Ten Old Wives Tales About Conception

I love hearing about different things women try to get pregnant. Growing up, my family was full of them! So I thought it would be fun to make a list of old wives tales about conception and see if any of them actually work!

  1. Drinking cough syrup. ( specifically Robitussin)- This is said to thin your CM, making it more sperm friendly.
  2. Drinking honey and cinnamon tea. -This is said to boost blood flow to the reproduction system.
  3. Yoga.- This is along the same lines as “Relax and see what happens.”
  4. Prayer.- Depending on your beliefs, this one might not count.
  5. Moonstone.- Keep one next to your bed. It is said to boost fertility.

I thought I would throw in some silly ones as well. Everything is worth a try.

  1. Sleep on blue sheets.
  2. Every time you see a pregnant friend, rub her belly for goodluck.
  3. Eat sweet potatoes to conceive twins.
  4. Don’t vacuum under your bed.
  5. Surround yourself with figurines and pictures of frogs and elephants.

If you have any thing to add to the list, comment below so everyone can give it a try!

My goals for 2017

I am determined to make 2017 the year I get healthy and *hopefully* pregnant!

With my 26th birthday a few days away, I feel like I’m running out of time. Early menopause runs in my family, so it’s time to get serious!

  1. Quit smoking ( This is the most important goals for many reasons)
  2. Get started on my diet and start taking the supplements I mentioned.
  3. Start an exercise routine. Walking around the block in the evenings or maybe yoga?
  4. Lose at least 10% of my weight. Studies show it could drastically improve my PCOS.
  5. Get good marks on my business certificate * to be completed in September*
  6. I am planning on getting a job either while I’m studying or after.I hope to get a job in administration but I’ll probably accept anything. Hopefully sooner rather than later!
  7. When I get a job I aim to save 10% of my pay to go towards baby stuff. So I guess the longer it takes for us to fall pregnant the more baby clothes I get to buy!!
  8. And last but not least, actually get pregnant! Seeing as my tubes are clear , I’m now on Metformin and I think I’ve found the magic mix of supplements, I would be surprised if I’m not pregnant in 12 months. *wishful thinking*

The PCOS diet

A few months ago, I wrote about how I tried the ketogenic diet for weight loss. It only lasted 2 weeks as I gained 5 kilograms during that time.

Since then, I have done some more research about the effects of ketosis on PCOS and found that it can be very beneficial on women suffering from symptoms.

I have decided to give it another go but this time I will be following the PCOS diet guidelines and I won’t be focusing on weight loss as much.

Foods to avoid:

  • High GI foods: Cake, biscuits, white bread, pasta and rice etc.
  • Sugary drinks: Soft drinks, fruit juices and cordial.
  • Dairy: Milk, cheese, butter etc.
  • Soy
  • Caffeine (!?)
  • Alcohol
  • Fast food in general.

Foods to include:

  • Vegetables: especially green leafy veggies as they are high in vitamins.*limit starchy veggies such as potatoes*
  • Low GI fruits: apples,watermelon, oranges , blueberries etc.
  • Healthy fats: avocado, nuts, seeds, tuna and salmon.
  • Protein: organic and hormone free is best.

 Supplements to consider:

  • Vitamin D: known to improve insulin resistance.
  • Fish oil: known to decrease testosterone levels.
  • Inositol: some what of a magic pill. Known to improve hormonal balance, insulin resistance and gestational diabetes.

I have a feeling I will do a lot better on this regime as its more about sticking to the good foods list rather than trying to work out fat, carb and protein ratios.

March Update

A few days ago, I had my first doctors appointment since having my HSG done.

As the hospital forgot to send through the results, all my doctor could tell me was that my tubes are “patent”. She only found that out after calling them. Not impressed.

While I was at my appointment, I explained to my doctor that my period was now over 3 months late and I asked her for progesterone to jump start a cycle. My doctor said no as it wouldn’t be a ” real period” but agreed to let me give Metformin another go.

A lot of women with PCOS start their cycles within a few weeks of starting Metformin, which regulated my cycles for 6 months after stopping it in July due to a 4 cm ovarian cyst.

For the first time in years I am feeling hopeful that 2017 will be our year.

My HSG Experience

After waiting 6 weeks for my cycle to start, I called the hospital and explained that due to my PCOS I could possibly be waiting another few months, I was definitely not pregnant and I just wanted to get it over with. They said as long as I tested negative on the day I was good to go so they booked me in for the following week.

