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Old 03-11-2012, 05:37 AM   #181
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I finally got a positive ovulation test today! What a relief! Of course I tested several times just to make sure. Cross you fingers for me...
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well, there's a baby in me! it's amazing how you can go from a black lonely blob to an entire baby & yolk sac in a week! heartbeat was at 143 and measuring at 7w3d. words can't express how relieved we were to see that, i'm still amazed that this pregnancy is finally working for us. on sunday i had horrible all-day sickness and threw up at work later in the week and i was like, if there isn't a baby in me, this is a cruel cruel joke!

jilly, i love how smart you are. you've definitely done your homework.
lizzy, thanks for all your diabetic input as well. i'm learning a lot from you ladies.
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KQT- YAY! Congratulations!

I finally got a positive ovulation test today! What a relief! Of course I tested several times just to make sure. Cross you fingers for me...
That's great! Fingers crossed for you.
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Thanks! Had a positive test yesterday (Saturday) and we did the deed Thursday and Saturday. Still positive today, but not as dark, so we'll go once more tonight just for good measure. I signed up at fertilityfriends.com and whoa....there are some mean, nasty people there. Someone asked if they could be pregnant and everyone ripped her a new one, the thread was deleted, and someone still brought it up. It was crazy to see. I'm happy everyone here is supportive and puts up with all the silly questions and updates, because there can be a lot to learn if it's your first go around TTC.
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Hi ladies, just started reading this thread.. My story... Dh and I have tried for 3 years with no luck. I will be 41 this month. February 15th I found out I was pregnant. We were beyond excited. I started spotting two weeks ago, and had a miscarriage Thursday..

Suck suck sucky week. However, the doctor said there was no reason, we couldn't start trying again, very quickly. so, we are hopeful.

Just checking to see if anyone here was older and had a miscarriage then successful, pregnancy.. I just need a little positive. Lol. I hope I am not coming across as whiny, just still a little raw.
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WTG, Oregon! I've only been over to Fertility friend a couple of times....you're right, it did seem to have a lot of drama to me.

Hi Funnygirl, welcome! I am so sorry about your miscarriage. My best friend is going through that right now. Although, she had to have a D&C (she lost the baby around 11 weeks) and had to wait around 3 or so months before being able to try again. She just tried for the first time last month and got a negative, and she is trying this month now. She is 38. My heart broke for her when she miscarried. It's great that you are able to get right back on the horse and try again. I will keep you in my prayers!
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Funnygirl - sorry to hear of your tough time. I wish you the best of luck in this go around. My DH and I tried for four years before I finally went to a specialist - I'm just a few years younger than you. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

Oregon - Fingers crossed for your success as well.
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Funnygirl - I had a miscarriage at age 37 and immediately became pregnant (successful this time) again. for you.

I'm suppose to go back to the clinic when my period starts to begin the second cycle of IVF. Just it is successful this time.
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Funnygirl- Welcome, you'll love this group! So sorry to hear you miscarried. I wish you luck in TTC again.
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Morning everyone!
Not the best one here. DH is sick with a horrible sore throat and headache (and he NEVER gets sick). Brandon has a pretty bad cough, but other than that he is in a good mood. I am not sure if I'm starting to get sick myself or not...my throat does have a bit of a tickle though. DH is staying home from work today and Brandon is staying home from daycare. I feel bad, the sick daddy is staying home with the sick baby, but I'm going to take him to the pediatrician for walk in hours before I go to work. This is the first time I'll have to enter in through the "sick entrance" at the doctor for Brandon!
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funnygirl, so sorry to hear about your loss. it's a round of emotions, going through a miscarriage. give yourself time to grieve and let your body get back to normal, but also know that by being pregnant, your body is letting you know it CAN happen.

blondie, i really hope this next ivf is the one that sticks for you!

