NOTES   Momma  Kath’s TTC Tips A handbook of tips to help you  achieve and succeed  in your  Trying To Conceive  journey C...
NOTES   NOTES   Introduction Since June of 1998, I have been in daily contact with women Trying To Conceive.  Through obse...
NOTES   NOTES   <ul><li>Index </li></ul><ul><li>Predicting Ovulation is the Key…………………1 </li></ul><ul><li>How can I predic...
Herbs for Her is a unique way of complimenting and enhancing your fertility.  Choose from 30, 60 or 90 day packages that i...
Do not lose your sense of humor as laughing is very therapeutic!  If you need a laugh and want to see just how crazy TTC c...
More Abbreviations… O or OV   Ovulation  OPK  Ovulation Predictor Kit  PG  Pregnancy, pregnant  PNV  Prenatal Vitamin  RE ...
More Abbreviations… DUST  Alumnae sprinkle PG Dust ~*~*~*on us TTCers  EC  Embryo Cyro/Freezing  EDD  Estimated Due Date  ...
HOW CAN I PREDICT OVULATION? Body Basal Temperature (BBT):   Low basal temperature (basal = base or morning temp  before g...
Basal Thermometer: A basal thermometer is more sensitive as we are looking for very small changes each morning.  A regular...
If your saliva dries like this, you do not have fertile mucus (right)                   <ul><li>Ovulation Predictor Kit </...
<ul><ul><li>HOME PREGNANCY TEST “HPT” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All pregnancy tests are not created equal.  Some take higher ...
To test or not to test,  and when… Many of us struggle with home pregnancy testing.  For some, early home pregnancy testin...
Are you doing your  Kegels and Bridges? What are Kegels?  Kegels refer to an exercise that  flexes and tones the urethra. ...
Do you see fertile mucus?  To increase sperm friendly mucus: 1)  Your orgasm will produce a very sperm friendly mucus;  2)...
What causes a triphasic temperature? I explained that cells in the corpus luteum produce Progesterone and Progesterone rai...
<ul><li>Finally, an herbal formula to naturally  </li></ul><ul><li>perk up your man! </li></ul><ul><li>Whole Body Tonic & ...
PLEASE NOTE: The information provided is intended to serve only as a supplement to your resources and is in no way to be c...
14  27 14  27 Cycle Day 1 through Cycle Day 33   xx Cycle Day 1 through Cycle Day 31   Cycle Day 1 through Cycle Day 33   ...
26  15 26  15 Cycle Day 1 through Cycle Day 34   Cycle Day 1 through Cycle Day 30   Cycle Day 1 through Cycle Day 30   Cyc...
<ul><li>AFTER OVULATION….  Moderation is the key ! </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid large doses of:  Vitamin A, vitamin C, rutin, k...
<ul><ul><li>MOMMA’S SUGGESTIONS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If you have a normal cycle (menses every 26-36 days): </li></ul><ul...
<ul><li>Multi/Prenatal Vitamin: “Prenatal” vitamin is called that because it contains the necessary amount of folic acid a...
HERBS FOR HER  is a proprietary blend of RED RASPBERRY and VITEX.  Red Raspberry can be started anytime in cycle and can b...
20  21 20  21 MOMMA KATH’S  HERBAL REMEDIES The Chinese have been using herbs successfully for centuries.  Herbology is no...
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  1. 1. NOTES Momma Kath’s TTC Tips A handbook of tips to help you achieve and succeed in your Trying To Conceive journey Compliments of Momma Kath www.MommaKath.com Email: [email_address] Momma Kath’s TTC Tips A handbook of tips to help you achieve and succeed in your Trying To Conceive Journey Compliments of Momma Kath www.MommaKath.com Email: [email_address] NOTES
  2. 2. NOTES NOTES Introduction Since June of 1998, I have been in daily contact with women Trying To Conceive. Through observation, feedback and learning about my own fertility issues, I have encouraged women to learn about their unique fertility patterns. Knowledge is Power!  Your best defense with TTC (Trying To Conceive), is a good offense and that offense is predicting ovulation. Predicting ovulation is the key to TTC Success. It has been my pleasure to help women conceive naturally through education and natural remedies. I began calling myself Momma Kath during my luteal phase (the luteal phase is the two week period after ovulation) as a positive affirmation. Let me know if I can assist further as I am dedicated to helping women keep their sanity and succeed in the TTC journey+++ Momma Kath Introduction Since June of 1998, I have been in daily contact with women Trying To Conceive. Through observation, feedback and learning about my own fertility issues, I have encouraged women to learn about their unique fertility patterns. Knowledge is Power!  Your best defense with TTC (Trying To Conceive), is a good offense and that offense is predicting ovulation. Predicting ovulation is the key to TTC Success. It has been my pleasure to help women conceive naturally through education and natural remedies. I began calling myself Momma Kath during my luteal phase (the luteal phase is the two week period after ovulation) as a positive affirmation. Let me know if I can assist further as I am dedicated to helping women keep their sanity and succeed in the TTC journey+++ Momma Kath
  3. 3. NOTES NOTES <ul><li>Index </li></ul><ul><li>Predicting Ovulation is the Key…………………1 </li></ul><ul><li>How can I predict Ovulation?.....................4 </li></ul><ul><li>Cervix / Cervical Position……………………………7 </li></ul><ul><li>The Week Before Ovulation………………………9 </li></ul><ul><li>Basal Body Temperature (BBT) Charts……12 </li></ul><ul><li>After Ovulation……………………………………………16 </li></ul><ul><li>Momma’s Supplement Suggestions……………17 </li></ul><ul><li>Momma Kath on Herbs…….…………………..….…21 </li></ul><ul><li>Momma Kath’s Herbal Remedies…….………..27 </li></ul><ul><li>Supplements for Men………………………………….29 </li></ul><ul><li>Guidelines for Hubby………………………..…………31 </li></ul><ul><li>Kegels and Bridges……………………………………….32 </li></ul><ul><li>To Test or not to Test and when................33 </li></ul><ul><li>Home Pregnancy Tests………………………………..34 </li></ul><ul><li>Ovulation Predictor Tests……………..…………..35 </li></ul><ul><li>Abbreviations………………………………………………..37 </li></ul><ul><li>Emoticons……………………………………………………….40 </li></ul><ul><li>Index </li></ul><ul><li>Predicting Ovulation is the Key…………………1 </li></ul><ul><li>How can I predict Ovulation?.....................4 </li></ul><ul><li>Cervix / Cervical Position……………………………7 </li></ul><ul><li>The Week Before Ovulation………………………9 </li></ul><ul><li>Basal Body Temperature (BBT) Charts……12 </li></ul><ul><li>After Ovulation……………………………………………16 </li></ul><ul><li>Momma’s Supplement Suggestions……………17 </li></ul><ul><li>Momma Kath on Herbs…….……………………….…21 </li></ul><ul><li>Momma Kath’s Herbal Remedies…….………..27 </li></ul><ul><li>Supplements for Men………………………………….29 </li></ul><ul><li>Guidelines for Hubby………………………..…………31 </li></ul><ul><li>Kegels and Bridges……………………………………….32 </li></ul><ul><li>To Test or not to Test and when................33 </li></ul><ul><li>Home Pregnancy Tests………………………………..34 </li></ul><ul><li>Ovulation Predictor Tests……………..…………..35 </li></ul><ul><li>Abbreviations………………………………………………..37 </li></ul><ul><li>Emoticons……………………………………………………….40 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Herbs for Her is a unique way of complimenting and enhancing your fertility. Choose from 30, 60 or 90 day packages that include FREE TESTS and very specific instructions: Herbs for Her No. 1 (Boost for women with regular cycles) Herbs for Her No. 2 (compliments Clomid or Letrozole use) Herbs for Her No. 3 (Under or over weight and/ or over 35) Herbs for Her No. 3PLUS (Over 35 and light menses) Herbs for Him No. 4 (Increase his vitality and output) Herbs for Her No. 5 (Protect Early Pregnancy) Herbs for Her No. 6 (Stimulate Menses no period for 60+ days) Herbs for Her No. 6/7 (Menses 45-60 days apart) Herbs for Her No. 7 (Restore Ovarian Balance to a predictable ovulation) Stim_N_Restore Trio (90 day package of 6, 6/7 & 7) Herbs for Her No. 8 (Tame Abnormal Tissue Growth) Herbs for Her No. 9 (Preserve Vitality & Fertility) Herbs for Them No. 10 (Enhance Libido) CM Enhancer (Cervical Mucus) can be included in regime Nos. 1, 2, 3, and 9 Herbs for Her Successes: http://www.tryingtoconceive.com/hfhworks.htm The TTC Store: http://www.tryingtoconceive.com/store.htm Not sure what you need, Let Momma Help : http://www.tryingtoconceive.com/letmommahelp.htm 41 41 Charcoal Drawings by “ The He artist ” Pam Hadley-Clapp Charcoal Drawings by “ The He artist ” Pam Hadley-Clapp The Sperms’ Journey Sperm meets Egg to Become One The Sperms’ Journey Sperm meets Egg to Become One Herbs for Her is a unique way of complimenting and enhancing your fertility. Choose from 30, 60 or 90 day packages that include FREE TESTS and very specific instructions: Herbs for Her No. 1 (Boost for women with regular cycles) Herbs for Her No. 2 (compliments Clomid or Letrozole use) Herbs for Her No. 3 (Under or over weight and/ or over 35) Herbs for Her No. 3PLUS (Over 35 and light menses) Herbs for Him No. 4 (Increase his vitality and output) Herbs for Her No. 5 (Protect Early Pregnancy) Herbs for Her No. 6 (Stimulate Menses no period for 60+ days) Herbs for Her No. 6/7 (Menses 45-60 days apart) Herbs for Her No. 7 (Restore Ovarian Balance to a predictable ovulation) Stim_N_Restore Trio (90 day package of 6, 6/7 & 7) Herbs for Her No. 8 (Tame Abnormal Tissue Growth) Herbs for Her No. 9 (Preserve Vitality & Fertility) Herbs for Them No. 10 (Enhance Libido) CM Enhancer (Cervical Mucus) can be included in regime Nos. 1, 2, 3, and 9 Herbs for Her Successes: http://www.tryingtoconceive.com/hfhworks.htm The TTC Store: http://www.tryingtoconceive.com/store.htm Not sure what you need, Let Momma Help : http://www.tryingtoconceive.com/letmommahelp.htm
