I had a miscarriage at 17 weeks in January and have been trying to conceive ever since. I got pregnant no problem with my DD and then again with the miscarried pregnancy, but have not had luck this time around...until now! Pre-miscarriage my cycles were extremely regular (28 days) and I seemed to always ovulate on/around CD14 (at least I figure I did since that's when I would time intercourse and got pregnant twice on the first cycle). After my miscarriage my cycles were much more irregular - ranging from 27 days to 34 days - and I seemed to ovulate later than I used to (usually CD 18 or CD19). Honestly, I think my body was just trying to "regulate" itself after all of the trauma and blood loss of the miscarriage, D&C, etc. I was also diagnosed post-miscarriage with two different types of blood clotting disorders (after taking dozens of vials of blood from my already anemic body:-) Also turns out I have polycystic ovaries (although not technically PCOS since I have no other symptoms). So I've spent the past 7 months being kind to my body and trying to whip it back into baby-making shape!. I tried to get to acupuncture as much as my wallet would allow and took lots of herbs prescribed by my acupuncturist. In addition, I took prenatals, extra folic acid, b vits, Metformin, baby aspirin, probiotics, and Vitex during my luteal phase (which always was around 11-12 days only). After 6 months of trying, I saw an RE who diagnosed me with "inefficient" ovulation and put me on 50 mg clomid CD2-6. I didn't react to the drugs and was told to that if I didn’t get a + on my OPK by CD18 to use the trigger shot and have intercourse the day of the trigger and the following two days. I ended up not having to do the trigger, but was not optimistic about this month since nothing seemed to be different than previous months when I wasn't on clomid. I should also mention that I used to run quite a bit and seriously scaled back on my exercise per my acupuncturist's recommendation. And I try to each a lot of nutrient-rich warm food (supposedly better for conceiving than cold, raw food which is hard to digest and "puts out the fire in your belly" - again, per my acupuncturist). Lastly, I eat one serving of full-fat Greek yogurt each morning. I've read that whole milk helps with ovulation (although research to support this is spotty), and figured the extra probiotics could only help. Honestly, I have *no* idea if any of this worked. I got pregnant twice w/o doing any of this no problem. But I do believe that my body is different post-miscarriage and needed to heal. I found comfort in this site during the dreaded 2 weeks waits and it always gave me a sense of hope, even on the cycles where I ended up not being pregnant. I really believe that hope is important, even if the let down is super, duper rough. So I wanted to share my symptoms and contribute to this great community:
CD 2-6: 50mg clomid
CD18: +OPK, ewcm, BD
CD19: +OPK, ewcm, mild cramping, BD
CD20:-OPK (thus leading me to believe I O'd on CD18), BD'd for good measure
8DPO: serious nausea and runs
9DPO: less nausea, cramping
10DPO: nausea gone, mild cramping, took hpt bc I like to torture myself and BFP
11DPO: more cramping, feels exactly like PMS
12DPO - day: more cramping, moodiness, really bummed out for another month
12DPO - evening: more cramping, but boobs suddenly feel tingly and sensitive which NEVER happens unless I’m pregs. I took another hpt and faint BFP!!! I was amazed. I have never had such bad PMS symptoms.
13DPO: more cramping and another faint BFP and terrible runs (thought I had a stomach bug)
14DPO: still cramping and darker BFP line, runs totally gone
I'm 16 DPO today and went in for my beta test this morning. I still have off and on cramping and my boobs hurt steadily now. I didn't have any cramping with my first two pregnancies, which make me a little nervous (are they a prelude to a miscarriage?). But from what I’ve read here and elsewhere cramping can be normal as your uterus stretches AND every pregnancy is different. My biggest take-away is that it really isn't over until you get AF. I mean, I would have bet a large sum of money on NOT being pregnant this month due to my period-like symptoms. Our bodies are amazing, but truly mysterious sometimes. Just take good care of yourself and don't lose hope!