Prenatal Vitamins

The last time I was at my Gyn they gave me a whole bunch of prenatal vitamin samples to go home with.  My nurse practitioner that I normally see told me that I didn’t need a prescription for prenatal vitamins because I could find what I needed in a drug store or other such place.  The Gyn there told me the exact opposite and wrote me a prescription for them….but I lost it.  I am now out of samples, so obviously I need to purchase some more prenatal vitamins.  Last night, while I was at the grocery store I stood in the vitamin section for a solid 15 minutes reading labels and pondering which one to go with.  I had a sheet of paper on which I had made notes of what to look for in a vitamin:

  • At least 400 mg of Folic Acid / Vitamin B9
  • 1000 mg of Calcium
  • Less than 10,000 IU of Vitamin A
  • 30 -40 mg of Iron
  • zinc / manganese / iodine
  • Vitamin B6
  • USP seal of approval

I couldn’t find a single vitamin at the store that had all of these (let me also note that I live in a very small town in the south that is a bit backwards, some grocery stores in the area still don’t sell alcohol or oddly enough makeup).  So, in a fit of frustration and irritation I grabbed a One A Day Prenatal.  Today at work (that’s right, I waste time while at work) I was reading reviews of this brand of vitamin and have found that it’s a pretty bad one.  It has red dye 40, which has been associated with ADHD, and the DHA that goes with the vitamin only has one kind of fatty acid, instead of 3 that are needed.  It’s also low on vitamin B6 and in about 50% of recorded cases causes nausea.

Needless to say that now I’m looking for another vitamin, and of course I couldn’t have googled this before I dropped $20 on the sucky ones.  Now I’m trying to find out if I should go the prescription route, or if I should use an organic whole food vitamin like New Chapter.  I’m leaning toward the organic one – it has great absorption levels because it’s not synthetic, no dyes or anything like that to worry about, and seems to be tummy friendly.  It also has the right numbers of vitamins and minerals needed.  Even though I’m leaning towards the organic one, there’s a part me that keep thinking that the prescription is a prescription for a reason, otherwise it would be OTC.  I’m kinda stumped at what to do, and need to make a decision quickly so I can stop taking the sucky vitamins.

*After careful consideration I’ve decided upon the organic vitamins.  As well as DHA/EPA from “Pure Encapsulations.”  According to my sister this brand is one of a few that is 100% mercury free, which is important.

Avoiding the Icky

I’ve been reading that to help the chances of conception one should stick a pillow under their hips, stick their legs in the air or rest them on the wall and stay that way for up to thirty minutes after sex.  I’ve tried this twice now, and honestly, I don’t really like it.  It’s not the sitting still part, or the pillow under the ass, or having your legs floating in the air that bothers me.  I like meditation or thinking time, the pillow is actually pretty comfy and it reminds me that I need to paint my toe nails.  What I don’t like is the part where all of the…juices…leak out after sex and you can feel it all slowly trickle down, but you can’t wipe it away because then more leaks out.  And then you’re worried about it getting onto the pillow that you have under your ass, because if you have a pillow under you ass after sex, more than likely that pillow is either used for sleeping or decoration and the last thing that you want is to have cum on your decorative pillow, or even worse, the one you use to go to sleep on.  I guess what I’m trying to say is that after the sex glow starts to fade, the last thing I want to feel is gross.  Yeah, definitely don’t like feeling gross.

Waiting Part 1

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I’m currently waiting to ovulate.  I’ve been taking an OPK every morning (and one afternoon) for the past 3 days and each morning it comes back negative, although, I think it’s starting to get darker, but it’s really difficult to tell.  It’s probably too soon for me to ovulate anyway, it’s only CD 21, and the earliest I’ve ovulated while tracking my cycles was CD 22.  So, I have at least one more day.  Still, I feel slightly stressed/pressured about the whole situation.  I know that I shouldn’t, that it more than likely won’t help anything, and can actually hurt my chances, but I can’t seem to help it.  Wanting to get pregnant, trying to get pregnant and waiting to ovulate, and then trying to time sex to the right days and then waiting to know if it was successful all feels way more stressful than it should be.  Before, I always thought that getting pregnant just involved a twinkle in the eye followed by spontaneous unprotected romps in the hay, and all that.  However, it would seem that I was seriously mistaken.  Don’t get me wrong, I still think the whole thing should be filled with love, tender moments and the such, but it’s way more planned than I ever considered it would be.

