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Old 11-29-2012, 05:49 AM   #931
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Checkup this morning. Hoping they actually check me but I doubt it. I hate my ob! Anyways..onto weekly visits from here getting close
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:47 AM   #932
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They did check me because I had the strep B test. I'm very thin but not dilated. Doesn't surprise me at all. My neighbor is due a week before me and she had a checkup today and they are inducing her! She has GD and they are worried about her placenta. Ill admit I'm a little jealous, though I know that being only 36 weeks will have its issues
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My progesterone at 6DPO was 3.7 Ideally, it should be 10 or higher. That explains my crappy luteal phase, and why we haven't not had a successful pregnancy yet. The doctor is going to call on Friday. I'm going to suggest a Clomid/Femara and progesterone supplement regimen. I'm really anti-drug, but I'm 36, I'm not sure how long I want to give it to fix this naturally. The OB's office seemed pretty clueless about how to help me, so hopefully they'll agree to my suggestion or have a better one. If they don't prescribe these meds to me, I'm going to have to see an RE, which my insurance does not cover. I'm really beginning to wonder if I'll ever be a mom.
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Carlini- I'm so with you, I can't help but think it will never happen. I'm on my second cycle of Clomid this month (ick). DH and I are going to see a RE as soon as I call and make an appointment. Nothing is covered by our insurance, not even the Clomid I'm taking. I had one annovulatory cycle, hence the Clomid. DH has been tested and has low motility/count. I'm hoping we have options besides IUI or IVF. It's all expensive. I hope the Clomid works for you! Hang in there.
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Carlini - I think your plan is smart and effective. I have seen it work for many on TCOYF. If your doc is clueless, find another one who isnt. Low progesterone is totally common and treatment is successful!

Shana - Sounds like you are on the right path. The clomid will help, Im certain. Has your doc rec'd anything for DH to increase motility/count?

As for me, I am so bad with OPK's, I cant tell if they are positive or negative so if they look dark then we DTD. We are just going for EOD and If I dont get pg this cycle, I will go back to temping on the next.

DH and I are doing ok. DS has been cracking us up lately and we really just want a little brother or sister for him to play with. DH said the other day that he was sad because he was really so excited for #2. We cried it out for a minute but we both just have this feeling that it will happen soon I hope so!!!
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Andi- Thanks for being so positive and supportive! My husband isn't taking anything at the moment, he's only had a Sperm Analysis. I'll find out more when we see the RE.

Some advice on the OPK's- If the line isn't as dark as the control line, it's not a positive. I get dark lines leading up to O'ing that look like they might be positve, but they're not quite dark enough. I've found if you're testing each day (afternoon is best), you can see the leading up to O. Also, my tests turn about 2-3 days before my temp rise so I do get a warning! I get them from Amazon 50 at a time, for around $14.

This cycle we're trying something a little different. I've read about Instead cups helping keep the sperm where it needs to be, up against the cervix. It's the same as a Diva cup, if you've heard of those. It's a small, flexible cup that you insert after BD'ing. It's meant as an alternative to tampons and pads, but supposedly works as a fertility aid. It's around $6 for 14 of them, so I figured why not? They are awkward to insert at first, but after a few tries I got the hang of it. They can't hurt, right?!
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hi girls! I got a call from my midwife this morning saying I failed my 3 hour test. She said my 1 and 2 hour numbers were diabetes level and that I will probably be put on insulin. I am scared to death. I went in to see her and she gave me a blood sugar monitor but no diet. I have to see a specialist for that. She did give me a hand out for non pregnant women to lose weight which included 1800 cals., 7 servings of grains/starch, 4 veggies, 3 fruits, 2-3 dairy and 5 oz. of protein daily. That does not seam to be very good for diabetic conditions. She's a diabetic herself but did not have advice for me. I feel so scared. I'm going to google GD diets now.
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Shannon ~ I have tried the B Vitamins and Vitex. I thought it worked to extend my LP, but in the end I realized I was reading my chart wrong, and neither remedy really worked. If anything, it delayed my O for the 3 months I took it. At least I can say I did try the natural route.

Shana ~ Iím glad DH got tested. Is the Clomid giving you any side effects? I have the feeling Iíll be on it next cycle, though DH and I donít really want to take drugs, but sometimes itís hard to know what the right path is. Let me know how the cups work out. Iíve considered using them. Oh and hang in there. We WILL get our babies.

DP ~ Iím so excited! Iím glad they are NOT inducing you. Sometimes that only leads to more problems.

