Whoa baby, ovulation is knocking on the door
Ya'll ovulation is in FULL FORCE and I am not complaining. I'll try to make this update short but I feel oddly optimistic and positive because well, we are doing pretty good with our "timing" in my opinion. We are definitely trying a little harder this month, we push through even when we are tired because we REALLY want this so we are doing everything we can to make it happen.
Last week, a girl in my Facebook support group announced that she was pregnant. This particular woman has been having a lot of stress and trouble getting pregnant and her doctor (and many other doctors I believe) told her that it probably wouldn't happen naturally. She was determined to make it happen and gave it another month. When she told the group that she was pregnant she mentioned that something she did differently was listen to her body. She checked her cervical mucous, took her basal body temperature, etc, etc. I even think that this was the first month she did those things to the extent that she did. She said that if we just pay attention to our symtptoms, it can help a lot.
This inspired me.
For the past almost ten months, I've used OPKs four of those months. I've tracked symptoms but I had a month where I had a cold, then the stomach flu, then my husband having to work out of town, blah, blah and so maybe I didn't listen to my body the way I should have. After reading her post - I was determined to do the same thing she did.
So here is what I've done differently prior to ovulation. I've drank at least eight ounces of POM pomegranate juice (sometimes I mix it with water in a water bottle). From my research (and as always, please tell me if I am wrong) you should drink at least eight ounces of pomegranate juice daily during your follicular phase, which is the time your period ends up to ovulation, to strengthen your uterine lining and (I think) strengthen the quality of your eggs. So, because of that research - I have been drinking a crap ton of pomegranate juice! I also have not had a sip of coffee since my period ended. Coffee is acidic and can actually thin out your cervical mucous and make it acidic to sperm meaning that it could potentially kill sperm. Again, I read this online but it was enough to scare me away. And I LOVE my coffee so it's been a bit difficult.
I started taking OPKs on cycle day ten. Here is what my readings were:
- CD 10: NEGATIVE
- CD 11: NEGATIVE
- CD 12: NEGATIVE
- I skipped testing on CD 13 because I took the OPK on CD 12 at night.
- CD 14: I first tested in the morning before my husband left for work around 5:45 a.m. and it looked like maybe it was a little darker than other tests but definitely not as dark as it was going to get. I assumed that it would be a few more days. But then when I tested in the afternoon - PEAK!
On cycle day fourteen, after having a slight change of color on my OPK, I went to work and around 11 a.m. I started to cramp. I went to use the restroom sometime after and checked my cervical mucous ( I know, gross, I'm sorry) and it fit the description of everything I read online! I just knew that I was ovulating.
When I got home from work around 5:00 p.m. I took another OPK and it was 100% surge positive. The lighting in my photos doesn't show it perfectly but it was definitely as dark as the control line if not maybe a little tiny bit lighter. We baby danced using Pre-Seed so I am hoping we caught our timing!
SIDE NOTE: I've used Pre-Seed every time we have "tried" this month and last month. This is only my second month using it.
I took another test this morning, cycle day fifteen and I still have the surge! Thinking that we should baby dance today too to just give ourselves the best odds. This baby making process is super tiring - mostly for my husband since he works a really physical job.
One thing that has happened this month is a lot of tension headaches. I've had four headaches in maybe 14 days and they have been rough. I take Tylenol because that's the only thing thats safe when pregnant so I am trying to treat my body like it's pregnant and Tylenol just doesn't work for my. On cycle day twelve, my headache was so bad, probably the worst it's ever been. I was also very nauseous which isn't like me. I was so confused by how I was feeling that I took a pregnancy test to make sure we didn't conceive last month and I just didn't realize it. Of course, that is not the case. After reaching out on social media, I learned that a lot of you actually suffer from tension headaches or headaches in general around ovulation. So, that's a new symptom for me. I did take Excedrin for two of the headaches and I feel absolutely horrible that I did that but I needed relief. The only information that I have been able to find is that it interferes with implantation BUT I hadn't even ovulated yet so I doubt it can negatively affect this month.
Thanks for checking in on my ovulation update! I hope that my #CycleSisters are gearing up for the horrible, long, annoying two week wait. I guess we shall see if all of this effort is worth it and I get my big fat positive!
Oh, I really hope so.