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Finally after a year

I haven't been majorly concerned with getting pregnant since my boyfriend and I are not married yet. It was supposed to be set in oct. I already have one kid she's is almost five and I didn't want another until she was at least five. But about three years ago I got pregnant while on a contraceptive, I ended up having to have a miscarriage because it would have killed me. So since then I have tested every month on or just before my period to make sure no surprises were around. For the last year I have thought I had every symptom in the book for pregnancy and each time I got a little more disappointed that it turned up negative. I don't have many symptoms I can report because I finally relaxed and decided not to care.

I don't have dpos so I'll just go with a week and a hAlf before my bfp

1 1/2 weeks: my nipples are sore perfectly normal for pms

1 3/4 weeks before: my nipples are still sore and increasing not normal but no cause for concern I could be pyching myself out. It always happens about a week before my period.

1 week before: crazy but I'm starting to get really tired it happens sometimes but not always. Can't let my daughter crawl all over me my nipples hurt like crazy.

3/4 week before: my nipples start to get darker. The only thing that is different that never happens. Still sleeping a lot so I don't think much of it.

1/2 week before: starting to get slight nausea. Probably more pyching myself out. Start doing research on all aspets of early pregnancy symptoms even tho I know them all.

1 day before: buy pregnancy tests but constantly tell myself it will be negative. Nipples completely change color from pink to brown. Are my boobs bigger? The pain in them comes and goes but it's still just as intense. It's hard not to take the test too early but I wait. I have to pee like crazy

0 day: woke up at 3am because I had to pee so bad took the test and within 2 minutes it's positive!!! I was stunned for about ten min and couldn't go back to sleep. Later that day I take the other test just to make sure because if it's going to turn up positive when you don't follow the first morning pee or wait four hours then it must be true. And it was a fainter line but positive. I bought the clear blue tests and took it at around 1 pm today and it's still positive clear as day. Was just laying down to go to sleep and almost as soon as I fell asleep I woke up with some morning sickness.

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A Story of Hope

Like many of you, I had read this blog with the hope of having symptoms that would correspond to a positive pregnancy test. For each cycle, every month, I would be checking my symptoms with the blog posts. Over the years, this site had provided me much encouragement when I needed it the most. I vowed to post my story once I was successful in becoming a momma. In sharing my journey, may you find a story of hope that resonates within you during your personal journey!

My husband and I were married for four years before we started infertility treatment in 2011.  Our case could be classified as unspecified infertility; although, I was diagnosed with PCOS.  We underwent a fresh IVF cycle in 2011, which resulted in an ectopic pregnancy outcome right before Christmas.  I think that first cycle was the hardest one because of all of the medications used for egg retrieval and then transfer.  We were devastated from it and took some time before going back for two frozen transfers in the summer and fall of 2012.  Unfortunately neither of those embryos implanted, but those cycles were less taxing on my body than the original fresh one.  Unsure of why the FET cycles were unsuccessful, my husband and I took a break as to better evaluate our situation.  We even considered surrogacy; however, the investment needed was a little overwhelming financially and emotionally.  By spring of 2013, we were absolutely shocked to learn that we were pregnant naturally.  We were not trying to get pregnant, but it happened and we were thrilled.  We had heard the heartbeat and started to make plans for a baby due in 2014.  At our 12 week appointment, a heartbeat could not be found during ultrasound and the baby measured 9 weeks.  After genetic testing, we learned our baby had Turner's syndrome from paternal chromosome.  This loss was equally as devastating as our first embryo transfer.  It was definitely a low point for us; however, we found that even in the deepest pit, our faith and love grew stronger.  We put our trust in God's plan for us. With hope that a frozen transfer might work after this miscarriage, we transferred two embryos in December 2013.  Again, we were met with the disappointment that neither embryo implanted.  It was shortly after this time that we decided to take another break to try a more integrative and holistic approach to pregnancy.  We started with diet and supplements through a naturopathic practitioner.  Eliminating dairy, gluten, sugar, and processed foods was a start to becoming more healthy.  I lost about 15 pounds through diet and exercise (going from a size 10 to a 6).  Then we started acupuncture and herbs in May 2015 with sessions once a week.  I was temping and tracking my cycle, yet our attempts to get pregnant naturally were not successful.  The acupuncturist was extremely helpful in diagnosing that my uterus needed improvement and my husband had to lower his body heat.  By November 2015, the acupuncturist advised that my uterus was in the best condition possible to try another transfer.  At that same time, I started taking Metformin 500mg once a day, along with Aspirin 81mg daily.  In December 2015, we transferred one embryo and our pregnancy test was scheduled for New Year's Eve.  To be honest, I was nervous about the timing of it all.  Of course, I was hoping that we would be celebrating the best New Year's Eve ever; however, I was also realistic of our history.  It was with great joy that we received a positive phone call on New Year's Eve!  And in August 2016, our daughter was born!  We rejoice in the miracle of her life each and every day.  For anyone who has gone through infertility, miscarriages, and high risk pregnancies, you understand the sweet sorrow that accompanies it.  My husband and I are humbled by friends, family, and strangers that have prayed for us during this journey.  As we get ready to celebrate our first Christmas as a family of three, I want to share our story of hope so that you find encouragement and always believe!

