SparkPeople Getting Fit Before Baby Team Messageboard A place for women who want to get fit before taking the journey into pregnancy again or for the first time. SparkPeople Getting Fit Before Baby Team Messageboard Anyone NOT gain on clomid? Hi. I'm new to this group. I'm starting clomid, hcg trigger shot, and IUI next cycle. I've been freaked out about side effects. I hear so many stories of women gaining tons of weight on clomid. I've just gotten in the hang out eating healthy, counting my calories, and exercising and I really want to keep losing weight rather than gaining. <BR> <BR> Does clomid increase your appetite? Or do the hormones just bloat you and cause you to put on water weight? How did you get through clomid cycle... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 21:53:17 EST Science may make IVF easier for women of any age <link><BR>l-clock/ </link> <BR> <BR> Recently, scientists have discovered special cells that have the ability to become eggs, but haven't. Currently, a company is working on a way to harvest these cells from any woman, regardless of age, cultivate them into true egg cells, and then re-implant as IVF. The main benefit of this is that the egg cells generated from this process are very young and much less likely to have defects. Check out the link above... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 10:13:54 EST QoTW: What is your favorite season and why? Question of the Week for September 14-20, 2015. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 09:55:46 EST QoTW: Favorite Baby Names This one's been done before, but I figured it was worth a revisit. What are some of your favorite baby names, boy or girl? <BR> <BR> Question of the Week for August 31st - September 6th, 2015 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:17:37 EST QoTW: How many kids would you like to have? Question of the Week for August 24th-31st, 2015. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:18:54 EST I want to be a FIT mama!! My husband and I just got married earlier this month and have plans to start working on a family in 1-2 years. Our families are both pushing for g-babies now, but we have decided to take time to just be husband and wife before being a family. <BR> <BR> I have always been overweight and I want to get my body in shape before we have kids. Ideally, I want to be at my goal weight and even maintain it before getting pregnant and I want to continue my fitness during pregnancy. I'm sure every mothe... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 12:17:27 EST Post-Baby Question AF came back for me (even though I'm still nursing) last month. However, I am already confused about my cycle. If I trusted my phone app I'd be two days late right now but it would be HIGHLY unlikely I'm pregnant. Does anyone know if it takes a while for your cycle to regulate once AF returns after having a baby? I'm only on CD35 right now, so not crazy late, but I just don't know what to expect! Tue, 11 Aug 2015 09:55:03 EST QoTW: How did you meet your SO? Question of the Week for August 10-16, 2015 Mon, 10 Aug 2015 10:25:14 EST September 2015 Hopefules . Mon, 10 Aug 2015 10:21:37 EST Did you spend some time at goal weight before TTC? I've been steadily loosing weight since March 1st when I was 242lbs. I'm 5'6" and 32 years old. I've lost 30lbs and am down to 211lbs. My short goal is 200lbs and final goal is 185lbs. However, we want to start TTC in October / November. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to decide if I should stop at 200lbs and maintain that for awhile or continue to loose weight all the way till October / November. Any suggestions or past experience? Thu, 6 Aug 2015 06:42:21 EST Hi from Houston I am trying to get my weight down before TTC next baby this fall. I'm 5'6" and was 180lbs before the first baby. I had problems with my thyroid meds and was 241lbs in March. <BR> <BR> I'm down to 213lbs and stuck. I can't seem to keep motivation to exercise and stay on target. Hoping joining the group will help. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:57:01 EST Miscarried now what? It started Monday and is official at 6 wk 5 days I suffered a miscarriage. I was wondering if any of you lovely ladies that have gone through it can give me some insight on the physical changes. My Dr is more of a naturalist and basically so when I called when the spotting started the nurse told me to let nature take it's course and he will see me at my scheduled appointment in 2 weeks. Is that normal? <BR> <BR> While I know everybody is different, is there things I need out watch out... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:07:25 EST QoTW: What do you do to relax? TTC can (unfortunately) be stressful. How do you relax and de-stress? <BR> <BR> Question of the Week for July 21-26, 2015 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:42:25 EST August 2015 Hopefuls I'm in for August. Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:29:12 EST QoTW: Home Birth, Hospital Birth, Other? Question of the Week for July 13-19, 2015. Mon, 13 Jul 2015 14:27:31 EST Brand Spankin' New Hey! I'm Redcodah, and I just joined today, obviously. I've decided that I would like to have a baby, but I want to be healthier before I even start trying to conceive. I look forward to hanging with y'all! Wed, 1 Jul 2015 23:36:53 EST Just Started I just started using ClearBlue Advanced Digital this month. My charts told me I'm not ovulating, so I was over the moon when I got my first smiley face on CD13. I decided I'd keep taking them until my temp went up, but it never did and I got four more smiley faces after that. So apparently I have an LH surge over a week long? I'm giving up for this cycle and have started the process to see a fertility specialist. Has anyone else experienced over a week of positive OPKs? Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:05:33 EST Starting the Infertility Journey Hi, I'm Emily. I'm 28 years old. I stopped taking BC in September and assumed I'd get pregnant right away. After 6 months, I started charting and found that I'm not ovulating. I'm in the process now of getting an appointment with a fertility specialist, which is hard for me to accept. I need a community of women who are going through or who have been through the same thing, as it seems that everyone around me is getting pregnant-- even one friend who adopted because she was told she couldn't ... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:59:55 EST QoTW: Do you use OPKs? Do you use Ovulation Predictor Kits? If so, what is your favorite brand? When do you use them each month? Do you find them helpful? <BR> <BR> Question of the Week for June 22-28, 2015. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 17:17:45 EST New to the forum My name is Julie. My husband and I got married last fall and are TCC this fall. Before that happens, I need to return to my pre-wedding weight. I can't believe I have gained 20+ pounds since the big day, but am committed to losing that weight and having a healthy pregnancy! Mon, 22 Jun 2015 14:50:46 EST Anyone get pregnant after losing ther 10% I have been reading tons of stuff that says that losing 10% of your body weight can greatly improve your chances of conceiving. Has anyone experienced this? I have a three year old, so I know that I should be able to conceive after I lose some weight, since I conceived him just a few years ago (I was 40 pounds lighter than). To lose 10% of my starting weight, I would have to lose 33 pounds. In the past two weeks, I have lost 14- so I am almost hallway there. I'm just wondering if I can start ... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:36:57 EST TTC while Breastfeeding a Toddler Has anyone else tried to get pregnant while still breastfeeding? My son is now 19 months old and we are still breastfeeding, but suprisingly, I haven't gotten AF back yet. The average time is supposed to be something like 14 months. I had planned on a closer spacing between my children and am a bit disappointed with this taking so long (although it's nice to not have AF). Anyone else have any experience with returning to fertility while BF? I feel like I've been seeing the signs of it co... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 08:49:10 EST July 2015 Hopefuls . Tue, 9 Jun 2015 10:34:03 EST QoTW - Where do you want to go? Where do you want to go on your next vacation? Mon, 8 Jun 2015 14:50:09 EST QoTW:-Whats the 1st thing you do when you wake up? Question of the Week for June 1-7, 2015 Mon, 1 Jun 2015 10:19:12 EST Baby on the way and just looking to keep positive! I have my first ever child to be born in late august and I'm nervous! Unsure how pregnancy would sit with me, I quit my jobs 3 months in (for other reasons, too). I've been measuring, I didn't do anything at first.... March 2014 was the last time I ever measured, and so I did this in march 2015 early, and found I gained 15 inches from that time.... By the 4th of May I'd already upped that number to 27.5 inches. <BR> <BR> Ladies and gents, I'm already obese..I was already warned I could not ... Wed, 27 May 2015 21:17:23 EST QoTW: What is your favorite go-to workout? Is there a workout that you always go back to when you need to get yourself back on track? Or that is just so fun you forget you are working out? Mon, 25 May 2015 12:52:19 EST US Petition for paid family leave On, there is currently an open petition for mandating paid family leave in the US. I know a lot of people are frustrated with how little their employers provide in terms of amount of leave, and pay while on leave. Take a look at the petition, sign it if you agree, then pass it on. <BR> <BR> Thought you ladies (in the US) might have a higher stake in this than most! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndate-paid-family-leave </link> <BR> <BR... Mon, 18 May 2015 09:59:43 EST QoTW -What's one thing you did for yourself today? Question of the Week for May 18-24, 2015 Mon, 18 May 2015 09:11:12 EST Hello Hi, I'm Stevie. <BR> <BR> My husband and I've been trying to conceive for four years without any luck. We've recently been ok'd for IVF on the NHS in the UK. It's very exciting but we're nervous as well. Understand that nothing is guaranteed, but it's the closest we've been so far. We should be starting treatment in second half of June, hopefully. <BR> <BR> Stevie Thu, 14 May 2015 10:33:49 EST Help!! I'm starting to lose my initial motivation and I'm catching myself slipping back into my bad old habits, like not meal planning and eating too much sugar. It started last week when I needed to eat out a lot for work, and it's been a slippery slope from there. Reading through SP's motivational members' story has helped a bit, but I still don't feel like I have a firm grasp on my eating plan and concrete intentions. What do you do to keep your motivation going? Wed, 13 May 2015 11:48:43 EST QoTW - How do you de-stress? Something you do every day? Only when you feel stressed? Tell us your tips and tricks! Mon, 11 May 2015 08:46:08 EST June 2015 Hopefuls . Mon, 4 May 2015 20:27:00 EST Top April Fitness Team Leaders Congrats to the following team members. They logged the top 10 highest fitness minutes for all active members of this group! Keep up the good work! <BR> <BR> 1. MOMIN09 <BR> 2. K8TERTOTS <BR> 3. DYMPHNABEVIN <BR> 4. BOBCATGIRL76 <BR> 5. STARLIGHT610 <BR> 6. KBROWER80 <BR> 7. QTLADY <BR> 8. AMPROSKE1 <BR> 9. SARAHSMILES14 <BR> 10. AERO_NERDETTE <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Mon, 4 May 2015 14:37:33 EST QoTW - What's your biggest accomplishment? Question of the Week for May 4-10, 2015. Mon, 4 May 2015 10:06:23 EST Getting fit AFTER baby Hello all. My DD is now 5 months old and I have yet to do anything to get back in shape. Fortunately I kept my weight gain pretty low during pregnancy and breastfeeding has helped take the weight back off, but I just can't seem to get myself moving with a new baby in house. The most I ever manage to do is go for a walk with the stroller. <BR> <BR> It seems like any free time I have, I just want to spend it with her, not on a treadmill! It's no wonder moms have trouble finding the time to... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:51:11 EST QoTW - What's your reward? (4-27-15 thru 5-3-15) Do you reward yourself for meeting a fitness goal? If you do, what do you reward yourself with? Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:35:10 EST QoTW - Who do you look up to? Question of the Week for April 20-26, 2015. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:50:13 EST National Infertility Awareness Week #NIAW This week, April 19-25, 2015 is National Infertility Awareness Week. I wish that none of the members of this group would ever have to experience the pain of infertility, but I know that we have many members fighting this battle. My husband and I struggled for nearly two years to conceive our daughter. <BR> <BR> 1 in 8 couples will have trouble conceiving, and yet many of suffer silently. It's amazing the hurtful things people will say to someone, even without meaning to be hurtful. It can... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:34:14 EST QoTW - What is your favorite quote? Is there anything that inspires you? Encourages you to keep going? Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:41:17 EST I'm new Hello! I am knew to this "team" and I am not really sure how this all works. We just started to ttc. I am 37 overweight and type1 diabetic. So we have a lot riding against us. Wishing everyone the best of luck! Thu, 9 Apr 2015 15:10:18 EST May 2015 Hopefuls . Tue, 7 Apr 2015 13:35:51 EST QoTW - Cloth Diapers or Disposable? Question of the week for April 6-12, 2015 Tue, 7 Apr 2015 13:33:14 EST What to consider before visiting a nutritionist Next week, on the suggestion of my primary care doctor, I am going to visit a nutritionist for the first time. My primary care doctor recommended that I lose 60 pounds before trying to conceive, and thankfully my insurance plan covers 4 nutritionist visits a year. What should I consider before my visit? I am planning to bring two weeks worth of my Spark People nutritional tracker information (this week's tracker, when my eating hasn't been that great, and a week from last month, when I tried ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:25:08 EST Memorial Day Madness! Thought I'd start a challenge group for any one that is interested, to get themselves ready for summer! I know BeAmazing did a wonderful job starting up the groups and setting up weekly milestones. <BR> <BR> Please list your top 3 goals and what you wish to accomplish weight-wise/workout wise by Memorial Day! <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:50:44 EST QoTW- Would you make your own? Would you make your own baby food? Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:53:13 EST QoTW - Do you strength train? What are your favorite ways to strength train? Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:29:24 EST QoTW - What is your favorite healthy recipe? Do you have a favorite healthy recipe? Please share with us! Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:48:58 EST April 2015 Hopefuls . Mon, 9 Mar 2015 10:18:25 EST QoTW - How would/did you announce your pregnancy? I'm sure we all have some creative ideas or stories for announcing a pregnancy. Mon, 9 Mar 2015 10:17:49 EST Worried About Going Off BC Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been on BC since I was 17. I got AF at 14 and had very irregular periods, mostly due to my weight I believe. However, when I did get them, I had terrible debilitating cramps which is what led to BC. I was prescribed Seasonique or Camrese by my GYN and have only been having 4 periods a year for the past 8 years. I'm wondering now that I've lost 90 pounds from my highest weight if my periods will be normal once I go off birth control. My husband and I are not TTC ye... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 10:45:34 EST QoTW - What myths have you heard? What TTC myths or old wives tales have you heard of? Do you think they are true? Mon, 2 Mar 2015 11:07:49 EST Anxiety Disorders and Pregnancy Hello All! <BR> <BR> Anyone else out there suffer from a chronic anxiety disorder (GAD, OCD, Panic Attacks etc...). <BR> <BR> I myself have suffered with OCD and panic attacks for 11 years. I am currently doing very well with a combination of talk therapy, exposure-response prevention therapy and a low dose medication (Lexapro). <BR> <BR> Husband and I are going to start TTC in May and are struggling with some decisions about the best approach for ensuring I maintain the lowest level of... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:23:24 EST QoTW: What's your fitness goal? Most of us are trying to lose weight to have healthier pregnancies, but what other goals do you have. Can't wait to run a 5K? Dreaming of wearing a bikini at the beach this summer? Just want to make it up several flights of stairs without getting winded? What's a personal fitness goal of yours? Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:05:25 EST Best month to get pregnant? I have been thinking about this a bit (not that you can plan perfectly), and there are a number of issues to consider: <BR> 1. Not being super big and pregnant in the summer (I was for #1 and it was not fun) <BR> 2. Timing it so the baby's birthday comes at a good time, not during Christmas or other holidays (baby #1 always has his birthday during Thanksgiving) <BR> 3. Size/age starting school - my boy will be one of the smallest because he is an October baby. <BR> <BR> SO... I figure since ... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:13:09 EST March 2015 Hopefuls Good Luck! Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:47:16 EST QoTW - Feb 16 - 22 Since it is spitting ice pellets at my house, I thought, man would I love to be somewhere warm! What would be a dream vacation for you? Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:18:50 EST Call the Midwife Have any of you watched this show on PBS? Or have you read the books? I found the books to be so interesting and I flew through them! Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:17:16 EST Hypnobabies! I attended the birth of my best friends baby girl November 2014. My friend, her husband and I used Hypnobabies as the means to control her discomfort throughout the labor and delivery process. She ended up having the natural labor and delivery she planned for and said Hypnobabies helped her tremendously throughout the whole process. <BR> <BR> My favorite part about the whole program was the emphasis on taking the fear out of childbirth. Even if I do end up using pain meds or an epidural duri... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:19:48 EST St. Patrick's Day March 17, 2015 CHALLENGE!!! ST. PATRICK'S DAY CHALLENGE: MARCH 17, 2015 <BR> <BR> 1. Set mini and final weight goals and give yourself Spark Goodies as rewards each week for getting there! <BR> <BR> 2. Set healthy eating goals <BR> <BR> 3. Set workout goals <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>438</em> <em>440</em> <em>407</em> <em>437</em> <em>137</em> <em>438</em> <em>440</em> <em>407</em> <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> TEMPLATE FOR: Daily Weigh-in/Workouts/Daily Steps <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 1 <BR... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 09:40:18 EST QoTW: What's your favorite thing about your SO? It's Valentine's week, so tell us what you love about your partner! <BR> <BR> Question of the Week for February 9th-15th, 2015. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 09:14:27 EST Feeling a little blue... Hi, I'm not sure if this is the right forum but I had to get this off my chest. <BR> <BR> This time last year I was 18 weeks pregnant and I was loving pregnancy. I had a great little bump, I was nesting, and I was taking progress selfies for my mom and grandma back in Wisconsin. <BR> <BR> This year I feel so empty and lost without my little pickle. I was looking at some of my bump photos this morning and getting pretty down. I wish I could be pregnant again and experience that same joy; I k... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 10:07:43 EST QoTW - How do you handle? How do you handle the inevitable question of when are you having kids? Or if you have a child, when are you having the next one? <BR> Mon, 2 Feb 2015 08:47:35 EST Trying Again for my "First" Baby Hi y'all, <BR> <BR> My name is Kayte. Last year around this time I was expecting my first child. Unfortunately my son William was born still at 22 weeks and I've had a hell of a year since. I've gained a lot of weight since I initially got pregnant and so I've joined SP so I can lose 49 lbs before we try again. <BR> <BR> I thought I wanted to get pregnant immediately after the doctor gave me the all clear last summer but I'm glad that I've refrained from trying; I don't know that I could h... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:33:08 EST Monrning Sickness I've got a bunch of questions for people who have been pregnant before and had morning sickness. How early did it come on? Were there triggers for it? Was it really just in the morning or did it happen throughout the day? I've been really nauseated on and off all afternoon and I'm wondering if its too early or if it would be possible to have pregnancy symptoms this early (test was negative this morning at 12 DPO)? If people could share there experiences with morning sickness that would be ver... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:16:13 EST Difficult Decision We would really like to have another child, but I am really nervous about whether I can cope with another one. <BR> <BR> My first son is sick (genetic condition that we didn't know we were carriers for, despite testing). It is difficult to manage his condition, and he takes a lot of time and extra care. He isn't as happy and doesn't have as much fun as a kid his age should (2yrs). It pains me to know that he is struggling. I often think that he would enjoy having a sibling, and I often w... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:17:40 EST Improvements! I don't want to seem like I'm hogging the spotlight or being boastful or anything like that, but this cycle there were some HUGE improvements, and DH really doesn't understand how momentous they are. I had to share with someone! Haha <BR> <BR> This is the first cycle since my surgery in May 2014 that I've gotten EWCM. I mentioned that in an earlier post, but really I was SO stoked about it and I still am! <BR> <BR> Then rather than having a 40 day cycle this month, it was only 35 days AN... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:18:04 EST QoTW: What's your dream job? Question of the Week for January 26th - Feb 1st, 2015. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:27:07 EST What to do!? Hello! I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice? <BR> <BR> I am typically a huge planner... I have planned a trip to Bora Bora for April and I had planned on waiting until then to try and conceive. However, I have gone off BC and am now ready to start TTC. I don't know if I want to wait until then? In one way I think I should because I don't want anything to interrupt this trip for us, but at the same time I know it can take time to conceive and would like to start at least tryin... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:20:51 EST Valentine's Day Challenge! Hi Ladies <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I thought we could get our minds off obsessing about AF and OV and BFP for a fun challenge that everyone could enjoy. I am trying to get myself into exercising more, and I hope some of you will join me. <BR> <BR> CHALLNGE: <BR> 1. Set a realistic goal weight that you want to achieve for Valentine's Day (FEB 14) <BR> 2. Plan a reward for achieving it that will make you feel gorgeous <BR> 3. Plan a surprise romantic evening for fun with your SO that does... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:06:52 EST Ready to think about trying :) My name is Elizabeth and my husband of 5 years and I have decided that we want to start a family in the next year or two. We are not forcing the issue and have no specific timeline in mind. We just know that we both need to be healthy so when the time to try comes, we are ready both physically and mentally. I have been a member of SparkPeople for many years and each year I reset my settings and start over. This year, with the decision we have made, starting SparkPeople again feels different. ... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:41:15 EST Having a Boy Hi, ladies! <BR> <BR> My husband and I are going to start trying to get pregnant in March. (Wouldn't it be nice if it happened right away?! We couldn't be so lucky!) <BR> <BR> We have an amazing daughter right now, and would really, REALLY like to have a boy next time. (Of course a healthy baby is our #1 priority, but we plan on stopping at 2 children, and the family name dies with my husband if we don't have a boy to carry it on.) <BR> <BR> Ultimately, I know it's the luck of the draw, bu... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:07:53 EST QoTW - Jan 19-Jan 25 Do you have any furbabies in your home? What type and what is his/her/their names? Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:40:08 EST February 2015 Hopefuls . Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:50:44 EST QoTW - What's on Your Bucket List? It's a new year and we have many new members, so let's get to know each other! <BR> <BR> Question of the Week for January 12th-18th, 2015. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:48:13 EST QoTW - What's Your New Year's Resolution? Question of the week for January 5th-11th, 2015 Mon, 5 Jan 2015 11:55:15 EST Hi hi! Greetings, ladies! <BR> <BR> My name is Jenna. I'm 28, a graduate student, and proud mommy to a 7 1/2 year old girl. (That 1/2 year is VERY important, you know!) <BR> <BR> My husband and I were a little unprepared for our daughter. We had only been dating for 6 months when I got pregnant! We didn't intend for our children to be this far apart, but we wanted to be better prepared for #2. Now, finally, I'm graduating in March, and we're hoping to get pregnant around then. <BR> <BR> My weigh... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 15:39:16 EST Cycle Getting Longer and Longer? Why?! Has anyone had experience with their cycle getting longer and longer? I was on birth control for 5 years before TTC and getting pregnant with my son. I gave birth 21 months ago and now me and my husband are starting to think seriously about baby number 2. So my cycle is of more importance and it suddenly seems to be lengthening. <BR> <BR> I have had my period back now for over a year and it was really on schedule every month. Then last month I kept waiting and waiting for it and it was m... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 12:18:50 EST TTC fears I've had baby fever since forever and with my 35th birthday lurking in the near future, I know it's time to TTC, however I'm also juggling this fear of getting pregnant before I lose more weight. <BR> <BR> I never want to regret waiting too long, but I have fears since I had preeclampsia with my son and was induced early. While I know preeclampsia can happen to anyone, I also do feel like having my weight down would reduce my chances. I gained 60 lbs with my son and I can't let that happen t... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:55:49 EST QoTW - It's Almost the New Year! This question may be up for longer than a week since I'll be gone all next week. <BR> <BR> What are you hoping for in the New Year? Anything you wish to accomplish in 2015? <BR> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:39:25 EST Anyone tell you TTC is "easy"? I mentioned that DH and I are TTC to my best friend a while back, because I needed to have SOMEONE I could talk to about it and I didn't want to spoil the surprise for my mom and DH's mom. <BR> <BR> That seems to be backfiring though. My BFF has two children from unplanned pregnancies and has never had to really TRY to get pregnant. So along the way, as I've made comments about BBT charting, OPKs and all the rest, she's told me that she doesn't know why I bother with that, because all I h... