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How long did it take you all to get pregnant??

(163 Posts)
Writerwannabe83 Wed 17-Jul-13 10:09:35

Hi Ladies,

Can I just ask how many cycles you had to go through until you got your BFPs??

Thanks in advance x x

knittingirl Wed 17-Jul-13 10:13:45

About 4 months for us, which mentally took us from "oh c* I might be pg", to "oh it would have been nice to be pg", to "oh I'm really disappointed I'm not pg", to "oh s* I am pg".

Good luck and hope you get your BFP soon! xxx

CheeseFondueRocks Wed 17-Jul-13 10:15:07

First cycle both times at 27 and 29 respectively. This is however not the norm. We worked hard beforehand though to improve our chances.

Writerwannabe83 Wed 17-Jul-13 10:18:40

Worked hard in what way? Did you use fertility charts and things??

My friend has got 2 children and she conceived on first cycles for both of them too smile

Rulesgirl Wed 17-Jul-13 10:19:15

Straight away here with both mine too. But everyone is different. I used the mucus method to know when I was ovulating.

6 months for DD. About 3 days with DS.

Immediately ( on our honeymoon) with DD. Got up duffed with DS 15 months later while BF and on mini pill.
DH now has had the snip wink

CheeseFondueRocks Wed 17-Jul-13 10:30:43

No, we never used fertility charts. When I conceived DC2 I was/still am breastfeeding DD1 so no charting possible with night wakings and very irregular cycles.

I am a weirdo compulsive planner so before we even started ttc , I did all the research about how to improve your and your partners fertility. Of course, I will never know if he hadn't been lucky the first time without all of it but this is what we did.

We eat super healthy, I cut out caffeine and took the right Vitamins 3 months before TTC. I don't drink alcohol anyway but DH also gave that up 3 months before (3 months is a sperm cycle) and took men vitamins. No tight underwear, no laptop on his lap for him.

I appreciate this makes me sound like a total idiot but Zita West has some great information in her Fertility book about how each of these things can influence conception time. Especially the drinking in men (and smoking but we don't do that) is vastly underestimated in terms of its effects. Something silly like drinking a few units of alcohol lowers a mans fertility. I was shocked when I read the stats.

CheeseFondueRocks Wed 17-Jul-13 10:33:02

And I did have to take Vit B6 when ttc DC2 because I had a short luteal phase from breastfeeding.

islingtongirl Wed 17-Jul-13 10:35:12

First cycle properly "trying", just turned 30. We were lucky I guess, didn't do anything particular, although was taking pregnacare (the conception one) for a month or so before, and DH was taking vits. Also been pretty healthy in year or so run up, exercising regularly etc. Regular sex also obvs helped!

carolthesecretary Wed 17-Jul-13 10:35:23

Almost four years here and still not pregnant... sad

Threeweekoldbaby Wed 17-Jul-13 10:36:26

First time I got pregnant right away the first month of trying.

Second time it took over a year and 6 miscarriages.

27 & 29 years old. Same weight / exercise / general lifestyle. Baffling.

Writerwannabe83 Wed 17-Jul-13 10:38:37


Wow - that is organised smile

Neither me or my husband drink or smoke and I have been on Folic Acid (5mg a day) for over 3 months.

My husband has an iPad so he never has a laptop on his lap either smile

Neither of us have caffeine either actually : me for health reasons and he because he never drinks tea or coffee smile Mind you, he has the occasional can of coke.

His boxer shorts are always baggy - in fact I tell him off for it and tell him I'm going to buy him some nice fitting briefs to show of his lovely bum and thighs - I don't think I will bother now then smile

He is an exceptionally healthy eater - me not so much though smile

So thanks for your post, it has made me feel happier that we have lots of positive factors in our life for quick conception smile

Writerwannabe83 Wed 17-Jul-13 10:39:49

CarolTheSecretary : I'm sorry to hear that sad x x

batfuttocks Wed 17-Jul-13 10:40:19

Within ten days with first child. Then a year with the second and third: I have a short luteal phase so I must just have been lucky with no. 1!

x0gawjus0x Wed 17-Jul-13 10:41:07

Blimey everyone concieved so quick!! Im 20 and it took us 3 years of trying naturally for my first ever bfp that i got 5 weeks ago smile x

Writerwannabe83 Wed 17-Jul-13 10:41:24

Can I ask what a Luteal phase is and how its length can affect conception?

EeyoreIsh Wed 17-Jul-13 10:44:10

Two years, then lost baby. second pregnancy was three months after that, we were due to start ivf.

We also 'worked hard' before ttc to get everything right but sadly infertility isn't the kind of thing you can easily solve if your body has fertility problems.

Yonionekanobe Wed 17-Jul-13 10:45:22

First time immediately but it was ectopic. With DD also in first cycle (using CBFM), with current pregnancy 3rd month (but 1st of using monitor).