  5. 5. Do not lose your sense of humor as laughing is very therapeutic! If you need a laugh and want to see just how crazy TTC can be, visit the TTC Asylum! http://www.tryingtoconceive.com/Asylum.htm Emoticons (also known as smileys) are human-face drawings composed of text characters, and they help express emotions online for more dynamic communication. Here are just a few (tilt your head to the left to see the effect): :) = smile ;) = wink :D = laughing :( = frown :'( = crying >:-} is a devil 0:-) is an angel { } = hug :* = kiss :X = my lips are sealed :P = sticking out tongue 40 1 Do not lose your sense of humor as laughing is very therapeutic! If you need a laugh and want to see just how crazy TTC can be, visit the TTC Asylum! http://www.tryingtoconceive.com/Asylum.htm Emoticons (also known as smileys) are human-face drawings composed of text characters, and they help express emotions online for more dynamic communication. Here are just a few (tilt your head to the left to see the effect): :) = smile ;) = wink :D = laughing :( = frown :'( = crying >:-} is a devil 0:-) is an angel { } = hug :* = kiss :X = my lips are sealed :P = sticking out tongue Predicting Ovulation is the Key! To understand when you ovulate, let’s start with the phases of each cycle: Follicle Phase (Cycle Day 1 – 13) Ovulation (Cycle Day 14) Luteal Phase (Cycle Day 15 – 29) The luteal phase starts the day after ovulation. Knowing how long it lasts is important because this phase repeats itself every cycle. What changes from cycle to cycle is how long it takes you to ovulate! What is Cycle Day One? The first day you see red, not brown spotting. What are hormones? Hormones (from a Greek root “to excite”) deliver a chemical message, which target cells to change. Each phase has it’s unique dominant hormones: Follicle Phase – FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) and Estrogen (lowers basal temp) Ovulation – LH (Luteinizing hormone) Luteal Phase – Progesterone (raises basal temp) What is a follicle? When we are born, our ovaries contain many eggs (approximately 400,000). Follicle cells surround each egg. When chosen the follicle cells multiply and create a shell for the maturing egg. What is the follicle phase? When eggs are chosen and their maturity begins. Follicle Stimulating Hormone (“FSH”) targets approximately a dozen eggs each cycle. As the eggs are maturing they produce estrogen that begins lowering our basal body temperature. Each cycle is different, but only 1-3 eggs out of the 12 chosen are viable (capable of a successful pregnancy). Predicting Ovulation is the Key! To understand when you ovulate, let’s start with the phases of each cycle: Follicle Phase (Cycle Day 1 – 13) Ovulation (Cycle Day 14) Luteal Phase (Cycle Day 15 – 29) The luteal phase starts the day after ovulation. Knowing how long it lasts is important because this phase repeats itself every cycle. What changes from cycle to cycle is how long it takes you to ovulate! What is Cycle Day One? The first day you see red, not brown spotting. What are hormones? Hormones (from a Greek root “to excite”) deliver a chemical message, which target cells to change. Each phase has it’s unique dominant hormones: Follicle Phase – FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) and Estrogen (lowers basal temp) Ovulation – LH (Luteinizing hormone) Luteal Phase – Progesterone (raises basal temp) What is a follicle? When we are born, our ovaries contain many eggs (approximately 400,000). Follicle cells surround each egg. When chosen the follicle cells multiply and create a shell for the maturing egg. What is the follicle phase? When eggs are chosen and their maturity begins. Follicle Stimulating Hormone (“FSH”) targets approximately a dozen eggs each cycle. As the eggs are maturing they produce estrogen that begins lowering our basal body temperature. Each cycle is different, but only 1-3 eggs out of the 12 chosen are viable (capable of a successful pregnancy). 40 1
  6. 6. More Abbreviations… O or OV Ovulation OPK Ovulation Predictor Kit PG Pregnancy, pregnant PNV Prenatal Vitamin RE Reproductive Endocrinologist - doctor who specializes in fertility problems RSN Real soon now SA Semen Analysis SAHM Stay at Home Mom ROBI A term used which refers to Robitussin or Guaifenesin Syrup (expectorant) used to thin CM (Cervical Mucus) ROFL Rolling on the Floor Laughing SOD Sex on Demand TCOYF “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” by Toni Weschler Train After ovulation, it is easy to become obsessed so jump on the Obsession Train! Chooo Chooo!! TR Tubal Reversal TTC Trying To Conceive TTFN Ta ta for now YI Yeast Infection More Abbreviations… O or OV Ovulation OPK Ovulation Predictor Kit PG Pregnancy, pregnant PNV Prenatal Vitamin RE Reproductive Endocrinologist - doctor who specializes in fertility problems RSN Real soon now SA Semen Analysis SAHM Stay at Home Mom ROBI A term used which refers to Robitussin or Guaifenesin Syrup (expectorant) used to thin CM (Cervical Mucus) ROFL Rolling on the Floor Laughing SOD Sex on Demand TCOYF “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” by Toni Weschler Train After ovulation, it is easy to become obsessed so jump on the Obsession Train! Chooo Chooo!! TR Tubal Reversal TTC Trying To Conceive TTFN Ta ta for now YI Yeast Infection 2 39 2 39 The Ovulation Predictor Kit (OPK) detects LH (Luteinizing Hormone) or the LH surge. The LH surge precedes ovulation b y 24 - 36 hours. An LH surge does not guarantee successful ovulation. Follicle Phase ~ Ovulation ~ Luteal Phase <ul><li>21 Day 6 29 Day 12 </li></ul><ul><li>Day 6 30 Day 13 </li></ul><ul><li>Day 7 31 Day 14 </li></ul><ul><li>24 Day 7 32 Day 15 </li></ul><ul><li>25 Day 8 33 Day 16 </li></ul><ul><li>26 Day 9 34 Day 17 </li></ul><ul><li>27 Day 10 35 Day 18 </li></ul><ul><li>28 Day 11 </li></ul>Length of Cycle (days) Length of Cycle (days) Start testing on Cycle Start testing on Cycle Ovulation Prediction The Ovulation Predictor Kit (OPK) detects LH (Luteinizing Hormone) or the LH surge. The LH surge precedes ovulation b y 24 - 36 hours. An LH surge does not guarantee successful ovulation. Follicle Phase ~ Ovulation ~ Luteal Phase <ul><li>21 Day 6 29 Day 12 </li></ul><ul><li>Day 6 30 Day 13 </li></ul><ul><li>Day 7 31 Day 14 </li></ul><ul><li>24 Day 7 32 Day 15 </li></ul><ul><li>25 Day 8 33 Day 16 </li></ul><ul><li>26 Day 9 34 Day 17 </li></ul><ul><li>27 Day 10 35 Day 18 </li></ul><ul><li>28 Day 11 </li></ul>Length of Cycle (days) Length of Cycle (days) Start testing on Cycle Start testing on Cycle A Saliva Microscope will tell you when to test urine for ovulation. An Ovulation Predictor Test will warn you BEFORE ovulation occurs and a Basal Thermometer will confirm ovulation has occurred and will provide you with valuable insight as to whether you are pregnant! Ovulation Prediction A Saliva Microscope will tell you when to test urine for ovulation. An Ovulation Predictor Test will warn you BEFORE ovulation occurs and a Basal Thermometer will confirm ovulation has occurred and will provide you with valuable insight as to whether you are pregnant!
  7. 7. More Abbreviations… DUST Alumnae sprinkle PG Dust ~*~*~*on us TTCers EC Embryo Cyro/Freezing EDD Estimated Due Date EPO Evening Primrose Oil EWCM Egg-White Cervical Mucus ER Egg Retrieval ET Egg transfer (can be used as 5dpet to mean 5 days past egg transfer) F2F Face to face GMTA Great minds think alike hCG Human Chorionic Gonadotropin - detected in HPTs H&H Happy and Healthy HPT Home Pregnancy Test HSG Hysterosalpingogram - x-ray ICSI Microfertilization IMHO In my humble opinion IMNSHO In my not so humble opinion IUI Intrauterine Insemination IVF In Vitro Fertilization KEGELS The muscle used to stop the flow of urine. LH Luteinizing Hormone - detected in OPKs LOL Laughing Out Loud LP Luteal Phase, days between ov & AF (m) More text in the body of message (nt) No Text in body of message More Abbreviations… DUST Alumnae sprinkle PG Dust ~*~*~*on us TTCers EC Embryo Cyro/Freezing EDD Estimated Due Date EPO Evening Primrose Oil EWCM Egg-White Cervical Mucus ER Egg Retrieval ET Egg transfer (can be used as 5dpet to mean 5 days past egg transfer) F2F Face to face GMTA Great minds think alike hCG Human Chorionic Gonadotropin - detected in HPTs H&H Happy and Healthy HPT Home Pregnancy Test HSG Hysterosalpingogram - x-ray ICSI Microfertilization IMHO In my humble opinion IMNSHO In my not so humble opinion IUI Intrauterine Insemination IVF In Vitro Fertilization KEGELS The muscle used to stop the flow of urine. LH Luteinizing Hormone - detected in OPKs LOL Laughing Out Loud LP Luteal Phase, days between ov & AF (m) More text in the body of message (nt) No Text in body of message <ul><li>Estrogen what does it do? </li></ul><ul><li>The hormone estrogen lowers our body temperature, thickens the endometrium (uterine lining) </li></ul><ul><li>and thins cervical mucus. </li></ul><ul><li>When Estrogen levels peak Luteinizing Hormone </li></ul><ul><li>(“LH” detected by ovulation kits) is released. </li></ul><ul><li>LH causes swelling which allows the egg to be pushed through the thinning wall of the follicle and ovary. </li></ul><ul><li>What is Ovulation? </li></ul><ul><li>Ovulation refers to the release of a woman’s egg </li></ul><ul><li>from the ovary into the abdominal cavity </li></ul><ul><li>When do I ovulate? </li></ul><ul><li>If you have regular cycles (24-36 days in length), </li></ul><ul><li>ovulation will most likely occur </li></ul><ul><li>14 days before your next cycle begins. </li></ul><ul><li>For a 29 Day Cycle (subtract 14 days) or </li></ul><ul><li>29 – 14 = 15 </li></ul><ul><li>Ovulation should occur on Cycle Day 15 </li></ul><ul><li>The number of days before ovulation can change from cycle to cycle. </li></ul><ul><li>Stress, illness and change of diet can delay ovulation. </li></ul><ul><li>The number of days after ovulation, known as the luteal phase, ideally lasts 14 days and only varies </li></ul><ul><li>1-2 days in length from cycle to cycle . The luteal phase starts the day after ovulation. Knowing how long it lasts is important because this phase repeats itself every cycle. What changes from cycle to cycle is how long it takes you to ovulate! </li></ul>38 3 38 3 <ul><li>Estrogen what does it do? </li></ul><ul><li>The hormone estrogen lowers our body temperature, thickens the endometrium (uterine lining) </li></ul><ul><li>and thins cervical mucus. </li></ul><ul><li>When Estrogen levels peak Luteinizing Hormone </li></ul><ul><li>(“LH” detected by ovulation kits) is released. </li></ul><ul><li>LH causes swelling which allows the egg to be pushed through the thinning wall of the follicle and ovary. </li></ul><ul><li>What is Ovulation? </li></ul><ul><li>Ovulation refers to the release of a woman’s egg </li></ul><ul><li>from the ovary into the abdominal cavity </li></ul><ul><li>When do I ovulate? </li></ul><ul><li>If you have regular cycles (24-36 days in length), </li></ul><ul><li>ovulation will most likely occur </li></ul><ul><li>14 days before your next cycle begins. </li></ul><ul><li>For a 29 Day Cycle (subtract 14 days) or </li></ul><ul><li>29 – 14 = 15 </li></ul><ul><li>Ovulation should occur on Cycle Day 15 </li></ul><ul><li>The number of days before ovulation can change from cycle to cycle. </li></ul><ul><li>Stress, illness and change of diet can delay ovulation. </li></ul><ul><li>The number of days after ovulation, known as the luteal phase, ideally lasts 14 days and only varies </li></ul><ul><li>1-2 days in length from cycle to cycle . The luteal phase starts the day after ovulation. Knowing how long it lasts is important because this phase repeats itself every cycle. What changes from cycle to cycle is how long it takes you to ovulate! </li></ul>
