Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
This cycle was my first taking Clomid. Basically it's supposed to make my ovaries pay attention and produce good eggs. You know the kind of eggs that are healthy and just waiting for a sperm to fertilize them. Apparently my eggs needed a boost.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
We met with the RE again today to review the results from the tests that she had ordered the last time we were there. We already know my HSG results were good. But the other test results were a mystery. Here we go:
- FSH levels: 3 - very good *
- Ovarian ultrasound: 12 follicles - mostly small, 4 of decent quality
- Semen Analysis: 57 million - lower than the last time but Hubby admitted that he didn't get it all in the cup. The Dr. said that this was still very good.
- Estrogen levels: 414 - very elevated *
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
You may have noticed that my post frequency is getting less and less, well, frequent. It's not that I don't want to post, but sometimes I just need a break from all things TTC.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
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Monday, November 30, 2009
- Eat more protein - he wants me to include protein in my breakfast and in my snacks. He suggested adding hemp seeds or sunflower seeds to my cereal or almond butter to my oatmeal, and snacking on the same seeds between meals.
- Reduce or eliminate dairy - he said it's still okay to be eating my bowl of ice cream while I watch The Biggest Loser (morals aside) as long as I do so on a full stomach. No more breakfast shakes though. He suggested that I buy some rice or almond milk to use instead. I bought some rice milk. It was okay in my cereal but was not good to drink at all! I may have to bend the rules on this one.
- Eat more pork and fish and less chicken and beef. People it's true - I'm a meatitarian. I do enjoy eating meat. But Dr. A said that chicken and beef are acidic and he wants to reduce the acidity in my body. He strongly encouraged me to eat more legumes and beans - but I have Hubby to consider here as well and he won't convert. I bought some Quinoa grains to try to integrate into our meals.
- And finally he gave me some supplements. 2 for my Thyroid and some for overall health. He said that my Omega 3 supplement isn't enough for me and now has me taking fish oil - in the liquid form. It doesn't taste so bad, but it's like drinking oil - blech. The other supplements are in drop form so they are easy to take.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I have apparently been mis-informed. I had heard through the grapevine that often, after a HSG, a woman is more fertile. I had my HSG on cycle day 10. I typically ovulate on cycle day 14 or 15. My body showed all signs that I was going to ovulate on schedule (my cervical mucous was of eggwhite quality, my fertility monitor was giving me high readings, and my cervix was so high that I couldn't reach it), Hubby and I had some well-timed intercourse hoping that this would finally be our cycle.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Yesterday I went to meet a Naturopathic doctor. A few days ago I was looking at our health insurance coverage to see if the cover my optometrist appointment and I started to look at everything that was covered. I know that massages, chiropractic, and acupuncture appointments are covered up to $500 a year - and I truly appreciate that. Naturopaths are also included in that category.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
All of the testing that the RE ordered last month is complete. I went in for CD3 bloodwork, Hubby went in for another SA, and last week I had my HSG. When we left our RE appointment, they had us book a follow up appointment to review our test results and to discuss our next steps. That appointment is for December 15th. That's 4 weeks away! I'll already be onto my next cycle by then.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Today I had an HSG. I took the day off work because the nurse who scheduled it said to take the morning off in case of a reaction or delays - I opted to take the entire day off. That means that I get a 5 day weekend!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
By a show of hands who here has heard of Body Talk therapy? Nope, not me either. A couple of months ago I went for a massage with a new massage therapist. I told her about our struggles with getting pregnant and she suggested that I go for a Body Talk session. She said that one of the practitioners at the clinic used it to cure her infertility.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Before Hubby and I were married we discussed having children. We were both certain that neither of us wanted kids. Yup 100% sure. In fact we were married for nearly 10 years before I started to change my mind. Maybe it was being surrounded by pregnant friends, or maybe it truly was the tick-tock of my biological clock, either way, I was determined. I even had a name picked out!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
So yesterday Hubby and I made our way to our first appointment at the fertility clinic. I didn't know if I should be excited because we were finally getting help, or nervous at what they might tell us.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
You know how in March Xmas seems so far away, but yet you're still thinking about it? How you let that excitement build for the next 9 months? How you build up the day so much in your mind that you almost hope it never comes in case it lets you down?
Monday, October 26, 2009
I'm back from visiting my grandparents and I seem to have brought a new lease on life back with me. My grandmother just turned 95, and my grandfather is not far behind at 93. While visiting I wondered how many other 30-somethings still have grandparents, let alone 2? They have been married for 72 years.
- I will no longer avoid buying new clothes in case I might be pregnant. Pregnant or infertile I still need to look good!
- I will no longer avoid physical activity in case I might be pregnant.
- If I'm craving sushi and I haven't seen a BFP - I'm eating it! (same goes for soft cheeses and wine)
- I will not let my chart dictate my love life
- I will not avoid planning a vacation
- Regardless if Hubby and I ever have a child, we will be happy with our lives.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
We all know that not every woman has a 28 day cycle, and certainly not every woman ovulates on the 14th day of her cycle. It seems that in the land of infertility I score an A+ when it comes to my cycle. I am one of the lucky ones with a 29 day cycle (average) who ovulates between cycle day 13 - 15.
So, since I'm on cycle day 13 today that means that I will be ovulating in the next couple of days. You know that that means....
Bam Chicka Wow Wow!!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Almost, October 18th is our anniversary. Our 13th wedding anniversary to be exact. Where does the time go? The first ten years breezed by as we were busy with our careers and buying a house or two, and traveling. The next 3 years (at least for me) can be sectioned off into my monthly cycles and then even further into 2 week increments.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
October 15th is Infant and Pregnancy Loss Remembrance Day. Other than my angel's due date and the date of my loss, this is an important date for me. This is a day when all of us mothers, and fathers, and extended families can all lend support to each other and remember our angels. Our stories will be different, but the ache in our hearts will be similar.
I know that if you haven't experienced a loss that you might not know what to say or how to feel, and that's okay. All I ask is that you let us remember our angels.
Miscarriage and stillbirth is still so common (and unfortunately will never be 100% preventable). The sad statistic is that 25% of all pregnancies will end in miscarriage.
I guarantee that you know someone who has lost a child. Just in my office there are 4 of us (25% of our workplace).
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
- I'm thankful that hubby and I are both employed and working for good people.
- I'm thankful that we are smart with money and while the savings account has definitely dwindled this year, we are not in debt (except for the mortgage).
- I'm thankful that we live in a country that offers healthcare for everyone.
- And ~ I'm very thankful for my Hubby. He is truly the yin to my yang. In other words, where I get all worked up and stressed out, he stays relaxed and calm. He has truly been my rock while we go through infertility.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
On Friday the Fertility Clinic called to book our first appointment! In Canada we have public health care which means that unless you have a life threatening condition, there is usually a wait list to see a specialist. Plus, there are only 2 fertility clinics in our province that serve not only our population but also the population of a neighbouring province that doesn't have a clinic. So, it can take a while to get an appointment. My Doctor wrote the referral letter back in the spring. So it did take about 6 months for our appointment. Good thing I'm patient.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I wanted to have a real productive day at work today since I was only working a half day. I think that I did accomplish that. I'm feeling a bit more motivated lately. That's definitely a good thing!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Folic Acid is recommended for any woman who is or who wants to become pregnant soon. A minimum of 400 mcg (that's micro grams)is recommended daily for those who are trying to conceive or who are pregnant.