Breezy1985 Wed 17-Jul-13 10:48:05

8 months with DD, then when she was 6 months old had a slip up one night and along came DS smile

elQuintoConyo Wed 17-Jul-13 10:48:48

First try for us, too. I feel terrible for it, so many friends can't, two due to breast cancer. I was 35, 36 when DS arrived. We've decided he will be an only, so I have no idea about conceiving a second.
We are very, very blessed and I know it.

StyleManual Wed 17-Jul-13 10:50:12

4 cycles (for the one we actually planned!)

CheeseFondueRocks Wed 17-Jul-13 10:50:50

Luteal phase is the time between ovulation and the start of your period. It should be over ten days. While breastfeeding,mine was 4 days! When this is the case, a fertilised egg doesn't have enough time to implant into the uterus properly before bleeding starts and so it just gets flushed out.

flossy101 Wed 17-Jul-13 10:53:37

Second cycle first time, miscarried at 13 weeks.

Then it was another 4 cycles til conceived DS.

moanymandy Wed 17-Jul-13 10:55:35

10 months with dc1 I was 22, 23 when I eventually got pregnant.
currently 27 weeks with dc2 and it happened in the first month of trying just before my 26th birthday. was in shock at how fast it happened this time!

CheeseFondueRocks Wed 17-Jul-13 10:56:43

Btw, I'm sorry if I offended anyone with fertility problems by using the phrase "trying hard". I understand that some people sadly have genuine issues.

I just meant that there are a lot of people who suffer reduced fertility due to lifestyle choices and they aren't even aware of it.

Featherbag Wed 17-Jul-13 10:57:35

2nd cycle with DS, 1st with this pg although no active 'trying' either time, just stopped actively trying not to!

Dolallytats Wed 17-Jul-13 10:58:18

DC1 took a couple of weeks.
DC2 took 15 years (!!).
Currently 39+2 with DC3, took 5 years.

Dd1 was complete surprise, was using condoms.
Dd2 conceived on 6th cycle.
Currently about 10 weeks with no 3, conceived on 3rd cycle of trying.

We've been very lucky, and are very thankful for it!

MortifiedAdams Wed 17-Jul-13 11:02:32

First pg I had one period; had been off the pill for a year and using condoms. The month we conceived we DTD every other day. Was 26, 27 at birth

Am.now pg again, dd is 19mo. Trying in the loosest possible sense (no protection, standard once a week shagging or so), have had three periods.

Took folic acid from the day we started TTC with dc1, but totally forgot about it this time round til I got my BFP and realised.

2 years for dd
2 years for ds
2 months for current bump.

Have PCOS though.

yoyoyo Wed 17-Jul-13 11:09:45

2 months first time
Second time it took 12 months which was miscarried & 18 months after that

CylonNumber6 Wed 17-Jul-13 11:11:20

11 months

tried for 18 months for first, then had IVF due to medical issue they found and was successful.
Assumed we couldn't conceive naturally so didn't try, and got pregnant when DS was 12 months old.

EeyoreIsh Wed 17-Jul-13 11:15:43

cheese no offence taken smile it makes sense to do all you can to make your body ready to get pregnant.

MrsBungle Wed 17-Jul-13 11:16:43

First cycle with both of mine. We didn't do anything to try and improve our chances. We were just lucky.

moominmaiden Wed 17-Jul-13 11:17:17

First cycle with first pregnancy, which sadly ended in miscarriage. Current pregnancy I think about four or five cycles, although we weren't 'trying' as such - just not using contraception. In fact neither of us remember having sex in the month DS was conceived as we had a lot going on with a family bereavement - was stunned and a little mystified by the BFP!

CunningAtBothEnds Wed 17-Jul-13 11:17:59

Ds1 14 months Ds2 26 months

25sunshine Wed 17-Jul-13 11:18:01

18 mths with DD1 and 14mths with DS2. Both times the long wait was massively frustrating. In both cases I conceived on the first cycle after having my tubes checked (injected with dye which is pumped through to see if there are blockages). Both times the answer was that my tubes are absolutely fine, however the 'blasting' with the dye clearly had an impact. GP says that there is no scientific evidence but some women suffer from a 'fuzzing up' of the tubes, which appears to be removed by this procedure (i.e. not the purpose of the procedure, just a side effect - but I'm not complaining). Unfortunately when you go to the GP they typically advise to leave it for another 6 months, which can be frustrating. If you've been trying for at least 6 months you need to be quite forceful to be put onto fertility investigations to be able to have these tests (and then there's a wait of at least 3-6 months) - and your other half will have to co-operate because they say (not unreasonably) that it could equally easily be his problem.

Alternatively you can have it done privately (HyCoSy) and I think it costs around £500.

workingtitle Wed 17-Jul-13 11:26:17

Five cycles, I used ovulation kits and conceive plus when we did conceive. Not convinced it wouldn't have happened otherwise, but was doing things to try and make me feel like I had some sort of input into it all...

