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    Hello everyone

    Melk - what a joy your news is It's just so magical seeing your growing bubby. Here's to you easing into a joyful and easy second half of the pregnancy, watching your tummy grow and slowly losing sight of your toes. Take good care of yourself gorgeous

    DrMummy - wonderful also to hear that you are through the nausea. No doubt you're looking forward to the 19 week scan and settling into pregnant bliss as you move into the home straight

    Spot - oodles and oodles of your way

    PinkB - can well understand that you're feeling a little apprehensive about your upcoming cycle. To balance things, can I be a bit excited on your behalf that the DHEA WILL have worked its magic? Looking forward to hearing some fantastic results for you as the cycle gets underway

    Starf1sh - how fabulous to have an o/s trip to look forward to - your DH is a gem. Hope it gives you some much-needed relief and a great diversion. Is next week's FS appt to set the date for your next cycle?

    mum4nay - cheering you on from the sidelines hon. DHEA - do your thing! And that's an order!

    sabah - hope the sniffing going well for you. I found I sought out the reassurance of the revolting taste at the back of the throat. Aaaah, the things we do.....

    always - hope your first few days with little zoe have been all you imagined. Such a precious precious time

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    tryingfortwo - have you started jabbing yet sweetie? Have everything crossed that this is the cycle for you. And sorry - only just noticed your PM tonight. Will reply separately to that.

    AFM - FS confirmed yesterday that clinic policy is to wait 3 months until stimming again. We've decided that the best thing to do is try two IUI cycles. FS had recommended last year doing 3 but we only did one then decided to cut to the chase with ICSI. The ICSI cycle has given us more information about the quality of my eggs (OK) and on the basis of that, and given we'd just be waiting around anyway, think it's worth giving IUI a go in the meantime. So we can get underway when my next AF arrives. Do any of you lovely ladies have any advice on what type of vitamins/supplements (other than folic acid) I could be taking to increase chances, bearing in mind I have no real known fertility problems? Thinking I should perhaps get some advice from a TCM specialist.

    slinky

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    Hi everybody!

    Slinky, I went and saw a fantastic TCM fertility specialist a few months ago - who I still see - she put me on a pregnancy multivitamin plus a zinc supplement to take at night (apparantly you absorb it better if you take it at night), a probiotic, co-enzyme Q10 (good for egg quality apparantly) and fish oil tablets (2 per day). I also drink Red Raspberry Leaf tea (good for lining). I have also cut out dairy and wheat on her advice - feeling a lot better, though not pregnant yet of course The acupuncture really calms me a lot, I don't know whether it will help to get me pregnant but I figure at least I will have tried everything. Good luck with the IUI - wouldn't it be marvellous if you didn't have to go through IVF again!

    Pink, I know how you feel about being a rattling bottle of pills! For what it is worth, I found splitting the prednisolone into a dose of two tablets twice a day (I'm on 20mg a day - 4 * 5mg tablets) made me less jittery. The FS said I could take it all once a day but had no objection to me splitting the dose. Here's hoping this is the cocktail that will give you a BFP!

    Melk, so glad to hear everything is going well!

    DrMummy, so delighted to hear you are getting through the worst of the nausea! Hope you can relax now and enjoy the pregnancy ride!

    Spot, hope all is continuing to go well for you.

    Mum4Nay, stay positive, that DHEA will be working away ...

    Hi to Starfish, Sabah, Fionaalice, Anemone, Daisy, Swede and anyone else I've missed!

    AFM, jabbing away, now three days in. Am having lots of twingeing in my ovaries which I think must be a good sign that everything is working away as it should. I actually am feeling much better on this down reg cycle than I did on the Flare or the Antagonist - much healthier, in a funny sort of a way? I have lots more energy than I did last time - still some fatigue now and then, but generally better - and not so short tempered. Of course I am only 3 days into jabbing ... Scan due on Monday.

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    Slinky, bummer about having to wait 3 months but great you and DH are being proactive and going with the IUI's. Much less invasive and easier on the body, hope it brings you success! I am also taking the Eagle brand Natal Plus like PinkB and a whole host of other stuff to improve egg quality that probably isn't relevant to your situation. I reckon getting some tailored advice from TCM/fertility naturopath is a good idea

    Yep, meeting with FS next week to rebook the same cycle/protocol we had planned for January. Actually glad I have another month off just to get my head together.

