Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Just imagine.......

The absolute horror.....

Your alarm clock goes off at 6:15am, your bladder just about to burst...... But you first need to temp, pop that thermometer under your tongue and pray that you don't wet the bed. Beep beep.

You fly out of bed, in mid air you grab your cup. Legs shaking, eyes half open, thighs tingling, making sure you aim correctly..... only to discover you no longer have any Pee Sticks left.... What a shocker, what will you do now??

Remember our Making Babies offices close on Thursday, 17 December, to avoid the Pee-Stick-Less feeling, make sure you place your order today!

Don't be caught without a HPT this silly season!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Holiday Specials

Being the last week for December before we close down our offices (till 2 January 2010) we thought we would throw some more great specials your way.

One Step Home Pregnancy Tests (HPT) 10 Pack - R 90.00

One Step Ovulation Kit Tests (OPK) 10 Pack - R 90.00

One Step HPT and OPK 10 Pack - R 170.00

Pre~Seed Lubricant - R 250.00

Fertile Focus Microscopes - R 270.00

FertilAid for Men was R 460.00 NOW R 435.00

FertilAid for Women was R 380.00 NOW R 365.00

FertilAid Combo was R 840.00 NOW R 780.00

Shipping is now only R 20.00 (opposed to the normal R 30.00)

Then of course we still have the:

* PregAssist Man and Woman Combo R 550.00 Plus Free Shipping (Registered Mail) for both!

Saving of R 70.00 in total ;-) *

Please refer to our Website for product info.

If you would like to order any of the above products, please forward an email to marcellem@makingbabies.co.za by 12:00 Thursday 17 December 2009.

Thank you

Have a great Monday!

Kind regards,

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Another Conceive Plus BFP!!!

I'm super excited because I get to share my best friend's BFP with you all!!!

Go visit her blog here.....

Not only is she my very very good friend, she is also a Making Babies member who used Conceive Plus lubricant this past cycle.

Hun, I'm so happy for you guys and so honoured that I get to share this journey again with you.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Just rubs me up the wrong way.....

When people try to take advantage of couples TTC...... argh, rubs me up the wrong way..... yeah I know I send out plenty of mail with our latest Making Babies specials and news... BUT, I was so upset this morning when I got this "private message" from someone over at another forum.

She sends me this:

Hey hun, I understand your TTC frustration.

Believe it or not, my husband and I tried to conceive for more than 2 years. We tried to refrain from sex for days and even weeks but it didn't help.
Worst part is, there were empty hopes - I thought I was pregnant but in the end I wasn't. It's really frustrating and I understand that.

I was in this forum some time ago and I asked a question similar to yours and a person recommended me a book. It's entitled "Getting Pregnant Bible". I swear it's like a gift from God!

It teaches stuffs like the seven things you need to do before even you try to get pregnant to ensure a healthy pregnancy; the appropriate diet to conceive; how to increase your husband's sperm count; the ovulation cycle and many others!

I am already having my 4th child now! I really recommend that you try reading this book out. Also, they are currently giving free bonus books like fertility secrets and choosing your baby gender! It's for a limited time only!
And it was featured in The Oprah Winfrey Show recently!

Learn more about it here:


Goodness me. I sent her a PM back saying: You obviously did not do your homework properly before PMing me...... (of course I alerted the MODS on that forum about this "spamming")

Everyone here on Making Babies, I take a personal interest in. I check up on you girls, I read your updates. We keep in touch. Obviously this woman just randomly picks contact details on this other forum and private messages them. Aai, irritates me.......

Monday, December 7, 2009

Vitamin D and Infertility

I'm cheating today, and going to make you visit my good friend's blog to read all about Vitamin D and Infertility. Pop on over to Finding Family with Empty Arms

I'm sure most of you are busy wrapping up all loose ends for 2009 and getting ready for the "silly season".

Please note that Making Babies will be closed for orders from 17 December 2009 until 1 January 2010. So if you would like to place orders for December, please ensure that you order reaches us before our offices close.

We are once again offering a "free shipping option" on our Home Pregnancy and Ovulation tests. With any 10 Pack that is ordered you will receive your shipping Free of charge. (Registered Mail option).

Have an awesome week!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Winner of the November Comp!

Drum roll ....................

