This is the story of our BFP; my wife and I have been working toward this for this for six or seven months now, though only were able to able to try to conceive in February and again in March. She is the one carrying the baby, and is 30. I'm in my late 20s. Married for 2 years and together for 8. She got pregnant using donor sperm and through the assistance of a fertility clinic in the city where we live. It was a ridiculously distressing experience to get this far, and I feel embarassed to say that; I know so many women who read this website try for so much longer, and have actual fertility issues (which we don't - we just don't have sperm, hah), so I don't mean to complain. It was just very frustrating to not be able to begin *trying* for six months, once we felt ready, while many of our friends seemed to be getting pregnant the first or second month of trying.
We got the first BFP at 11dpiui, on both Clear Blue and First Response tests. A bit of a disclaimer, though, is that the ovulation happened late in the cycle, so 11dpiui was actually AF 1 day late. Her cycle is typically 28 days.
CD 13-15: OPKs showed light lines, but not dark enough to be a full LH surge, despite using Babi brand and First Response brand.
CD 16: OPK showed lighter line than previous days. We were really upset, thinking we had missed the surge and lost our opportunity to TTC this month. Went to clinic for blood test to confirm. Discovered surge hadn't happened.
CD 17: Another blood test. Still no surge. Starting to think either something is wrong, or cycle had become longer. Maybe from stress?
CD 18: Another blood test. SURGE!
CD 19: IUI in the afternoon. Doctor says it was a very strong surge. Nurse says over 13 million sperm in this batch. Both of us feeling hopeful.
1-3dpiui: nothing really
4dpiui: hiccups in evening. Probably not related to IUI.
5dpiui. Twinging in abdomen during car ride to work in the morning. Boobs slightly sore at night, but that's not abnormal for CD 24 of a 28-day cycle.
6dpiui: no realy symptoms. Sleepy at work. Hiccups in evening.
7dpiui: No symptoms. Took a test. BFN.
8dpiui: Slight cramping in afternoon. Breasts somewhat sore but very mildly. Hiccups again (I think this is an old wive's tale, but still interesting to note!)
9dpiui: Breasts somewhat sore in morning. Only a little, though. First response test: BFN. Started feeling pre-period-y in evening. And with a body ache like a cold was coming on. Hiccups again.
10dpiui: Expected day of AF. Didn't arrive. Slight cramping on and off. Fell asleep at 9:30pm.
11dpiui: Feeling very much that AF was on the way. Crampy. Sore books. Took a Clear Blue test and BFP! Very faint line, and I didn't entirely trust it, so I raced out to buy more First Response tests. Took one an hour later: another BFP!!! We know the tests don't give false positives, but after the last failed cycle and our disappointment, we didn't know if we could believe it. We didn't tell anyone; just went to sleep and got up and went to work like normal. Afraid to hope, really.
12dpiui: She called me from work, freaking out and crying, saying the worst had happened - her period had arrived. So, so sad, thinking the baby hadn't stuck. We both stayed at work all day, tried to be calm, hoped it was just harder cramping and spotting and not full AF/miscarriage. 5 hours later, seemed to have stopped bleeding. Not normal AF colour etc. (sorry if TMI). Took a First response HPT that night: BFP!!! See attached photo.
13dpiui: Still no AF. Sore boobs.
14dpiui: Still no AF. Sore boobs. Headache and slight nausea (probably from headache, not morning sickness yet).
So even though we're only at the end of the 2ww now, at 14dpiui, with the late ovulation the pregnancy is considered to be 4w4d already! Pretty wild.
Blood work on Monday (18dpiui/5w1d) to determine if we have a good level of HcG, and if everything looks normal! Wish us luck! We are ready to have this baby!
And don't lose hope if you test positive and then there's a bit of bleeding! It doesn't necessarily mean disaster :)