Well readers, my last post was quite a while ago. I’ve been on a bit of a break since around November. I’ve learned that taking a short break can very easily turn into a long one in no time. I’ll take this opportunity to get a little bit personal again and share what has been happening in my life for the past few months. Some of you may have learned from my previous posts that I have been ready for baby #2 for a while now. You can see my review of Fertilify, Easy@Home ovulation kit, or Premama if you don’t believe me 🙂
My daughter was born 6 years ago and I have been off of birth control since around the time she was 1 year old. So while I didn’t have to resort to expensive treatments or procedures, I do have some hormonal issues(namely PCOS) that causes infertility. I am happy to announce that I am now 24 weeks pregnant with another little girl! I believe there are a couple of different factors that were at least partially responsible for helping me to conceive.
1.) My OB/GYN had me put on something called Femara(Letrazole.) The FDA approved use for Letrazole is for treatment of breast cancer and postmenopause but some of the off label uses include annovulation(inability to ovulate), endometriosis(something else I’ve had to deal with at times), and it has been used in the treatment of PCOS due to it’s anti-estrogen actions. Some people with infertility will use this as a replacement for clomid(the “Go to” infertility drug.) I used this for 2 or 3 cycles and then became pregnant
2.) Around the time that I conceived was also around the time that I was using Premama. I became pregnant shortly after I posted my review. I can’t say for sure if the Premama was responsible or not, but it clearly did not hurt. It can be found online or at CVS stores nationwide.
3.) I have always struggled with my weight and the first part of 2015 I had gained een more weight and was at my heaviest. Early in the summer I got a fitbit, joined a support group and started walking….A LOT. I made it a goal to walk at least 7 or 8 miles a day. That may not seem like an awful lot to some people, but getting to that point from basically 0 made a huge difference. At the time I conceived, I had lost close to 30 lbs in a few months. I genuinely believe that my weight loss and overall improved health at that time played a big role in my increased fertility.
There you have it. Any of you who have been pregnant in the past knows that it can zap your energy from you in the first trimester. That is both physically and mentally. I started my pregnancy exhausted and scatterbrained(while still very happy of course) so my blog had suffered from it.
The first part of my pregnancy wasn’t completely uneventful. I had a scare about 2 months in with some fairly heavy bleeding. I thought I was having a miscarriage and went to the emergency room on my OB nurses advice but, thankfully, everything turned out just fine. Right after that I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Most women aren’t tested for it until later on but my providers wanted to test me early due to my pre-pregnancy BMI. So far I have been diet controlled and do not need insulin or other medication and I’m really hoping to keep it that way.
If you have read some of my early posts then you may know that my first daughter was born 12 weeks early. You can read a little more about my experience with her here. Because she was so early, that puts me at risk for another premature birth. So starting at around week 16 of this pregnancy, I started getting weekly progesterone injections. The progesterone works as a relaxant which is supposed to help prevent my uterus from contracting. I will get these every week until my 36th week of pregnancy. It sounds terribly inconvenient but it helps that I work at home and my insurance covers a home health nurse to come to my house and administer them. The appointment usually only takes about 5 minutes and then she is out the door. The injections themselves can be a little bit uncomfortable because the progesterone is mixed with mineral oil and she has to inject it very slowly over a minute or 2 which can sometimes burn a bit. But when it’s over its over. After my first shot I had a very bad migraine and was afraid that it was a side effect but I haven’t had one since so I believe my migraine had more to do with the stress and environment that I was in at that time(there had been a death in the family at that time.)
I’m sure I could go on and on for quite a while with boring details about my pregnancy but I won’t do that to you. At least not all in one post 🙂
I am hoping to get back into the habit of writing more again. I’ll share pregnancy stories and information, hopefully some yummy recipes, and maybe I’ll get brave and post about my experience and projects with my very first sewing machine. When it comes to using a sewing machine I am a complete beginner(I’ve only had it for a week) and have no idea what I’m doing so it could get interesting(or maybe just embarrassing) My first real project will be play yard sheets. I’ll do my best to document it and share when it is finished.
Thank you for letting me ramble on. I’ll end it here and hopefully have some great new content soon!
Feel free to let me know in the comments what is new in your lives and if you are a blogger/writer you are welcome to share links to recent posts!