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BFP on CD26 after Miscarriage!

I've read this site since before I had my first son almost 3 years ago! I love reading everyone's stories and now I get to share my own!

My husband and I found out in August that we were finally expecting our 2nd child together, he has one son from a previous marriage as well. I had the Mirena IUD and had it taken out in April, though we didn't actually start trying until August and bam, we got pregnant right away! We like to joke that people will get pregnant if they drink after either of us because we are so fertile. I got pregnant with my son while I was on the pill. 5 days after I got my blood work back from my OB, I started heavily bleeding and cramping. After another round of blood work, it was a confirmed miscarriage. I was roughly 5 weeks.

I *DO NOT* know the exact day I ovulated. I have never been able to make myself use OPK's for fear of becoming TOO obsessive and then not getting pregnant. I always base my ovulation on ovulation cramps and EWCM.

CD7 BD
CD8 BD
CD12 EWCM
CD13 BD, EWCM
CD14 EWCM
CD15-18 EWCM
CD18 Left & Right pelvic pain from here on out, frequent urination every day from here on out, crampy boobs from here on out. Never a lasting ache, just mild cramps that come and go on the top, sides, and underneath.
CD21 Hot flashes, SEVERE ACNE! Like on my face, on my back. Terrible. I never have acne on my back and my face never, ever breaks out like this either. Just the occasional PMS pimples.
CD22 Watery CM. Headache, backache, fatigue (took a 3 hour nap! -- never happens)
CD23 Watery CM. Headache, hot flashes. Another 2 hour nap. I never get to take naps!
CD24 No CM at all. Still crampy boobs. Left & right pelvic pain. Pinching in lower stomach area. Felt a sharp stabbing pain through my crotch. It felt like the same kind of cramps I was having with my miscarriage on my pelvic floor.
CD25 No CM. I picked up a box of 3 FRER tests and told myself I would wait til Friday (this was Tuesday) to test. Of course I couldn't wait, and ended taking a test at 4:30pm. I knew it would be negative, but I couldn't help myself. WRONG! It was positive within 2 minutes. Still cramps on both sides, and in pinching/cramps in front.
CD26 Today! I took another test this morning on FMU and it was positive within 30 seconds to a minute. Still lots of cramps on both sides, acne all over my back and shoulders. Going to go get blood work done this morning!

Also I expected my cycle to be around 26 days like it was last month (month between MC and now) so technically I got a BFP before I missed my period.

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BFP that looked like a chemical- but stuck!

BFP with 1st child

I anonymously stalked this site everyday during my TWW, and so I had to 'pay it forward' when I got my own BFP! Especially because of the nearly miraculous fact that this little bean stuck!

My BFP immediately followed a cycle that ended in a chemical pregnancy (one faint positive and then no more). So when I got my faint faint faint BFP the following month, I couldn't get excited. I didn't know how to upload a photo here but I changed my profile pic to show the lack of progress from 8dpo to 10 Dpo (FRER). In fact, the line actually faded during these three days. It was terrible. On 11 dpo the line was a tweet bit darker but still so faint! So I took a $tree test (nothing), a clear blue (nothing), and a lifebrand (nothing). These were all FMU same urine (I did FMU everyday). Ugh. I got the same line on the FRER at 12 dpo but nothing on the others. I genuinely resigned myself to a chemical, but went for the doctors blood test that same day. Turns out my numbers were well into the 60's (annoying that clear blue didn't even have a hint of a line?), and the lines began progressing like crazy- I can (and do) get a super dark positive on any stick out there lol!

Here are my symptoms:

My CM was dry until way after my missed period, and my CP was low, hard and closed.

1-4 DPO- serious cramping
4-8 DPO- serious cramping, felt different from menstrual cramps, more like the sharp twinges of 'o' cramps, big time hot flashes and dizzy spells, back pain, boobs not sore but showing those bumps around the nipples, crazy fatigue (took a nap for five hours on the weekend, peering non stop

9dpo - today (5 weeks, 3 days)- cramping died down but had Burning and aching, weird thick pasty saliva, taste of blood on the back edges of my tongue, back pain, upper and and ribs very sore (like I've done a zillion sit-ups), aching hips, sore sore boobs (it wakes me up when I lie on my stomach), food aversions, and a very bizarre need to eat fajitas (like I could eat fajitas all day everyday)

Don't ever give up hope ladies!!!!!

