a bit surprised at the time, and even more surprised now that I think about it again. Just because we know I have irregular cycles, doesn't mean I can't have blocked tubes as well. Maybe I'll ask again next appointment.

Anyway, that's me. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all better and hearing about your own experiences.

original.gif

Edited by Thylacine, 25 April 2012 - 09:46 AM.


#6 Sassy Dingo

Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:47 PM

Thylacine - Welcome to the group. Hopefully your stay will be short! Let us know how you go when you ask about the HyCoSy. I haven't had one either, I'm wondering whether I should get one as well, or if it is like getting a MRI for a cough (as in completely over the top reaction).

1982blair - So sorry that this wasn't your month. I know what you mean about the scheduled sex though - it really takes all the joy out of it doesn't it.

AFM - I'm still just waiting around. I'm either 12 or 13 DPO now and I haven't gotten my period yet. I did a HPT this morning which was negative, but it was only an internet cheapie so hopefully it is just not very sensitive...I know that sounds a bit delusional but I still have a small shred of hope!

#7 Fingers Crossed!!

Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:49 AM

Sassy Dingo - when does your AF usually arrive? are you technically late? Am keeping all my fingers and toes crossed for you!! Will you be testing again tomorrow?

Thylacine - welcome to the group and good luck with your clomid cycles - heres hoping you wont need to take the IVF step. It sounds similar to me although we are still waiting for DH SA results but our fs said to try clomid for 3-6 months and then move to IVF - all very scary and am really hoping we wont need to go there!!. Thanks for the info too re the HyCoSy - will def ask the fs when I have my next appointment

1982 Blair - sorry to hear AF arrived and you and DH are struggling with it all! I know what you mean - it does start to feel like a chore which sucks! I had always imagined it would be this really romantic time!! Ha!

AFM - I am now 4dpo and ovulated on my own without clomid on day 26 of my cycle - we managed to BD heaps in the run up and on O day so am quietly hoping we wont need to cash in our clomid script for the next cycle! Who knows though - I feel like its so impossible at the moment!!

Caught up with a friend whos preggers (Fell first cycle off the pill) and it made me sad - god Im nasty arent i?!! So happy for her but I want that to be me!!

So I have my first nurse appointment on Tuesday to run through my first clomid cycle and whats involved - do you girls know what happens at these appointments?

#8 1982blair

Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:53 AM

Glad to hear you are hopeful Sassy Dingo keeping everything crossed for you!  I hope this is your month

Thylacine welcome and hopefully you won't be hanging around here too long!  Yes let us know about the HyCoSy

Fingers Crossed where are you at in your cycle at the mo??  Hope all is going well for you!

AFM I am CD4 and started taking my 200mg of clomid last night and am booked in for daily BTs from CD10 until the LH surge is detected but there are still no talks of a scan which I find strange! Trying to feel positive that this will be our month!


#9 Thylacine

Posted 28 April 2012 - 09:17 AM

Thanks for the welcomes everyone.

Sassy Dingo - Have you tested again? I've got my fingers crossed for you.

Fingers Crossed - People who fell first cycle always make me feel jealous too. But In a weird way part of me is glad it's taken a bit longer for me because I feel like I've learnt more about myself (and human nature as well) and that I will appreciate my BFP all the more when it happens. I'm ready for the life lesson to be over now though!

1982 Blair - good luck for this cycle. Now that I know you're on 200mg clomid, my 25mg seems even more pathetic. Do you mind me asking how long you've been on it for? And what dose you started on?

I'll let you all know what the FS says when I ask about the HyCoSy again, my next appointment is in June.

My EWCM started yesterday so I guess I'm going to O soon. My last chance to conceive unassisted! Not really holding out much hope though - it looks like my cycle will be around 38 days again this time, which is probably too long. Oh well, clomid next cycle so onwards and upwards!

#10 Sassy Dingo

Posted 28 April 2012 - 01:31 PM

Thylacine - Good luck this month!

1982blair - Good luck with your cycle this month. You find it strange you don't get ultrasounds and I find it strange I don't get blood tests!

Finger's Crossed - good luck over the next few days. How are you telling that you're ovulating? I do the OPK but I have never gotten a positive - and this is after the Ob tells me when I'm going to ovulate.

