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James asks…

TTC. and or pregnant? with PCOS? please help?

My husband and I were TTC for nearly 2 years and nothing. I went to the doctor and they told me I have PCOS. They told me that in order for me to get pregnant, I would probably need medical help, like clomid or invetro. After that, we sort of just stop trying and then a month later we conceived our son. My doctor was surprised. We had him in September 2008. We want our children close in age, but at least 1 year apart. We have been TTC for about 2 months now and so far nothing. We tried most of the home remedies. We tried an at home ovulation kit. Nothing! Anyone know anything that can help speed the process up? Or that will help us conceive much easier and faster? Please help. We want another baby so bad.

Oh, and the first day of my last period was June 22. I have been really gassy, really really bad heartburn like I did with my first pregnancy, the other day I had dizzy spells, having to urinate a bit more, and been having this cramping feeling in my lower abdomine, like bloating or pressure. Hard to explain the exact feeling. Every HPT I have taken has come back negative. You think I still could be? Or what?

Any advise and help would be great! Thanks.

answers:

I was told I would never have children naturally because of my PCOS. I got a second opinion and was then told I was only subfertile, not infertile. Three months later I conceived my first daughter without any help and like in your case my doctor was surprised. After that birth when I got my fertility back I was just going to start treatment for my PCOS when, surprise, I got pregnant again! So, it does happen.

What has really helped us is charting my fertility. We use the Sympto-Thermal method taught by the Couple to Couple League. You can find more basic info on charting online… Try www.fertilityfriend.com. Charting your cycles can tell you if and when you are ovulating and it is much more reliable than ovulation kits you can buy in stores. Charting will help you with timing for conception or if you find you aren’t ovulating can help determine what is going on with your hormones.

There are several treatments other than birth control you can try for PCOS symptoms that can help regulate your hormones and your cycles. Metformin is one I’ve heard of. My doc was going to put me on 10 days of progesterone during each cycle. I’m sure there are other treatments. The most important thing is getting a good idea of what your body is doing (by charting) and then finding a knowledgeable doctor who will treat your condition rather than just send you into more drastic infertility treatments.

Good luck on baby #2!

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Sandra asks…

Heart Burn Relief ……?

I’m 16w5d and I’ve had terrible heartburn a few times in the past couple weeks. Before becoming pregnant I only had mild heartburn a few times my entire life, but this is a whole different situation, I feel like fire is going to come up my throat and out of my mouth and I don’t know what I can take for it. I’ve never had to take anything for heartburn before and I don’t know what’s safe during pregnancy either. I plan on placing a call to my midwife in the morning but I wanted to know if there’s anything I can do in the mean time because right now I can hardly breathe because of it. Is there any “at home remedies” I can try instead of having to buy anything?

answers:

Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda and water) and milk are the only 2 “at home remedies” I’m aware of!

Be careful with the Sodium bicarbonate though as its loaded with – sodium! It does work wonders though

Water only made my heartburn WAY worse!

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Carol asks…

Food aversions during pregnancy?

I’m 4 months pregnant. I have had really bad food aversions throughout my whole pregnancy so far. Almost everything smells and looks nasty! I have to force myself to eat. Even thinking about food gives me bad heartburn. I am so picky. The ONLY things I’ll eat are pomegranites, some potatoes, and mexican beans, rice, and green enchiladas from this store like 30 minutes away from my home. I can’t afford to eat out all the time, and I’m starting to get sick of potatoes. I don’t know what to do. I’ve always been a big eater. Is there a remedy for this?
I take a prenatal vitamin every day, as well as an omega 3 and calcium supplement.

answers:

In the same boat as you babe. I cant eat anything except potatoes and pizza!! Oh and that double cheeseburger from mcdonalds lol. Have you tried bagels and cream cheese?? That works for me. Im 5 months and when I was 4 it was really bad but its slowly getting better. I hope it does for you. Try chewing a tums before you eat its helped me alot.

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Lisa asks…

Any helpful ideas on how to get rid of pregnancy heartburn???

Hi ladies. Im 23 weeks pregnant & Im miserable with daily-killer-annoying heartburn. It seems that anything I eat or drink causes it. I take Tums & it works for a few minutes then its back again. Im desperate for any home remedies or anything that has worked for you. Please help! Thanks ;)

answers:

Two Zantac. Although they are safe for pregnant women, you should always check with your doctor before taking any medicines. You are not taking enough Tums if it is returning that quickly, try to chew more of them.

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