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BFP After a False Alarm and a Miscarriage!!

I have been reading these and analyzing it all for a couple of months so I thought I owed it to share my experience.
I had a miscarriage in March at 21 weeks pregnant, awful and emotional experience and wanted to try again as was used to the thought of having a family. Got caught very quickly so never analyzed the symptoms!

Had period 32 days later and that cycle thought I was pregnant. Had all the typical symptoms and convinced myself I was so I took loads of tests, all negative! I nearly had a breakdown!!

I decided monitoring symptoms was rubbish as it built my hopes up. So the next cycle I just BD every day from day 11-21 (intense!) my cycles were steady 32 days and I think I ovulated on day 17.

The next week was awful, the same pregnancy symptoms crept in, slightly sore boobs, pulling pains in tummy, weeing a lot.

I had increased CM at 1 and 2 DPO then it dried up!! I was convinced my hormones were all over the place after miscarriage so made an appt for doctor to see if I ovulated. She said leave it another cycle.

I took a test at 9 DPO and negative.

13 DPO something made me test as was due on period next day. I tested with FRER and a pink line showed up. I then did a digital and low and behold!! pregnant 1-2 weeks!!

shock doesn’t even come close!!

What was different:

Back pain in lower back
pain all over tummy rather than one side
slightly sore nipples (last time I was pregnant my boobs hurt all over, not this time)
Weeing a lot!

good luck to all of you waiting and I really hope this sticks this time and doesn’t go to heaven before I do!

BFP After 5th IUI

I posted here in March 2012 with a BFP that sadly ended in an early miscarriage at 5 weeks. I learned from that experience that eggies that implant late (11 or 12 dpo or later) usually end up miscarrying. (I implanted at 12 dpo)

DH and I have been undergoing fertility treatment since May 2007. We have 2 beautiful children that were both conceived via unmedicated IUI's. (Ages 3 and 2) Both kids were conceived on our first IUI each time (lucky us!) This time around was much harder. I hit the big 3-0 this year and my fertility took a nose dive! First IUI this time around resulted in a chemical pregnancy, 2nd IUI resulted in a miscarriage at 5 weeks, 3rd and 4th IUI's were BFN, and just as I had resigned myself to never having another child, I got a BFP at 12 dpo from my 5th IUI. Here are my symptoms: (just an FYI, I took Femara 2.5 mg for my 4th and 5th IUI's and had 2 eggs for my 5th IUI)

1-2 dpo: tons of EWCM (still!) and still having O pains
3-5 dpo: still tons of EWCM, lots of vivid dreams
6 dpo: EWCM finally lets up. Cramping in right ovary (I ovulated on the right side this time) had an ultrasound at my fertility clinic, found a corpus luteum cyst but doc says not to worry, will go away on it's own. Also felt implantation cramping later in the evening on 6 dpo
7 dpo: sooo tired, bb's tingly and sensitive, starting to get forgetful and clumsy, headache
8 dpo: headache, bb's still tingly, swiped Costco card at Costco thinking it was debit card and couldn't figure out why transaction wouldn't go thru, duh!
9 dpo: faint pink streak when wiping after going to the bathroom, still tired, really moody, tingly bb's
10 dpo: another pink streak when wiping after going to the bathroom, tired, moody/emotional, tingly bb's, no spotting after sex (odd because I usually spot this close to my period arriving)
11 dpo: super forgetful today, clumsy, emotional, had dream I was pregnant (got pos result on hpt in dream)
12 dpo: COMPELLED to do HPT. Told self was not going to do HPT until at least
13 dpo but it was like some supernatural force was ripping open that hpt package and making me pee on that stick! Very faint BFP!!! Had bloodwork run at fertility clinic, HCG at 23! Pregnant!

