Could I Be Pregnant? Please Advise!

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Could I Be Pregnant? Please Advise!
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Sun, 09-09-2012 - 7:45am

Hello!  I'm new here, but I have consulted many helpful posts on this site before.

I am still breastfeeding (only with solids, no formula or pacifiers) my nearly 13-month-old baby boy.  I am pumping about 3 times a day when at work part-time, and the others days, he feeds about 4 times at the breast, though these sessions have mostly become "snacky," not prolonged feedings like in the beginning (he is a very solid eater, so he derives most of his nutrition from full meals).  We co-sleep, but at night, after he goes down with milk, he wakes up only once for a little booby juice.

On July 28th, I had my first period post-partum, and while normal, it seemed just little bit shorter than usual.  I was expecting to get it again around August 28th (I was always like clockwork - nearly down to the hour!), but as of today, it still has not come.  I have been increasingly irritable, seem to be a bit bloated in the belly (might have even put on a pound or two), and I have been experiencing on and off a white, milky discharge (not stringy, though, like fertile mucous).  The weirdest thing is I have had excessive saliva (never had that in the first pregnancy).  No painful breasts, though, no morning sickness (not the first time, either), no other symptoms.  So, could I be pregnant?  Here's the thing:  as my husband was sick, the only time I could have conceived in that month would have been just about 4 days past ovulation.  This is why I think I can't possibly be.

I know the obvious thing to do is take a test, and I suppose I will eventually, but I am almost afraid to, because if it's negative, I'll be disappointed!  I almost would like to know first and then take it.  I know that sounds lame!

For others who conceived while breastfeeding, did it go something like this?  I nearly think that the baby is feeding a little more than usual, not less, so he clearly hasn't been turned off by the milk.

Help!

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Registered: 06-01-2004
Thu, 09-20-2012 - 12:50am
I would start temping at your first wake up in the middle of the night and then again at 6 a.m....I used to use the middle of the night temp assuming you have had a fair amount of sleep hours in at that point....it seemed to work and I could definitely get a feel for where my cycle was at. The average for PPAF to return in BF'ing women seems to be around the 14 month mark. I am nursing without any restrictions and a a lot of night nursing.....My girl is 17 months old and have now had 2 regular AF's where I am fairly certain I am O'ing....I think you are close. Take some Vitamin B Complex and calcium/magnesium supplements...they should help with your luteal phase (time between O and AF should be around 10 - 12 days min)..... I had my first baby at 32, #2 at 35, and #3 at 39......you should likely be just fine :smileyhappy:
So glad you found us too !
Jasmine
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Registered: 06-01-2004
Wed, 09-19-2012 - 1:47am
I think that your first few cycles PP are usually pretty wacky....especially with the BF'ing. I personally would give it a few more cycles and see where you go with it.....but I love cosleeping and hate the idea of baby girl not sleeping with us right now. I would encourage you to not rush it, and start charting etc. to see what is happening. If he is not nursing much at night, I would venture to say that it is not really going to make a huge difference to your fertility. It is super encouraging that AF came back already - you are on the right track so hang in there and try not to be too frustrated - I am guessing you will have a more regular cycle soon and then you can send it away again for another 9 + months :smileyhappy:
Jasmine
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Registered: 06-01-2004
Mon, 09-17-2012 - 3:46pm
Any news ? :smileyhappy:
Community Leader
Registered: 06-01-2004
Mon, 09-10-2012 - 5:34pm
Good luck! I know I am just answering you now (sorry busy back to school week!) .....it could go either way but your symptoms are certainly interesting.....
The first PPAF cycles can be very unpredictable for sure - longer cycles, short LP, long times between O'ing..........I am tired all the time lol so that is no longer a symptom for me....I look forward to hearing back from you!
Jasmine
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Registered: 02-13-2003
Sun, 09-09-2012 - 4:04pm
Take a test it's the only real way to know if you are not temping . For the first few PP cycles O is later for me instead of CD 14 -17 it's around 22 - 27. You could have ovulated later - it takes your body a little while even after your cycles return to get really regular again. Test and keep us posted:smileyhappy: They sell tests at the dollar store for a dollar so you don't have to worry about wasting money:smileyhappy:
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Registered: 01-24-2012
Sun, 09-09-2012 - 10:02am
Hi there, Welcome to the board. Could you have Oed later than you think you did? 4DPO seems a bit too long afterwards to catch an egg. How do you know when you Oed? Are you using OPKs or temping or both?
It is pretty normal for the first few post partum cycles to be long. It's possible you are pregnant but it's also possible that you haven't Oed yet. Good luck! I hope things work out well for you! Xxx