The Dirt on Pregnancy Weblog


Wow.
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.



Globbity Goo
October 12, 2007, 4:35 pm
Filed under: Pre-pregnancy

Two months ago, I had called my gynecologist because I had a big ‘ole pile of thick goo in my underwear. It held it’s own shape and was kind of stretchy. I totally freaked out because I had never seen this before. I told him what I had found and he said, “don’t worry, you probably just ovulated.” Hearing this I was still confused. “But why haven’t I had this before?” I asked. His reply was, “Well Jill, how long have you been on birth control?” Duh! I’ve been on birth control for a LONG time and you don’t ovulate when you’re on it. So just two months ago, at the age of 26, was the the first time I had ovulated since the age of 15. Wow, what have I done to my body? I’m glad I wasn’t able to get pregnant until now but sometimes you have stop and think about how you are altering the natural way of your body and how crazy it is. Regardless, I was certainly prepared for more globbity goo when predicting my ovulation day.



The Secretion Moat
October 12, 2007, 4:09 pm
Filed under: Pre-pregnancy

When I knew that we would start trying to get pregnant, my friend that just had a baby, referred me to http://www.fertilityfriend.com/. In this site, you can track your fertility on a daily basis so you know when you ovulate and when to have sex if you are trying to inseminate. There are different ways to track your fertility. You can take your temperature, track your cervix position by feeling it every morning, use an ovulation prediction kit or my favorite, track your vaginal discharge. I always assumed that vaginal discharge was like snot: A team of white blood cells attacking and capturing foreign bodies to keep your insides clean. But, I was wrong. It is so much more. At the top of your vaginal canal is the cervix. The cervix acts as the gatekeeper to your uterus and is for most of the time, closed. To keep it protected, a thick layer of sticky mucus lies in front of it. This mucus will most likely kill off any sperm as well as other intruders into the vagina. The mucus has various stages in a period cycle and goes from sticky to creamy to watery to a stage that resembles an egg white. So, if you check your underwear at the end of the day, you should be able to tell what stage you are in. Gross, right? No way. When your secretion is watery, you are fertile. The watery mucus in front of your cervix is more inviting to sperm and will actually allow them to pass. But, are you ready for this? When you are most fertile, you will have the egg white discharge. This may seem a little confusing because it is thicker than the watery stage making it harder for the sperm to pass but actually, the substance is full of protein and some other stuff that helps the little spermies on their journey. Amazing, right?! Who would have ever thought all of that came from some gross discharge in your underwear?



Introductions
October 12, 2007, 3:48 pm
Filed under: Pre-pregnancy

My husband and I have decided to start a family and like any new experience, I dove headfirst into research. I have always been fascinated with the human body and amazed at how complex it is. Watching documentaries like the Miracle of Life and exploring the Hall of Life exhibit at the Denver Museum as a child always invigorated me. Quite simply, the human body is amazing. I would have liked to explore a career in medicine but there’s no way I could cut anyone open or stitch anyone up. So, I now find myself watching the Miracle of Life again but this time I can more closely relate. In what I have learned thus far, I think the most interesting aspects of the baby-making process is the stuff that you won’t find in any “expecting” baby books. In fact, no one really ever talks about the cool stuff, like vaginal secretion and what breast milk tastes like. So here goes.