How are you guys doing? Here in Montreal we're having a sunny, but chilly week. Ah, it's normal temperature for this time of the year, but we've had such exceptional weather in March that I miss the heat!
My son's name is Jérémie, and he'll turn 1 on the 27th. And of course, I can't wait until he smears his face with chocolate cake...! Thanks for the comments on the photo, I removed it because I started posting here and I didn't want to offend anyone. I know I was sensitive to baby pics on the cycle buddies thread when I was still trying for a BFP. Yup, you definitely have to stop breastfeeding during tmts. Many meds we take are mostly used with prostate cancer patients (Lupron, Suprefact) and, because of that, there aren,t any studies that documented their effect on breastfeeding. All the other meds could be okay according to my pharmacist, they're just hormones that your body normally produces... but not the cancer meds.
HEY you know Traci!!!! How did you meet her? How are you doing today? And what are your tmt plans?
Oh, you're starting the patches today, how is it? I've never had those before... Sorry to hear about your sinus infection, those are BAD... it's always annoying when you can't even recuperate during the night because you don't sleep well... Are you feeling better now?
Hehehe yeah, mock transfer, and real transfer, are a piece of cake indeed. They do so many each week that they're really used to it and they do it well. The worst part is the speculum!
I'll be rooting for your thyroid until it starts behaving!
Hehehehe don't plan for AF too much. The moment you start expecting things from her because of tmt, she makes you wait, the ugly little thing!
As for post-transfer rest, I've read several studies when I started this whole tmt marathon years ago. No matter of you remain seated or in your bed, avoid stairs, public transportation, walking, and so on, it doesn't have any effect on the outcome. If it can stick, it will. Personally, whenever I stress during the 2ww, I just remind myself that my body, and my embies, are doing the best they can to make it work, and if it doesn't work, it's nobody's fault. It helps me let go of a control I can't have. That being said, my clinic advises me to miss one day at work, transfer day. And egg retrieval day, of course. I've always found it useful. And stop exercising until you can see a heartbeat on the monitor, which means the baby(ies) is/are well attached. Other than that, you just follow the normal recommendations for pregnant women: cut down on caffeine (around 1 cup a day), avoid lifting objects heavier than 5 pounds, avoid contact sports, and so on. Hope this helps.
Oooooooh boy, the IUI from hell!!! What a pain indeed!!! It must have driven you crazy, I'm so sorry for you!!!!! Indeed,after an adventure like that, no wonder IVF feels more controllable!
Hehehehehe I'm happy to see that you had two wonderful babies, though, it does make it all worth it. Yes, I understand your feeling on talking about your kids with fellow IVFers. It can be a very delicate subject, and usually I let people ask me questions instead of volunteering the info. I've argued until I was blue in the face with some IVFer moms here, a few years back, who refused to see that, sometimes during your IVF adventure, you just don't want to hear about other people enjoying what you can't have. They firmly believed that their life stories would make people hope because it had worked for them. Ah, well. Hehehe and one last thing, you,re definitely NOT crazy! A friend of mine used to say that, by the time your baby reaches 6 months of age, you pretty much know whether or not you want another one or not. And if the answer is YES, then GO FOR IT!!!
Although sometimes, hehehehe, when I'm elbow deep into a dirty diaper, fighting with ecstatic legs and arms, or when I'm rocking a crying baby at 3am, part of me wonders why I'm inflicting this on myself AGAIN. LOL but fortunately, the feeling never lasts!
Hi, and welcome!
I think reading about the procedure on websites or asking for documentation at your clinic are good ways to start. I'll also be happy to answer specific questions anytime!
LOL don,t worry about the jargon dear! I was completely lost at the beginning and people had to explain everything to me! Don,t hesitate to ask!!!
As for me, nothing new, other than I started to sniff Suprefact! Hehehehehe the body always remember, I recognized the smell right away. And my old blue alarm watch is back on my wrist!
I use it only for tmts, to warn me when I need to take meds, it's very useful when you take them 5 times a day!
I've officially stopped breastfeeding, thankfully other than sore breasts I've yet to feel the baby blues that's supposed to come with it. I've had a super weekend, went shopping with my best friend and our DSs (we delivered 8 days apart), did the cooking for the whole week, did the laundry, some cleaning, pilates... It was just bliss, spending time at home. Yesterday, I went to a huge sale at a fabrics store. I bought amazing fabric to make pj pants for DH, and lots of summer clothes for me. It's great, because I bought enough fabric to make matching tops and skirts from the same fabrics. So I'll be able to mix and match with my other clothes, and make it look like a full dress when I feel like it. Tomorrow is the patterns sale, I can't wait to buy them so I can get started!
Okay, gotta start working now. I finally finished crunching data from a huge pile of research questionnaires (that's what happens when you,ve been gone a whole year!!!) and now I'll enter them in my database and see if I can write an article with the results. I really hope so, because I had to stop recruiting patients (I'm a psychologist and I work in a hospital with cancer patients). Right now, the surgery waiting list is 4 months and patients are, understandably, way more anxious than usual. It would completely bias my research project so... no more recruiting.
Take care ladies!