AFM - I did a HPT this morning, which was negative again. It's day 29 today so hopefully AF will turn up sometime soon and I can try again - my cycles are very variable anytime from 28-52 days, although if I ovulated when the Ob said I would, I would expect AF to be turning up very soon. Guess that's one good thing about clomid - just when you're down in the dumps from getting a negative, you can psych yourself up quickly as you start another round a week or so later.

#11 1982blair

Posted 29 April 2012 - 12:07 AM

Sassy Dingo what time of day do you do the OPK's??  Just a thought as I did them in the morning and never saw a positive and then I read somewhere around 2pm was the best time of day to do it and since then I have picked up a positive each month but only on one day?  Keeping everything crossed you get a BFP anyway so you won't even need to worry about OPKs!!

Thylacine 200mg is a large dose of clomid, most FS start you on either 25mg or 50mg!  This is my 4th round this time!  I already have a DD and had clomid then as well and I never ovulated with less than 200mg hence the large dose this time, I did one round of 50mg then one round of 100mg this time and then my Dr put it straight upto 200mg!  I guess I'm lucky as I don't seem to get any side effects from it but then that makes me wonder if it is actually working!!  Any luck with your ovulation??  Fingers crossed this is your month and you don't need any assistance!

Fingers crossed! Good luck with you 2WW now, will keep everything crossed for you! Oh and you are not nasty feeling a bit sad when someone else is expecting I think its natural!  I cried earlier today when my friend told me she was expecting her 4th (she will have 4 under 4!) I am really pleased for her but jealous as hell too!!  Good luck with your appointment on tuesday let us know how you go!

AFM nothing to report on CD5 which is day 3 of the clomid for me, no side effects and just want the next week or so to be over so we can get on with the BDing and hoping and praying that this is our month!



#12 Fingers Crossed!!

Posted 29 April 2012 - 04:52 PM

Hi ladies

Hope you are having a good weekend

Sassy Dingo - you asked how I knew I was ovulating? Well Ive been charting using fertility friend since coming off the pill and also got a positive OPK last cycle and this cycle - that followed by a big temp rise shows I ovulate... oh and I also get a large amount of EWCM during the 5 days up to O so I get a bit of warning too which is good!! Hopefully either AF will turn up soon for you so you can get started on the next round or you never know.... that BFP could be on the horizon!

Blair1982 - Good that you dont get any side effects - I think Im most worried about that for me? What number clomid cycle is this for you? Thanks for the good luck for Tuesday - will fill you all in

AFM - am 6DPO and just waiting now..... either for AF or (keeping all my fingers and toes crossed) that elusive BFP!!! went for a coffee with a friend today and told her about my PCOS diagnosis and everything and it felt good to get it off my chest

been feeling a little sick and dizzy today and a bit wobbly which of course my DH took as a good sign but its wayyyyy too early for that given Im only 6DPO!!!!

#13 1982blair

Posted 29 April 2012 - 07:50 PM

Fingers Crossed!! This is cycle number 4 for us this time! We did 6 round plus IUI and injections last time with no luck and then I fell naturally as soon as we stopped all the treatments.  I hate all of this I just wish it was easy to fall, I have friends who only have to look at their DH's to get pregnant!  Its so unfair at times!!  Oh and it may not be too early for symptoms for you!  I know everyone says that you can't get symptoms until the egg has implanted but I started puking the day after I conceived with my DD and didn't stop until I gave birth!  Fingers crossed for you!




#14 1982blair

Posted 29 April 2012 - 11:34 PM

Oh also meant to say Fingers Crossed I always take my clomid at night just before bed so if I do get any of the side effects I sleep right through them!  I very occasionally get hot flashes but I'm not sure that is clomid related!

#15 Sassy Dingo

Posted 03 May 2012 - 06:36 PM

Well AF just turned up for me today. 34 day cycle. I thought the clomid was supposed to regulate your cycle? Do you ladies think that this round didn't work considering that it was long? I was doing OPKs but never got a positive either, but I was doing them after work, so about 6pm every day - I have the dip ones and I didn't want to really pee in a cup at work.