  8. 8. HOW CAN I PREDICT OVULATION? Body Basal Temperature (BBT): Low basal temperature (basal = base or morning temp before getting out of bed because activity raises our base temp). Pre-ovulation temps range from 97.2 – 97.6. Egg White Cervical Mucus (EWCM): A few days prior to ovulation we produce this very clear slippery mucus (much like egg whites). This is very fertile mucus and a clear indication that ovulation is about to occur. This mucus protects the sperm from the acidic environment of the vagina. Ovulation Predictor Kit “OPK”: The OPK detects the LH (luteinizing hormone) surge. Ovulation should (no guarantees) occur 24-36 hours AFTER the LH surge. For best results test in late afternoon, limit fluid intake and hold urine for a few hours. Cervix disappears as it opens: The cervix (tunnel between vagina and uterus) rises and opens to allow passage of sperm into the uterus. Sperm is deposited into the vagina. If the cervix is open, sperm is able to swim out of the vagina in search of an egg to fertilize. Lunar Ovulation: In Astrology, lunar or spontaneous ovulation can occur when the Sun and Moon are at the same angle as they were at the time of your birth. Abbreviation with Explanation 2ww Two Week Wait - Luteal Phase - 14 days after ovulation AF Aunt Flo, menstruation, period AFK Away from keyboard/keys AH Assisted Hatching ASYLUM TTC Asylum, need to check in? BABY ASPIRIN a/k/a children's aspirin that contains 81 mg of aspirin used to quiet immune system BBT Basal Body Temperature BD Baby Dance, Sex Beta Blood test for PG BFN Big Fat Negative BRB Be right back BTW By the way CB Cycle Buddy - Same cycle day as yourself! CD Cycle Day CL Corpus Luteum CM Cervical Mucus CP Cervical Position CYE Check your email DB Discussion Boards DD Dear Daughter DH Dear Husband DP Dancing Partner DPO Days Past Ovulation DS Dear Son - DSS Dear Stepson DTD Doing The Dance Abbreviation with Explanation 2ww Two Week Wait - Luteal Phase - 14 days after ovulation AF Aunt Flo, menstruation, period AFK Away from keyboard/keys AH Assisted Hatching ASYLUM TTC Asylum, need to check in? BABY ASPIRIN a/k/a children's aspirin that contains 81 mg of aspirin used to quiet immune system BBT Basal Body Temperature BD Baby Dance, Sex Beta Blood test for PG BFN Big Fat Negative BRB Be right back BTW By the way CB Cycle Buddy - Same cycle day as yourself! CD Cycle Day CL Corpus Luteum CM Cervical Mucus CP Cervical Position CYE Check your email DB Discussion Boards DD Dear Daughter DH Dear Husband DP Dancing Partner DPO Days Past Ovulation DS Dear Son - DSS Dear Stepson DTD Doing The Dance HOW CAN I PREDICT OVULATION? Body Basal Temperature (BBT): Low basal temperature (basal = base or morning temp before getting out of bed because activity raises our base temp). Pre-ovulation temps range from 97.2 – 97.6. Egg White Cervical Mucus (EWCM): A few days prior to ovulation we produce this very clear slippery mucus (much like egg whites). This is very fertile mucus and a clear indication that ovulation is about to occur. This mucus protects the sperm from the acidic environment of the vagina. Ovulation Predictor Kit “OPK”: The OPK detects the LH (luteinizing hormone) surge. Ovulation should (no guarantees) occur 24-36 hours AFTER the LH surge. For best results test in late afternoon, limit fluid intake and hold urine for a few hours. Cervix disappears as it opens: The cervix (tunnel between vagina and uterus) rises and opens to allow passage of sperm into the uterus. Sperm is deposited into the vagina. If the cervix is open, sperm is able to swim out of the vagina in search of an egg to fertilize. Lunar Ovulation: In Astrology, lunar or spontaneous ovulation can occur when the Sun and Moon are at the same angle as they were at the time of your birth. 4 37 4 37
  9. 9. Basal Thermometer: A basal thermometer is more sensitive as we are looking for very small changes each morning. A regular fever thermometer was designed to read every 2/10s (97.2, 97.4) change vs. every 1/10 (97.2, 97.3) change in your Basal Body Temperature &quot;BBT&quot; or (base) lowest temperature of the day. Your BBT is taken first thing in the morning before getting out of bed after a minimum of three consecutive hours of sleep. Your temperature should be taken at the same time each morning. Temperature ranges vary tremendously but are typically between 96.5 - 97.5 before ovulation and 97.5 - 98.6 after ovulation. A thermal shift (a rise in temp of more than 2/10s) indicates ovulation has occurred Ovulation Predictor Kits HOW THE TEST WORKS The Ovulation Predictor is a test for detecting an increase of luteinizing hormone (LH) in your urine. Normally, about 1 or 2 days before the middle of each menstrual cycle, the level of this hormone will increase suddenly (this is called the LH surge). Usually, an egg is released from the ovary 24 to 36 hours after the LH surge (this process is known as ovulation). The released egg can only be fertilized during the next 24 hours or so. Your most fertile time only lasts for a short period each month. In order to maximize the chance of becoming pregnant, it is recommended that intercourse take place within 2 days after you detect your LH surge. HOW TO PERFORM THE TEST Test in the late afternoon. After lunch, try not to drink excess fluids to isnure a potent specimen. Let some urine pass before you begin collecting the sample so the urine you collect is from your bladder. Collect urine using a clean, dry container. If the test will be carried out after more than 1 hour from the time of urine collection, the urine should be refrigerated. If refrigerated, urine should be allowed to warm to room temperature before testing. When you are ready to begin the test, open the foil pouch, Read results between 3‑5 minutes. Basal Thermometer: A basal thermometer is more sensitive as we are looking for very small changes each morning. A regular fever thermometer was designed to read every 2/10s (97.2, 97.4) change vs. every 1/10 (97.2, 97.3) change in your Basal Body Temperature &quot;BBT&quot; or (base) lowest temperature of the day. Your BBT is taken first thing in the morning before getting out of bed after a minimum of three consecutive hours of sleep. Your temperature should be taken at the same time each morning. Temperature ranges vary tremendously but are typically between 96.5 - 97.5 before ovulation and 97.5 - 98.6 after ovulation. A thermal shift (a rise in temp of more than 2/10s) indicates ovulation has occurred Ovulation Predictor Kits HOW THE TEST WORKS The Ovulation Predictor is a test for detecting an increase of luteinizing hormone (LH) in your urine. Normally, about 1 or 2 days before the middle of each menstrual cycle, the level of this hormone will increase suddenly (this is called the LH surge). Usually, an egg is released from the ovary 24 to 36 hours after the LH surge (this process is known as ovulation). The released egg can only be fertilized during the next 24 hours or so. Your most fertile time only lasts for a short period each month. In order to maximize the chance of becoming pregnant, it is recommended that intercourse take place within 2 days after you detect your LH surge. HOW TO PERFORM THE TEST Test in the late afternoon. After lunch, try not to drink excess fluids to insure a potent specimen. Let some urine pass before you begin collecting the sample so the urine you collect is from your bladder. Collect urine using a clean, dry container. If the test will be carried out after more than 1 hour from the time of urine collection, the urine should be refrigerated. If refrigerated, urine should be allowed to warm to room temperature before testing. When you are ready to begin the test, open the foil pouch, Read results between 3‑5 minutes. 36 5 36 5
  10. 10. If your saliva dries like this, you do not have fertile mucus (right)                 <ul><li>Ovulation Predictor Kit </li></ul><ul><li>INTERPRETATION OF RESULTS </li></ul><ul><li>---If there is no line in the test region (T) , or the line is lighter than the one in the control region (C) , then you have not begun your LH surge and you should continue to test daily. +++If the color of the line in the test region is equivalent to or more intense than the line in the control region, you have detected your LH surge. Ovulation should occur within 24 ‑ 36 hours. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No Surge LH Surge </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MORE ABOUT OVULATION PREDICTING: </li></ul><ul><li>Seminal fluid can easily be mistaken for cervical mucus (CM). The way to tell is expose it to air. If it dries when exposed to air it is seminal fluid. </li></ul><ul><li>You can conceive without a regular period because you could ovulate at any time. </li></ul><ul><li>Having sex at the right time can be difficult when you can’t predict ovulation. </li></ul><ul><li>This is a picture of EggWhite Cervical Mucus (EWCM) very stretchy and clear. </li></ul><ul><li>MORE ABOUT OVULATION PREDICTING: </li></ul><ul><li>Seminal fluid can easily be mistaken for cervical mucus (CM). The way to tell is expose it to air. If it dries when exposed to air it is seminal fluid. </li></ul><ul><li>You can conceive without a regular period because you could ovulate at any time. </li></ul><ul><li>Having sex at the right time can be difficult when you can’t predict ovulation. </li></ul><ul><li>This is a picture of E gg W hite C ervical M ucus (EWCM) very stretchy and clear. </li></ul>6 35 6 35 When you see cervical mucus (above left), if you were to put some saliva on a slide, let it dry and looked at the slide through a 100X power microscope, the dried saliva would have a ferning pattern like picture above right. If your saliva dries like this, you do not have fertile mucus (right)                 When you see cervical mucus (above left), if you were to put some saliva on a slide, let it dry and looked at the slide through a 100X power microscope, the dried saliva would have a ferning pattern like picture above right. Midstream Test Cassette Test <ul><li>Ovulation Predictor Kit </li></ul><ul><li>INTERPRETATION OF RESULTS </li></ul><ul><li>---If there is no line in the test region (T) , or the line is lighter than the one in the control region (C) , then you have not begun your LH surge and you should continue to test daily. +++If the color of the line in the test region is equivalent to or more intense than the line in the control region, you have detected your LH surge. Ovulation should occur within 24 ‑ 36 hours. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No Surge LH Surge </li></ul></ul>Midstream Test Cassette Test
  11. 11. <ul><ul><li>HOME PREGNANCY TEST “HPT” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All pregnancy tests are not created equal. Some take higher levels of hCG to trigger a positive. Some are known to give “false” positives. </li></ul><ul><li>It is always advisable to wait until 12dpo (days past ovulation) to test. Although I’ve seen positive results as early as 8 dpo with the dipstick TTC Store HPTs. </li></ul><ul><li>Testing should be done with first morning urine (FMU). </li></ul><ul><li>One line NEGATIVE result. </li></ul><ul><li>Two lines POSITIVE result. </li></ul><ul><li>Dipstick (shown above) is the most sensitive and it is best to collect urine in a disposable cup then dip strip. </li></ul><ul><li>If you get a light line that appears beyond 3 minutes, test again the next day. If the line appears faster and darker will confirm your pregnancy is progressing. </li></ul><ul><li>The Midstream allows the freedom of holding the HPT in the stream vs. collecting in cup. </li></ul>34 7 Cervix/Cervical Position The cervix is a tunnel-like structure between the vagina (where sperm is deposited) and the uterus (where the baby grows). The cervix, which looks a lot like a penis, hangs down into the uterus, opening and closing to allow sperm to enter or menses to escape. Before ovulation the dominant hormone is estrogen, after ovulation the dominant hormone is progesterone. In the presence of high levels of estrogen ligaments tighten (ligaments are strong bands that hold body parts in place) pulling up on the cervix, which cause it to open and disappear up towards the uterus. After ovulation in the presence of progesterone the cervix drops and closes. To check your cervical position (“CP”) wash your hands and wipe the vaginal area. Squat down (sitting on your heels) or put one leg up, reach around your leg, and gently insert your middle finger into your vagina (where tampon is inserted) reaching up towards your bellybutton. Coincidentally your middle finger is the same length as the depth of your vagina (before childbirth) so you should be able to reach and feel your cervix at all times except at