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March 15th, 2013, 07:57 PM
Super Mommy
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: North Texas
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Good evening. My name is Sara. I have been with DH for 3 years on March 21, married since Oct 21, 2012. In July I broke my ankle, requiring surgery to have a plate and screws put in. The bed rest took it's toll. In mid August I was in the hospital with an extensive blood clot spanning from my knee into my abdomen. 8 days in the hospital including 2 in ICU after TPA treatment (medical draino of sorts) cleared 90% of the clot. I was lucky to save my leg and to survive. I've been on Coumadin since then. In December I had my first blood test show positive for anti-phospholipid syndrome, an auto immune clotting disorder. On Monday I find out if my second test is positive, which would be an official diagnosis of APS. On the one hand, scary; but on the other hand, it would be nice to have a reason for 3 previous miscarriages. I have been told regardless of the diagnosis, I will have to be on Heparin injections for 9 months of pregnancy and a couple months after. I feel born to be a mom, so I am okay with however I have to achieve that.

So with that...I am here because we have decided to TTC starting in May. I have some hardcore baby fever now just knowing we will be trying soon. I hope and pray that not only will we have a healthy baby, but that it won't take long for a BFP.

Any advice, guidance, stories you want to share will be very welcome.
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March 16th, 2013, 03:19 PM
ChiChica's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Chicago
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Welcome, Sara! My name is Lindsay. DH and I have been trying since June. Not sure I have any advice per se, but the ladies on this board are incredibly supportive. I hope you have a short but sweet stay here, and get a BFP really quickly!
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March 16th, 2013, 08:29 PM
BabyBirdies's Avatar a sibling!
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Location: Los Angeles!
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My only real suggestion is to start temping (I use Fertility Friend) and to read the book "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" - it really has some great insights into how the process works. Sounds like you have some special consideration, but the doctors are definitely on your side!!

Good luck and welcome!!
Jessica, Raif, Penny and expecting #2!

Two years TTC with #1 followed by a surprise BFP, born Dec. 2014
NTNP for 6 cycles, due Oct. 2016!

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March 17th, 2013, 06:40 AM
Mega Super Mommy
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Derbyshire, UK
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Jessica, great advice.

I'm Jen (26) one of the co-hosts of the board, me and DF have been TTC#1 since July 2011. Never seen a BFP. I'm so sorry for your losses. I hope your doctors can help you get and KEEP your BFP soon!

I look forward to getting to know you!

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March 17th, 2013, 08:47 PM
momology's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Texas
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Welcome to JM!!

I'm Elle (27) been with DH for almost 6 years and TTC since August 2012. I am so sorry for your losses. I think Jessica gave you some great advice. Fertility Friend is a really amazing resource. I take my basal temperature, chart cervical mucous, and use OPKs - and I keep track of everything on Fertility Friend (there is also an app you can put on your phone that makes it super easy to keep track of everything)

Best of luck you! Hope you get your BFP soon!

Cautiously expecting Seamonkey #2 Due Oct 4th

Missing our angels:
Molar pregnancy loss (12 weeks) - 1/2013
Missed Miscarriage (10 weeks) - 6/2013
Early Miscarriage (5 weeks) - 12/2016

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March 18th, 2013, 09:07 AM
Nicholle ttc's Avatar TTC our first!
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Ohio
Posts: 5,061
Sorry that I'm late to respond. The ladies gave you some great advice. I just wanted to share that sometimes it takes awhile for us to get pregnant, so try to keep your spirits up during your ttcing. Of course, if you need support, please feel free to jump back onto the boards, ask questions and rant as needed.

Good luck and keep us posted!
TTCing since August 2011
Me (33)-LP on the short side, but no other abnormalities
DH (37)-slightly subfertile morphology and motility

Natural cycles-August 2011-July 2012
August 2012-October 2012 clomid and progesterone
November 2012-IUI
December 2012, cysts from IUI, on bcp

January 2013-February 2013, long protocol IVF
15 eggs retrieved, 11 mature, 7 fertilized with ICSI
All 7 made it to 5 day transfer, 2 were transferred
Only 1 frozen snowbaby
1st IVF

May 10, 2013, lap sx, Stage 1 endo

June 2013 - MA Round 2
Femara + hcg shot
IUI # 2

FET tentatively scheduled for 10/31/13

Have never seen a bfp.

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March 19th, 2013, 08:34 PM
Super Mommy
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: North Texas
Posts: 175
I have been officially diagnosed with APS now. The doctor switched me to Lovenox injections twice a day so that I will be all set to TTC. I have to wait until my INR levels drop before I start the injections. I thought that would be tonight, but my INR isn't low enough yet. I had a feeling with my family medical history that my test would come out positive, and I researched a lot so I could ask all the right questions, but I still cried when the doctor told me. The doctor has agreed that I need to start prenatal vitamins now. I am still anemic so I have to get better about taking my iron supplement, especially if I want to have a baby.

I have started the road to weight loss. It seems so much easier to stay motivated when my motivation is being healthy for my future children. Anytime I want some cookies or candy (sweets are my downfall), I just think of whether my future children or that cookie is more important.

I read the welcome info for this board and downloaded the fertility friend app. I have started charting my morning temps and CF. Now that I am off of birth control pill (can't ever be on it again due to the blood clot), I have realized that I experience ovulation pain. I am hoping that will make it easier to notice with all the other tracking I am now doing.

I am very close to my family and have told them about DH and my plans to TTC. My mother is over the moon. My older brother has a 2 yr old son, but they live in Virginia. My mother lives and breathes being a grandmother and is looking forward to having local grandchildren. She keeps telling me she wants a granddaughter. Her health isn't the greatest, so another reason I hope I get a BFP and a healthy baby is so I can have my mom with me throughout it all.

Well, that's about all for now. I have to remember I am on a message board now so I check in more often. Good luck ladies. I hope we all get what we want, a happy healthy baby.
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March 19th, 2013, 08:47 PM
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Southeast, US
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Late to the game but welcome!

I hope it's a short stay around here for you. We are a friendly group. If you have questions then don't be afraid to ask them.

Expecting our first child in February... Team pink!
1st beta 14dpo = 150
2nd beta 18dpo = 782
3rd beta 23 dpo = 5,362
Missing my puppy, but grateful to have shared a bond with her for two years.
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