    Trying, all the best for your scan Monday, hope you get to see lots and lots of lovely follies

    AFM, looks like AF has arrived tonight, bang on time after D&C so great news body seems to be co-operating. Will be starting stim cycle no.5 end of March/beginning of April (unless I get UTD whilst in Japan which would also be nice )

    Have a great weekend all

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    ALWAYS - hope all is going well with you and you are enjoying such a precious time

    TRYINGFORTWO - great to see you're jabbing away for your scan on Monday

    STARF1SH - your holiday will be such a nice break for you both for a natural BFP while you are away - it is a nice dream to hold on to

    MELK - on your scan how exciting for you

    SPOT - thinking of you

    MUM4NAY - hope you are travelling ok on the dhea, I must have been in the 20% that don't respond well to it, I had terrible acne and dermit on scalp and face

    PINKBUTTERFLY - I so glad to hear someone else is doing the saizen, gets us the great egg quality we desire

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    SLINKY - good luck with your IUI

    Hello to everyone else I may missed tonight

    AFM - day 29 today waiting for AF. Stilling sniffing syneral which is giving me the worst headaches. Still jabbing daily with saizen, hoping it lets me work not quite as hard at the gym and helps with the results

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    Hi Everyone

    It's me.................I have risen to give myself 5 mins to post a reply to you all for your wonderful congratulations to me and my DH.

    Zoe Cynthia Wilkinson was born on 18 Feb at 6:07 pm. She weighed 8 pound 10 ounces and was 53.5 cms long. She has very long legs. My DH and I are tall so I knew we wouldn't be having a petite little one. She is absolutely gorgeous and am completely in love.

    As for the birth I was induced at 7:00 am in the morning......and well I'm not going to spoil the experience for all you mummies in waiting, mummies to be currently cycling, mummies in their 2ww or mummies to be that are on their magical potions to make their dreams come true in the future.

    Zoe's entry into the world was a bit traumatic for her (and me). She was wisked away from me (didn't even get to hold her) but was given all was good news intermittently over a 2 hour period. I could then go to the nursery and hold her. Because she got stuck in the birth canal they thought she had ligament damage to her shoulders as she was born "floppy". Glad I didn't know that at the time as I would have freaked. My DH was with her the whole time from when she came into this world and all during the observations. She very much knows her daddy's voice and responds to him instantly. I love watching my DH with her, he's fantastic.

    I'm now going to have a little sleep (nearly 10 pm) while Zoe is in between feeds. Am living on about 2 to 3 hours per night but she seems to be getting more settled and not taking so long to get off to sleep. She even settled herself tonight. I am very tired but loving every second.

    Again, I thank you all for your good wishes and congratulations and apologise for this being a complete "me" post.

    I wish you all the best and am sending heaps of to you all.

    Luv & hugs, Always (and Zoe)
    xxx

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    Hi Ladies,

    There is sooo much happening here, I'm finding it hard to keep up:

    Always - Congratulations on the beautiful Zoe. It sounds like your labour was really traumatic. I'm so sorry I'm glad Zoe is doing so well, and I hope you have great support to help your own recovery. Enjoy your wonderful DH and bub

    Starf1sh - Everything is looking really positive. A lovely holiday with the chance of a BFP and a planned stim cycle to come back to if you need it. Have a wonderful time.

    Tryingfor2 - Grow follies grow! Good luck with the scan on Monday. Heaps of

    Spot - Heaps of sticky for you too. Can't wait to celebrate your BFP

    PinkB and Sabah- I never had the option of using Saizen but have heard good things about it. I really hope it makes the difference for you both

    Slinky - IUIs can really work as the egg isn't removed from it's natural environment. Good luck

    'Hi' to Fiona, PennyPC, Swede, Melk and anyone else I have missed

    AFM - I'm looking at my Egg Donor Options. I'm also looking at alternatives to a bio family. Local donors are pretty rare, so I might have to look OS for my angel. Have a wonderful weekend

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    Always Hoping thank you for dropping by and sharing your story on the arrival of Zoe.... always so wonderful to read about the arrival of long awaited bubbas!!!!!!!!!

