It has now been 18 days on Pregnitude! Here is what I have noticed so far. My facial hair has been growing in much slower and it even grew in blond instead of dark brown and it felt soft instead of coarse. I have gained 1.5 pounds but I haven't been doing the exercising enough, so my goal for this week is to get back into my walking routine. I have had only 1 episode of loose stool. I did however, have headaches 2 nights in a row, I used to get migraines on Clomid, so I will settle for only headaches.
Now for the ovulating, as of Cycle Day 17, I still have not ovulated based on the OPK's I have been using. I am however starting to get signs that ovulation is coming, for example, my face breaks out in acne around ovulation and my period and I am starting to break out with some acne, so I am hoping that ovulation is in my near future. Based on when I have ovulated on Clomid, it is usually between Cycle Day 18-24, so I am hoping to ovulate within the next week. Even though this is only my first month on Pregnitude, I am desperately hoping to ovulate this month, as we don't want to lose a month TTC.
On a more somber note, I thought it would be appropriate to mention that October is National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. I find this important to mention as I have read that PCOS has a higher miscarriage rate than the general population, so many of us may have experienced this devastating loss. I also know it can be really scary to TTC again after the loss of a baby. This past Monday October 15th was National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day. Every year on October 15th, we light a candle from 7pm-8pm in our time zone in memory of all babies gone too soon to create a wave of light across the world. I lit a candle in memory of my son Colin, who was stillborn, and all his angel friends and family. We remember all babies no matter how short their time on earth was.
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Written by: Lauren Williams
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*Please note that I am not a medical professional. I am not qualified to give out any medical advice. I am a woman with PCOS who is sharing my personal experiences in this blog and I advise you to consult a professional.*