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Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives


The BFP by DPO is hands down my favorite kind of BFP story. It unfolds slowly, like a tulip in the spring - a new symptom appearing with each passing day… constipation on Tuesday, tingling boobs on Wednesday…. Ah, the poetry of it all!

We’d love for you to send – nay, we simply MUST HAVE – your BFP by DPO story, assuming you were detail-oriented (nice euphemism, huh?) enough to record your symptoms on a daily basis.  

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BFP 9dpo after TTC for 1 year!!!!

I am sooo excited to be writing this! Me (26 in 12days) and OH (26) have been TTC since I stopped BC pills in August 2013. Since then, I have had a few months of symptoms that made me think I was pregnant, but it turned out to be my hormones/cycle stabilizing and PMS. BUT this cycle was different! My average cycle was 27 days, with ovulation around CD 13-14. On CD 12 I had the worst lower-stomach cramps i'd ever had. Not being a mid-cycle cramper usually, this stuck out to me! I also took an ovulation test that day (which i don't usually use) and got a slightly dark line, so I knew ovulation was going to happen in the next couple days. We had sex 5 days that week, missing the day before projected ovulation. The things I did differently this month was following my period tracker app closely, tilting my pelvis upward after sex, and taking Maca root powder. I also continued taking my prenatal, omega 3, and drinking lots of water.

I continued cramping dpo, and about 3dpo my breasts started to get sore. The next day they got more tender, and the following day I had painful/sore lumps my OH identified as my mamory glands (he has a medical background). I started to feel slight nausea and achy knee joints @ 5dpo. My gums also bled a tiny bit, but nothing alarming. 6dpo I started to feel hotter than normal, and also hungrier than usual. By 7dpo, fatigue and lower backache had started to appear a bit. But thee most suspicious/obvious symptom I had came on 8dpo. We bd'd in the afternoon and while wiping myself afterwards, I saw brown blood all over the washcloth! I have NEVER spotted in my life, so I KNEW right then that I was probably pregnant. I told myself I was going to wait till AF was due to test (6 more days), so I tried to put it out of my mind. Later that night, I got the worst heart burn EVER and indigestion galore! I was use to acid reflux, but had NEVER had heartburn before. This was another big clue.

I felt SO bloated and crampy the next morning, I decided to test early, knowing a bfp @ 9dpo was unlikely. I tested on a Veriquick test from the dollar store. It was a new brand, but compared to E.P.T., so I went with it. 15 minutes later I was staring at a second line BFP! (And not as faint as I would've expected) ofcourse I was in happy shock! Took a different dollar store brand test (New Choice) that evening around 5, and another BFP! I wrote "we're Preggo : )" on both test and put them in a Jewelry gift box with a bow on top. Gave the box to OH when he got home from work, told him to open it, and took a pic of his reaction face. We waited a long time for this, but I can now say that my May 2015 miracle was worth waiting for!!! EDD is the same as my mom's 60th bday, but I haven't told her yet. This is also very exciting, because both my OH and myself are only children! This will be the first grandchild on both sides and both grandma's can't wait for grandkids!

We are hoping for a boy, but suspect it might be twins! I say this because my mom was a twin (twin died shortly after birth), her mom was a twin, and mom's mom had twin sisters! That, plus this early bfp and bloating has me wondering. Anyway, baby dust to all and wish me luck!!!

BFP @ 9DPO on month 9 of trying

1DPO: nothing
2DPO: creamy CM (dry on undies)
3DPO: creamy CM (dry on undies) + general cramps
4DPO: creamy CM (dry on undies)
5DPO: wet CM + lft cramps
6DPO: creamy CM (dry on undies) + mood swings + rt cramps (who knows why)
7DPO: creamy CM (dry on undies) + mood swings + lft cramps + tender bbs + sleepy
8DPO: tender bbs + lft cramps
9DPO: tender bbs + thirsty + BFP after 4 hr hold (light) + mild lft cramps + pink/red spotting (only when checking cervix & only in the morning)
10DPO: tender bbs + FMU BFP (light) + no cramps so far

I used softcup for 3 months & all BFNs. This time had sex only once 2 days before ovulation and thats all I needed (nothing added). Tried the temping thing this month and that lasted 3 days (i could never remember as soon as I woke up - without moving) I have been symptom spotting for 9 months and this month was not like other months except as of today 10DPO my bbs hurt without poking or moving just feel sore.

