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2 great sites [31 May 2009|06:49pm]

I found 2 really great sites for all us TTC'ers


Check 'em out!
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Implantation bleeding - not a common sign [30 May 2009|01:41am]

IMPLANTATION BLEEDING- Many women believe that when trying to concieve that they experience IMPLANTATION BLEEDING. It is important to understand that this is not as common as we all would like to believe. So, prior to asking “is this implantation bleeding” please read on.

I know it would be nice for those of us who are trying to conceive to be able to have a little dark discharge or a little spotting to tell us that we are pregnant, unfortunately that is not the case. As a woman who is trying to get pregnant you probably know your cycles. Well, I would like to go in depth a little about how this works so that you understand not only when you ovulate, but the medical terms, as well as the function of each, and what is actually happening to your body during this time.

Ovulation – Ovulation begins within the ovaries. The ovary is the organ that produces the egg cells and the female sex hormones.

Conception – Conception occurs when the sperm and the egg meet in the fallopian tube. Approx 30 hours later the fertilized egg begins to divide. This process takes about 3 days. On about day 6 of conception the fertilized egg begins to attach to the uterus. This is the process called implantation. Implantation is complete during the 2nd week after fertilization. Once implantation is complete your body begins to release a hormome commonly called hCG.
Occasionally, the developing mass of cells implants in tissues outside the uterus, for instance, an ovary, the cervix, or an organ in the abdominal cavity. This result is called an ectopic pregnancy. If a fertilized egg implants within the uterine tube, it is called a tubal pregnancy . A tubal pregnancy is dangerous to a pregnant woman and the developing offspring because the tube usually ruptures as the embryo (baby) enlarges and is accompanied by severe pain and heavy abdominal bleeding. Treatment for this is prompt surgical removal of the embryo and repair or removal of the damaged uterine tube.

It is important to know that pregnancy is different for EVERY woman and EVERY pregnancy. No 2 women or no 2 pregnancies will be exactly alike.

IMPLANTATION BLEEDING STUDY- According to a study done by the University of North Carolina, done in 2003 “Little is known about the occurrence and patterns of vaginal bleeding during the earliest stages of pregnancy. We explore this in a prospective study of early pregnancy.”

A total of 221 women were studied and they kept a daily diary along with providing urine samples while trying to become pregnant. Out of these 221 women 151 became clinically pregnant. Clinically pregnant means that the pregnancy lasted 6 or more weeks past their last monthly period. A total of 14 women reported reported at least one day of bleeding during the first 8 weeks. Out of these 14 women, 12 women delivered babies.

According to this study, the University found no supportive information that implantation causes bleeding. The conclusion to the study is that early bleeding in clinical pregnancies is NOT to be mistaken for LMP (last monthly period).

The information I have given you comes from Please feel free to research there, but you must have an account to view the entire article ( courtesy of )
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Getting close! [28 May 2009|11:04am]

I'm a little more than half way through my TWW...

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Symptoms of early pregnancy [26 May 2009|01:52am]

Pregnancy symptoms differ from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy; however, one of the most significant pregnancy symptoms is a delayed or missed menstrual cycle. Understanding the signs and symptoms of pregnancy is important because each symptom may be related to something other than pregnancy. Some women experience signs or symptoms of pregnancy within a week of conception. For other women, pregnancy symptoms may develop over a few weeks or may not be present at all. Below is a listing of some of the most common pregnancy signs symptoms. If you have been sexually active and experiencing any of the following symptoms it is important to take a pregnancy test.

Implantation Bleeding:
Implantation bleeding can be one of the earliest pregnancy symptoms. About 6-12 days after conception, the embryo implants itself into the uterine wall. Some women will experience spotting as well as some cramping.

Other Explanations: Actual menstruation, altered menstruation, changes in birth control pill, infection, or abrasion from intercourse.

Delay/Difference in Menstruation:
A delayed or missed menstruation is the most common pregnancy symptom leading a woman to test for pregnancy. When you become pregnant, your next period should be missed. Many women can bleed while they are pregnant, but typically the bleeding will be shorter or lighter than a normal period.