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Older Couple and PCOS

My husband is 51 and I am 37. I was diagnosed PCOS at 13, and have struggled with the side effects my whole life. I suffered with obesity despite dieting most of my 20s. I went off birth control when I was 28 and had a surprise pregnancy the next month. I didnt think I would be able to get pregnant without help, hence the surprise. I saw the heartbeat at 8 weeks, and all looked good. Went back at 12 weeks and the babys heartbeat was very slow. They said I would lose baby, and I did. My body didnt recognize it, and had a missed miscarriage. After 45 days of waiting to pass the baby and nothing, I finally demanded some help. They gave me pills that did start the process, but it didnt complete it. 48 hours after I started bleeding, I started to hemorrhage and went to ER for an emergency D & C. Fast forward 6 months, and I felt ready to try again.

I did 2 rounds of Clomid and NOTHING. I was so bummed, as my sister tried for a year with nothing, then did one round of Clomid and bam was pregnant. So, I decided to clean up my diet and work on the weight issue. I went vegan and lost 30 lbs that first month, and then bam found out I got pregnant while I was dieting that month. Happy news!!!! I had found a new dr before I got pregnant, one who knew about PCOS and how challenging it could be. Everyone else wanted to wait until i had 3 mc before doing bloodwork or tests. Not her, she brought me in the moment I got a positive test and checked everything. She discovered my progesterone was low, so she started me on suppositories. They kept checking my blood twice a week (oh joy haha). About 8 weeks or so, my progesterone took a dive. They called me (sitting at my desk at work) to tell me that I was likely losing the baby,. I freaked, and demaned I come in right away for an ultrasound. They agreed, and low and behold my baby was sitting in there just fine. So they took me off suppositories ad switched me to shots every day, for the next 6 weeks. I was still on metformin 1500 a day and kept me there until 12 weeks. I took the shots till 16 weeks. That was rough, but I got through it. Rest of pregnancy was uneventful till 39 weeks, they said my urine protein was beginning to go up a bit, and thhey didnt want to chance pre-eclampsia with my pcos and being overweight. So they scheduled me to be induced. After 16 hours of uneventful labor, no pain, and I was only dialated to 4 and then st there for HOURS, they said he needed to be csection. I threw a fit, as I wanted natural all the way for his sake. They gave me 2 more hours, then said he must come out before he starts to have issues jjust sitting there, so we csectioned.

After birth, I breastfed and lost a LOT of weight that first year. My baby boy ended up being MSPI, which is milk-soy-protein intolerant, so anything that I ate that had those foods made him very sick to his stomach, and he was losing weight. Once I noticed that ne eating certain foods made him worse, we figured it out. So, there wasnt much I could eat that first year, so I lost alot of weight. Through that, I discovered a whole new world. I researched the heck out of food and diet, and learned a lot. I lost the rest of the weight, started going to the gym, and discovered I LOVED working out, and fed off the challenge of it. I became a personal trainer and started bodybuilding. I know, weird story coming from a girl who had been really fat her whole life. I felt something I had never felt before-HEALTHY!!! AND I was so happy to be a better example for my new baby!!!!

I ended up divorcing due to his infidelty when my son was 6 months old (he couldnt handle my new lifestyle). I was single for a LOT of years, dating but never finding the right guy till my new husband. He is older than me, 51 now, and I am 37. So we decided to try for one. I got pregnant the first month we tried. But the hcg levels stopped very early, my beta only got to 15 and then 17 two days later, so I miscarried 5 days after my period was due. It was a painful period with lots of clotting basically. The next two months I had SOOO many symptoms, which I usually dont get much in the tww. I may get a little sore breast in the week before af, but thats it. I was having like every symptom imaginable the 2ww of those 2 months. I would have swore I was super pregnant, but nothing.