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:35:54 EST QoTW - What have you tried/changed? What have you changed in your life in order to get ready for TTC? Anything different you have tried while TTC? <BR> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:55:00 EST No Period Not Pregnant? I started a fitness and nutrition plan to loss weight before starting a family. I have gone off the pill and been off for awhile. Periods have been normal. I really started working out consistently since end of October. That's also when had my last period. I've taken two tests but both are negative. We are not trying yet. Did this happen to anyone else when starting weight loss plan? Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:51:42 EST Favorite snacks that keep your diet on track? I measure out French onion Heluva dip (because I cannot be trusted with the entire container) and eat it with raw veggies; my current favs are cauliflower and celery. I find the dip fills the craving for something savory, while the cauliflower fills me up. <BR> <BR> What is your go-to snack right now? Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:52:47 EST January 2015 Hopefuls . Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:44:05 EST Can I get some opinions? Been taking my temps right on time every day since Ovulation (I was a little bit lax with it beforehand, for various reasons) and I'm seeing a BIG spike in temps this past week! <BR> <BR> Here's a link to my BBT chart: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> When AF arrives, my temps are usually averaging 98.4°F. Since O, my temps have gradually moved all the way up to 98.9°F, which was today's temperature. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I don't think I have enough inf... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:52:54 EST Suggested Reading? I'm a big reader and I always try to read up on anything that I'm trying for the first time. Since I plan on trying pregnancy for a first time :) I'm trying to read up on best practices and how to get my body in the best shape. I'm currently reading What to Expect Before You're Expecting. Definitely a good read. Has anyone found any other good reads for the pregnancy prep time? <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Dec 2014 19:39:49 EST QoTW - Holiday Traditions Do you have any holiday traditions? Mon, 8 Dec 2014 19:17:34 EST QoTW - How long? How long have you been TTC? Tue, 2 Dec 2014 19:39:18 EST Finally Letting Myself Have The Dream Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Erin, I'm 29, 5'8" and I weigh 286. I'm newly married to an amazing man, who lost 160 lbs. before we met. He's a great inspiration and the kind of man I always dreamed of marrying and starting a family with. That's just where we are, ready to start our family. <BR> <BR> I haven't been to any doctors for pregnancy counseling yet, but this is because I know I need to lose weight. 286 clearly isn't a healthy weight for me and not anywhere near where I would need ... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 21:55:44 EST Sore Lower Abdomen @ 6DPO So today is (I *think*), 5/6 DPO, since I got positive OPK results on Nov 24th & 25th. No sustained rise in temps on my BBT since then -- and in fact I have two steep dips in temperature, followed by a couple days of slightly higher temps, which is confusing... <BR> <BR> Anyway, since everything I've read says to assume O within 24-36hrs of a positive OPK, that's what we're sticking with.... And today I woke up feeling very sore in the same place I usually get menstrual cramps. We didn't ... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 18:41:26 EST QoTW - What is your favorite TV show? Just for fun! Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:21:30 EST Having Trouble In Jan of this year I found out I was pregnant, 5 weeks later I miscarried. Up until that point I had lost 50 lbs down from my highest 326. I'm ashamed to say that we decided to go ahead and try to get pregnant and we tried for a week then decided we would wait and then wham pregnant, but I wasn't as happy as I thought I'd be cause I wanted to lose a bit more weight before the pregnancy. Well after I lost the baby I felt calm and at peace and went on to lose 15 more lbs by May but by that ... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:56:41 EST QoTW : What advice would you give? For someone who is new to TTC, what one piece of advice would you suggest to them? Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:58:05 EST Share your weekly goals here! Would it help everyone to have a place where they can share their goals with the board? Sometimes it can help us when we can put those goals out there to help us be more accountable. Feel free to use this space for your benefit! <BR> <BR> My weekly goal is to try to drink 8 cups of water a day (really hard for me!) <BR> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:21:16 EST December 2014 Hopefuls Baby dust! Mon, 10 Nov 2014 23:02:09 EST First Dr Visit for TTC issues Suggestions? I called today to schedule an appointment with a new OBGYN to discuss TTC issues, and they had an opening tomorrow afternoon. We have been trying for a year and nothing. Are there questions to ask that I won't think of? I didn't think I would get an appointment so fast. Any ideas of what will be discussed or examined. I will not be having a pap as I had one last year and it was clear. Same medical group they are on the every 3 year structure unless there are issues. <BR> TIA - I'm a bit... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:56:33 EST QoTW: What are you thankful for? I know we have ladies from all over the world here, but in a few weeks, it will be Thanksgiving in the U.S. I thought I'd ask this question early :) What are you thankful for? Can be anything! Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:23:22 EST Keeping TTC a secret? Hello, ladies! <BR> <BR> I'm going to try and avoid a long-winded post here. Haha <BR> <BR> As the last of my mother's 3 daughters to produce grandchildren for her (despite being the oldest daughter), she's really been pressuring me to start making babies. Rather than encourage me to start, what it's really doing is making me want to keep all of this a secret from her. <BR> <BR> Part of the reason is because I'm not sure I want my mother all up in my baby-making-business (lol), part is be... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 22:11:12 EST Exercise Check ins Is anyone interested in checking in daily/weekly here regarding sticking to exercise. I'm not finding time to blog. I need help sticking to exercise. Any thoughts are welcome as to how to make it work. Tue, 4 Nov 2014 18:50:46 EST QoTW: What was the highlight of your day? Question of the Week for November 3-9, 2014. <BR> <BR> Both weight loss and TTC can be frustrating at times. I thought we could take a minute and focus on the positive by celebrating the small (or big!) victories in our days! Mon, 3 Nov 2014 09:08:22 EST Temping irregularities Has anyone had temps that are all over the place? I have been somewhat of a normal chart up until this month. The only difference is that I got a new thermometer. The new thermometer is the iBasal. I needed something that I could temp and read later. Husband schedules varies lates to earlies so to insure temping at the same time daily, I just take temp at 6 am every day and if I can go back to sleep I do. <BR> <BR> My old one was supposed to store the temps to read later but never did so... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:59:10 EST QoTW: What diets have you tried? What worked for you? What didn't? Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:08:00 EST QoTW: Will you dress up for Halloween? Question of the Week for October 20-26, 2014 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:24:26 EST QoTW: How do you do it? How do you remain positive while TTC? Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:28:16 EST November 2014 Hopefuls Well with AF finally gone and the length of my cycles the earliest I could get a BFP is November. So who's gonna join me? Wed, 8 Oct 2014 14:21:12 EST QoTW: Did you/will you tell people you're TTC? Question of the Week for October 6-12, 2014. Mon, 6 Oct 2014 09:21:29 EST looking for accountability partner Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm 35 and have a 13 month old son. I'd like to lose the last 10lbs from the baby. We're thinking of trying for #2 soon. I need to get back in shape so to make my pregnancy easier, especially since I no longer have the luxury of just taking care of me! Anyone in the same boat? <BR> <BR> Pauline Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:05:15 EST Question of the Week 9-29-14 Just for fun, do you do anything to prepare for fall? Decorations, costumes, parties? Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:16:30 EST Advice please, not sure what to do... OK so I was hoping to start TTC in June, then July, and finally got the go ahead from my doctor in August to start trying. Problem is, my hubby started a new job in August and doesn't want to start TTC yet. <BR> <BR> We sat down the other other night to talk about this, now he isn't sure if he wants kids. He used to tell me he wanted kids and if I wasn't onboard maybe we shouldn't be together, this was about 3 years ago. The other thing that has been driving me crazy is now that I'm off BC,... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:09:07 EST QoTW: What books on fertility did you read? Up until now I've read: <BR> <BR> - FertilityFriend, "Charting Your Way To Conception" <BR> Free eBook, with the basics of charting. First book I read to prepare for TTC. <BR> <BR> - Alisa Vitti, "Womancode" <BR> Vitti has an interesting opinion on the link between food/lifestyle and your cycle, but she does not give all information a scientific basis. <BR> <BR> - Toni Weschler, "Taking Charge Of Your Fertility" <BR> THE big book of charting. Read it after 9 months of TTC/detailed chartin... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:10:17 EST QoTW: Epidural or Natural Birth? Question of the Week for September 22nd through 28th. <BR> <BR> Did you have or do you plan to have an epidural? Planning on going a more natural route? Home birth? Undecided? Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:13:27 EST Just saying Hi! Hi, I'm Christy. I just celebrated my 3rd annual 29th birthday (31). <BR> Overall, I am blessed with a high metabolism and a petite build, so I'm naturally pretty slender. I am very grateful for that, don't get me wrong! But, looks are deceiving. I'm in terrible shape... I have very little muscle tone, low stamina, I drink tons of sugar, and I eat too much junk. At the moment, this is not an ideal habitat for a developing little guy or gal. <BR> 3 days before my birthday, I spent the day in ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:38:15 EST QOTW - After baby comes Do you want family to assist you after you have a baby, or would you prefer to do it on your own first? <BR> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:02:30 EST QoTW: Do you plan on taking a "Babymoon"? So I keep hearing about couples going on "Babymoons" (like a honeymoon, or last trip before the baby is born). Do you plan on taking one? <BR> <BR> Question of the Week for September 8th-14th. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:27:51 EST October 2014 Hopefuls I'm out for September and in for October. Cycle #11, AF due on Oct 3rd. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 05:11:57 EST You girls are the best! I just want to thank you all for all of the support and love you show each other during your various stages of TTC. I think it's so great! I was on another website alot during the first part of this year and at first the people were supportive, but as more and more people leave, and new people come along, it's very different. They just ignore posts and make you feel like you don't matter. <BR> <BR> So I have backed off of that place, and enjoy spending time with you ladies. Thanks for makin... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 16:52:06 EST Trying to lose weight before pregnancy! Hi All- <BR> <BR> My name is Amanda and I've been on and off sparkpeople for a couple of years. My husband and I want to start a family in the next few months! However, I need to lose 20 lbs before doing so. One reason is my type 1 diabetes and the other reason is that I have this issue where my hip presses on one of my nerves and it tends to get worse with weight gain! My BMI is a little high as well. <BR> <BR> So here I am re-commiting! My goal is try and lose around approx. 20 lbs in 3-4... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 15:02:45 EST QOTW - How many? How many children would you like to have? Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:19:27 EST QOTW: What's your favorite healthy meal? Question of the Week for August 25-31, 2014 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:10:50 EST 1st Doctor Appointment I am just wondering if I need to bring anything to my first doctor appointment after getting BFP. The scheduler just said it was a confirmation appointment. I am assuming that means that are going to do blood work. Just wondering what I should expect!!!! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:13:43 EST QoTW - How do you motivate yourself to workout? How do you keep pushing yourself? Love to hear what works for you! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:42:28 EST September 2014 Hopefuls . Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:41:51 EST QoTW: What's your favorite workout? Question of the Week for August 11-17. