Work has meant blogging has fallen by the wayside, but I had my CD9 scan today and my lining has clocked in at a healthy 8mm! Eight, incidentally, is a number I like, and also sounds like the Mandarin word for prosperity (发) and so is considered especially auspicious. I'm not Chinese, but I'll take … Continue reading Was it something I 8?
Finally got around to reading Inconceivable: A Woman's Triumph over Despair and Statistics by Julia Indichova (it's also available for Kindle here), and it's one of the best captures of the rawness and desperation of infertility that I have read to date. It's been around since 1997, and I'm not sure how I've managed not … Continue reading Inconceivable
Okay, so here's something a little different. I've been looking for new and interesting fertility food mash-ups, especially with barely a week to go before stims. And there are only so many times you can eat smashed avocado on toast (even if a nice 'elevated' version can be found here). Anyway, if you're looking for a quick … Continue reading It Hass to be done (Recipe)
About to enter the prickly pre-cycle phase (meeting my acupuncturist tomorrow), and coincidentally caught a discussion on one of my chat groups about Traditional Chinese Medicine and fertility. Much has already been written on the subject, but I thought I would capture my five favourite TCM tips for anyone who's been wondering about adding to … Continue reading Poking around with TCM
Back in the home zone, and T-15 to the start of the cycle. But I'm struggling with a couple of things - cutting down on coffee, for one, and sugar, for another, plus a long list of other things I had a much easier time leaving go of in previous cycles. I'm not sure why … Continue reading Hard habits to break
"If there was any food that would make your cycle more likely to succeed, you'd see it on your prescription" - my doctor Each time I gear up for a cycle, a frenzy ensues. This usually happens immediately after I put something in my mouth and it is teetering on the tip of my esophagus. … Continue reading Food for thought
On 2 May 2016, and after years of smoking, I finally quit. It's hard to explain why - or why I succeeded (I had quit unsuccessfully in the past) - but three things were going on in my life at the time. A friend had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She had quit smoking years … Continue reading Up in smoke