    Milliegirl lovely to see you pop by, yes sometimes we have to acept that families come in many different packages if that is what we want.

    Sabah, ahh the synarel headache. Do not miss that drug one little bit

    AFM - crawling back into my love nest here, all poas's have been negative, I dont have late implanters so a bit over all of this!!!! They doubled my progesterone to 4 pessies a day so am feeling roten from that. Blood test this Wednesday. Just want it out of the way now.

    Had a good chat to my love this morning and said I have been too focussed on being preggie before 40 and the reality is that is NOT happening, so I have to stop that thought, as it is limiting behaviour. I need to not place an age on this IVF ride.

    x

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    Spot So sorry this one wasn't a sticky. I know how you feel re the big 4-0, but at the end of the day it is just a number, it isn't a barrier or a wall to IVF success. I hate having to do the blood test when you know it is a BFN. I think it was a factor in my leaving my last clinic actually - I grew to really hate the nurse who they made do all the BT results.

    Always, glad to hear you and Zoe are going well.

    Starfish, for a Tokyo baby for you! If not, enjoy the sake and the ramen and the amazing people and landscape (love Japan ... one of my favourite countries in the world ... so envious!!)

    PinkB, are you cycling yet? If so hope it is going well on your cocktail of drugs I'm on most of the same ones as you I think, except the DHEA (and that's ready and waiting for next cycle ...)

    AFM, scan this morning, 9 follies looking good so EPU scheduled for Thursday. 9 follies seems very few after 18 last time, but FS emphasised to me that she is going for quality not quantity. Am looking forward to ditching the evil Synarel tomorrow . Not so nervous about EPU but worried eggs won't fertilise - we did ICSI last time because for some reason DH's count was low (has been perfect every IUI) so FS wants to do standard IVF, but I am worried it won't work. Also FS convinced me to go to blast again even though all five blasts failed last time. Positively dreading the 2WW ... all this fear and negativity can't be good I think.

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    hello everyone

    trying - 9 follies is great! Fantastic news. Hope you are bearing up in the midst of cycling. It's only now that I'm out the other side that I appreciate how totally all-consuming and exhausting it really is. You seem pretty chilled with it all which is excellent.... Oooooh, I can totally understand where you're coming from re worry re how embies will go and then the TWW horrors. Lots of headed your way. It is such a tough gig!!!!!!!!!!!! Have absolutely everything that this is the one for you.

    spot - I hope that Wednesday's BT gives you different news from what you're expecting but as someone said recently, you do know how you feel. Really sorry if it's confirmed this is not your cycle. As Trying said, 4-0 is just a number and there are heaps of women who conceive after that significant birthday. Take good care

    milliegirl - donor options sounds potentially exciting. Hope you are unearthing some interesting and fruitful prospective pathways. I'm sure it's all pretty tough. Lots of for you too.

    sabah - hope AF has arrived so you can get on with the rest of the cycle.

    starf1sh - japan - how fabulous! enjoy (how could you not) and everything crossed for a miracle holiday BFP

    PinkB - hope you're going well and things are underway. for a great cycle for you.

    to all the other lovelies out there

    slinky

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    MILLIEGIRL - I will be looking forward to hearing your donor research stories. This could be our next option if things don't go well this cycle. So much to read and research its a bit sometimes. Hope all is well.

    SPOT - I so hope those evil POAS is wrong. I am sending you and dear husband the biggest of

    TRYINGFORTWO - 9 follicles is fantastic I agree with your FS its quality not quanity you are after


    Hello to all pinkbutterfly, slinki, pearlhobbes, starf1sh, fiona, pennypc, melk, mum4nay, and all I may have missed.

    AFM - well AF is now 3 days late....so frustrating can nothing go to plan! Once the evil AF shows up I can stop sniffing that god awful syneral and start more jabbing.
    Still jabbing my saizen getting well and truely dosed up I hope the extra days I'm jabbing help with egg quality????


 

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