Our 4 months old…time flies

Everything going well…and already thinking of a second baby

We have been blessed by a beautiful (I am probably a bit biased!) baby girl in April. She is an absolute delight, and is filling our days with joy.

I do not spend a day without thinking that it was thanks to Duofertility…and my monitor is “staring at me” every time I open the bathroom drawer…the question is only “when” rather than “if”. In our situation, I think that it would be wise not to wait for too long before we start trying again, as who knows,… this may be our last month for all I know (my cycles may suddenly stop with the onset of menopause).

I had promised not to be one of those bloggers who cannot help themselves talking about their baby despite the fact that it was originally a blog about infertility struggles. As this was really upseting me when I was looking for answers…. as you cannot help feeling happy for the person who has managed to have a child, but at the same time ….”why not me???”.
I of course want to bring some hope to women out there who have been told by their doctors that there is no chance that they will get pregnant naturally… well I proved them wrong, and you probably can too! Thanks Duo fertility!

I will get back to the blog when I am starting to try again – so hopefully not in too long. I have already noticed that clearblue has a new monitor in Boots – I wonder if it is any better?? I will probably have to try it out!

Only 10 weeks to go!

Hello,

I have not been writing for a while as I remember that having lots of details about pregnancy is never a good thing on a blog addressing couples with infertility.

I just want to let you know that the pregnancy is going very well, almost 8 months now. I am still in contact with the Duofertility team who has been giving me a few tips and advice for the pregnancy, simple things like how to cope with sore nipples when pregnant, or how to look after my skin with the ever expanding size of my belly, what position I can try to improve my sleep…anyway things that I should be discussing with the midwife, but she never has time to discuss it.

With the exception, of those little niggling things, the pregnancy is a blessing, and I am really enjoying it.

I have managed to keep the suspense about the gender of my baby, so I will have the surprise when it decides to turn up, sometimes mid-April if everything goes to plan.

I will write to you all when he/she arrives (or a few days after probably).

Quite a few of you have made comments on my blog over the last few months, and I really hope that you are all doing well and that you have managed to get pregnant, low ovarian reserve is not the end of the world if you tackle it appropriately! Keep positive!

my baby

I am pregnant!!!

The day before my period were due – I had cramps – as I always have around then…with a bit of spotting, but I decided to do a pregnancy test and it was POSITIVE!!!

Given that I had spotting and cramps, I didn’t want to shout for victory immediately and I wanted to be really sure before sharing it with you.

So it is now official, I am 5-1 weeks pregnant (10 days after finding out that I had a positive pregnancy test). The ovulation date was on the 21st of July. We made love 3 times during our fertile days from the duofertility monitor and it worked!

So after being told that my situation was so desperate by a fertility specialist, I feel so happy that we decided to go for a natural option first to improve our chances, and in 6 months I got pregnant!

This is obviously very early days, and I am very careful about telling the world (the blog is a nice place to start given the anonymity!) as I know that I have a high risk of having a miscarriage (25% of pregnancies end up in a miscarriage before week 12).

I have my “booking appointment” with the nurse at the GP surgery later this week and I will keep you posted on how things go. However I will not be talking non-stop about my pregnancy as I remember how painful this was to me when I read other blogs.

This blog was really about trying to find out which were the best solutions for women like me out there and I feel so happy that we got there so quickly!

I am still following a few of the latest things that are supposed to help women get pregnant… and I will post about this – however I will hopefully not be able to test them out!.

I put my pregnancy down to duofertility’s help – 100%

My view of Ovuline

So my first impression is that it is much better than Fertility Friend…comparing apples to apples (they are both free to use).

It is much more user friendly, and it is clearly a lot better than Fertility Friend in terms of what information it gives me.

Now comparing it to duofertility is not very fair given the price difference, but even just on the prediction of the fertile days, I get far too many fertile days with Ovuline ( duofertility gives me 4 or 5 days a cycle and tells me out of those which are best). Ovuline gives me a window of 13 days, so out of a 26 days cycle, that is half of it. 

I think that they are not actually calculating much as it has not taken the input information on the system: my most fertile days according to duo were the 26-28th of June and that matches with my ovulation. But Ovuline says it was from the 23-28, peaking in the middle of that.

So I am still feeling more confident about duofertility.

Ovuline may be good if you have regular cycle , or cannot count on a calendar – but it’s not clear to me that there is much more to it yet.

That said – it was my first month and it may be better in future.

 

This is my Ovuline chart:

 

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2 week wait

There is actually a technical terms for that long period after ovulation when you are waiting to  find out if you are pregnant. The doctors call it the luteal phase, women call it the 2 week wait, or 2WW. I find this so much more accurate on how I feel!

We have done everything that we had to do this month, when we should have, but it is really hard to concentrate on something else than ,… “Am I pregnant or not?!, and When can I take a pregnancy test?

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