Parents Age: Dad 36, Mom 35 (Embryo age of Dad 30, Mom 31)
FET (Singleton, Day 6 Blast)
Medications: Endometrin, Estrace, Metformin, Aspirin
Notes leading up to transfer date: Baby danced four and six days prior to transfer of embryo, Massage two days prior to transfer, Cold sore developed one day prior to transfer and Valtrex was taken (first cold sore ever).

After Mirena, a miscarriage, D&C and 8 months of prayers

My journey started one year and a half ago. I had my Mirena removed and I had all the crash symptoms. I found myself with up and down cycles (long and then short) with heavy bleeding and then no bleeding at all. I have tried it all!!! Maca root, fertility teas, angus castus, epo, temping, charting, all the apps, ovulation tests, pineapples, paleo diet, jets diet, and the list can go on and on.

This month I was filled with faith and believed that God had a plan and I just needed to wait until he was ready.

The things I did different this month:
1) castor oil packs
2) new vitamins:bryophyllum, Artemis vulgaris, and ovaria comp (all given by a naturopath in Germany)
3. Diva cup and pre-seed
4. Keto diet
5. A whole lot of prayer

So I don't know if any of these things helped me but I finally got my BFP and I feel so blessed after so many months of tests with only the control line. I don't know if it was the Mirena finally working itself out of my system and my fertility returning... But I feel so happy and blessed!!!!

Bfp 12dpo 2 cycles after early mc

Decided to start trying for baby #2 last July. We were lucky enough to get pregnant that first cycle, but unfortunately I suffered an early mc at 6 weeks. After waiting 8 solid weeks for my af to return (8 weeks felt like 10 years) we started trying again. I'm happy to report my bfp on the second month following our loss. Here are my symptoms...

Bd - cd 11 and 14 only. Cd 14 was suspected O day ( based on ewcm and ov cramps as I don't chart)

2 dpo - loose bm's
3dpo - af cramping, loose bm
4dpo - very tired and achy muscles from head to toe (like a flu is on the way). Loose bm
5dpo - sore neck muscles ( I always get a sore neck whenever.my immune system is down)
6-7dpo - nothing
8dpo- crampy like I pulled all my abdominal muscles (unless I did this sitting in the couch eating and watching TV). Brief wave of dizziness when standing up at one point
9dpo - af cramps. Feel a stitch in my right side as well. Feel wet but no cm
10dpo - pink glob of ewcm when wiping. No other blood at all despite checking a trillion times throughout the day. For about 2 hours in evening- had fairly intense cramping in my lower abdomin but mostly in my back. I suspect this may have been implantation
11dpo- crampy here and there, but not terribly intense. Wet feeling but not really any cm. Road map of blue veins across my chest. Bfn
12 dpo - some lotions cm. BFP on afternoon urine (3 hr hold) with a dollar store cheap test.

