Baby POOPS Saturday Part 29

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ashley - November 6

Justine, I know its sounds wierd and I may be totally off, but suddenly I just am flashed back to my first pregnancy and the feeling is the same (though I didn't recognize it back then) does that make sense? My b___bs are just burning (for lack of better words). My stomach itself just feels odd. Just a feeling is all. I am done with 3 out of the 4 a__signments due for tomorrow. All the written stuff is done. I finished that horrid 12 question take home. It took 8 pages typed in 10 point font! Rediculous. My back is just aching so bad!!!! ugggg. So what dpo is every one now? Tomorrow will be 5dpo (five more days and I will start testing. I have 10 early preg tests from the internet!) I also read you can use OPK's too! So maybe I will try that as I still have a ton of those left!

 

Indie - November 6

Wow, I am glad you are ok Terri. I'm not sure about my friend's fam. I sent him a text message on his phone but haven't heard back yet. They live on the east end of town so I think they are ok, but it's sad to see so much damage and I am sure he is stressed. As to BDing with donor...firstly, I'd never consider it as I think that would just make things too emotional and complicated, but it is moot point since this cycle is the last time he is going to "help me out". He is a friend of a friend and I think he was expecting things to be much simpler...you know, a one shot BOOM she's pregnant sort of deal. Anyway, I'm hoping for a miracle as this is my last chance. If I don't get a bfp then I will have to wait and see if I meet someone in the next couple of years (even less likely than a bfp) and failing that, begin the adoption process. I had planned to adopt anyway, but wanted one biological child...purely selfish, I know, but my sister and dad and grandparents and aunts have all died and I so want to experience pregnancy and give birth to a child that is "mine" and so part of my sister and other family can live on in a way, through my child...that prolly sounds silly, but I just think it would be the greatest gift.

 

ashley - November 6

ahhh Indie, I understand and no its not selfish. Good luck and I will keep you in my prayers that this is your month! Though I wish that you will find a nice partner any way and have a few more ;-)

 

Indie - November 6

Hehe...sounds like us twwers are starting to POOP! Hehe. I've not had any symptoms except that brown cm a few days back. I feel like I am getting a bladder infection, but that's not completely wierd or anything. I am 6 dpo (I think) and I don't think I'd have implanted yet, so there's no reason I'd be having symptoms yet if I did have a miracle coming my way. I do have to make a confession though. My friend rang because she burnt her hand and I went over to help her bandage it up (my friends call me and ask me for medical advice all the time as if I were a doctor or something...)anyway, I had to go to the pharmacy for some more burn cream and bandages and while there I confess, I bought a packet of EPTs...:-/ Bad Ona, no biscuit. Oh, Ashley...as for using OPKs that is not true that you can use them. They test for Lutenizing Hormone. Pregnancy tests test for HCG...those hormones can exist at lower levels in our body throughout our cycle, but the surges or elevations of each of these signals certain parts of our cycle. LH surge indicates soon you will ovulate and has nothing to do with pregnancy, so you can't use OPKs to check. However, if you are tracking your basal temp, there are temp patterns that can indicate pregnancy.

 

Indie - November 6

Thanks for the kind thoughts Ashley! I hope your homework is coming along. BTW, your BDing bathroom story had me laughing so hard. That is too funny. I'd be soooo embara__sed. Your home really does sound lovely. I want a lovely farm someday!!! I'm just a nature girl I guess. Finding my life partner would be nice but I am at the point where I dont really care so long as I can be a mom, I'll be content, and I have a good enough career and life that I can do it on my own. It's not ideal, but so it goes...there are no guarantees in life anyway...even if I did find a partner, what's to say he wouldn't get hit by a train and leave me a widow and single mom.

 

ashley - November 6

Indie-I read in my nursing book and online on pee on a stick.com or something like that that OPK's can be used as preg tests because they two hormones are chemically similar..... I'll send you the link... Im not sure if it works, but I'll certainly find out.

