7w and questions…

Hello again!  Thank you so much to everyone for all of your love and support!  We’re still in the very early, very nervous stages of this pregnancy, but I’m trying to take it a day at a time.  My ticker on the side seems to be off a bit, but I’m about 7 weeks along today!  For the next week I’m going to have to keep myself busy and distracted.  This is about the time I lost our first baby, Declan.  Somewhere between 7 and 8 weeks.  I don’t go back to my doctor until about 11 weeks, so all I can do is hope that I get to that next appointment.  To borrow a phrase from K over at Waiting for Sunflower, “So far, so good.”

So of course, going into my first appointment I wrote down all of my questions in a little notebook that I always carry with me.  I always have it on me – except apparently when I go in for my first appointment with my doctor!  Bugger.  So, I tried to ask her all I could remember, but I missed most of the important ones!  I’ve spent the last 3 years focusing on GETTING pregnant that I really don’t know much at all about BEING pregnant, and staying that way!  I need some help.  I’m hoping there are some of you TTC ladies that have looked ahead to the pregnancy stage and no what to do, or that there are some of you that have made it out of IF land and can offer me your advice/experience.  I also know I have some good friends who read this who have been pregnant and may be able to help, too.  So, I give you the nervous IF pregnant ladies questions so far:

1) Exercise!  I know that this is good, and before the Xmas season and the BFP I was going in to a gym 3 times per week.  I kinda took December off since we were traveling so much.  Now I find myself in January with a little friend on board, and I’m scared to go back.  I know pregnant women can exercise, but I wonder how much?  Should I cut back the intensity?  Should I wait a few more weeks?  What do you all think?

2) BD-ing.  Yes, I’m nervous about this and my poor DH suffers for it.  When we went in to the ER when we lost Declan the OBGYN that examined me asked a bunch of questions and one of the first was “when was the last time you had sex?”  This of course has scared me into thinking maybe we did something wrong going ahead after the RE told us it was okay.  Now I find myself in this place again, and again nervous we could do something wrong.  I’m sorry, this is way TMI for my friends and family that read this, but I’m pretty nervous and I want to make sure everything is okay before we go ahead.

3) Pre-natals, my nemesis.  I’ve been taking the damn pills for 3 years now.  I’ve been taking some over the counter stuff, but now my doc has prescribed me some.  This was after I asked because I know a lot of my friends who have had babies took prescription pre-natals.  My doc said it doesn’t matter if it’s prescription or over the counter, as long as you are taking them.  She did however give me a bunch of samples and told me to “choose the one I like most.”  How am I supposed to choose?  By taste?  You just swallow the things!  So, I turned to my trusty friend, WebMD.  Here is what they have to say:

  • 400 mcg of folic acid
  • 400 IU of vitamin D
  • 200 to 300 mg of calcium
  • 70 mg of vitamin C
  • 3 mg of thiamine
  • 2 mg of riboflavin
  • 20 mg of niacine
  • 6 mcg of vitamin B12
  • 10 mg of vitamin E
  • 15 mg of zinc
  • 17 mg of iron

This is the list I followed when I chose my over the counter stuff (which by the way is the generic Target brand, exactly the same as the Stuart Pre-Natals if your familiar with that brand.)  I’ve been looking at the ingredients listed on the prescription ones my doc gave me, but none of them have all of these things or the right amounts suggested.  Also, my friend SusQ said her doctor suggested taking a vitamin with DHA in it, which 2 of them do, but they are missing so much of the rest of the list, I think I’d rather stick with my Target brand!  Some of them don’t even have Calcium or Vitamin C in them!  Or, way lower doses than listed above.  None of them have thiamine, riboflavin or niacine.  So, how important is the list above?  Do I need to make sure to get EVERYTHING on that list, or just most of them?  I’m perfectly fine just continuing to take the Target brand, but I’d appreciate some input if y’all have any!

4)  Diet – what am I supposed to eat or not eat?  I know that: hot dogs, lunch meat, caffeine,  alcohol and soft cheeses are out.  Anything else vitally important?  Anything that is really good to eat?  I was hoping for some sort of list from my doc, but I forgot to ask.  Again, help would be appreciated.  Or even a good website you know of that could help??

Okay, I think that’s all for now.  Back to my paranoia!

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four and counting…

4 – that’s the number of pills I’ve taken so far today (and it’s only 11:30 am)!  My first pill this morning was the prenatal vitamin…I hate taking that one.  Not because it’s big…not because it tastes awful…not even because it’s pink.  What I hate about taking it is that I’ve been taking these damn pills for almost 3 years, and I think it’s just a big joke.  Prenatal – really?  I must have a VERY l0ng gestational period…like an elephant.  Yup, that’s me!  The human elephant.