Mayanbob Wed 17-Jul-13 11:32:21

7 months... but there wasn't a great deal of sex in the first 5 of those. Cycles were all over the place, so only had about 5 in that 7 months. I was 31 when I conceived, just turned 32 and due in 5 weeks. (holy crap! shock)

StormyBrid Wed 17-Jul-13 11:43:22

Just the one cycle - swapped the pill for folic acid on May 10th, BFP July 4th, so conceived after about five weeks. Was lucky though; really hadn't expected it to be so quick.

fluffandnonsense Wed 17-Jul-13 11:45:05

1st baby was 2 cycles, 2nd baby was 2 cycles, 3rd pregnancy (ended in mc), pregnant 1st cycle (only DTD once), 4th pregnancy (currently 11 weeks) pregnant 1st cycle again. wink

FromagePlease Wed 17-Jul-13 11:57:57

3 cycles for us.

I had been using OPKs but switched to temp charting as I found it much more informative and accurate. We got our BFP on first cycle of charting. We feel very fortunate indeed.

GiveMeVegemite Wed 17-Jul-13 12:09:07

4 months with DS1 and then one cycle with DS2 (the first period I had after giving birth!) so there will be a 15 month gap between them as it took 5 months to get my period after giving birth. I have PCOS too, so was told I would need fertility treatment, but it happened naturally.

InsanelyBrainDeprived Wed 17-Jul-13 12:12:45

7 years for first, first cycle for sec

Amibambini Wed 17-Jul-13 12:14:10

First time. Was quite the surprise. My partner had convinced me to start trying sooner rather than later because 'you never know how long it will take, it could take us ages..".

Two weeks later my period didn't make it's appearance.

WallaceWindsock Wed 17-Jul-13 12:14:34

With both DC we had unprotected sex once and I fell pg. wasn't even mid cycle with DD. I am however very fertile and am now on Depo to try and completely destroy fertility as we don't want anymore.

InsanelyBrainDeprived Wed 17-Jul-13 12:14:54

Pressed post by accident...

7 years for first, first cycle for second. We had unexplained infertility and a few unsuccessful Ivf cycles before falling naturally with both. Nice surprises!

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 17-Jul-13 12:15:30

First cycle for DS1

Second cycle for DS2 - I was still breastfeeding

I have PCOS, but I low-carbed for a month prior to TTC each time which improves your insulin response and can encourage ovulation.

Owllady Wed 17-Jul-13 12:19:01

we with my first it was most probably years as we were rubbish with contraception but I still didn't fall pregnant. then with second it was the first cycle (wtf!) and then my third was completely unplanned and contraception failure (he is lovely though)

JollyShortGiant Wed 17-Jul-13 12:24:02

2nd cycle both times. I had just turned 25 when DS was born and I will be 27.5 when DC2 arrives. The women in my family have a tendecy to conceive very quickly.

MrsOakenshield Wed 17-Jul-13 12:25:54

just shagging - took months (I had no idea what my cycle was).
Using an ovulation kit - immediately

thegoldenfool Wed 17-Jul-13 12:28:45

at age 36 first month, at age 38 2 months

no special planning apart from folic acid and a lot of (fun) sex - for the 2nd one targetting approx ovulation worked out using MN calender

StuckOnARollercoaster Wed 17-Jul-13 12:29:47

6 months...
First 3 months we weren't actively trying - just stopped taking precautions.
Last 3 months I was jumping on him every other day when I thought I was in my fertile period, but still a fairly relaxed approach (was on the 'just shagging' thread in the conception section)
Was just starting to think about maybe looking into things a bit more when we got the bfp. Didn't want to leave it too long because of my age, was 37...

Gerty1002 Wed 17-Jul-13 12:39:21

9 months - kept a note of cycle length but they were incredibly irregular (between 26 days and 65!) so we just dtd every couple of days except when on my period. Due to irregularity and other symptoms we started investigating for polycycstic ovaries, but halfway through I got my BFP smile so they signed me off without my answer. I guess we'll have to wait and see!

I'm 25 and DP is 24, otherwise fit and healthy. Currently 33+5 smile.

MolotovCocktail Wed 17-Jul-13 12:42:16

9 cycles and a natural conception with DD1: 18 natural cycles then 6 cycles with Clomid for dd2 (2 years in total).

I was aged 26 and then 29 when they were born. DH is dropping some seriously heavy hints that he is feeling broody (dd2 is now 15mo). I however, cannot quite face 'TTC' again. If any more babies come along for us, then they are going to have to be happy accidents!

I am so genuinely thankful for the 2 blessings that I have. Infertility/subfertility/secondary infertility are just horrible.

TheSecretAgent Wed 17-Jul-13 12:49:10

It took 18 months to have our first successful pregnancy, but had four MCs/ chemical pregnancies during that time sad. On average it probably took four months to get a BFP each time. I did get horrendously stressed with 'trying' during those 18 months. Since then, we've got pregnant first try, twice - one ended in another MC, the second one is kicking happily in my tummy at 26 weeks grin

Good luck and try not to stress with timelines - it'll happen in good time, and for some people it does take a while.

