So, since beginning this journey forever and a day ago, I have surrendered some of my daily habits in hopes that doing so would grant me my elusive BFP. I lowered my caffeine intake from the get go. I had two diet cokes a day, which added up to around 84mg of caffeine, well below the guideline of 200mg. Well, now I read that for those potentially going through IVF, caffeine should be greatly restricted. So, now I try to only have 82mg a week. I still have one diet coke a day, however, now it is caffeine free. I also just LOVE beer...I used to have one a night. My reading also indicates that alcohol intake should be greatly reduced as well, so now I have one to three drinks a week. And it's not potent beer either, instead I am drinking the uber light stuff with about 2.8% alcohol by volume.
I can deal without caffeinated diet coke and heavier beer, the thing I miss the most? RUNNING! I was kind of a chub during high school and my freshman year in college. A few weeks into my sophomore year I picked up running and just never stopped! Within two months I was running 6 or 7 miles at a time (and I had dropped 20 pounds). In 2006 I ran my first 25k and in 2007 I ran my second. For five solid years I ran at least once a week and most every week I put in at least 20 miles. I felt great about my body and I loved that I was able to run for an hour without stopping. My confidence sky rocketed and my stress level fell. I read that I could run while TTC and even into my pregnancy, so I kept at it. Until last July when my RE said he didn't advise it while using clo.mid. I stopped immediately. I ran once in September and then went on hiatus. Well, yesterday, I went for a walk around my favorite place, a beautiful lake with a sunny walking trail. After a mile and a half I came to my favorite downhill and I decided I just couldn't walk down it, I had to run!! So, I ran down it and continued running for a few minutes. I felt so alive (and a little naughty). I continued this pattern for the rest of the 4.5 miles. Oh it felt so good!!! I miss it. So. much. If we don't do IUI or clo.mid in July, I may run again.
I also went to my hairdresser yesterday...another thing I just LOVE (but I only go every three months because it costs an arm and a leg)! And I got a new cut that I just love! It's the little things in life that keep me going these days :).
On another note, for the past few days (before the running), I have been noticing the strangest feeling in my uterus. I have never had this feeling before. It's almost like a pressure that I can feel in my (TMI WARNING)...va jay jay. SO ODD!!! Maybe it is a good sign? My ovaries have also been quite sensitive. I have heard of people getting crampy before their BFP, but I haven't heard anything about this. Tomorrow I will be 13dpo and I am breaking out the big guns. I went to the store today and picked up some FRERs. Tomorrow night we are set to go to a baseball game with some friends where there will be $2 beer. If my temp drops I will drink a beer or two. If it is still up, I will test. I have been testing with ICs (internet cheapies) the past few days and they have been BFN, but I know they are not the most sensitive of tests. So, I guess we'll see what tomorrow brings. If my temp is down, I will keep the FRERs for our IVF cycle.
If anyone has any input on the odd feeling in my ute, feel free to share your insight!