I wanted to note the absence of any breast pain or tenderness and no real increase in cm. I also didn't have breast or cm symptoms with my dd pregnancy either.

We are cautiously optimistic about this little bean and hooe it wants to stick around. Good luck to everyone waiting for your bfp! I wish you all sticky beans and love.

BFP after 1.5 years of trying

My adventure started with an unplanned pregnancy that ended in a miscarriage last year. We spent the following year and a half not preventing and figuring out my cycle, I average 32 days and ovulate around cd 19. I tried vitex for a couple months, and ended up getting pregnant the month I stopped taking it… not sure if that is a coincidence or not. This cycle I had a positive opk on cd 18.

Differences from other cycles:

I had read somewhere that couples generally had more luck getting pregnant doing it every other day or once a day, and not to overdo it, and we were following this over the last 1.5 year. Well, this month we tried really hard and did the deed at least morning and night cd 17 18 and 19. I tried to elevate my legs and lay for as long as I could after.

I did have a UTI from 1 to 3 dpo, not unusual, but I did have red spotting on 2 dpo. I have never had ovulation spotting and am not sure if that was what this was or if it could have been the UTI.

Here is what I had for symptoms:

2 dpo- bright red spotting one time on tp
5/6 dpo- backache, REALLY bad headache, I worked this weekend (in Healthcare) and all of my patients had obnoxious smells, sensitive nose!
7/8 dpo- af like cramps, boobs started to hurt but definitely in a different way than af, more internal and around, I remember telling my boyfriend that my armpit muscles hurt and ached into my collar bones
9 dpo- morning test was negative, very faint positive in the afternoon and evening, was already convinced I was pregnant at this point
10 dpo- more obvious positive this morning, I have type one diabetes and had harsh spikes in the early morning and sharp drops in the late morning and early afternoon, had to leave the lab to eat glucose tabs 4 times throughout the day, felt very faint and dizzy, had to sit a lot, took a digi when I got home and it was positive!
Told the boyfriend with a classic bun in the oven trick. Hot dog bun, and I put the test inside! He was shocked and amused.

Turned forty, first baby took over a year - pregnant first try, no symptoms

I'm posting this story in the hope that it will give other ladies out there the hope that I didn't have going into this.

Me and my partner tried for a baby for three years and I was told that although they couldn't find a reason, I'd need IVF. My partner refused. I was devastated. The next month I fell pregnant. Sadly I lost it a few weeks later and my partner a few months later. This left me at 35 and single and really worried I'd never have children.

I met my now husband at 36. We started trying for a baby quickly as I'd been having night sweats and my (useless) GP panicked me by saying I was perimenopausal (I'm not). We went private and had a load of tests to see if we could still conceive. Tests basically came back ok but there was some endometriosis and one of my tubes was partially blocked. Month after month I got negatives and was really losing heart.

To stop me going bananas I tried a new 'wacky' therapy each month and after the month of acupuncture and two months of Chinese herbs (oh my god, they're disgusting) I finally fell pregnant after 13 months. I had an implantation bleed at 14dpo, we'd had sex more than every other day for over a year and I tested at 18dpo as my boobs were so sore I couldn't shower and I was horribly constipated. I had a horrendous pregnancy and got cholestasis on top of being practically crippled by seven months. My wonderful baby was born by csection at 37 weeks to prevent still birth.

I didn't get my period back until 16 months post birth as I breastfed. We decided to start trying again shortly afterwards but I didn't want to stop BFing as I thought it would be my last chance and I didn't want to stop that on the off chance we might have another. So, with pessimism in my heart we started trying. I'd had an ultrasound a few months previously which revealed my ovaries were 'stuck' to my bowels (thanks to scarring from the section) which was causing me some pain, I was told this may mean I would need IVF to conceive again.
Immediately I contacted my consultant to ask for help, contacted the Chinese herbalist and acupuncturist for appointments and braced myself for a long journey that may well end in heartbreak.

And now, miraculously, I have my bfp. After one month of completely unassisted trying. I NEVER thought I'd be so fortunate and I'm praying with every fibre that I keep this little baby.

