Wednesday, September 30, 2009

My Day

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!

This afternoon I went to see the Dalai Lama. It was a great experience and I plan to write a post all about it soon. I'm really glad that I took some notes while I was there. Already I'm forgetting some of the things that he said. While there my breasts started to hurt. Could it be a symptom? Should I even think that way?

You'll be pleased to know that I did bake the chocolate zucchini cake that I wanted to do yesterday. It's my turn to bring snacks to our sales meeting tomorrow and this won't cost me anything. Others will buy muffins at the coffee shop when it's their turn, but that adds up really fast!

To sum up, I worked, got enlightened, my IPS has started, and I baked. All in all, a busy day.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Confession

I'm supposed to be baking a batch of chocolate, zucchini cupcakes to bring to my Sales Meeting on Thursday morning, but I really don't want to right now. Besides I haven't posted anything in a while and my readers (all 5 of you) deserve better! My coworkers really don't need me to provide them with more empty calories anyway. Maybe instead I'll bring rice cakes and peanut butter.

I have a couple of e-mailed questions that I need to respond to (don't worry, I'm not ignoring you), but I want to do some more research before I post a response. I will get to them in a day or two (I promise).

Today I want to talk about a compulsion (or is it an addiction?) that I have. I love buying (and wearing) pyjamas! There's nothing more comfortable than a pair of flannel PJs and a nice t-shirt. Much to Hubby's chagrin, I'm not a sexy PJ kind of girl. I probably have at least 15 pairs of PJs!

I have different styles of flannel pants for winter, some with t-shirt tops, some with long sleeved tops, some with one of each. I have lightweight cotton pants to wear when it's not quite winter, not quite summer. Of course I have 2 or 3 pair of capri pants with tank tops for the summer.

They're just so versatile; put on a pair of socks and a sweatshirt and you're ready to face the world! That is of course if the world means
your house and possibly your backyard. As much as I love my PJs, I never, ever leave the house while wearing them. Please do not be one of "those people" - yes it's possible to be dressed "too casual"

An example of what not to do (courtesy of People of Walmart):

For the record: I would so buy a pair of Mario Kart PJs!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Folic Acid

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.

Folic Acid helps to prevent Neural Tube Defects (NTD) in a developing fetus.

So where does one find Folic Acid? Folic Acid occurs naturally in many vegetables, legumes, and meats including: spinach, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, peaches, almonds, lentils, and organ meats such as kidney and liver. I don't know about you, but I am not a fan of organ meats - but I do eat a lot (and I mean a lot) of leafy green veggies.

In addition to occurring naturally in some
foods, many processed foods have been enriched with folate. I use both terms interchangeably, however folic acid is the manufactured form of folate.

In 1996, the USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) established guidelines requiring the addition of folic acid to enriched foods including cereals, bread, pasta, and other grain products.
Have a look at the label on your breakfast cereal to see how much folic acid is included in each serving.

Knowing all of this information, I got to thinking: just how much folic acid am I ingesting each day, and is there a risk that I'm getting too much?

Each day I take a prenatal vitamin. Most brands contain 400
mcg of folic acid. The brand that I take contains 1000 micro grams. In addition, my Primary Care Physician (PCP) suggested that I take an additional folic acid supplement as there has been some research that indicates that this helps when TTC. So, before I eat any food I've already taken 2 miligrams of folic acid - that's 1600 mcg more than the minimum recommended amount.

But wait, I haven't eaten anything yet! I start most days with a bowl of cereal, we know that cereals are fortified with folic acid. So that bowl of Frosted Flakes or Corn Pops contains approx. 10% of my daily folic acid requirements (approx 40mcg).

Let's say for lunch I got to the Chinese restaurant across from the office. The vegetable stir fry with broccoli, bok choy and snow peas will also contain folate.

Then maybe for dinner we have pasta - then I'm sure to be getting more folic acid.

The other day I started to wonder is too much folate dangerous? Not surprisingly, it's hard to find information on that. One website says that the upper limit of folic acid is 1000mcg (the amount in my prenatal vitamin). If that were true, I could be in trouble since I eat a diet rich in folates plus I take a supplement (or two) I am well above that amount.

The good news is that folic acid (the manufactured additive) is water soluble. So any excess gets filtered out by the kidneys and literally goes down the drain. So, I shouldn't worry. In fact when I did an internet search on "folic acid overdose", every site that I read said that it's not likely to happen.

I think that TTC for so long has me so worried about everything that goes into my body. I guess it's good to know what it is that you eat.

*Remember do not take any supplements without first consulting your doctor.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Reminder

I have been posting this blog for about a year. Up until recently it was hosted here. If you are interested in reading some of my previous posts you can click here. From time to time I will link to previous posts as reference.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Technical Difficulties

I was looking at the front page of my blog and I realized that the Twitter updates weren't mine. What's up with that? For now, I have removed the Twitter feature. If you wish to follow me on Twitter click here.

Monday, September 21, 2009

What's in Your Pocket?

I'm pretty sure that you won't understand what it is that I'm about to reveal to you, unless you are also TTC. As I indicated in my last post, since we started to actively TTC I've tried everything to get that ever elusive BFP. I can't even fathom how much money I've spent on gadgets and gizmos. I've been poked and prodded and poor Hubby had to make love to a cup.