#16 1982blair

Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:11 PM

Sorry to hear that AF showed up Sassy Dingo  sad.gif Umm I don't know if the clomid didn't work this month, you had a USS that showed good follicles didn't you??  Clomid hasn't really regulated my cycle either (first round 21 days round two 23 days and then round three was 32 days) but I have i have ovulated the last 2 rounds.  Have you been doing BBT's, that would tell you if you had ovulated?  I read that doing OPK's between 2 and 10pm was the best time but then my Dr told me that for some woman they would only show up for like a few hrs on one day so if you don't test in that time you will never see a positive?  How about BT's next round?  I have just started daily blood tests and its a bind going every day but at least I will know the results are accurate.  Fingers crossed next month is your month tthumbs.gif


#17 Sassy Dingo

Posted 06 May 2012 - 08:59 PM

Thanks 1982blair - I was just a bit disappointed this month, I could have sworn I had some symptoms. I guess I was just trying to find a reason for the BFN this month - thinking that although I had some good follicles on the US, they may not have made it to maturity. The Ob estimated ovulation around the 15-16th of April, so I was just thinking that 14 days after that would have meant AF would have arrived around the 30th. Admittedly it did only turn up a few days later on the 3rd of May, but O is 14 days before AF arrives right? I'm just thinking that I need to expand the sex window. DH will be pleased.

Did anyone else's partners really look forward to finding out their SA results? DH is quite keen to find out his stats.

Finger's Crossed - how are you going this month? Any news yet?

#18 1982blair

Posted 06 May 2012 - 11:43 PM

I completely understand where you are coming from Sassy Dingo I was really sure that I had symptoms last month sad.gif Your follicles may not have made it to maturity but I guess that is something you will never really know unless you do your temps??  I started doing mine a few months ago and that is the only way to be certain that you did ovulate although its not much help in the fact that you don't know you did for a few days after it happened but it is kind of reassuring too?  O isn't necessarily 14 days before AF I tend to only have a 12 day luteal phase, anything from 10-16 days is normal.  I think with the whole sex thing unless you know for sure when you know you are going to O then go for an every other day pattern to cover all bases?  I would def be speaking to your FS about blood tests this round though as that will help you guess a bit more accurately!  I'm starting to look like a pin cushion though I guess that is the down side to daily blood tests!  Ha ha yes mh DH was looking forward to finding out his SA results too but I watched the colour drain from his face when they read them out as it was like only 7% had normal morphology and he thought there was something wrong with him but it was all fine and completely normal!!

How are the rest of you ladies going?? Any news??

#19 Fingers Crossed!!

Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:40 AM

Hi ladies

Sorry I havent been around much! Was silently optimistic about this month for me as had all the pregnancy symptoms and just felt like this was it! Sadly AF arrived at the weekend but was very different to normal - had really bad AF cramps all Saturday but only minor spotting but then overnight it went full heavy flow and cramps went away - seems to nearly be over already so a very odd end to the cycle!!

Oh well onto clomid then! Start taking it tonight and am booked into my first blood test next Tuesday to see how I am tracking.. Am atually quite scared (a) about the side effects and (b) if this doesnt work, am scared of the next options!!

We get DH SA results back at the end of this week too...

So are we all at the beginning of our cycle? It would be good to have some support at the same time!

#20 1982blair

Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:17 AM

Umm that does sound like a strange cycle Fingers Crossed!! are you going to do a HPT before you start taking the clomid tonight??  I know its really hard but don't be scared about it and don't think about the what ifs, I think positivity does help!  I'm CD 14 of my cycle just waiting for the big O to happen!  At the Dr's later to get the results of the BTs I have been having done daily and to get more done so hopefully that will give m some idea how near that is to happening for me! Good luck  biggrin.gif


#21 Fingers Crossed!!

Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:23 AM

Thanks 1982Blair - wasnt planning on doing a HPT before clomid as I got a BFN on CD10 and this is wayy too much of an AF I think for it to be anything else? What do you think though? Are you meant to do a HPT before you start clomid?

Good luck with your blood test today - let us know what the results are

#22 Sassy Dingo

Posted 07 May 2012 - 11:06 AM

Finger's Crossed - I didn't do a HPT but it certainly can't hurt. I'm on Day 5 so just a few days ahead of you. Don't worry about the side effects, on my first day ever I got a bit queasy, but after that, nothing. I think Blair said she takes hers of a night to minimise them - that didn't even occur to me my first time.

Hope we all have good luck this month!

Anyone heard from smallbump? She still doing well?

#23 Fingers Crossed!!