BFP after missed miscarriage

8 weeks after a heartbreaking D&C we got our BFP. It's such a blessing and God really answered our prayers. Like my first pregnancy I didn't have any symptoms before my BFP, I tested everyday from 7 dpo, only to get -... until 10dpo showed a faint line that was almost not there. I asked my husband not to call me crazy when I showed it to him for validation and he saw it too!!! I've tested everyday since and the line is getting darker and darker. we are over the moon excited and hope this is our take home baby. A few weird things to note this cycle : 4-5 day straight +OPK from day 14-18, then super dry right away after ovulation, had one day of creamy/sticky cm which resembled what I had a month or two into my first pregnancy. But now i'm about 5 weeks, have no real symptoms except for lower back pain. A bit worried about the lack of symptoms, but not going to worry, will pray for a healthy and happy 9 months! Good luck girls, dreams do come true ;)

Pregnant Following a Chemical Pregnancy Last Month

Hello,

I am in shock and disbelief still. July 24 was actually my bleed after getting a very, very, very faint positive bfp a couple days earlier. This faint test appeared at 13 dpo and was negative the next day. My doctor confirmed that my hcg was back to zero and this bleeding ended. So my husband and I decided to try again after careful thought. We did not BD often in August as our work schedules conflicted. We BD on CD 10, CD12, CD14, and CD15. My opk was positive on CD15 and Fertility Friend confirmed my ovulation for CD17.

Symptoms:

2DPO: anxiety, fatigue, emotional, increased sex drive
3DPO: creamy cm, hot, fatigue, sore boobs
4DPO: scant cm, boobs achy in the center, faint burning on sides of boobs, increased sex drive
5DPO: sore boobs, fatigue, increased sex drive
6DPO: increased sex drive, creamy cm
7DPO: no cm at all (very dry), cp high, increased sex drive
8DPO: no cm, CP way high (I can't reach it), fatigue, dizzy, increased sex drive, faint positive Wondfo test today
9DPO: no cm, all symptoms GONE, Clear Blue Digital Weeks Estimator "Pregnant 1-2", sharp twinges in pelvic area lower left, sex drive WAY UP!!! Sharp cramp at night and heavy uterus feeling, Beta HCG at 35
10DPO: little creamy cm, heavy uterus like AF is on heavy but it is not on, faint nausea, burning cramps on lower left pelvic area, increased sex drive, no appetite, Wondfo test way darker and Pregnent result on digital CB.
11DPO: faint brown spotting at night when I wipe, CBWE jumped to "Pregnant 2-3", incredibly horny, fatigue, no appetite
12DPO: no cm, heavy uterus, light brown spotting not on underwear, increased sex drive, no appetite
13DPO: HCG beta at 240, light brown spotting, heavy uterus feeling gone, cramps on lower right pelvic region strong, lost 4 pounds since 8DPO:(, increased sex drive
14DPO: backache and anxiety, but appetite is back somewhat
15DPO: no symptoms but winded easily

So I have continued to POAS because of my chemical last month. Last month, I only had one faint BFP. This cycle, I have had BFP's everyday 8DPO. I have never been more horny in my life and I never had such a dry luteal phase before. I am usually creamy cm from ovulation through to AF.

Pregnant!

Hi Ladies,

Yesterday I got my BFP. Things seemed to align this month. I ov'd right before I had a big holiday, I have been surrounded by babies and preg friends and finally decided to be happy for them and not envious... I had a miscarriage in January. After the m/c I went into panic mode decided to buy every vitamin and fertility aid in the book. Prior to the MC I had regular cycles. I couldn't understand why they were so irregular after the miscarriage. I was ovulating 2x in a month, my cycles were up to 40 days! It was so frustrating. I spoke to a friend who works in the medical field and she mentioned that vitamins can shock your system and cause irregularities! One month after I stopped taking prenatals and a B50complex my cycle was completely normal. OV'd on day 15 and got my BFP.

1-6 DPO- Nothing
7 DPO - Slight breakout
8 DPO - Breast tenderness (1 breast only?) Exhaustion
9 DPO - Weepy, breast tenderness increasing, creamy CM, hot flashes, cramps, no energy at the gym
10 DPO -At the cottage, had a party weekend, breasts seemed huge, mid-back pain, exhaustion, creamy mixed with ewcm cm
11 DPO - 12 DPO - Hot flashes, back pain, breast tenderness/fullness, cramps, frequent urination, blood when I brushed my teeth
13 DPO - AF like cramps, hot flashes, exhaustion, slight brownish spotting only when checking cevx (thought it was for sure AF), got a pregnancy test, thinking once it was negative I'd buy a big bottle of wine and husband and I would plan for next month. I brought the test into work, snuck it into the bathroom and holy it was positive, like really positive. In total shock!