I always check my cervical position when I get to around 10 dpo as my cervix always goes high and firm when I'm pregnant. This time it was high, but not as firm and a little open, which made me think I wasn't pregnant. In retrospect, pushing out 2 kids 12 months apart who each weighed 8 and 9 lbs respectively has more than likely stretched my cervix to the point of no return. Oh well :)

After Miscarriage, TTC 5 Months

This website kept me occupied during every 2 week wait since my miscarriage Oct 2011 on Halloween (of all days!) I was about 8 weeks when I miscarried and in shock that, yes, it could indeed happen to me! Anyway, after following doctor’s orders to a T, we did not try for two months, Nov and Dec. The start of 2012 was when we officially began. I am a jogger and just ran my first half marathon back in Sept 2011. I continued to jog even though in the back of my mind it made me so nervous. January, nothing, February, nothing. So March I went all out with Ovulation strips, temping every morning, and I even just quit jogging all together so my mind would have no excuse. It is hard to give up jogging let me tell you! But only for a couple of weeks.. haha! So IT WORKED!! My efforts worked (Thanking my Heavenly Father) perfectly! The temping- I got a nice even temp (97.4) and then a dip (97.0) followed by a rise (98) so I knew when I was about to and that I HAD ovulated. The ovulation strips- negative then 3 days of positive corresponded perfectly to the dip and rise in my temperatures then negative again We Bd-d on those 3 nights and I did turn my legs to prop them up on the wall with the pillow under my hips and just waited and read 2 week wait on my ipod :)

Finally, early April I get my BFP but of course I wait until now that I'm a couple days shy of 14 weeks to come post it! Plus while reading this site, I always wished there was a way to know how many of these were viable pregnancies.

To faithful readers: There really is only so much you can do. In my case, I knew that if I didn't get my BFP, there was nothing more I could've helped. Knowing before that I was going to ovulate then confirming that it DID happen was the best feeling because I knew we'd BD on those days and really don't we all just hope we are bd-ing on the best days?? I only say that because there was one month where my DH and I exhausted ourselves with Bd-ing. I was getting sore all over the place.. ha! Due Dec 2012!

BFP After 5 Months and 1 Chemical

I am still in shock that we are expecting baby number 2 - Due Feb 25 (Exactly 2 years to the date I was due with number 1!!) I stopped breastfeeding in January and came off the mini pill so we decided to start trying again. In April I got a positive pregnancy test then 2 days later it was negative and I started bleeding (chemical). I was devastated. This month got another BFP and I feel much different about this one! Things we tried differently this month: Pre-Seed, I drank tea (Yogi brand called "Women's Energy), Mucinex, took B-2, ate a lot of pineapple after ovulation. Period is due tomorrow, and have had no spotting (I had a lot of spotting in April and felt something might be off) and two very dark pregnancy test lines! The lines in April never got dark. I ovulated on June 1st. We BD on: May 29, 31 and June 1, 2 and 4. Here are my symptoms:
1 DPO: Heavy feeling in uterus
2 DPO: cramping very low in middle of abdomen
3 DPO: nothing
4 DPO: light cramping
5 DPO: nothing
6 DPO: light cramping
7 DPO: headache
8 DPO: nothing
9 DPO: light cramping
10 DPO: dull period like cramping, backache
11 DPO: period like cramping again - first BFP! Faint but there. Already darker than when I had the chemical
12 DPO: took 3 more tests - all very dark!!!

So so excited. Praying this one sticks!!!!!! Baby dust to you all!!!

Finally Pregnant After 7 Cycles of Trying, a Miscarriage and a Chem Pregnancy!

So our story is this. My DH is 31, I'm 29 and we have been TTC since October of 2011.
We have an almost 3 year old daughter whom we conceived naturally, with no effort. When trying to get pregnant with our daughter, we had sex five nights in a row, always used Pre-Seed, right around my fertile window and I laid in bed all night with a pillow under my tush. Boom! Got a BFP on the day of my period, first cycle. My only memory was that I had bad cramping and I thought my period was going to be a killer. My boobs didn't hurt that much, I didn't get HG (extreme morning sickness) until week 7. I had a baby dream that we were shopping (my hubby and I) and he had his arms filled with pink baby stuff. That kind of made me wonder, so I woke up and ran to Target and got a test, it was instantly positive.

