acupuncture update and ova ova giveaway

April 24, 2012

Well, it’s a good enough time as any to give you an update on how things have been going in the realms of acupuncture. About a month and a half ago I gave you a “one month update” on how everything has been plugging along, and there have in fact been a lot of changes over the last month and a half.

Ever since my last update, I have been seeing my acupuncturist bi-weekly to receive treatment, tell him some updates, and to get an herb mixture to drink twice to three times a day. About three weeks ago, I was starting to get fairly frustrated — I wasn’t seeing any more changes and I was starting to lose hope that anything was going to happen. In fact, I was even starting to think about asking my acupuncturist for a referral to some of the infertility specialists he works closely with. I know it seems pretty unreasonable. When you go the au natural route on things, they’re bound to take a lot longer than other traditional treatments (relatively speaking). I had to take a step back and remind myself that I originally planned on giving the acupuncture treatments a total of six months and it had only been two months. I had a whole lot longer to go before I even went down that route.

One thing that was helping me throughout this time period was charting my basal body temperature every single morning when I woke up. For those of you who are not familiar with charting, your basal body temperature is your body temperature in the morning before you move, eat, or drink anything. It should also be done at relatively the same time every morning. In the morning before I even get out of bed, I grab the thermometer next to my alarm clock, take my temperature, and chart it on my phone.

Charting your basal body temperature can give you a world of insight into what’s going on with your body and hormones without any other information. For regularly cycling women, every month your body temperature will go into two phases — a period of time where your body temperature is low (depends on every women, but somewhere in the low 97’s) and a period of time where your body temperature is higher (again, depends but it should be at least 0.4 degrees higher than your normal “low temperature). If your body is cycling normally, you will be able to easily see the two phases of your cycle — the follicular phase (when your body is getting ready to ovulate — the first part of your cycle) and the luteal phase (where progesterone is higher and up until you get your period). When you see your chart, you want it to be bi-phasic and to see two distinct trends. You can read more about charting here to get specifics.

When I first started charting my temperatures sometime late last fall, I quickly realized that my chart was monophasic and only had one pattern — uh… not so good, right? That basically meant my body was not ovulating and was obviously not cycling (as I already knew — ha). What I wanted to happen was have my body start to create a biphasic chart.

Once I started taking my herbs from my acupuncturist, I started to see a little bit of a trend with my temperatures. For about a week they would be lower, and for a week they would be higher. My body was really trying to do something but just wasn’t there yet. Then, in the first few days of April, my body temperatures were incredibly low, which was quite unusual for me (mine was typically 97.6-97.8 and had dropped down to 97.4) and then they started to rise over the course of a few days.

This TOTALLY stood out to me because your basal body temperature will take a dip when your body ovulates. I kind of (okay totally) freaked out and hoped and prayed that something actually happened. In fact, the next week when I went back to my acupuncturist, I told him with 100% certainty that I was going to start my cycle within the next week or so. Go figure, I guess I know my body pretty well and my cycle returned in the time frame I had predicted.

Yes, I did a happy dance. Yes, I cried a few tears. Yes, I am incredibly happy with everything I have been doing over the course of the past few months. Stopping running, eating a lot more, having to buy new pants… all of those things were quite worth it to get to the point that I am at right now. It’s quite difficult to say where one of those changes start and stop, so I can’t say exclusively that acupuncture was “the answer” to my problems. It sure helped, that’s for sure. I will be continuing my acupuncture treatments to make sure this becomes a regular occurrence as well.

Don’t get me wrong, it hasn’t been all rainbows and butterflies over here. It’s been a really difficult past three months — more mentally than anything else. Totally changing my lifestyle and pretty much “letting myself go” has been quite a feat, especially when I’m immersed in the healthy living blog world. I really couldn’t have done it without the Husband. He is an incredible pillar of support for me and never fails to make me feel better about the whole experience. This journey definitely isn’t over, but we’re one step closer!

Recently, I started using a new tool called Ova Ova along with my regular use of Fertility Friend to help with charting my basal body temperature. I actually won a lifetime membership from BERF a few weeks ago and Amanda from Ova Ova offered to host a giveaway on CEC as well. Here’s what I want to tell you — you do not have to chart your temperatures only if you are trying to conceive. Charting your temperatures is helpful to pinpoint if you are having hormonal issues. It’s a great way of natural birth control. It can help you predict when your cycle is going to start. I think it’s so empowering to be aware of what is happening in your body — if you can get information, you should take it!

source (not my chart for privacy reasons)

Amanda is offering one in seven readers a LIFETIME membership to Ova Ova to help chart your temperatures. What I love about Ova Ova is the bar graphs instead of line graphs like Fertility Friend. It’s color coded and really easy to use. The only downside is there is no phone app like Fertility Friend. I love putting my temperature in my phone first thing in the morning instead of having to wait to get to the computer. Instead, I just use both charts to compare (Type A much?) and contrast what each say.

If you are interested in winning a lifetime membership to Ova Ova, please email Amanda (amanda@ovaova.com) at Ova Ova and tell her you were sent from Clean Eating Chelsey. Remember, one out of every seven people who email her will win a lifetime membership! Even if you do not win a membership, you can still sign up for a trial use — and after your trial is over, Ova Ova is $36 per year for members to use. Good luck and happy charting!

{ 167 comments… read them below or add one }

Kara April 24, 2012 at 6:14 am

Gosh…..I don’t even know you and I just cried tears for you. I take for granted how easy it was for me to conceive and carry my boys. I cannot fathom the pain and frustration you have been through. Good luck on your continuing journey and I know good things are to come.

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 6:30 am

Thanks Kara – that means a lot to me!

