I stalked this site pretty hard during my tww and wanted to return the favor to others TTC. DH and I talked about ttc, so I never started a new BCP pack after my last WB (21/3-26/3). We BD'd as usual, but I did do a few OPKs to get an idea of when O would be, which turned out not to be helpful.
CD11: EWCM, BD, -OPK
CD12: temp drop, -OPK, double-over gas pains (with no gas); suspected O
CD13: 0.5 degree temp rise
CD14: oily skin, cervix remained open, creamy CM
CD15: open cervix, creamy CM, BD
No crosshairs on FF at this point, just the dotted line on CD12
This is where things started getting weird. I started feeling AWFUL. I was nauseous, very pale, no appetite. I could barely stand without passing out. I work out every day and could barely do anything at the gym without fainting. Very strong metallic taste. This lasted from CD16 to CD19. At the time, I thought that maybe I had ovulated much earlier and was experiencing very early symptoms. In retrospect, I believe my body tried to ovulated on CD12, but was unsuccessful. I felt awful due to the rapid fluctuations in hormones during this week. I started getting EWCM again on CD17, which continued through CD21. I brushed this off because I thought I surely had already O'd (I didn't even do any OPKs even though I had them). We BDd on CD18 just by chance (99% positive this is when we caught the egg). Anyways..
CD17: EWCM, bad headache
CD18: (tmi) huge glob of EWCM after workout, BD, Quick pinching sensations in pelvis
CD19: temp 96.9, woke up with sore right armpit/side BB, more EWCM, very mild cramps and a bit moody later in the day (I think I actually O'd this day)
1DPO: Felt out this cycle because any "symptoms" I had disappeared, quit temping, watery CM
2DPO: (tmi) a lot of white-ish stretchy CM-- similar to EWCM in consistency but white (had never before experienced this), Good skin, boobs not sore but slightly bigger (they had literally shrunk after stopping my BCPs).
3DPO: pressure in pelvic region (similar to the sensation of my inguinal hernia), feel like a UTI or yeast infection is coming
4DPO: decided to take my temp this am 97.6! This is what initially made me realize when I had truly O'd.
5DPO: temp 97.6, very HOT all day- was sweaty at work all day, left pelvic twinges, nipples looked different
6DPO: cervix very sensitive- felt bruised or something (never experienced it to this extent), skin good, very mild cramping, nipples take on a more cone-shaped appearance and BBs heavier, skin more oily
7DPO: very mild cramping, cervix hurt while BDing- shock like feeling, creamy CM, very emotional which is very unlike me
8DPO: LIGHTNING CROTCH- holy crap. Happened while I was at work and stopped me in the middle of a sentence! Never had experienced this before. Started getting a warm feeling in my stomach- sorry I don't know how else to explain it (probably from progesterone) At this point, I knew I was pregnant. I just felt different. I took a FRER stark white BFN, which didn't even upset me because I knew it was wrong
9DPO: Nothing in the am, tried to wait until 10DPO to test but caved in the afternoon and vvvv faint positive- was not remotely surprised. Full feeling in pelvic region and just feeling different. Very emotional, nauseous, tired and bloated later in the day.
10DPO: Tested with FRER- BFP, still emotional
11DPO (today): Had to cut my workout short due to very mild cramping and fatigue.
Since I'm not sure when exactly I O'd, my DPO timeline could be off by a couple days.
At this point, my BBs look the same as they were 6DPO and and feel 10x better in general than I did CD16-19. Something I noticed is I feel like I spent way more time symptom spotting before I could have possibly had symptoms. Sometime around 5DPO I quit looking up symptoms, etc because I just felt different and started experiencing things that were totally unfamiliar to me. I feel like everyone is different and someone else might experience a pregnancy symptom that is a normal PMS symptom for you, and vise versa. The things that tipped me off were things that were new to me (sore cervix, lighting crotch, nipples). I wouldn't completely rely on any single means of determining O. However, cervical mucous was the single best predictor of fertility in my case. In the future I will invest in digital OPKs as the cheap ones are impossible to interpret. I hope this helps!
Ps. Although I wasn't shocked when I got my BFP, I am extremely surprised that we got pregnant the first cycle. My heart goes out to those that aren't as lucky. I will have my fingers crossed for you. GL!