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Old 09-16-2013, 09:40 AM   #1
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Reasons for declining fertility?

DH and I are both a little surprised that I'm not pregnant yet, as we're usually able to conceive within 1-2 mos of unprotected sex. I last gave birth in late december and got my period in june (in the past i've gotten pregnant w/o even getting my period back between births). Initially the only form of birth control we used was breastfeeding which I was doing quite a lot off because at first we were TTA but I've stopped breastfeed entirely in July. I'm only 27 so I don't think age should be an issue. So yeah I'm just kind of concerned as to why the sudden change in my fertility..any ideas? I'm not ttc right now but as we are definately not preventing, I'm a little worried as to why I havn't gotten pregnant yet.

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Wondering if its because your last pregnancy was a twin one? Producing extra hormones for them?

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How are your cycles?
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:51 AM   #4
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Re: Reasons for declining fertility?

Breastfeeding can wreak havoc on your fertilty. With DD1 we got pregnant on the first try. DD2 it took a loooong time, even after I got my period back. DD3 my first PP cycle.
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Since you've had 5 pregnancies in a row pretty much without giving your body a break and a chance to replenish it's mineral store, it might be that you need some tlc. It usually takes about 2.5-3 years for your body to return to normal and replace everything that pregnancy took from you. So I would be surprised if you weren't very undernourished at this point. Many women suffer from pregnancy induce thyroid issues with just one pregnancy. Replacing trace minerals and iodine will help everythin inside you get back on track.
Do a search on nourishing fertility diet for an idea of what kinds of stuff will fix you up the quickest. Basically, sea food/veggies, organ meats, full fat dairy, a food sourced multivitamin are a good start. Cod liver oil would be a good supplement for you and for your kiddos since each one got less and less from you.
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Re: Reasons for declining fertility?

Since you've had 5 pregnancies in a row pretty much without giving your body a break and a chance to replenish it's mineral store, it might be that you need some tlc. It usually takes about 2.5-3 years for your body to return to normal and replace everything that pregnancy took from you. So I would be surprised if you weren't very undernourished at this point. Many women suffer from pregnancy induce thyroid issues with just one pregnancy. Replacing trace minerals and iodine will help everythin inside you get back on track.
Do a search on nourishing fertility diet for an idea of what kinds of stuff will fix you up the quickest. Basically, sea food/veggies, organ meats, full fat dairy, a food sourced multivitamin are a good start. Cod liver oil would be a good supplement for you and for your kiddos since each one got less and less from you.
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I agree with the PP and your body needing TLC and to replenish its minerals. I would also conider Adrenal fatigue. I old look into a lot of natural ways to boost them up. Try reading Nturlly Knocked Up blog
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Re: Reasons for declining fertility?

When starting to ttc our second I discovered that I wasn't producing fertile cervical mucus anymore (this is 3+ years after first was born) i started taking an Omega 3 supplement and it became more fertile. i read taking charge of your fertility and learned a lot, recommend it. (tcoyf.com)
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Re: Reasons for declining fertility?

I agree with sublime.mommy--your body may just be needing more time to revitalize itself after everything that pregnancy takes from it (especially with twins, double the demand).

I also recommend looking into the book Pixi6s mentioned--Taking Charge of Your Fertlity by Toni Weschler. It's actually really informative about how your cycle works without being super technical medical-language, really easy to understand. It explains the fertility awareness method which teaches you how to recognize when you are in your fertile time and nonfertile time of the month and how you can use that information to either avoid pregnancy or achieve pregnancy. It also explains how outside factors & stress can affect you. I wish they could make this a standard book in health classes in high school or something because even the basics of what she explains would help so many women. Heck, I didn't know half of what she was explaining until we were trying to get pregnant last year, and I'm 27, well educated, a total research nerd, and I love knowing about medical stuff (did I mention I'm a research nerd?), so it's no wonder that there is so much confusion when we're trying to (or trying not to) get pregnant.
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Just relax and enjoy the break. Babies naturally start having a bigger spacing into your late 20's and 30's. Totally normal and time to replenish yourself.
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