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cathy@1970kikiproject April 24, 2012 at 6:15 am

chelsey, thanks so much for sharing your update. i’m so glad you are seeing results!
i totally give you credit for sticking to your new lifestyle. i can imagine how challenging making the necessary changes has been for you. keep on going!!! fingers crossed for you!!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Thanks Cathy!

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Erica @ For the Sake of Cake April 24, 2012 at 6:16 am

That’s great news Chelsey! :-)

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Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life April 24, 2012 at 6:16 am

Chels, you know I am so, so happy for you. Reading this post made me very excited, for many reasons.
I also made sure to email Amanda. :)

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 6:30 am

Great! I hope you’re one of the winners!

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Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy April 24, 2012 at 6:18 am

Yay, I’m so happy for you! Maybe once your body fully adjusts again, you can re-introduce your favorite types of exercise? In the end, this will all be worth it, and I hope you find peace in where you’re at.

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 6:58 pm

I don’t think I’ll be picking up any high intensity workout for some time. Although I reallllyyyy miss running!

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Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health April 24, 2012 at 6:19 am

Ahhh I am so incredibly happy for you!!! That is so awesome that you got your period. I’m so happy that your hubby has been able to help you out through all of this. Ever since you and Ashley have experienced these problems, I’ve noticed that my periods are incredibly light while I’m on the pill. They’ve always been light, but now they are realllllllyyyyy light – they used to be 3ish days, now they are less than 2, and other things are much much lighter as well (sorry for tmi!). Anyway, it just worries me that perhaps something is going on with me as well, but since I’m on the pill I’m still getting my period. I don’t really want to go off the pill either because I’m no where near ready for a baby – I guess I should just see my doctor and try to find out if these super duper light periods are fairly normal….and I’m so sorry for this long comment haha

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 6:58 pm

PS – We totally did NOT post these on the same day on purpose! :) It was quite a period talk day, huh? I’d say go to the doctor just to be on the safe side – thinking of you!

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Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) April 24, 2012 at 6:23 am

Doing a happy dance for you, too, Chelsey! This is awesome news!

Since I have yet to choose a birth control method, (I KNOW!), I am really interested in learning more about charting. Did you buy a special thermometer?

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 6:25 am

Nope! Just a regular digital thermometer works fine!

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Sarah April 24, 2012 at 6:37 am

That’s fantastic! I’m so glad you are seeing results.

Acupuncture is such a wonderful natural option for many of us! When I was seeing an acupuncturist, I didn’t see significant results until 6 months into the treatment. The more frequently you go, the quicker you see results (weekly, biweekly, once a month, etc). I was warned by all the acupuncturists I spoke with that it would take a while because I had been suffering for more than a decade. Originally, I was going for fertility, but when that didn’t pan out (for many reasons), we switched the focus to help with pain caused by endometrisis (which likely caused my infertility) . After 6 months, my pain was dramatically reduced. I was able to get by on only a few pain killers each cycle as opposed to several pills every day during the height of my pain. Acupuncture also helped with my anxiety and kept me feeling more balanced. That alone is helpful when dealing with infertility!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 6:59 pm

It definitely is a slow moving process, that’s for sure!

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated April 24, 2012 at 6:38 am

Wow, thank you for sharing all of this. As someone who is looking to probably start a family in the next year or so (God willing, of course), this is very good information. And I emailed Amanda … thanks for the opportunity! ;)

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 6:59 pm

No problem – thanks Kristen!

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Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength April 24, 2012 at 6:40 am

YAY! So excited for you. :) :)

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Thanks Amanda!

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Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles April 24, 2012 at 6:41 am

My heart is seriously smiling for you! All in God’s time, even though it isn’t always the easiest or easiest to understand. Keep doing what is right for you- it’s working and I couldn’t be happier for you.
Geeze, I am just so stinking glad that you feel like you are moving in the direction that you want to go. *hugs*

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm

:) Thanks Julie!

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Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 24, 2012 at 6:48 am

Congrats Chelsey! I’m so glad it all worked out for you so far!

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Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon April 24, 2012 at 6:49 am

Chelsea, I’m so happy for you!!! So exciting to hear that things are improving!

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Chelsey April 24, 2012 at 6:51 am

I feel a sense of hope for myself reading this post. Have you stopped working out completely during your acupuncture? I’m still trying to figure out my infertility issues and would love to know what you did.

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I have only been walking 30 minutes 3-4 times a week – sometimes even less than that! Remember, what works for me might not work for others AND I did this for over three months!

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Maria April 24, 2012 at 6:55 am

One of my BFFs is going through the same thing you are except she’s going the traditional route and still isn’t pregnant. It seems that you’re on the right track though :-) Keep the faith and try not to stress out about it and have fun trying! You never want it to feel like “work”.

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:03 pm

By traditional route do you mean using fertility treatments?

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Maria April 24, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Yes. The doctor pretty much said, “you’re not ovulating, take clomid and you’ll get pregnant.” I know that it’s worked for some people but shesvnotbhaving any luck.

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Linz @ Itz Linz April 24, 2012 at 6:55 am

Yay!! That’s so exciting and just amazing how all of those changes combined made it happen… love that you didn’t need to use western medicine. Very cool and inspiring!!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Thanks Linz!

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Claire @ Live and Love to Eat April 24, 2012 at 7:14 am

Thank you for sharing your experience. Even though we’re not trying yet, having all of this insight that it doesn’t always go exactly as planned is helpful. Wishing the best!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Thanks Claire!

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Lauren April 24, 2012 at 7:15 am

Wow, that’s so exciting! I’m glad the natural route is working for you and really hope it continues to!
I read ” Taking Charge of Your Fertility” last year and I learned so much. I’m so glad you and others are starting to talk about this stuff, I don’t have many “real” friends who are into this stuff :)

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I didn’t read that one, but I did read Making Babies – taht was a good one!

