So, here’s what my daily routine consists of now.
First, the vitamins:
- 1 DHEA, 50 mg pill
- 1 ASA, 81 mg pill
- 5 Folic Acid, 600 mcg
- 1 PNV, with 1 mg Folic Acid and Iron
- 2 Vitamin D3, 2000 IU total
- 1 Fish oil
- 1 Flaxseed oil
- 1 CLA (conjugated lineolic acid)
I also went to my trainer, who agrees with me that my body is just holding onto fat and not letting it go. Thanks, body. He recommended a complete diet change, so now I’m supposed to eat these exact same 5 meals per day:
Meal 1: Egg whites, sweet potato, fruit (this should have oatmeal instead of sweet potato, but we modified to keep me gluten free).
Meat 2: Egg whites, brown rice, fruit
Meal 3: Chicken, black beans, vegetable
Meal 4: Lean red meat, sweet potato, vegetable
Meal 5: Fish, vegetable
All the meat portions are only 3-4 ounces. I’m also drinking 2 cups of red raspberry leaf tea a day.
Plus, I’m going to the gym 5-6 times a week. I’m going to do this, as strictly as possible until the end of March, when the IVF stuff will really be hopping. By then, I really hope my BMI will be way down, and I’ll be in the “more successful BMI for IVF range.” During IVF, I may try to keep doing this… but I may also need a brownie. With a cupcake to wash it down. And some ice cream.
So, I went for my check up with my OB/GYN last week. He said that all the blood test results from the RE (gotta love when Mom and Dad argue in front of the kids) were “nonspecific” and “typically no big deal” and that he would only recommend that I take a low dose aspirin (81 mg) every day while pregnant. He said it seemed to him that one of the results (the lupus anti-coagulant) showed that my real problem is inflammation, not anything to do with blood clotting disorders. He said that he’d like to know more about my inflammation (low Vit D is linked to high inflammation) and would just rule out blood clotting issues.
And, you ladies who have gone through infertility and identifying its cause(s) know what came next: another needle stick for yet MORE blood work.
It turns out that my homocysteine levels are normal, which means that I likely don’t have any problems with blood clotting. Good news, yes. Take that, MHTFR! I don’t even have to care about you (Dad, aka OB/GYN, says 5% of women have that genetic mutation and most of the time it doesn’t cause any problems at all).
But, my Vitamin D levels are really, really low (26). So, now I have to take daily calcium with Vitamin D and once a week have a giant dose of Vitamin D, then get my Vit D levels checked again in 3 months to see if all this Vitamin D is doing anything.
I wish I had a magic genie who could tell me what all this means and what I should do. Should I keep on taking the Vitamin D and then wait to do IVF once I get the follow up bloodwork done? It seems to me that would be a good idea. But maybe, I should just get on into the office and get things taken care of, regardless of how my vitamin D levels look. The link, as far as I can tell, between Vitamin D and infertility is somewhat shaky and mostly linked to ovulation. I’m ovulating, at least as far as I can tell, every month… but maybe the vitamin D will make the eggs mo’ bettah. Who knows, really? I do know that I’ll keep taking the Vit D and all the other vitamins and I’ll be sunbathing, even in January. Thank goodness I live in the South, where sunbathing in January could potentially be really nice. We have had temperatures in the 60s and 70s for the past 2 weeks. I’ve been outside enjoying the weather, but now I guess I’ll be outside with a purpose.