My biggest lesson after having a miscarriage is... don't think you can get preg right away. My new doctor says he advises patients to allow at least three months for their hormones to regulate. My initial doctor told me I could get preg right away and it caused me lot of stress. Also, maybe hold off on the vitamins, especially if you never used them before. I think If I was still ODing on vits that I wouldn't be where I am now. I hope it all works out. It is very exciting. Good luck ladies and just know it will happen :)

BFP after two miscarriages this year (twins and a singleton)

I am sharing my story with you all, as this board helped me stay sane during my two week waits, and nothing in the world makes me crazier than a two week wait after a miscarriage....talk about scrutinize every little thing!

I have two children, ages 8 and 4. I conceived identical twins in December and lost them in Feb. At 10 weeks. I conceived again in April and lost the baby at 8 weeks. I had D&C's with both losses.

As the karyotype on the last baby came back completely normal, We saw a fertility specialist to rule out any cause that may be preventable. All testing returned normal, except for a MTHFR mutation, which my doctor does not believe is significant; however, I believe it could be significant as both of my daughter's have lip ties and one has a sacral dimple, both of which can be seen with the MTHFR mutation. While I cant prove its what happened in my case, it certainly doesn't hurt to take precautions. I switched my prenatal vitamins to Best Nest Wellness, which contain methylated folate, B6, and B12. I also started taking royal jelly for egg health, as well as baby aspirin, as it may help women with recurrent miscarriage conceive and carry to term.

I used the CB Advanced digital ovulation test last month, which gave me two flashing smileys on cycle days 8 and 9, with a solid smiley on CD 10. I thought it was odd as I usually ovulate around CD 15 or 16, but what do I know, as its the first cycle after my last miscarriage? We BD according to the ovulation test; however, I never had EWCM until CD 14 and 15. We did BD more at that point, but I believe that we missed our window.

I used the regular clear blue digital to conceive my last baby, and it truly was accurate, which I do not believe the clear blue advanced to be.

This month, I decided to start using the CB digital advanced ovulation test initially, but would continue testing with CN digital ovulation test (not advanced) afterwards, as the advanced version locks until your next cycle after shoeing the solid smiley face.

CD 1-6 AF, then spotted until CD 10. This is,my second cycle after my second miscarriage.

CD 9 BD, CB Advanced negative
CD 10 BD, CB Advanced negative, 97.1
CD 11 BD, CB Advanced positive solid smiley (slipped flashing smiley altogether), but no EWCM or other O symptoms, 97.0
CD 12 BD, CB digital (not advanced) negative, 97.0
CD 13 BD, CB digital negative, left sided cramps
CD 14 BD, CB digital positive, EWCM, left sided cramps, 96.8
CD 15 BD CB digital negative, but line on test cartridge is darker than yesterday when it was positive, EWCM, L>R cramping, 97.0
CD 16/1 DPO BD bilateral cramps, no OPK as I ran out of strips and figured I had my bases covered by BD every day, 97.1
CD 17/2 DPO 97.3
CD 18/3 DPO BD, light cramps, 97.3
CD 19/4 DPO dull pain around cervix, light cramps. 97.6
CD 20/5 DPO dull pain around cervix, hungry upon waking, vivid dreams, palpitations (I have supraventricular tachycardia, whichbis usually controlled), 97.8
CD 21/6 DPO lightheaded, bilateral pinching cramps, hot flashes after drinking tea and eating salsa, dizzy upon standing, lower and feel like pulled muscles
CD 22/7 DPO dizzy upon standing, hungry, slight ache under arms, breast tenderness, hot flashes, 97.6
CD 23/8 DPO dizzy upon standing, hungry, breast tenderness front and sides, feel wet, burninh pain beneath navel to right, 97.9
CD 24/9 DPO pinching groin pain when standing, breast tenderness, breast warmth and tingling when bending over, breast swelling, slight pinching cramps, which radiate to knees, 97.9. I think AF is coming early, that I must have a literal phase defect, and become really depressed for the rest of the day. I took a CB digital pregnancy test with weeks indicator to ensure that I was out and that AD was on her way.
CD 25/ 10 DPO pinching, burning cramps radiating to knees, hungry, lightheaded, 98.1
CD 26/ 11 DPO slight pinching pain in groin when standing, hungry dizzy after bending over, white, thin, watery cm, temp 98.0. While I thought that I was out, i took another pregnancy test since my temp went triphasic and saw 1-2 weeks BFP!!!!!
CD 27/ 12 DPO hot and hungry

When I ovulated in this cycle is questionable, and when I implanted is questionable. Any cycle that ive conceived, we BD nearly every day for 2 weeks. It seems to do the trick for us. My advice is to not completely trust digital OPKs.