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Laura@keepinghealthygettingstylish April 24, 2012 at 7:17 am

Oh I am so so happy for you. I’m a bit of a silent blog reader of yours but I have to say how chuffed I am that things can work out. I’m suffering from Amenorrhoea too and its a nightmare. I was never underweight, well I guess I was obviously under weight for me! Now I’ve gained a load of weight back but I’m still working out although not as rigorously as I once was. My doctor has given me clomid but I want to give my body as long as possible to heal naturally before I go down that road, we aren’t in a baby making hurry so I’m trying to relax and make sure that I eat plenty and maintain my higher weight. But goodness I can relate to how you feel, especially as a healthy living blogger it isn’t easy. I’ve actually just done a big post on my blog about my weight gain. Thank you for blogging about this though, I might even give acupuncture a try for me :-)

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Thanks Laura – I really hope that things work out for you!

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Cara Craves... April 25, 2012 at 6:34 am

You are not alone! I have been dealing with the same thing for about a year and a half now. I was prescribed clomid, but it did nothing for me. I think the natural route is the best bet. My doc said I basically need to “eat more cake,” so to speak! I think Chelsey’s insights are very valuable.
Good luck!

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Trish April 24, 2012 at 7:19 am

So excited for you!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Gracias! :)

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Leah @ Chocolate and Wild Air April 24, 2012 at 7:20 am

Congratulations!! That’s wonderful news, I know how hard you have worked for this!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Thanks Leah!

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Tiff April 24, 2012 at 7:29 am

The human body really is fascinating… and amazing… and occasionally frustrating. Hang in there; acupuncture seems to be working for ya!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm

haha I hear you on all of those points!!

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Lindsey April 24, 2012 at 7:29 am

So happy to read that you have had such great results! I am just starting this journey, started acupuncture about 5 weeks ago, and started reducing exercise the past 6 weeks. But I only started eating more this past week, since I was/am still kinda in denial there. Your progress gives me hope though :) Only a week and a bit in I have not stepped on the scale but my pants are not feeling the best and I already know it will be a tough ride but totally worth it.
I used to track my temperature back in the fall and then stopped since I saw no trends basically it was between 96.8-97.8 for about 3 months straight and I never could see any trend. I have not been charting recently but maybe should start it up again? You made a good point with the acupuncture that I might see differences now. I do take two herbs, Macca and Vitex but that is all.

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I hope everything works out for you Lindsey! Good luck on your journey!

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katie April 24, 2012 at 7:38 am

I am SO happy for you! I am doing a happy dance over here for you!!!!!! I am still in the process of getting mine back, but I have hope and hope is all you need!

Love you! Gosh I am so happy! I feel like I can feel your stress gone after reading this!!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:07 pm

:) Thanks Katie – I know it’ll happen for you!

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries April 24, 2012 at 8:04 am

haha i was wondering if we were going to end up sharing our stories on the same day. ;) i’m so glad i’ve had you through this whole ordeal. you’re the best. love you!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm

haha I was dying laughing when I saw you posted it today.

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Alyssa @ fit and fun in third April 24, 2012 at 8:04 am

I am so happy for you!!!! I’ve had very similar issues in the past year and mine seems to be looking up as well, so I totally understand when you say there was a happy dance and quite a few tears. It’s such a relief, and such a sense of accomplishment (is that weird?) to finally get your period after months or years of feeling out of control and (although it’s a harsh word) damaged in a way. My heart is smiling for you right now :)

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Thanks Alyssa! Um yeah weirdest accomplishment in the world, right? ;)

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Lindsay @ Running the Windy City April 24, 2012 at 8:07 am

Wow Chelsey I am so happy for you! I know that the past few months must have been incredibly frustrating but everything seems to be going in the right direction! Looks like your work and dedication has been worth it!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Thanks Lindsay!

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Megan S. April 24, 2012 at 8:33 am

That is so great!! I’m very happy for you and thank you for sharing your story, journey, and the tools you’re using to make it all happen!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Thanks Megan!

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Casey April 24, 2012 at 8:36 am

Congrats on the exciting updates!! So happy for you…saying prayers for continued progress and patience!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Thanks Casey – that means a lot!

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile April 24, 2012 at 8:41 am

I’m so happy for your Chelsey!!! Such great news :D

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:10 pm

:) Thanks Brittany!

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Kristen @ enjoy this organic life April 24, 2012 at 8:58 am

You got it back!! Such wonderful news! I’m going to have to email Amanda :)

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:10 pm

:) I hope you’re a winner!

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Brittany (Delights and Delectables) April 24, 2012 at 8:59 am

I’m so excited for you girl! I am going down the same path right now, and it is so frustrating and difficult. You give me hope and motivation to stick with it!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I know you’re struggling Brittany – stick with it!

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Sarah April 24, 2012 at 9:00 am

Chelsey,

Congratulations , I am happy to hear things are working out for you. Not to be a downer, but I think this is a HUGE ISSUE to address considering young girls all over have access to all these “healthy eating blogs”. It is no coincidence that many of you bloggers are losing your periods- a natural female process. The obsessions with “clean eating” and workouts have obviously gone way to far. Of course we shouldn’t turn to junk food and processed foods as a solution, but if you eat a WHOLE SPECTRUM of foods your body WILL be healthy. Just relying on nut butters or olive oil for fats is not the answer. There is no reason not to eat a moderate amount of lean meats, cheeses, dairy, and so on. There should never really be a “restrictive” mentality when concerning food, because that by definition is one of the descriptors of an eating disorder. Your body needs AT LEAST 1200 calories a day to survive- and that will NOT be enough if you are exercising as well. If you are hungry- eat.