StillPukin Wed 17-Jul-13 13:45:25

1st time; 4 months
2nd time; 6 months
3rd time; 3 yrs


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Teaandflapjacks Wed 17-Jul-13 13:48:11

Just over a year - one early mc about 9 months or so in - but we found out I have a medical condition that made me either infertile or unable to carry a pregnancy actually. Once I got the right meds then it was very easy. I also have really irregular cycles - poss a side affect of my condition (hashimotos), and the mc we think was due to my body having literally no progesterone - so the first three months with my pg now I took progesterone to help hold the pg.

we also fell pg when we decided to stop trying for a bit and get through xmas having a few drinks and not stressing about it- we both stopped worrying about alcohol etc and let our hair down, and lo and behold...!

cathpip Wed 17-Jul-13 13:52:27

3 months with ds, 1 month with dd. we are trying for no3 its been 8 months so far, I miscarried 2 months ago, at least I know I can still get pregnant but am starting to get quite disheartened and feel like sex is a chore ( not helped by the fact that twin is overdue with her first ).

MultipleMama Wed 17-Jul-13 13:57:22

Straight away with all 4 pregnancies. We stopped using the condoms and within a few DTD sessions. Boom there's baby. I had one multiple PG and currently PG with 2nd set. Apparently both DH and I are really fertile.

Christelle2207 Wed 17-Jul-13 13:57:44

13 months of opks, charting, temping and the rest. However clomid worked first time- pleased I still have 5 months' supply in my drawer if I fancy no. 2!

Erato Wed 17-Jul-13 14:08:25

Straight away with DC1 (at 35) - work in progress, currently 18 weeks. We didn't do anything much beforehand to prepare - I was taking a B complex for stress which includes B6 and folic acid, and charting my cycles (just start of period, not EWCM or anything complex), but that's about it.

3m and 18m

First month of trying with first pg, which was an ectopic.
10 months of trying for DD
DS was a surprise. smile

notso Wed 17-Jul-13 14:28:56

DC1- Unplanned changed from injection to pill.
DC2- 3 months but waited 7 months for periods to return after the depo injection.
DC3- first cycle
DC4- unplanned cocked up depo dates

Bibblebo Wed 17-Jul-13 14:43:57

Legs in the air afterwards for 30 seconds

DeffoBossLa Wed 17-Jul-13 14:47:36

First month both times age 30 & 33.

purplemurple1 Wed 17-Jul-13 15:15:26

About a yr and half. We went to the drs after a year and I needed hormone tablets to make me ovulate, with tests, diagnosis etc it took 6months to start ovulation and we conceived that month.

BurbGirl2013 Wed 17-Jul-13 15:23:07

It took 4 months but even then felt like forever. Of course can’t fully share pain of ladies who’ve taken years, but the moment you actively start trying and it doesn’t happen you experience the utter hell- going through the repeated stages, playing the waiting/guessing/testing game, the huge disappointment and questions each month when ti doesn’t happen, convincing yourself you may/Are P when deep down you know you’re probably not.. so can feel anyone’s pain!

I gave up my daily coffees, cut down on booze massively, had lots of pure fruit smoothies and wheatgrass shots, took a mad concoction of vitamins and supplements, ahd been going to gym more , got myself new pets to chill out and booked fertility acupuncture- by my first session I was already P.

Not sure exactly what did it… think month it did knowing I was seeing my acupuncture guy just chilled me massively as well as having 2 cuddly new animals to ‘mother’!
best of luck & baby dust to all x

Writer, what's your weight like? How long have you been trying for?

Solo Wed 17-Jul-13 15:44:48

12 years=mmc.
+ 2 more years= Ds.
+ 6 years = mc (very early).
+ 1 year = mc.
+ 1 year = Dd.

CityGal29 Wed 17-Jul-13 15:59:55

Hey I'm 29 like you..
Aged 24 - 1st month but mc;
Aged 25 - 1st month;
Aged 27 - 1st month

PumpkinPie2013 Wed 17-Jul-13 16:09:10

I'm 26 and 21 weeks pg with dc1. Conceived on 4th cycle of trying.

We didn't do any charting or anything.

I always feel so sad for people who try for ages sad. Even 4 months felt like a long time but it's nothing compared to some.

Strangely, I though I'd conceived during cycle 3 but hadn't. Cycle 4 I thought I had no chance as it was a v stressful time with losing a close friend and Ofsted. I was about 4 days before my period was due when I decided to 'use up' my spare first response test. Took the test at work during lunch convinced it would be negative. Was stunned to see the second line!! I did about 6 tests in total to confirm it!