Okay.  Pill #2 was Metformin.  Yup – today was the day I start week 2 of the Met and so I’ve jumped up to 2 a day.  I made sure to eat breakfast (which I normally don’t do) and took it with milk.  We’ll see if I have any side effects, which I’ve been avoiding the past week by taking it at night so I can sleep through it all.

Pills #3 and 4 were the same: Extra Strength Tylenol.  That’s right folks your friend and mine, Aunt Flo showed up for a visit today!  I’m not sure if it was the Met that made her come earlier than normal (CD-38 instead of say, CD-90), but I’m glad I didn’t have to go through 3 months wondering when I’d get to see if the Metformin would regulate my cycles!  So while I’m experiencing my vomit educing cramping, at least I can start tracking this cycle.  I’ve never really gotten into the BBT thing (as my cycles were so long and temps up and down everyday).  I’ve NEVER done an OPK…again, hard to know when to do the test in a 90 day cycle!  So, tomorrow I will officially start BBT-ing and see what happens!  You may see a new ticker, my CD ticker.  That’s mostly for MY benefit, as I’m not a number person.  It will help me remember where I’m at.

I’m nervous and excited.  I know this Metformin stuff can take a while to really regulate things for me, but as we all can be when it comes to infertility, we think it won’t apply to us!  The first time will be the charm!  I mean I *did* get pregnant on my very first ever IUI, very first ever treatment for infertility.  Of course after that it’s not been so “easy” for me.  But here I am, on a new course of treatment so of course I’m thinking it’s going to work for me easy!  I think I heard someone call this “infertility amnesia”.  I’ve got it bad!  I think that’s a good thing though.  It will help to keep me hopeful.  Until then, I’m going to try and keep my breakfast down.  Damn cramps.

it has begun…

Yup, started my Metformin last night!  Yay me!  So, here’s the scoop:

I was given 500 mg Metformin and told to take it 3 times a day.  However, thanks to suggests from you all here on my blog (especially Maybe Baby?) and also from my IF sisters on Twitter I’ve decided to ease into it.  I’ll do 1 week with just one pill, then week 2 switch to 2 and week 3 be up to the full dose/day.  I’ve also restarted my pre-natal vitamins.  I know, I know…don’t even say it.  After the last BFN I pretty much went through my house and threw all of my IF supplies into a bag and shoved it in my closet (the needles, syringes, left over Endometrium, Pre-natals, etc…).  This morning I dug around looking for the bag and pulled the Pre-Natals out and took one this morning.  Yes folks, hope is again knocking on my door…and I REALLY want to answer.

I’ve also decided to hold off on the Clomid that I was prescribed.  I wasn’t expecting it in the first place, and I’ve always been a bit wary of Clomid, just from things I’ve read about it.  So the plan right now is taking the Metformin to regulate my cycles and also using OPK’s and BBT to make sure things are happening the way they “should” happen.  Once I’ve had a cycle or 2 (or 3) that seem “normal”, we will do one of two things.

1) Call the endocrinologist that was recommended to me (may do this earlier if it turns out insurance will cover it) and talk with her about the Met and possibly starting the Clomid.

2) Call my old fertility clinic and do one last try at IUI (which we are saved up for and can do whenever, but want to try this Met stuff for a while first)

So – there it is!  Hopefully something along the way will work for me and I’ll be pregnant BEFORE my next birthday (which is the big 3-0.  Yikes).  It’s just really nice at this point to have some freakin’ OPTIONS rather than sinking into a pool of despair.  Yay!

I’ve also been working out regularly.  I joined Curves and I got 3 times a week as they recommend.  I haven’t missed a week yet!  I’m feeling pretty good about that, and hoping also that now I’m on the Metformin it’ll help me loose weight, too.  The next hurdle is the diet.  I’ve never felt that I eat poorly, per se, but I don’t eat as well as I should.  And I love carbs.  I LOVE CARBS.  Give me a loaf of fresh bread anyday!!  Yum.  So, you can see we have a bit of a problem there, but one I’m willing to work on.  The DH and I were on the South Beach Diet for a while and it was working pretty good…I lost 10 pounds on that – before we crashed and failed!  So, I might try to somewhat go back to that, or really, just be more conscious about what I eat.

So far, no side effects to report on the Metformin, but I purposely started my doses at night, so I could sleep through whatever may happen on them…at least for the first week.  Really hoping I don’t get hit too hard with stuff.  Usually, if I do experience side effects from meds, it wears off eventually, so I’m hoping I keep up that tradition.  Okay…hope you are all well!!!!