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

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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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Plan of action for June 2013

Right, I am not pregnant… but I have come up with a plan – I am becoming too obsesed by all this monitoring…

This month I went back to ovulation tests + cbfm +duofertility+fertility friend.

Cbfm – clearblue fertility monitor
From day 7 I have had a high fertility level….and this made me worried that something may be wrong with me.
I have said this before – but next month I will not use it! And to be sure, I have asked my husband to sell it on Ebay! So there is no temptation.

Duofertility monitor
It gave me my fertile days, which we used religiously to the letter – not travels, no parties…just baby making …. and it confirmed that I had ovulated. I didn’t do a progesterone test this month as I felt reassured by the last 2 that the monitor works well for me.
The team also contacted me to recommend speaking to my doctor about progesterone again, as I had not taken it for a couple of month. I have been quite stressed with everything this month, so this may have affected my progesterone level…and ability to get pregnant.
The advisor also suggested to stop using the clearblue monitor as it is not helping – of course they would say that – it’s the competitor product!

The ovulation tests
I saw a light band on the test from day 9 until day 14…and then it disappears. So I cannot understand why the clear blue fertility monitor tells me that I am on “high fertility” as it’s using the same method of detection???? Maybe some monitors have different level of detection?? I would have imagined that they were standard.

Fertility friend

I have used fertility friends this month to see what this was all about as I have seen a few people comment on it.
The reality is that it is not so good for me as there is nobody knowledgeable there. Some women on there are claiming to analyse other women’s data, this is probably coming from a good intention, but this is not medical advice and what I read on it worries me more than necessary!
I am keen to use it for plotting my data to see if I learn any more information from it than I do from duo and I will keep you posted. However to reduce my obsession I have asked my husband to do the hard work ( put the data in) and this will hopefully get him a bit more involved 😉
I have also seen 2 new apps called Glow and Ovuline in the media, so I will put that on his phone so we can test it too. I will keep you posted about his impressions and finding.
But for me, this month, I will concentrate on Duo and relaxing as using all those things is probably getting me a bit obsessed about it! And really I get all I need from Duo.

Since my last post

Right – internet is now fixed at home, and I can tell you what happened over the last 4 weeks.

Despite my wonderful temperature and my high progesterone, I was not pregnant last month. Of course, I was disappointed, but that it part of the process… hoping every month that it will be the one I get a good news!

I was still happy to have a lovely a stable luteal phase despite not taking progesterone supplement. My doctor confirmed that with such high progesterone results following ovulation, I wouldn’t need to take extra.

24 april

This cycle is a bit more variable than the last one. I am a day away from having to take a pregnancy test, and except for a bit of a headache, I feel absolutely normal…and therefore probably not pregnant. Reading other people’s comments about early pregnancy it is clear that there is a whole list of symptoms that I should be experiencing by now. I am still optimistic! Who knows 😉

The lovely spring weather in the UK at the moment (Yes, I have learned British irony by now!) means that the house is absolutely freezing and I think that this is causing me to feel under the weather…and this seems to have affected my temperature for the last few days. It has dropped quite a bit for the last 4 days, when I think that it should have remained high. I feel a bit stiffly, so I think that this is making my sleep particularly disrupted, and the fertility advisor told me that this could cause issues with my temperature.

18 may

I have done a blood test to check my progesterone level with the lab duofertility works with, and I got confirmation that I had ovulated, as confirmed by the monitor. My result was 36.6, which is good. So no progesterone supplements for me again! 😉

prog test

Anyway, I will still do a pregnancy test in the morning to see what the result is!

I have bought a pregnancy test from Boots and I have seen that Boots now sells a new type of ovulation tests which seem to do exactly the same job as the clearblue fertility monitor (Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test with Dual Hormone Indicator) and they are a lot cheaper, I am gutted to have spent so much money on the clearblue monitor – which isn’t working for me when I could have tried those for a month are realised that they didn’t work…

On a more technical note, I was happy to see that I could use my duo monitor from the office. Given that I had not internet, the fertility team couldn’t access my data and advise me. But they helped me set up the monitor on my office computer without leaving any traces on the work computer as the last thing I want is my boss to find out that I am trying to get pregnant!

work in progress

I hope that the internet will be better from now on – so I don’t have to write such long posts!

My DuoFertility chart in March 2013 – my Cat lost my sensor!

The things not to do when you use DuoFertility:

Run out of adhesives – ask the team and they ship this to you super quick – so stay on top of your “stock”.
Leave the cat playing with the sensor – Titi likes to play with the sensor, and she made it disappear for a few days during my luteal phase. I only found it when I hoovered behind the sofa.

Due to those 2 mistakes – I have no idea if I have ovulated or not.

Lessons learned – I hope!
😉df April 2013