ovulation. Squat down, insert middle finger gently, to feel tip of cervix. Above is Negative (1 line) Below is Positive (2 lines) <ul><ul><li>HOME PREGNANCY TEST “HPT” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All pregnancy tests are not created equal. Some take higher levels of hCG to trigger a positive. Some are known to give “false” positives. </li></ul><ul><li>It is always advisable to wait until 12dpo (days past ovulation) to test. Although I’ve seen positive results as early as 8 dpo with the dipstick TTC Store HPTs. </li></ul><ul><li>Testing should be done with first morning urine (FMU). </li></ul><ul><li>One line NEGATIVE result. </li></ul><ul><li>Two lines POSITIVE result. </li></ul><ul><li>Dipstick (shown above) is the most sensitive and it is best to collect urine in a disposable cup then dip strip. </li></ul><ul><li>If you get a light line that appears beyond 3 minutes, test again the next day. If the line appears faster and darker will confirm your pregnancy is progressing. </li></ul><ul><li>The Midstream allows the freedom of holding the HPT in the stream vs. collecting in cup. </li></ul>Above is Negative (1 line) Below is Positive (2 lines) 34 7 Squat down, insert middle finger gently, to feel tip of cervix. Cervix/Cervical Position The cervix is a tunnel-like structure between the vagina (where sperm is deposited) and the uterus (where the baby grows). The cervix, which looks a lot like a penis, hangs down into the uterus, opening and closing to allow sperm to enter or menses to escape. Before ovulation the dominant hormone is estrogen, after ovulation the dominant hormone is progesterone. In the presence of high levels of estrogen ligaments tighten (ligaments are strong bands that hold body parts in place) pulling up on the cervix, which cause it to open and disappear up towards the uterus. After ovulation in the presence of progesterone the cervix drops and closes. To check your cervical position (“CP”) wash your hands and wipe the vaginal area. Squat down (sitting on your heels) or put one leg up, reach around your leg, and gently insert your middle finger into your vagina (where tampon is inserted) reaching up towards your bellybutton. Coincidentally your middle finger is the same length as the depth of your vagina (before childbirth) so you should be able to reach and feel your cervix at all times except at ovulation. Middle finger should reach cervix Middle finger should reach cervix
  12. 12. To test or not to test, and when… Many of us struggle with home pregnancy testing. For some, early home pregnancy testing allows the opportunity to have a pregnancy monitored as early as possible. If there are no high-risk circumstances, it is probably best to wait 12-14dpo (days past ovulation). Pregnancy Tests detect Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG). hCG is a hormone which is secreted by the developing placenta. The appearance and increased levels of hCG provide an excellent indicator of pregnancy. The hCG hormone doubles approximately every 2.2 days during the first trimester. Detectable levels start at 5 mlU/mL during the first week of gestation and rise to 100,000 mlU/mL at 2 to 3 months. Miscarriage may be associated with a slow rise in hCG levels. During the 2nd and 3rd trimesters, hCG levels decline 10% to 15% from peak concentrations. Why is there pain at Ovulation? The Luteinizing Hormone causes swelling. When the egg is forced through the wall of the ovary, the mature egg falls out into the abdominal cavity along with fluid from the follicle. The egg is picked up by the fallopian tube but the fluid drips into the abdominal cavity causing pain and inflammation. Sharp pain may be an indication of an ovarian cyst. Please report that to your doctor! What is the Luteal Phase? The Luteal Phase (“LP” or days past ovulation “dpo”) is a time of fertilization, conception and implantation. This two-week wait (2ww) features Progesterone as the dominant hormone and Progesterone raises our Basal Body Temperature. What is a corpus luteum? What was known as a follicle (while the egg was maturing) is now known as the Corpus Luteum or corpse of the follicle. Where does progesterone come from? The cells that once surrounded that maturing egg remain in the follicle, now known as the corpus luteum, and produce the hormone progesterone. To test or not to test, and when… Many of us struggle with home pregnancy testing. For some, early home pregnancy testing allows the opportunity to have a pregnancy monitored as early as possible. If there are no high-risk circumstances, it is probably best to wait 12-14dpo (days past ovulation). Pregnancy Tests detect Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG). hCG is a hormone which is secreted by the developing placenta. The appearance and increased levels of hCG provide an excellent indicator of pregnancy. The hCG hormone doubles approximately every 2.2 days during the first trimester. Detectable levels start at 5 mlU/mL during the first week of gestation and rise to 100,000 mlU/mL at 2 to 3 months. Miscarriage may be associated with a slow rise in hCG levels. During the 2nd and 3rd trimesters, hCG levels decline 10% to 15% from peak concentrations. Why is there pain at Ovulation? The Luteinizing Hormone causes swelling. When the egg is forced through the wall of the ovary, the mature egg falls out into the abdominal cavity along with fluid from the follicle. The egg is picked up by the fallopian tube but the fluid drips into the abdominal cavity causing pain and inflammation. Sharp pain may be an indication of an ovarian cyst. Please report that to your doctor! What is the Luteal Phase? The Luteal Phase (“LP” or days past ovulation “dpo”) is a time of fertilization, conception and implantation. This two-week wait (2ww) features Progesterone as the dominant hormone and Progesterone raises our Basal Body Temperature. What is a corpus luteum? What was known as a follicle (while the egg was maturing) is now known as the Corpus Luteum or corpse of the follicle. Where does progesterone come from? The cells that once surrounded that maturing egg remain in the follicle, now known as the corpus luteum, and produce the hormone progesterone. 8 33 8 33
  13. 13. Are you doing your Kegels and Bridges? What are Kegels? Kegels refer to an exercise that flexes and tones the urethra. How do I do a Kegel? When you stop the flow of urine, you have just done a Kegel exercise. Tightening the urethra (the hollow, muscle lined tube which when relaxed allows urine to flow) strengthens your ability to hold urine which will be challenged during pregnancy. It is beneficial to perform Kegels several hours after intercourse to express seminal fluid. Bridges or pelvic lifts strengthen the pelvis. Lie on your back on a flat surface. Knees up, feet flat on floor. Raise buttocks off the floor and hold. <ul><li>THE WEEK BEFORE OVULATION </li></ul><ul><li>Drink lots of water: This is always a good idea but especially the week before ovulation. Water will help thin your body mucus. </li></ul><ul><li>Carrots: Vitamin A is important for the health of mucus membranes. To increase CM (cervical mucus) carrots are an excellent source of Vitamin A. A great investment for your future health would be a Juicer as drinking fresh vegetable and fruit juices are incredibly powerful and healthy. Best sources of Vitamin A: Dried Apricots, Dandelion, Carrots, Seaweed, Collards, Kale and Hot Red Peppers. </li></ul><ul><li>Guaifenesin Syrup (also known as Robitussin a/k/a Robi): DO NOT EXCEED maximum daily dose. Guaifenesin Syrup is an expectorant and it merely thins the mucus you already have making it sperm friendly! Be careful not to take antihistamines (found in many cough syrups) as they dry up mucus. </li></ul><ul><li>Night light: Get a night light and leave the night light on for 3 nights when you expect to ovulate. Lunaception suggests ovulation is controlled by light and that you ovulate during the light nights. </li></ul>Are you doing your Kegels and Bridges? What are Kegels? Kegels refer to an exercise that flexes and tones the urethra. How do I do a Kegel? When you stop the flow of urine, you have just done a Kegel exercise. Tightening the urethra (the hollow, muscle lined tube which when relaxed allows urine to flow) strengthens your ability to hold urine which will be challenged during pregnancy. It is beneficial to perform Kegels several hours after intercourse to express seminal fluid. Bridges or pelvic lifts strengthen the pelvis. Lie on your back on a flat surface. Knees up, feet flat on floor. Raise buttocks off the floor and hold. <ul><li>THE WEEK BEFORE OVULATION </li></ul><ul><li>Drink lots of water: This is always a good idea but especially the week before ovulation. Water will help thin your body mucus. </li></ul><ul><li>Carrots: Vitamin A is important for the health of mucus membranes. To increase CM (cervical mucus) carrots are an excellent source of Vitamin A. A great investment for your future health would be a Juicer as drinking fresh vegetable and fruit juices are incredibly powerful and healthy. Best sources of Vitamin A: Dried Apricots, Dandelion, Carrots, Seaweed, Collards, Kale and Hot Red Peppers. </li></ul><ul><li>Guaifenesin Syrup (also known as Robitussin a/k/a Robi): DO NOT EXCEED maximum daily dose. Guaifenesin Syrup is an expectorant and it merely thins the mucus you already have making it sperm friendly! Be careful not to take antihistamines (found in many cough syrups) as they dry up mucus. </li></ul><ul><li>Night light: Get a night light and leave the night light on for 3 nights when you expect to ovulate. Lunaception suggests ovulation is controlled by light and that you ovulate during the light nights. </li></ul>32 9 32 9
