Here’s what we’re going to do:
1. Skip trying this cycle.
For a couple of reasons. I have a big cyst, and my lining was “very thin” at ultrasound. Although, saying that, a few weeks before that I was told it was “very thick”, so hopefully it’s just good at growing and shedding. Even so, I don’t want to take a chance. Most importantly, having researched how crucial the two weeks before ovulation is to egg health, I want to give it a really fantastic shot and this month isn’t the one as I’m already on CD7.
It pains me greatly to sit out for a month. The clock ticks away and it’s another month closer to trying for three years, but I think it’s a sensible decision.
2. We do a 5 day juice fast (I’d like to do longer, but I don’t think I’ll be able to).
We start on Sunday and we have prepared as well as we can. The house is already full of kilos (literally kilos) of apples, beetroots, and kale, with another delivery to come on Sunday morning to make up what else we need. We’ve had lots of practice with the juicer. I’ve not touched refined sugar in 9 days, and I’ve been completely and utterly caffeine free for 2 days. I had my last glass of wine 2 days ago as well. Withdrawal has been mild for all of them, as although my eating went downhill over Christmas I didn’t go completely mad. As a bonus I’m finally sleeping properly again – the last two nights I haven’t had to get up, which is fantastic.
3. We go back onto a 100% plant based diet
I’m staying off meat and dairy as long as I can manage (ideally throughout my February and March cycles). I also intend to keep juicing each day and eating lots of raw fruits and veggies.
4. We TTC on my 14th February cycle
I think my cycle is all reset, after the lightest AF I’ve ever had (worrying). I should be due a period on 14th February, as I’m currently on cycle day 7. I’m still getting the odd temperature spike in the mornings though, which is a little worrying, but my periods have always been regular, so I’m hoping I fall back into my usual pattern this month.
On ovulation day (around 28th Feb), I will have been on a strict plant-based diet for 35 days and sugar free for 46 days.
Most importantly, I will be juicing twice a day in the two weeks before ovulation, as well as trying to ensure I get lots of gentle exercise and lots of good quality sleep. This IS going to be the best egg I have ever ovulated.
5. We get pregnant for 14th March.
If only it was that easy, huh? That’s the plan, but if we don’t, we’ll try one more cycle – which will be our last shot at having a baby in 2015.
If we’re not pregnant by 10th April:
6. We might go ahead with a single round of IVF.
Might. We’re still not sure.
Overall, we want to give one more pregnancy a go, and we think we can do that ourselves. But if we can’t, we might try with IVF. The emotional cost of trying IVF and failing is great – I don’t know if we actually will go down that road, but it’s still on the table at the moment.
So that’s the plan.
If we do the fast and the 100% clean diet and that doesn’t work, and we do IVF and that doesn’t work… then I think we’ve probably tried everything we possibly can.
I’ll be blogging mostly about juicing and eating over the next 6 weeks 😉