Andi ~ The nurse on the phone yesterday could not even recall what part of the cycle the luteal phase is. I was floored. How can they be in the baby business and not know the basics of the menstrual cycle!?! It blows my mind, but Iím just going to take matters into my own hands. Oh and Iím the same with OPKís Ė I have no idea when theyíre positive or not! EOD sounds like a good plan for this cycle. Baby dust to you.

DH and I had a long discussion last night. Because I have PCOS with insulin resistance, he strongly believes this can all be fixed with a LC diet. I donít know why I canít pull my head out. I want this more than anything. I need to change my diet.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:35 AM   #937
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Deep breath Lucille. It's going to be okay. I can't advise on GD because I never made it that far in pregnancy, but how many carbs are you eating a day now?

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Lucille - Just my opinion, there is NO WAY I would be able to eat the amount of carbs they suggest on a GD diet. Trust me, the nutritionist wont be much help either. What I did, was I added 2 servings of carbs per day and by servings, I mean serving size! I also avoided wheat because it didnt agree with me so I had things like a half cup rice, oatmeal, corn, beans, even sweet potato. That brought me up to around 50 carbs per day and it worked for me. Obviously you will have to see what works for you but dont freak, you will find your groove.

Shana - Those cups sound like a good plan! I have read a few success stories using them on TCOYF.

Carlini - Thank you! I am in shock over your doctors office. We all know LC is the cure to more than one issue, I need to remind myself often. I try and take it one meal at a time and if I plan and make a few meals ahead of time, it works best for me. You can do this, I know its in you!
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I used the regular opk and couldnt figure out the lines, then i bought the digital opk tests, simple yes or no. It was worth the $35 for us

Carlini, did you ever use metformin for your IR? I have been on it for 3 years.
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I used the regular opk and couldnt figure out the lines, then i bought the digital opk tests, simple yes or no. It was worth the $35 for us

Carlini, did you ever use metformin for your IR? I have been on it for 3 years.
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Carlini ~ Thank you for the encouragement! I was probably close to 100 which I knew was high for me but was afraid to go lower then after I failed the 1 hour I dropped them to about 50. Today, after I got this news, I am afraid to eat many at all. I've had around 25.

Andi ~ Thank you so much for your suggestions. I will also avoid wheat because It does not do well with me and my hypothyroid condition. The midwife was very matter of fact that the doctor I see will put me on insulin but I always thought that was a last resort with GD. And that I will probably have Diabetes afterward because of how high my numbers were. She also said I will have to be induced because the baby will get too big. All of these things may happen but she doesn't know for sure and it really bothered me that she was so certain about it. After I got my meter today my numbers were 90 fasting, 102 after lunch, 83 midday (just took it to see), have not taken my after supper number yet. But these don't seam too high to me. I'm afraid to be put on insulin. I am staying low carb! I am going to kick GD's A$$!!!! Pardon my French! But I am fired up now! I can't believe I didn't do it and stick with it sooner. I am hoping that the whole purpose for this happening is to get my rear in gear and never go back to high carb again. I am really sad that now I am considered high risk and won't be having the birth of my choice (water birth @ the birth center) but I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and if I have to be in the hospital then so be it. I've just never had my baby taken from me right away after delivery and never had to worry about a nursery or anything like that. It's always been very mellow and gentle and I hope that it goes okay. I'm trying not to think that far ahead though.
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thanks fo the sending up the babydust! sorry to be the tmi queen! Lol but i m pretty sure i am having my first period sice january! yay now if i can just ovulate Carlini, i too am taking both vitex and b complex, i prefer the natural route also, i am sorry it didnt help you much, i also take red rspeberry leaf tea, and vtamin d3, it is suppose to help, have you ever tried soy iso? its suppose to be the 'natural clomid'? sorry if i keep suggesting things you already knew of i just know how it feels to want a little bean so bad, and also know how frustrating it is when docs seem clueless! hope everyone has a great day! and to all the preggie ladies, congrats! when are you all due?
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Welcome new girls! This thread blew up in the time I've been away! To those using Clomid, not sure if this was mentioned before, but Clomid is notorious for drying up the good quality egg white cervical mucous. I know a lot of people recommend using preseed while taking Clomid.

With a low progesterone problem/short luteal phase, for some reason I remember reading somewhere that a baby aspirin every day can raise progesterone levels. Will have to look it up later.