So I'm over 40, I did absolutely nothing special. I did use ov tests but im still breastfeeding a toddler and my sore nipples told me the same as the ov tests did. We did the deed three days before ovulation and I assumed that I had no chance at all.

At 14dpo I had a brown mucusy 'bleed' in the morning which I assumed was the start of my period. I put in my menstrual cup and was surprised that it was empty that evening. I don't get any premenstrual symptoms ever so I wasn't surprised to feel nothing was on its way. Days passed and still no more bleeding. I had absolutely NO symptoms at all. My boobs weren't sore (still breastfeeding and I would have thought that would have hurt). I was getting worried I was going through the menopause or nature was being really cruel and taunting me.

18dpo and I had been so obsessed and worried I was out of bed at 5am. Still no symptoms. Maybe boobs a bit weird feeling, maybe a bit lightheaded but by this time that was probably worry rather than anything else. So I bought a test and as soon as I dipped it, the two lines appeared.

I know it's early days. But this baby is so so so loved and if love can help, I think we will be ok.

Good luck ladies x

Miscarriage, D&C, TTC 1 year, HSG = BFP

You ladies may not know me but I have followed this site everyday since I found it 8 months ago. I wanted to give some hope to the ladies who may have tried to get pregnant but haven't been able to. I realize everyone is unique in their issues so here is my background first.

I have regular 29 day cycles. I do have 2 children and I have had 1 miscarriage which was August 2015. I take Q10 with vit E, folate, magenesium, calcium, D3, and multi. I have tried previously every trick in the book from preseed, soft cups (terrible experience btw), and even having my partner help me stand on my head after the deed lol. I have read 8 ttc books in the past year. What I really think did it was the HSG and law of attraction.

Like I stated I had a miscarriage in the beginning of my second trimester August 2015. After a couple of months we decided to try again starting in November. Well by the time February came you could imagine I was starting to get concerned that I didn't get pregnant being I already have children. I then proceeded to do every trick I read on the internet as I explained above. Needless to say this was very depressing for me. So we made an appointment with an RE for October this year. We just finished the testing with my HSG and husband’s sperm count with an appointment this Monday to discuss our options such as clomid, IUI, IVF, etc.

Well no need because we found out we got our BFP! I want to add I also started reading books on positive mental attitude and The Secret. This month after my HSG I cleaned out the spare bedroom expecting our new baby. I made an ovulation test look like a pregnancy test for positive visualization, and I bought some baby mittens that have a lion on them. Well guess what? The baby will be due August the 1st which means it will be a leo! Amazing coincidence…

My biggest advice have fun with life while waiting. Have a glass of wine when you want to, take an epsom salt bath, or whatever makes you happy while ttc. On the same note see a dr asap if you have fertility issues. I truly believe the HSG cleared my tubes even though nothing was blocked. I believe I had debris from my D&C. A lot of people may not understand this but a loss is a loss. I realize how fortunate I am to already have children, but once that 3rd baby was put in my heart I couldn't let it go. Secondary infertility was very hard for me and I praise God we beat it. Baby dust to all you ladies and much love! Don't give up.

Finally sharing my story

So, I promised myself that if I ever got a BFP I would share my story, so here it goes...

My husband and I have been married for 11 years, together for 16 years. Long story short, I have PCOS and getting pregnant was proving difficult from the beginning. About 10 years ago I had a miscarriage very early on, I was heartbroken, but young and hopeful. I had gotton pregnant on BCP so it was a surprise. After that, we were NTNP for about 10 years!! A few years ago, I got fed up with NTNP and went to a doctor. I was put on metformin to regulate periods, but still nothing. Then in December last year, I was put on Femara (letrozole). I was so hopeful. I was using OPK's and ovualtion was confirmed every month, but still no luck. After 6 cycles with no success, I was referred to a RE by my OB. They had about a month wait. So, I decided to try one last round of Femara while I waited. I was not hopeful at all, just didn't want to waste any time. We bought a new pack of OPK's. It turned out the entire pack of OPK's were defective, so I stopped tracking. I was convinced it was a sign that yet another cycle would not work. We BD'd just for fun and waited to see the RE. At the RE appointment we were given renewed hope that there was help for us! We were told we could get started on IUI as soon as my next cycle started. So I waited and waited for it to start. And waited some more. I was sure my PCOS was rearing its ugly head and my periods had stopped again. But, I reluctantly took a pregnancy test to be sure. I got my BFP!!! I was shocked!!!

