We keep saying that the "third time is a charm" - I woke up at 5:30am and was at the doc's office for my follow up acupuncture treatment by 6:30am....we went for day #2 IUI later this morning... much more cramping today than yesterday.... had spicy thai food for lunch....drinking more spicy fertili"tea" this evening. About a month ago we read the book, "Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility by Sami S. David " which identifies different characteristics about how we deal with life and stress and food and then gives a 3-month plan based on your "type" to achieve maximum fertility. I am a combo between Stuck and Tired. For what it's worth, this plan has helped to ease my craving for sugar, given me more energy and I feel less stressed. Each type has a recipe for special fertili"tea" and bought all of the ingredients for both at our local health food store:
Mint-Orange Fertili-tea for Stuck types
1 cup mint leaves 1/2 cup red raspberry leaf tea leaves
1/4 cup oat straw tea leaves 2 teaspoons dried orange peel
Combine all ingredients in a small resealable container. Place 2 teaspoons of the mixture in a teacup. Pour boiling water over the tea and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain and serve.
Spicy Fertili-tea for Tired types
1 cup black tea leaves 2 tablespoons ground cardamom
2 tablespoons ground allspice Fresh ginger slices
Combine all the ingredients except the ginger in a small resealable container. Place 2 teaspoons of the mixture in a teacup. Add 2 slices of fresh ginger, pour boiling water over the tea and ginger and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain and serve.
Enjoy! I must say I was quite happy when we went to pay our bill today we saved around $50 by qualifying for the "shared help" program through our fertility clinic -I'll take a 10% discount any day since my insurance does not cover any treatment - woohoo!
The plan for the holiday weekend is to be low key and rest and relax.....it feels so odd to be taking it easy considering we have both been working 2 jobs each for the past year....I finally turned in my 2-week notice at my part time job. I am spent and just couldn't imagine another holiday season working in the retail industry...one full-time job is enough. I have learned I need to listen to my body more.....acupuncture has made an amazing difference with my stress and anxiety level. I plan to go at least twice a month to maintain the energy balance that I have now.
Thinking positive and happy thoughts and praying that this is our month..... ~Finch