All is good here, starting to feel a bit better. I am 12 weeks now and we are getting ready to announce after my appointment next week on Wednesday
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Lucille - Nurses and docs are notorious for freaking us out! You may be able to control your GD with diet alone. Log your numbers and keep a close eye on your carbs. Your numbers dont sound bad at all! Also, I had a c-sect with DS and he was never taken from me or ever even left my side while I was in the hospital except when he went with DH while I was being stitched up. I was back with them both in 20 min and nursing right away so dont worry about that stuff now.

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shannon - I never thought I would hear myself say this but congrats on TOM coming!

My inlaws are visiting for the weekend so I wont be around. Hope you all have a great weekend!
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Nothing to report here, other than tons of baby rolls and stretches here at 24 weeks. Head butting of the ribs and cervix alternately is a bit disruptive (it never starts until I lay down and stop talking/moving, I figure it's the kid checking to make sure I'm still alive ). Diet and exercise is going great, the scale has been holding steady for a month and I've been right on plan. I figure with baby growth and my face slimming down that I'm actually losing fat, but I'm not hungry and my menu is stellar so I don't think there will be any issues with my midwives unless I have weird bloodwork. They were pretty chill about me being low carb last time, so now I just have to be a poster mommy and set a good example with my outcomes.
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Just wanted to pop in and say hello Baby James is 8 months now! He is growing up so fast! There was a post about ttc when obese. I just want to say I know a ton of heavy women who have healthy babies do not let your weight stop you from living life. Having a baby is a risk no matter your weight. I know lots of thin healthy women who have had complications.
Also, I stayed low carb for my pregnancy and it was fine. It was not easy, but James was very healthy
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I'm losing some fat now too Taryl. I've only gained 2 pounds in the last 8 weeks. My docs have been fine with it. I'm sitting right at a 30 pound gain so even a few more pounds would be ok by me.

36 weeks today. Having dreams about my baby girl now
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Carlini ~ Thank you for the encouragement! I was probably close to 100 which I knew was high for me but was afraid to go lower then after I failed the 1 hour I dropped them to about 50. Today, after I got this news, I am afraid to eat many at all. I've had around 25.

Andi ~ Thank you so much for your suggestions. I will also avoid wheat because It does not do well with me and my hypothyroid condition. The midwife was very matter of fact that the doctor I see will put me on insulin but I always thought that was a last resort with GD. And that I will probably have Diabetes afterward because of how high my numbers were. She also said I will have to be induced because the baby will get too big. All of these things may happen but she doesn't know for sure and it really bothered me that she was so certain about it. After I got my meter today my numbers were 90 fasting, 102 after lunch, 83 midday (just took it to see), have not taken my after supper number yet. But these don't seam too high to me. I'm afraid to be put on insulin. I am staying low carb! I am going to kick GD's A$$!!!! Pardon my French! But I am fired up now! I can't believe I didn't do it and stick with it sooner. I am hoping that the whole purpose for this happening is to get my rear in gear and never go back to high carb again. I am really sad that now I am considered high risk and won't be having the birth of my choice (water birth @ the birth center) but I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and if I have to be in the hospital then so be it. I've just never had my baby taken from me right away after delivery and never had to worry about a nursery or anything like that. It's always been very mellow and gentle and I hope that it goes okay. I'm trying not to think that far ahead though.
The guidelines I've been given for my GD is under 95 fasting. And 125-135 an hour after each meal. When I go low cArb my one hours are more like 100-110 and they scared me telling me that's too low and could hurt the baby. Now with their GD diet, my numbers are creeping up too much. And I'm finding I have to start cutting out the carbs they Insist I eat. Just trying to figure out how to get around the dietician/doctor with this....
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Lucille - Just my opinion, there is NO WAY I would be able to eat the amount of carbs they suggest on a GD diet. Trust me, the nutritionist wont be much help either. What I did, was I added 2 servings of carbs per day and by servings, I mean serving size! I also avoided wheat because it didnt agree with me so I had things like a half cup rice, oatmeal, corn, beans, even sweet potato. That brought me up to around 50 carbs per day and it worked for me. Obviously you will have to see what works for you but dont freak, you will find your groove.

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Can I ask a question? They have me seeing a GD dietician and I have to log everything I eat and show it to them at meetings. Did u have to do this? How did u get around the fact that u aren't eating their diet? My dietician seems pretty Insistent that I eat all the carbs they want.

