HUGE Bloated Belly Between "O" and AF

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HUGE Bloated Belly Between "O" and AF
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Sat, 06-16-2007 - 12:19pm

Hi Everyone,

Is it just me or does anyone else have an issue with their lower stomach being so bloated between "O" and AF? My stomach is sooooo bloated it makes me look 5 months preggo for the week b/f AF! I asked my dr. about it and she said it is because I have such a high pogesterone level and there was nothing she could do about it since I am TTC. I have been researching on the web trying to find some type of natural remedy to help me out.

CAN ANYONE HELP???? It is so big and uncomfortable and I can't fit into any of my clothes, so not only am I huge and uncomfortable during this week but then AF starts and I am huge and bloated for another week!!! I wish I would just get a BFP so I would be OK with a big belly.

Thanks for letting me vent and rant!!!

Babydust to you all!!!

Tiffany 41
TTC #5
VR 12/14/06
CD 28
DD 15 y/o twins, DS 17, 11

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Registered: 02-28-2007
Sat, 06-16-2007 - 1:13pm

Hi Tiffany,

I don't have that problem so I can't help you out there...but it sounds like having all that nice progesterone is a good thing! Mine is low so I always needed supplements to try to get pregnant!

I hope someone else here can help you...

Not sure if this would work at all but would laying off of salty foods and sodas help at all with the bloating during that period?

Good luck!

  

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Registered: 04-16-2007
Tue, 06-19-2007 - 7:43am

God, I know how that feels!!! It's awful and I was wondering why my stomach was like that. It does feel like your 5 months

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Tue, 06-19-2007 - 10:48am

Hi Kim,

Thanks for your reply. I am so glad to hear someone else goes through what I do on a monthly basis. It is horrible and you are right the doctor would have me take BC pills to even out my hormones and bring down my progesterone. I keep trying to stay positive every month because the dr. said it was actually very positive that I was so bloated because it meant my uterus was well prepared for implantation and sustaining a pregnancy due to the high proges. But when I am in it I have to admit there are times I think about going on the pill for a few months just to feel "relief" for awhile but given my age (41) and TTC I can't really afford to have any more time against me.

How long have you been TTC? We have been TTC for 6 months after my DH had a VR in 12/06.

Have a great day
Tiffany

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Tue, 06-19-2007 - 10:10pm

Hi Tiffany,


My stomach is actually feeling good right now, I'm CD 6 AF just ending. I was glad to read your post not only to hear someone else has the same problem, but also because I keep wondering if I have the hormones still working for a pregnancy. We've been trying since April- more like just not using any birth control and whatever happens does. BUT

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Tue, 06-19-2007 - 11:23pm

Kim,

I am so so so very sorry for your devastating loss. That loss is still so fresh. You are a very strong woman to be dealing with all this. I'm so glad you were blessed with your little daughter for 11 months before she passed and know that you loved her with all your heart.

I can certainly understand your desire to have another baby...and I think you will. It hasn't been that long (relatively) that you and your husband have been trying... I'm wondering if maybe it hasn't been a good thing, in a way, that you've had a few months to properly grieve your loss without getting pregnant right away. As happy as you would've been with a quick pregnancy, I think you may have felt a little guilt--as if you were trying to replace her (and I know that she is completely irreplaceable). Now that you've waited a few months, I think you've given your heart a little chance to rest up...and when your heart is ready, I think you will get pregnant again.

I hope I don't sound offensive or too much like a know it all. I'm one of those people who actually doesn't think everything happens for a reason and that sometimes crappy things just happen to good people for no apparent reason. But I do believe that you will have another baby.

xxoo
Lois

  

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Wed, 06-20-2007 - 8:03am

Hi Lois, Good Morning


Thanks so much again for your kind words. You never sound like a know it all.

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Wed, 06-20-2007 - 10:07am

Hi Kim,

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter. I have often wondered if or when I am able to get pregnant what tests I want to go through. It just seems like the dr.'s want you to feel like your pregnancy is "safe" by going through so many tests because of our "advanced maternal age", but then a story like yours happens. I would probably submit to only the routine blood work and an amnio. The last time I was preggo I was 29 so there wasn't much to be done except U/S and blood work.

AF just started for me this a.m. so I am on CD #1 moving on to cycle #7. My DH had a VR in 12/06 and things have not happened as quickly as I had hoped. My cycles haven't changed with age. I am still a 30-31 day cycle and "O" between CD 16-19. I haven't tried charting or doing BBT. I bought the Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor 3 months ago which works wonderful so there is no guessing and it gives you a "Peak" fertility time and a "High" fertility time based on your hormone levels throughout the month. I didn't use it this last cycle though, I just needed a mental & emotional break.

Have a wonderful day and I enjoy hearing from you.
Tiffany

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Wed, 06-20-2007 - 3:19pm

Hi Tiffany:

Can I ask where you got your fertility monitor? And, how does it work?

Thanks, Julie

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Wed, 06-20-2007 - 7:07pm

Hi Julie,

I bought it at Walgreens. You have to buy the sticks in addition to the monitor. They come in a box of 30. You set the monitor on your first day of regular AF not spotting. It then will start to ask you around day 10 when you first start to use it to POAS and put it in the monitor. It takes usually 10-15 sticks the first month until it learns your cycle. It will then give you a "high" fertility time and a "peak" fertility time. It is a no brainer and I love not having to track or remember anything. If you go on the Clearblue Easy website it has an interactive instruction on how it works. Mine was more expensive at Walgreens, I have seen them online for a lot cheaper and I started buying the sticks online saving about $10 per box compared to Walgreens.

Good luck with TTC.
Tiffany

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Wed, 06-20-2007 - 9:54pm

Thanks Tiffany, Yeah, I remember the days where we only had the initial bloodwork, one u/s. This last pregnancy I did have to figure out

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