I got the Mirena IUD in at my 6 week appointment following the birth of my daughter. I had horrible PPD and a bad hospital birth experience so I wanted to avoid pregnancy at all cost! I loved the Mirena IUD, it didn't effect my breastfeeding (I nursed her for 17 months- woo hoo!) It didn't cause any weight gain or make me turn into a monster.
October 16th, 2011 I got my IUD out with the idea of the kids being 3 years a part. (I can’t do babies back to back)
We got pregnant right away but miscarried at 6 weeks on Thanksgiving. We let December go by without trying because I wanted to let my body have a chance to recover.
Then it was month after month of trying different things. I charted with an OPK every month so I knew when I was ovulating and we had sex through out the month. But every time, I laid on my back with a pillow under my tush and used Pre-Seed.
I did everything. I tried baby dancing every other day, every 2 days... I did 3 cycles of FertilAid and Fertile CM.. nothing. I did a cycle of Soy Isoflavones and acupuncture and nothing. I did a cycle of 'not trying' and got no pregnancy, once again... each month it was a sad disappointment that I couldn't get pregnant. In March I think I had a chemical pregnancy, I got a very faint pos but my period came (on time) 2 days later and the lines never got darker. Maybe it was an evap?

So the month of May, we did things differently. My husband stopped drinking wine with dinner. This cycle, he started taking 3 FertilAid for men a day and 3 sperm count boost pills a day, starting on the day I got my period (May 2nd 2012)
This cycle: We baby-danced on cycle day 10, 12, 13 and 14 (at night) and Ovulation happened the night of day 14/morning of day 15. Every time we had sex, we used Pre-Seed lube and I feel asleep for a few hours with a big pillow still under my tush. I crossed my legs to ensure nothing leaked out. Every night I'd wake at 2 or 3am, still lying in bed with the pillow under me. I had an orgasm every time we BD'd except for the time on cycle day 12. I drank lemonade all through out the day, ice cream every night after dinner and took a prenatal and 2 fish oil pills. I don't know what worked exactly, so I'm listing everything I did.

(I don’t know if its a factor but the month before I got pregnant, I did acupuncture and a round of Soy Isoflavones. That cycle didn't take, but the next one did.)

I didn't really notice any symptoms because every month I got pretty good at telling myself I was pregnant. My boobs started to get sore at 8DPO and I was sleeping really good at night. My uterus had that full, heavy feeling and whoa, worst headaches ever! At 12DPO, I was on my way to get my daughter something from Target, while I was in there I was like, "What the heck...might as well get another box of First Response..." and then we went for our lunch date with the girls at Nordstrom Cafe. I had the box still in my diaper bag and having to pee every hour, so I took a test right Nordstrom's bathroom, before lunch! I put it in my bag, washed my hands, walked out and met up with my girlfriends and our kids for lunch. About 15 min later I glanced in my bag and my heart fell on the floor! It was a faint positive! I passed it around the table and everyone agreed...BFP!
So yes, I got my BFP at Nordstrom... what is even better, as I am sitting at lunch, staring at this BFP, I got a call from a fertility specialist who wanted to start me on treatments. It felt so good to say, "I wont need to schedule those appointments because I just got a positive pregnancy test!"

I am now almost 6 weeks along and due February 6th, 2013. My first appointment is June 27th 2012 and I am just over the moon! So excited! Our family doesn't know yet and we are flying home to California to tell everyone. I pray this one sticks. I have had two blood tests and my numbers are increasing and very high. My progesterone levels are high too. Feeling sick already, but I hear that's a good sign too.

Keep your head up ladies, your BFP will come too.

BFP Finally After 9 Cycles of TTC #2!