The only symptoms I can speak of was that I had ZERO symptoms. I had been doing so much symptom spotting the months before with no results. But I had NONE with my BFP. The only thing I can say is sore boobs, but I have that every month. This time it just didn't go away. I would say try not to drive yourself crazy symptom spotting because it really is so unpredictable.

I have been scared ever since I got that BFP. Afraid at any moment it could all go away. I have had some scares with bleeding and having to get checked out to calm my nerves. But today I am so happy to say I am 13 weeks pregnant and in the second trimester! I finally believe this is actually happening and we will get our precious baby in May. Don't lose hope ladies! I used to roll my eyes and HATE it when people would tell me " Just relax, and don't stress and it will happen" But the month I was convinced it wouldn't happen, and just went with it, I ended up getting my BFP. Figures. This is such a wonderful community and gave me so much comfort during my TTC journey. Good luck and baby dust to you all!

A post-miscarriage, no "symptoms" BFP.

Hello sweet 2WW-ers!

I share my story to:

- Stop some of you from wasting time and energy searching for symptoms that don't exist, (eg me a few weeks ago)

- Assure those who lose a pregnancy, that your body can take a little time to get back to regular cycles, (I thought I would be GOOD TO GO RIGHT AWAY but this was very not true) but it can and will.

- Avoid doing my ironing.

So. I am 35 and had a mc in August, at around 7 weeks. I figured my body would swing right back into perfect cycles, because I was a 28 day cycle tracking hero, and sure enough, one very very heavy cycle came around 28d later. Then I got a solid smiley on a CD digital OPK at around CD14, and did everything 'right' to conceive, so obviously I would, right? Of course!

When the next bleed came at 23 days, unHEARD of for me, I course I told myself it was implantation bleeding and began googling like a maniac and pissed on every stick available, every day. The internet was the BEST at making me believe that you COULD have heavy IB and that made me a bit crazy. I wasted days searching for validation for my (non existent, phantom) symptoms.... (OH! I'm dizzy, I must be preg. OH! I just smelled that bin REAL strong: I'm preg. OH! Was that pinching in my tum? I'm preg. EXCUSE ME I SEEM TO BE WEEING A LOT. I must be preg. I'm a moody bitch! I'm preg).... time better spent with my toddler or working or eating donuts. I knew I wasn't pregnant. Because every time I HAVE been pregnant, I have known. And there are almost zero symptoms, except a little voice in my head saying, hey, someone else is with you now.

Anyway. I kept on with the OPKs, testing every morning from the day after that 23-day period arrived, even though I was "sure I was pregnant" but also in my heart knew I wasn't but man, hope is a powerful thing isn't it? By CD 18 I thought I'd missed Ov or wasn't gonna this month, then bang, flashing smiley. I was on my Chinese herbs and having acupuncture. We did our best to conceive, and then I let go. No symptom trackings. No overthinking. Ignored the stabby pains at around 9dpo. Was probably just gas I said, sipping on my lovely big bowl of red wine. I enjoyed my daughter and had massages and sushi. Enough of this living a half life til I am pregnant, I thought. I'm gonna do all the stuff I won't be able to soon, and do it twice as well.

After that, not a thing. No sore or big boobs. No tiredness. Nothing. Just that sneaky, cheeky feeling again that my number had come up in the deli line. Sure, I was a psychotic PMS dragon, but that's standard for me.

At CD 29 I knew. But I also needed a few drinks because D. Trump had just been made the leader of the free world and it was too horrendous an idea to swallow. So I tested CD30. BFP: Pregnant, 2-3 weeks.