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:39:42 EST New Hello My name is Ronda and my husband and I are trying to have a baby. I know that I need to get in better health so I have started reading and working the Book The Daniel Plan. I had gastric bypass four years ago and worked real hard with that and lost 165 pounds and now I have started doing some bad habits again. I will not go back to that old weight I refuse!!! So now I want to get back on track and finish what I started. I look forward to meeting all of you and pray one day I can post I a... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 12:20:32 EST QoTW 8-5-14 thru 8-10-14 How did you meet your significant other? <BR> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 11:23:33 EST QoTW: How's Your Day Going? Question of the Week for July 28th-August 3rd <BR> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:01:05 EST Anyone using Glow (fertility app)? Just a quick question: I use FertilityFriend, but just found Glow (app). Does anyone use that? If so, what do you think about it? Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:15:57 EST QoTW: Favorite Baby Names Question of the week for July 21st-27th. What are your favorite boy and girl baby names? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:50:44 EST Too scared to try... Hi everyone. Right now I'm 33, 5'1" and 345 lbs. My primary physician has given me the go ahead to start trying. I haven't been to the gyno in almost 3 years. The last time I went to a 'women's clinic' (not ob/gyn) they strongly advised me not to get pregnant due to my weight. I have an appointment for an annual check and pre-conception counseling on 7/29 and I'm so scared of what they doctor might say. I've been married for 6 years now and we've been putting off TTC until we lose weight (he'... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:24:03 EST August 2014 Hopefuls For those who may already be out for July or are just planning ahead to August! Good luck everyone! Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:14:29 EST ACNE while pregnant or TTC... Hello ladies, <BR> Since I have been off of BC this last year I have had the worst acne of my life. I have tried everything OTC and nothing is working (my best effort has been Proactiv). I am finally going to the doctor to see if they can prescribe me any oral and/or topical antibiotics that are safe to use while TTC and when pregnant. <BR> <BR> After a bit of research these are the ones that I found are safe... <BR> <BR> CREAMS: erythromycin (Erygel), clindamycin (Cleocin T, Clindage... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:52:24 EST hi My name is Tahnee. My husband and I recently decided to try to have a baby. I've been told its "improbable but not impossible," for me to get pregnant and I figure losing some weight couldn't hurt. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:34:51 EST QoTW: Will you find out what you're having? Do you plan on finding out the gender of your baby? Did you find out with other children? <BR> <BR> Question of the Week for July 7-13. Tue, 8 Jul 2014 21:09:40 EST OT QOTW - What are your plans for the 4th? Share your 4th of July plans! Fireworks? Picnic? Stay inside? :) Tue, 1 Jul 2014 10:14:38 EST Secondary Amenorrhea My last period was on Dec. 25th 2013. I have been exercising quite a bit and eating less than I used to since September 2013, which is likely why it's been MIA. I've lost about 64lbs. Went to the doctor and all my test results were normal and definitely not pregnant. I took 10mg tabs of medroxyprpgesterone (provera) 3 times a day for 10 days. It's been 12 days since I took the last dose and no period yet. I hope I just need to wait a couple more days... this stresses me out. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:22:10 EST QoTW: Do you use OPKs? If you do, what brand do you use? Do you find them helpful, confusing, a waste of money? If you don't, do you do anything else to predict ovulation? <BR> <BR> Question of the Week for June 23-29. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:24:04 EST QoTW: When to test? Question of the week for June 16-22. When do you take a pregnancy test? Do you wait until your missed period or are you a POAS addict? Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:46:10 EST Almost time to try...prep questions Hi Ladies, <BR> <BR> I have about 3 weeks left before the hubby and I go for it. It has been 11 years since my last one, and I was wondering what new preparation things are they suggesting? I am LDS, so I don't drink, or do drugs, and consume VERY limited caffeine. <BR> Just talked to the psych and we have come up with a plan to be off all of my meds by July 5th=) <BR> SO what else am I missing? I have started charting, and we have a name, but that is it. <BR> <BR> Please help this old mo... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 14:51:53 EST QoTW: What is your favorite way to work out? Question of the Week for June 9-15. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 12:51:46 EST starting to try! Hi everyone! I joined this group a while back... but now it's official- I'm going off the birth control and we are gonna try to do this! I'm 32, been married for 5 years, and have been putting off having a baby since I've been in medical school and then pediatric residency. But I'm finishing residency (and so is my husband), so we will have much more manageable schedules and demands on our lives :) <BR> Anyway, I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was in high school (back when I was skinny), bec... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 18:23:04 EST QoTW: What is your favorite fertility app? What app do you really like? What app did you try and not like? Do you use an app at all? Mon, 2 Jun 2014 10:35:50 EST Question of the Week In an effort to see more participation in the group, I am going to try doing a question of the week every Monday. If you like this idea, or if you have questions to submit, let me know! Mon, 2 Jun 2014 10:33:10 EST Guidance for infertility appointment? Hey all! <BR> I am going to my doctor tomorrow to talk with her about by inability to conceive for a year now. My husband just provided his sperm sample last week so I am wondering what kind of tests I should ask about or request. I know they can check to see if my fallopian tubes have any blockages or I may be started on clomid. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any guidance? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Kat Mon, 26 May 2014 09:37:39 EST June 2014 Hopefuls Starting this early, in case anyone is out for May already, or just planning to try in June. Wishing everyone baby dust! Tue, 13 May 2014 13:18:07 EST Selfishly weird case of denial So DH and I are not actively trying, but prevention has never been on the table since DD was born last year. That being said I miscarried a pregnancy I didn't know I had until it was already too late in January, so I know I can be pregnant at any point. I have had three cycles since then, but they have been anywhere from 30-56 days long. On my current cycle I am currently at day 39. My weight loss goal date is approaching (June 10th) and I have no intentions of stopping my weight loss journey... Tue, 13 May 2014 12:29:57 EST 6 Exercises That Prepare You for Pregnancy I didn't know if you guys saw this Sparkpeople article on the front page. I found it very interesting! <BR> <BR><BR>?post=6_exercises_that_prepare_your_bo<BR>dy_for_pregnancy Mon, 5 May 2014 14:50:06 EST Dealing with the waiting game We are going to start trying for baby number 1 in January 2015. I have just stopped taking my pill and my hormones are all over the place. I am constantly surrounded by other peoples children and having to wait to even start trying is making me miserable. I was wondering if anyone had any good tips for dealing with waiting either before TTC or when TTC before it happens? Thanks <em>41</em> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:04:38 EST May 2014 Hopefuls . Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:50:00 EST Just for fun- What are your hobbies? Just wanted to lighten the day today. What do you like to do in your free time? I really love to hike when the weather is nice. I also like to read books and magazines and play some computer games. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:07:22 EST Looking for active Sparkpeople friends :) I'm due in September and looking for buddies who would like to take this pregnancy journey with me. <BR> <BR> I'm also looking for friends who are active on Sparkpeople on a daily or near daily basis. Most of my sparkfriends are hardly active on here anymore, so I find that I'm not motivated enough to sign on here everyday and keep myself going. Signing onto Sparkpeople every day before kept me more active, motivated and in check. I'd like to continue that with some Sparkfriends :) <BR> <BR... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 10:52:10 EST Maybe Baby #2 Hi everyone! <em>213</em> <BR> I'm Ali. I'm a wife and working mother of a 2 year old girl. DH and I decided last year that we would start trying around DD's 3rd birthday (in August). I was obese before and during my 1st pregnancy. Fortunately there were no complications and looking baby my OB wasn't too concerned and neither was I (it took me a few years to face it & get healthy!) <BR> <BR> This time around I'm much healthier. I went from obese to healthy last year and now I'm a ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 10:59:02 EST For anyone with infertility issues.. Please come check out my group Fighting Infertility! All are invited to join, if you know someone else who might be interested please feel free to invite them as well. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:29:29 EST Infertility Treatments and Reproductive Endocrinol Just wanted to see if any of my fellow Sparkers are currently seeing an RE for IF treatments. My husband and I are currently in 'treatment' and I'm getting excited. It's nice to have some answers to questions and to have some hope once again. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:25:49 EST Exercise During Pregnancy I know that I should continue to exercise during pregnancy, but I have this huge fear that I will somehow mess things up. Before we knew we were pregnant, I had started getting back into running, but was only up to Week 3 of C25K. I was planning on running a race in May. Now I'm not sure what I should do training-wise. <BR> <BR> Have any of you had any good advice about what level of exercise is appropriate? What are you guys doing to stay fit and healthy? Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:26:58 EST newbie !!!! Hey Everyone! <BR> My name is Kaiyla, I've recently joined this group because lately all I can think about is babies!!!! ( I think we all know the feeling! lol ) I have been married for just about a year and have not tried to conceive yet due to wanting to be at a healthier weight before conception! :P Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:12:33 EST April Hopefuls 2014 Good luck to all our April hopefuls! Hope to see many BFPs Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:49:04 EST Newbie Here Hi everyone, my name is Shannon and its been awhile since I've been on SP. I've been married for 3.5 years and we're exploring our options of parenting in the near future. I have my heart set on international adoption first, husband is still convinced we should have biological kids then adopt. If I'm being completely honest having a baby is terrifying because of what it will do to my body physically- gaining weight/food cravings/lack of energy...I already have those issues and I'm not even pr... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:37:24 EST July 2014 Hopefuls Is it too early to start a July group? <BR> <BR> Is anyone planning this far ahead with me? I'd like to lose 25-30 lbs before getting pregnant and I think that this will give me enough time to meet my goal. Thu, 6 Mar 2014 16:48:27 EST Pair Up With a Friend Here! I know we are all looking for help and support in meeting our health and pregnancy goals. I am hoping that anyone searching for a Spark Friend can do so here! Tue, 4 Mar 2014 22:32:10 EST Hello Everyone! Hello everyone! My name is Jessica. I am 26 years old and have been married 8 months. I am trying to loose 50 pounds and would like to loose at least 40 before I start ttc. The risks of being obese and pregnant scare me and I am sick of being overweight anyway. I do not want to be in bad health when I am pregnant because I am too big of a weight. I want to be healthy for me and my future baby. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 20:57:31 EST hello! I've been struggling with weight ever since I quit smoking which was 6 years ago. I have gained 80 lbs since then and feel terrible for it. Emotionally and physically this gain has taken a huge toll on my self-esteem and has started causing depression. This past year, my husband and I got married and I feel like I binge ate through the whole engagement. I'm heavier than ever but now that we are finally married we want to talk about having kids. I have a hard time admitting that I don't k... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:09:06 EST Hello Spark Group! HI guys! My name is Emily, I just turned 25 years old and have been married to my husband now for over 2 years. We grew up together, since elementary school, and now we are trying to have a baby of our own! I am trying to lose about 50-60 more lbs before I start "actively" trying again. I have PCOS and a pituitary prolactinoma which makes ovulating difficult, but I am on medication which has been helping so far. My RE told me that losing weight will make a tremendous difference in achiev... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:33:34 EST LOSE 15LBS BEFORE PREGNANCY The time has come!! This is the time to get my body in the best shape possible for pregnancy. I have a lower back problem, so I must lose no less than 15 pounds to try to lessen the strain while pregnant. The heavier I am, the more strain, so I just want to do everything within my power to strengthen my body so that I can be as active as possible and enjoy my pregnancy. <BR> <BR> I will start with getting myself back on track with eating small meals throughout the day. <BR> <BR> I'm ... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 01:39:05 EST Hi! Hi, everyone! This is my attempt to get as fit as possible before my hubby and I get pregnant. We've previously had two miscarriages related to a blood clotting issue, so we're hoping the third time is the charm :) We are currently "trying" so any weight I lose can only help us to get pregnant faster! Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:24:59 EST March 2014 Hopefuls . Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:34:10 EST Unexpectedly Expecting! :D Hi everyone, I'm Sarah! I'm so happy to have found this team! My husband and I just found out that I'm (unexpectedly) expecting our first child! Two weeks along! Would love any tips and advice I can get! Especially in terms of health & fitness for me and my baby! Thanks so much everyone! Glad to be a part of the team! <em>187</em> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:27:25 EST Acupuncture and Fertility Hey Ladies, <BR> <BR> I got a massage on Friday and was talking to my RMT about my miscarriage in December - she recommended I get in contact with her friend who is an acupuncturist specializing in fertility. Has anyone used acupuncture for this purpose or knows of someone who has? This Thursday will be six weeks since my D&C and still no sign of AF. :( I am planning to call the acupuncturist tmrw about setting up a consultation appointment. Maybe she could help get my cycle back to normal? ... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 15:30:17 EST February 2014 Hopefuls . Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:39:09 EST What motivates YOU? Traiing for a 5K? Hoping to fit into those skinny jeans? Picturing a healthy pregnancy? What motivates you to make positive changes? Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:24:12 EST What did YOU do today to be healthy? Let's celebrate all the big (and little!) things we are doing to be healthier! Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:22:07 EST Need Suggestions - Monthly Challenges/Team Goals Hello everyone. I would love to have some monthly challenges and team goals for this team, but I would love to hear from team members what you would like to see. What motivates you? Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:16:41 EST New Team Leader Hello everyone. I am not new to this team, but I am one of your new team leaders. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for the last 20 months and this team has meant so much to me when I had questions, needed to vent or just needed some support. I hope you will let me know what I can do for you all to help this team. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to message me or give suggestions for things you would like to see. I hope that each and every one of us will be successful in our effort... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:20:35 EST Where to begin.... I took over this team which great intentions but must apologize. Soon after I took over, I found out I was pregnant with twins. I tried to get others to take over but unfortunately that didn't happen. With that being said, I ended up with quite a pregnancy. Twins of course is a high risk pregnancy and we had other issues. This landed me with weekly appointments. At 26 weeks my water broke!!!! I ended up in the hospital and was given quite a bit of meds. I was able to last 33 days after my wat... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:07:35 EST Is it OK to lose weight while pregnant? My husband and I are TTC right now, but I know I need to lose weight to be healthy and will probably have a better chance of getting pregnant. <BR> <BR> However can you lose weight during pregnancy (a small amount) and still be safe for the baby? <BR> <BR> For example if I am eating healthy and keeping up with moderate exercise while pregnant....possibly I could still lose some weight in the early part of pregnancy? Sun, 5 Jan 2014 23:04:23 EST January 2014 Hopefuls Here's to a great new year filled with blessings! :) <BR> I'm 8dpo & looking forward to testing in a few days. We have been trying for three months since our second miscarriage (13 cycles total since July 2012). <BR> I wish you all the very best! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 09:39:19 EST Hi from PA!! Hi, my name is Missy, and I am re-joining spark people after a long break. My husband and I plan on trying to start to conceive this summer, and I want to try and lose some weight and get healthier before that. I am currently working on master's of nursing/Adult Nurse Practitioner, which I will complete in August 2014!! 2013 was a hard year for me, just being in school was hard enough, but grandfather also got very sick, ended up on hospice care and passed away in September. We also just ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 21:13:37 EST Conception before you planned Hey! How many of you have gotten pregnant before you reached your goal weight? What changes did you make to your diet and exercise plan to support your baby's health? Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:15:54 EST New Here, Prepping for TTC I have a 2 year old son and have some major baby fever. I gained 60 pounds with him and had to be induced because of high blood pressure. I lost and then regained most of the weight and so I want to lose it again before TTC the next one. Excited to meet more people in the same boat! Tue, 3 Dec 2013 16:46:58 EST December Hopefuls 2013 Can't believe it's December! Here we go again. Good luck everyone! Sun, 1 Dec 2013 11:11:47 EST Pregnancy Exercising Good morning!!! <BR> <BR> My husband and I are TTC (no luck yet, stupid PCOS) and to help with weight loss I've taken up running. I don't want to completely drop it if/when I become pregnant. Some of my pregnant friends' doctors said it's okay to keep up as long as it's comfortable and not to push too hard, while others have said completely abandon it once a test comes back positive. Obviously it depends on the person, but what do you guys think? I don't run long distances, but I don't think... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:18:28 EST Implantation nausea? Has anyone experienced nausea at implantation? Today I got really nauseous and dizzy in the shower. About 30 minutes later I felt a sharp pain for less than 10 seconds in the middle of my lower abdomen. Right now would be about the time of implantation. My nausea lasted for a few hours but has since mostly gone away. I have a pretty strong stomach and I am never nauseous unless I'm actually sick. This doesn't feel like an illness though and has mostly gone away. I have looked online an... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 21:36:20 EST When did you seek help? Husband I have been trying for nine months with no luck. I have been diagnosed with endometriosis and have had two surgeries to remove implants (both surgeries were over ten years ago). I'm 33 years old and will be 34 in January. I don't want to wait much longer to go see a doctor because of my history, but I'm really scared to see a doctor. I am afraid of what I might hear .... <BR> <BR> Has anyone else been in the same boat as me? <BR> What happens when you decide to take the step ... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:14:09 EST Sparkpeople for pregnancy tracking Hello everyone, Iv used sparkpeople for a few yrs now and am expecting my 2nd child. I was wondering if any of you have continued to track your food/exercise on this site instead of switching over. I tried Babyfit and it seems dead there Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:56:50 EST Hi Everyone! Hey everyone! I'm glad to be newly apart of this group. I just started my workout process as well as SparkPeople 2 weeks ago. I am married (5 years) and have a 12 1/2 month old son. We husband and I are preparing to start trying for another baby. With my first baby, it took us 10 months of trying to finally conceive. I certainly hope it doesn't take as long this time. I still have some baby weight on me, and I'm trying to lose weight while we're trying so that there's less that I have to lose... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 10:50:58 EST November 2013 Hopefuls Thought I would get this ball rolling.. <BR> <BR> 5DPO with great timing. We shall see. Hopefully this cycle is more normal (for me at least) than the last. <BR> <BR> Fingers crossed to all who are hopeful along with me! Thu, 7 Nov 2013 13:17:04 EST Reintroducing Myself Hi. So I'm not new but I wanted to reintroduce myself. I'm Kristy. I'm 33 yrs old & my husband & I are trying to conceive our first child. I know I need to work on loosing weight & being healthier for myself & any future children. I'm a little sad today because my ob/gyn said she really thinks I should work on loosing weight before getting pregnant. She is a very sweet lady & I totally expected her to say that but it still doesn't feel good to hear. :) I am choosing today to get back involved... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 17:09:16 EST November 2013 Hopefuls I'm in Sat, 2 Nov 2013 11:45:48 EST medications while pregnant? Hello, <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone has stayed on a medication for anxiety while TTC and during pregnancy. I have been trying to stop my meds completely as a "trial", but this did not go well. I am getting mixed reviews from people on danger for the baby versus danger for myself. As one doc put it, if you had epilepsy I wouldn't tell you to go off your meds even though it would be better for the baby. So right now I am just trying to manage on the lowest dosage my body and mind can h... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 00:53:08 EST Needing Support and Hopefully a Buddy! Hi all! I have very recently had a miscarriage at 11 weeks after getting pregnant with my first ever baby. I lost about 45 pounds two years ago, was maintaining at a great place for me for nearly a year, but since the miscarriage have gained about 10 pounds mostly due to stress and lack to motivation. We will be trying for a baby again in late November-December but I would love to have a buddy during this time who maybe is in a similar situation (or just needs support and would like to give s... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 06:13:05 EST Need a buddy! Hey. I am new to the team. I have been on sparkpeople for some though. The hubby and I are planning to TTC in late winter-early spring. In the meantime, I am working on getting ready. I am looking for anyone who would like to be a buddy and share support. Thanks! <em>524</em> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 15:52:33 EST October 2013 Hopefuls Good luck to all those trying in October! Sun, 29 Sep 2013 11:45:41 EST My story.. Hello y'all! <BR> <BR> I hope you all are having a wonderful day! <BR> <BR> Just a few words to introduce myself and let you know about my personal journey... <BR> <BR> I'm a 31yo currently living in Cincinnati OH with the greatest husband possible and a beautiful 18 month old baby boy. I know a lot of people here may have trouble conceiving .. and for me to say I have an 18 month old baby may be hard to read for some folks. I remember how hard it was for me when I was trying to conceive ... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:36:16 EST What is a good weight to be at? I'm hoping my hubby and I can begin trying in a few months. What I'm curious to know if what is a good weight goal to begin trying? Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:16:11 EST Loving Motherhood, Want ANOTHER! Hey there! <BR> <BR> I'm Amanda and I'm new to the SparkTeam as well as SparkPeople! I'm 21 years old, married to a wonderful man and have a GORGEOUS baby girl named Sara Elizabeth. :) Sara is only 7 months old, but pretty much since she was born, I've been all excited to have another one. Being pregnant was amazing, and I was blessed with a labor and delivery that every woman dreams of. I can't wait to have that again!! <BR> When I was pregnant, I went from 137 pounds to 187 poun... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 15:23:16 EST TTC Checklist I found the following information on and wanted to share. <BR> <BR> The TTC-checklist is based on two principles: understanding your own body - its cycles and fertility rhythms - and maximizing your fertility health. <BR> <BR> -Get Healthy! Health and Diet are Critical to Fertility <BR> Sound health is the foundation of the fertility checklist. Excess body fat can lead to an overproduction of certain hormones - causing irregularities in your cycle, decre... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 10:55:49 EST Offering Support I suppose that I probably shouldn't be in this group anymore but I want to offer support for all of you lovely ladies who are trying to conceive. <BR> <BR> Having a baby, something that seems so simple, was the hardest thing I ever did. Harder than losing weight. I struggled with it for 2 years. Well, I shouldn't say that "I" struggled. WE struggled. It was stressful and at times heartbreaking. That didn't end when I finally did end up getting pregnant. First there was an ectopic and... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:58:11 EST September Hopefuls Who's trying in September? <BR> <BR> Posting early so I don't forget this time ;) Wed, 28 Aug 2013 23:25:00 EST Time to take out the IUD I'm curious to know from anyone who has had an IUD taken out on what to expect as far as pain is concerned. Luckily I have 6 months until I have to take it out, but I'm meeting with my doctor next week, and I want to be somewhat prepared with questions for her. Any thoughts or opinions? Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:49:59 EST 30 day challenge! (Aug. 21-Sept. 19) Starting another 30-day challenge tomorrow! We'll weigh in weekly (because of starting tomorrow, the dates will read Wednesday, ending on a Thursday—you are welcome to weigh whatever day you choose) and check in for encouragement, venting, celebrating, etc. throughout the 30 days! <BR> <BR> Starting weight: <BR> August 28: <BR> September 4: <BR> September 11: <BR> September 19: <BR> Goal weight: Tue, 20 Aug 2013 22:12:50 EST Infertility, how to keep myself from falling apart I'm really really having a hard time. I have been TTC since July 2012. I starting seeing an infertility specialist last month. Each appointment gets harder. I almost feel like his treatment is too aggressive and it's taking it's toll on me. I'm ready to throw in the towel and just give up on having a baby. I started on 50mg Clomid and it didn't work. I did 100mg Clomid and two eggs started maturing. He wanted those follicles to have an extra chance so he put me on 4 days of Gonal F. ... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 10:13:31 EST Hi, my name is Jessica :) Hi! My name is Jessica. I'm 27 and have been married to my husband for almost 7 years. He's currently deployed in Afghanistan and we are plan to start trying to conceive when he gets back. We are both VERY excited to start this new chapter of our lives...we've been waiting a long time! <BR> <BR> I really want to get healthier for myself and our future baby. I'm hoping to find a buddy I can check in with to keep me motivated and on track. If anyone is interested, feel free to message me :) Thu, 15 Aug 2013 14:38:43 EST my story... molar pregnancy Greetings I am back and ready to lose these pounds. I had signed up for sparkpeople before but I got pregnant. I found out I was pregnant December 1st. My husband and myself were so happy. We went for our 7 week appointment everything great. However we went to hear the heartbeat at 12 weeks and there was no heartbeat they did so many different test and procedures to hear the test. They came to the conclusion that I had a molar pregnancy. On January 25th I went to the hospital to have my D&C. ... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:26:58 EST My story In June of this year I found out that I was pregnant. I was having some pain in my lower right belly and back and just thought it was constipation. But after having a bowel movement and realizing that I was spotting but not starting my period and the pain persisted for 3 days, I went to my doctor. Even though I had a IUD in place, I had gotten pregnant! This was my first pregnancy and we were definately not trying. My PCP made a same day appointment with a OBGYN for me. I had a ultrasound and... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:15:48 EST Fit & Healthy Hi everyone! My husband & I are getting healthy and fit cause we definitely want to start a family soon :). Spark people has been by far the best site! - Ruth Thu, 8 Aug 2013 01:33:08 EST Late ovulation after stopping clomid? Okay, so I took clomid last month and skipped it this month. I had 6 years of amenorrhea (no period) and it finally came back after eating more and gaining heaps of weight. So, the first cycle with my period I took clomid (I had tried clomid before to jumpstart my cycle but it didnt work). I ovulated but didn't get pregnant. I decided to give my body a shot at figuring it out and now I'm on CD 19 and no signs of O. My OPKs are not getting darker either so it doesn't seem like it's right aroun... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 10:42:43 EST Any Clomid Buddies? I have been TTC for over a year now. I finally saw a doctor at the infertility clinic. He doesn't think clomid will work for me. I have low estrogen and am not getting periods. He only gave me a 10% chance of it working, but the alternative is injections. They are really expensive. DH says he is willing to do that and pay the money for it but we want to try something cheaper and easier first. <BR> I started clomid on 7/26 and will go in for a u/s on 8/6. I really don't think the me... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 01:30:07 EST Going to start trying soon. Hello all, I haven't been as active in this forum as I would like but wanted to share that I went to the doctor today to talk about getting pregnant. Next week the IUD comes out. I was hoping to weigh less first but we are going to try. We've been talking about it for a few years and I just turned 31 and we are ready. We are "attempting" to time it so that I would hopefully get pregnant in the spring (after April) or summer next year (I am an accountant) though I'm not sure how that will g... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:45:19 EST August 2013 Hopefuls . Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:24:21 EST Exercises to help prepare for pregnanc /labour? I was wondering if anyone had come across any resources with good information on exercises that are known to be good preparing your body for pregnancy and/or labour? Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:22:05 EST half-marathon training hey ladies, <BR> <BR> I just signed up for a half-marathon 10 weeks from now. (I have run a few marathons in the past.) Pants were getting tight (again) and I find that having a race goal can be a great thing to help me focus. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 18:40:01 EST Hi! I'm Stephanie! Hi, my name is Stephanie. I am 30 and finally finishing up my last year of nursing school. I am 5'5 and currently just over 200 pounds. My goal is to get down to 135 pounds by May of next year. 65 pounds to go... no small task. <BR> <BR> After I graduate my boyfriend and I would like to get married and start a family. I know that my pregnancy will be lower risk if I am healthy. I would really like to have an at-home birth, which is only possible if the pregnancy is considered low risk. <BR>... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 17:40:49 EST 30 day, 10 pounds challenge Posting this here since the discussion came out of the monthly hopeful thread for July. We're beginning a 30-day challenge tomorrow to lose 10 pounds (or as close as we can come through treating ourselves right!). <BR> Tomorrow (July 21) we will weigh in. And hopefully on August 19, we'll be well on our way to being even more fit and fabulous <BR> <BR> This is the place for check-ins, panic, and encouragement. Let the challenge begin (you know, tomorrow)! Sat, 20 Jul 2013 21:30:04 EST I just don't know where to turn anymore I'm having a hard time. I never thought I would be dealing with infertility, but I am. In fact I even saw an infertility doctor for the first time yesterday. He gave me options, but I just don't know what to do! I'm so stressed and sad about everything. I have had labs done and I'm not making any estrogen which would explain why I'm not getting my periods at all. I don't bleed at all and my body doesn't experience any kind of changes month to month. I told him that I exercise every sin... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:58:50 EST Loved "Business of Being Born" anyone else watch? Ever since I watched "The Business of Being Born" I cannot get enough information. I'm a bit of a research fanatic and was curious about anyone's thoughts or information they found helpful about having a healthy, natural pregnancy and baby. Just curious if anyone else was researching or planning a home birth or a birth at a free standing birth center. <BR> <BR> (Disclaimer: I am not pregnant, but I love to have a plan of action. I like the idea of enjoying my pregnancy calmly without stressi... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 11:23:16 EST Challenge July 8th- August 4th Motivation Monday: Give 2 people on our team motivation via a spark goodie, comment on their page, comment on their blog, or send them a message today. Worth 15 points. <BR> <BR> Tracking Tuesday: Track everything you eat today. Worth 15 points. <BR> <BR> Workout Wednesday: Do a cardio workout for at least 30 minutes today. Worth 15 points. Do a strength workout for 15 minutes today too! Worth 5 points. <BR> <BR> Thirsty Thursday: Drink at least 8 cups of water today. Worth 10 points. ... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 23:16:12 EST Aiming for a streak I had a solid good day yesterday. Ate within my calorie AND nutrient ranges and made sure I drank plenty of water. This is huge for me, as post-miscarriage (if one can say that, I'm still spotting/light bleeding and may still have to pass the gestational sac) has been a struggle. Cooking just wasn't happening -- even on the days I desperately wanted to take back control of my health. <BR> <BR> But I had a good day yesterday AND meal planned for the week. Already cooked chicken to use in rec... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 15:21:26 EST Need advice I'm late this month, but the test is telling me negative, so I'm waiting to take more tests. I believe I may be pregnant. Although I'm eating well & still doing cardio, I'm not sure what is okay or not okay if infact I am pregnant. I wanted to not only do the cardio, but core strength training etc. I need advice on this topic, please :) (I've had a miscarriage in the past & am overly concerned about doing anything to cause a 2nd one...) Sat, 6 Jul 2013 21:51:07 EST starting over I've just sort of let myself be during this month of miscarriage. Now that the bleeding is finally stopping it is time to get myself back into good habits -- and drop this miscarriage weight (didn't gain during the pregnancy, but am weighing about 10 pounds up now . . . please let some be water!) plus some. I'm estimating about 2.5 months before we can try again (estimate of 4-6 weeks before my period comes back, then waiting a full cycle). It would be great if I weighed less at the beginning... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 09:52:00 EST July 2013 Hopefuls Can't believe it's July already, but here we go! <BR> <BR> 3DPO here and hoping that July will be our month. Mon, 1 Jul 2013 21:39:20 EST Today I can do _________ because I am NOT pregnant As we are preparing or trying to conceive, the wait can be long and sometimes we lose hope. With that being said, it is important to realize what we can still do because we are not pregnant. This can be absolutely anything! I look forward to hearing your answers! Mon, 1 Jul 2013 17:59:10 EST Question of the Day There is a post like this on the other team I am active with so I thought I would add one to this forum. Anyone can ask a daily question provided there isn't one already asked. I like it because it can bring up topics that don't always come up and help us as a team know each other better. <BR> <BR> So First Question Its July 1st What are your goals for the Month? Mon, 1 Jul 2013 10:11:21 EST Iiikk!!!!! I can't believe that my waist line is 116 wonder my clous is thigh...:/// <BR> Well,I have always risisted to have a full length mirro in my house,now I think I need one so I can see if I go down or up.It is no good to mound a but it,it is my one fault for not taking care of my self.So my dayeri is out to mark when and where to do toning and cario exersise. <BR> I have a pitcher in my hed of being in hospital bed with diabetis and hart porblem....Sceary....So now it is time to pull ... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:36:59 EST Introducing Myself :) My name is Tabitha. I started on spark people in 2011 and never did anything on it. So I am officially starting today. I have been trying to get pregnant for about 19 months now. I am not positive if my weight has anything to do with me not getting pregnant yet but I want to lose weight and learn a healthy life style so when I do get pregnant I can pass that on to my children. I have struggled with weight my entire life and I really don't know any different. I am hopeful that with some succes... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 09:33:04 EST Back Again! Hi All! <BR> <BR> I had my first baby in Feb 2012. I finally lost the last of the 44 pounds that I gained and now I'm working towards being in even better shape than I was before my first pregnancy. I ended up with preeclampsia and it freaks me out thinking about having it again with my next pregnancy. I've lost 12 pounds since January and now I plan on losing another 10 by August 31. It's my goal and I really want it to happen! I'm running 2 5k's in August as well. <BR> <BR> Good luck eve... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 22:22:59 EST Did You Huddle Today? I absolutely believe that huddling with your team is a wonderful way for all of us to stay in check with each other, motivated, and be inspired. I am encouraging each and every one of you to huddle with our team daily! It can be a huddle about anything! Therefore, did you huddle with us today??? <BR> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 20:08:19 EST Let's Inspire & Motivate Each Other! We all know how important inspiration and motivation are. And let's face it...sometimes we lack it! We, ourselves, are wonderful resources to others who may need some inspiration and motivation. Please post and ask if you are someone who is needed a little more inspiration or motivation. And I encourage each and every one of you to inspire or motivate someone from our team in any way that you choose. This could be a message, a comment on their page, a comment on their status, a comment on the... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 20:07:25 EST Let's Inspire and Motivate Each Other! We all know how important inspiration and motivation are. And let's face it...sometimes we lack it! We, ourselves, are wonderful resources to others who may need some inspiration and motivation. Please post and ask if you are someone who is needed a little more inspiration or motivation. And I encourage each and every one of you to inspire or motivate someone from our team in any way that you choose. This could be a message, a comment on their page, a comment on their status, a comment on the... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:46:24 EST Did You Huddle Today? I absolutely believe that huddling with your team is a wonderful way for all of us to stay in check with each other, motivated, and be inspired. I am encouraging each and every one of you to huddle with our team daily! It can be a huddle about anything! Therefore, did you huddle with us today??? Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:37:26 EST What's Do You Feel is the Most Important? Of course there are MANY important things to do before trying to conceive. What do you feel is the most important thing for you to do personally before you conceive? Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:29:33 EST Quotes I absolutely love a good quote to put things in perspective and keep things positive! This is a place to share all the wonderful quotes we live by or find with others! :) Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:03:22 EST Quotes I absolutely love a good quote to put things in perspective and keep things positive! This is a place to share all the wonderful quotes we live by or find with others! :) Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:58:49 EST New Leader! Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm sooooo very excited to be the leader for this team! I have never been a leader but I can't wait to learn the ropes! <BR> <BR> This is a team I'm very passionate about! I'm getting fit before baby myself! <BR> <BR> My name is Nicki and I'm 25 years old. I've been married to my amazing husband for just over 10 months. We are on the infertility path for our children but none the less, I'm trying to get fit first!!! <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know each of you... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 09:30:17 EST Hi everyone I'm Steph, I'm 25 and new here. I just recently finished graduate school and am on the hunt for a career. I recently decided that I'm going to start planning for a baby in a few years and enlisted the help of one of my best friends (who is gay), so it's going to be a while, but there are a lot of things I would like to get in order beforehand, including my weight and my lifestyle (among other things). I've struggled with it all my life and I want to change and develop healthier habits I pl... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 02:34:18 EST Step/Foster Mom Getting Healthy for Future Kids I'm looking to become the fit, active and healthy mom that I always wished my mom was. I grew up with a morbidly obese mom who loves me dearly but taught me really unhealthy habits around food and fitness that have taken a long time to A) become aware of and B) try to break. I'm looking to get healthy and be able to pass on those healthy habits and behaviors to all the kids I come into contact with. <BR> <BR> I'm a step-mom to 2 beautiful and talented teenage girls... AP 19 and LP 17 years o... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 12:55:18 EST June Hopefuls - 2013 Thought I'd get this month started since I'm a June hopeful. Not very hopeful, actually since timing was bad this month, but oh well. It sucks, though, because I found out May wasn't our month on Mother's Day and AF is due on Father's Day due to my calculations! <BR> <BR> Anyway, good luck to everyone! Hope to see many BFPs! Sun, 2 Jun 2013 19:29:08 EST Yasmeen Hi,I'm 41 and are in the prosess off looking weigth.But i fine it hard to stat on track,I'm a nurse and work shift and as it is known we always has chocolat and biscuits witch we Get for Good work from gratfull patent.I fine it hard to stat motevaited and focusd on my target,it is to loos 15kg and Get healtyer.I also are looking for help to fine out a way to manage my fibromyagi and fathig syndrom and maby to bist my fertiliety as well.Is there any one out there that have any tips???I will be... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 07:19:10 EST Hello! My name is Anna, I am 28. Working as a CPA at home. I have lovely stepdaughter at her 8 and loving partner. We are living together with my daddy in Bury village Tottington. <BR> <BR> I have lost 25kg over the last year, now I think I have an ectopic pregnancy and to get over all that - I want to concentrate on my health. <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 06:11:27 EST Hello All! Good morning ladies! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to introduce myself since I just joined this board. I am a 30-year-old married woman living in Iowa and the proud mama of a wonderful 17-month-old daughter. <BR> <BR> I want a second child, but I had a lot of weight-related problems during my pregnancy. While I have much more than that to lose, I am hoping to lose about 30 pounds so I can begin the process of trying to get pregnant. I had blood pressure problems that led to a lot of extra ti... Wed, 29 May 2013 12:12:19 EST Do any of you know if you are able to link your SP account with your Baby Fit account? I just created a page on Baby Fit but use the app on my phone to track for SP. Can I still use the same app? Mon, 20 May 2013 21:16:49 EST New but not new Hello all! I'm new to this page, but not to TTC or Sparkpeople. A little about me: My husband is in the Air Force. Gotta love a man in uniform! ;) Anywho, we've been married 3 years in June. We've been blessed with a radiant daughter who will be 2 this year. She melts my heart! We also have an angel baby that went to be held by Jesus this past September. We'd love to have another baby, so we aren't preventing right now, but we aren't obsessing either. Right now I'm focusing on getting healthy... Mon, 13 May 2013 22:40:30 EST Struggling! I'm struggling! I started out really good and strong and did very well but I have been over my calories 6 days in a row now! :( I need some good motivation, more accountability, and a good kick in the butt to get back on track! Mon, 6 May 2013 07:32:42 EST Pregnancy vs. PMS Ok, so I am about 8 days from my period. My DH and I have been trying to conceive. I am seven days past ovulation and I have bloated abdomen, sore breasts that are larger. I also have a weight gain even though I have been watching. <BR> <BR> The sore breasts feel different than PMS, but it might be wishful thinking. <BR> <BR> What do you ladies think? <BR> Thanks! Sat, 4 May 2013 11:10:59 EST New to the team and to sparkpeople! Hello! I just joined SparkPeople a few days ago, and joined this team just now! <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to TTC for the first time in 2014, but want to lose weight and be more healthy before I start that journey. So this looks like a good place for me to be :) <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to learn a few things as I'm poking around, and am happy to meet other people with similar goals in mind! Sat, 4 May 2013 01:18:41 EST un motivated well i was getting fit for the reason of this group.. and well he wants to wait more, because hes not "ready" so i lost a lot of my motivation got off track the last few i am basically starting from square one again. don't know why i'm posting really for support, just to wine not so sure but i'm back and trying to get healthy again, i guess for a baby i guess for someday :( Fri, 3 May 2013 13:30:17 EST May 2013 Hopefuls Hello everyone! I'm ready for a new month, how about you? I can't wait to see lots of BFPs this spring! Thu, 2 May 2013 18:18:32 EST Torn I need to lose about 30 pounds now. I have lost around 20. <BR> <BR> I started trying to lose weight for my health and then my husband and I talked about how we wanted another baby and we are TTC. <BR> <BR> But, I am starting to like the way I look and feel and now I don't really want to gain weight. <BR> <BR> I guess I am torn between wanting a baby and not wanting the weight gain. Could it be healthy to only gain a little since I am already 30 pounds overweight? Fri, 19 Apr 2013 09:01:08 EST Weight to Lose Before Baby Hello! <BR> <BR> I am a mid twenties northern Wisconsinite desperate for a change. I have struggled with my weight my whole life but have hit a new top weight recently. I have tried lots of things and have had little to no success and I'm hoping this will help! :) My husband and I are are dealing with infertility issues. We will be pursuing our first pregnancy this summer using a sperm donor. I am hoping to get as much weight off as I can before I get pregnant! Mon, 15 Apr 2013 20:42:32 EST Testing question Is 8 days before your period too early to test? I got a negative result but then I read that it is way to early to know! Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:43:26 EST Hello, all! Hello, all! My name is Mary, I am 24 and planning to TTC this upcoming summer. After two long years of hard work I have been maintaining my weight of 148 (a total of 40 lbs lost) for many months now, and would like to get health tips and encouragement from others in my boat to prepare for baby! I would like to lose another five pounds and stick with some healthier food choices. Happy to be in the group and hear your stories :) Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:27:34 EST Hello! Hello all! I'm 30 years old, and my dh and I decided last year to have another child. We are not ttc yet, but sometime this year my dh will be getting his vasectomy reversed and we will be trying. We went to a fertility specialist who said that losing weight would help a lot with getting pregnant, so here I am. Tue, 9 Apr 2013 14:27:43 EST New Team Leader Hey ya'll, I'm Amy and I am your current team leader. I have been married for 5 months now, and my husband and I want to start trying for a baby in October. I am currently obese and I would like to get down to under 200 pounds before we begin trying to get pregnant. I hope I can be of any help or encouragement to any and all of you. I can't wait to hear from you guys! Mon, 8 Apr 2013 16:50:11 EST An Update on my TTC struggles I posted on here a while ago about my issues. I have been TTC since last July. I was able to conceive my last two babies without any real issues within 5 months. I was also 30 pounds overweight when I got pregnant with both of them. Now that I'm finally at a healthy weight, I can't get pregnant! I know I can't get pregnant because I'm not getting my period at all, not even any spotting or anything. I was on a birth control, the Mirena where it is normal if you don't get your period. I ... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 10:02:55 EST April 2013 Hopefuls Happy April to all of you. I just thought that it was best to get this thread started so we could keep up with everyone on their journeys to being parents. <BR> <BR> I am in this month and it looks like we will be doing our 3rd round of IUI this Friday. I am really hoping for an early birthday present this cycle so keeping my fingers crossed. We have been trying for more than 3 years and have had no luck at all. This is my 6th cycle on Clomid and I'm up to 150mg. <BR> <BR> Good luck to you ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 12:32:01 EST TTC Hello new friends! My husband and I have been TTC for almost a year now. My doc says my weight is ok for conceiving, but is on the high end of ok. So, I'm working to lose some weight which will hopefully mean a little person in our life. Mon, 1 Apr 2013 12:26:48 EST Pregvit? My doctor (brand new as of today) suggested that I go on a prenatal supplement called pregvit. Has anyone heard of this supplement? I actually have had a lot of stomach problems from over-the-counter multivitamins and I would be interested in knowing how much of an impact Pregvit has on the stomach! <BR> <BR> It is interesting in that it is a prescription multivatamin. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:09:59 EST Trying for a daughter I just got my period this month today, so I am taking the extra time to research ways to tip the odds for a girl. <BR> <BR> IT seems like timing of sex is pretty important. Dpes anyone who has a daughter try for one and do you remember what you did? <BR> <BR> THanks in advance! Sun, 24 Mar 2013 13:32:25 EST Hello! Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Kelly. My husband and I are trying to conceive. We just started trying, but today I got my period so I guess not this month!:( Sun, 24 Mar 2013 13:27:47 EST Back again two years on Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm not officially new to the team, I posted on here in 2009/2010 when trying to conceive my son, who is now 2 years 3 months old. <BR> <BR> Sadly, as he has grown, so has my waistline and I am now heavier than I was when I needed to lose weight before conceiving him. I barely gained any weight until my final trimester with him and after he was born I actually weighed less than I did when he was conceived as I was sick with morning sickness for the first four mont... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:05:47 EST TTC Without Success | Can Weight Loss Help? I've read that women who have trouble conceiving usually get pregnant after losing weight. Has that happened to any of you? <BR> <BR> Me and DH have been TTC for almost 2 years. I am considered obese in the medical world. I also have scar tissue on my reproductive organs with one clogged ovary. One option is surgery to remove the scars but no guarantee of fertility. IVF is too expensive so we can't go that route. <BR> <BR> My sister had a surprise when she lost weight and now her daughter i... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 19:23:45 EST Thinking of TTC within the next year... Hello. I have always wanted to be a Single Mom by Choice. I have researched was would be the best (and cost effective) method to become a mom. I have Endometriosis and I'm morbidly obese (BMI currently over 50!). I've decided that if I want to physically have my own child I need to get this weight off. Around next February I would like to start 3 cycles of ICI at home. If I don't get a BFP I have a friend who has offered to do a traditional surrogacy (has done GS in the past). I would really ... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 14:48:20 EST Trying after a miscarriage My husband and I were pregnant with our first child when I miscarried on 2/11/13 - We were actively trying so I was keeping up a diary of my menstrual cycles - by my calculations I should have been 11 weeks and the doctor said I was only measuring 8 weeks and that they could not find a heartbeat. <BR> <BR> I am still dealing with the sadness and trying not to blame myself - even though the doctor said over and over again this happens early on, its more common than you think, it wasn't somet... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 13:51:47 EST Back again before TTC #2 Hello! <BR> I was on this board about 3 years ago before getting pregnant with DD. She was born in February 2011. DH and I had decided to TTC baby #2 starting in February, but got a big surprise when we found out on 2/7 that I was already pregnant. Five days later I was rushed to the hospital because the pregnancy was ectopic AND my tube had already ruptured. I've been healing from the surgery since then, will return to work soon, and have decided to work on improving my health while we w... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 18:33:01 EST Having a Baby or Losing Weight? So my husband and I have been TTC for about 9 months now with no success. Although I don't feel obese, my BMI confirms me as being obese. I am short woman at 5'3'' and 195 lbs. I remember being 150-160 lbs and feeling good about myself. I wasn't thin by any means, but I was pretty comfortable with how I look. <BR> <BR> To get back down to that range, I would need to lose about 35-45 lbs more than I have lost already. As we continue to TTC, I have been trying to lose weight, but it has d... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 07:46:00 EST I'm sad Back in October, my husband and I decided to start looking toward a baby. I went off birth control in December and started taking prenatal vitamins with the thought that in mid-March we'd start trying. In the midst of all of that, my husband is thinking toward a new career. He's been making plans in that direction and working really hard to make sure he'll pass a test he needs to take in May. As it is, things are up in the air because of it. Our current combined income is not great. In fact, ... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 17:36:53 EST Books? Hi ladies! <BR> <BR> I am planning to start TTC this fall, and I know that I should start getting healthier now. Has anyone here read any books/articles about getting healthy for baby that you found particularly motivating or informative? I just got "Be Fruitful" by Dr. Victoria Maizes from the library, so I'll let you know how it goes! <BR> <BR> Thanks so much! Sat, 2 Mar 2013 15:50:23 EST March 2013 Hopefuls Hey all you ladies out there TTC we are on to a new month and another shot at getting our BFP's so let's get it going. <BR> <BR> I am in this month but not as determined, focusing more on my health. I am taking Clomid and will make sure to BD around time of ovulation and hoping for the best results possible but I'm going to try and not really think about it much. <BR> <BR> My history.....TTC 3 years, MC in 1997 has been my only pregnancy, off BC since 2000, tubes are clear, have had 2 IUI's... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 01:16:06 EST Not New to TTC Hi Y'all. My name is Kim and I am a 26 year old high school teacher. My husband and I have been married 3.5 years and never thought we could/would have children. Last summer, we began having very deep conversations about children and a couple of months later (July) decided to start TTC. <BR> <BR> In October/November of 2012 we were successful but lost it VERY early. Implantation was about the time my aunt had passed away, my husband was super stressed because of nursing school, and we ... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 07:42:02 EST Prenatal Vitamins I just attended a class at our local hospital (Annapolis, Maryland) called Baby Maybe and it was all about considering having a baby and things to do to prepare. One thing I took away from it was about prenatal vitamins. The OBGYN said (not saying it's necessarily true) that if you begin taking your prenatal vitamins after conception, many of its benefits will not be effective. So you should take them several months before conceiving if possible. <BR> <BR> I am in that "several months befor... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 10:39:10 EST I think I am ready! Hey all, I am Rena. I am 22. My husband and I have a 14month old and are thinking about having another. I need to be fit when and if I get pregnant again since I will be taking care of a young child already. I would like them to be 2 1/2 to 3 years apart so we are going to start trying in October/November. I love babies and I know my son will make a great older brother. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:26:20 EST Waiting to Wait I am 8 lbs away from my initial target weight of 150 which, with a little push I might make before the SparkPeople estimated date of April 1st. Even so, I will still have to wait until ovulation in April before we can start TTC. <BR> After waiting so long, I just don't want to wait anymore, but it is crucial that I complete my program. It just seems that these last few weeks are going to take forever!!! Thu, 21 Feb 2013 09:24:53 EST New to Team. Hello everyone. My name is Maureen. I am the mom of 3 beautiful little girls and two angel babies. Me and hubby have finally decided to try for a fourth and final little bundle of joy to add to our family.I am overweight so I told hubby that we would ttc when I lose at least 40 pounds so we don't incur all the problems we had with my last 2 pregnancies. I am hoping being part of this group will keep me motivated to get this weight off. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:08:21 EST I can do this! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been lurking about for a while now. My husband and I have been married for two years. we were out on a double date with friends on Sunday and my friend is 7 months pregnant and looks gorgeous and half my size! My husband knows how much I want to be a mum and he said to me if I can reach my goals then he would be happy to try for a baby :) he just wants me to have a safe pregnancy and we both want a healthy baby! <BR> <BR> I am pretty huge just now 287 pounds m... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:35:27 EST ?Question? What is the earliest a pregnancy test can be taken? Do you really have to wait till missed period? Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:24:57 EST Hello everyone! My name is Jessica and I am new to this team and site. I am so excited to get back on track and get healthy! My husband and I got married in July and a lot has happened since then. My husband's job was transferred down to the Minneapolis area so we had to get our house ready to put up on the market in less than a month. I also had to find a new job and had just started grad school, which added to the stress. During that time, I gained back all of the weight I had lost Pre-wedding. <BR> Now w... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:17:56 EST Provera? Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I stopped taking birth control in late October, then I had a normal period 35 days later on December 3... Now, nothing. I have had cramping, nausea, and CM, but no period. DR thinks cramping amd nausea were a stomach virus. Pregnancy tests are negative. Going to have a blood test done then DR is going to prescribe provera. <BR> <BR> Has anyone been through anything like this? Tue, 12 Feb 2013 07:37:00 EST FertilAid supplement has anyone heard of or used this supplement? it's suppose to be a natural aid, but i was wondering about real people's experiences other than the online reviews. i am 38 and have done acupuncture and Chinese herbs with no success, so i was looking for another natural way before heading into the hormones and stuff. thanks! Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:29:21 EST Hello I'm New Here!! Hello, my name is Chelsea and I am new to this team! I have been struggling with my weight for what seems like an eternity but I am fully committed to lose weight before my husband and I start TTC. I am trying to eat vegetarian or vegan meals at least two to three times a week so I have been trying to find good recipes for that. I have a lot of weight to lose so I have made several little goals for myself the first being to lose 65 pounds by the end of September then I will go from there! I a... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:37:02 EST New to the team, Not to SparkPeople Hey everybody, my name is Shay. <BR> <BR> I've been trying to lose weight for what seems like my whole life. But my husband and I have agreed to start trying for children when I am 180 lbs. Pretty much 50 lbs from where I started. Reason being is because we want a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. So yea! There's our plan. Frankly I've never felt a greater motivation than this one before and am super excited to finally have the push to get healthy. Any who, Nice meeting y'all! Mon, 11 Feb 2013 09:42:08 EST Hi, I'm Kristy Hi. I'm not new to SP...was on it very active a few years ago & lost about 70 lbs. After a minor injury, buying a house, change of job/position, meeting a great guy, & marrying said guy (almost a year now); I've gained it all back. Now we are talking about trying this fall to get pregnant & I would feel a whole lot better if I could loose 20-30 lbs before then. I would love to have a natural childbirth at a birthing center but I know being a big girl increases risks. Anything I can do to lowe... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 16:05:31 EST I'm new Hi ladies just wondering what is a good website to find a good ovulation calendar? Thu, 7 Feb 2013 09:15:18 EST New here!! :) Hi Everyone! <BR> I'm starting Sparks and hoping this will be the begining of a great weight loss journey and hopefully motherhood very soon. I really want to lose weight before pregnancy and need all the encouragement I can get :) <BR> Hope everyone is doing great! Tue, 5 Feb 2013 00:34:18 EST Feb. 2013 Hopefuls . Fri, 1 Feb 2013 20:28:13 EST Not New...But Back! I've been a member here since I started ttc-ing my first child in 2009. It took 16 months, one PCOS diagnosis, metformin galore (didn't work for me), a low carb diet, and 55 pounds lost before my periods started regulating. I got my first ever bfp Dec. 23rd, 2010, and had a beautiful baby boy August 26, 2011. My little guy is now 17 months old, and I think I'm finally ready to get back on the ttc merry-go-round again! <BR> <BR> After a discussion with the hubby, we decided that in February,... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 00:34:37 EST Hello! Hi Team! <BR> M name is Marien, and I figured it is time I owned up to it: I am getting fit before baby! <BR> I am glad to have found this SparkPeople team, since I am not ready to share and discuss my hopes with, oh, let's say, face-to-face with most people in my every day life. <BR> I'm excited to meet people that are on the same journey as me, and now exactly how sensitive this time can be. <BR> ... And we're not even neck deep in hormones yet! Thu, 24 Jan 2013 13:32:59 EST Hey team_ So happy to have found you all! SO i was apart of a board like this that wasn't very active and one of the members suggested i try this team instead. I'm so happy to see some activity in this one. My name is Amanda, I'm 27 and starting my battle with myself to drop some weight and get healthy before having a baby. Our goal is to start trying in August 2013 so I'm really going to have to start pushing myself. I'm a creature of habit and i love food so my weight has always been an issue. <BR> <BR> I'm thrilled to have a grou... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:25:34 EST Newbie! Hey! My name is Celeste and I'm married and have a 4 year old girl. I am contemplating another baby but need to get fit first. I've heard a lot of great things about this website so here I am! I have a lot of weight to lose but I'm motivated and eager to see results. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 08:33:29 EST Started Taking Prenatal Vitamins Grabbed some prenatal vitamins on Saturday and started taking them yesterday. We're about a month away from starting to try, but my doctor previously told me to start taking them up to a year before conception. <BR> <BR> I'm just taking the cheap Walmart brand right now unless my doctor says to use something else when I see her on March 1st. You get twice the amount of the other brands for half the price - kind of crazy. I compared the ingredients and they are the same. <BR> <BR> Anyone els... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 16:19:21 EST Hi New to the team Hi everyone my husband and I have been considering trying for baby #2 were not trying just yet I'm still on birth control and would like to lose a few pounds before trying. My daughter is 16months I want my kids to be close in age so don't want to wait to long to start trying. Anyone else here trying for baby #2 if so how old are your kid(s) now? Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:11:21 EST Hey Everyone! My name is Brianne, I am 18 and have been married for just over six months. My husband and I really want to try for a baby soon, but I am about 50 or so pounds overweight and I want to be able to have a homebirth, so I have joined SparkPeople in hopes that I will succeed in my goal of losing 50 pounds in 6 months so we can start trying to conceive in August :) I'm looking forward to meeting all you of you lovely people! Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:15:02 EST Hello All Hi! <BR> <BR> I have been off and on Sparkpeople for a few years now and am back. I am on my last pack of BC pills and I have a doctor's appointment on March 1st for my annual exam and also to talk to her about TTC. So I hope to start trying the cycle after that visit. <BR> <BR> I know she will want me to lose weight, she mentioned it last visit when we talked about babies in the future. But she wanted me to go on the Atkins diet - not going to happen. I love my carbs (in moderation, of cou... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 14:58:40 EST