Posted 07 May 2012 - 11:11 AM

Hey SassyDingo - wow we really are all on similar times in our cycle! Hopefully we can give each other good luck this month..!

Yeah I think I will take the clomid tonight before going to bed and am really hoping I dont get too many side effects - will let you guys know

Im still confused as to how this is going to help - I have been able to pinpoint O for the last three cycles and BDed loads on and around O day but nothing - I get that clomid could make me ovulate earlier which gives me more chances each year but is that all or does it make us have stronger better eggs?

I feel like I am pinning all my hopes on this drug and really dont want to be disappointed!!

No - havent heard from smallbump - fingers crossed everything is going well for her x

#24 Fingers Crossed!!

Posted 08 May 2012 - 05:30 PM

So am on CD3 and took my first clomid pill last night.... am actually nervous now I have started clomid

Hate all the unknown elements to TTC!!

How are you ladies?

#25 1982blair

Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:11 PM

Yup I do take my clomid at night as my FS told me that was the best time to take it so you could sleep off any side affects but I really do not think it makes that much difference!  I only asked about the HPT Fingers Crossed because I got told I must take one before starting on the clomid each round (not sure why though as when AF is there its pretty obvious its nothing to get excited about! But I just do it anyway!)  Wow its great that both you Sassy Dingo and Fingers Crossed!! are so close in your cycles, I wish you both luck this time!  I know it is hard but I think you should just try and relax Fingers Crossed!! clomid certainly isn't a miracle drug but it can help!  Yes would love to know how Smallbump is going!  Well I got the long awaited phone call from the Dr's today to say I was surging and to get at BD'ing tonight, tomorrow and the next day!  Keeping everything bar my legs crossed that this will be our month but also not getting my hopes up to much!


1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

The day my daughter almost drowned

We had six adults standing there, so I felt like I could relax a bit. After all, what could go wrong with so much supervision?

Sydney siege survivor names baby after victim Katrina Dawson

A Sydney barrister who survived the Lindt cafe siege has named her newborn daughter after her best friend who died in the tragedy.

Banishing bloat

How to avoid a bloated tummy

Here are some foods to eat in order to escape feeling ghastly and gassy.

The great new picture book for anxious kids

My son is a worrier by nature. I learnt long ago that it was completely pointless to say to him "Don't worry about it!".

Budget stripped more than $15b from families

The combined impact of the two budgets for low and middle income people was "devastating", new analysis by the Australian Council of Social Service shows.

Pregnant women urged to get flu shots

As the winter chill starts to arrive, NSW Health is urging pregnant women to get their flu shots.

65-year-old gives birth to quadruplets

A 65-year-old German woman, who already has 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets.

What you need to know about pregnancy and health insurance

It's not just waiting periods that couples need to consider - there are other factors to consider when thinking about health insurance.

Yummy mummy

Nicole Trunfio breastfeeds baby on Elle magazine cover

Australian model Nicole Trunfio has taken the concept of multitasking to a fashionable new level for Elle Australia.

Warnings after baby girl died while sleeping in bouncer

Parents have been warned about the dangers of letting babies sleep in bouncers and swings following the death of a three-month-old girl.

Coping with fatigue as a parent

Sleep deprivation is a real hazard of caring for a baby. But there are ways to manage the challenges of fatigue better.

A very 21st century issue: parents, parks and smart phones

It's not all the parents, and it's not all the time, but there is often at least one doing it. And sometimes, that 'one' is me.

Appliances

Faulty washing machines linked to house fires

More than 80,000 faulty Samsung washing machines pose a fire threat in homes throughout Australia despite a nationwide recall of the machines.

'I had a lotus birth and I loved it'

Lotus birthing is not all that common, but for a number of women it feels like the most natural thing to do.

7 things you might not know about postnatal depression

Despite its widespread nature, there is still a great amount of mystery surrounding PND - and it's important to try unravelling as much of that as we can.

Is your family's car part of the world's biggest safety recall?

More than 50 million vehicles recalled for potentially lethal airbag fault - is your car affected?

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

Mother-in-law faceplants during proposal

He had it all planned: a romantic proposal on a windswept beach. The whole family would be there so they'd all be able to celebrate the joyous moment together.

A preschooler suddenly goes mute - and it's not just shyness

When our son stopped talking, our sense of loss was painful and acute.