Weight Loss

I need to lose weight.  Over the past 12 years I’ve had a steady increase in weight, it’s really kinda depressing to think about.  In High School I was +- 115, by my senior year I was around 120.  By the end of college I was 140, and after that I packed on an extra 20 lbs.  For my wedding I was able to shave off those last 20 to be back at 140.  However, since my wedding I’ve gone back and forth between 140 to 160.  I’m currently around 150 (I’ve been too afraid to step back on the scale to see where I’m actually at), and would like to lose 25 – 30 lbs.

The reason I want to lose weight is completely vain.  I want to look better and feel sexy.  I would also like to be one of those really cute pregnant women; the ones you look at and know with a certainty that they’re pregnant, instead of the ones where you’re not sure if they’re pregnant.  I know this is incredibly vain and possibly mean, but it’s what I want.  It also has the added benefit of being healthy, hence the new weight loss plan.

I’ve done WW and Spark People in the past, but this go round I’ve decided to use Spark People.  I know that I’m one of those people that need to track.  I need the accountability that these programs give me.  So, why Spark People?  The short reason is that I like it better.  It allows me to see where my food intake is going so I can hit my goals of 60% carbs, 15% fats and 25% protein.  It also says that I should aim between 1200 and 1550 calories a day, and I’m in agreement.  I tried WW in the past, and it worked for me until they changed their points system.  Once that I happened I maintained my weight for 4 months despite by best efforts to keep losing.  And I really did try.  My husband did WW with me, and he was able to get to lose 45 lbs and get to his goal weight, while I only lost 10 and then maintained.  I know that men lose more quickly than women, but still, over 4 months of trying I should have seen something.

To go along with my meal plan I’ve also started walking everyday for at least 30 minutes.  I walk with my dog and every now and then I bump it up to a run, but with the amount of hills in my neighborhood, running is incredibly hard, so I’m starting small and working up to it.  Walking is really the only thing that I like exercise wise.  I’ve tried workout videos, pilates and yoga, but walking suits me best.  After I’m comfortable with walking every day I’ll add some weight lifting in as well.

I’m really hoping that this works out for me.  I’ve had trouble with my weight for quite a while now and it would be nice to get that part of my life under control, or as close to under control as I can.  So, occasionally I’ll post about my weight loss efforts as well as the baby making efforts.

Fighting for Optimism

My husband J and I have reached a point where we are ready for a family.  I’m hoping that this blog can be an outlet for me while we’re TTC, as well as when we are pregnant, and subsequently when we have a baby.  We’re super excited and nervous at the prospect of becoming parents, but above all we believe that we’re ready.  As ready as two people without children can believe that they’re ready to have kids.

I’ve been tracking my basal body temperature every morning, as well as my cervical fluid and cervix placement and texture, and everything that I can do to get ready to start trying.  We haven’t started trying yet.  Don’t get me wrong – we’ve been practicing =), but nothing official.  I’ve been off of birth control since June 20 and was told to have 2 periods that weren’t birth  control induced, and it’s taken till the middle of September for that to happen.  I’ll ovulate around the 30th of this month – which will mark the beginning of us TTC – unless you count all the prep work leading up to it, and I’m not sure that I do.

We have a couple things that might/will (not sure of the correct word placement here) make it difficult for us to conceive.  The first being that I have endometriosis.  I haven’t had a laproscopy to confirm, for some reason my doctor has never recommended it, but I have all of the symptoms.  For those of you that don’t know what endometriosis is, know that it’s painful, excruciating and debilitating and can cause infertility.  The second hurtle to over come is the fact that I have long cycles.  While they appear to be regular, they last about 40 days.  While this isn’t a medical problem, it does mean that we’ll have fewer chances within the year to try.  If we don’t get pregnant right away, the next time we’ll be able to try will be in the middle of November.

The reason I’m fighting for optimism is that I don’t think that we’ll get pregnant right away.  I’d love to be wrong, I’m wishing and hoping that I’m wrong, but I don’t think it’s going to happen this year.  I have a strong feeling that I am going to have a long and painful year ahead of me.