How I would announce my Pregnancy to my Husband by Cinnamon Girl

My husband has wanted a new, decent, fancy camera for a long time now. Cameras and his family are like Cookies and Ice Cream. In fact it is a running joke that they look like a family of Japanese tourist when they get together during a function. Even hired photographers have commented, in some cases with envy, on the equipment members of the family own just to take everyday family snap shots.

The only camera we own is hand me down Canon he inherited from his sister. Now this is of course nowhere near the type of photographic equipment my husband would like. Don’t get me wrong the type of camera he would like is relatively modest.

I have urged him to go and buy the camera of his dreams on several occasions, but he has always shrugged it off and used the money for something around the house.

Now if I do finally fall pregnant, I have put away a decent amount of money and I have decided that I will announce my pregnancy with a decent NIKON Camera.

With this said camera, I will take its first photograph of my positive home pregnancy test. Then I will tie a bow around the camera and place it into the arms of a nice big teddy on the bed with a note.

The note saying:

You have always looked for an excuse not to buy yourself this camera.

Well I have the best excuse for you to own it.

You will need a camera fit to capture all the special moments.

You are going to be a father.

I love you and thank you.

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I will be sending you your prize ASAP!

In other Making Babies news:

Our new poll is up: TTCers do you buy PG magazines?



Monday, November 30, 2009

Last day for the November Comp!!!

Don't forget to get your entries in for the Making Babies November Competition!

We are also running a special (Yes another special, because we are nice like that) on Pre~Seed and OPK (5 Pack).



Normal pricing would be R 355.00 including shipping. We are now offering Combo packs at R320.00 (including registered mail shipping) Saving you R 35.00

Using the OPKs in conjunction with the Pre~Seed will allow you to time your BD sessions and use the Pre~Seed at the correct times, increasing your chances at conception. :)

If you would like to take advantage of the Combo special, please forward an email with your details to marcellem@makingbabies.co.za

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

What's the hardest part of TTC?

Between all the taking of temperatures, stretching CM and keeping BD schedules - getting pregnant can be taxing on the soul. Please go vote in our poll: What's the hardest part of TTC?

I used to hate those 24 hours leading up to Ovulation. You know it's coming, you pray and beg and plead and pray that what ever you do in the next 24 hours leads to a healthy pregnancy.

Then around 10dpo you get this itch to POAS. Only to sit for hours staring at a possible line that deep down you know really isn't there, but your heart does see something. You get annoyed with yourself for testing early in the first place. You should have waited at least another day (stretching it to maybe another two days.)

Argh, and then AF hits....... TTC is not for sissy's.

In Making Babies news:

We still have a number of specials running for the rest of November, so do check it out.

Our November competition closes this weekend, make sure you get your entry in if you would like to win a Pack of One Step Home Pregnancy Tests.

Monday, November 23, 2009

How to use the Conception CAP

I found a cool video clip of the Conception Cap. Sometimes it's better to see than read ;-)



The Conception Kit can be ordered through Making Babies

Friday, November 20, 2009

Cranberry for a girl....

We often get into conversations about gender selection while TTC. I found an interesting article on Getting Pregnant Blog

It seems that research has stated that taking cranberry via either pills or juice can influence the gender of your baby, in favour of team PINK.

Cranberry will make your cervical mucus (CM) more acidic, which sperm does not like at all. But since female sperm are stronger than male sperm they have more chance to survive the hostile conditions.

Be warned though that cranberry can affect the amount of CM that your body produces, so you are bound to have less CM which isn't really ideal for TTC. Since you ideally want as much EWCM as possible to increase your chances of any conception. ;-)

If you are already having issues with CM production then I don't think you should be going the cranberry route in order for team PINK. It might just be doing more harm than good.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

How long is your cycle?

Making Babies Wednesday Poll is up.

How long is your cycle?

“Whenever women are together for more than two days, they talk about their periods,” says Whoopi Goldberg.

Now put us all together in one chat room, and we are bound to have fun! Click here to join the Making Babies Network.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Pregnancy vs Baby

As I was holding my friend's baby on Saturday morning, I looked down at him ran my finger across his face and smiled. Inside my heart skipped a beat and stung a bit. I realized looking down at his precious little face, while stroking his teeny toes that this might be the closet I get to holding a baby again for a very long time. I was a bit sad that I wouldn't be holding my own very soon. As in - not for a few years at least. But I enjoyed meeting this little guy who we have been planning for so long. It was awesome to have him in real life there, cooing back at you.

