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B6 Did It! September 10, 2008

Filed under: Family Life,Pregnancy and Childbirth — katieosborne @ 9:31 pm
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I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was going to start taking vitamin B6 because I found information stating that it is helpful in fixing luteal phase defects. Well, I am now 13 days post-ovulation, and I got a really faint positive on a pregnancy test this morning. I should have waited until tomorrow when I see my acupuncturist again, but it is so hard to resist, especially with Dollar Store tests! But faint as it was, and squinting through my sleep foggy eyes at 6:45 this morning, it was there.

Now of course comes the two months of waiting. For those of you who know me IRL, please keep it fairly quiet for now. While we covet your prayers, it also makes it feel a bit burdensome when EVERYONE knows, you know?

There’s that saying about “you can’t be a little bit pregnant,” but that is just how I feel each time. It’s hard to imagine what it is like to get a positive pregnancy test and feel unreserved joy and to believe that you are going to have a baby in less than nine months. All it is for me is a possibility, but at least it’s more of a possibility than a negative test, huh?

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The Next Step August 14, 2008

Filed under: Pregnancy and Childbirth — katieosborne @ 2:00 am
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Well, another short luteal phase this month.(For those unfamiliar, the luteal phase is the second half of the cycle, after ovulation until the start of a new cycle. If it is too short, you can’t get pregnant because it doesn’t allow a fertilized egg enough time to implant). Michelle increased my herb dosage a few months ago, and I had a good cycle, but now this is the second one in a row that has been short. Unfortunately, we weren’t trying yet the month I had the good cycle, which is pretty frustrating because I tend to get pregnant pretty easily.

I’m pretty certain that if I were to wean Jonas, my cycle would get back to normal because my body wouldn’t have to produce as many hormones as it does now. Before having him, my cycle was always completely normal. I’m not willing to wean him at this point, though. I don’t feel it would be fair to him – it just seems kinda selfish. I know most of you are probably thinking, “Katie, he’s two. Just wean the boy,” but I don’t feel right about it, and ideally, I think child led weaning is best for us.

So, this afternoon I’ve been thinking about trying to cut back, especially at night. I’m sure this will be an unpleasant ordeal for a while. I have not felt the need to set up boundaries for breastfeeding. If he wants to nurse, I let him nurse. So, to suddenly be told he can’t, will be upsetting, I’m sure.

There’s one more thing I discovered today, that I will try first. Apparently, vitamin B6 is very good at fixing luteal phase defects, so I’m going to call Michelle tomorrow and ask her opinion on that. If that works, I won’t have to worry about partial weaning. If it doesn’t, I guess that is where we’re headed next cycle.