  14. 14. Do you see fertile mucus? To increase sperm friendly mucus: 1) Your orgasm will produce a very sperm friendly mucus; 2) Drinking lots of water; 3) Evening Primrose Oil; 4) Fresh Carrot Juice; 5) Alfalfa; 6) Guaifenesin Syrup will thin your mucus (a/k/a Robi o Expectorant); 7) Licorice Root; 8) Dong Quai; 9) Asparagus Extract; 10) Maca (will restore that sexual urge so you become “wet”); and 11) Egg Whites http://www.tryingtoconceive.com/eggwhites.htm When should I have intercourse to take full advantage of this fertile time? The week before ovulation. If you predict ovulation on Friday start having intercourse daily the Monday before through the Sunday after ovulation. What is the best position? Missionary position (man on top) is best of gravity. Can I get pregnant if I don’t have EWCM? Yes! Egg White Cervical Mucus is desirable, but you can get pregnant without it. <ul><li>Guidelines for Hubby: </li></ul><ul><li>Some blood pressure drugs and ulcer drugs lower sperm count consult doctor. </li></ul><ul><li>Smoking, alcohol & recreational drugs have been linked to a reduction in fertility for both men and women. </li></ul><ul><li>Hot Tubs can cause Hubby's body temp to rise, destroying healthy sperm, and it takes 72-90 days from start to finish to replenish his supply. </li></ul><ul><li>It only takes one sperm for conception to occur and he ejaculates millions so indulge as often as you’d like. </li></ul><ul><li>To insure fresh sperm for conception, clear out old sperm five days prior to your fertile time. </li></ul><ul><li>Testicles hang outside his body to remain cooler than his body temperature. Boxers vs. briefs could help! </li></ul><ul><li>Your role in conception may seem like SOD (“sex on demand”) only. When SOD becomes challenging aphrodisiac herbs (Damiana and Maca) increases blood flow to that area. </li></ul><ul><li>Remain inside your partner as long as possible. Withdrawing while erect may create suction that can disrupt the sperms forward momentum. </li></ul><ul><li>The missionary position (man on top) allows gravity to work in your favor. </li></ul><ul><li>Any position that allows ejaculation close to her cervix is helpful. </li></ul><ul><li>Guidelines for Hubby: </li></ul><ul><li>Smoking, alcohol & recreational drugs have been linked to a reduction in fertility for both men and women. </li></ul><ul><li>Some blood pressure drugs and ulcer drugs lower sperm count consult doctor. </li></ul><ul><li>Hot Tubs can cause Hubby's body temp to rise, destroying healthy sperm, and it takes 72-90 days from start to finish to replenish his supply. </li></ul><ul><li>It only takes one sperm for conception to occur and he ejaculates millions so indulge as often as you’d like. </li></ul><ul><li>To insure fresh sperm for conception, clear out old sperm five days prior to your fertile time. </li></ul><ul><li>Testicles hang outside his body to remain cooler than his body temperature. Boxers vs. briefs could help! </li></ul><ul><li>Your role in conception may seem like SOD (“sex on demand”) only. When SOD becomes challenging aphrodisiac herbs (Damiana and Maca) increases blood flow to that area. </li></ul><ul><li>Remain inside your partner as long as possible. Withdrawing while erect may create suction that can disrupt the sperms forward momentum. </li></ul><ul><li>The missionary position (man on top) allows gravity to work in your favor. </li></ul><ul><li>Any position that allows ejaculation close to her cervix is helpful. </li></ul>10 31 10 31 Do you see fertile mucus? To increase sperm friendly mucus: 1) Your orgasm will produce a very sperm friendly mucus; 2) Drinking lots of water; 3) Evening Primrose Oil; 4) Fresh Carrot Juice; 5) Alfalfa; 6) Guaifenesin Syrup will thin your mucus (a/k/a Robi or Expectorant); 7) Licorice Root; 8) Dong Quai; 9) Asparagus Extract; 10) Maca (will restore that sexual urge so you become “wet”); and 11) Egg Whites http://www.tryingtoconceive.com/eggwhites.htm When should I have intercourse to take full advantage of this fertile time? The week before ovulation. If you predict ovulation on Friday start having intercourse daily the Monday before through the Sunday after ovulation. What is the best position? Missionary position (man on top) is best of gravity. Can I get pregnant if I don’t have EWCM? Yes! Egg White Cervical Mucus is desirable, but you can get pregnant without it.
  15. 15. What causes a triphasic temperature? I explained that cells in the corpus luteum produce Progesterone and Progesterone raises our Body Basal Temperature (“BBT”). At approximately 7-10 days past ovulation we will see a drop in BBT when the corpus luteum begins to disintegrate. At that time your temp will drop. If you are pregnant, the circulating hCG will revive the corpus luteum and you will begin producing more and more progesterone which will include a rise in temp for the third time in your cycle. The fetus takes over production of progesterone in the second trimester. Why do I have so many symptoms so early? Progesterone softens tissue to allow for implantation and expansion. Unfortunately this also causes the bowels to be sluggish. Progesterone stimulates the mammary glands which explains sensitive breasts. So these symptoms are merely symptoms of ovulation. Until hCG (hormone produced by the placenta) begins circulating you will not feel the real symptoms of pregnancy such as morning sickness, fatigue, frequent urination and that metallic taste. <ul><li>Although primarily used for the female system these supplements can be equally beneficial for men: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Damiana </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maca </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>False Unicorn Root </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alfalfa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lecithin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Milk Thistle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flax Seed Oil </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Important daily supplements for Hubby: </li></ul><ul><li>Vitamin A, (Palmitate and Beta Carotene) </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Vitamin B complex (always take all the B's together!) </li></ul><ul><li>Vitamin C – Large doses should be spaced out during the day as it can cause diarrhea until the body is used to it. </li></ul><ul><li>Vitamin E with Selenium </li></ul><ul><li>Selenium is most important for sperm production! </li></ul><ul><li>Zinc - Up to 80 mg per day – Do not supplement with too much zinc! A great natural source of zinc is Pumpkin seed. </li></ul>What causes a triphasic temperature? I explained that cells in the corpus luteum produce Progesterone and Progesterone raises our Body Basal Temperature (“BBT”). At approximately 7-10 days past ovulation we will see a drop in BBT when the corpus luteum begins to disintegrate. At that time your temp will drop. If you are pregnant, the circulating hCG will revive the corpus luteum and you will begin producing more and more progesterone which will include a rise in temp for the third time in your cycle. The fetus takes over production of progesterone in the second trimester. Why do I have so many symptoms so early? Progesterone softens tissue to allow for implantation and expansion. Unfortunately this also causes the bowels to be sluggish. Progesterone stimulates the mammary glands which explains sensitive breasts. So these symptoms are merely symptoms of ovulation. Until hCG (hormone produced by the placenta) begins circulating you will not feel the real symptoms of pregnancy such as morning sickness, fatigue, frequent urination and that metallic taste. <ul><li>Although primarily used for the female system these supplements can be equally beneficial for men: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Damiana </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maca </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>False Unicorn Root </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alfalfa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lecithin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Milk Thistle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flax Seed Oil </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Important daily supplements for Hubby: </li></ul><ul><li>Vitamin A, (Palmitate and Beta Carotene) </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Vitamin B complex (always take all the B's together!) </li></ul><ul><li>Vitamin C – Large doses should be spaced out during the day as it can cause diarrhea until the body is used to it. </li></ul><ul><li>Vitamin E with Selenium </li></ul><ul><li>Selenium is most important for sperm production! </li></ul><ul><li>Zinc - Up to 80 mg per day – Do not supplement with too much zinc! A great natural source of zinc is Pumpkin seed. </li></ul>30 11 30 11
  16. 16. <ul><li>Finally, an herbal formula to naturally </li></ul><ul><li>perk up your man! </li></ul><ul><li>Whole Body Tonic & Ginseng </li></ul><ul><li>Whole Body Tonic used regularly will improve the immune system and add vitality to the entire body. </li></ul><ul><li>When one is feeling poorly, </li></ul><ul><li>Whole Body Tonic can help you bounce back! </li></ul><ul><li>Each Whole Body Tonic capsule contains: </li></ul><ul><li>Sarsaparilla: A blood purifier and rich in saponins that provide the building blocks for the body to produce steriodal hormones. It is very rich in trace minerals, primarily selenium and zinc. </li></ul><ul><li>Ginseng: Strengthens the Adrenal and Reproductive Glands. Helps you resist a wide variety of illness and restores energy and good for building sexual vitality. </li></ul><ul><li>Gotu Kola: Decreases fatigue and increases sex drive. Licorice Root: Cleanses the colon and promotes adrenal gland function. </li></ul><ul><li>Alfalfa: Alkalizes and detoxifies the body. Acts as a diuretic, balances hormones and promotes pituitary gland function. </li></ul><ul><li>Saw Palmetto: A diuretic and urinary antiseptic. May also enhance sexual functioning and desire. </li></ul><ul><li>Cayenne: Aids in digestion, improves circulation and acts as a catalyst for other herbs. </li></ul><ul><li>Finally, an herbal formula to naturally </li></ul><ul><li>perk up your man! </li></ul><ul><li>Whole Body Tonic & Ginseng </li></ul><ul><li>Whole Body Tonic used regularly will improve the immune system and add vitality to the entire body. </li></ul><ul><li>When one is feeling poorly, </li></ul><ul><li>Whole Body Tonic can help you bounce back! </li></ul><ul><li>Each Whole Body Tonic capsule contains: </li></ul><ul><li>Sarsaparilla: A blood purifier and rich in saponins that provide the building blocks for the body to produce steriodal hormones. It is very rich in trace minerals, primarily selenium and zinc. </li></ul><ul><li>Ginseng: Strengthens the Adrenal and Reproductive Glands. Helps you resist a wide variety of illness and restores energy and good for building sexual vitality. </li></ul><ul><li>Gotu Kola: Decreases fatigue and increases sex drive. Licorice Root: Cleanses the colon and promotes adrenal gland function. </li></ul><ul><li>Alfalfa: Alkalizes and detoxifies the body. Acts as a diuretic, balances hormones and promotes pituitary gland function. </li></ul><ul><li>Saw Palmetto: A diuretic and urinary antiseptic. May also enhance sexual functioning and desire. </li></ul><ul><li>Cayenne: Aids in digestion, improves circulation and acts as a catalyst for other herbs. </li></ul>12 29 12 29 Cycle Day 1 through Cycle Day 34 Cycle Day 1 through Cycle Day 34 Cycle Day 1 through Cycle Day 34 Cycle Day 1 through Cycle Day 34
  17. 17. PLEASE NOTE: The information provided is intended to serve only as a supplement to your resources and is in no way to be considered medical advice, medical diagnosis or treatment. Always check with your obstetrician, physician, midwife, or other health care provider before choosing to do or not do any course of action. DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional. When in doubt Check with your doctor! My suggestions are purely from my personal research and experience All of these BBT charts (Basal Body Temperature) resulted in pregnancy. PLEASE NOTE: The information provided is intended to serve only as a supplement to your resources and is in no way to be considered medical advice, medical diagnosis or treatment. Always check with your obstetrician, physician, midwife, or other health care provider before choosing to do or not do any course of action. DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional. When in doubt Check with your doctor! My suggestions are purely from my personal research and experience All of these BBT charts (Basal Body Temperature) resulted in pregnancy. 28 13 28 13 Cycle Day 1 through Cycle Day 27 Cycle Day 1 through Cycle Day 27