I’m happy that you are starting to realize the error in your ways and the SERIOUS detriments it can have on your entire life. Let’s all promote normal healthy eating and ways of living for our future generations of young girls because obviously the diet you were living off of was not a healthy road for young ones to be traveling.

Good luck with everything!

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Stacy Wilson April 24, 2012 at 10:57 am

@Sarah…that’s not so positive. why are you a reader or fan of Chelsea’s blog…
Chelsea, not trying to cause you any stress. I am constantly defending my friends who model, who actually eat more food than most people I know, and they still are called anorexic.

I also have been very thin, extremely large, skinny fat, after baby weight, and where i am currently which is in transition.

Chelsea’s blog helped me clean up the food’s I was already eating, and guess what I actually felt better.

This is not thinspo, pro ana. This is good healthy food and happy life stuff.
I’m not sure what you were trying to accomplish in your comment, but it seems jaded and it get’s thrown into the argument of ” Having Women be/not be a certain anything” . You don’t have to run ( some of us have a passion for marathon’s, I’m wishing for the next run I can have).

I guess Sarah, next time, Please don’t say offensive things to a nice young woman sharing her journey’s and cuisine with other Positive People.

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Sarah April 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Stacy,

I eat very healthily, am “skinny” and am a marathon runner myself. Im sorry you thought i was being offensive- not my intention. My point is there is a difference between being healthy and being dangerous. Just because someone is skinny does not mean they are healthy. I agree chelsey is a good reminder to eat healthily..but i think by evidence of her ammenhorea..you can see it went too far. This serves as a good reminder to everyone to make sure you are healthy in a good way.

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 6:10 pm

@Sarah,

You didn’t come off as being offensive, and to be honest, I’m not offended by what you said at all! Like I said to Stacy, if I put something like this out there, I’m bound to get all sides of commentary, right? What I guess I didn’t explain, is that Hypothalamic Amenorrhea is highly individualized. What could be a seemingly “healthy” weight for one person obviously doesn’t work for the next. Per your comment about taking it “too far”, I really can’t say that I ever did that intentionally or not. Growing up, I was always on the higher end of the BMI “normal” scale (about 23-23.5) and when I started running, my body naturally went down to somewhere in between a 21-22 BMI. Nothing underweight, nothing too “thin” – in fact, I would not describe myself as being too thin for over the past two years since I was dealing with all of this. In fact, when I was running, I was eating anywhere from 1800-2200 calories on a day where I was running about 3 miles, and anywhere from 2500-3000 calories on a “longer run” day… even more if I I was hungry. I never EVER deprived myself. It just so happens that I have quite a sensitive hypothalamus that wants me to be at a BMI of 23.5 in order to cycle. That might be different for every person – some girls can still cycle and be in the “under weight” category (obviously not that I’m recommending that).

I do have to agree with you Sarah on a point or two – there are some disordered girls out there. Whether we can speculate who is or who isn’t is not fair to those particular individuals. However, what I want to do is really throw it home that being “healthy” can come in all different shapes and sizes – and it doesn’t particularly mean being stick thin. Hopefully those younger readers can catch onto that. Thanks for reading!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Thanks for sticking up for me Stacy – although I’m really not too offended. If I put things like this out there, I’m bound to get something back at me, right? See my full explanation after Sarah’s comment! :)

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Stacy Wilson April 24, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Oh I know…I just am a big clean eating fan, we were a primal family for years.

I do try to stick up for the people i care about, even though i know your personality through a blog.

I was absent from the computer in mom and work world to respond.

You are right about the different sides of the Spectrum, and Sarah after you commented I realized exactly what you meant.
I honestly meant no drama. I’m sure you have had things thrown back at you before.

I honestly just spent a weekend with women who talked nothing of counting points, and jazzercise, and laughing at how I eat, which is clean :) :)

And to flatter you, and the blog, sincerely here- I do think you attract an older audience of almost out of college women and mom’s like myself.

I know my cousins who are 21, and 23 directed me here.

All the best to you, I actually was wondering where ya were. I’m glad your journey is going well, it’s a bumpy one, I am going through some health issues too. And if it weren’t for making a few lifestyle changes to an already healthy one, I would still be in the hospital with Addisons. I wish you the best hunny :)

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cleaneatingchelsey April 26, 2012 at 6:18 am

:) Thanks Stacy!!

Caitlin @ This Bride's Joyride April 24, 2012 at 9:04 am

I’ve been reading for a long time and I am so happy for you! I can’t imagine the frustration and lows that come with all of this and I was just so so so happy for you while reading this today! :)

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:11 pm

:) Thanks Caitlin!

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clare @ fittingitallin April 24, 2012 at 9:11 am

I love when things pay off! I’m so excited for you – I know it’s totally hard to change up what you’re use to doing.

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:11 pm

It certainly was – definitely worth it tough!

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Kathryn April 24, 2012 at 9:14 am

I’m so happy to hear your good news! I used BBT to get pregnant (I am due in 7.5 wks)! I have long cycles and didn’t ovulate until close to day 20 in my cycle. I also followed Gina from Fitnessista’s food suggestions and ate lots of sunflower seeds and pineapple, etc. It worked and I’m so excited!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:11 pm

:) So happy to hear about your little one!!!

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Leanne April 24, 2012 at 9:20 am

This is so exciting! Good for you!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Thanks Leanne!

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Melissa April 24, 2012 at 10:32 am

Although I don’t comment often I am a longtime reader of your blog, and I totally teared up when I read this post! Amazing Chelsey!!!!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:12 pm

:) Thanks Melissa!