(Then my McK ran past and I realized I love her 5 year old toes too, and I am incredibly lucky and blessed to have her.)

Motherhood is a challenge. It's the hardest job you will ever have, and yes it will be the most awesome one too. But it got me thinking, do you want to be pregnant or have a baby? Odd question? I don't think so.

There were many times when I would think I just wanted to be pregnant. To recapture that what I lost with my pregnancy with McK. There are so many things I wanted to do differently. Then I would feel overwhelmed thinking that at the end of 9 months there would actually be a baby. A real person. It wouldn't just be two lines on a HPT. It wouldn't be that first u/s with a beating heart. It wouldn't just be that first kick. There would actually be a baby at the end....

Babies grow up into 5 year old's... and 5 year old's grow into teenagers.... and teenagers... well you know the rest of this story. :) Isn't it wonderful that something so important as two lines on a pee stick can develop into a life changing situation. Even if you aren't prepared for the full package yet.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

This week on Making Babies

Oddly I take the weeks on Making Babies from Wednesday to Wednesday, I guess because of the Poll we run every Wednesday ;-)

1) How many HPT do you use per cycle? Come on go vote, (Ps the last option is for us POAS-aholics)

Our last poll asked "Are you taking any natural supplements?" I see most of the voters are on either a multivitamin or FertilAid/Fertipil Plus. I hope those supplements start working their magic! ;-)

2) We are giving away Arouse 24 Gel with the first SIX orders of 1x One Step HPT (10) and 1x One Step OPK (10) combo packs. Please note this special only applies to the 10 Pack combo's.

You would need to send me an email order with the subject line HPT/OPK Combo deal :) Only the first six orders will qualify.

3) Competition time.... All TTCers sit hours upon hours dreaming about how to announce their pregnancies. Since starting Making Babies, I've had the pleasure of sharing in these beautiful BFPs and the excitement of announcing them. If you would like to win a HPT (10 pack), submit your story of how you would like to announce your pregnancy. I have lined up a judging panel who will vote for the best (creative) announcement. The winner will be announced in our December Newsletter. (1 Dec)

Please submit your "announcement stories" to marcellem@makingbabies.co.za We will only publish the stories towards the end of the month. So get creative, it's all about how you would like to announce your pregnancy. Use your imagination. :)

And that my dear friends is all I have time for today. I hope you are having a great week so far.

Please note the special mentioned above, as well as the competition is only valid for Making Babies Members, so if you are reading this and still not signed up... CLICK HERE!!!!

Plenty of fertile thoughts going out to everyone.

xox

Monday, November 9, 2009

Would you do it again?

I often wonder especially now, if I would ever go through the infertility heartache again. Would I put myself through all that? If I knew how my future was going to turn out, would I have stopped it ages ago and not let infertility or trying to conceive run my life like it did?

Would I do it again? Yes, I think so. I still want another child. One day. So yes, I'm fully prepared to go through all the emotions again. All the frustration, all the stress, all the excitement. All the trying...... I think the next time round will be different because I know exactly what to expect. I hope there will be a next time. I don't doubt for a minute that it won't be heart breaking.

Do I regret going through it? No. I needed it. It changed me. Put everything into perspective for me. I can apply what I learnt from infertility to so many aspects of my life. To appreciate what I have. To have compassion and understanding. I will never say I wasted 3 years of my life TTC. It wasn't a waste. It was a major growth curve for me.

I would never want to do it over or erase it from my life. If I think of my amazing SOP girls. 12 woman who have touched my heart and life in a way I have never thought possible. My dear friend Nicki, who I adore with everything in me!!!! I would never want to imagine my life without her. My mommy girls, my Making Babies members... Each person means so much to me, and play such a huge role. So no, I would never want to erase my 3 year journey. Not for anything in the world.....

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Weight and Fertility

Argh, the "W" word. I remember being so petrified every time I used to walk into my EX-Gynae's rooms. My blood pressure would go through the roof. He always complained about my weight. It was the easiest excuse for him as to why we weren't falling pregnant. Blame it on the weight. I remember the one time I was so proud that I had lost 4kg, when I told him he said to me: "By the rate you are losing weight, you will probably be pregnant in 2 years". Idiot.......

