BFING mom, ovulating> intro

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-17-2008
BFING mom, ovulating> intro
4
Wed, 02-15-2012 - 5:52am

Hi there,

B, loving wife to L. Proud Mum to William Luke (22 months) and expecting Samuel James in November. >

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-24-2012
Wed, 02-15-2012 - 1:15pm

Hi there,

Congratulations on your son! Have you read up on the subject on Kellymom? I was pretty sure that I have read somewhere that you can O without AF. But if you are EBF it seems very early for fertility to be returning.
Have you tried charting. A lot of mums experience erratic bbts while BF but your CM could give you some clues. Sorry I can't be of more help. Someone else here should be able to help more.

Here's a link and an paragragh from Kellymom.

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/normal/fertility.html

It is not uncommon for breastfeeding mothers to report cyclical cramping or PMS-type symptoms - symptoms of an oncoming period without the period - for weeks or even months before their period returns. When this happens, the body is probably "gearing up" for the return of menstruation, but breastfeeding is still delaying the return of fertility.
Community Leader
Registered: 06-01-2004
Wed, 02-15-2012 - 1:56pm
Hey MissBee and welcome back :) Congrats on your new baby boy!
Your body might be trying to get back into gear but just not quite making it. If you ovulate you will either get a period within 2 weeks or be pregnant if you are lucky enough to catch that first egg. As far as I understand, it is not possible to O and then have nothing happen as the hormones involved would lead to the uterine lining being shed (or as I said before, a pregnancy if you time it right). Don't forget too that BF'ing caused your uterus to contract to which might feel like O pains from time to time. Remember the afterpains from birth - those feel quite menstrual and painful from my experience but it is just your uterus contracting back down to size. Just a thought anyways.
Oh and you CAN have what seems like a period but is sometimes just an anovulatory bleed in early cycle PPAF's.....your body tries to O but just quite make it....
----------------------------------
Taken from Babyhopes.com

"Can You Have A Period Without Ovulating?

A period or menstruation is the bleeding that occurs about 12 to 16 days after ovulation or the release of an egg. If ovulation does not occur, no egg is released, and hence technically there should be no bleeding at all. This is known as anovulation. In women where ovulation fails to occur because of an anovulatory disorder, bleeding can occur nevertheless. This is known as anovulatory bleeding and is not a normal menstrual period.

There is a huge difference between cycles in which the woman ovulates but does not get her period, and one in which she gets her period but does not ovulate. In the former case, the woman is almost certainly pregnant. In the latter case, she has had an anovulatory cycle.

If you do not chart your ovulation and have an anovulatory disorder, then you may assume that you are menstruating normally when anovulatory bleeding occurs during your cycle. This anovulatory bleeding occurs when estrogen production continues to develop in the uterine lining without reaching the threshold necessary to trigger ovulation. In such a case, either of the following two things may happen, both leading to what appears to be a menstrual period but is really not one.

* Either the estrogen will build up slowly to a point below the threshold and then drop, resulting in estrogen withdrawal bleeding.

* Or the endometrium builds up slowly over an extended period of time, eventually to the point where the resulting uterine lining is so thickened it can no longer sustain itself. This is known as estrogen breakthrough bleeding. This is a more common occurrence.

In either case, if you weren’t charting your ovulation, you might think you were simply menstruating, though you would maybe notice a difference in the type of bleeding. Some women may notice a difference in the flow of bleeding. It may become heavier or lighter than your usual flow."

----------------------
I would suggest you start temping/charting and /or using OPK's if you are trying to figure out what your body is doing (to either prevent or promote another pregnancy right now!)
Good luck and congrats again ;)
Jasmine


Otherwise it is just BF hormones messing with you - lots of tricky what seems like fertile CM etc.
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-17-2008
Thu, 02-16-2012 - 10:35pm

Thank you both for your detailed replies, I appreciate all your help. As far as my reading tells me its quite unlikely to conceive before the firstPPAF, but still possible. Thank you for your help and all the besdt on your journeys!

B, loving wife to L. Proud Mum to William Luke (22 months) and expecting Samuel James in November. >

Community Leader
Registered: 06-01-2004
Fri, 02-17-2012 - 3:58pm
For what its worth, I have seen many ladies on this board catch the first egg - I am not one of those lucky ones but can happen for sure! Get out that thermometer mama :)
Enjoy those babies :)
Jasmine