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Justine Duppong @ Life With Cheeseburgers April 24, 2012 at 11:01 am

I knew I had to visit your blog again after reading Ashley and Brittany’s posts…I am going through the exact same thing as all of you right now. I recently got married, and it’s especially because my husband and I want to have children that it’s so important to me to make sure my body is healthy now. I don’t work out as often as I used to, and I eat more than ever before. It IS hard mentally, but at the same time, so freeing. It feels good to know I am doing something good for my body, both because I love myself and because I love my husband. I am still committed to creating healthy recipes and staying fit (which is exactly what I write about on my blog), but it’s all about finding that balance and NOT being obsessive about it–there is so much more to life!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Justine, I hope your body responds!! Good thoughts your way!

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LG April 24, 2012 at 11:02 am

EXCELLENT WORK!!! This is SO exciting! Way to trust yourself and “go with it”. Reading this made my day!!!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm

:) Thanks!

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Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance April 24, 2012 at 11:27 am

Funny stuff– You, Ashley, and myself ALL wrote about this topic this morning. I’m not looking to conceive anytime soon.. Heck, I’d like to graduate college first… but this is still and issue that I’m trying to deal with sooner rather than later.

Thanks for sharing, and I am SO happy to hear that things are resuming back to normal :)

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm

I know, right? What are the chances of that?

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Lisa April 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm

This is such amazing news! I have been following along with your struggles and can definitely relate. Although I am not trying to conceive, it is so dangerous to our health when we don’t have a menstrual cycle so I have been trying for about 3 months to get mine back, so far no luck. So excited for you lady!!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Thanks Lisa!

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Danica @ It's Progression April 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Chelsea, I got teary-eyed reading this…Thank you so much for sharing, I really hope this all continues to work for you! I’m sure it’s mostly difficult mentally (like you said), so thank goodness your husband is so supportive.
I emailed Amanda about the giveaway and I’m definitely crossing my fingers! Without going too in-depth, I’m getting married in about a month, have been on bc pills for over three years, and I’d like to get off the hormones and try a new method of bc after the wedding (my fiance agrees). You’ve shared your thoughts on the pill before and since I agree I’m looking into this natural method. So hard to know what’s right sometimes…

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Thanks Danica – I think it’s hard to know what’s “right” because it’s such a personal decision!!!

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Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} April 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I’m so happy to hear that you’ve made progress! Awesome news.

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Thanks Maryea!

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life April 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I am so excited things are going well for you! I emailed Amanda – definitely NOT looking to conceive but as you said, I find it extremely empowering to know what your body is doing.

Acupuncture and other natural techniques are frustrating in their slowness, I agree with you, but in a world of get-rich-quick, get-better-quick, get-thin-quick schemes I think there’s something more inherently reliable about slower gains and results.

Good luck for the rest of your treatment! I am definitely keeping all my fingers and toes crossed for you, Chelsey.

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Thanks Anna!

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Amber K April 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm

This is so exciting! I am so happy for you!

I wasn’t sure if acupuncture was really for me, but considering I’m having such extreme hormonal problems and my husband and I reallllllly want kids….I’d be crazy to not give it a try.

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:14 pm

It’s definitely been helpful Amber!

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Christina April 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Thanks for allowing us to follow along in your journey, Chelsey.
We’re doing happy dances for you, too!
You’re right – it is empowering when you know what’s happening inside your body.
So happy for you.

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Thanks Christina!

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Katie April 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Congratulations Chelsey! That is such exciting news! Although I am not even remotely ready to have kids, I am at the point where I feel like I should make sure everything is ‘ok’ so if there are any problems, I get them figured out now.

I also am seeing an acupuncturist for migraines and have been for about a year. I totally agree with you that it can be pretty frustrating at times–I feel like I definitely had a long period of platueau where I didn’t see any progress. It definitely doesn’t work as quickly as more ‘traditional’ methods–but I just keep in mind that this has probably been building up for years in my body and I wasn’t aware of it. I’m sure you will see the pay off soon since you already have made so much progress, so excited for you!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Thanks Katie!

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Leonor @FoodFaithFitness April 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I am so glad you are getting good results!

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Kait April 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I’m at work so no tears here but I promise that is the only reason why. Good luck as you continue on your journey and thank you again for sharing it with us. <3

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:16 pm

haha – no crying at work! :)

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Amy April 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Hi Chelsey! This is great news and I’m glad things are going well re: acupuncture!

I wanted to tell you, too, that I got my sample of LoveGrown today. Thank you!!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Enjoy Amy!

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Lindsay @ Fuel My Family April 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Man this is the month that blog readers get their periods back apparently, haha. So glad you were able to return your body to its natural healthy state. Women were made to have a little fat on their bodies, its our biology and we shouldnt fight it. We can still be thin (not super skinny though) and fit and healthy and have an acceptable body fat percentage. And honestly, if you ask 9 out of 10 men they will say they don’t find really skinny women attractive. For some reason its just other women that find skinny women desireable. I like having boobs and hips, its helped me carry and breastfed 2 beautiful babies!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:16 pm

I know right?!?

And believe me, I’ve never not had fat on my body – my body wouldn’t ovulate until I was at a BMI of 23.5!!

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Amy April 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm

its so nice of you to share your experiences in baby making. i think it can be difficult for a lot of people but a lot of women feel alone bc no one really talks about it. so its nice when someone talks about their experiences..im sure so many ladies can relate. thanks!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:17 pm

I went back and forth about sharing this one, but I think it’s helping some girls along the way, so I really want to reach out!

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List April 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm

teary eyes over here! God is amazing. His timing is perfection – know that!!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:17 pm

:) Thanks Lindsay!

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Emily April 24, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Thank you for the update! I also have not ovulated in a few years :( I just started taking Red Raspberry supplements to try and get things into full swing. I don’t plan on having children for a few years, but I want to be in condition to conceive when I am ready!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Hope everything works out for you!

