I did talk to the dr. about the spotting and she said to keep an eye on it. Both times it has happened has been after exercising. I think I'll take it easy for a while.
Have you ladies worked out during your pregnancy. My dr. said it was fine as long as I don't work out to breathlessness. I only did yoga one night and run/walked on the treadmill another. I guess I'll hold off maybe for my first trimester. I'm going on vacation in a few weeks so I was trying to drop a few pounds before I got my BFP. Of course I'm not dieting now, just trying to stay healthy.
ugh, i hate my crappy internet connection that causes things to post twice! sorry for cluttering the board.
I exercised during my pregnancy, although it was light. I bought a denise austin pregnancy workout dvd that has workouts for the different trimesters. it helped my backpain. Prenatal yoga also helped my back pain, but wasn't much of a workout. I did some hiking and even went zip lining when i was 21 weeks pregnant. Pregnancy workouts are pretty lame if you are used to more intense stuff, but i would recommend exercising now to help strengthen your back, even if its not intense. I couldn't believe how much my back was hurting by the end there, and how stretching and light weight lifting (like 3 lbs) really helped with the pain. I stayed away from cardio tho (still am, but have no excuses now )
Firstly congratulations to you all on your pregnancies! i also spot for days after OV to AF and it really gives me hope to see that others have had the same symptoms as me and still managed to get pregnant!
I have been actively ttc for two years and have had the spotting ever since I came off the pill. Most of the time it's about 5/6 days before AF but sometimes it's as early as 2/3 days from OV all the way to AF. I have spotted every single cycle before AF except when I did get PG last year. Unfortunately that ended in mc very early and it's almost been a year and I've still not got PG again. I have noticed I get cramps before my periods start and I'm really worried it might be endo. I've been referred to a FS and have been given progesterone to take after OV (400mg suppositories). That reduced the spotting but it didn't go away. i decided not to start taking them until 3dpo to make sure id ovulated first and of course the dreaded spotting started the same evening before i took the first one. Typical! Im also having an HSG done in April (dreading that!). I've told the FS about the spotting but he doesn't think it's an issue and said if I had endo bad enough to affect fertility it would have shown up on the ultrasound I had done of my womb I also asked if I could try Clomid incase I'm not ovulating properly and he said no because I get positive OPKs each month and had satisfactory day 21 test results (even though I always started to spot shortly after and my temps fell). Also had day 3 bloods done and I was told they are normal, although prolactin was in the 300s which seems high.
I hope you don't mind me posting but would you mind telling me if you ever found out what caused your spotting and how you managed to get pregnant? Did you need Clomid / IVF or did you fall naturally? And how long did it take you to get PG? Is there any advice you could offer me? Really feel at my wits end about this. It's so disheartening when im at work and go to the bathroom only to see the spotting has started so soon and to know at that point im not pregnant yet again. Also since my mc my best friend, sister and SIL announced their pregnancies and they fell straight away. I've spent hours and hours online trying to find out what's causing it. I feel like things are moving so slowly and that I'm running out of time as in my 30s.
Aww Chloe how cute! Happy valentines to your little Gabriella!
Welcome back Yoms, hope everything is well!
SB I don't really exercise but like walking with my dog, me and my friend who is preggo take the dogs out & we're out quite a while at the weekends, but I'm having to slow down now. I got really breathless & still am, but now I'm waddling & very slow, it's really hard work! I'm also finding I get pain in my bladder & uterus when I walk about sometimes, not nice
Welcome buninmyoven! You should join the TTC thread for support (see first post) they're lovely ladies. I was 8 months on clomid, no answer to my spotting & my FS wasn't interested. I wasn't one of the worst spotters on the thread though. In hindsight I just think it was extended pre AF spotting made worse when I starting taking Agnus cactus/vitex & the stress was continuing it after I stopped taking it. I hope you get your BFP soon Hun, the cycle you got your last BFP did you do or was anything different? I'm sure the cliche 'relaxation' had a lot to do with mine... p.s I love your avatar!
