Don't worry about the cramps, they sound very normal, I think they are your uterus starting to stretch and change. I felt very heavy and crampy like AF was about to start around 14dpo and still have the cramps and twinges now two weeks later in my uterus and ovaries.
I also agree with the others, stay on the progesterone, most IVF ladies aren't on natural progesterone they're on synthetic and from what i've read it doesn't cross the placenta and affect baby until you are past the 12 weeks mark.
Yum - good to hear from you
Can'twait4u - lovely to hear from you too Your little boy is so adorable
Bloody hell another BFP!! Congratulations Expat!! I had a feeling you might also be preggo! Please dont stop your progesterone without speaking to a Dr, it could cause a mc. I've read 12 weeks to take it.
Daydream, wow, multiples! Amazing! Hopefully it'll just be twinnies, I can't imagine more than that!
Nell, expatttc, Chloe, any of you guys been off caffeine and if yes, then how long ago you quit it? daydream, I'm not asking you, since you already mentioned it!
I'm debating, whether or not it's worth trying it. I did go off coffee last year and it didn't improve anything at all. Some studies say that only excessive intake is harmful, others say, if there's a fertility concern, better quit it completely. Apparently caffeine can act as a toxin in the body and harm egg quality. Which makes it harder to fertilize and implant. On the other hand, they say that it also lowers testosterone and estrogen levels, which is not good for normal person, but for someone with PCOS (like me) should be a good thing.
I'm yet to read someone saying "I went off coffee for a month and got my BFP". Hens the question
I haven't had caffeine since I got my crappy amh test back in March of last year, who knows if i'd be worse off if I hadn't stopped but once I knew I was going down the IVF route I figured I needed to do all I could. I wasn't a tea or coffee drinker anyway, but I did like diet coke and initially switched to caffeine free before cutting fizzy drinks althogether anyway.
So for me I've been: no tea, no coffee, no fizzy drinks, no alcohol and only small amounts of dark 70% cocoa choc. I also eat low carb, no sugars...although I allow myself 1 day a week of where I do have pasta/bread/rice/desert if I want to but I never have caffeine (because I don't miss it so no need to break that!)
TBH I probably won't switch back, this isn't a diet it's how I now eat
Whoa, Nell, that's some real dedication! I don't think I could ever do that Taking away life's little pleasures always makes me feel completely miserable. I won't even quit sugar, despite PCOS. On principle.
But grand respect to you! And thank you for replying!!
So when is your first scan?? I hope it's not a long wait!
It's tomorrow and I am crapping myself, I can cope with bad news....just terrified of ectopic with my low betas
It sounds dedicated doesn't it, but it's sort of just evolved and now I don't miss it. I honestly think I had a suagr addiction before as it was rare to go a day without a little biscuit or something sweet. I love cooking and I love food so I just treat myself in different ways I suppose
CONGRATULATIONS expattc, like mrs pttc I also had suspicions that you might be pregnant woo hoo and happy and healthy 9 months to you. Was this your first month taking progesterone? To all you BFP ladies thank you so much you have gave us all hope and it is great to have so much positivity on this thread.
Congrats, expattc!! So happy for you! As the others have already said, I would keep taking your progesterone so as to not have a sudden drop off.
As for the caffiene question, I am not a coffee drinker, but i drink one cup of english breakfast tea per morning M-F. Definitely not as much caffiene as in coffee. And i eat chocolate. I didn't change anything up diet-wise this month, although last night i had some faint spotting (no cramping yet), so i'm kinda freaking out and my cup of tea this morning is white tea with orange, so less caffiene than in the black (and i'm going to skip that boot camp class that i was going to take). I also eat a lot of organic fruits/veggies/grains and free range meat. I feel like in the UK maybe you dont get as much of the junk as we have in the US. When I visited europe, UK included, the food just seemed so much better! I had stomach issues for a year leading up to my europe trip, and after eating in all countries that i visited in Europe, my stomach was cured! It was very strange. But I digress...
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