Before I get to anything else, I wanted to express my gratitude. You guys are the reason I continue blogging -- and I very much appreciate all your sharing and support in response to the Two Week Wait post. Though I won’t be sharing every minute of our TTC journey, it’s helpful to know we aren’t alone in the ups and downs and all-arounds.
Today, I thought I’d touch on a few questions I’ve received related to TTC and this whole way of life that I call being in limbo. It’s like, you’re not pregnant . . . but you’d like to be . . . but you’re not in control. It’s up to the universe and, frankly, luck. It makes life difficult in a number of different ways. It changes the way you regularly go about the day’s tasks. Etc.
I think the most frequent question I’ve been getting concerns how I’ve changed running throughout this period. I had been running over 30 miles a week with a long run typically between 10-16 miles. For me, this is higher mileage, especially considering I decided against the marathon -- so when we started TTC, I cut back on mileage and pace considerably.
Honestly, this part of trying for a baby is extremely difficult for me. Running releases tension and gives me a much-needed break at the end of the day. No other exercise quite compares, so now that I’m trying to keep running to 4 days a week -- 3 to 4 miles each time with a possible “long run” of around an hour . . . well, I get cranky. My usual easy run paces were between 8:10-8:30, faster workouts were usually sub 7:30. Now my paces stick around 9-10 minutes per mile. At least I think. A decision I’ve made early on is to stop tracking mileage and pace in real time and to go entirely by feel.
To supplement, I’ve been walking (our neighborhood is quite hilly, so I still get a nice challenge) and doing some Barre and toning workouts that I find on YouTube. I try to exercise at least 30 minutes to an hour everyday with maybe one day of true rest. I don’t know if it’s helping or not, but I figure changing my routine certainly cannot hurt. I’m also just trying to be more active overall.
Eating + Drinking
I have opted to stop drinking entirely at this point. Well, except when I get my period and need that ice cold beer to wash away the misery of beginning another cycle. Though, I may stop that soon, too. I had an entire week of spotting last month before my period (I’ve never, ever . . . EVER had spotting) and -- as some of you saw in the comments of my last post -- it ended up being a chemical pregnancy. So, it's all too confusing sometimes. Is it implantation bleeding? Is it a miscarriage? Is it a messy cycle? Is it ketchup? You never know at our house.
I’ve been trying to eat a balanced diet, but I’m having trouble eating the right amount for my activity level. I’m still on crazy-runner Ashley who can put away half a loaf of bread without blinking and then slam down 5 cookies for good measure with no repercussions.
Though I’ve stopped weighing myself, I can tell that I have gained weight through this process, which is frustrating since what I’m trying to accomplish will mean packing on even more pounds. So, I’d like to reevaluate my eats to make sure I’m getting all the nutrition I need (fruit and veggies more than bread and goodies) without eating for 2 and an endurance athlete that isn’t really doing much endurance anymore.
I’m one of those POAS addicts.
If you don’t know what that means, it’s likely you don’t need that info. I started doing OPKs this month because I thought my cycle might be strange after the chemical, and I was right. However, those cheap drugstore tests are sure confusing. If I choose to do them again, I do think I’ll invest in a bit of a digital no-nonsense kit. Otherwise, I try to follow all my body’s natural signs for fertility.
As far as HPTs, I think going forward I’m going to resist the urge to test early. It’s annoying. It’s expensive. It’s kind of heartbreaking and stress-inducing. Instead, I’ll maybe do it the day I’m supposed to start my period and go from there.
I’ve tried the Dollar Store pregnancy tests, and honestly -- I do know that they work, so I’ll probably stock those if I have a POAS emergency (and you know it’ll happen). Otherwise I do the First Response because they’re the most sensitive -- and PS: buying them online is WAY cheaper than in the store, even with those piddly coupons. I swear I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on sticks, and I hate it.
Oh, and blue dye tests are notoriously awful, so skip those.
I don’t really do any of those funky tricks to increases chances of conception. Everything I read is contradictory and I didn’t do anything special with Ada besides staying in bed for a while. I really wish there was some tried-and-true thing that makes babies stick. If you know of a pill or potion, please let us all know.
I’ve been taking prenatal vitamins like it’s my job. I have tried so many different brands by now that I have a pretty good idea of what works for my body and what does. A lot of them make me mega-sick. Especially if I don’t take them with food. So, what I’ve learned is that my stomach is mega-sensitive -- and I started cutting my pills so I wouldn’t get such a huge dose (mostly of iron, I think) at once.
So, when Country Life offered me the chance to check out their Real Food Organics Prenatals, I was excited to see if a raw food-based, 3x a day dose would be better for me. And -- honestly -- I haven’t been nauseous taking these vitamins even once. Score! You don’t even need to take them with food because -- well -- they are food. The only other vitamin I’ve tried that hasn’t made me feel ill is the VitaFusion Prenatal Gummie, but they don’t have iron.
I think a big part of it is taking them three times each day, which can be hard to remember, but I just get one in with each meal. Additionally, they have high levels of B-vitamins, which are known to help combat nausea. They're also vegan and gluten-free. And -- honestly -- if you’d like to try them, why not enter the giveaway!
That’s right. I have a bottle of these vitamins to give away! Just leave your name, a way to contact you (very important!), and the words REAL FOOD in the comments and tell me about your experiences with prenatal vitamins. (Which ones do you like, which ones make you sick, etc.).
I’ll choose a winner on Wednesday, October 22nd.
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