I'm trying something new (and possibly a little crazy too). I now carry the following with me, each and every day:

There are 3 crystals (I'm sorry but I forget what they are. I know one is a rose quartz, I'm pretty sure the white-ish one is a moonstone, and the dark green one may be a jade). My fertility pendant, and now my twin acorns (I'm told that acorns are a good symbol for fertility).

If I happen to be wearing something without a pocket, I'll pin the pouch to the inside of my waistband. If I'm ever in a car accident I wonder what the EMT's will think. I'm sure they'll take me straight to the mental ward. Wish me luck.

Are there any strange routines or talismans that you are using while TTC?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Why I Am Stressed All the Time

I'm trying to live a life that's more positive. The past 19 months have been really stressful.

Obviously a miscarriage is not an easy experience for anyone, but I was not prepared for how emotionally drained I would become. I started to resent pregnant women that I would see on the street for having what I could not. As the months went by after my loss I would become more sad and withdrawn leading up to my EDD (estimated due date). Each event between the loss and the EDD was excruciating.

Once you get your BFP you immediately look at the calendar to see what's happening between now and the birth of your baby. As you flip the pages you will see certain dates and you will envision yourself at that time in your pregnancy. Okay, by my cousin's wedding in July I'll be 5 months along. I'll be able to buy a cute dress to really show off my bump! Or, won't it be fun to see my belly fill out my football jersey this year as we attend the home games? And worse: I'm sure that for Xmas both sets of grandparents will want to be here to see the baby's first Xmas. Won't that be fun?

Unless you've been through a loss yourself you simply won't understand how, in the blink of an eye, I've suddenly lost interest in these events. You see, now they've become a bitter reminder of what I've lost.

How can going to a football game remind you of your miscarriage? Get over it. Truthfully, no one actually said that, but I'm sure that some of you are thinking it right now. It's hard to explain, but it does. In my mind I had already created wonderful memories with my baby, and now that will never, ever happen.
So why not move on and have another baby? In theory it's a great idea, in reality I was not prepared to fail at this as well. When we conceived our angel, we weren't technically trying. Sure, we weren't using any protection, but we weren't carefully timing our intercourse, charting my menstrual cycle, using special sperm-friendly lubricant, or using an Ovulation Predictor Kit. And now that we are doing all of the above (plus more) why aren't I pregnant yet?
Between the loss and the subsequent infertility I am, what I believe the professionals term, a nutcase. Sex is no longer for fun, and every family event is torturous (made worse by the arrival of 2 new babies). I didn't even mention the economy and the pressures of my job!
I wanted to write about living a simpler life, instead I think I'll wait for my next post. Obviously I think it's important for everyone to understand why my stress exists.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Being Positive

I'm told that keeping a positive attitude is important when TTC.

So here are some of the benefits of not being pregnant:
  • You can drink alcohol (and who doesn't need a drink when AF shows?)
  • Sushi! A no-no for the preggos, a yes yes for the infertiles!
  • Coffee!! And other beverages laden with caffeine.
  • You can eat Brie and other soft cheeses (I like mine heated with minced garlic, Yummy!)
  • Added fertility treatments bring your Dr. that much closer to completing his home renovations (so really you're helping the economy)
  • No worries when cleaning the cat litter box (although in retrospect this may not be a positive)
  • If you get a headache you can take Ibuprofen
  • You can lift heavy objects (but why would you want too?)
  • You no longer have to postpone that all important dental cleaning.
  • Go crazy! Get some X-rays taken
  • Hot tubs!
  • Why not go scuba diving?
  • You can get your hair coloured, maybe a new look is all you need
Did I miss anything?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Realization...

In had an interesting realization the other day, that may negatively affect my coworkers.

  • I am *thisclose* to starting fertility treatments
  • Another (female) coworker is going to be starting her treatments soon
  • yet another approaching 40 female coworker is getting married next summer - and it's possible that she will be receiving fertility treatments.
There is a possibility that there could be 3 women in 1 office who are all on fertility medication at one time. Add to that one more female coworker on HRT for menopause and equals hormonal chaos!

I strongly hope that the first 2 of us get our BFPs long before next summer and that this scenario never happens. If it does, I'm considering putting up warning signs in the lobby. Are any of you able to design one for me?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Moving Forward

Today I had my annual physical exam. Before making the decision to become a mother I only saw the doctor once a year (and I only went so I could get my birth control prescription refilled). Now I swear I see my doctor 3 or 4 times a year.

The good news is that all of test results came back normal (this spring she tested my hormone levels). My FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) was normal, my thyroid and progesterone levels were also normal. So, I'm ovulating (which I already knew) and my egg count is okay. She didn't have hubby's test results back from his SA last week.

The bad news is that's all we know. She sent in a referral for me to the Fertility Clinic several months ago and I still haven't heard from them.

So until we do we'll continue on as is and hope for the best.

Sunday, September 13, 2009


For those of you who have come here from my previous blog welcome to my new site! For first time visitors, you can find a history of my posts on my previous blog at: Pregnant Yuppy. You can also follow me on Twitter. As always, I will gladly answer your TTC, infertility, or pregnancy loss questions at: pregnantyuppy(at)gmail(dot)com.

With my new blog I almost feel like it's a whole new, fresh start to TTC. This is good.

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