Low dose aspirin and falling pregnant

When I was visiting the fertility specialist yesterday we asked if there was anything else I could do / take that might help us both conceive and maintain a pregnancy and the one thing he suggested was low dose aspirin.

I’d read about another blogger trying this before but didn’t really know much about it. Apparently there is some research out there that seems to suggest that it helps maintain a pregnancy particularly if the pregnancy problems are related to placenta development issues. Apparently it won’t help you hold onto a pregnancy with chromosonal complications so that is reassuring and the low dose means that it is not harmful.

It must be low dose – 100mg – and you start taking it from the first day of your cycle apparently so next month that is one more string I’ll be adding to this very heavy bow.

Has anyone else out there have any experience with this?


Planning and decision making

We finally went for our cycle review appointment with Dr D this week. The delay was all me. I just hadn’t bothered making the appointment as I knew we couldn’t start again until January and I was pretty sure they couldn’t really tell us why it didn’t work well for us last time.

The long and short of it was that the most of the spermies didn’t want to dance with the eggies but it was weird because some did dance but only a few. The whole thing is a bit baffling apparently. Dr D said it is more likely for them to see zero fertilisation Continue reading

IVF #1 – Looks like we didn’t get there this month

Well things aren’t so crash hot over here. My beta (pregnancy blood test) isn’t due until Friday but yesterday I started spotting and this morning I woke to more than spots. I think we are done for the month. I’ll call the clinic today and they’ll probably tell me to get the bloods anyway but I suspect that regardless, the result for this month is negative

I knew on the weekend.

I’m sad this morning. Really sad. Eric is pretty sad too. I’m more sad as it is looking like there will be no pregnancy this year even. We have to take this month off as you can’t do stimulation two months in a row and then I think it is unlikely that I will be able to start a protocol in December with all the public holidays thrown in there for the holiday season. It just won’t work with the dates. So it looks like it will be January before we start again.

The only upside of all this is that I can get back to vigorous exercise again. I’ve been missing it so much. I cannot wait to go for a run.

IVF #1 – The gut feeling

Hi everyone. I know I’m supposed to be being super positive and all but I have to be honest and tell you my gut feeling about how this cycle went. And if I had to put money on it I would say I think that we haven’t succeeded. There are a few little signs I get when my period is on its way and I seem to be getting them now. (being super horny is one of them – anyone else get that???).

We have had a great week this week and lots of wonderful things are happening so it would be nice to think we’d get the trifecta and the baby would happen too but, you know, just because we have had a ripper of a week doesn’t mean that this other great thing will happen. I am grateful for the wins we’ve had and will be OK if I’m right because of them I think. Well they will help me at any rate.

We will get our baby. I know we will. I just can’t say I believe it is this cycle. I hope I’m wrong and you do never really know but I don’t know, I just don’t feel it.


Do you tell existing children anything about your trying to conceive journey?

lets talk about it

In every house the decision is different but at our house I’ve chosen to share a little bit about our trying to conceive journey with our 3 year old son – obviously at a 3 year old level. The main reason I decided to do this is because we had baby tummies everywhere and so he was asking me a lot if I had a baby in my tummy. I could just say no but I don’t think there is any harm in him knowing that it isn’t always easy and sometimes mummies and daddies need to work hard to make the babies. Continue reading

IVF #1 – We are over the halfway mark

Here were are, over the half way mark of our 2WW. Hooray!

We have actually had a pretty exciting week here – things are turning up for the Maines.

First of all, we bought a house!!! We have been looking for well over a year for a home that I can raise our kiddies in. Our situation will not change in that Eric will not be living with me but he has helped me to buy this house so we can have a central family home. Continue reading