my insurance won't cover my prometrium anymore, so now i face introducing a different Rx to my body at 8 weeks along, or paying $138 for another month supply. so i'll get a couple more days worth of pills and then ask at my next appointment for some samples. i'm so ticked off right now, stupid insurance!
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KQT-that stinks about the prometrium! How long do they want you on it? They just pulled me off at 9 weeks last week. They did a follow up blood test after I was off it for two days just to make sure that my levels were still good and they were. The doctor said the placenta takes over at a certian point....I have a ton of prometrium still left. I would totally give it to you if you wanted.
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KQT-that stinks about the prometrium! How long do they want you on it? They just pulled me off at 9 weeks last week. They did a follow up blood test after I was off it for two days just to make sure that my levels were still good and they were. The doctor said the placenta takes over at a certian point....I have a ton of prometrium still left. I would totally give it to you if you wanted.
i'll ask about a blood draw for my levels, by the next appt i will be 9 weeks. i've been on it for over a year now, and all of a sudden the insurance changes it to "a non-preferred brand" and won't cover it. but thanks, and i'll keep your supply in mind!
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KQT-do you take it orally or vaginally? I have done it both, but I prefer to take it orally for obvious reasons. The trouble is, when I took it orally, I would totally feel like I had been drinking. Not so bad at night when I am going to bed, but at work it was soooo weird, LOL!
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orally, i don't get the drunk feeling all the time but it is funny!
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Hey all!

DH and I decided that we are TTC#2!!!! Mind if I join ya?

My LO turned 14 mo old last week and we are ready. I would love to get support here during our journey as I know a lot of you and have been a member of this board for years and years.

My last pregnancy was very successful, I ate at maintenance levels (just added fruit, oatmeal and more veggies) and I only gained 12 lbs throughout the whole pregnancy. I had a planned c-sect because my blood pressure shot up at 36 wks so LO was born at 38 wks. I was super happy with my c-sect and will do a repeat for #2.

I started a chart at TCOYF and started temping so I can get an idea of when I ovulate. I have had TOM since DS was 5 mo old so my cycles are pretty regulated. I nursed DS full time for 11 months and mornings and nights until last week when I weaned him. He had been drinking WCM during the day for about 3 months so weaning went as well as I could have expected.

Anyway, I am happy to be back here and preparing for #2. Good luck to all of you!

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Hi Andi! Thanks so much!!

Wow, that is awesome you breast fed for so long. Good for you! ! That was my plan as well, but PPD got the better of me so all Brandon got was a good month and a half of pumped milk. But, I feel that any little bit is better than nothing. I'm in a quandary about what to do with this new baby. I definitely want to try to nurse again, but I know how hard and fast PPD hit me last time that I'm sure my doctors (and DH) will all try to push me to go back on meds ASAP. I'm off them again now that I'm pregnant, and thankfully doing okay so far. I'm sure the increased progesterone is helping the depression too.

Good luck to you TTC #2!! And your #1 is just a doll! I want to see more pictures!
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Yeah, I didn't get it all the time either, but when it hit, oh booooooyyyyy, it hit hard! LOL!
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Funnygirl-just came across this article on CNN:

Miscarriage? Try again ASAP, study suggests - CNN.com

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(Health.com) -- When women have a miscarriage, one of the first questions they often ask is how long they should wait before getting pregnant again. A new study suggests that the sooner they start trying, the better.

Women who conceive within six months of a miscarriage instead of waiting up to a year reduce their risk of another miscarriage by one-third, and they also increase their chances of a healthy and successful pregnancy, according to the study, which appears in the journal BMJ.

Even though as many as 1 in 5 pregnancies end in miscarriage, recommendations for getting pregnant afterward are all over the map. Many doctors tell women to wait until after a normal menstrual cycle, while others advise waiting up to 18 months. The World Health Organization recommends waiting at least six months.

The six-month window highlighted in the study is "faster than most people would have thought," says ob-gyn Catherine Spong, M.D., the chief of the Pregnancy and Perinatology branch of the National Institutes of Health.

The findings don't mean that women should rush to conceive after losing a pregnancy, but they do suggest that women who feel ready to try again right after a miscarriage will have good outcomes, says Spong, who was not involved in the new study.

Much of the evidence supporting a wait of six months or more comes from developing countries, where medical care is less reliable and where women tend to get pregnant at earlier ages.

In countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom, by contrast, many women delay pregnancy due to career or financial concerns. And for a woman in her 30s who has experienced a miscarriage, the authors write, "Any delay in attempting conception could further decrease the chances of a healthy baby."

In the study, researchers at the Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, in Scotland, analyzed the hospital records of nearly 31,000 women whose first pregnancy ended in miscarriage. Just over 40 percent of the women conceived again within six months, and another 25 percent did so between six and 12 months.