So needless to say I was always so demotivated and p!ssed off about my weight and TTC. I wouldn't even open articles that spoke about weight affecting TTC. Until I met my new Gynae. When I told him about my weight issues. He looked at me as if I was nuts, and said "what weight issues? You look fine to me." I nearly kissed the man.

Now I know I wasn't seriously over weight, I could do with loosing a few kgs. (Like any woman always wants too.) But what was amazing was the difference in attitude between the two docs. For 3 years, the EXdoc would literally shout out at me and I would not do anything about the extra weight. New doc, lovely man = me getting more healthier and actually wanting to exercise.

I don't want to preach about weight affecting your fertility. But if you glance through the passages below:

Extract from www.fertilityjourney.com

For women, very low weight can decrease GnRH production, which can result in irregular ovulation or a complete stop to ovulation. Too little GnRH can affect the development of the uterine lining and its receptivity to the implanting embryo. For men, low weight could lead to decreased sperm count or function.

Being overweight can also lead to an abnormal hormonal signal, impacting ovulation and possibly sperm production. It can cause an overproduction of insulin, which may result in irregular ovulation. There is also a link between obesity, excess insulin production and the infertility condition known as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

A healthy return to normal body weight will often reverse hormonal irregularities, thereby restoring fertility. Not only that, but normal body weight is also the healthy way to prepare for pregnancy. Whether you have to shed or gain some pounds, changes in weight should be made before getting pregnant, since drastic changes can be detrimental to your developing baby. If the cause of obesity is related to PCOS, the use of insulin sensitizing drugs may be needed in addition to dietary changes. Please consult with your healthcare provider prior to taking any medications, prescribed or over the counter.


It really couldn't do you any harm to get active and create the best environment (body) to fall pregnant. Exercising makes you feel better, is a great stress reliever and clears the mind. (Well at least for me it does.) And I'm sure you could do with less stress while TTC right?

Don't kill yourself with hectic routines if you aren't used to it. Start off slow, do something you enjoy. Maybe something both you and your partner can do together.

Ps. I'm sure some creative BD sessions could be considered as exercise too *wink wink*

Monday, November 2, 2009

November already?

Good morning

It's that time again, beginning of the month. Newsletter time. Click here if you would like to read our November Edition

We will also be launching our new competition for the month soon. So please keep checking back for details. Going to be a fun one :)

Our featured member for November was also announced last week on the Making Babies Network.

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So your partner may not be willing to start popping some supplements to increase his sperm count, there are some foods that you could introduce to his diet to help with that ;-)(to help with sperm count not force him to take supplements LOL)

1. Red peppers, carrots, oatmeal, dried apricots. The vitamin A in these foods help grow healthy sperm.

2. Asparagus, snow peas, cooked tomatoes, strawberries. The vitamin C in these foods affect sperm motility and viability.

3. Turkey, eggs, seafood, oysters, pumpkin seeds. The zinc found in these foods help produce healthy sperm.

4. Leafy green veggies, avocados, beans, whole grains. To increase your sperm count, production, and motility.

5. Salmon, sardines, anchovies, walnuts
. “DHA and other essential omega-3 fatty acids help improve blood flow to the genitals and increase sexual function,” writes Heidi Murkoff in What to Expect Before You’re Expecting.

Now I'm hungry after reading that. :)

Hope November brings lots of BFPs!!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ovulation Predictor Tests 101



(This pic above is one of my own tests)

I received some pics from a Making Babies member (also a good friend) of her Ovulation Predictor kits(OPK), and thought I would share them with you as well, and also do a quick recap on how OPKs work.

Unlike Home Pregnancy Tests(HPT) a second line is not always a positive result. When taking an OPK, you want the test line to be as dark (or darker) than the control line. That would indicate the positive result, which means the test is picking up the Luteinizing Hormone (LH) surge that is produced just before ovulation.

Once you have gotten your positive result, you are supposed to ovulate within 12-36 hours. I noticed with my positive results, I would ovulate 2 days later. So it's not uncommon to go as long as 48hours after the positive.

A few rules to remember when OPKing:

1) It's best to test late afternoon/early evening. I used to get my best results at 3pm. However, some ladies get better results at 6pm. It all depends on how your body produces LH.

2) Try to limit your fluid intake for at least 2 hours before testing. This includes holding your P for those 2 hours prior.

