Thursday, June 26, 2008

It's "Let's Admit it Thursday"

My question for you today is ...

"What is the craziest / most stupid / silly / or just plain out there thing you have done in hopes to get pregnant?"

There is a lot of old wives tales out there. And a lot of assvice. And ideas that may even work. So tell me - what tops ~your~ list?

Feel free to answer anonymously if it's too embarrassing!

38 comments:

nancy said...

I'll answer first.

Mine is during my last IUI, I heard eating pineapple ~cores~ had a natural chemical in it that aids in implantation.

So I ate 5 pineapple cores, from 6dpo - 10dpo.

What makes it even worse? I'm allergic to pineapple.

Amber said...

Yuck pineapples! Did you get a rash or something?

Nothing crazy to report here, I have been one of "those" girls that get pregnant easy.

I can't wait to read what everyone else has done! Great post!

Still Standing Strong in A Bloom of Hope. said...

I put my legs up in the air after sex. Sigh. I know it's old wives shit tales, but i'm still hoping :(

Io said...

Does sex count?

Anonymous said...

We used an actual Turkey injector (minus the needle attachment, and did our own insemination (old school, not IUI). We figured it would get the sperm a lot closer.

Leah said...

You took the words (and the pineapple core) right out of my mouth! While I'm not allergic, I do get canker sores if I eat too much citrus. I ate so much damn pineapple (including the wretched core) that during one of my cycles I had 8 sores in my mouth. That is just. not. smart. Especially when NONE of those particular cycles worked.

Sara said...

Compared to yours, mine sucks.:) But here is goes - I guess the silliest thing I did was prop my ass on a pillow after sex. I really wanted those spermies to get to their destination. Yeah, not original, but that is mine!

MrsDrink said...

Mine's kinda lame, LOL.

Before we moved to our house and we were still in the apartment (and fairly new to TTC), after BD I would hang upside down off the side of the bed in hopes the guys would get there quicker and better.


We see how well that worked. *eyeroll* lol

B said...

I've heard this one floating all over lately... eating an Egg McM*ffin right around implantation time.

I've tried not to get my hopes up this cycle. I'm generally treating myself as NPUPO, having an occasional glass of wine, not foreswearing caffeine... but I decided to try the Egg McM*ffin thing... mostly because I wanted a good excuse to have one.

As I type, I'm sitting here with stooooopid heartburn, knowing that there's no logical way that grease and fake cheese can encourage implantation.

Dumb. Burp. Dumb.

Miss Tori said...

One of my coworkers told me that she had problems conceiving, and that it wasn't until she stood on her head that she got pregnant. So, yes (hanging head) I did try it.

As you know, I'm not thin and trying to do this was quite comical. I thought I'd partially hang off my bed with my head down. I didn't expect to slip off and come down crashing!

Just a bit embarrassing having my DH laying there laughing his ass off! Alas, it didn't work.

**susy** said...

Someone once told my husband 'playing around' that if he stood on the bed and lifted my legs up over me (me laying on my back), toward him (still standing) and "shake shake shake them" so that the sperm can make sure to get 'help' that I'd get pregnant. As funny as it was, b/c we both laughed when WE ACTUALLY DID THAT it was it bit weird having my hubby see that sight.

Our family is complete said...

When we were trying to get pregnant with Carter I prayed to St. Gerard every night before I went to bed. Someone told me if I did that I would get pregnant. It wasn't till we said we were going to take a break that it happened.LOL I think when you are so excited about getting pregnant you are willing to try anything.

Amy

Amber said...

Have sex. I know it sounds like I'm being a smart-ass but truthfully I've never gotten pregnant with sex so it sound crazy to me.

Fun post.

Agata said...

Hah hah, I developed my own "trick" - I would not only try to lay still after sex, I would insert a tampon so that all the spermies would stay inside better and nothing would leak out. Hah hah, I'm a dumbass... But hey, it made me feel better so why not?

Kaci said...

I can't think of anything too crazy. Definitely not as crazy as eating pineapple cores! :) I did try some herbal stuff to try to ovulate earlier because I had freaky long-ass cycles.

Morgan said...

