Last year, we were lucky to get pregnant on the second cycle, but after an easy pregnancy, we tragically lost the baby at 7 months due to an umbilical cord accident. So needless to say, I had really hoped after taking some time to heal, we would be able to get pregnant as easily again without any further stress. I'm 32, healthy, and so is DH. Starting the 4th cycle, I was a little nervous that it had already taken twice as long as last time, but kept telling myself that we got pregnant before, and will again, just don't stress too much. I went about my life just as I had before; eating healthy, exercising, but still having a glass or two of wine here and there (to be honest). Yesterday was the first BFP, at CD 27, DPO 12! The only difference with this cycle was the use of Robitussin (generic Tussin from CVS). I also took Tussin for the first time when we got pregnant last fall. I really think this is what did the trick. I could tell a difference in my CM: I saw it more frequently and it was less thick. All 4 cycles, I drank a lot of green tea and took an extra 800 of Folic in addition to my prenatal. The cycles before this, I would keep my hips up and lay for over a half hour. I ended up with BV-like symptoms and despite a negative swab for infection at gyn, she suggested I not let his stuff stay inside for that long. Also, BD every other day instead of 7 days in a row - it was overkill she said. So this cycle, I heeded the 'don't lay too long rule' and went about my business after we BD. Also took a day off from BD and only felt it was needed 4 times, thanks to pinpointing ovulation with the OPK. I hated feeling it come out after I got up after about 5-10 mins, but figured I didn't want to create an environment in there that would kill the swimmers the next time we BD.
My cycles range from about 28-30 days. And this was the third month of using an OPK. The first and second use was the digital Clear Blue Easy and got the smiley face at day 15 both times. This cycle I saved money and bought the CVS brand dip sticks and got the two dark lines at day 16. I was nervous it wouldn’t work, but it did.
CD 11: tussin (2 tbsp., 3 times a day)
CD 12: neg OPK, tussin
CD 13: neg OPK, tussin, ewcm, BD
CD 14: neg OPK, tussin, ewcm
CD 15: neg OPK, tussin, BD
CD 16 (dpo 1): positive OPK, tussin, BD
CD 17 (dpo 2): tussin, BD
CD 18 (dpo 3): feeling 'off' for a couple hours (not very hungry, just feeling yuck), ewcm
CD 19 (dpo 4): creamy discharge
CD 20 (dpo 5): ewcm, gas, slight congestion
CD 21-22: nothing
CD 23 (dpo 8): slight sore throat, really thirsty, brief 'off' feeling again
CD 24 (dpo 9): pinch on right side, slight sore throat/runny nose, slight heart burn, creamy disc, gas
CD 25 (dpo 10): slight heart burn, bloat, moody, went for my normal 3 mile jog and felt like I could barely finish it. Same the next day.
CD 26 (dpo 11): first POAS was negative, slight heart burn
CD 27 (dpo 12) BFP!!! 2 faint lines on first FRER in the morning, same faint line on a second test. Hot flashes, heart burn.
CD 28 (dpo 13): Another faint positive on FRER. Disappointed it wasn't getting darker so I bought the Clear Blue Easy digital and it said "pregnant" - even without first morning urine. Still no soreness in BBs.
One BIG difference this pregnancy was my BBS were NOT SORE AT ALL. Nada, nothing, not a pinch, no tingling, soreness, etc. I was sure I wasn't pregnant because last time this symptom started about three days before AF. Also, the heart burn was new this cycle. I had this during my last pregnancy, so I started to suspect, but didn't want to get my hopes up. Some of the other symptoms I felt at some point during all 4 cycles, so it's easy to convince yourself you're not feeling anything 'important.'
Thank you for all of your stories and good luck to everyone!