Compared with the latter group, the women who conceived within six months were 34 percent less likely to have another miscarriage and more than half as likely to experience an ectopic pregnancy, in which the embryo attaches outside the uterus.

The women who conceived within six months also had better overall outcomes. They were about 10 percent less likely to have a C-section or a preterm delivery, and about 15 percent less likely to have a baby of low birth weight than the women who waited up to a year.

This study is not the last word on the subject, however. Although the researchers took the women's socioeconomic status and age into account, it's possible that factors other than the time between pregnancies were responsible for the different outcomes. For instance, women who get pregnant immediately after a miscarriage may be more motivated and health-conscious than women who prefer to wait, the study suggests.

"We cannot really tell whether pregnancies conceived very soon after a miscarriage really do have better outcomes, or whether women (and couples) who conceive quickly following a miscarriage have better outcomes in a subsequent pregnancy than couples who take longer to conceive," says Julia Shelley, Ph.D, an associate professor at Deakin University, in Burwood, Australia, who co-wrote an editorial accompanying the study.

Although this research is likely to influence the advice that some ob-gyns give their patients, Spong says, she stresses that the decision about when to get pregnant after a miscarriage is ultimately a personal one that depends on a woman's emotional and physical state, her family situation, and what -- if anything -- prompted the miscarriage. "You can't make a blanket statement," she says.

Still, she adds, the study sheds some much-needed light on a little-understood area. "It's clearly an important question that people need and want to know the answer to," Spong says.
Also, the comment section had a lot of positive stories which you may find helpful to read.
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I've been looking for some mommy and me groups or classes. I love being at home but I have so few (really just one) local friends. I thought it would be good to get us out of the house on a regular basis - not just for me to go to the dentist like I've been doing. But I'm not finding anything all that local or cheap or available now.

When DH gets home, he wants to just zone on the computer for a bit since he works in a customer service position. He talks with people all day, but I want him to talk with me. Not that I have much to talk about besides our son or what I recently watched on tv.

The batteries in the swing died today mid-swing. Sigh. One of the few times my LO was enjoying being in it without being sleepy of course. Did DH ever buy the extra batteries like he said he would? No. I didn't know he hadn't - when we bought the first batch of batteries, I asked him to buy a back up set. He felt the store was too expensive to buy them and wanted to find them cheaper. A) I don't think they will be cheaper and b) I told him I would not be happy if I got stuck with a dead machine. Sigh.

Sorry having a frustrating day and needed to vent.
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I've been looking for some mommy and me groups or classes. I love being at home but I have so few (really just one) local friends. I thought it would be good to get us out of the house on a regular basis - not just for me to go to the dentist like I've been doing. But I'm not finding anything all that local or cheap or available now.

When DH gets home, he wants to just zone on the computer for a bit since he works in a customer service position. He talks with people all day, but I want him to talk with me. Not that I have much to talk about besides our son or what I recently watched on tv.

The batteries in the swing died today mid-swing. Sigh. One of the few times my LO was enjoying being in it without being sleepy of course. Did DH ever buy the extra batteries like he said he would? No. I didn't know he hadn't - when we bought the first batch of batteries, I asked him to buy a back up set. He felt the store was too expensive to buy them and wanted to find them cheaper. A) I don't think they will be cheaper and b) I told him I would not be happy if I got stuck with a dead machine. Sigh.

Sorry having a frustrating day and needed to vent.
It can be so isolating, I know. If you can get to Stop & Shop, their prices are good on the store-brand batteries.

How far are you from Manhasset? The Congregationalist Church near the Americana has a really great mommy and me. I have done quite a few of them and this was one of my favorites. Also, the Parent Resource Center in Port Washington has mommy and me and also informal (free) groups etc. PM me if you want more info.

Or let me know in a PM which town you are in and I can give you a hand with resources.

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Hi Andi! Thanks so much!!

Wow, that is awesome you breast fed for so long. Good for you! ! That was my plan as well, but PPD got the better of me so all Brandon got was a good month and a half of pumped milk. But, I feel that any little bit is better than nothing. I'm in a quandary about what to do with this new baby. I definitely want to try to nurse again, but I know how hard and fast PPD hit me last time that I'm sure my doctors (and DH) will all try to push me to go back on meds ASAP. I'm off them again now that I'm pregnant, and thankfully doing okay so far. I'm sure the increased progesterone is helping the depression too.

