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We’re Pregnant!
November 28, 2007, 6:47 pm
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I wasn’t expecting anything this month since my temperature didn’t rise when it was supposed to indicating my ovulation and my fertility. My husband and I still had sex on the days that we should have if everything in the cycle was normal. My chart of told me not to expect my period for another week and they usually tell you not to test until you’ve missed your period. So here I was, Thanksgiving weekend, one week before my expected period, with a severe cold. I needed to take something for my symptoms but I was nervous to take any medications just in case I was pregnant. I decided to take a pregnancy test since I had one left over from last month. I quickly peed on the stick and waited. It was positive! I was shocked. My husband was in the bedroom waiting and I looked at him with a big grin. How exciting and so unexpected! We ran to Walgreens to get some “safe medication” after talking to the doctor and I bought another pregnancy test just to be sure. It was positive again. Since our siblings were all in town for Thanksgiving, we ended up telling everyone the next day but swore them to secrecy until we went to the doctor. We’ll have our first appointment at the 8 week mark and are cautiously waiting until then!


November 19, 2007, 7:32 pm
Filed under: Pre-pregnancy

So, I found this picture and it truely is weird what your body goes through. It’s amazing and incredible but oh so freaky!

The waiting game
November 12, 2007, 6:57 pm
Filed under: Pre-pregnancy

I’ll admit it. I thought I would get pregnant the first month we tried. Three of my friends had done this so I thought it was a sure thing. The first month went by and I got my period 3 days late. I thought my body was playing a cruel joke on me but I’m sure there was another reason. We are on our second month of trying and I’m trying to play it cool while I wait. I don’t think I was aware of the waiting game that is played while trying to conceive. Once you have your period, you have about 14 days to wait until you ovulate and then after you’ve tried to conceive, you have another 2-3 weeks to wait for either your next period or your positive pregnancy test. Believe me, it’s a lot of waiting. I’m not getting my hopes up for this month although I will be disappointed if it doesn’t happen. I found these stats on a website which have managed to ease my mind:

-Just 25% of couples actively trying to conceive become pregnant the first cycle.
-60% become pregnant in the first six months of trying to conceive.
-75% of couples become pregnant within nine months.
-90% of couples experience pregnancy within 18 months.

These were certainly not the odds that I had perceived. Upon further research, I found this statistic.

Your age / Your chances of conceiving in a year
Under 25 / 96%
25-34 / 86%
35-44 / 78%

Basically, every year that passes, your chances of getting pregnant decrease by 1.1%. No pressure there! Stats like this make me wonder that if today’s trend is for women to get a career started first and/or get married later in life, then surely our generation will have fewer and fewer kids. Or, it means I should start investing in a company that sells infertility drugs!

The Downfall
November 6, 2007, 10:49 pm
Filed under: Pre-pregnancy

So, I’m trucking along tracking my fertility juice, keeping tabs, etc. My average ovulation day is the 14th day in my cycle so my husband and I started having sex around day 10, the time my secretion would start changing from sticky to watery and now there is a kink in my tracking system. Since I am loaded up with sperm all day and not all of the little fellas can go to the promise land, the stragglers have to come back down. So, now when I check my secretion on my underwear, I don’t know if what is coming out of me is sperm run-off or fertility juice. Grossed out? Welcome to the world of women. I’m at a loss but there are multiple ways to detect ovulation so I will just have to rely on my temperatures for now, which quite frankly, just isn’t as cool.