 

ashley-the info on OPK's - November 6

http://www.peeonastick.com/opkhpt.html OPK's as HPT's: using an ovulation test to confirm pregnancy Overall-- yes, it can be done. Ovulation predictor tests (known as OPK's because they are normally sold in a set of tests known as a "kit," thus the K) will show a positive result when a woman is pregnant, as well as when she's ovulating. Specifically-- while it works most of the time, there are good reasons to avoid using an OPK as an HPT for diagnostic purposes. If you want to pee on any stick that will stand still after you know you're pregnant, just for fun, have at it. But I would not recommend using an OPK in place of an HPT overall. Reasoning-- OPK's detect LH (luteinizing hormone) which is the hormone a__sociated with ovulation. Pregnancy tests detect hCG, the hormone a__sociated with pregnancy. LH and hCG are, at a molecular level, nearly identical. hCG has a beta subunit, meaning it has an extra little "doodad." To use a stupid but easy to understand example, LH and hCG are identical twins, except that hCG wears a funny hat. An OPK tests only for the part of the molecule that LH and hCG have in common (the "face" of the identical twins.) Essentially an OPK is saying: So an OPK will turn positive when it detects either of the "identical twins"-- ovulation or pregnancy hormone. The reverse is not true, however, because an HPT tests for the part of the molecule that is unique to hCG (the "hat.") So an HPT would say: Therefore, a pregnancy test will turn positive only in the presence of hCG, whereas an OPK will turn positive in the presence of hCG or LH. Now, it's important to note that OPK's work differently than HPT's. A pregnancy test will develop 2 lines only if hCG (pregnancy hormone) is detected. Thus, "a line is a line" when determining a positive HPT. OPK's work differently. An OPK has a "control" line and a "test" line, just like an HPT. Unlike an HPT, however, the mere presence of a "test" line does not mean the test is positive. The test line must be as dark as, or darker than, the control line to be a positive result (meaning that a surge was detected, rather than the ordinary amount of LH usually found in your urine every day.) This means that there is already some ambiguity involved in reading an OPK's results. Sometimes the line is almost as dark as the control line, but perhaps not quite as dark. So there is already an element of confusion involved. Additionally, OPK's are not as sensitive as a lot of HPT's are. This means that, if pregnant, you are likely to get a positive HPT earlier than you would get a positive OPK. Elaboration: a lot of women e-mailed me expressing surprise at this. Keep in mind that HPT's are often more sensitive than advertised. First Response Early Result was found, in one recent clinical trial, to detect consistently as low as 12.5 mIU/mL of hCG, and sometimes as low as 4.5! OPK's are never more sensitive than advertised (they are detecting a hormone "surge"; if they are too sensitive they will turn positive from the normal all-the-time presence of LH in the female body.) The most sensitive OPK's on the market are 20 mIU, and some are sensitive to 30 or 40 mIU. So, if you are comparing a sensitive (20 mIU) OPK to some less-sensitive HPT's (sensitive to 25-50 mIU) then yes, it's true an OPK may turn positive before an HPT. However, the most sensitive HPT's available are more sensitive than the most sensitive OPK's available. Most importantly, OPK's are not purified as well as HPT's are. Therefore, they are more prone to "errors" and positives do not always mean that either LH or hCG was detected. In other words . . . they're simply cheaper, shoddier tests. At the end of the day, a positive result on an HPT means you are pregnant. A positive result on an OPK could mean you are near ovulation, pregnant, or the test is picking up an entirely different hormone or element. With a positive HPT there is no doubt; a positive OPK can make you hopeful but doesn't really give you an answer for sure. So, my rule of thumb: use HPT's for pregnancy detection, and OPK's for ovulation. If you already have your positive OPK and just want to "play" with tests, of course, that's something else entirely ;) So, for fun, ogle my OPK's. (They are Inverness brand ca__sette tests.) The one on the left is negative. It was taken at 9 DPO. I was pregnant, but my baby had not yet implanted (it was therefore too early for a positive test of any kind.) The one on the right was taken at 13 DPO, the day after I got a positive pregnancy test. The test line is clearly darker than the reference line, and is therefore positive.

 

Indie - November 7

Ok...I need to vent... I love this thread and it is so amazingly helpful and has kept me from going mad...but occa__sionally I wander into this site and look at other threads and that experience has really made me angry. There are like a zillion women/girls on this site that post variations on the theme of "I had unprotected s_x with my boyfriend, and now I have X, could I be pregnant?"...the overwhelming number of people posting this who seem to be...umm...how do I say this nicely?...not working with a full deck... is just astonishing. Are there really this many stupid people on the planet breeding??? *sigh* Ok, rant done.

 

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