3) If you are using a Making Babies OPK, remember the test needs 10 minutes to react after the urine has passed over the control line. DO NOT discard the test after a few minutes. WAIT the whole 10 minutes for an accurate result.

4) If you are taking Clomid/Fertomid only start using OPKs about 2 days after your last pill.

If you would like more info on OPKs, visit this LINK on Making Babies.

Now for N's OPKs:





Unfortunately these pics were taken when the tests had already dried... :) But you can still get the general idea of how OPKs work.

The top pic is the positive on CD19, it was by far the darkest line N got. A true positive. She did test on CD20 again, and it was a negative.

The bottom tests, are the few she took leading up to CD19. You can see she had a nice build up of lines.

This however isn't always the case, you can have no build up of lines. You can have negative/white test results and then bam a positive the next day:



OPKs can be quite expensive if bought in store or at a Pharmacy. I think I last priced them at R 150.00 - R200.00 for 5 tests. Depending on what brand you buy. At Making Babies you can buy 10 Tests for R 100.00 :) You see that is a great saving, you now have more money to buy HPTs. LOL :)

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Could I ask that you all pop over to McKMama's blog and keep Stellan in your thoughts and prayers. :)


Prayers for Stellan




Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fun Polls

Hello my favourite readers ;-)

We are running a poll on Making Babies to find out the most popular way of tracking ovulation. Please take part by clicking on the following link:

How do you track your ovulation?

We will be running weekly polls on varies subject matter every Wednesday. Be sure to check back with us frequently to vote and view the results.

Plenty of fertile thoughts going out to everyone!

If you are not part of the Making Babies Community, click HERE to join. It's that easy!

Marcelle

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Ps: Don't forget if you are looking for affordable Home Pregnancy and Ovulation Tests, Making Babies is where you will find it! Visit our website for pricing and to order

Friday, October 23, 2009

A happy BFP!!!



Just look at those gorgeous lines hey! Another happy Making Babies client with a beautiful BFP!!!

Check out our HPTs over at Making Babies!!

Congratulations C, I know this was a very long road for you! I'm so happy for you and your family!!!! And excited for the new Aunty ;-)

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I was wondering, if you got lines that dark would you go for bloods to confirm? I know bloods are the final stamp "YES" or "NO". But I think if I were the recipient of those tests above I would give the bloods a skip. :)

Your opinion? (you know it's always welcomed)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fake it



Now where was this test when I was TTC? Could have done with a few POSITIVES in my journey, albeit fake ones LOL Could have been a real "pick me upper".... NOT... When I saw this on the WWW I wondered how many of these tests were bought for (what it was meant for) jokes, to fool someone into thinking the tester was indeed pregnant.




I thought this bill board was quite funny. "Don't shoot the messenger." In other words, don't fling that negative test across the room, or rip it too pieces after you have given it the stare of death. I know I've often felt in the past like setting them on fire and watching it die a slow painful death. Darn pee stick!

And on the topic of HPTs, (come on you knew I was going to do a shameless plug, again) Don't forget Making Babies stock awesome sensitive HPTs at very affordable prices. Check it out!

Don't forget:


1)All purchases for the month of October, your name will automatically go into the lucky draw for the Revitalizer Hamper Make sure you also stand a chance to win, by simply commenting on the blog post either here on this blog post or on the Making Babies Network!

2)Our special on the Conceive Plus (and OPK/HPT) we are having this week! I might even extend it to next week, to tie up with the hamper give away.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I came across this on my FAVOURITE forum MOMMY this morning, but have received it via email too in the past.. Just thought I would share it with you all.

FOR ALL MOMS (PRESENT, PAST OR POSSIBLY FUTURE)
AND MOMS AT HEART (FATHERS)

We are sitting at lunch when my daughter casually
mentions that she and her husband are thinking of
"starting a family."

"We're taking a survey," she says, half-joking. "Do
you think I should have a baby?"

"It will change your life," I say, carefully keeping
my tone neutral. "I know," she says, "no more
sleeping in on weekends, no more spontaneous
vacations...."

But that is not what I meant at all. I look at my
daughter, trying to decide what to tell her. I want
her to know what she will never learn in childbirth
classes. I want to tell her that the physical wounds
of child bearing will heal, but that becoming a
mother will leave her with an emotional wound so raw
that she will forever be vulnerable.

I consider warning her that she will never again
read a newspaper without asking "What if that had
been MY child?" That every plane crash, every house
fire will haunt her. That when she sees pictures of
starving children, she will wonder if anything could
be worse than watching your child die.

