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Live chat with Zita West, Monday 12 November, 1pm

(103 Posts)
OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 07-Nov-07 11:27:16

We're delighted to announce that Zita West will be here for an online chat with Mumsnetters next Monday 12 November.

Zita is a practicing midwife, acupuncturist and nutritional advisor. She worked in the NHS for over 20 years and then in 2002, she set up the Zita West clinic, a multi-disciplinary practice that uses evidence-based complementary therapies for fertility and pregnancy.

Zita will be joining us for an hour on Monday at 1 o'clock, so grab a sarnie, get your questions ready and join us then.

If for some strange reason, you can't be here (and we hope you've got a very good excuse) then please post any advance questions here.

Thanks, MNHQ

coggy Sun 11-Nov-07 16:04:49

Hurrah! What a fantastic woman to have on grin.
Sadly I shall be at work...but...
I and DH are 36.
TTC for 5 years, 3 cycles of clomid = DS (sadly stillborn through a knot in his cord)
Now been TTC again for 2 1/2 years sad.

After reading Zita's books I started charting/ noticing CM etc. and discovered I have a LP of only 8 or 9 days (which I have been told several times is not a problem or issue in our fertility problems).
I have finished 3 more clomids, 3 IUI cycles and I am going to have my one and only 'allowed' (NHS) IVF next month.

What natural things can we do to help us if the IVF doesn't work - obviously I can get pg and have a healthy pg so this is all rather frustrating and depressing now!

The doctors/consultants just say that IUI and IVF are our best bet....but that is no use if they don't work is it?

Thanks Zita.

LSH Sun 11-Nov-07 17:33:58

Dear Zita,

I am 38 with pco and conceived easily on 3rd month clomid having been ammenorrhoeic for 10 yrs. My child is 3 and we have been ttc for 18 months. I am having regular cycles though long..43 days, but ovulating around day 25. I am fit, a size 8 and don't drink. Would clomid help again even though i am having cycles albeit very long??
Do you have any other suggestions?

Thank you

poppy75 Sun 11-Nov-07 17:43:04

Hello I will unfortunately be at work, if she does get the time I would love to ask her a question.

I fell pregnant 18 months ago very easily after trying for 3 months but unfortunately had a miscarriage (at 9 weeks). nothing has happened since, all scans, blood tests and sperm tests are normal.

I'm becoming alittle anxious and was wondering what steps we should take next. I'm 33 so I don't want to leave it too late.


deenymcqueenygoreandguts Sun 11-Nov-07 17:44:13

do i HAVE to go organic when ttc? can i eat "normal" stuff

What is your experience/opinion on ttc while on anti depressants (overhang from pnd from baby no 1) will it affect foetus/development/chances of conception etc?

thankyou x

nobodysfool Sun 11-Nov-07 18:00:33

How exciting is this ladies getting to ask THE Zita West questions......I have a 2.5 ds and it took us just over a year to conceive.I have recently found out i have a large cyst on my right ovary(endo)and adhesions in my right tube.I am due to have a laparoscopy in December to drain the cyst and remove the adhesions.Will this effect my fertility in a negative way or will it improve my chances of falling pregnant.Is there anything else i can do to improve our chances after surgery or in general.Thank you for taking the time to answer everybodys concerns and questions we really all appreciate it greatly.x

justjules Sun 11-Nov-07 18:37:38

hello zita,

i am 31, in good health, size 12 and i have always had very normal cycles etc,

i have had 3 miscarriages in the last 12 months sad

so far, i have got p/g in the first month of trying, so at least that is something,

the first was in jan at 8 weeks (mmc) picked up on an early scan, large sac no baby, natural bleed a few days later,

the second was in march at 5 weeks, scanned at 4 + 4 and a sac was found, hcg and progesterone were tested and they were both good/high, miscarried 3 days later with no warning, no pain etc, just huge blood loss very quickly, hcg was up and down for weeks afterwards and they eventually treated me with methotraxate, took 10 weeks from bleed to finally get a -ive p/g test,

waited 3 months as recommended,

third miscarriage was in august at 11 weeks (d + c this time) i was taking baby asprin and we had a heartbeat at 6 weeks, normal growth, all the signs were good, at the scan the week before, at 9 + 5 weeks we seen baby moving, heart stopped at 10 + 4, picked up the following week at a routine scan, again no warning, no pains, no bleeding sad

at this point we had chromosome testing done and me and dp are ok, baby was a little boy and he was ok too, no chromosome problems etc,

we have been refered to a consultant and he is thinking about heperin injections next time, we are ttc again now and i am very scared,

the thing is my little sister has just had her first miscarriage this week at 6 weeks, small bleed at 5 + 4 and no sac found on the scan, full bleed at 6 weeks,

we have no other sisters, its just the two of us and i find it bizarre that we have had 4 p/gs and 4 m/cs between us, surely this cant just be 'bad luck', we have both been tested for aps, lupus and hughes and so far all the tests are -ive,

i know some women only test +ive for these blood conditions while p/g and they can be hard to diagnose when they are not p/g,

so my question is, can miscarriage run in families? and if so, what are the possible causes?