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Kim April 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm

You are beautiful inside and out. Your heart is so big. I bring all my daughter in laws to God in prayer and the verse that keeps coming back to me is from Jeremiah ” I know the plans that I have for you, to fulfill you, to sustain you and to give you hope.” I love that your passing that torch of hope on to your readers, many of whom are struggling with the same issues. Keep at it Chelsey. I’m very proud of you.

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:18 pm

You’re the best mother in law I’ve ever had. ;) You must know that’s my favorite verse!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Awww yay Chelsey I’m so happy for you! As someone who has struggled with the lack of a period problem, I know how great this is for you. I’m seriously inspired by the tough changes you made in these past few months and your dedication to sticking to them! :)

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Thanks Chels!

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mischa April 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm

While I’m very happy for you, (I’m actually 11 days past my due date today, so I somewhat know what it feels like to wait for a child ;) ) I don’t understand how someone who lives such a healthy lifestyle as yourself would take artificial birth control to begin with. I see that as the most unnatural thing you could possibly do for your body, all for the convenience of not having a child. Seems hypocritical to call yourself “clean eating Chelsey” while at the same time be pumping artifical chemicals and hormones into your system.

For the record, I have never taken birth control pills. I use the temperature method described in your post – works fine for me!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Hi Mischa,

Congrats on your impending child! ;) I’m sure you’re more than ready to meet him/her.

Per the issue regarding why I ever took birth control to begin with, I’d have to say that people evolve and change all the time. When I was on the pill, I was not nearly as informed as I am now about birth control and its dangers. It wasn’t until I adopted this healthier lifestyle that I realized just what I was doing to myself. I did write a post all about my experience with birth control and the dangers that it can have on a person. I have not been on birth control for a few years, and I’m so glad that I’m not on it anymore! I really wish I had never taken BCP to be perfectly honest with you – I am definitely NOT an advocate for them!

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mischa April 24, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Thanks for your reply. I’m sorry if I sounded harsh! I should have read about your history with BCP before I commented. I know I’ve read the post sometime in the past, but I’ve read so many stories of bloggers who were on it for years and years (or still are) and yet still believe they are living a healthy lifestyle. I guess I kind of took out my frustration with that whole idea on you. Thanks again for your thoughtful response!

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Wendy Heath April 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm

“Healthy” is a definition that is highly individual, as Chelsey touched on in a few posts above.

What’s wrong with someone wanting to control whether or not they get pregnant, with whatever means seems most correct for their lifestyle and body? Not everyone can afford (literally OR figuratively) an unintended pregnancy.

If you use an IUD, you’re a horrible person because you’re preventing implantation and that’s the same as an abortion to some religious folks… if you use hormonal birth control, somehow you’ve bought into “Big Pharma’s Lie,” if you use natural family planning you’re an anti-science whacko, if you use condoms you’re promoting putting waste into the environment (especially if you’re allergic to latex, like me, and have to use polyurethane), if you use spermicides you’re poisoning your vagina… if you use birth control AT ALL and you’re a Catholic (barrier, hormonal or otherwise) you’re going to hell…

See my point? You may feel very strongly about hormonal birth control, but that doesn’t mean you have the right to judge someone and say their whole lifestyle is unhealthy because of the type of birth control they opt to use. There is a difference between disagreeing with someone respectfully, and recognizing their right to make their own decisions with regard to using hormonal birth control, and attacking them in some way or condemning them for their choices. That’s counterproductive, to say the least.

FYI, in case anyone’s wondering, I use the Nuvaring and have had no adverse effects from it. My whole female family has a history of hormonal dysfunction, and I have experienced a significant IMPROVEMENT in moodiness, bloating, and debilitating cramping since being on it.

I guess I’m an idiot, and my other healthy lifestyle choices (trying to eat well, move more, and sleep when given the opportunity) are totally null and void, since I have opted to use a form of hormonal birth control that works for me…

Sorry to hijack your comments, Chelsey… but I feel I needed to stand up for people who are making the best decision they can based on the information they have…

AND CONGRATS ON GETTING YOUR CYCLE BACK! :) Woohoo!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 29, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Thanks for the support Wendy!

Maggie April 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Yayayayay!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you, Chelsey! :) That is great news. Also, I got my LOVE in the mail today- thank you! :D

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm

:) Enjoy the love!

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Sarah @ The Healthy Diva April 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm

So happy for you chelsea!!! Just goes to show faith and hard work (yes I think you can definitely call this one work!) pays off. Hope the path continues in the right direction xox

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm

It sure was work!!!

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Miss Lebowski April 24, 2012 at 7:21 pm

This may only be my 3rd or 4th stop at your blog, so I don’t know the background, but this post is so exciting that I wanted to stop by and say that I am really happy for you! Hope the best!

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Jennifer April 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I did a little happy dance for you!

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Donna April 24, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Hi there! well, since I am Chelsey’s mama, I have to say to anyone out there who doubts my baby girls attitude towards health and food , I have never seen another young woman take such good care of herself. It is unfortunate that she has had these issues, I had 3 healthy children at the ages of 37,40,42 and I was always health and food conscious. some things just don’t seem as easy for everyone. Love you Chelsey!!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 24, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Thanks mama – Love yoU!!!

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries April 24, 2012 at 8:02 pm

i love it! so sweet! you have a great mama chels!

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Linz @ Itz Linz April 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Donna, I think your daughter totally rocks also!! I think she is an inspiration and I totally appreciate her willingness to share her personal experience and researched information on her blog… I have learned a lot from you, Chelsey!!

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Bethany I. April 24, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I’m seriously starting to consider asking my doctor to take me off birth control and try to find another way to deal with the painful cramps because I never knew that your BCP could fake your menstrual cycle for you even if you are too low of BMI, weight, fat % etc. I’ve heard of charting your temperature before and might consider trying that route and maybe see a specialist about the cramps. Thank you so much for providing such information because I know it can be hard putting such personal information out there.