I feel very differently about this pregnancy. With the twins, I never felt like anyone was there-no connection. With my last baby, I believed she was a girl (which she was), but not that id ever meet her.

I believe with all my heart that our rainbow baby is officially in transit and there's no stopping us now.

BFP with PCOS/Clomid 2nd attempt

Hi Ladies,
I have been stalking this site since a long time and I decided that when I get a BFP I will write and pass on encouragement and hope to other fellow women going through this trauma..
I m 29 year old and my hubby is 32 years old. We have been trying to conceive for a year. I knew i had PCOS since I was 15 years old. My gynac at that time said "Make sure you try for babies right away because you would have trouble". Fast forward to today. We went to RE after reading good reviews about him. Our first appointment lasted for 2 hours, he explained everything and course of action. We started with clomid 100 for 5 days in May. I fell pregnant in June. However the HCG kept reducing and I had very early miscarriage. I was heart broken and cried for days. Doctor suggested trying clomid again for the next cycle, however my left ovary was very stubborn and the dose didn't help the follicle to grow as required. He then up my dose further. I ovulated little late than last month and unlike last month I didn't had the usual ovulation cramps which made me think this month is wasted as well.
14 days after my positive OPK, I checked tried HPT, i had no hopes and got a BFN. Doctor told me just wait for periods, if it doesnt show up in 3 days try HPT again. After 3 days, tried the HPT, and voila BFP! I could believe my eyes, I woke my husband at 4.45 am to ask him if he could see the line or I m hallucinating.. how can it be possible. Next day did a blood draw and HCG came out to 284! Did followup HCG and it had the right value again.

Frankly speaking we didn't do anything different than last month, had folic acid supplement,metformin and healthy lifestyle. I had my ultrasound last week and saw a bright beating heart.. which brought me to tears!

Today I m 7 weeks 6 days pregnant and I didnt had any nausea , morning sickness or crazy cramps. In fact I dont feel pregnant at all. I do have food aversions, frequent trip to bathroom, bad acne.

Hoping and praying for a healthy baby and full term.

For all those ladies out there, no matter what happens or what people say.. don't lose hope! Medicine and science has come too far along and maybe you would live the marvel in your lifetime!

BFP second baby after 15 months and 2 chemicals!

This is a delayed story as I got my BFP on 31 March 16 after trying for 15 months with 2 back to back chemicals in 2015 (August and October).

Our first boy took 3 months to conceive so I was getting extremely concerned that he'd be any only child and that my body was broken (he's now 3 1/2)

2015 - for the entire year I tried all sorts of supplements (Soy Iso, Vitex, B6 etc) my cycle was wonky and ranged from 31-36 days. We had a very stressful year with a death in the family and a house purchase.
It was heartbreaking to have 2 chemicals in a row so I started getting fertility checks - everything came back normal and I was told that I had unexplained secondary infertility at 30 years of age. Not helpful or encouraging.

2016 - I stopped taking ALL supplements and my cycle went back to 29 days. I started seeing a Chinese medicine practitioner and he started me on acupuncture to balance my body. I started relaxing more. My doctor referred me to fertility specialists with a long wait list and also asked my husband to get a sperm analysis. The day that he was supposed to get his sperm analysis I got a strong BFP. The only reason I checked was to ensure I could enjoy a big glass of red wine!!

For me personally, I believe the timing wasn't right for 2015 with all of the stress is our lives. The supplements were confusing my body and I was out of balance in multiple ways.

