Can you get pg if af hasen't returned?

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Registered: 06-22-2004
Can you get pg if af hasen't returned?
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Mon, 12-06-2004 - 5:03pm

My son is 8 months old and pretty much ebf, with the exception of 4 days a week, while I'm working, he gets formula during the day.

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Registered: 08-31-2004
Wed, 12-08-2004 - 5:29pm

Welcome Jacquelyn. I would say with an 8 hour stretch in there where you're not bfing, it sure is possible you could get pg. Women tend to be really different when it comes to bfing and ttcing. Some women like me get pg when they're still nursing 10x's/day and some have to wean completely to get pg. Keep an eye on you cycles and try to determine if your ovulating yet. And how long your luteal phase is. There is some great info here at iVillage on conception. Good Luck and ***babydust*** keep us posted

Jeska

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Registered: 11-28-2004
Wed, 12-08-2004 - 7:18pm

Hi,
I've got the same exact question. I'm currently EBF my 5 1/2 month old son. Every month, I feel like I have all the ovulation signs and post-ovulation PMS indicators but no period. The doctors and nurses keep giving me mixed signals. Some say you can't get pregnant if you don't have a period and others say you still ovulate even with AF. But, how would I even know I was pregnant without AF? Any advice would be helpful.

Kassie

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Registered: 08-31-2004
Wed, 12-08-2004 - 10:41pm

Hi Kassie, you can ovulate before your first AF arrives, so yes you can get pg. Really the only way you'd know was by noticing pregnancy symptoms, and usually there will be a drop in your milk supply during pregnancy. I've talked to lots of ladies that got a very big surprize pregnancy while nursing because they thought since they hadn't gotten AF yet then they weren't Oing. However, most of the time a bfing mama will not concieve until after a couple cycles. It took me 2 cycles (4 months) to concieve.

GL

Jeska

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Registered: 11-28-2004
Thu, 12-09-2004 - 1:38pm
Thanks so much for the response. I'm still EBF every 3 hours but I really don't know what to expect. It took 4 years to get our second baby and I'm just wondering how to really know when I ovulate. I would do OPKs but that's just too much of an expense and, with a 5 1/2 month old, I don't really have the time to do it.
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Registered: 08-31-2004
Thu, 12-09-2004 - 6:40pm

I've heard opposing opinions on the OPKs, and their expensive! Pretty much I just make sure we bd every other day when my cm is fertile (slippery or egg white) that's how it worked last time, and we concieved on my second cycle pp. You can also chart for free at fertiliyfriend.com

GL

Jeska

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Registered: 08-09-2004
Wed, 12-15-2004 - 11:47pm

A saliva tester is a good option for opk. I have one and I wish I had had it when trying for my son. It works great and you only pay for the tester and nothing else. It is reusable so there is nothing more to buy. I have an Ovulens but there is a nother one that uses a disk to keep track of the results for a whole cycle. I don't know the name of it though. I also found out that if you have a digital camara you can take a picture of the results and keed track that way. Anyway I highly recommend the Saliva testers. It's money wisely and well spent.

Shawnicy

PS It is also tells you if you are pg!