Also I received the little sample of Love Grown Foods & coupon today! It’s already been devoured and the granola is on my grocery list. Thank you so much! :)

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cleaneatingchelsey April 26, 2012 at 6:19 am

Enjoy the LOVE! :)

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Brandy April 24, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I hope everything works out for you Chelsey, and thank you for sharing your story. I am sure by doing so you are giving hope to women out there who are going through the same thing! Keep your head up, everything you are going through will pay off in the end!! :)

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cleaneatingchelsey April 26, 2012 at 6:19 am

Thanks for the support Brandy!

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Anna Wright April 24, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Hey Chelsey, I just read a comment saying that you wrote a post once about your experience with BCP’s and the dangers of them, could you direct me to this post? I’m currently on BCP’s and have been for about 4 years, and I’ve been doing extensive research on them and other options since I don’t like having the hormones in a pill giving me a regular period. Thanks so much, I really would appreciate it!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 26, 2012 at 6:19 am
Deanna April 24, 2012 at 9:09 pm

YAYYYY!!!! So happy for you Chelsey!
I would just like to say a huge thank you for sharing your experience on your blog. Knowing you’re not the only one going through something and have someone understand helped me to cope and I know you’ve helped many others. I know everyone’s body is very different but we can all learn from each other along the way. Hope everything continues to work like it should!!! :)

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cleaneatingchelsey April 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

Thanks Deanna!

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Sherry April 24, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Chelsey, I am happy to hear of your progress! As someone who is experiencing fertility issues( 3 miscarriages in 1 yr- last one i was pregnant with twins) it is good to talk about and know that I am not alone. I have a bicornuate uterus(diagnosed with MRI and 3d ultrasound) our RE suggested we explore surrogacy or adoption. I am at peace and know God has a plan for my husband and I. James 1:2-4 is a verse that brings peace to mybheart and I hope it will to yours. 2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

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cleaneatingchelsey April 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

I’m so sorry to hear about your losses Sherry – I can’t even imagine. I’m glad you finally got diagnosed so you know what the problem is!

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Katy @ HaveYouHur April 25, 2012 at 6:27 am

Congrats on the good news!

These may be stupid questions but…What doctor did you go to see when you started to try to have a baby? Your regular physician or a gyno? Also, when you’re tracking your basal temperature do you try to conceive when it is high or low?

My husband and I have been “kind of” trying to get pregnant since October. I say “kind of” only because we’re taking the “if it happens, great….but were not going to stress about it” approach. Well after 6 months, I’m not going to lie…I’m starting to stress a little. My Mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in October and I really want her to meet her grandchildren. My husband and I are stable in our careers, our relationship, and financially so I though…why not now? None of my friends are even married much less started to have kids though so I don’t really have them to talk to about it…blog are my only source! Thanks for posting this information!!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 26, 2012 at 6:22 am

Last year I went to my regular gyno to talk about it and she wanted to put me on Provera which is a progesterone challenge – I didn’t want to take any hormones because it wouldn’t be “fixing” the problem. She saw differently, so she referred me to an infertility clinic in my area to get additional testing done. For the temperatures, the are higher after you ovulate, so the lower times are when babymaking could possibly occur. It’s in the few days before temps get higher that you’re most fertile.

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Jodi April 25, 2012 at 7:10 am

I did this in reverse – 3 years of infertility treatments (from lowest level to highest – we did EVERYTHING) and then moved to natural methods, including diet and weekly acupuncture. It can be slow going but I can definately attest to how amazing it can be. It didn’t work for us entirely (3 miscarriages – but on the positive side, 3 pregnancies unassisted from drugs!) but it did regulate me and more than anything else, helped immensely to help me get through the miscarriages with a lot less turmoil than my first (while still doing traditional treatments – only pregnancy outside of holistic methods). We are adopting now and when I skip an acupuncture treatment, I can really feel the stress building and just generally feel “off” – I am continuously amazed at how powerful acupuncture is. I tried to trick my acupuncturist at first, eating things I shouldn’t the day of treatment to see if he could tell (I was still a little skeptical at first) and he always took my pulse and checked my tongue and would look at me and say “You had dairy recently” or whatever I had cheated with – I was shocked at how attuned to my body he was. Good luck with everything and enjoy the stress relief and relaxation with acupuncture, no matter what end result you get – it’s a process and no matter what, it will help you deal with everything else if you let it : )

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cleaneatingchelsey April 26, 2012 at 6:23 am

Hi Jodi – thanks for sharing your story with me. Isn’t it crazy how they know some things? Good luck with the adoption!!

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Christina April 25, 2012 at 8:19 am

Hi Chelsey,

I am a silent reader, but I really wanted to say congratulations! I think that you are setting a fantastic example to women young and old what they can do to take charge of their fertility. There are so many natural things out there that women can try before taking the medical route. Many many of my friends who are having children these days are going through some type of infertility treatment. It seems to be such a common issue. I really applaud you in putting it out there!

I started charting before I was married and mabye you know this already, but when your cycle settles into a pattern your luteal phase will be the same number of days each cycle. So even if your cycle varies in the number of days a bit each time, you end up knowing exactly when your period comes. I thought this was fantastic benefit, as someone who’s cycle can vary a bit. Also, when I got pregnant with my first child, there was no need to buy a pregnancy test. When my period didn’t come on the day it should have, I knew for sure.

All the Best, Christina

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cleaneatingchelsey April 26, 2012 at 6:23 am

I do like knowing exactly when it’s going to happen!

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Katie April 25, 2012 at 11:31 am

Hooray!! I remember charting my temperature like that – that ova ova thing would have been mighty helpful!

