The past 24 hours have been an emotional roller-coaster. I'm sure all the research I have been doing hasn't helped but WOW. It sucks.
Let me start from the beginning...
Yesterday I was sticking to my routine and checking my cervical mucus (CM) throughout the day to see if I noticed any changes. In the afternoon I had very watery & pink CM. I was really confused initially because my period wasn't due for a week. This made me super excited. Why? I was excited because I thought it was a sign that I had conceived. If you haven't heard of this yet it is called "implantation bleeding/spotting". Implantation bleeding happens in 1/3 women. This is when the egg is implanting into the uterine wall about 6-12 days after conception. This light spotting can either be light pink or brown. If it is bright red it is less likely to be implantation bleeding and more regular period spotting. So after work, I texted Debbie (my midwife) and was asking her a bunch of questions. I was super excited and anxious to take a home pregnancy test (hpt) but Debbie told me to wait until 2 days after my missed period. UGH I HATE WAITING! This two week wait was going to drive me nuts. I was super antsy.
Well, until this morning... Aunt Flow (AF) came a week early and in full force.
Not only am I disappointed I am not pregnant BUT my cycle came EARLY. I have been working on getting my periods to become regular and my last 2 cycles have been. I have been off birth control for 5 months as of next week. It is said that it takes 6-12 months for your cycle to regulate. I think the irregular cycle frustrates me even more than not being pregnant. I haven't been trying to conceive for very long so I didn't & don't expect to get pregnant right away. I'm just trying to get all my ducks in a row to be able to get pregnant.
Now that my new cycle is here I have plans on buying an Ovulation Prediction Kit (opk), adding more regular CM checks, continue with temping and adding some vitamins & supplements along side dietary changes.
To know more about Implantation Spotting read the article below. It has great information as well as easy to understand info graphics (shown above).
Implantation Bleeding or Period? 5 Leading Signs of Implantation Spotting by Margaret Scott
So, needless to say I have been doing TOO much research and reading into all of this. I defiantly jumped the gun last week. Worked myself up over nothing. I guess it was the "wake up call" I needed to remind myself that I need to take this one step at a time.
Since my new cycle started last week I went out and purchased an OPK from a local convenient store. To be honest I was excited to buy it. I can't say I have narrowed down WHEN I ovulate which is a very important part of getting pregnant. If there is no ovulation there is no pregnancy! Anyway...
I purchased a kit that was about $20. It came with 20 ovulation strips, a small cup & 1 pregnancy strip. A BIG note to anyone using any OPK or HPT (do you remember thee acronyms? If not they are Ovulation Prediction Kit & Home Pregnancy Test), READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY!!!!!!!
The instructions are super important to follow. They can make a big difference in having correct readings.
Per my instructions from the Answer Kit (and for most strip style tests)
*Test the first morning urine so that the urine isn't deluded from liquids
*Place the test strip on a flat non-absorbent surface while awaiting a reading
*Hold test strip in urine for 10 seconds
*Wait 3 minutes to read the test
*If using a cup - DO NOT WASH IT WITH SOAPS rinse it only with water (I'm personally using disposable med cups)
*Try and test around the same time each day
*To confirm LH Surge note that the test line must be as dark or darker than the control line
Now, some people SWEAR by the pink dye vs blue dye testing. Some would rather do the digital testing. I think if I have a hard time with the strips this cycle I will try the digital next month. Here is what they look like and how much they cost on average.
Now, depending on when and how many times a day you plan on testing you will want to make sure you have enough tests. For starters I went with the small strips because there were more of them for cheaper. I only plan on testing 1x a day this month at roughly the same time each morning. Once I get a feel for when I ovulate I might test 2x a day only during my fertile window. However, this makes it hard when I have an irregular cycle. We will just have to wait and see what happens this month!
I know all of this tracking and purchasing of things to help you get pregnant seems super tedious - honestly, it is! My biggest piece of advice to you is to not read into it so much. Try to distract yourself with other things in your life. Try to treat this as a normal part of you day, like taking lunch breaks would be. I have found myself obsessing over all of this and it makes me frustrated and anxious. I finally decided that while I wait (did I mention I HATE WAITING?) for my fertile window, I am going to do a few things for myself. I have scheduled a massage (here at the shop with Emma - LOVE HER!) on Thursday before I start my day. Then, on Monday I will be having some Chiropractic work done. I will feel AMAZING after all this nice body work. While feeling great is awesome, there are many benefits to being relaxed and as stress free as possible during this process.
Stay tuned for information regarding Fertility and Chiropractic work next week on FertiliTales.
Thanks for reading and Baby Dust to All!
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