Back when I didn't know diddly squat about getting pregnant, which i'm more informed now thanks to you, I did some of the stupidest things. I've even got a few crazy looks from DF who wanted one just as bad as I. Once when we got 'finished'..I walked over to the wall and did a handstand- leaning against the wall for support. I stayed upside down until I couldn't take it anymore. Me and Kevin laughed for days about this, how silly it was- or desperate should I say. Now I know, it didn't help any and probably made the sperm go BEHIND my cervix instead of in it.

I totally should have posted this anonymously.

Deb said...

I love reading you and commenting - but that's all I can say today. (Although I feel bad admitting this) I never had any problems getting pregnant. It breaks my heart that so many of you do.

Gibson Twins said...

I tricked my husband into doing a SA so I could get Clomid. Told him "the doc said if you are sterile i don't have to go on bcp". Not only got Clomid, got pregnant first round. With twins.
He claims to have "known the whole time what I was doing but didn't care". So thats pretty stupid on my part. Now everything's peachy though.

Brett and Audra said...

I drank liquid Geritol. I had two different women on the same day tell me it worked for women they know so I did it every day for one whole month. Let me just tell you that was the most disgusting stuff I've ever put in my mouth. I chased it with juice AND a banana

fuentes said...

I’m new so haven’t really had the chance to do anything too crazy, but I am going with - if it can’t hurt me or the potential baby than I’ll give it a shot.

I put my legs up for about 15 min after; I even did this last month even though I had no evidence of O’ing.
DH drinks a strongly caffeinated drink before hand.
I eat 1/5 of a pineapple for the 5 days following O, or in last months case the 5 days following the day I think I should have O’ed. (Got the idea from your posts on WebMD, although google suggested eating 1/5 of a whole pineapple each day not just the core)

Rita said...

i thought for sure that every woman ovulated with the full moon. so we kept having moon sex

Anonymous said...

You know those Instead cups (alternative to tampons)? Instead of using them to catch AF, I used them to hold the swimmers against my cervix (during ovulation, obviously).

Jen said...

I can't say that I ever did anything really crazy. I'll admit that I got drunk the night after the IUI that worked. But hey it was my 30th birthday party, and I just happened to be O'ing the same day as the party. The only problem now is that all my friends keep telling me that it was the drinking that got me pregnant, after all it worked for all of them. Everybody seems to forget about the whole IUI and Femara part of things.

Geohde said...

Ovulation induction and timed intercourse.

With severe MFI.

:)

Won't bother with that kind of wishful thinking next time around!

J

Anonymous said...

In the whole scheme of things, we didn't have an overly hard time getting pregnant.

A coworker told me she did EVERYTHING when they were trying including having sex in a park and while watching porn.. hmm somehow I think the TTC was just an excuse for those!

As for us.. all we did was the EOD and some fun drugs. A few more months and I may have gotten into that stuff though.. lol

joyous melancholy said...

Aromatherapy, scented candles, tummy massage with scented oils, good luck charms, meditations, "fertility jewelry," Pre-Seed, Instead Cups, Evening Primrose Oil (before ovulation), eating pineapple (I heard all parts were good, not just the core), buying feminine products in bulk right before testing to try and induce Murphy's Law ("If I have 500 pads, I won't need them ever again")...

I tried it all. If I heard it worked for a friend of a friend's neighbor's aunt, I tried it.

However, I must say that on my last injectible cycle, I went out the day before my beta and bought a shitload of new clothes. I figured it had been 2-1/2 years of waiting, I wasn't going to wait on a maybe-baby anymore. Sure enough, next day we got the news that the IUI worked. I didn't mind returning the clothes.

Earl Gearl said...

I went to see a couple of men that I'm not married to. One likes to stick a camera ready dildo up my yoohoo and the other likes to talk about sex a lot....

Sarah R said...

I would hold my pee for insane periods of time after sex. I would stay in bed, butt propped up on a pillow, barely moving, for at least an hour (usually more). BDing before bedtime was the best because then I would have no reason to move. I made sure to pee before sex so I would be good to go. Pooping afterwards was absolutely out of the question. DH would bring me the toilet paper to clean up afterwards, and I would only pretend to wipe. I really, really wanted to get pregnant and he wasn't trying as hard as me, not like he was totally preventing.