So never assume it won't happen during a particular cycle because it just might! X

JRmumma Wed 17-Jul-13 16:10:21

My pregnancy is dated from the day BEFORE i stopped taking the pill so straight away. I didn't even consider that we were trying yet as was waiting for a few periods to go by so could get an idea of my cycle. I was already taking folic acid though and hubby was taking zinc tablets as they are meant to be good for the swimmers.

I reckon if we had got to the stage if actually 'trying' it wouldn't have happened do easily as id have gotten mega stressed about it.

Stay healthy, enjoy having lots of sex and remember that average is about a year i think. Good luck!

Smerlin Wed 17-Jul-13 16:30:43

It took us 3 weeks- straight after coming off the pill for the first time in ten years!

We were DTD every 2-3 days though as I heard that gave you a better shot than charting. I took Pregnacare Conception, ate loads of fruit and veg and lowered my alcohol intake to very minimal amounts- not sure if any of that helped.

workingonitagain Wed 17-Jul-13 16:37:10

ds1 7 month ds2 6-7 month dc3 1night ended in a mmc dc4 1 night again and currently 23 wks pregnant. i would say was healthier in terms of diet and exercise when trying for ds1 and ds2 compared to now. but a lot more obsessing involved the first 2 times smile

91chloejp Wed 17-Jul-13 16:55:43

It was straight away with DS1 and with my current pregnancy.. I know when I'm ovulating (at risk of tmi, I'll hold back) so lots of sex during my fertility period.

I'm addicted to tea so had caffeine both times but I always cut it out when I get my bfp. I exercise regularly but most.importantly I elevated myself after sex and (tmi warning) OH made sure he ejaculated as close to the cervix as possible as we read that that helps a lot

First month of trying we got pregnant & I am 25 years of age.

FraggleRock77 Wed 17-Jul-13 16:58:09

A long year! Just happy to be pregnant even if it took a while gringringrinx

MrsGSR Wed 17-Jul-13 17:00:52

It took us 5 months. I'm 22, we used opks and ate really healthily throughout, took folic acid 3 months before we started trying, stopped drinking, and got very impatient!

Hope2014 Wed 17-Jul-13 17:01:04

8 cycles and used ovulation predictor kits. According to these I didn't ovulate in the successful cycle so no i have no faith in them now! Had varied cycles 28-47 days so I put success down to us 'putting the effort in' big time over the full 2 weeks I could possibly be ovulating (going on my cycle range)! I'm 35, 1st pregnancy.

KeepTheFaithBaby Wed 17-Jul-13 17:03:35

2 years 8 months. I lost track but about 33 cycles. We had investigations and found we had male factor issues. Reversed them and then I got pregnant.

LynetteScavo Wed 17-Jul-13 17:06:09

As soon as I thought about it with all three. I even think one might have been an immaculate conception.

Mama1980 Wed 17-Jul-13 17:06:51

Accidentally with both mine despite using contraception. I was 26 1st time 31 2nd.

workingonitagain Wed 17-Jul-13 17:10:39

i also have to add that with trying for dc3 and dc4 dp has been superhealthy (even tho i wasn't)

Dusty04 Wed 17-Jul-13 17:11:20

Four months for me.. We decided we would start trying in January but didn't really try that hard, then decided to properly look when I was ovulating and bang, fell pregnant the first month of that.. Now 17 weeks with Dc1.. I'm 32

AnotherStitchInTime Wed 17-Jul-13 17:19:46

Got pregnant on 2nd cycle aged 28.

Pregnant again on 2nd cycle aged 31.

Just got pregnant for the fourth time, but have no idea of cycles as they hadn't properly returned after dd2 and I am still breastfeeding. Still waiting to find out how far along I am. I am 33.

Didn't do any charting, but with dd1 and 2 I knew my cycle and could feel when I ovulated so that helped. I took a multivitamin before conceiving dd2.

elvisola Wed 17-Jul-13 17:27:00

Pregnant first time straight away. No. 2 took 7 months.

TarkaTheOtter Wed 17-Jul-13 17:34:26

2nd cycle with dd

8 cycles with this pregnancy. Bit I was breastfeeding so only 4 cycles after periods returned and 1 after finishing breastfeeding.

VelmaDaceDinkley Wed 17-Jul-13 17:39:18

DD wasn't really planned - we had unprotected sex just once and I got pregnant. I was 30.

It has taken me 4.5 years and 3 cycles of ICSI to conceive the one I'm currently pregnant with. Same partner, and I was 32 when we started trying. Tests showed DH has a very low sperm count, which didn't really improve with drugs, vitamins and lifestyle changes. No one can explain how DD came into being so easily.

Fertility seems such a mystery to me. A lot of it really does seem to be just chance or luck.

melmo26 Wed 17-Jul-13 17:41:03

We were married on the Mon and found out on the Fri we were pregnant with dd1
Decided when she was 4 months we wanted another, 2 months later we were pregnant with dd2. Didn't do anything special.
6 months later we wanted another, got pregnant 2 months later but miscarried at 6 weeks. Had a smear soon after and found abnormal cells. Had to have the cells removed (luckily found early so was not cancerous yet) took just over a year to conceive again. Done the fertility monitor for 2 months when we got dd3
Dd3 was 4 months when decided we wanted another. Pregnant by the end of that month with dd4. We weren't really trying fully.
Good luck to those trying its not always easy.