I had WAY more "symptoms" when I was not pregnant.

Now, at 5 weeks, the boobs are too painful to touch, and the pinching is never ending. I'm cautious about taking it easy and I'm not telling anyone aside of husband and BFF. I am terrified of seeing blood in the toilet again, but also know that my body knew what it was doing, and I love that body, and I am proud of that body. It's magic!

Whatever happens is okay. The timing is never wrong. Enjoy your life today. Not tomorrow or when you fall pregnant. x

Pregnant AFTER IVF.......Naturally!!!!

I wanted to give a little hope to those in the TWW as well as those who have been through fertility treatment only to have it end in a broken heart........

My husband and I have spent the last year trudging through IVF. We had a wonderful egg count and ended up with four AA six day snow babies.....we were over the moon!!!! After three transfers and two positive pregnancies all of them ended in miscarriage (one took 14 weeks from start to finish and the other about seven all within six months of each other). Before we knew it all our embryos were gone. It was very easy for me to say no more treatment at that time. After about a month of emotional healing we started to move onto adoption but also decided to try naturally until we submitted everything to the agency early next year.

In regards to our infertility I had a "lazy" tube, unpredictable cycles, hypothyroidism and Lupus and my husband was border line motility issue......he just laughs and tells me it wasn't his best work that day:-) I started to temp back in August as well as take ovulation tests around the time I "felt" I was ovulating. It turns out IVF treatment jump started my body and ovulation occurred like clock work the first two months. August and September we did not have any luck but we moved on to October hopeful as one can be.

October was a crazy cycle! I had two LH surges with the last one ending in ovulation confirmed through temping. I know one can have a positive ovulation test only to not truly ovulate and that is why I temp everyday. I actually made an appointment with my OBGYN last Friday and we decided just to to run a few hormone tests next cycle on day 3 and 21 and my husband is scheduled for another semenalysis this coming Tuesday. I am happy and in shock to report we will not be making it to those dates.......this morning I decided to take a test and I am pregnant!!!!!! No medications......no doctors......just the two of us......cue the song!!!!!!

I know I rely on others testimonies on what they did different and how they felt so I am going to share with you what my journey has been like over the last few months trying naturally!!!!!

August up until today:

I started Evening Primrose Oil Cycle Day 1 up until ovulation was confirmed (through temping).
The week before ovulation I took mucinex, the plain and simple one with no extras added in, to help with CM because mine is nothing!!!!
Every time we BD I used Preseed.....about half a tube and it went all the way up.
All month long I take B6 as well as the small dose of baby Aspirin.
Husband has been taking Zinc everyday (when he remembers).

Symptoms:
1 DPO-3DPO just normal ovulation cramping. I spotted a little bit during this time and I think that was because this was the second time my body tried to ovulate this month.
4 DPO-8 DPO NOTHING and I mean NOTHING!!!!!!!!
9 DPO very hungry and that has not ended!!!!! Lots of watery CM with white goop in it.
10 DPO terrible hormone headache just like every month and needed a nap in the afternoon. More watery CM.
11 DPO a little crampy and told husband AF may be a yucky one this month.....but no spotting and I spot three days before my period EVERY month but nothing so far.....mmmmmmmmm. Another nap and lots of snacks today. More water CM.
12 DPO woke up needing to pee and my belly was louder than my alarm at 7 am. VERY watery CM so much so when I first wiped I thought spotting for AF had started but nothing but water. In the middle of the day without holding it at all I decided I had one test from last month and went ahead and took. I knew it was impossible but I needed to just get it over with so AF would start. Within a minute my world turned upside down and against what the doctors believed to be possible I am pregnant!!!!! No squinter here.....full blown two lines one day before missed period!!!!!!

Now I do not know if this is going to turn out in our favor but I am hopeful that I even got pregnant. My doctor made room for me on Thursday and the terrible week of blood tests and BETA double times will begin but with faith and hope maybe, just maybe I will have conceived our rainbow baby the month we would have delivered our first baby we lost on Valentine's Day just nine months ago<3

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