Where to start... DH and I already have one precious little boy who only took three months to conceive back in 2009. When he was 5 months old we got pregnant again but had a missed miscarriage at 14 weeks. DH was then gone with the military for 10 months starting January of 2011 and we have been trying since November of 2011.

What we did differently this cycle: I had a cold during my O time and lower immune function might have helped DH's swimmers, DH took prenatal vitamins and mega doses of vitamin C for the two weeks leading up to O, we BD in the MORNING instead of the evening on O day. I was also MUCH more relaxed this time even though this was our last cycle before DH deploys.

O day- tons of EWCM
1 dpo- dramatic decrease in EWCM
2-8 dpo. NOTHING!!!! I had some Pre-AF acne that I usually get then around 8 dpo it suddenly cleared up. This might be when implantation occurred.
9 dpo- very vivid dreams.
10 dpo- more crazy dreams, extremely horny.
11 dpo- more dreams, peeing a lot during the night but not during the day, nipples were tender but I figured it was from so much sex. Went on a day trip with some friends and couldn't keep my eyes open.
12 dpo- laid down with our DS for his nap and accidentally fell asleep. Went to the store later and kept feeling slightly nauseous so I bought a cheapie 99 cent test. Figured I had totally just jinxed myself. Later that night I couldn't resist the pee stick calling my name... Noticed that my urine smelled BAD but figured it was from the asparagus we ate at dinner. Dropped the pee in the applicator cassette, saw the control line pop up right away and figured it was blank so I got an OPK out (because I'm a POAS addict) and as I was dipping the OPK I noticed a veeeeery slight line on the HPT!!!! Started freaking out and called DH in to look. He saw it too and then I realized that the OPK was DARK!!
13 dpo- took another cheapie test and still a faint positive but noting that I have to pee more during the day.

We are SO excited that it finally happened on our last chance before DH leaves for deployment! I'm 4 weeks exactly today! Already told our parents but waiting to tell the world until after the 1st trimester danger is gone.

BFP After Miscarriage in January

Ok ladies, some history on me, DF and I have been together for over 4 years now, we have a wonderful 17mo old DS, who is literally our world. We always wanted our children to be close in age, so I decided to have my Mirena removed in the middle of December. My son wasn't even a year old yet. To my surprise we got our BFP on December 30th! Strange thing about that was, I had a dream 3 days before that that my Beta levels were dropping, I had a dream that I miscarried. I also felt off the whole pregnancy, it's almost like I knew the pregnancy wasn't viable. Sadly enough, on Jan 8th, my son's first birthday, I lost the baby and had an emergency trip to the ER after his birthday party. It was devastating to lose the baby on his birthday.

My OB advised me to wait a couple cycles before trying again, and it was very hard to do, but we did, the cycles came and went and we weren't trying for another one because we have vacation scheduled in August. So, my LMP was April 27th, but I know I didn’t ovulate until around cycle day 22 or so, I didn't use OPK's or chart, I'm just very in tune with my body and I also could tell by the EWCM.
We only Bd'd twice last month, but it's all in God's will and he is amazing!
Now for my symptoms...
1-5 DPO- ALLERGIES!!! Wow! I have never had so many severe allergy attacks in my life. I'm talking everyday, all day. It was terrible!
6 DPO- Was at work (3rd shift) And felt this burn/pain/throb in my lower right belly. Near my uterus. it stopped me dead in my tracks. Now I know it was implantation! :)
7-11 DPO- Not much at all, just some vivid dreams.
12 DPO- Blood in nose when I blew it.
But this was the biggest sign of all, my boobs are always on FIRE right before AF.... ABSOLUTELY nothing out of them, Not a peep, hurt, tingle, nothing, My boobs were feeling great! :)
Also the exhaustion during the TWW was unbearable. I'm talking tired to the core, it was TERRIBLE! Nothing could keep my eyes open and we're on 60 hr weeks at work, so that doesn’t help at all. :(
I'm currently about 19dpo now, and I'm super nauseous and having terrible stomach cramps, not AJ cramps, like in my stomach, below my boobs. But I'll take it, whatever makes this lil one stick around!
TY to everyone who has helped me throughout all of this. Hearing all of your stories is so inspirational. :)

BFP 6 Months After Miscarriage!

