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Questions for BTDT moms who have charted post-partum (x-posted)

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December 5th, 2009, 08:23 PM
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Ok, so this is my first full cycle post-partum since I had my 1st PPAF a couple of weeks ago at over 10 months post-partum after completely weaning my son.

I'm starting to think we're dumb for even trying this cycle. We probably should have taken the NTNP route since I have no idea what's going on. I'm on CD15 and have no sign of anything happening, although I know before getting pregnant I O'd as late as CD18.

It's hard to tell what my CM is doing, b/c I've been taking Mucinex....I never had very fertile CM before and we used Mucinex to conceive #1, so I figured we shouldn't even mess around and might as well use it from the get-go this time. But it's making charting confusing...that and the fact that I'm terrible at distinguishing ummm the effects of BDing from CM. All my OPKs have been negative so far. I did O before my first PPAF, so I was hoping I would this time, too.

I'm thinking I'm going to O really late and have a short luteal phase again, even though I'm taking Vitamin B6. Sad. I mean, it's been almost 11 months since I gave birth and a month now since I've weaned. When is my body going to get back to normal? I'm kinda frustrated The LAM method really worked too well for me...DH and I are really ready to have another baby.

Anyway, my question is...

Has anyone had much success at TTC the first PP cycle? Or is it pretty much just a bum cycle? Did you O later than usual?How long did it take things to get back to "normal"?

Thanks for your help!

Last edited by wishfulgal; December 5th, 2009 at 08:32 PM.
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December 5th, 2009, 10:02 PM
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I'm sorry you're feeling so frustrated. It's perfectly normal to experience irregularity (late ovulation included) during the first 6 cycles after weaning. Don't assume it's a bum cycle, it may not be. We conceived during my first cycle after #1, at 3 months PP...ovulation on CD23 - my earliest ovulation recorded since I began charting over 8 years ago.
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December 6th, 2009, 06:12 AM
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I didn't continue BFing my daughter, but my cycles are still rather irregular after giving birth 4 months ago, although I'm seeing some regularity now. My LPs though are still like 5-6dop. Like Shawna said, your first few cycles are going to be irregular until your hormones get back on track. It ranges from woman to woman, so there really isn't a clear cut answer. I guess on average, though, Shawna is right about 5-6 cycles.
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December 6th, 2009, 10:46 AM
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I have never charted post partum, but I did get pregnant my first cycle after I had my son.
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December 6th, 2009, 04:37 PM
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I'm pregnant with a baby conceived on the first postpartum cycle, and my cm was totally wacky that cycle...but I got pregnant.

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