I have noticed that there were quite a lot of people on here who are pregnant or want to get pregnant and are on their preconception diet on this website! I thought I would write a blog of my experiences for anyone who wanted to read them and update this blog as and when new things happen! Experiences are different for different people, and depending on what part of the world you are, your target levels maybe different! My target levels are between 100-300 umol/L I am in England. I know from talking to other people that the target levels are different in Scotland and the US. I also know they have a different method of measuring levels in the USA so these levels may not make sense to everyone. I know the US levels confuse me when I'm reading about them! Anyway I started my diet at the beginning of June and I started on 6 exchanges and had my maxamum 3times a day. I was also to do a blood spot test 3 times a week at home and send it to a lab in London. From my results, we saw that my levels came down really quite quickly and were soon too low at around 80 umol/L I was however, told I could start trying for a baby in August. My exchanges went up gradually until I was on 16 exchanges! My levels shot up to around 600 umol/L or so! My exchanges were brought down slightly. This was a very scary time for me as I had now started trying for a baby and I didnt know if I might already be pregnant or not! I found out I was pregnant on the 20th September 2010. At this point my levels were at the 500-600umol/L range, so it WAS ALOT higher than my target range but my dietician was reassuring me constantly that as long as we got my levels back down before 12 weeks, everything SHOULD be ok. I was feeling very nautious a lot of the time but I wasn't acutally being sick with the first few weeks of my pregnancy. I was taken down to 2exchanges &amp; maxamum up to 4 times a day. At the beginning of October my levels were just over 300umol/L so I was feeling a lot better about the whole situation. By this time I was around 6-8 weeks. The levels stayed around 250-300 umol/L for a good few weeks and I was so pleased and relieved by this! Being on 2 exchanges is very hard. However, it is also very easy to stick to the diet because this isn't about me anymore. There is a little baby inside me that needs me to stay on my diet. No matter how hard seeing my partner eat pizza is, I will never eat anything I shouldnt. The fact that there is a baby to consider makes it easy! At the beginning of November, horror struck. I had been having a few days where I was feeling really nautious and was suffering with terrible headaches. I was managing to drink my maxamum and eat my 2exchanges but eating anything more than the bare minimum was just too much and my levels shot up to nearly 400umol/L again! I had been feeling extremelly unwell and it was only one level that went that high. The next levels that I received showed that I had got back to the target range again, and I breathed a sigh of relief. The 16th November was my 12 week scan at my local hospital! This would be the time where I would be reassured that everything was ok, or else all my fears would be realised and that they would tell me there was something terribly wrong! The Tuesday morning between me and my partner was extremelly tense. We argued and shouted at each other. It was all just our nerves of seeing if everything was ok or not coming out. The appointment was at 10.40 so we didnt have TOO long to wait in the morning. We got to the hospital quite early and we hardly spoke whilst in the waiting room. When called into the scan room, I had the cold jelly spread on my stomach, and they found my baby snuggled up in my left hand side! Right in the corner! The lady played the heart beat, and the relief on mine and Keirons face was a picture! We were both nearly crying! However, the lady kept clicking and playing the heart beat and wasn't saying anything to us. "Is everything ok?" I asked, "yeaahhh..." she replied, which wasn't too convincing! Anyway another sonographer who had been in the room from the beginning went over to the screen. We were really quite worried by this point but she said "what a beautiful baby!" She showed us the brain, which I was relieved to hear was the perfect butterfly shape. The baby had beautiful arms and big feet. They also showed us what they thought would be the lil man part. It was only 12weeks along so they warned us not to go mad buying lots of blue, but from what I saw I was convinced! At the end of the scan, everything was confirmed to be ok, and the sonographer said "thankyou" for letting her see such a beautiful, well behaved baby! We were told to make an appoinment for 22 weeks at that local hospital which is set for the 21st January 2011. My levels stayed within range for the next few weeks and I had an appointment with the PKU clinic in London on the 26th November. We went through the levels and my dietician was very pleased with my progress. She told me that the levels had shot up but as I was ill and they werent in the dangerous zone, there shouldn't be anything to worry about. I was to arrange my 20week scan with the Evelina Childrens hospital which is a cardial scan just to check the baby's heart. This will be on the 10th January. I thought that this would be the only additional scan to the usual. My levels dropped to around 150umol/L and on the 9th December, my dietician told me I could go up to 4 exchanges!! How exciting another 2 exchanges!! I had an "antenatal appointment" on the 10th December, to which I thought was just a routine antenatal appointment. When I got to the appointment I was told that I had been referred by my midwife to this appointment because of my PKU. So I saw a consultant who was actually really quite rude to me. Because I didn't realise that it had anything to do with my PKU, I didnt think to take anything regarding my PKU with me. Whenever I normally tell any medical person about it, they haven't got a clue what I am talking about! Anyway she told me that she would have arranged the cardial scan, which I had already booked for the 10th January. But she told me I would have ANOTHER scan in January around 20/21 weeks! I am now waiting for that appointment and am quite looking foward to seeing my baby three times in January! I hope this helps some people realise the worries and stresses that trying for and having a baby can cause. But I am only 16 weeks today so I'm still only about a third of the way through. I will update my blog, because even if it doesn't help anyone else, I have found it quite theraputic to go through and remember what was going on! Althogh I do hope this HAS helped someone else, not just me. Even if it is only one person it will have been worth it!!