And so it begins……

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Today I took my first birth control pill in over 20 months. It’s pretty ironic that I need to take BCPs in order to get pregnant, when my naive self thought I would get pregnant just by going off of them. It seems so surreal. Today marks Day One of our IVF journey.

I am to take the birth control pills (only the active pills) for four weeks, and then the real treatment begins. I have mixed emotions about this. That’s four weeks of absolutely no chance for having a baby. A wasted month that we cannot “try”. But that also means four weeks of no pressure. I won’t need to take my temperature every morning, pee on ovulation sticks for weeks, or time out BD (that’s the TTC term for baby making, it stands for Baby Dance, and I feel a bit more comfortable using that term knowing my mother and mother-in-law will be reading this. Check out my new page to learn all of the lingo). When I think about it, I don’t think I even remember how to live my life without thinking about making a baby. The idea has consumed me for the past year and now I have a month in which I literally cannot do anything about it. It makes me both happy and sad. I’m guessing I should really embrace it and try to relax now, because in four weeks I will be pumping my body full of hormones morning and night, and then I will be really high strung!

Check out my IVF_calendar!

Speaking of drugs, I also received my IVF calendar. If you know me, you know how much I love to plan and organize so this calendar is a dream come true, It has everything I need to do for the next 6-7 weeks all mapped out. I’ve probably looked at it a dozen times already. So, while I have this 4 week break from really TTC, I will be getting all of my meds and things organized. It was recommended to me by an IVF veteran to separate my meds by day, in some sort of container, so then I know exactly what I need to take each day and can just grab the bag/container if I will not be home to administer the meds. How fun does that sound (now you’re probably thinking I’m nuts)? I can’t wait to go shopping for supplies and get my IVF kit ready! I will probably devote a future blog post regarding how awesome my organization skills are in the future. I will be sure to include photos of the finished product. 🙂

In the meantime, I will be eating avocados. Lots of avocados. Apparently they may increase the chances of IVF working by three times! A study showed that women who consumed a diet high in monounsaturated fats (mainly avocados) were 3 times more likely to have a successful IVF cycle. Now I’m not sure how much of that I really believe, but I need to feel like I am doing SOMETHING over the next four weeks so avocados it is!

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