The mums who ask for a 'wife bonus'

They run their homes like domestic CEOs and work tirelessly to improve their family's social standing. And now, according to a new book, they want an annual perk from their husbands.

Woman shares photo of dimple on breast to warn others of cancer risk

A widely-shared Facebook photograph of a British woman's breast has raised awareness of a more subtle breast cancer symptom.

Starting a family despite a low sperm count

"I'd never really failed a test - how could I fail this particularly manly test?"

It's official: we must better protect our kids from toxic lead exposure

New guidelines have been released, aimed at reducing children's harmful exposure to lead. But they still don't go far enough.

Trouble-shooting toddler social skills

Chances are your toddler's behaviour is all completely normal - but here's how to tackle some common social problems.

Helping your first-born welcome a sibling

We did sigh with joy at the arrival of a royal princess - but, mostly, we sighed with pity at the sight of Prince George being taken to meet her.

Farewell, daytime nap

I've been in denial and I'm not too proud to beg, but it appears I must accept the fact that you have gone. I need to let you go.

The identical triplets who are one in 50 million

The father of identical triplets born in a Texas hospital says his three daughters, including conjoined twins, are "a miracle" sent by God.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there?s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it?s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

How to use gas effectively in labour

Many women in labour don't use gas effectively and suffer more side effects than benefits. Here's how to get the most out of this pain relief option.

'He has gastro but that's okay, right?': sick kid etiquette

We cannot place all children who are sick in a bubble till they recover, but we can give other parents a choice about exposing their kids to them.

Welcome to Winter

Now that the colder months are here, Essential Baby as all the information you need for staying healthy and happy during the chilly season.

Ada Nicodemou: 'I can never be completely happy again'

Home and Away actress Ada Nicodemou has opened up about the loss of her stillborn baby.

10 things to consider when you're thinking about trying for a baby

Before you start tracking your menstrual cycle and reading up on the best positions to get pregnant, there are a few other things you may want to consider.

How special surgery and IVF can create a post-vasectomy baby

Cricket legend Glenn McGrath and his second wife Sara are expecting their first child together, thanks to IVF and a delicate surgical sperm retrieval process that helped the couple to conceive.

Belle Gibson's mother 'disgusted and embarrassed'

The mother of disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson has accused her daughter of lying about her childhood in an attempt to garner public sympathy.

Doctor's mobile phone 'left inside c-section mum'

A new mum claims a doctor left his mobile phone inside her after delivering her baby via caesarean section.

I'm a mum and I'm following my dreams

I want my kids to know that no matter what happens in life, you can still be who it is that you've always wanted to be.

Those first daycare days

I had this innate 'mum' moment the other day.

'If one person had listened, my life would have been so different'

Katherine's father will die in prison for the horrifying sexual abuse of his daughter. Yet she is the one with the true life sentence.

This new plan undermines breastfeeding and baby health at everyone's expense

Mothers, babies, the health system and the wider society are going to pay the price of this new budget.

Couple to celebrate terminally ill baby's birthday in unique way

Baby Jai Bishop has lived at Starship Hospital for the past seven months, with his parents flying back and forth from Hokitika, 1100km away, to be by his side.

Life On Mars

It's men who need 'retraining', not women

We are all responsible for our own behaviour. Telling victims to harden up is wrong.

Baby Gammy's dad tries to claim charity money

The biological father of baby Gammy has reportedly tried to access charity money raised for the little boy's medical costs.

Where are the childcare places?

It?s all very well to encourage women to work if they choose to, but how can the measures lead to increased workforce participation when women are once again left holding the baby?

The pain of not having babies and not knowing why

After seven years of wishing, hoping, crying, punching pillows and shouting "why me?!", the end result is more than I ever thought possible.

Getting your family finances in order

Whether you're after a new car for a growing family, a bigger house, or are just fixing up your finances, here are the basics on borrowing.

Mum shares graphic selfie to warn against tanning

A mum has shared a graphic photo of her skin cancer treatment as a warning to others.

Does parenthood make us happier?

We can certainly gain higher levels of happiness when we become parents, but the trick is to not get overwhelmed by the pressures of raising our kids.

No, having a dog is not like having a human child

It's obvious these people dote on their pets, but they're barking up the wrong tree.

 

Top baby names

Baby Names

The numbers are in and we can now bring you the 2014 top baby name list for Australia.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.