  18. 18. 14 27 14 27 Cycle Day 1 through Cycle Day 33 xx Cycle Day 1 through Cycle Day 31 Cycle Day 1 through Cycle Day 33 Cycle Day 1 through Cycle Day 33 <ul><li>MOMMA KATH’S </li></ul><ul><li>HERBAL SUGGESTIONS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>STIMULATE OVULATION </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Herbs for Her ~ False Unicorn Root </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LENGTHEN LUTEAL PHASE (LP) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>B6 ~ Herbs for Her </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MISCARRIAGE PREVENTION </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Red Raspberry ~ False Unicorn Root </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>STIMULATE MENSTRUAL FLOW </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prog Naturally ~ Dong Quai & Maca </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>False Unicorn Root ~ Herbs for Her ~ Damiana </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PMS AND PAINFUL MENSTRUAL CRAMPS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Herbs for Her ~ False Unicorn Root </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ENDOMETRIOSIS – PCOS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Red Clover ~ Asparagus Extract ~ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evening Primrose Oil ~ Whole Body Tonic ~ Lecithin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Herbs for Her ~ False Unicorn ~ Maca </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BALANCE HORMONES </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Herbs for Her ~ Alfalfa ~ False Unicorn Root </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>INCREASE CERVICAL MUCUS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evening Primrose ~ Alfalfa ~ Licorice Root ~ Maca </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>INCREASE ESTROGEN LEVELS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Herbs for Her ~ Licorice Root ~ False Unicorn Root ~ Maca </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>INCREASE PROGESTERONE LEVELS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prog Naturally ~ Herbs for Her ~ Licorice Root </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>False Unicorn ~ Wild Yam </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>INCREASE LIBIDO (SEX DRIVE) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maca ~ Damiana ~ Ginseng ~ Yohimbe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TTCERs OVER 40 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prog Naturally~ Lecithin ~ Milk Thistle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>False Unicorn Root ~ Herbs for Her </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MOMMA KATH’S </li></ul><ul><li>HERBAL SUGGESTIONS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>STIMULATE OVULATION </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Herbs for Her ~ False Unicorn Root </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LENGTHEN LUTEAL PHASE (LP) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>B6 ~ Herbs for Her </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MISCARRIAGE PREVENTION </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Red Raspberry ~ False Unicorn Root </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>STIMULATE MENSTRUAL FLOW </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prog Naturally ~ Dong Quai & Maca </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>False Unicorn Root ~ Herbs for Her ~ Damiana </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PMS AND PAINFUL MENSTRUAL CRAMPS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Herbs for Her ~ False Unicorn Root </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ENDOMETRIOSIS – PCOS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Red Clover ~ Asparagus Extract ~ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evening Primrose Oil ~ Whole Body Tonic ~ Lecithin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Herbs for Her ~ False Unicorn ~ Maca </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BALANCE HORMONES </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Herbs for Her ~ Alfalfa ~ False Unicorn Root </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>INCREASE CERVICAL MUCUS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evening Primrose ~ Alfalfa ~ Licorice Root ~ Maca </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>INCREASE ESTROGEN LEVELS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Herbs for Her ~ Licorice Root ~ False Unicorn Root ~ Maca </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>INCREASE PROGESTERONE LEVELS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prog Naturally ~ Herbs for Her ~ Licorice Root </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>False Unicorn ~ Wild Yam </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>INCREASE LIBIDO (SEX DRIVE) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maca ~ Damiana ~ Ginseng ~ Yohimbe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TTCERs OVER 40 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prog Naturally~ Lecithin ~ Milk Thistle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>False Unicorn Root ~ Herbs for Her </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. 26 15 26 15 Cycle Day 1 through Cycle Day 34 Cycle Day 1 through Cycle Day 30 Cycle Day 1 through Cycle Day 30 Cycle Day 1 through Cycle Day 34 <ul><li>ASPARAGUS EXTRACT: Pure Asparagus Extract contains Asparagoside, high levels of folic acid, gluthathione, selenium etc. If you do not like to eat vegetables, here is an easy way to ingest them for better health and fertility! I am so excited about this new product! What a find for TTCers and Alumni! I love vegetables so I drink a cup in the morning and just before bed. When I test my pH level and I am acidic, I take the capsules and drink the tea, my pH level immediately goes up (alkaline)+++ ASPARAGUS CAPSULES: Each capsule contains 1,000 mg of organically grown asparagus. Dose: 2-3 capsules on an empty stomach. ASPARAGUS TEA (granules): Purified from fresh organic asparagus. Dose: 1-3 bags per day. Each bag equals 1/2 pound of asparagus. </li></ul><ul><li>For those over 40, </li></ul><ul><li>balanced hormones depend on proper liver function! </li></ul><ul><li>LECITHIN helps repair liver damage caused by alcohol. Lecithin enables fat to be disbursed and removed from the body. </li></ul><ul><li>MILK THISTLE: Like Lecithin it protects the liver and its many metabolic functions. Milk Thistle helps renew the liver cells where the liver has been under stress from infection, excess alcohol or chemotherapy. </li></ul><ul><li>ASPARAGUS EXTRACT: Pure Asparagus Extract contains Asparagoside, high levels of folic acid, gluthathione, selenium etc. If you do not like to eat vegetables, here is an easy way to ingest them for better health and fertility! I am so excited about this new product! What a find for TTCers and Alumni! I love vegetables so I drink a cup in the morning and just before bed. When I test my pH level and I am acidic, I take the capsules and drink the tea, my pH level immediately goes up (alkaline)+++ ASPARAGUS CAPSULES: Each capsule contains 1,000 mg of organically grown asparagus. Dose: 2-3 capsules on an empty stomach. ASPARAGUS TEA (granules): Purified from fresh organic asparagus. Dose: 1-3 bags per day. Each bag equals 1/2 pound of asparagus. </li></ul><ul><li>For those over 40, </li></ul><ul><li>balanced hormones depend on proper liver function! </li></ul><ul><li>LECITHIN helps repair liver damage caused by alcohol. Lecithin enables fat to be disbursed and removed from the body. </li></ul><ul><li>MILK THISTLE: Like Lecithin it protects the liver and its many metabolic functions. Milk Thistle helps renew the liver cells where the liver has been under stress from infection, excess alcohol or chemotherapy. </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>AFTER OVULATION…. Moderation is the key ! </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid large doses of: Vitamin A, vitamin C, rutin, kelp, garlic, ginger, celery, parsley, rosemary. These are known to either create problems with implantation or encourage menstrual flow. </li></ul><ul><li>Treat yourself as if you have conceived: Enjoy the excitement and the possibility. Get lots of sleep, drink lots of water and eat fresh fruits and vegetables. The hormone changes in this phase of your cycle can create emotional challenges so being kind to yourself physically and mentally will help you emotionally. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember this is a joint venture: I realize all the physical changes are happening in our bodies and we may want to talk about it more than our partners, but our partners are experiencing losses and victories too so it is important to keep the communication flowing. Laugh and cry together and listen to him when he wants to talk about it because this may be difficult for him. </li></ul><ul><li>You must continue creating your life while you are TTC. TTC can be tough to deal with. The less importance you place on conceiving, the better chance you have of success. Take the necessity out of the TTC formula, make it a GAME and see if that helps boost your fertility and spirit!   Anxiety can sometimes push away that which we are anxious about. On the MENTAL SIDE: Stimulate your mind with study or a good book. Stay away from the news!  The constant hammering of bad new would depress anyone! Engage in activities that make you laugh & smile! Challenge yourself!  On the SPIRITUAL SIDE: You are not alone in this world so become involved in a group.  Sharing and caring about others help take us out of ourselves. Trust in yourself and the world around you. Enjoy your surroundings (Smell the roses!). On the PHYSICAL SIDE: Get plenty of rest (at least 8 hours per night). Eat lots and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of water. Exercise (sweat) at least 5 times per week.  And SMILE, it makes people wonder what you are up to ;o} </li></ul><ul><li>AFTER OVULATION…. Moderation is the key ! </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid large doses of: Vitamin A, vitamin C, rutin, kelp, garlic, ginger, celery, parsley, rosemary. These are known to either create problems with implantation or encourage menstrual flow. </li></ul><ul><li>Treat yourself as if you have conceived: Enjoy the excitement and the possibility. Get lots of sleep, drink lots of water and eat fresh fruits and vegetables. The hormone changes in this phase of your cycle can create emotional challenges so being kind to yourself physically and mentally will help you emotionally. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember this is a joint venture: I realize all the physical changes are happening in our bodies and we may want to talk about it more than our partners, but our partners are experiencing losses and victories too so it is important to keep the communication flowing. Laugh and cry together and listen to him when he wants to talk about it because this may be difficult for him. </li></ul><ul><li>You must continue creating your life while you are TTC. TTC can be tough to deal with. The less importance you place on conceiving, the better chance you have of success. Take the necessity out of the TTC formula, make it a GAME and see if that helps boost your fertility and spirit!   