sorry for the long post but i needed to try and explain the history blush

if you do get a chance to address this issue i would be very grateful,

thankyou smile

tars Sun 11-Nov-07 18:38:33

Hi im 34 years old,suffered a miscarriage back in sep,my period has come back,so been using clearblue fertility monitor,i use the first urine sample of the day,i have also bought the clearblue fertility sticks.which give you the smiley face.well today cycle day 15 my montitor says high,not peak,but the sticks which i use in afternoon shows a smiley face,so why dont monitor show peak.

jearund Sun 11-Nov-07 18:52:38

Hi Zita,

I'm 35 and still breastfeeding my 9 month old daughter twice a day (morning and evening). I am trying to get pregnant again and my periods came back 3 months ago when I started her on solids. However I have used an ovulation kit for the last 2 months, and apparently I am not ovulating. Is this possible when I am having regular periods (every 29 days)? I have no history of fertility problems and fell pregnant with my daughter as soon as I came off the Pill. I am about a stone overweight, which is slowly coming down (still trying to lose the baby weight!) but otherwise healthy.

joobjoob Sun 11-Nov-07 21:43:53

Hi Zita, I am 37 years old and had my first child 12 months ago, my husband and I have been TTC again for the last 8 months, naturally.

Could you provide us with any advice as to what additional steps we could take i.e are ovulation kits succesful ? Or due to my age should I consult my GP, my periods are pretty regular between day 28 - 30.

Many thanks for any suggestions you can give.

AbbyMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 12-Nov-07 10:05:16

Just a reminder that Zita will be here later on today... so don't forget to join that discussion at 1pm.

sarahnh Mon 12-Nov-07 10:11:05

Hi Zita,

I'm 32 and ttc #2 I have been trying for 11 months but no joy yet. My periods have been quite regular 29/31 days but for the last couple of months they have got longer and longer 36/37. I seem to have alot of cramping in the second part of the cycle too. I am 5ft 8inches and weigh 8st 2lbs.. am i too light to concieve? Any advice would be greatly appreciated

Twinklewishes Mon 12-Nov-07 11:07:01

Just have a quick question on behalf of those who have recently miscarried.

I am 35 and have 2 dd's already. I have just had a missed miscarriage at nearly 15 weeks, this weekend and are just home from hospital.

How long is safe to ttc again. If it happened very early (say within the following month) would there be any problems. Does it become safer the longer you wait after miscarriage?

Many thanks for any help you may be able to offer.

cbcb Mon 12-Nov-07 11:15:33

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

mimimimi Mon 12-Nov-07 11:27:54

dear yita,
our fertility history is a long and complicated one, and at the moment i am in the depths of despair again:
after a few years of trying, i had a laporoscopy which showd that my tubes were blocked )obne tube was filled with fliud, and as there is no ovary arttached - this was removed at nine years of age due to a huge cyst). i had ivf, which was successful at first try - both embryos implanted, sadly one disappeared at 9 weeks, but have a wonderful , 3 year old daughter today. she still breastfeeds once a day in the morning. to our great joy, i conceived spontanously this summer, sadly i had a missed abortion, a miscarriage that did not show with bleeding, at about 9 weeks.
since then, i have hoped to conceive naturally again, and am getting really sad and worked up.
do you have any tips or insights - should i try ivf again regardless?
i cannot start ivf before my daughter has weaned and she is really taking her time.
best wishes

mimimimi Mon 12-Nov-07 11:32:10

dear zita,
sorry, should add that i have noticed since the miscarriage that i have very short cycles (about 24 days as opposed to normal and very regular ones before) and that the period flow is preceded by a few days of brown discharge.
is this normal and has it anything to do with the miscarriage/d&c?
thank you,

po4 Mon 12-Nov-07 12:03:49

what are the real chances of a 37/38 year old conceiving- have 4 children already, and no serious health probs. thanks

bananaknickers Mon 12-Nov-07 12:05:38

Hi Zita

Is it true that hospitals do not turn breech babies anymore ?

Love Nanaknickers

AbbyMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 12-Nov-07 12:06:10


Peachy Mon 12-Nov-07 12:16:07

Yogabug ahev you come across the american site shadowlands, for people who have terminated for HG? It may help. <<hugs>>

Lulumama Mon 12-Nov-07 12:18:38

they do, bananknickers, if safe to do so , if the baby the right sort of breech, there is enough fluid and no previous c.s... it is called External cephalic version.. success varies from place to place.. there are things you can try at home to turn a breech.. moxibustion being one of them...and there are excercises and positions to try too.. HTH a bit. x

ZitaWest Mon 12-Nov-07 12:46:35


OracleInaCoracle Mon 12-Nov-07 12:48:10

oooh <lissie starts bouncing>

Lulumama Mon 12-Nov-07 12:51:56


RubySlippers Mon 12-Nov-07 12:54:11

<<pulls up chair>>

Sheherazadethegoat Mon 12-Nov-07 12:54:24

hi zita

i would love to know your opinion on fertility following a c-section. i have a nearly 4 year old dd who was concieved v. easily but have been ttc for over 2 years. have had day 21 test and hsg and everything appears to be fine. dh's sperm is fine too.

thank you


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