First 18 months, first 16 months just having lots of sex, then used ov sticks for two months and got a BFP. Unfortunatly she was stillborn at 36 weeks, I then fell pg three months later only to suffer mc. We then used ov sticks for the next 9 months and got pg again only to suffer another mc.
Then a full 9 months later we fell pg, we were using ov sticks but not that month as we both had bouts of flu, and only had sex once!

But I will say everytime I fell pg was after a weight loss of more than 10lbs. So weight doesn't help.

Oh and I'm 25 weeks and everything seems fine

Queazy Wed 17-Jul-13 18:14:30

9 months, but only really started trying (tracking ovulation etc) in the last 5-6 months xx

Boosiehs Wed 17-Jul-13 18:18:03

3rd month of trying (really the second as the first I had no idea what my cycle was).

I'd just bought the clearblue thingy when I found out I was pg.

I had got spectacularly drunk the night I think we conceived DC, who is due in 5 weeks. smile

feedmewotsits Wed 17-Jul-13 18:34:34

3 weeks!

Although the news was welcome, we were a bit gobsmacked to say the least (I'm 39 as was expecting it to take months and months.) Of course, hubby is claiming all the credit for this....

ArabellaBeaumaris Wed 17-Jul-13 18:36:58

Dd1 was unplanned.

Dd2 - first cycle trying.

LouiseD29 Wed 17-Jul-13 18:51:23

Six weeks, after years and years on the pill. I am 35, DH 38. We were very lucky. We weren't even trying that hard! Good luck OP.

MissCalamity Wed 17-Jul-13 19:44:16

With DS it was our second cycle, we only DTD once in that first cycle in order for me to get a proper period as I'd been on the pill. I was 29.

Now trying for DC2 on first cycle, didn't really want to wait about as we did above & am a day late but BFN this morning, but still no AF either confused

I'm taking folic acid daily as I did with DS, don't smoke or drink lots & neither does DP, so no other preparation.

Good luck!

ch1134 Wed 17-Jul-13 20:10:22

first time... and I was also organised (sensible I'd call it!)... for 6 months before I cut out alcohol, cut down on caffeine, got fit, and just before started taking Folic Acid. Husband also cut down on alcohol (never drinks caffeine) and got fitter...

tumbletumble Wed 17-Jul-13 20:12:32

Third cycle for DS1, first cycle for DD and DS2.

Londongirl84 Wed 17-Jul-13 20:53:19

6 months. I'm now 9 weeks pregnant with my first baby x

Writerwannabe83 Wed 17-Jul-13 21:00:31

I just can't believe how varied people's experiences are!!

4athomeand1cooking Wed 17-Jul-13 21:01:36

1st time for all five children.

For us I know that it I DTD within 2 days of coming off my menstrual cycle which lasts about 5 days, then I will get pregnant.

Worked everytime grin

Excited85 Wed 17-Jul-13 21:04:18

18 months, is our first and am 27 x

Animol Wed 17-Jul-13 21:13:10

1 year DC1
1 year MC sad
1 year DC2
1st time DC3
1st time DC4
5 years DC5 - but I am getting on a bit by now smile smile

blondebaby111 Wed 17-Jul-13 21:16:50

It took us 5 years and one failed ivf sad was just about to start ivf again when I got my BFP, now 14 weeks grin

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 17-Jul-13 21:18:32

Pg 5 times. First night twice, one was my wedding night. 7 months was the longest. Never charted, preferred the other method of wine and lots of shagging grin

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 17-Jul-13 21:19:11

Oh congratulations blonde

Mamabear12 Wed 17-Jul-13 21:25:09

Took first try both times...first time around I did not do anything, was an occasional smoker and drank a few times a week. Second time around, I took some vitamins, no longer smoking and still breastfeeding. I thought it might take longer, but got lucky. I know every pregnancy is different, so probably wont wait too long to try for baby 3! Just in case...bc u never know how long it could take.

mrspaddy Wed 17-Jul-13 21:30:04

Just over a year.. stressful time.

suntodayplease Wed 17-Jul-13 21:46:03

3 months with DD, 1st month each time thereafter (although 2 ended in MC) now very greatfully 29 weeks

blondebaby111 Thu 18-Jul-13 08:42:32

Jiltedjohhsjulie, Thankyou, it really feels like a miracle, the last 3 years were tough but we never gave up and I was super healthy too, didn't smoke, took all the vitamins so I guess it was just one of those things x

EeyoreIsh Thu 18-Jul-13 08:50:33

congrats blondebaby, I also got a bfp the month I was due to start ivf! It's a miracle when that happens grin

blondebaby111 Thu 18-Jul-13 09:40:22

Congrats to you too, I'd just started the downregging a few days before so we were shocked but so happy. Was u trying for a. Long time too?? Xx

First cycle and twins. Both DP and I smoked (not anymore). We were both stunned and still are.

crazyhead Thu 18-Jul-13 13:16:08

First cycle with first, one shag with second. I was surprised because I am mid 30s.