Anxiety can sometimes push away that which we are anxious about. On the MENTAL SIDE: Stimulate your mind with study or a good book. Stay away from the news!  The constant hammering of bad new would depress anyone! Engage in activities that make you laugh & smile! Challenge yourself!  On the SPIRITUAL SIDE: You are not alone in this world so become involved in a group.  Sharing and caring about others help take us out of ourselves. Trust in yourself and the world around you. Enjoy your surroundings (Smell the roses!). On the PHYSICAL SIDE: Get plenty of rest (at least 8 hours per night). Eat lots and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of water. Exercise (sweat) at least 5 times per week.  And SMILE, it makes people wonder what you are up to ;o} </li></ul>WILD YAM: Wild Yam is a traditional relaxing remedy for painful menstruation, ovarian pain and labor. Wild yam relaxes muscle spasms, reduces inflammation, promotes perspiration. Contains compounds “similar” to the hormone progesterone. Good for gallbladder disorders, hypoglycemia, kidney stones and many female disorders. Wild yam is the plant source of a substance which was used in the first birth control pill. LICORICE ROOT (Deglycyrrhizinated w/ Glycine) Start slowly w/ 1 capsule per day up to 2 capsules per day. Licorice has estrogen and progesterone-like effects, cleanses the colon and decreases muscular spasms and increases fluidity of mucus. Licorice should only be taken for 7 days at one time unless it is Deglycyrrhizinated as it can raise blood pressure. Deglycyrrhizinated licorice may stimulate natural defense mechanisms that prevent the occurrence of ulcers by increasing the amount of mucus-secreting cells in the digestive tract. This improves the quality of mucus and lengthens intestinal cell life. WILD YAM: Wild Yam is a traditional relaxing remedy for painful menstruation, ovarian pain and labor. Wild yam relaxes muscle spasms, reduces inflammation, promotes perspiration. Contains compounds “similar” to the hormone progesterone. Good for gallbladder disorders, hypoglycemia, kidney stones and many female disorders. Wild yam is the plant source of a substance which was used in the first birth control pill. LICORICE ROOT (Deglycyrrhizinated w/ Glycine) Start slowly w/ 1 capsule per day up to 2 capsules per day. Licorice has estrogen and progesterone-like effects, cleanses the colon and decreases muscular spasms and increases fluidity of mucus. Licorice should only be taken for 7 days at one time unless it is Deglycyrrhizinated as it can raise blood pressure. Deglycyrrhizinated licorice may stimulate natural defense mechanisms that prevent the occurrence of ulcers by increasing the amount of mucus-secreting cells in the digestive tract. This improves the quality of mucus and lengthens intestinal cell life. 16 25 16 25
  21. 21. <ul><ul><li>MOMMA’S SUGGESTIONS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If you have a normal cycle (menses every 26-36 days): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prenatal Vitamin </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Start taking as soon as you decide to TTC </li></ul><ul><li>Essential Fatty Acids & Herbs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cycle Day 1 – 15 th : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evening Primrose (2 caps per day) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cycle Day 16 – 30 th : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flax Seed Oil (2 caps per day) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entire 30 Days: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Herbs for Her  (4 capsules per day) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*Momma Kath’s Priority Blend of Vitex & Red Raspberry </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Optional items: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prog Naturally 4-8 pellets per day (CD15-30 only) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>False Unicorn Root 1 cap per day (Entire Cycle) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>81mg Aspirin – Children’s Dose Daily – Entire Cycle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Guaifenesin Syrup Week before Ovulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fish Oil, Entire cycle & pregnancy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maca Entire cycle & pregnancy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Asparagus Entire cycle & pregnancy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MACA: Has been used for hormone balancing, fertility enhancement, sexual stimulation, fatigue, stamina, athletic performance and PMS. </li></ul><ul><li>DAMIANA: Stimulates muscle contractions in the intestinal tract and brings oxygen to the genital area. An aphrodisiac or sexuality tonic for women and men. Damiana interferes with iron absorption so beware of continued use . </li></ul><ul><li>NETTLE : High in mineral and chlorophyll content makes it excellent for the hormones. A uterine tonic and general nourisher with a special ability to strengthen the kidneys and adrenals. </li></ul><ul><li>RED CLOVER : Used mainly during menopause because of its phytoestrogenic (plant estrogen) qualities. High vitamin content is useful for the uterus; the high protein content aids the entire body; its absorbable calcium and magnesium relax the nervous system and promote fertility. Like Alfalfa, Red Clover alkalizes the body, which may balance the acid/alkaline level of the vagina. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MOMMA’S SUGGESTIONS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If you have a normal cycle (menses every 26-36 days): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prenatal Vitamin </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Start taking as soon as you decide to TTC </li></ul><ul><li>Essential Fatty Acids & Herbs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cycle Day 1 – 15 th : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evening Primrose (2 caps per day) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cycle Day 16 – 30 th : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flax Seed Oil (2 caps per day) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entire 30 Days: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Herbs for Her  (4 capsules per day) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*Momma Kath’s Priority Blend of Vitex & Red Raspberry </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Optional items: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prog Naturally 4-8 pellets per day (CD15-30 only) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>False Unicorn Root 1 cap per day (Entire Cycle) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>81mg Aspirin – Children’s Dose Daily – Entire Cycle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Guaifenesin Syrup Week before Ovulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fish Oil, Entire cycle & pregnancy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maca Entire cycle & pregnancy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Asparagus Entire cycle & pregnancy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MACA: Has been used for hormone balancing, fertility enhancement, sexual stimulation, fatigue, stamina, athletic performance and PMS. </li></ul><ul><li>DAMIANA: Stimulates muscle contractions in the intestinal tract and brings oxygen to the genital area. An aphrodisiac or sexuality tonic for women and men. Damiana interferes with iron absorption so beware of continued use . </li></ul><ul><li>NETTLE : High in mineral and chlorophyll content makes it excellent for the hormones. A uterine tonic and general nourisher with a special ability to strengthen the kidneys and adrenals. </li></ul><ul><li>RED CLOVER : Used mainly during menopause because of its phytoestrogenic (plant estrogen) qualities. High vitamin content is useful for the uterus; the high protein content aids the entire body; its absorbable calcium and magnesium relax the nervous system and promote fertility. Like Alfalfa, Red Clover alkalizes the body, which may balance the acid/alkaline level of the vagina. </li></ul>24 17 24 17
  22. 22. <ul><li>Multi/Prenatal Vitamin: “Prenatal” vitamin is called that because it contains the necessary amount of folic acid and extra amounts of calcium and iron. </li></ul><ul><li>Folic Acid (B 9 ) 800mcg daily: Although, the FDA recommends that Folic Acid consumption be limited to 1,000 mcg per day, keep in mind that Alcohol, Phenobarbital and anticonvulsants can produce a folic acid deficiency. BE CAREFUL to take all B vitamins together, they work best together. Best sources of Folic Acid: Asparagus, Beet Greens, Broccoli, Dark Green Leafy Vegetables, Lima beans, Mushrooms, Turnips, Almonds, Cashews, Filberts, Walnuts and Wheat Germ. </li></ul><ul><li>B6 Pyridoxine (&quot;B6&quot;) 100mg daily: B6 should be taken at the same time as your Prenatal or multivitamin. B6 is used to lengthen the luteal phase (“LP” or number of days past ovulation) and assist RNA & DNA synthesis and production of red blood cells. If Vitex is not for you try B6. Best sources of natural B6 are: cauliflower, watercress, spinach, garden cress, bananas, okra, onions, broccoli, squash, kale kohlrabi, brussel sprouts, peas, radishes and Brewers’ Yeast. </li></ul><ul><li>Multi/Prenatal Vitamin: “Prenatal” vitamin is called that because it contains the necessary amount of folic acid and extra amounts of calcium and iron. </li></ul><ul><li>Folic Acid (B 9 ) 800mcg daily: Although, the FDA recommends that Folic Acid consumption be limited to 1,000 mcg per day, keep in mind that Alcohol, Phenobarbital and anticonvulsants can produce a folic acid deficiency. BE CAREFUL to take all B vitamins together, they work best together. Best sources of Folic Acid: Asparagus, Beet Greens, Broccoli, Dark Green Leafy Vegetables, Lima beans, Mushrooms, Turnips, Almonds, Cashews, Filberts, Walnuts and Wheat Germ. </li></ul><ul><li>B6 Pyridoxine (&quot;B6&quot;) 100mg daily: B6 should be taken at the same time as your Prenatal or multivitamin. B6 is used to lengthen the luteal phase (“LP” or number of days past ovulation) and assist RNA & DNA synthesis and production of red blood cells. If Vitex is not for you try B6. Best sources of natural B6 are: cauliflower, watercress, spinach, garden cress, bananas, okra, onions, broccoli, squash, kale kohlrabi, brussel sprouts, peas, radishes and Brewers’ Yeast. </li></ul><ul><li>False Unicorn Root: 1-3 capsules per day. Known as the “Herb for Infertility” and used to prevent miscarriage. This is a valuable remedy for menstrual problems, endometriosis, uterine infections and ovarian cysts. It alkalizes ovaries, kidneys and bladder. It encourages the ovaries to release hormones at the right time. It may take months for the herb to have a significant effect so please try to give it a chance! False Unicorn Root has been used to prevent threatened miscarriage and stop hemorrhage. However, False Unicorn should not be started while pregnant, the best results occur when started long before conception occurs. </li></ul><ul><li>Dong Quai: 2-6 capsules per day. Used for centuries by the Chinese to restore menses (cycle). Also known to help with vaginal dryness. Dong Quai is nourishing to female glands because it is so rich in Vitamin E, Cobalt and Iron. I suggest you use Dong Quai to bring menses back then switch to Vitex to maintain hormone balance. Dong Quai should be combined with other herbs such as Red Raspberry, Whole Body Tonic, Alfalfa and/or Red Clover. Herbalists claim it dissolves blood clots and opens blocked passageways but it takes 3 months of regular use to have significant effect. </li></ul><ul><li>False Unicorn Root: 1-3 capsules per day. Known as the “Herb for Infertility” and used to prevent miscarriage. This is a valuable remedy for menstrual problems, endometriosis, uterine infections and ovarian cysts. It alkalizes ovaries, kidneys and bladder. It encourages the ovaries to release hormones at the right time. It may take months for the herb to have a significant effect so please try to give it a chance! False Unicorn Root has been used to prevent threatened miscarriage and stop hemorrhage. However, False Unicorn should not be started while pregnant, the best results occur when started long before conception occurs. </li></ul><ul><li>Dong Quai: 2-6 capsules per day. Used for centuries by the Chinese to restore menses (cycle). Also known to help with vaginal dryness. Dong Quai is nourishing to female glands because it is so rich in Vitamin E, Cobalt and Iron. I suggest you use Dong Quai to bring menses back then switch to Vitex to maintain hormone balance. Dong Quai should be combined with other herbs such as Red Raspberry, Whole Body Tonic, Alfalfa and/or Red Clover. Herbalists claim it dissolves blood clots and opens blocked passageways but it takes 3 months of regular use to have significant effect. </li></ul>18 23 18 23