The day of the HSG had finally arrived… and i was scared out of my skin!
I, like so many other women, had made the mistake of googling the procedure.

When we arrived at the hospital, we only had to wait a few minutes before my name was called. I was told my husband and my Mum could come with me and i started to feel a bit more at ease. We were led to another waiting and told the doctor would come and get us soon.

Twenty minutes later, a nurse came to get me. She told my family that they would have to wait in the first waiting room and she would come and get them when it was over. I nearly had a panic attack.

After getting changed into a hospital gown and taking a ( negative ) pregnancy test, i was led into a massive white sterile room with a bed in the middle of it. I laid down and was introduced the techs while they opened all the medical stuff and we waited for the doctors.

Once the doctors arrived, they explained the procedure, answered my questions and it was time to begin…

First, the doctor cleaned me, ( which was one of the weirdest experiences of my life) and inserted a speculum…and then a different speculum. He then disinfected my cervix and started inserting the catheter through my cervix and into my uterus.

At first it stung but he quickly started inflating the attached balloon, which resulted in the worst menstrual type cramps i have ever experienced times 20!
Once the dye was pushed through i felt alot of pressure but watching myself on the xray distracted me. I just kept thinking ” This is not as bad as labour will be. Just think of the babies”, and then it was over! The procedure itself only took about fifteen minutes but the prep took around an hour so i was keen to let my family know i was okay.

After i got dressed, the nurse walked me to the bathroom. I was still in a lot of pain at this point and as i walked out of the bathroom i had an overwhelming feeling that i was going to faint. The nurse noticed this, pulled me into a room, sat me down and went to find a wheelchair. She said she literally watched the colour drain from my face.

When the nurse came back, she wheeled me to the recovery room and went to get my family.
After taking pain killers and waiting the mandatory 30 minutes, it was time to go home!

All in all, it was the longest, most painful, exhausting day of my life but i wouldn’t change it for the world. Now i know that i can do anything if i want it bad enough and my fallopian tubes are cleared out.

The doctor said that in the 3 cycles following the HSG i will be very fertile. It’s been 2 weeks and i’m still waiting for my cycle to start.

Here’s hoping the doctor was right and i get pregnant this year!

Update!

After three failed attempts, (no doctors on to see me, even though I had appointments!) today was the first time I actually got to speak with the gyno. After going through my/my husbands history, she basically told me there wasn’t much they could do.

She did however, order a Cycle Day 21 blood test to see if and when I’m ovulating, ( which I didn’t do last month) and I have finally been booked in for a HSG sometime in the next 6ish weeks!!

My GP will put me on a waiting list to see a public fertility specialist and in the mean time, I have to lose 20 kilos.

While I’m over the moon about finally getting answers, having waited 6 months for this appointment, possibly having to wait another 12 months has seriously bummed me out. I feel like I’m once again back at square one.

My TTC Tag/ Update!

How long have you been trying to conceive?
Pretty much since we got married in October 2014.

How many kids do you have/want?
I don’t have any yet, but I would be really happy with one or two.

How old are you and your husband?
I’m 25 and my husband is 24.

How long have you been married?
It will be 2 years on October 21st 2016.

What are some crazy things you do while TTC?
I go completely OCD and write down every symptom so I can compare month to month.

Does your husband know all about TTC?
He knows the basics lol!

Have you been diagnosed with any kind of Infertility?
I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2014.

What keeps you busy during the 2ww? (2 week wait)
Not a lot! I pretty much countdown to the day I can test.

What day do you usually ovulate?
I don’t usually ovulate but when I do it’s around cycle day 17/18.

What gender are you hoping for?
I would be over the moon with either but I have a feeling I will have a boy first.

How many pregnancy books do you have?
3 or 4… Every time I see one in an op shop I can’t help myself.

How many home pregnancy tests do you take in 1 cycle?
Too many! Last month I took one every day for a week.

What are some stress relievers when TTC?
I am yet to find one 😦

Do you plan to do pregnancy blogs if you conceive?
I would love to do pregnancy blogs but we shall see!

What have you bought for your future baby?
Nothing! I am very superstitious and I believe its bad luck.

Do you have a birth plan?
I have an idea of how I want the birth to go but I know that it will probably be thrown out the window when the time comes.

*UPDATE*

I have my first appointment booked for November 11th 2016! I will definitely update you guys afterwards!