Other Explanations: Excessive weight gain/loss, fatigue, hormonal problems, tension, stress, ceasing to take the birth control pill, or breast-feeding.

Swollen/Tender Breasts:
Swollen or tender breasts is a pregnancy symptom which may begin as early as 1-2 weeks after conception. Women may notice changes in their breasts; they may be tender to the touch, sore, or swollen.

Other Explanations: Hormonal imbalance, birth control pills, impending menstruation (PMS) can also cause your breasts to be swollen or tender.

Feeling fatigued or more tired is a pregnancy symptom which can also start as early as the first week after conception.

Other Explanations: Stress, exhaustion, depression, common cold or flu, or other illnesses can also leave you feeling tired or fatigued.

Nausea/Morning Sickness:
This well-known pregnancy symptom will often show up between 2-8 weeks after conception. Some women are fortunate to not deal with morning sickness at all, while others will feel nauseous throughout most of their pregnancy.

Other Explanations: Food poisoning, stress, or other stomach disorders can also cause you to feel queasy.

Lower backaches may be a symptom that occurs early in pregnancy; however, it is common to experience a dull backache throughout an entire pregnancy.

Other Explanations: Impending menstruation, stress, other back problems, and physical or mental strains.

The sudden rise of hormones in your body can cause you to have headaches early in pregnancy.

Other Explanations: Dehydration, caffeine withdrawal, impending menstruation, eye strain, or other ailments can be the source of frequent or chronic headaches.

Frequent Urination:
Around 6-8 weeks after conception, you may find yourself making a few extra trips to the bathroom.

Other Explanations: Urinary tract infection, diabetes, increasing liquid intake, or taking excessive diuretics.

Darkening of Areolas:
If you are pregnant, the skin around your nipples may get darker.

Other Explanations: Hormonal imbalance unrelated to pregnancy or may be a leftover effect from a previous pregnancy.

Food Cravings:
While you may not have a strong desire to eat pickles and ice cream, many women will feel cravings for certain foods when they are pregnant. This can last throughout your entire pregnancy.

Other Explanations: Poor diet, lack of a certain nutrient, stress, depression, or impending menstruation.

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Implantation bleeding [26 May 2009|01:42am]

Since I'm on the watch for it now (I'm 6 DPO), I thought I would post some information about implantation bleeding...

Implantation bleeding occurs approximately six to twelve days after ovulation (when the ovary releases the egg). The range of time is so broad because it all depends on how quickly the egg moves down the fallopian tube and attaches to the uterus. Sometimes, it then takes time for the small amount of blood to make its way out of your body

You won't see a lot of blood if you see anything at all. Some people have such a small amount that they never notice it. Others will have enough bleeding to think they have started their period. Some women will have some bloody tissue as well.

One way to know if you are experiencing implantation bleeding and not your period is to monitor whether the bleeding is getting worse or continues. Implantation bleeding should only last a couple of days at the most. It also should be a light pink or brown color signifying that it is old blood. Of course, one of the best ways to know if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test the first day of your missed period.

Not everyone will have implantation bleeding. Remember, you will only bleed if a part of your uterine lining sheds when the egg implants. Don't wait around for implantation blood if you are anxiously trying to conceive because you may never have it ( courtesy of )
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=) [22 May 2009|08:02pm]

[ mood | hopeful ]

I ovulated I believe 2 days ago, so I'm hoping there's a little bean in there thats starting to grow =D

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Herbs to aid in fertility [18 May 2009|07:48pm]

[ mood | good ]
[ music | DWTS ]

A friend of mine is big into natural remedies, and herbs. I did some investigating to see if there are any herbs to help with ovulation, and such. Boy was I surprised to find out how many herbs there are that help!

Check out these websites: - This one also gives a list of herbs to avoid when TTC, and pregnant.

Chaste Tree Berry or Vitex seems to be on the top of the list, at just about every website I looked out. Also False Unicorn Root seems to be a good one..

I think I'll pick up some of these tomorrow! =)

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The importance of Folic Acid prior to conception [18 May 2009|07:14pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

I was doing some research on the importance of Folic Acid prior to conceiving, and this is what I found out. I thought I would share it here.

