Hi ladies Well this topic is really an informative/educational one for you mamas patiently waiting for AF to show..... as we are not TTC right now (well he isn't anyways lol!)......I thought I would document all the good details as a case study. So here are my stats....
Nursing baby #3 who is now 15 months old.
She nurses to sleep at night, usually once or so throughout the night - sometimes more, but we bed share so who knows for sure ! - nurses a lot in the early a.m. hours and first thing when she wakes up, nurses to sleep at naptime and usually again when she wakes up....I am not restricting her nursing at all and have never done so - she is teething some serious molars so likes to pacify herself on me right now. She IS quite a decent night sleeper so I often do get a good long stretch of sleep in the middle of the night (as far as I know).
After DS #1 was born - AF returned at 16 months PP with the help of vitex, and stretching out nursing sessions as best I could. I got pregnant with #2 when he was 22 months old.
After DS#2 was born - AF returned at around 4 months PP - no vitex or anything used - I was super surprised - at around 6 or so months I started using Vitex to help regulate cycles and was getting a pretty regular cycle soon after. As many of you know, this still did not help in getting my BFP - I was O'ing, had a decent LP, hormones checked out okay etc. - timed BD, OPK's, fertility monitor, herbs/supplements - you name it - we tried it....finally turned to clomid (fail), IUI's (fail x 3), and IVF (Baby girl #3 was conceived!!!!).....
So here we are - 15 months PP - I have had many, many, many patches of fertile CM over the past year - I do not temp, chart, do OPK's, use my monitor, or take anything other then my prenatal vitamin and when I remember, calcium/magnesium, and b complex on occasion.
I do remember having a lot of fertile Cm about a week and a bit ago.....last Sunday I had some serious cramping/weird sensations in my lower abdomen - I am chalking it up to food poisoning or a virus - was honestly driven to distraction - it felt so crampy uncomfortable - had to go and lay down and skip dinner. This lasted just over 24 - 48 hours......I think it was a virus but who knows?!
Either yesterday or Monday I remember thinking I wonder if AF is coming - it just crossed my mind like some weird psychic thing - when I wiped (TMI ALERT!!!) a few hours later, there was streaky, brown CM that looked very much like the beginning of AF coming. Nothing again for the rest of the day......Hmmmmm.
Today - a bit of pink, streaky CM - nothing else today.
My lower back is a bit crampy. I feel a bit heavy/possibly crampy coming. I think AF is trying to come and maybe I am willing her away lol. I do not think it is implantation spotting (even though there is tiny glimmer of hope - okay maybe not so tiny - but I am realistic - really I am ......)
What I am wondering is if it is like my very first ever PPAF which was mostly just a tiny day of anovulatory bleeding.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's update.....as we chronicle my PPAF - for scientific purposes only lol!