August 30, 2013

PCOS to Pregnancy: The trickery of false positives!

I think the only thing that could be worse than seeing a negative result on a pregnancy test is seeing a false positive! Thankfully this hasn't happened for me ever, but I hope to avoid it in the future. One of you commented on a previous post warning me that Ovidrel, one of the medications I'm taking, can you give you a false positive. I'm notorious for taking tests way too early in hopes of getting a positive result, but with Ovidrel that's a bad idea. Ovidrel contains HCG, the hormone that is detected in pregnancy tests. It can linger in your system for up to two weeks and if you test too early, you could get a positive test result. So I will do everything in my power to avoid this!

Here are some other reasons for positives on pregnancy tests:

  • Evaporation Lines: Sometimes moisture can give a false positive on pregnancy tests. The line is usually very faint. 
  • Ectopic Pregnancy: In these cases, a fertilized eggs implants somewhere other than the uterus. This is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. 
  • Recent Miscarriage: If you have recently miscarried, your body may still contain substantial amounts of HCG. 
  • Reading your test too late: If you wait too long to read your test, you may see a positive result. Don't pull a negative test out of the trash and get your hopes up if it is positive hours later. 
Have you ever experienced a positive result only to get let down?

I'm Jenny, the mama behind the blog Cloth Diaper Revival.   I'm a stay at home mom to Noah and a wife to Chas, the cloth diapering dad.  I used to be a 3rd grade teacher until I was blessed with the birth of my first child, Noah. I'm currently trying to conceive my second child while struggling with infertility due to PCOS. This series covers my journey and my experiences along the way.

August 29, 2013

Fight bugs the natural way with these natural insect repellants!

I'll admit, I'm not a big fan of the outdoors, particularly in the summer. It's hot here in the south. The humidity is awful and worst of all, the mosquitos love me! Unfortunately I was blessed with a little boy that loves to play outside. He loves it and would spend all day outdoors if I would give in to his begging. Earlier in the summer, I pulled out all of his outdoor toys, pulled up a comfy chair in the shade and sprayed us both down with bug spray for a little fun in the backyard.

After playing for a while, he came to see me for a sip of water. He grabbed his sippy cup, which was laying next to me in the chair and pulled...ouch! It was stuck to my skin! When he pulled that cup away, it was worse that pulling off a band-aid! I thought it was odd, but didn't give it much thought. After spending sometime outside, we came in to cool off. I sat down in one of our dining chairs. When I tried to get up, I realized I was stuck! My leg was glued to the seat of the chair! As I slowly pulled my leg away, I could see my skin pulling and stretching, torn between being attached to my body and stuck to the chair. After a few seconds of panic, I ripped myself away, losing skin in the process.

My next step was to throw my toddler and myself into the shower and scrub away every inch of bug spray left on our bodies. Then I tossed the nasty, awful bug spray in the trash! Unfortunately, no bug spray isn't a option...the mosquitoes love us too much! So, I began researching a few new options. 

Bug Blocker is a 100% natural bug spray that's safe for the whole family. It doesn't contain DEET or other nasty chemicals. I don't think I'll be stuck to any chairs with this stuff! 

Mosquitno BandZzz for adults and kids are another great solution! These silicone wrist bands are infused with citronella oil. They are also DEET free! 

What natural ways do you fight bugs when outside?

August 27, 2013

Trophy Tuesday: Win a Limited Edition Baltic Amber Teething Necklace and save 15% when you order this week!

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