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Yes! On DPO 11

We used IUI and got a BFP on our first round. Here we're my signs:

DPO 1-8 Nothing
DPO 9 Extreme tiredness early evening and very moody/ cranky.
DPO 10 Woke up with spotting (light brown), bad headache which I never get, strange taste in mouth but not metallic.
DPO 11 Spotting continues on and off, slightly sore boobs but nothing more than what I normally have during PMS. Moodiness and crying. Took a test with First Response Early and got faint line but Clear Blue digital said Not Pregnant.
DPO 12. Spotting gone. Boobs more sore. Took blood test at doctor and pregnant with hcg 25 and prog at 18. Doctor tells me these "are good numbers". I'm going in on DPO 14 for another blood test.
DPO 13 Woke up with no symptoms but Clear Blue now says I'm pregnant!

Good luck ladies!

Something new you can try?

Hello! These DPO stories were so helpful in figuring out what was going on with me that I felt I ought to return the favor.
A little background on me: I'm 33, SO is 22. We have been NTNP since about November. I was having some trouble the last few months with extreme breast tenderness spotting before my period from about ovulation day until. It was making me wonder every month if I was pregnant. My periods of late had shrunk from around 27 days to 26 or less in the last few. I had read some articles on short luteal phase and estrogen dominance and began some things to fix that , just for general health. I have been taking Vitex and a Female Hormone Blend for a few months now. (I can post the brands later if anyone wants to know.) But the thing I did different this month that may have made it happen after six years withdrawal only method with my last SO and this last nine of NTNP with the current SO was the addition of Now Solutions brand progesterone cream from O day until af day. (Or would have if AF had actually come!) I'm sure there's other stuff I should tell you but I'm super scatter brained today. Ask we anything and I'll try and answer asap.

O DAY- Sharp twinge cramp on right side that lasted a few hours. There was also a full moon the night before.
DPO 1-6- Nothing notable.
DPO 7&8 - Bad gas, headache
DPO 9- Hunger, gas, headache, shoulder ache, constipation.
DPO 10- Constipation, lower back ache, light cramps, headaches, very irritable and moody, fatigued a little, shoulder aches, light about cramps, and BAD night sweats.
11 DPO- Cramps, a big zit ( I never get zits), body aches, breast tingling/crawling sensation, gas, headaches, hungry, insomnia, night sweats, shoulder aches, can't concentrate.
DPO 12- cramps, constipation, insomnia, queasiness, can't concentrate.
DPO 13- queasiness, more frequent urination, tingling breasts near nipple. BFP on WalMart test ($3.50) and First Response.
DPO 14- breast tingling, constipation, cramps, headaches, nasal congestion, cramp under right rib, frequent urination.
DPO 16- Af due date. Back pain, cramps mostly right side, dizzy, tired, nausea and itchy behind navel. BfP at Family Planning Clinic.
TODAY- Same as yesterday with some pulling behind navel.

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BFP after 2.5 years of loss and surgery

I promised myself I would post here after my BFP as this site helped keep me hopeful during our long TTC journey. The back story is that we easily conceived our first child after two months of trying (I was 32 years old). That pregnancy was uneventful and she was born healthy. When DD was around 3, we decided to start trying again. I got a BFP after 6 months of trying, but had a miscarriage at 6.5 weeks. I was disappointed, but as a genetic counselor, I understand these things happen and that it was nature's way of taking care of an unhealthy embryo. My OB said I didn't have to wait to try again, so two months later I got a BFP again. I never felt right about that pregnancy. It was hard for me to be excited and I was having some strange dreams that felt ominous to me. When I went in for first trimester screening (12 weeks), the ultrasound tech was silent and very focused on the baby's head. My heart dropped. She went to get the doctor and I lost it. They very nicely put us in a private room while the doctor called some perinatology offices to get us in ASAP. Luckily, we were able to get in the same day. We had a high resolution scan and the MFM shared the bad news - the baby's brain was severely underdeveloped and suggestive of an underlying genetic cause. I suspected trisomy 13 (an extra chromosome 13), and unfortunately the CVS revealed that to be the case. Trisomy 13 is a lethal genetic condition that leads to late miscarriage, stillbirth, or death within days of delivery. We made the heartbreaking decision to end the pregnancy. No flaming please - if it's not a decision you would have made, I can respect that, but it's the decision that made sense for our family and until you've walked in someone's shoes, it's unfair to judge. I feel it's important to share this part of the story because things like this do happen and it's important to be informed. DH and I couldn't bear the thought of our baby's suffering, the unknowns of carrying a child that would die, sooner or later, and the complexity of caring for our DD through all of that.