Ds was conceived in cycle 3 and this pregnancy which is a girl, found out today took 10 cycles.

EeyoreIsh Thu 18-Jul-13 13:38:06

blonde we'd been trying for two abs half years. We were told in Jan that it was highly unlikely I'd get pregnant naturally, and I didn't know it but was already pregnant! We lost that baby at 7 weeks. We were told by our fertility doctor we were still eligible for ivf as it was so unlikely we'd get pregnant without it. I was going to be on the short protocol so was waiting for af to arrive. No sign, did a test, bfp!

We were only supposed to have a 20% chance with ivf, so it's totally a miracle.

We haven't told family yet, they think we're holding off ivf because it's so stressful. I hope everything is ok at 12 week scan next week, and then share our news smile

Ficidy Thu 18-Jul-13 14:05:36

3 years, 1 iui and 2 ivfs. We got lucky on our second IVF last November. Currently 36 weeks and can't wait to meet the little one.

Plus3 Thu 18-Jul-13 14:14:15

I know my cycle - it is absolutely every 28 days. Was pregnant with first cycle each time. 2 DC & one probable miscarriage (I say probable because I missed a cycle & when I POAS it was negative & period started the next day. my hormones afterwards were terrible)

I consider myself extremely lucky - I was 30 when I conceived DS and 32 with DD.

blondebaby111 Thu 18-Jul-13 15:25:48

Eeyorish, that's great news. Good luck for your scan nxt week. I was terrified which I think. Is a natural feeling but all was well. Such lovely news for you, you must be so excited.
We had unexplainned infertility but the ivf clinic told me my egg reserve was low so I thought ivf was my only option xx

Solo Thu 18-Jul-13 16:55:55

Eeyore that was my experience too. Exh and I both had fertility issues that meant there was little chance I'd conceive naturally...we were near the top of the IVF list, split up, met Ds's father, got pg very quickly which was amazing after 12 years of trying...best of luck to you!

HeyMicky Thu 18-Jul-13 16:59:39

4 cycles. Didn't do an ovulation test till cycle 4 - had been out by four days. Once we tested we got pregnant straight away.

pinkpanther79 Thu 18-Jul-13 16:59:50

3 years to successfully have a baby but had a miscarriage and ectopic before this. So grateful to have my daughter now.

Marzipanface Thu 18-Jul-13 17:02:43

2 weeks for first
8 months for second inc one miscarriage.

Mapal Thu 18-Jul-13 17:02:44

1st pregnancy, 8 months
2nd pregnancy, first try! But miscarriage.
3rd pregnancy, 12 long months. Another miscarriage.
Current pregnancy, first try! (Now half way through & all is well so far).
Just goes to show it can vary so much.

ZingWidge Thu 18-Jul-13 17:11:59

DS1 - just happened within 6 months of getting married.

DS2 - one go (not TTC nor avoiding it, but I knew when I fell pg)

DS3 - one go ( same as DS2)

DS4 - just happened

5th pg - TTC, fell pg in first cycle, sadly MC

DS5 - one go (TTC, I know when I fell pg)

DD - result of a 3-night TTC fest (within 1st cycle)

TheFantasticFixit Thu 18-Jul-13 17:15:16

1st - 6 months
2nd - (6 weeks pregnant now!) - 3 months but 2 of serious TTC

Good luck, it will happen... Try and enjoy it because the 'love making' won't be as frequent once you have the baby! thanks

AlmondFrangipani Thu 18-Jul-13 17:40:36

1 month but miscarried then 4 months later fell pregnant again and I am now 37 weeks!

1st - couple of months, wasn't charting or anything like that
2nd - one cycle
3rd - one cycle, am now 8 weeks!

happybubblebrain Thu 18-Jul-13 19:25:54

1 or 2 weeks. It was a bit fast.

lovelyredwine Thu 18-Jul-13 19:34:52

1 year but I had a MC and then another 14 months - had our DD.

This may have been less but we were both doing shifts so didn't always see each other at the appropriate time of the month. We also had a lot of stress in our lives with truly awful work situations and 2 close family bereavements after terminal illness.

Our DD was conceived the weekend of our 5th wedding anniversary though, so that's an embarrassing story for when she's older!

littlestgirlguide Thu 18-Jul-13 20:00:45

First time, got pregnant the first month.
Second time took 10 months after a horrific experience with the implant.

PetraBaelish Thu 18-Jul-13 20:05:26

DC1 - first cycle
DC2 - second cycle
DC3 - happened while on the pill!