Hi, I finally got my BFP 6 months after miscarriage! There isn't any obvious symptoms apart from my temperature which is higher than usual.

12 dpo - BFN.
15 dpo - BFN (but after a few hours, there was a 2nd line appearing although very faint). Temperature started to look higher than previous months.
20 dpo - BFP!

So I have got a rather late BFP but it is possible! Baby dust to all! 

BFP 3rd Cycle After Miscariage & Tilted Uterus

Hello! This is my BFP story:

In Dec. 2011 I found out I was pregnant for the first time after not trying, not practicing. Unfortunately the baby's heart beat stopped at 8 weeks 4 days and I had a D&C done at 10 weeks on February 1st y(when I found out).

It took about 35 days for my AF to show up after my miscarriage. Coincidentally, that's the same day the doctor called me to tell me that the miscarriage was due to a chromosome issue. That made me feel a little more relieved and excited to start trying again. After 2 cycles of trying and BFNs, I was getting pretty upset. Everyone around me was becoming pregnant one by one .... I am not exaggerating .... it was like a domino effect. This is probably one of the hardest things after going through a MC -- seeing everyone excited and happy when you feel so sad inside.

Well thankfully this morning I got my BFP at 13 DPO after my 3rd cycle since the MC. I know it's early and things can change unexpectedly so I am going to be cautious. One thing I will keep doing that I stopped doing the 1st time I got pregnant, is exercise. The first time I was so scared about hurting the baby, I didn't run or do anything strenuous (I normally run marathons once or twice a year and jog most mornings). So this time around, I will keep exercising. Won't run marathons, but will keep active!

These were my symptoms this month:

1 CD - May 6, 2012
13 CD - BD (ewcm)
14 CD - BD (ewcm, ovulation)
1 DPO - nothing
2 DPO - BD
2DPO to 6 DPO - nothing (note: no CM at all from after O to about 11 DPO)
Around 6 DPO to 7 DPO - weird vivid dreams, not baby related.
7 DPO - skin starts breaking out (I normally have clear skin and don't break out. My skin broke out with my first pregnancy so I was taking this as my first pregnancy sign.)
10 - 11 DPO - start feeling my "stomach working." It's doing something! Hoping it's leading to a BFP and isn't indigestion :)
11 DPO - constipation in the morning (TMI)
12 DPO - nothing really
13 DPO - BFP with FMU !! Line is pretty strong.

Keep in mind that when I first got preggo in December '11, I didn't have any symptoms. I wasn't really trying so I didn't pay attention to anything. This month I paid attention to everything and I still don't even consider what happened this month, heavy with symptoms.

My lower back and pelvic area has been in pain since March. Not sure if this is from the D&C and the fact that I have a tilted uterus? This worries me and I need to go talk to my doctor about it. I know people have been putting "lower back pain" as a symptom for their BFP stories .... but I am leaving it out since I've had it non-stop even when I had BFNs.

Things I did differently this month:

I used a digital OPK kit and used pre-seed as an external lubricant. I only BD the day before O, on O and a day or two after O just to be safe. (I think this BD pattern is how I got pregnant in December). I BD every other day in March and April during my supposed fertile time which is probably why it didn't lead to a BFP. That method might work for others but not for me.

After my MC experience in Feb, I know that things can change. Happy one minute, and then tragedy can strike the next minute. Hoping things will be different this time around. Thankful to be a step closer towards having a baby. Hope this one sticks!

Good luck to all going through this experience. It's exciting and never racking all at the same time. Fingers crossed for everyone!! 