I’m keeping you in my prayers! Hugs to you, my friend!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 26, 2012 at 6:23 am

:) Thanks lady!

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Lara @ TresLaLa to TinyLaLa April 25, 2012 at 11:47 am

Girl, I am so thrilled for you. I, too, struggled. A lot. Maybe not as much as some people, but certainly more than others. I decided to go the acupuncture route after I had been seen by a fertility specialist for a few months, and was basically doing everything that every specialist could tell me to do. In that month that I saw the acupuncturist, we had also added a whole host of other medications. But I truly believe that because of the acupuncture (along with everything else we did), and the modifications to my diet that she suggested (more eggs, more red meat, more pineapple), we’re not preggers! I detailed some of my infertility journey on my blog; but have started a new, pregnancy blog. Haven’t decided if I’ll share the infertility stuff there, as I plan to share the pregnancy blog with friends/family, and I’d rather tell total strangers about my health issues than my brother. Weird, right? Anyway, best wishes!

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Lara @ TresLaLa to TinyLaLa April 25, 2012 at 11:47 am

WOOPS! That was supposed to say, “We’re NOW preggers!” I would not be celebrating with sparkling apple cider otherwise! :)

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cleaneatingchelsey April 26, 2012 at 6:24 am

CONGRATS!!! You’re the second person to mention pineapple. I guess I need to start eating it by the truck load.

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Sarah April 25, 2012 at 11:52 am

Hi Chelsey!

I love your blog :) I’m sure you’ve received 1,000,000 tips on this sort of thing but I figured I’d add one more! I had some of the very same issues you seem to be having and I am now the proud mommy of my 8 month old baby girl. I also stopped running and started eating more in order to conceive. The trick we found that really seemed to work was full fat dairy. I’m not sure why, and I honestly thought it was an old wives tale, but when I began eating full fat yogurt, milk and ice cream (YUM) I began to ovulate more regularly. I actually ate bowl of ice cream the night before we conceived! Just another tip to throw in the bucket… I can always use an excuse to eat more ice cream :)

Best of luck! Hang in there!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 26, 2012 at 6:27 am

Hi Sarah – thanks for the tip! My body HATES dairy with a capital H (with the exception of greek yogurt for some reason?) so I won’t be able to partake in that. I’ve heard two theories on dairy – that it works and that it doesn’t. My TCM told me to avoid it because dairy can produce inflammation in the body.

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Sarah April 26, 2012 at 7:05 am

Oh bummer! It was so weird, I usually don’t like dairy (except ice cream lol). But during my first tri I couldn’t get enough of like whole milk (thinking about it now makes me gag). And what’s funny is that now baby girl has tummy problems with dairy herself, so I haven’t had any dairy since she was born and I’ve been nursing her. Go figure. As a vegetarian (and now vegan by default) I do feel better without the dairy in my diet. When we try for #2 hopefully we won’t have to resort back to the old trick!

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Ruth April 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Hooray! I’m so happy.

I’m also a fan of the basal body temperature tracking – I used it for a long time just so I’d have some idea of when my period would start because it was so unpredictable. It was astounding to be able to predict within 1-2 days when it would start – and the added bonus was that the morning when it was coming my temp would drop…no surprises!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 28, 2012 at 8:11 am

That is an added benefit!

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Leah April 26, 2012 at 10:17 am

Thanks for sharing! Wishing you lots of luck in your journey.

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Leila @ Spinach and Skittles April 26, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Yay, I am so happy for you! Getting my period back after going off birth control took 8 months and I remember running out into the back yard screaming with joy to tell my husband. Unfortunately my hormones were still all wacky and then I had my period every week/every other week for 2-3 days for 4 months! It made tracking my BBT nearly impossible, haha. But after a few trips to the doctors and finding an ARNP who would actually listen to me, things straightened themselves out and we found out I was ovulating but only with a progesterone level of 4, and they want to see at least an 8 to have an egg that is “desirable.” There were a slew of other issues for both of us, but that first period was a day of normalcy that I hadn’t had in ages and kept me going when things got rough. I hope things continue to get better and even out!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 28, 2012 at 8:12 am

haha my husband was out of town and didn’t have his phone with him – it was the roughest 36 hours of my life until he got home! I couldn’t wait to tell him!

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Andrea April 26, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Chelsey!
This is great news! I know my pregnant sis in law would tell you, don’t give up – she did this route and is now due in April (I shared this with you on your original post). She has one son via IVF, and went the accupuncture route to help with back pain AND fertility issues. He was amazing! He knew she had issues from white dots on her nailbed – dots that have been there for a long time – which have now grown off her nail almost entirely! Sharing this post with my sis in law again!
You are amazing to share your story!

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cleaneatingchelsey April 28, 2012 at 8:13 am

Thanks Andrea – I love stories like that!!!

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Andrea April 26, 2012 at 9:46 pm

*due in August, not April

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Tawnee April 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm

This is fantastic news! I completely understand the tougher, emotional aspects of what you’re going through. Although I’m not trying to conceive, I’m currently undergoing treatment for some exercise-related hormonal issues. I’ve had to gain weight (something I was NOT happy about), cut back my training schedule drastically, and schlep my butt down to the university health clinic twice a week. I’m extremely health-conscious, so finding out that I wasn’t as healthy as I thought I was was a huge blow to me emotionally. Thankfully I have support from my family and boyfriend of 3 years. Reading what you’re going through and seeing that it’s okay to “let myself go” really helps me keep things in perspective. Thanks for sharing with us :)

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Danny June 14, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Hi Chelsea.
Can I ask if you’re using the herb vitex? I’ve been recommended to start taking this to make cycles more regular. Hoping you have some advice!:)

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cleaneatingchelsey June 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm

I am not, but I have heard of it. I’m on a personalized herb blend from my acupuncturist.

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