Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Getting Pregnant can be a Headache

I don’t know how easy or difficult it has been for other lapbanders to get pregnant before surgery, but it was not a piece of cake either way for me. I realize now after months of just charting my cycle, testing my “fluid”, and checking my temperature, that I needed at least one more helper. Welcome, fertility monitor!

We used the ClearBlue monitor with the smiley face indicator for three months and then yippee! Finally pregnant.

It is important to note that you should have intercourse before that smiley face arrives, hence a good reason to track your cycle because then you have a clue as to when it may be happening. A-ha! Guess what? I use www.mymonthlycycles.com to track my period and fertility symptoms (get yourself a free account). Now, the site will tell you when it thinks you ovulate, but if I had never used a monitor I may not be pregnant now. The site predicted my ovulation at least two days ahead of the monitor every time. It predicts based on the average luteal phase. Makes me wonder if there really are any ‘average’ folks out there.

Okay, I’m not going to go on for brevity’s sake, but if you have any specific questions, just ask me. I am a very happy mom-to-be (again). I am also hoping for a VBAC, if anyone has experience (good/bad) please share.

Monday, May 24, 2010


Hmmm... I'm sorry for not posting recently. When I get busy with studies I just have to zone some things out. It doesn't help that my worklife has been in the crapper for the last six months too.

I am doing great, except I have not lost any weight. That probably means to many that I am NOT doing great. Well, whatever. I am actually thinking about asking the surgery center to release some of the fluid because ... drumroll ... I am pregnant! :D Yes, I am happy.

The reason I may want the realease is because I have GREAT difficulty eating chicken, among other things and I want to follow the diet my Obstetrician recommends. I sometimes eat the wrong things now because they are "easier" to eat than better choices. I am not sure what will be best for me though.

I will be seeing the doctor for the first pre-natal appointment on June 1. I am going to try and pay more attention to my blog and my food intake.