As many of you know, we are wanting another child. **if this is already TMI–you are advised to stop reading now** I had my IUD removed in April of last year, and after some waiting and regulating –I regained my period. We have been without birth control from several months, and I havent conceived yet.
With Elliott, I got pregnant the first month we tried. Quite a shock, really. We only talked about having a baby for a week or two, and the next thing we knew the pee stick was positive. Talk about a shocker.
I thought that it would be easy to get pregnant again. But, it has taken more time than I thought. And, I have a hard time waiting for things, hate surprises, and want things to happen NOW. So, you can imagine that my frustration level is high. To make matters worse–my cycle is all out of whack. This month I ovulated early, and got my period after only 21 days. Darn you mother nature.
I have been exceptionally tired the last 2 or 3 nights. And along with being impatient and tired–I am also a worrier. Naturally I started wondering what could be wrong with me. Did something happen during my C-section and now I am unable to conceive. Of course, nothing is physically wrong with me, but I discovered something interesting.
You can break a woman’s menstrual cycle into 2 parts–the first part being different for all women. And, the second part beginning on the day of ovulation. It is in this second half we are all similar. From the time you ovulate until you start you period is 12-16 days*. This is according to the FAM method book I am re-reading (since I apparently didn’t read it thoroughly enough the first time around).
This is an awesome discovery for me, as it allows me to identify exactly when I will get my period each month so long as I track the day I ovulate (which also explains why my cycle is so short this month). It will also tell me how many days each cycle will be. You may be wondering why I don’t already know this being a mature woman of 34 (advanced maternal age in OB speak)!!!! Well, since I have been on birth control my whole life; I never needed to track my cycle since it was chemically regulated.
Lets hope that this awesome discovery will help me get knocked up this month! Yeah for biology.
*as with all things in nature there are occasional exceptions