Sarah R said...

And that is INSANE that you ate that many pineapple cores! However, if I were having trouble TTC, I would probably eat spider turds topped with BBQ sauce if it equaled a BFP!

jenn said...

the silly standard ones:
legs up, not moving for at least a hals hour after sex. No caffeine for months. take my temperature every morning & pee on things constantly. Get stuck with little tiny needles & drink stinky herbal mixtures. I've done the splurge on something I couldn't wear/have/enjoy if pregnant right before AF shows up. About to get my motorcycle permit & a motorcycle to go with it days into my first IUI cycle. Pay over a thousand dollars for a guy to look up my hoo-ha with a camera repeatedly & then shove some of my hub's spermies up there (?- hopefully this is not the silly one)
Can't do the pineapple though. I just can't stomach it!

Melody said...

Green tea for the two weeks leading up to ovulation. Cup of caffeinated coffee right after insemination (to stir up the swimmers)-- even though caffeine makes me a nutcase even when I'm not TTC. Entire pineapple by myself(including core) starting 3dpo-7dpo. Handfuls of almonds every day from 3dpo-7dpo. Probably the worst thing, though-- lukewarm showers even though I love them hot and not taking baths because I don't trust myself not to cook the eggs/embryos.

Cate said...

What didn't I do? Lol. I did pineapple cores, green tea, propping up my hips, sex more often than I wanted to, tons of needles in bruised thighs, vitex and lots of praying and wouldn't ya know it none of it worked, just random sex that I actually wanted lol.

theclam said...

Hmmm, I did the headstand thing until I was about to pass out from too much blood flow to my brain...
I have done the pineapple core thing too... I was also told that eating a bowl of full cream ice cream everynight from ovulation increased your chances - so I did that every night - on CD 78 I gave up cos it was glaringly apparent that I never ovulated and the only thing the ice cream did was make me chubby ;)

Becky said...

Oh wow, it's amazing how superstitious we can be, isn't it? Hubby and I can't start trying yet (I'm going to lose my job this year due to a merger and I'm terrified of not having health insurance) but I am sure I will be trying everything possible when we're TTC too.
:) Becky
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Motel Manager said...

green tea
cutting out caffeine and booze (craziest thing of all, really -- didn't last)
pre-seed
temperature-taking
propping up hips
DTD every day around ovulation
DTD every OTHER day around ovulation
pineapple (not cores, though)
b6 or b12 (to help w/ luteal phase, maybe?)

Jewels said...

Yes, this is embarrassing because It is ONLY coincidence that one could say “It Worked!” Because this is NOT why it worked.
But It felt like so many girls who Blog titles were specified to their infertility were on this streak of getting KU. I know these women weren’t whining about their infertility, they were just admitting and acknowledging it, but then they got pregnant and it contradicted their Blog. So I changed my blog all around, claiming a sappy “Empty Nest ~ my futile endeavor to fill the nest only to find myself with empty hands and empty womb”, It actually almost made me sick how sappy it was, but It was my hopes that I too would be contradicted.

But Hey ~ atleast I didnt eat Pineapple cores ;p

Anonymous said...

My huband was in Iraq and I wanted to get pregnant so I set my plan into action. I went to this place called a "hospital" were this guy put my legs in the worlds highest stir-ups, they knocked me out, used a needle to take some "eggs" out of my body,and took my husband's frozen soldiers out of the freezer. A day later they called me and told me to come back to the "hospital" in five days.When I went back they told me to get naked and lay on this "special" table. Well, this guy called a "doctor" came in and stuck a long stick looking thing in my down belows. I sitting their thinking "he didn't even offer me a drink" when he gets up and walks out. A lady came back in and told me to just lay there for 30 mintues. I didn't get offered a thing from her either. After I did my 30 mins I got dressed and went home (college flash back- J/K). I went back 4 weeks later and they stuck this long thing with a condome in it up my tunnel of love and sure enough they had put a little baby in there.

Melanie said...

prayed to God through two ectopics and a failed IVF.

Next time I'll try pineapple core!