I look at her carefully manicured nails and stylish
suit and think that no matter how sophisticated she
is, becoming a mother will reduce her to the
primitive level of a bear protecting her cub.

That an urgent call of "Mom!" will cause her to drop
a souffle or her best crystal without a moment's
hesitation.

I feel I should warn her that no matter how many
years she has invested in her career, she will be
professionally derailed by motherhood.

She might arrange for childcare, but one day she
will be going into an important business meeting and
she will think of her baby's sweet smell. She will
have to use every ounce of her discipline to keep
from running home, just to make sure her baby is all
right.

I want my daughter to know that everyday decisions
will no longer be routine. That a five year old
boy's desire to go to the men's room rather than the
women's at McDonald's will become a major dilemma.
That right there, in the midst of clattering trays
and screaming children, issues of independence and
gender identity will be weighed against the prospect
that a child molester may be lurking in that
restroom.

However decisive she may be at the office, she will
second-guess herself constantly as a mother.

Looking at my attractive daughter, I want to assure
her that eventually she will shed the pounds of
pregnancy, but she will never feel the same about
herself. That her life, now so important, will be of
less value to her once she has a child. That she
would give it up in a moment to save her offspring,
but will also begin to hope for more years -- not to
accomplish her own dreams, but to watch her child
accomplish theirs.

I want her to know that a cesarean scar or shiny
stretch marks will become badges of honor. My
daughter's relationship with her husband will
change, but not in the way she thinks. I wish she
could understand how much more you can love a man
who is careful to powder the baby or who never
hesitates to play with his child. I think she should
know that she will fall in love with him again for
reasons she would now find very unromantic.

I wish my daughter could sense the bond she will
feel with women throughout history who have tried to
stop war, prejudice and drunk driving.

I hope she will understand why I can think
rationally about most issues, but become temporarily
insane when I discuss the threat of nuclear war to
my children's future.

I want to describe to my daughter the exhilaration
of seeing your child learn to ride a bike. I want to
capture for her the belly laugh of a baby who is
touching the soft fur of a dog or a cat for the
first time. I want her to taste the joy that is so
real, it actually hurts.

My daughter's quizzical look makes me realize that
tears have formed in my eyes. "You'll never regret
it," I finally say. Then I reach across the table,
squeeze my daughter's hand and offer a silent prayer
for her, and for me, and for all of the mere mortal
women who stumble their way into this most wonderful
of callings. This blessed gift from God . . . that
of being a Mother.

Please share this with a Mom that you know or a
future Mom, or a Mom at heart.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Our first Conceive Plus BFP!!!

I would like to CONGRATULATE a Making Babies Member (will keep her name under wraps until she herself announces her BFP, but she did say I could tell you about the conceive plus).....

The only thing we added was the Conceive Plus and I really think that this is what has helped me to get pregnant as DH does not have the best of swimmers and has not used anything for it as he does not like to drink any tabs.

So Marcelle, thanks for a GREAT product will recommend it to anyone.


I'm so excited for you girl. And I'm so glad you loved the Conceive Plus!!


In celebration of your BFP, Making Babies is going to give 10% discount on any Conceive Plus orders this week! You can also order a Conceive Plus Lubricant with either a 10 Pack HPT or OPK for R 300.00 (that is a total saving of R40.00)

** prices exclude shipping **


If you would like to order please pop me an email at marcellem@makingbabies.co.za with your details.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Why wait till you're late?




Affordable Home Pregnancy and Ovulation Tests available from Making Babies.

Our pregnancy tests are super sensitive picking up hCG levels of 10miu/ml. We have a record of ladies getting their BFPs as early as 11dpo (won't brag too much about one we got at 9dpo Wink ) But the average is 11dpo with FMU.

Our ovulation tests, as my client said - Marcelle, these OPKs rock! I've used a couple of other brands in the past, but none of them were so clear!

Visit Making Babies or pop me an email at marcellem@makingbabies.co.za to place your order.

HPT and OPK


10 Pack ~ R 100.00
5 Pack ~ R 55.00

Prices exclude shipping costs

:)


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day



Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is to create awareness and support for those families who have gone through the heartache of losing their babies.

I have been down this road with many of my dear friends, we have cried together and held each one up when it was getting too dark to go on.

