So this is our first month trying to conceive (TTC), and I feel like we have definitely given it our best shot! I used my normal period diary app which I have been using for the past year since I first came off the pill.
Update: We are into month two and haven’t been able to conceive yet so we have also put together another post detailing month 2’s ovulation research.
When did I ovulate?
According to this app I ovulated on Sunday. At the end of last week (on Friday) I scurried into Boots to purchase a pack of ClearBlue ovulation tests. I decided to start testing on the Friday as it is supposed to pick up the surge in LH hormone you produce as you approach ovulation, and suggests getting busy between the sheets within the next 48 hours to maximise your chances.
After taking the test I waited a while downstairs in the loo at work, but there was no smiley face. We decided to get busy in the evening anyway, cos you know, just in case. On Saturday morning, not to be too graphic but it seemed like I may have ovulated overnight. For the curious minds in the room here are the signs:
What are the signs of ovulation?
- Usually 10-16 days before the start of your next period (mid-cycle, depending on length)
- Cervical mucus changes.
- Heightened sense of smell.
- Breast soreness or tenderness.
- Mild pelvic or lower abdominal pain.
- Light spotting or discharge.
- Libido changes.
- Changes in the cervix
I tested again, waiting for my smiley to appear. Nope, no smiley. Just an empty sad looking egg like shape.
Googling away, it seemed a lot of people had experienced this with these tests. Am I doing it right? I’m sure I read the instructions! Are you supposed to use the first wee of the day? It didn’t say in the leaflet, as apparently you produce more of the LH throughout the day and the best time to test is around midday.
Sunday, once again I tried the test, only to get the o symbol again. Ergh! So annoying, and it’s only the first month. How do people do this month in and month out? Patience has never been a strong point of mine, but I guess it’s all good practice right?
The ovulation calculator
I decided to download another app, called the Ovulation Calculator https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/ Unlike the period diary it allows you to enter your personal details; age, weight, height, whether you smoke or not and so on. It also gives you loads of information. I mean, it even had photos of a cervix on there and how it changes through the month. I did not know it resembled a very gross looking donut! Nor did I know it literally opens for like two days per month to let the salmons through. To contradict this, the period app said I was in my fertile stage as soon as my period was over.
The human body all seems a bit flawed right now- though I’m sure this perception will change over time.
Ovulation and gender selection
I even learnt about the Shettle theory that girls are generally conceived prior to ovulation, while boys are conceived on the day of ovulation- hence the covering all bases in the run up to ovulation, whatever bloody day it is!
So this app said that I ovulate on Tuesday. Seriously! The amount of contradictory information on the web is enormous, though I guess everyone’s journey is different. I’ve joined a few forums (https://www.babycentre.co.uk/ovulation-calculator and https://www.mumsnet.com/) and literally cannot help my brain wandering and researching while I’m at work.
Our sex life has turned into a bit of a science experiment, albeit an extremely fun one. And not to mention the over-analysis of any kind of twinge or symptom. Queue more Googling.
What are the early signs of pregnancy?
- Tender, swollen breast. Your breasts may provide one of the first symptoms of pregnancy. …
- Slight bleeding or cramping.
- Nausea with or without vomiting.
- Food aversions or cravings.
- Mood swings
They really do seem like the most fun!
Am I feeling queasy? Am I going off certain foods (I couldn’t face my beloved peanut butter on toast on Friday morning) feeling dizzy-ish at the gym doing a dance based exercise class (was it just the lack of air con?) or like today, I’ve generally just felt fairly warm while everyone else at work was cold, and a bit spacey (but could it be I’m wearing glasses rather than contact lenses and I’m just not used to it?) The worst bit to come is the two week wait, or TTW as the people in the forums like to call it.
I wish I was one of those people that could just be like oh you know, we’ll just see what happens. But as Chris said, if we’re doing it, we’re doing it properly! No point dilly-dallying around, doing it at all the wrong times- so this week we’ll be powering through.
Though at the moment, the app says I’m very fertile, but the chances of putting a bun in the preverbal lady oven are at like 35%. I just don’t feel like they’re the strongest odds. Let alone if you were to leave it until you are over the fertility cliff face at the ripe old age of 35.
I’m working on the basis that it won’t happen the first month of trying; the ladies in the forums say if this happens to you you’re very lucky indeed. And in that case, we’ll just have a very fun Christmas and New Year, bubbles and all. And if we are very lucky, it will be the very best Christmas present of all.