I grieved for months and months (who am I kidding - I still am and always will). It was recommended we wait 3 months after the d&c to try again. We tried for an entire year with no luck. I was very confused because conceiving had always been relatively easy for us and I felt like something was wrong. A year into trying we went to a reproductive endocrinologist and had a full workup done. I had a small submucosal fibroid that the doctor said could be interfering with implantation. Hormone panels for DH and I were all normal. He recommended I have a hysteroscopic myomectomy to remove the fibroid. This is an outpatient procedure where a special scope is used to go into the vagina and remove the fibroid tissue. After surgery, the doctor said that not only did he remove the fibroid, but that there was tons of scar tissue from the d&c that needed to be removed, as well, and he felt that was the main culprit with our TTC failure. I was advised to wait 8 weeks to allow for healing before trying again.

Month 1 after 8 weeks of healing:
CD1-10 -not much, BD'd once or twice
CD11 - started using OPKs
CD12 - start EOD BD schedule
CD18 - BD
CD19 - +OPK (late ovulation is my norm), BD
3DPO - nothing
4DPO -13 DPO - really strange bloating. I looked pregnant by the end of each day.
8DPO - BD, very intense cramping after O, no spotting (which I typically get after BD before AF arrives); started to suspect I might be pg
9DPO-12DPO - bloating continued, too scared to test
13DPO - couldn't wait any longer, used a FRER, would normally pee and set it aside but I had a compulsion to watch it process and the test line showed up before the control line! Bawled my eyes out and ran to DH to show him.
14DPO - beta came back at 212, it was official!

I had a couple of real scares weeks 6-8, where I had a gush of fluid and blood and was sure the pregnancy was over. I went for ultrasounds both times and saw a tiny heart beating away and no signs of bleeding. I suspect that it was just part of the leftover gunk of surgery the couple of months before making its way out. Now I'm 36 weeks pregnant and waiting for DD number 2 to arrive. I feel so lucky and grateful to be here. I know my story is a convoluted one but hope that it offers others struggling in any of these ways some hope.

12 DPO faint BFP

Hiya I just wanted to share my story as I have been stalking these sites for the past week as I was displaying lots of symptoms, however upon reading more I finally convinced myself it was all in my head. Fortunately today I tested 12 dpo and got a faint bfp! I'm trying not to get to excited at the moment as af is due in two days. Here's a list of my symptoms;

1-9dpo - constant mild cramping on and off, very moody and irritable, increased appitite and cravings, constipation, insomnia
10dpo - did a test bfn gave up hope as I had no sore bbs but still had the symptoms above
11dpo - went to toilet sorry tmi but huge stringy cm coming out, still got cramping down below, bbs we're sore but I think it's because itd prodded and poked them the day before
12 dpo still got cramps on and off convinced af was coming but had some tests through post that day so tested mid morning as got my faint bfp! Still no sore bbs or change in colour.

Just thought I'd share this as I really thought I was going mad :)

baby dust to all!

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Almost a year trying and a BFP!

Thank you to everyone for your support through my months of trying. I have tried pretty much everything! This month we used Pre-Seed and I was put on antibiotics for Strep throat. I used Clearblue Easy OPKs. Not the kind with different kinds of smiley faces, just the simple pink ones with a smiley face or blank. We bd'd every day for 6 days leading up to and on the day of my ovulation.

I am almost 5 weeks and feel great. If I hadn't poas about 10 times I wouldn't believe I was pregnant. I ovulated on CD 16. I recommend the apps Ovia and Glow for anyone TTC- they're both awesome and accurate.

Symptoms by DPO:

1-10: Just tired. CM never dried up, but lessened and then became a little more obvious clear and white colored.
11- Woke up to take a run and had a painful stitch in my side. Didn't go running because I was worried I was having a heart attack or something! It lasted about 5 minutes. I was SO thirsty all day I couldn't quench my thirst. My tailbone hurt! BFN! Small, concentrated pinpoint size cramps on the left side of my uterus.
12- This is the day before my period was due. Had a small hangover feeling. Woke up STARVING and Thirsty. A little queasy. My favorite store smelled funky? BFP in the afternoon!