I would like to take a moment to remember all your precious babies……




Monday, October 12, 2009

Infertility Grief

Grief is a somewhat complicated and misunderstood emotion. Yet, grief is something that, unfortunately, we must all experience at some time or other. We will all inevitably experience loss. Whether it is a loss through death, divorce or some other loss, the stages of grieving are the same.

Grieving the loss of a dream, that child/baby you so badly want to have and hold can be heart breaking. Most couples TTC, go through this loss every month. Some only start going through the loss when they have been diagnosed as infertile....

There are 5 stages of grief:

1-Denial-"this can't be happening to me"

2-Anger-"why me?"

3-Bargaining - Begging, wishing, praying

4-Depression-overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, frustration, bitterness, self pity

5-Acceptance-there is a difference between resignation and acceptance

Sometimes you mix up the order of the stages. I know I had to immediately jump into acceptance when I decided to end my relationship with my DH. The bargaining was always there. I know I have been through each stage at some point during my TTC journey.

The depression I think will always be there, under lying. I had to deal with failed cycles month after month for over 3 years. I don't think it will go away totally. Then all of the sudden I was closing the door on it. Never really dealing with it, jumping straight to stage 5.

As of recent I've been dealing with it all over again. Only this time I'm having to grieve two losses at the same time, that of a relationship and of another child. Some days it's hard to define which one I'm grieving. I think it's taking quite a toll on my sanity at the moment.

I don't want to go google and give you steps on how to deal with it. Anyone with personal experience that would like to share???

Thursday, October 8, 2009

New PregAssist :)

I'm super excited to introduce to you the latest additions to our Fertility Supplement range....

PregAssist Woman



Pregassist for females capsules have been specially formulated to provide beneficial nutrients and plant extracts to help assist, stimulate and improve metabolism in order to help improve and enhance fertility in women.

PregAssist Man




Pregassist for males capsules contain a specially formulated blend of vitamins, minerals and ashwaganda extract that helps promote and improve male fertility.

We are having a special "pre-launch" offer to all the Making Babies Members. Be sure to check out the blog section on MB Network for more info.... :)


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

2nd, 3rd etc..... future mommies to be

To those of you who are TTC your 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc etc babies. I have a few questions….

How long did you TTC with your first (previous) kiddies?

It took us 10 months TTC McK. I left my BCP the day I got married Almost 10 months to the day I got my first ever BFP.

Your first TTC attempts, were you just going with the flow or actually into the whole charting/temping/POAS thing?

I didn’t even know about BBT back then. Hell, I wasn’t even checking my CM. LOL. Odd I know. But back then I was a “TTC Virgin”.

If it wasn’t for the internet would you still be a crazed TTC addict (and I mean that in the nicest way)?

The internet ruined my na├»ve approach to life you could say. But also taught me valuable information and compassion to TTC and infertility. I don’t think I would have been so obsessed about TTC if I wasn’t a Google freak.

How long have you been TTC your 2nd, 3rd etc etc?

We were just over our 3 year TTC our 2nd when we surrendered for obvious reasons.

Did you think it would take longer or shorter than your first TTC attempt?

Of course, I really thought 10 months was for ever!! I tripled that and more, very disappointing as I really thought hey we have one what could be so hard the next time round.

When you started off TTC your next baby, did you have a gender preference this time around?

I was so excited, I just wanted a boy!! For the first year, it was boy boy boy… from then I just didn’t care, I just wanted a baby.

Go on, leave me a comment with your answers! (Or add any questions you would like to "read" about)....


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Advertising Campaign

It really does feel like I'm turning the Making Babies blog into an advertising campaign.... :( There are as of late more Product related posts than TTC info rich posts.

I'm now not sure whether to close it down and solely concentrate on the Making Babies Network. Which BTW is picking up beautifully. So if you aren't a part of it yet, JOIN UP!! We have a great group of people on there and so much support! You won't be sorry :)

So for the time being, if you are looking for TTC info and support please register on Making Babies and jump right in. (Until I decide what to do with this blog.....)

All my personal info is now on my private blog, which you need to be invited to. So pop me an email (with how I know you) and I'll sign you up there. :)

DON'T FORGET TO ENTER: Revitalizer Hamper by leaving your comment. Also get another 2x entries by placing your order for any of our fertility products for the month of October. :)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Quirks....