BFP After M/C and With Short Luteal Phase

I'm 35, DH is 36. I have a four-year-old daughter from a previous marriage; this will be DH's first. I had a Mirena IUD which I got removed on Dec. 19. First cycle of TTC was January 15. Got pregnant that cycle (five days of positive tests by various brands) but miscarried on February 16. (I posted my early symptoms here with the subject "BFP after Mirena" on 13 Feb.) Took a cycle off in March, then in April I had really strong symptoms but only had a 7-day luteal phase. This cycle started May 5.

After reading "Making Babies" by Sami David, I realized I had extremely short luteal phases and wasn't sustaining conception, so I decided to try some new things this cycle. Throughout this cycle I took a baby aspirin, red raspberry leaf capsules, evening primrose oil, and 200 mg B6 (in addition to what was in my prenatal) and drank lots of green tea. Also, used PreSeed and took Mucinex around O time. After ovulation I took Vitex and used ProGest cream according to package directions. I highly recommend the book to anyone having a difficult time conceiving.

To calculate my ovulation date, I used cheap Wondfo ovulation predictor test strips from Amazon. Here are my symptoms. Some people might say "Sorry! TMI!" but really, isn't that why we're here?!

BD'd every day on CD 12-17.
+ OPK on CD 12-14; ovulation (based on temperature change) occurred on CD 16.
- 1 DPO: Tender bbs.
- 2 DPO: Tender bbs. Constipated. Little bit of blood one time when I wiped my nose (which is not usual for me).
- 3 DPO: Tender bbs. Tired. Irrationally moody in the evening.
- 4 DPO: Tender bbs. Tired. Painful hemorrhoid (not something that happens to me often).
- 5 DPO: Slept 11 hours overnight. Still didn't have much energy during the day. Tender bbs. Gassy. Painful hemorrhoid persists.
- 6 DPO: Tender bbs and sore nipples. Gassy. Painful hemorrhoid persists. Crampy sensations, like period cramps but milder, that came and went.
- 7 DPO: Woke up at 1:30 a.m. to pee. Then when I got up for good I took an ultra-sensitive pg test from that can detect 10 mcg of HCG, but it was negative. Tender bbs and sore nipples. Gassy. Painful hemorrhoid persists. Light crampy sensations continued. Tired. Little bit of blood one time when I wiped my nose. Needed to pee a lot.
- 8 DPO: Woke up with a stuffy nose. Very very faint almost-invisible-but-I-could-see-it line on ultra-sensitive test. Sore bbs and nipples. That hemorrhoid was getting better but still irritating. Mild cramps continued on and off. Tired. Needed to pee a lot. Frequently hungry. Very gassy in the evening (ewww).
- 9 DPO: Still faint, but visible to the naked eye, line on ultra-sensitive test. Showed DH and he could see it. Woke up fifteen minutes before my alarm desperate to pee. Headache all morning. Sore bbs and nipples. Hungry. Tired all day and kept falling asleep while riding in the car. Lots of creamy CM. Having to pee a lot. Much more crampy, especially in the evening, like AF cramps. Feeling a touch dizzy and nauseous on and off, too. Gassy. At least the hemorrhoid is mostly gone.
- 10 DPO: Temp spike. BFP came up almost instantly on FRER with FMU, nice and dark! Feeling the same as yesterday: exhausted (would have given anything for a nap if I weren't at work), crampy, gassy, sore bbs. With the cramps and the wet feeling from the CM it feels like my period is coming but it isn't!
- 11 DPO: Didn't test today because I'm fairly satisfied I'm pregnant. The usual – tired, crampy, gassy, sore bbs, etc. but also starting to feel nauseous.

I had implantation spotting with DD, but this time I didn't even have a hint of it – not a spot, nothing (and I was definitely on the lookout). You'll also notice I had sore/tender bbs constantly from ovulation on. That could be a side effect of the ProGest cream instead of just a PG symptom, but I noted it anyway. I plan to keep using the ProGest cream, extra B6, and baby aspirin at least through the first try. Thankful to God for this baby and praying it will stick!

Best of luck and baby dust to all of you!