Here is a summary of what worked:

Acupuncture for 3 months (I still go now at 21 weeks pregnant)
No supplements (apart from Folic Acid)
Using OPKS (I was using them the entire time but didn't want to stop because they were accurate)
I put my husband on Maca Root the month we got our BFP (apparently it increases sperm count and quality)

Heres a summary of OPK, BD and BFP:

BD on CD 11, 12, 14 and 15
Positive OPK on CD 14, 15 and 16
Strong BFP on CD 12
Super strong BFP on CD 14

Symptoms = nothing unusual until 6 weeks pregnant when nausea kicked in.
I should mention that the months I had my chemicals, my BFP was very faint and didn't get darker then I miscarried at about 5 weeks (when most women wouldn't even know that they're pregnant yet!)

Here's the interesting part: my acupuncturist knew from my pulse that I was pregnant 1 week before I got my BFP (it was in my medical notes when I told him about my BFP). He then predicted that I was having another boy based on my pulse at 8 weeks pregnant and I found out on Friday that we are indeed having another boy.

Hope this helps others. Sometimes it feels like it'll never happen and it's a very lonely, anxious and helpless experience. In hindsight, the timing of our new baby couldn't be better so I'm really happy that it's turned out this way.

Good luck ladies!

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BFP next month after Chem Preg

Hi lovelies,

I shared my bfp story prematurely last month in June at 12dpo right before I experienced a chemical pregnancy. Prior to that I never really knew what one was. Since it was a natural early miscarriage that started the day my period was due like a normal cycle we decided to try again the next month, this month, for our rainbow baby. So you know I had to come and share my symptoms and story to this lovely community that has helped me along each of my twwaits.

*Caution this post is long. I may have been symptom spotting but these lead up to my now pregnancy.

July dpo leading up to bfp:

7/5/16
5dpo
⦁ sore nipples
⦁ gassy
⦁ tired
⦁ dizzy
⦁ lotiony cm
⦁ hungry
⦁ thirsty
⦁ nausea
⦁ warmer
⦁ irritable
⦁ peeing more often

7/6/16
6dpo
⦁ Sore nipples fading away
⦁ Boobs feeling full
⦁ A little crampy
⦁ Gassy
⦁ Light amount of lotiony cm only when I check
⦁ Moody
⦁ Nausea
⦁ Very hungry
⦁ Sleepy
⦁ Lower back ache
⦁ Thirsty
⦁ Peeing more

7/7/16
7dpo
⦁ Dizzy
⦁ Nausea
⦁ Vivid dreams

7/8/16
8dpo
⦁ MOODY EMOTIONAL
⦁ Wanting to cry
⦁ Light cramps on left side last night
⦁ Sensitive nipples
⦁ Heavy bo0bs
⦁ Low libido
⦁ Hot last night (unusual)
⦁ Chest pain (gas?)
⦁ Crazy dreams
⦁ Headache
⦁ Light cramps right side

7/9/16
9dpo
⦁ Nausea
⦁ Tired
⦁ Light cramping

7/10/16
10dpo
BFP!!!
⦁ Backache
⦁ Leg soreness
⦁ Hungry
⦁ Horny
⦁ Crampy
⦁ Tired
⦁ Sore nipps

7/12/16
12dpo
⦁ nausea
⦁ backache
⦁ moody
⦁ full bo0bs
⦁ sore bo0bs
⦁ crampy
⦁ tired!!!
⦁ crazy dreams
⦁ waking up mid night
⦁ metallic taste
⦁ peeing more

Now I am currently 4 weeks and 6 days along. I have already missed my period which was due the 16th of this month. Today is the 20th. I am still experiencing many of these symptoms. Especially the full and sore boobs, moodiness, and being tired.

I took a digital test after I got the faint positive before my missed period that said pregnant 1-2 weeks. Last week I took another digital test that came up pregnant 2-3 weeks. I am happy that my hcg levels are rising this time unlike last month. I plan to take another test tomorrow at 5 weeks to assure they are rising further, it should say 3+weeks. I will be seeing the doctor soon and scheduling an appointment at 8 weeks or so, whenever they can get me in.

I am happy but still have a hard time taking in the fact that I am actually pregnant. I have only told my fiance of course, two friends, and my mom. I do not plan on telling others until things are looking safe and secure. Although we never broke the news of the chemical pregnancy to our extended family who lives out of the state. Soo to avoid explaining a loss I plan on telling them my due date changed.

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