Come on share your TTC quirks.....

When I was TTC, I used to read my star sign and let it predict whether I was going to "be lucky" that month. I could turn any star sign reading into something TTC related.

Also I used to keep all my Pee Sticks from one cycle, including OPKs and line them all up to make sure there really weren't any lines on the HPTs when comparing them to the OPKs....

So do you have a TTC quirk?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Revitalizer Hamper up for grabs!

Making Babies is proud to introduce the new Libido product range:

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Revitalizer for Men and Women, as well as the Rejuvenator for Women.

For more information on the above products, please visit Making Babies or see THIS POST.

To stand a chance at winning the Revitalizer Hamper valued at R 659.00 All you have to do is:

Leave a comment on this post, (adding your email address).

Receive another 2x entries if you purchase any products on the Making Babies Website for the month of October.

Competition closes 30 October 2009 where the winner will be randomly drawn. The winner will be notified via email 31 October 2009

** Please note this competition is only valid for those residing in South Africa.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Another give away!!!

Thought I would point you all in the direction of a friend of mine's blog -

She is doing her first give away at Finding Family with Empty Arms

Be sure to check it out :)

Also don't forget about the Making Babies Referral Program!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

300!!!!

So what could I possibly entertain you with on the Making Babies 300th Blog entry???

I found this article while surfing the net. Will it do? Well it will have to, my brain isn't very creative today. Enjoy the read.....

Fertility and Feng Shui
by Leslie Jacobson, MA, MS in Ed., Certified Feng Shui Consultant

So many of you are looking for a little help in increasing your odds (or
that of a family member) of becoming pregnant. But how can Feng
Shui help you in your fertility quest?

One way to increase your odds of adding to your family is by refraining
from disturbing the energy in your home. When trying to conceive,
avoid any remodeling, major or minor, in or around your home. Try to
keep your home as calm as possible. And don't agitate the energy
around your bed. Don't sweep or dust around or under your bed
during conception attempts and pregnancy. A dusty bedroom could
just equal a baby in your future!

Keep the area under your bed clear and clutter free. In Feng Shui it is
always recommended that the area under the bed be clear so energy
can circulate under you while you sleep, this is even more important
when trying to conceive and while pregnant.

Another way to pump up your fertility is by getting an elephant. No,
not a real one! A representation of an elephant. Elephants have been
considered a fertility symbol for thousands of years. Place a lovely
elephant figurine in your bedroom. Rub your elephant to bring more
children into your family. Some other items to add to your bedroom
(or wear as jewelry) include Rose Quartz Crystals and Kwan Yin
(Goddess of Compassion) statues. Both are known to increase
fertility. And Kwan Yin will come in handy after you have your baby,
because she guards the souls of children. Prolific bunny rabbits are
excellent symbols of fertility. Additionally, add nine stalks of bamboo
plant to the Children and Creativity Bagua area (the right center area)
of your bedroom. This adds healthy growth to this Bagua area. Make
sure to take care of your plants. If any of your bamboo plants show
any sign of ill health immediately discard the stalk and replace them.
Sick or dead plants are sources of negative energy, something you are
trying to avoid. Another thing to add is a brass wind chime to the
entranceway to the house. This will stimulate the energy and bring it
into your home. This is very important when trying to bring a new life
into your home. Hang a crystal in the Children and Creativity Bagua
area (the right center area) of your bedroom.

So stop dusting and start buying positive symbols of fertility for your
home. Once you have that new bundle of joy you will know that it was
worth that little bit of trouble for that lifetime of joy.

Now you see that is why I never fell PG. Under my bed is about a years amount of cr@p..... LOL

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In other news:

We already have a leader in the Making Babies September Referral Program (wow that's a mouth full)... I'm not going to say who is leading the pack as of yet... ;-) But if you want to know what it's all about click here.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Two new products on Making Babies

We have added to our Libido Enhancer Range:

Revitalizer for Men

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When taken as directed Revitalizer for men restores the natural male balance and leads to refreshed energy, drive and stamina.

Sometimes our partners need that extra bit of oomph during O time ;-)

Rejuvenator for Women

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The unique blend of natural herbal extracts contained in Rejuvenator restores blood flow and heightens sensation by activating the body’s natural hormone production and supplying the body with nutrients necessary for peak sexual performance.

For more information on these two new exciting products visit Making Babies right now :)