Also for others who are low carbing, what do u do about your OB? Does the ketosis show up in your urine?
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Can I ask a question? They have me seeing a GD dietician and I have to log everything I eat and show it to them at meetings. Did u have to do this? How did u get around the fact that u aren't eating their diet? My dietician seems pretty Insistent that I eat all the carbs they want.

Also for others who are low carbing, what do u do about your OB? Does the ketosis show up in your urine?
I failed the 1hr and passed my 3hr GD test but my fasting numbers were high so my doc tested it again and rec'd the diet when I was 32 wks, though I didnt technically have GD. I did write down my menus and chart my numbers and turned that in but the nutritionist or the doc never commented on anything and just kept saying my numbers looked great and there was no cause for concern. They never mentioned ketones but I dont think I was ever in real deep ketosis or even any ketosis at all.

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I failed the 1hr and passed my 3hr GD test but my fasting numbers were high so my doc tested it again and rec'd the diet when I was 32 wks, though I didnt technically have GD. I did write down my menus and chart my numbers and turned that in but the nutritionist or the doc never commented on anything and just kept saying my numbers looked great and there was no cause for concern. They never mentioned ketones but I dont think I was ever in real deep ketosis or even any ketosis at all.



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I was never given the 3 hour test, only the 1 hour. And I was given it early and diagnosed at 12 weeks. I'm 25 weeks now, so this GD journey is a long one for me!
My OB doesn't look at my menu's but the dietician sure does! She makes sure I have exactly the amount of carbs, dairy and veggies they want me having. I get hassled already because I don't drink milk.
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I found these mini crustless red pepper and spinach quiches at my grocery store that are only 1 carb each! Having 4 for breakfast with some sour cream, and sausage on the side. Not as high in carbs as the dietician wants. But not zero carb either! I'm probably about 6 carbs.....I feel much better with that!
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I found these mini crustless red pepper and spinach quiches at my grocery store that are only 1 carb each! Having 4 for breakfast with some sour cream, and sausage on the side. Not as high in carbs as the dietician wants. But not zero carb either! I'm probably about 6 carbs.....I feel much better with that!
YUM that sounds super good!

I was planning on talking to my boss on Wednesday after my appointment. I am getting kind of nervous! I hope this doesn't affect anything I have going on here. I am the youngest person on my team by about 5 years and have worked hard to make myself an asset and am nervous about taking so much time off so early in my career.
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Just checking in. Surviving here..:barely! Watching 4 small ones everyday is wearing on me. I hope these next 2 weeks go fast so I can at least get a little break before the baby comes. This weekend marks 37 weeks and full term! we will be installing the carseats, putting up the bassinet, and packing our bag. Yay!
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Hello everyone! Sorry I haven't been posting much lately, we've been busy! I ended up with a impromptu trip out of town this Friday over night. It was fun, but tiring.

I ended up taking off work today with a migraine. It was so bad when I woke up I couldn't stand any light at all. I figured since I have a lot of build up paid time off, I might as well let myself have a day to relax and get rid of this headache.

Anyone else deal with headaches in their second trimester? I rarely get headaches, but now have had them pretty consistently since Saturday evening. I'll be 17 weeks tomorrow. I've also had some pain/discomfort in my lower stomach on the sides (stretching pains?).

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I've had headaches on and off Suzie. They were worse with my first pregnancy but its common. As is the pain in your abdomen, especially the sides. At the beginning of this pregnancy sometimes it felt like when I stood up I was tearing in half! Hope you are feeling better
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Andi ~ Howís the diet coming? I love the new avatar

Krissy ~ I was on Met a long time ago. From what I remember it made me sick. Do you think Met is needed if youíre strictly lowcarbing? Iím a little nervous about doing both at the same time.

Shannon ~ Because of your post I looked into Soy Isoflavones. Interesting stuff for sure. Not sure if I want to try it right now because it could mess things up.

CJ ~ I canít believe its 12 weeks already. Time flies!

Suzanne ~ Any pics of James for us?

Shana ~ Thatís a lot of side effects! Did you O on Clomid?

AFM ~ Iím off the sugar now and plan on taking next weekend to dip into ketosis. DH and I are going to focus on diet, exercise, and vitamins for the next 3 months. The midwife referred me to an OB so Iíll make that appt in January when my insurance changes. Iím open to Clomid and Progesterone supps if needed. But weíre giving it 3 months (total 9 months TTC), and Iím making an appt with an RE. There are two really good RE centers here in Salt Lake, and thatís comforting. But hopefully we wonít have to go there.

Hi to everyone I missed. Have a great day!
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