For two days after that I felt terribly hungover and had pounding headaches. Since then I feel awesome!

Good Luck to everyone! Keep your head up and stay positive!

Cycle Day 34 and 17 DPO... don't give up ladies!

Hi everyone! I am sooo excited to share my experiences from the past two weeks. Its been 19 months me and my wonderful hubby have been TTC... That's a lot of hpts if ya know what I'm sayin! Anywho, I am 30 and my hubby is 33. I have two beautiful children from a previous marriage- my daughter is 10 and my son is 8. My hubby doesn't have any children so we thought after trying for awhile that maybe it was an issue with his little troops. We decided not doing any tests right away and leaving it in God's hands. I started tracking my cycles on a fertility app and realized they were all over the place... Anywhere from 28 to 38 days with an average of 33. I'm on cycle day 34 and couldnt wait to poas any longer. Woke up at 3 am and sure enough BFP! Don't give up ladies... I didn't think it would happen and it took almost 2 years and it did and I could just feel it this month. Here are my symptoms:

6 dpo- I was getting terrible cramps and didn't want to get off the couch.

7 dpo- Still cramps but not as intense. Headache which I NEVER get. Eating everything and gassy which isn't normal.

8- 12 dpo- Headache still... They would start usually every day in early to mid afternoon.
Its been so muggy out so I thought maybe the weather. Eating everything again.
And feeling bloated. My sense of smell has increased big time. My sniffer can track a pile of puppy poop from 10 yds. Lol (we just got a puppy) and a lot of other things. Still extremely gassy.

13-15 dpo- damn headaches still! My back ached tremendously on 15 dpo but then nothing the next day. Felt waves of nausea and pelvic pressure. Also had some low pelvic cramps that would only last maybe two minutes and usually happened in the evening when I was laying down. Very tired but I can't take naps very well. Boobs and nipples have been a little tender but not like they were when I was pregnant with my daughter but its still early. A little cranky and I don't really get cranky until I start getting really bad cramps with AF. On day 15 was gonna make tilapia so unthawed a piece and hopped in the shower. Got out and cooked the in the cupboard and I had stuck the whole bag of frozen fish in there... A little airheady I'd say. Lol Still so gassy and a little heartburn.

16 dpo- nauseous in the morn. Had to work 7 to 7 and felt hungover. Most symptoms gone today tho and not as hungry. Still feel pelvic pressure. Dizzy and uncontrollably cranky! My poor hubby... I bought an early result pregnancy test at Walgreen's and gonna take it with fmu. No gas today thank you.

17 dpo- 3am and nervous as shit becuz I feel so positive and if its not I decided to get fertilaid and preseed. Blue line popped up right away! Started crying and still crying right now writing this. Can't wait for sweet baby. And my kids and hubby will be ecstatic... Thank you Jesus!

Main thing I noticed during this wait was gas, headaches(which has been the worst but will take a headache any day for a baby), and the sense of smell thing. My cm remained creamy but only when i checked...nothing really on undies. There was one day I think between day 12 and 14 that my cm was kinda gritty which usually happened before AF but next day it was normal. I thought, like everyone else says, that I was just making symptoms up bcuz I wanted to be pregnant sooo bad but apparently not. I seriously just knew this month. I hope this helps some lovely ladies out; )

BFD at 9 DPO!

Hi ladies! i just want to say how much i love reading everyone's stories and it's so nice to be able to share this journey with other women who are going through the same thing :) I never realized how big the TTC community is but just know that we are all in this together and don't lose hope - you are not alone! We can all be crazy symptom spotters together!! <3

So, i am only 9 DPO and this was our second month trying after being on BC for 7 years. I don't think i ovulated the first month after stopping my pill. My body was totally screwed up and I could feel that my hormones were all over the place. What I did to help this was eating as healthy as I could, taking a maca root supplement daily and charting my BBT. Not sure if the maca root actually did anything, but it certainly couldn't hurt right? The charting was a huge relief because i could pinpoint the day I ovulated (CD 19), which was helpful.
I totally was not expecting to see anything at all, but i just got my first (I think) BFP today!!! Because the tww makes us all absolutely insane, i decided to go out on my lunch break today to buy a pack of FRER's to take this weekend. Well, I think we all know where this is going.... yep, the first thing i did when i got back to work was go straight to the bathroom and take a test!!! I figured what the heck, why not? Well, within a minute or so (not sure about the timing because i was too nervous to pay attention) I got a faint pink line! I'm pretty sure it's the real deal and not an evap line, because it was definitely less than ten minutes... i have it in my purse (haha - I know!) and can't wait to show my husband tonight!!! I have 2 more tests left and plan on taking them both this weekend to confirm :) Yay!!!