TiredFeet Thu 18-Jul-13 20:07:40

19 months with DC1. Approx 20 minutes with DC2 blush

maggiethemagpie Thu 18-Jul-13 20:22:10

The first time was an accident! The second time, the fourth cycle but as I did not ovulate the first cycle, my doc put me on clomid which only worked two out of three cycles, so it was the second time I actually ovulated.

First attempt both times. We were very fortunate.

qumquat Thu 18-Jul-13 21:59:20

1st cycle. Had sex once. Quite a shock!

babybear9 Thu 18-Jul-13 22:36:36

exactly a year. Never considered how hard it would be to be honest, spent that morning i came on every month sobbing that i still wasn't pregnant. So glad to be here now, hope it's a sticky one!

DramaAlpaca Thu 18-Jul-13 22:46:04

DC1 - about a year (aged 28)
DC2 - instantaneously! Which is why they are only 16 months apart. We decided to start trying soon after having DC1 as we thought given how long it took to conceive the first time it might take ages. I was pregnant literally within a few hours of deciding to try for a second baby.
DC3 - about three cycles, I think (aged 32). Almost certainly conceived on day of ovulation.

Isabeller Thu 18-Jul-13 22:47:52

25 years (sort of) grin

Isabeller Sat 20-Jul-13 17:56:00

second time that is

LittlePeaPod Sat 20-Jul-13 18:20:39

With this pregnancy (1 previous mc) started ttc in March and got BFP in May. Good Luke Op

cakebaby Sat 20-Jul-13 18:38:57

4 cycles, bought ovulation test kit after 2 of those, hey presto am due in 5 weeks, I was 39 1/2 & DH mid 40's. I consider us extraordinarily fortunate grin we both work shifts which brings a relatively unhealthy lifestyle.

Writerwannabe83 Sat 20-Jul-13 18:45:20

I can't believe I started this thread 3 days ago because I was worried I would never get pregnant and then today I have had 6 BFPs!!!

grin !!

LittlePeaPod Sat 20-Jul-13 18:49:22

Congratulations Op... What a fantastic update... flowers grin

MrsGSR Sat 20-Jul-13 20:10:03


workingonitagain Sat 20-Jul-13 20:18:30

Fantastic news congratulations! How are you feeling? x

Writerwannabe83 Sat 20-Jul-13 20:20:29

I feel in absolute UTTER shock!!!
I just don't believe it!!!

It is our first month of trying and I was told it could take ages as I only had my Mirena removed about 6 weeks ago!! Plus we have only had sex 3 times this month!!!

I honestly just don't believe it.

LittlePeaPod Sat 20-Jul-13 20:27:33

I love these threads... Just enjoy it Op. when I found out I uploaded a couple of Apps that have been great for learning what's happening every day.. Got a bit obessive. Ha ha ha. One is called Preganancy HD and the other is called Sprout.. Fantastic and so delighted for you and your other half... grin

ouryve Sat 20-Jul-13 20:31:38

Straight away every time, in my mid 30s. I wasn't ovulating every month, but it was (painfully) obvious when I did and didn't.

JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 20-Jul-13 21:37:17

Congratulations writer thanks

Bunbaker Sat 20-Jul-13 21:38:17

17 years - so that would be in the region of 204 cycles.

DizzyPurple Sat 20-Jul-13 21:41:40

1st time unplanned, 2nd one 18 years later 1st month (but had miscarriage), 3rd one second month, now have been trying for 27 months with not a hint of a BFP!!!
Good luck with yours.

RinseAndRepeat Sat 20-Jul-13 22:27:18

First pregnancy was an accident while I was on the pill but ended in miscarriage at 7 weeks.

Second pregnancy was planned and took us three months. I'm about 15 weeks now.

RinseAndRepeat Sat 20-Jul-13 22:29:46

Lol posted before I saw your lovely news OP. congratulations!

Ra88 Sun 21-Jul-13 21:09:55

dd1 9 months after being on the pill for 5 years continuous.

mmc in march conceived first cycle trying

this pregnancy (14 weeks) first cycle trying

x0gawjus0x Mon 22-Jul-13 09:32:04

Has taken us 3 years for first bfp. I am 20 yrs old and didnt go to the doctor about not convieving as worried what the outcome would be.. Tested 9 times im still in shock. Currently 8 wks first scan on friday x

parttimer79 Mon 22-Jul-13 11:24:08

First cycle off the pill and I'm 33 (in fact I think I conceived week after my 33 birthday) - bump is due in 2 weeks...
I was so blasé that although I was taking folic acid we actually conceived after a month of loads of partying and caffeine fuelled work so I guess we were just very lucky!
We did have lots of sex though but not on a particular day/using fertility charts.

BonnetDeDouche Mon 22-Jul-13 11:36:40

Took just under 2 years with DC1. Decided that it was time to try for DC2 last month, and got a BFP yesterday! shock smile grin

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