Mummies/mommies, how long before your birth did your baby's head engage? I was seen today & nothing was said but have noticed on my notes it's 3/5. I'm not getting excited as I knw it could stay like that a long time, but at least it's moving in the right direction & am curious!
Chloe, I'm 16+3 today. Time is flying by! Your girl is gorgeous, what a cute little face!!
Sbmack, glad your dr wasn't concerned about the spotting. I've not been working out at all. I've felt too exhausted and sick until very recently so just getting to work and back has been enough! I'm hoping to start yoga soon.
BIMO, welcome! I got pg after only 4 cycles off the pill and had heavy spotting from 1-3 days past ov until AF... so it seems that the spotting didn't affect me getting pregnant at all. I have no idea what the cause is, and suspect either luteal phase defect or endo. I changed my diet to include more essential oils (seeds, nuts, fish, olives etc) and also took a B-vitamin complex in case it was the former. It sounds like your FS is doing a lot to help and hopefully the progesterone and HSG will bring some clarity. Good luck xx
Question about what you use to change nappies, wipes or cotton wool & water? Johnsons do extra sensitive baby wipes & is 'clinically proven' to be as gentle as water but a friend of a friend who is a mw said its tosh & you should only use water for the first few weeks x
I finally found some time to have a cup of tea and check out and reply to the thread.
MrsP, it can come any time now! Are you ready? Crossing my fingers everything goes well, can't wait for you to share your birth story and the pictures of the little one. Get ready for some tears too! My dh didn't cry, I've probably only seen him cry once in my life. He's so adorable with his little girl though and so dedicated. Love listening to his songs to her, my new ticker was inspired by his singing You're my sunshine to our girl
Daydream, that 4 generation photo sounds great. I'd love a pic like that but all family members are all over the place and so far away. My husband's aunt/godmother Anne is coming to visit and I'm glad she'll be one of the first in the family, since our lo was named after her. Each time she calls, she ends up she's so humbled and overwhelmed. We'll def take a picture of that.
Chloe, I love the pictures, thank you for sharing. Don't they change so quickly. I'm looking at the pictures I took right after birth and she's already changed. Before we know it, daddy will be performing background checks on a guy who asks her out. Sorry you're having a hard time putting your baby in daycare, but it will only make you both stronger.
Cat, hope the pregnancy keeps going smoothly!
Sb, glad to see you on here. I spotted heavily right after conception, passed large clots, which were mistaken for miscarriage. After that I didn't spot for a couple of months, but it eventually came back, usually brown, with some red once or twice. The spotting didn't affect my pregnancy though. I keep looking at my daughter thinking: I've been told you didn't survive, I've been told all the spotting is bad news, I've been told you won't make it, and here you are in my arms
Yoms, excited to see you here too. I know it's hard to keep up, but keep us posted. Hope the pregnancy is going well.
Bun, I never found out what caused the spotting and didn't do anything extra the month we conceived. I'd usually start spotting shortly after O, and it would last all the way till AF. The month we conceived spotting was at its worst. Sorry I can't give you a magic tip that will do the trick. Everyone's story on here seems to be slightly different, but as you can see, we all spotted and all were able to conceive. Don't despair!
AFM, everything is going well, we're slowly figuring out the routine. The girl knows her schedule already and though I set the alarm at night to feed her, she is the one who usually wakes me up with cute sounds 5 minutes before the alarm goes off. We started feeding her formula here and there, so that I can get more than 3 hours of sleep in a row. With my epilepsy I have to be careful because seizures are usually caused by sleep deprivation and exhaustion. My DH and mother in law have been amazing though and are making motherhood so much easier. My healing is going well too, bending and turning is still hard, but I can walk straight now. I just need to buy some grandma underwear that reaches all the way to my breasts, because every panty I have ends on the scar tissue line and it's been bothering me ever since they took the bandaid off.
A tip for expecting mothers: get a couple of onesies or shirts that have 'pocket' sleeves. I don't know about other babies, but mine was born with pretty sharp nails and would accidentally scratch herself until I could give her proper manicure (no nail polish, I promise). Putting her in those onesies and covering her hands helped to keep her skin nice and smooth without any scratches.
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