  23. 23. HERBS FOR HER is a proprietary blend of RED RASPBERRY and VITEX. Red Raspberry can be started anytime in cycle and can be taken during pregnancy until a month prior to labor/delivery. Red Raspberry strengthens the uterine lining which in turn lengthens LP (LP = Luteal Phase) LP = DPO or days past ovulation and eases painful menses and nausea. VITEX a/k/a Chasteberry helps relieve PMS because of its effects on female sex hormones. It helps restore hormone balance by increasing production of luteinzing hormone (&quot;LH&quot; which is detected by OPK) and inhibiting the release of FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone). This leads to a shift in the estrogen-progesterone ratio, resulting in less estrogen to cause or aggravate PMS. Vitex proved clearly superior to B6. WARNING: PMS with depression may be caused by excess progesterone, and Vitex is said to raise progesterone levels. Women who have PMS with significant depression should probably steer clear of chasteberry. Vitex should NOT be taken at the same time as Clomid, they cancel each other out. You may safely begin taking Vitex five days after your last Clomid pill. Essential Fatty Acids (Vitamin F) Linoleic and Linolenic Acids: The fatty acids that cannot be made by the body but are necessary for health and the rebuilding and producing of new cells are called “essential” fatty acids (EFAs). Flax Seed Oil (“FSO) and Evening Primrose Oil (“EPO”) are EFAs. Best sources of Vitamin F: Soybeans, pumpkin seeds and walnuts. EVENING PRIMROSE Oil (&quot;EPO&quot;) 1,000 IU per day should be taken only from Cycle Day 1 to Ovulation. Do not take EPO after ovulation because EPO causes uterine contractions, which may interfere with implantation. EPO is a good source of Essential Fatty Acids &quot;EFA&quot;. All living cells need fatty acids for rebuilding and producing new cells. The body uses EFAs to produce substances, which send messages that trigger hormone production necessary for a successful cycle! FLAX SEED OIL (&quot;FSO&quot;) 2,000 mg per day from Ovulation to AF. Flax Seeds are rich in omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids &quot;EFA&quot; magnesium, potassium and fiber. When you stop taking EPO (above) switching to FSO will continue a steady flow of essential fatty acids to be present throughout cycle. HERBS FOR HER is a proprietary blend of RED RASPBERRY and VITEX. Red Raspberry can be started anytime in cycle and can be taken during pregnancy until a month prior to labor/delivery. Red Raspberry strengthens the uterine lining which in turn lengthens LP (LP = Luteal Phase) LP = DPO or days past ovulation and eases painful menses and nausea. VITEX a/k/a Chasteberry helps relieve PMS because of its effects on female sex hormones. It helps restore hormone balance by increasing production of luteinzing hormone (&quot;LH&quot; which is detected by OPK) and inhibiting the release of FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone). This leads to a shift in the estrogen-progesterone ratio, resulting in less estrogen to cause or aggravate PMS. Vitex proved clearly superior to B6. WARNING: PMS with depression may be caused by excess progesterone, and Vitex is said to raise progesterone levels. Women who have PMS with significant depression should probably steer clear of chasteberry. Vitex should NOT be taken at the same time as Clomid, they cancel each other out. You may safely begin taking Vitex five days after your last Clomid pill. Essential Fatty Acids (Vitamin F) Linoleic and Linolenic Acids: The fatty acids that cannot be made by the body but are necessary for health and the rebuilding and producing of new cells are called “essential” fatty acids (EFAs). Flax Seed Oil (“FSO) and Evening Primrose Oil (“EPO”) are EFAs. Best sources of Vitamin F: Soybeans, pumpkin seeds and walnuts. EVENING PRIMROSE Oil (&quot;EPO&quot;) 1,000 IU per day should be taken only from Cycle Day 1 to Ovulation. Do not take EPO after ovulation because EPO causes uterine contractions, which may interfere with implantation. EPO is a good source of Essential Fatty Acids &quot;EFA&quot;. All living cells need fatty acids for rebuilding and producing new cells. The body uses EFAs to produce substances, which send messages that trigger hormone production necessary for a successful cycle! FLAX SEED OIL (&quot;FSO&quot;) 2,000 mg per day from Ovulation to AF. Flax Seeds are rich in omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids &quot;EFA&quot; magnesium, potassium and fiber. When you stop taking EPO (above) switching to FSO will continue a steady flow of essential fatty acids to be present throughout cycle. 22 19 22 19
  24. 24. 20 21 20 21 MOMMA KATH’S HERBAL REMEDIES The Chinese have been using herbs successfully for centuries. Herbology is not taught in medical schools yet. Therefore, do not expect to get approval or information from your medical doctor regarding herbs. You should, however, let your medical professional know when you are taking anything on a regular basis as it could interfere with your medical condition. Herbs strive to create a long lasting hormone balance; chemicals artificially stimulate only one hormone. Therefore using both herbs and chemicals (clomid, birth control pills and prometrium) at the same time may erase the effect of the chemical. Herbs are very powerful and any new herbal regime should be started slowly. Keep a record of your herbal intake and note any changes which occur, however slight. If you experience bleeding or discomfort stop taking them immediately. Wait a few days then resume. Hopefully the bleeding or discomfort will not re-occur. If it does, consider a different herb or approach to your situation. Momma Kath’s herbal regimes are packaged in 30, 60 and 90 days increments and include explicit instructions plus free tests! MOMMA KATH’S HERBAL REMEDIES The Chinese have been using herbs successfully for centuries. Herbology is not taught in medical schools yet. Therefore, do not expect to get approval or information from your medical doctor regarding herbs. You should, however, let your medical professional know when you are taking anything on a regular basis as it could interfere with your medical condition. Herbs strive to create a long lasting hormone balance; chemicals artificially stimulate only one hormone. Therefore using both herbs and chemicals (clomid, birth control pills and prometrium) at the same time may erase the effect of the chemical. Herbs are very powerful and any new herbal regime should be started slowly. Keep a record of your herbal intake and note any changes which occur, however slight. If you experience bleeding or discomfort stop taking them immediately. Wait a few days then resume. Hopefully the bleeding or discomfort will not re-occur. If it does, consider a different herb or approach to your situation. Momma Kath’s herbal regimes are packaged in 30, 60 and 90 days increments and include explicit instructions plus free tests! Alfalfa: Alkalizes and detoxifies the body (making the body more sperm and estrogen friendly, thus improving cervical mucus!). Acts as a diuretic, eases inflammation, lowers cholesterol, balances hormones and promotes pituitary gland function. Alfalfa contains Alpha-carotene, B-complex vitamins, calcium, chlorophyll, copper, essential amino acids, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, protein, sodium, sulfur, zinc, vitamins A, C, D, E, and K. Because of its chlorophyll content Alfalfa purifies the blood. BEWARE: There is some evidence that Alfalfa may trigger lupus in sensitive individuals. Baby Aspirin a/k/a Children’s Dose of Aspirin (81mg): Take only one (1) per day! This low dose of aspirin is known to suppress natural killer cells in the uterus, so it is used for those with immune problems. Because Aspirin thins your blood, it also increases blood flow to the ovaries (improving follicle development) and increases blood flow to the uterus (improving the quality of the uterine lining). This increases the odds that implantation will be successful. Also, during pregnancy, it will help prevent miscarriage or fetal demise in those prone to blood clots. Having blood clots form in the placenta and/or umbilical cord is the cause of many of these PG losses. Warning: Acetaminophen a/k/a Tylenol is not aspirin and will not produce the same results as aspirin. Alfalfa: Alkalizes and detoxifies the body (making the body more sperm and estrogen friendly, thus improving cervical mucus!). Acts as a diuretic, eases inflammation, lowers cholesterol, balances hormones and promotes pituitary gland function. Alfalfa contains Alpha-carotene, B-complex vitamins, calcium, chlorophyll, copper, essential amino acids, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, protein, sodium, sulfur, zinc, vitamins A, C, D, E, and K. Because of its chlorophyll content Alfalfa purifies the blood. BEWARE: There is some evidence that Alfalfa may trigger lupus in sensitive individuals. Baby Aspirin a/k/a Children’s Dose of Aspirin (81mg): Take only one (1) per day! This low dose of aspirin is known to suppress natural killer cells in the uterus, so it is used for those with immune problems. Because Aspirin thins your blood, it also increases blood flow to the ovaries (improving follicle development) and increases blood flow to the uterus (improving the quality of the uterine lining). This increases the odds that implantation will be successful. Also, during pregnancy, it will help prevent miscarriage or fetal demise in those prone to blood clots. Having blood clots form in the placenta and/or umbilical cord is the cause of many of these PG losses. Warning: Acetaminophen a/k/a Tylenol is not aspirin and will not produce the same results as aspirin.

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