Good luck to you TTC #2!! And your #1 is just a doll! I want to see more pictures!
I think all you can do is give it another go! I plan on nursing #2 as well but Im not sure I can do it for the length of time I did with #1. With #1 I had a far less demanding job, my office was 10 min from home and I had time and a place to pump. Now, I have a higher stress job, a 1hr commute into the city on public transpo and no time or place to pump (open concept office). I am struggling with even thinking about it at this point but I figure if I can nurse while on maternity leave and just do what I can after that, I will be happy. DH is not happy about it but not much he can do either!

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Have you checked on meetup.com or craigslist? I see a lot of local groups on meetup. You might even check through your OB or local hospital - I know my hospital has a weekly "new moms" support group that I plan to attend after I have the baby. It's at like 10 or 11am on a weekday, but it's less than 5 minutes from my office, so I plan to attend without my baby even after I go back to work.
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With #1 I had a far less demanding job, my office was 10 min from home and I had time and a place to pump. Now, I have a higher stress job, a 1hr commute into the city on public transpo and no time or place to pump (open concept office). I am struggling with even thinking about it at this point but I figure if I can nurse while on maternity leave and just do what I can after that, I will be happy. DH is not happy about it but not much he can do either!
I worry about breastfeeding and working. I have to go back to work full time after 6 weeks. I have about a 40-minute commute each way, but I will have an office available to pump in during the day. I think I'm just going to rent a hospital pump to start with to make sure it all works out before I dive in with a $200-300 investment in my own pump!
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I actually found a group on meetup.com - there is a park meetup tomorrow. Hope it doesn't rain.

Portia - I'm on the south shore - Valley Stream.

I've been bfing but don't kow if I would have/will continue when at work. We only get a 30 min lunch break - it can take me that long for just one side and I have a single pump. I should get myself on a regular schedule now and build up a good stock pile but I'm finding routine hard to do right now. I like being able to pump when I don't also have to tend to my LO. I've nursed and pumped at same time but it is re al tricky and I only do that when I have to.
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Jilly - I managed to breastfeed my last baby for 3 years - working fulltime with a 45 minute commute. I got a Medela Pump In Style (used) from eBay for a really good price. You just need to replace the filters and sterilized the equipment. The clinic at work allowed me to use one of the examinations rooms to pump. I only pumped the first year, after that I figured he could wait until I got home! Glad your OB is going to "allow" you to stay pregnant!

Gab - I recommend getting a better pump. With the Medela I was able to pump 2 4oz bottle in 15 minutes. With a single, manual pump I never got more than a couple ounces!

Pocohantas - Good luck TTC!!!!!!

Clinic called. I go in on Sunday to discuss how we want to proceed from here.
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GL, Blondie.

Welcome, Funnygirl. I am so sorry about your miscarriage. I am also seeing a specialist and I am about to turn 41. If you've been trying for 3 years, maybe it's time to see a specialist? That's what I am now doing.

Gab, have you see this website?

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Also, FREE tickets to a Music Together demo on 3/21:

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Finally, your local library in Valley Stream has a free "Tot Time" every week. I can't find the March Calendar online so you will have to call the children's room, but here is February as an example:

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Thanks Portia - I read the vs mom website briefly. I don't use the valley stream library much at all. Tend to go to Hewlett woodmere. They have a program for the little ones but not til June.

Signed up for the music - its at my new favorite coffee shop - awesome!

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Old 03-13-2012, 07:52 AM   #209
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Thanks Portia - I read the vs mom website briefly. I don't use the valley stream library much at all. Tend to go to Hewlett woodmere. They have a program for the little ones but not til June.

Signed up for the music - its at my new favorite coffee shop - awesome!
Cool! Music Together is wonderful.

I also saw a program at one of the catholic churches on Mondays - Holy Name of Mary. I think that's probably free, too.

Forgot this site: Long Island Parent Magazine serving Nassau and Suffolk Counties New York
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If I drove to work and didnt have to take public transpo I would use my hands free bra and pump to and from the office. That is what I used to do and probably the only reason I made it as long as I did. After DS was about 8 mo or so I didnt even have to pump on my lunch break anymore, just in the car on the way to work and on the way home. It worked out beautifully. Dont have that option now though! Can you imagine pumping on the bus with everyone next to you?
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