Symptoms: So i think it's still pretty early and I haven't really had many symptoms at all. I was thinking a lot of it was in my head mostly :) I have a 7 year old daughter and the first sign I remember with her were the incredibly sore bbs - which i don't have at all at this point!! I will try to remember as best I can what my symptoms were within the last 9 days and hopefully this helps some of you!:

CD 19: Ovulation. BD'd on CD 17, 18 & 19.
1 DPO: Nothing
2 DPO: Nothing
3 DPO: Start noticing lots of really creamy, lotiony CM - nothing else.
4 DPO: Lots of lotiony CM - nothing else.
5 DPO: Super irritable at work - figured because it was a monday, lots of lotiony CM, nothing else.
6 DPO: Lots of lotiony CM - nothing else.
7 DPO: Lots of lotiony CM, crampy? (thought it was in my head), daughter asked me to paint her nails and had a super dizzy spell as soon as i smelled the nail polish (OK - that was weird)...
8 DPO: CM not as lotiony, but still there, just slightly clumpy. Crampy again (hmm), very crazy dream that night, and the one that convinced me there could be a possibility: eye twitching! yes - constant, annoying eye twitching going on ALL DAY at work - what?! Go to go to bed that night and the eye is STILL TWITCHING omg...
9 DPO: Wake up and start getting ready for work - eye starts twitching again. Eye twitches all day at work - still twitching now as i type this. CM is stilly creamy, but again more clumpy now. No cramps, feel really great today actually! Go to store on break and take test - BAM! There it is :)

Good luck to all of you!!! <3 Thanks for reading my story and I hope it helps you with your wait just like reading others stories helped me!

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Scared but happy

I'll try to keep this somewhat short.

PCOS diagnosis at 19. Took 10 months to get pregnant with my daughter -- nothing needed, but I was 23. She's 3 1/2 now.

Been trying for a second baby for 2 years. 40+ day cycle until I was given metformin 1000 MG. That made it drop to 32ish days. Folic acid of course and then Vit. D. I got pregnant August 2013 for a little over a week. Miscarriage out of no where and I was a wreck.

OBGYN gave me Clomid. Lowest dose. CD 3-7, I believe. Unmonitored. Cut my cycle length, but no pregnancy. Horrible mood swings though.

Go to a fertility specialist. I hated him so much. He made me feel like a horrible person and I was so stressed at the office I got a nose bleed.

To the better part --

I went to a second fertility specialist. Much better! Did an HSG -- nothing blocked, or oddly shaped. I was on CD 9, but she gave me femara anyway. 2.5 for 5 days. She checked my eggs via ultrasound -- 13.5 egg on the left, 19 egg on the right. Gave me a trigger shot I took the next day. We had sex that day and two days afterward. Used preseed.... and it worked. One time!

I thought I was out a 100 times. I told my husband and those that have been supporting me I wasn't pregnant. So here's the details...

DPO 1-7: Nothing
DPO 8 and 10: Harder time breathing at kickboxing
DPO 8 on: STARVING. Can't stop eating. Eating things I don't usually -- like plain bread with butter and salty chips.
DPO 10 on: Heartburn!
DPO 10&12: BFNs, but I notice I have to pee in the morning way more than usual
DPO 13, 14, and 15: AF type cramps, or worse.
DPO 15: BFP! Faint line on a cheap Dollar General test. After that BFP, hundreds of symptoms kicked-in. Breasts hurt. Smells. Lots of trips to the bathroom. Stuff nose. Can't brush my teeth in the morning without gagging (something I had with my daughter, but not the miscarriage)

I'm terrified that I might miscarry again, especially with all the cramping I've had, but things are good so far. If I don't have cramps, I have back pain.

I had a draw on DPO 16 and the HCG was 236. Progesterone was over 20. I find out in about 15 minutes how the second draw went, but I wanted to post this in good faith that there's good news.

Keep trying, ladies.