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1/19/16 8:15 A

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Mine was also about the same length as before, but a little lighter. Also with a longer cycle length, at least so far. I ovulated on day 28, so I'm guessing like a 45 day cycle...

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1/17/16 5:29 P

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The first period was pretty much normal length for me, but lighter than I had pre-pregnancy (I have always had a very heavy flow). The cycle itself was longer than normal, though, and each subsequent cycle has gotten a little shorter and closer to normal. That being said, from what I understand it's normal for your post-baby period to be shorter, longer, heavier, or lighter than pre-baby... so basically, anything goes!

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1/16/16 12:26 A

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When you got AF back, was it like your periods before pregnancy or shorter or longer?

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12/17/15 10:13 A

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I do believe I am ovulating because I have been getting a positive OPK the past few months and had all the other signs of fertile CM. My cycle seems to run like clockwork: I get a positive OPK and 15 days later my period starts. It took 21 cycles to get pregnant with my daughter without even a slightly late period. My DH has tested out fine but I actually had to have surgery for ovarian cysts and endometriosis, so I will be talking with my doctor soon about what we need to do this time around. Just wondering if BFing is hurting when we've already got the cards stacked against us.

Here's hoping your body starts cooperating soon! It's so frustrating when things don't work like they are supposed to!

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12/17/15 8:17 A

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Abby, You might be able to figure out if you are ovulating by doing an OPK. It's not a guarantee, but it would at least tell you if your hormones are going up and down like they are supposed to. My understanding is that if you get AF back early, it usually comes before ovulation (although not always), which can take a few months to come back and to regulate. And if you get AF back late, you usually ovulate before you see AF. (I have been reading a lot about this...) Although I acknowledge that our bodies are strange and you never know if it is working quite like it is supposed to. *sigh*

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12/16/15 3:14 P

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I'm in a similar boat. My DD is 13 months old and still breastfeeding. My period came back at about 9 months but we have been trying to conceive number two since then with no luck. Our timing has even been really good most months. My daughter doesn't show any signs of wanting to wean yet, and is not really interested in much "real" food, so I foresee us breastfeeding for at least another couple months. However, I wonder if it is affecting my fertility. It took so long to get pregnant with her and I'm not getting any younger! I hate to waste too much time!

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12/16/15 9:48 A

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Well, DS is now 25 months and still no AF. I've had a visit with my doctor, tried taking Provera to get things going 3X now. I had a blood test in September and then again in November, which found that my thyroid levels are fine, and my estrogen levels in September were so low that they were unreadable. However, in November, they were back on the chart, although still below normal. So we decided to give it a couple more months and see if things get going again. In the mean time, I have been trying to slowly start the weaning process by not reminding my DS to nurse and distracting him if he tries to nurse anytime other than bed time, nap time on weekends (otherwise he's at daycare for nap time), or morning. That said, he was sick with strep last week and wouldn't eat for 3 days, so he nursed a lot during those 3 days. We had been doing a really good job of dropping morning feedings before that. I don't recall if I included this below, but we also bedshare at least half the night, so sometimes he nurses at night too. Usually just a little and then back to sleep, unless he's sick or teething. I'm sure that the bedsharing has contributed to my delayed return to fertility.

This has stretched out so long that I don't do OPKs much...sometimes I'll do them for a few days in a row if my CM looks promising, but it feels like a waste of time and money right now. However, this month, my libido came back out of nowhere, so that's probably a good sign. I haven't seen it in years ;).

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12/15/15 10:30 P

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Wondering if anyone has some insight on this yet? Starting to think about trying for #2 in the next few months. Thanks!

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6/29/15 3:56 P

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That's a good thought, I'll try OPKs for a month or 2 and see what happens.

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6/29/15 3:54 P

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Breastfeeding can cause you to miss your period. Your body produces a hormone when breastfeeding that interrupts your period. It is still possible to ovulate even if you don't get your period so you could try OPKs to see if you are ovulating. I have heard that being pregnant will stop you breast milk though so you may want to prepare for that possibility if you are ovulating and start TTC. Good luck!

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6/23/15 8:14 A

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Right! I'm sure I could quit BF and it would come back, but I'm not ready and he's not ready, so we carry on.

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I wish I could answer your question, but this is actually something I am wondering about as well! We actually want to start trying for number two this fall and I am still BFing. My daughter is only 7mo old and no AF for me. We had so much trouble conceiving the first time around we don't want to wait to long to try again but I also don't want to give up nursing!

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6/12/15 8:49 A

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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 coming back for like 6 months and my reading says you may see signs of gearing up for up to 2 months before hand. *sigh*

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