Folic acid for pre-pregnancy is recommended by all physicians as necessary supplements to be included with the regular diet. This is because folic acid helps prevent birth defects of the brain and spine [neural tube defects]. Folic acid or folate is a b vitamin that is essential for the proper growth and development of the brain, spine and skull of the fetus. Folic acid also prevents heart defects, cleft lip and palate etc. Folic acid is necessary for blood and protein production as well as to ensure enzyme functioning. Folic acid is necessary for the proper formation of healthy blood cells and 400 mcg are recommended daily in the pre conception stage. The doctors recommend that the women consume folic acid 3 months prior to pregnancy and continue until the second trimester. ( courtesy of )

There is also some good information about it at

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Phases of a woman's cycle [17 May 2009|09:58pm]

I found this interesting information. =)

So, what is actually happening inside your body each month? It’s all about hormones. The changes associated with the menstrual cycle are brought on by fluctuations in hormone levels at different times of the month. The menstrual cycle can be divided into the following parts: the ovarian cycle and the uterine cycle

- The ovarian cycle involves changes in the ovaries, and can be further divided into 3 phases:
  • The follicular phase is the time from the first day of menstruation until ovulation, when a mature egg is released from the ovary. It’s called the follicular phase because growth or maturation of the egg is taking place inside the follicle, a small sac where the egg matures.
  • Ovulation occurs around day 14 of the cycle, in response to a surge of luteinizing hormone (LH) that occurs just before the egg is released from the ovary.
  • The luteal phase is the time from when the egg is released (ovulation) until the first day of menstruation, when you get your period. It is named after the corpus luteum (Latin for "yellow body"), and is a structure that grows in the ovary where a mature egg was released at ovulation.

    - The uterine cycle involves changes in the uterus. It occurs in tandem with the ovarian cycle and is divided into two phases
  • The proliferative phase is the time after menstruation and up to ovulation. When menstruation is over, the endometrium (lining of the uterus) grows and thickens during this phase to prepare for the implantation of an embryo (fertilized egg).
  • The secretory phase is the time after ovulation and before the start of a woman's period. Glands within the endometrium secrete proteins in preparation for a fertilized egg to implant. If implantation doesn’t occur, the endometrium begins to break down and the glands stop secreting. The result is shedding of the lining (endometrium), called menstruation. ( This courtesy of )
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    Curious [16 May 2009|02:17am]

    [ mood | curious ]

    Has anyone else experienced this?

    mittelschmerz or ovulation pain, everyday after coming off BC pills? Its been pretty much a daily occurrence ever since after I had my first period after coming off BC pills..

    I'm wondering if its because my ovaries are "kicking in" again?

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    Abbreviations [15 May 2009|08:35pm]

    Common Abbreviations

    TTC - Trying to Conceive
    CM - Cervical Mucus
    CP - Cervical Position
    HPT - Home Pregnancy Test
    OPK - Ovulation Predictor Kit
    AF - Aunt Flow
    CD - Cycle Day
    BBT - Basal Body Temperature
    DPO - Days Past Ovulation
    FMU - First Morning Urine
    BD - Baby Dance aka sex
    BFP - Big Fat Positive
    BFN - Big Fat No
    DH - Dear/Darn Husband
    DBF - Dear/Darn boyfriend
    DS - Dear son
    DD - Dear daughter
    EDD - Estimated Due Date
    TWW - Two Week Wait (the time you spend waiting to take a HPT)
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    My intro [15 May 2009|07:10pm]

    Hello all. I'm the owner & mod of this asylum. Just thought I would introduce myself.

    Trying4baby is obviously not my main journal. I would prefer to keep my main journal identity private. I'm 24, and trying to conceive my first child. I'm a RN, and work mostly in Cardiac ICU. My husband & I are high school sweethearts, married nearly 3 years. He's a 3rd year Medical Student.

    I went off BC last month. Currently I'm on CD 5, and still having a light menstrual flow. I'm hoping this month is my lucky month. =) This is my 2nd cycle since being off BC pills.

    I hope this asylum becomes more active soon. =D
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    Open [15 May 2009|03:46pm]

    This Asylum is open for all who are trying to get pregnant.

    You're welcome to share tips & advice, give support to others, and ask questions!

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