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By Rebecca Teti

(Join each day’s Coffee Talk discussion: Mon: Parenting; Tues: Open Forum; Wed: NFP; Thu: Marriage; Fri: Education; Sat/Sun: Changing Roles)

This weekly thread is a place where you can share your struggles, triumphs, links, resources, concerns, and questions about all things related to Natural Family Planning.

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Rebecca Teti


  • I feel we may be ready to start trying for #3. But the truth is, I'm worried about our country and inflation (which lots of people suggest will go through the roof at some point), etc. I hate to have fears about big, unknown things which (most of all!) I can't do anything to change. And I hate to have those fears dictating whether I feel comfortable having another child. But there you go. I am worried. Would you let these kind of concerns enter your decision about readiness for a baby? And if not, I would love to know why! I so *want* to feel ready. :)

    Posted on Dec 5th, 2012 at 7:27 AM by anon for today

  • We're looking at trying for #4 and I was feeling the same way. But I was given the grace ('cause it sure wasn't from my usual fearful self!) to feel, just for a minute, how short the suffering of this life is compared to getting to love my kids for all eternity. That took a lot of my fears away. Not that there aren't circumstances where the country's situation would make it imprudent to try to have kids (think China), but we aren't there yet. So "stuff the ballot boxes", so to speak, while we can. :-)

    Posted on Dec 5th, 2012 at 8:26 AM by Anna

  • It's so easy to let all kinds of fears overwhelm us and make us hesitate in bringing another baby into the world! While there are certainly valid financial reasons for postponing another baby, the fiscal cliff is a whole big bunch of unknowns; there's no certain intended effect on your family. Kids don't care about double-digit inflation. As long as you can provide love and the basic necessities (a lot of which you probably have taken care of from the other two), baby will be just fine. I like the long view Anna takes - after all what's several months or even years of economic hardship (which would probably still leave us with more than the rest of the world has ever had) compared to an immortal soul?

    Posted on Dec 5th, 2012 at 11:47 AM by Carolyn A

  • Can anyone give me advice regarding using the Marquette method while breastfeeding? I am folllowing the breastfeeding protocol as outlined on the Marquette website which requires testing every other day indefinitely until my cycle returns. I have had 7 straight days of high readings and am wondering if anyone else had this happen without actually beginning a cycle? I really think this patch of high fertility is a false alarm...I would just like to hear anyone else who may have experienced this??

    Posted on Dec 5th, 2012 at 1:29 PM by Danielle

  • Danielle - I had a string of Hs that did lead to Peak, but I think it's possible to have the Hs without Peak occurring. Take a look at the sample chart they have on their webpage for the breastfeeding protocol. http://nfp.marquette.edu/detail_cs_breastfeedingmonitor.php Even if you think this is a false alarm, I encourage you to treat it as if it is not. I found mucus to be wildly unreliable during the breastfeeding phases for all of my kids, and you never know!

    Posted on Dec 5th, 2012 at 2:49 PM by MR

  • Danielle: I had 15 days of high readings, no peak and no menses. Now I am on day 27 of low readings . . . go figure! Guess it can be normal!

    Posted on Dec 5th, 2012 at 7:14 PM by Lisa

  • I too have been having issues with consecutive high readings. My baby is 6 months old, not eating solids, and nursing 3-4 times during night yet. This is my 6th baby and I have never had a period before 12 months pp. We have been trained in Creighton as well and I havent had any mucus observations(although havent been 100% with observations either). I will have 10-15 days of high readings then a period of lows and then the highs start again. This has been going on for couple months - VERY frustrating.

    Posted on Dec 10th, 2012 at 8:06 PM by sarah

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