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BFP CD24

I'm a late poster on my BFP story but I feel confident enough that baby is doing fine. I was never sure what DPO I was because I wasn't tracking ovulation to get an exact date so I am going to use CD instead of DPO. As of today I am 8 weeks and 1 day pregnant and my due date is November 28, 2015. This is my second pregnancy and to be honest I didn't feel pregnant at all up until 6 weeks. Here is a quick background my last AF was 02/21/2015 according to my chart my fertile window was between March 4th to the 9th also I have 31 day cycles. I got my BFP on CD24 which is exactly 7 days before AF was due to start. Had intercourse on CD4, CD6, CD9, CD13, CD14, CD16, and CD19. I wish I could say I had tons of symptoms but they were no different then pre AF symptoms and were not as intense as my normal not pregnant cycles. My biggest tip off were painful sore boobs that started hurting 10 days before AF and still hurt to this day. I was also very emotional and started a huge fight with my significant other on CD 22 and he immediately knew I was pregnant because we never fight like that. I was also eating way more then usual. I didn't start feeling morning sickness until I was 6 weeks pregnant and now every symptom of pregnancy has officially started at exactly 8 weeks. So ladies if you don't feel any symptoms of pregnancy don't give up hope because for some reason the cycle I was actually pregnant I felt better then I usually did on every other not pregnant cycles. I had a very faint positive on a dollar store test with FMU and got a very dark positive on a FRER about an hour later with SMU. That same day I got my HCG drawn and it was a 49 and 2 days later it was at 179. I had my first ultrasound at 4 weeks 6 days. I had a second ultrasound at 6 weeks 6 days and seen babys heartbeat at 117 BPM. I am scheduled for my next ultrasound at 12 weeks. I pray for a healthy pregnancy and lots of baby dust to you all. I forgot to add I was also cramping very bad after AF was suppose to start and continued cramping badly until 6 weeks it had me very worried about ectopic which is why I had early ultrasounds. I am also high risk for miscarriage due to having 3 previous miscarriages. I recently found out at my first OB appointment that I also have thyroid problems and started medication for it. I am confident that this pregnancy everything will be okay and I am leaving it in God's hands.

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After Two Miscarriages, My BFP This Morning

Dear Ladies,

First, I want to thank you. Your stories have all been an unwavering source of strength for me as we were TTC after two miscarriages last year.

I hope this long post does not dissuade you from reading this, as I believe it will give many of you hope.

I am 39. My husband is 43. We have no children. I have high FSH and low AMH (the double nail in the coffin, according to most fertility specialists).

Last year, I was pregnant for 6 months of the year, but one 10 week miscarriage and another miscarriage just shy of 16 weeks (due to a genetic abnormality) dashed our dreams of a family. The RE we saw said our best chance was conceiving naturally. My body did not respond to the drugs meant to trigger egg production (Gonal F).

This morning, 10 DPO, I could not bear the TWW any longer and tested. And there it was, clear as day, my double line. I am of course elated but (honestly) full of fear and trepidation at the same time. I am praying this will be lucky #3.

Here's what I think made the biggest difference:
I started paying attention to cervical mucous as the #1 indicator of my fertile window. It took me a while to get this, as I think I was overly reliant on tests to indicate fertility. I watched for egg white cervical mucous like a hawk, knowing this was my body's way of telling me: GREEN LIGHT.

I religiously took:
-A prenatal vitamin everyday
-CO-Q10 (UBIQUINOL- this is critical) - 600 mg/day (it's expensive but worth it)
-Vitex (800 mg)
-Royal Jelly (2000 mg/day)
-Maca (750 mg)
-Wheat grass in a shake every morning

I also resigned from my (high-powered, stressful) job to alleviate stress. I came to the (difficult) conclusion that the money wasn't worth the downside of being in a toxic work environment when my first priority was to have a baby. Toxic environments don't help create the harmony to conceive.

I took a step back from the fertility clinics, the meds (which made it impossible to stay in touch with the regular rhythm of my body, and left me tired and depressed) and tried to put faith back into MY own biological, innate power to conceive.

As for cycle tracking, I used Fertility Friend on my desktop, Ovia (on my iPhone) and an ovulation predicator kit to time sex. (The OPK, interestingly, said I ovulated on day 9 and again, 5 days later.) Ladies again, I watched for EWCM to refine the timing.

I tried to do at least 10,000 steps everyday, and get as much fresh air as possible.

And for the spiritual among you: family and friends prayed for me.

A couple of days ago, I had very minor spotting: a faint pink mixed with the finest darker (brownish) spots. This morning, again, the faintest, faintest pink, almost indiscernible.

At 6:30 am, despite my friends saying I should wait to avoid disappointment from early testing, I got my BFP. I cried, alone in the bathroom. It was a faint line at 10 DPO but there it was without a doubt, staring back at me.

I will say prayers for all of you, and hope this one sticks.

A DADS STORY; how blessed we are, the strength of a woman is amazing!!!

Firstly I am a 26 year old full time primary school SEN teacher, I am also a dad of two beautiful boys born 01.01.2013 and 26.07.14 who mean the world to me and I have the most wonderful and supportive wife and family! I have posted in the past on this website and it was assumed I was the first dad to post on the website ever! I posted for the first time back in 2012 titled; BFP Thank You So Much! On the 28 April 2012 regarding my DW BFP and again in 2013 titled; BFP After Early MC and BF "A DADS STORY" on the 8th November 2013; most recently I posted in the IVF forum on behalf of my aunty titled BFP ICSI/LOW EGG RESERVE after 3 years TTC at age 38 on the 25th October 2014).

After the birth of my second son I made it my priority to aid my aunt/uncle with their dream of becoming parents in October they got their positive result fortunately on their first fresh cycle but at Christmas sadly they lost their IVF twins at 10weeks! This Easter break I once again supported my aunty in her journey for their final frozen embryo transfer and thus this is where my story begins!

Upon helping my aunty I was focussed upon her medication and appointments and ensuring her diet and vitamins ect ect were all in place and I had not really thought about my own wife and how our own fertility journey may be going! My wife was still breast feeding and there was no signs of AF, she is also a firm believer in natural contraceptive methods reluctant to try the pill, coil, iuds ect it is important to identify however we do not believe anything is an accident everything is meant to be and we firmly believe in the grace of god and his blessings and as a couple we had decided long ago we would love a large family and would just allow nature to take its course as long as all were healthy and happy.

As my aunty began her treatment at the beginning of the Easter holidays my wife began to feel tired and her appetite began to increase, followed by breakouts of spots and then finally increased cervical mucus! The day of my aunt’s transfer two weeks ago we found out we were expecting our third baby however our happiness was tinged with a sadness developed from empathy for my aunt and her individual journey! We saw this as a good sign and although initially reluctant we decided to share our news with our aunty who was over moon for us and also took this as a good omen! It coincidently happened that her test day was due on the same day we had been given an early ultrasound appointment today the 15.04.15! We went for our ultrasound today and saw our baby who is 8wk2days and a beautiful beating fetal pole. Sadly my aunt’s test came back negative and this cycle is deemed to have failed. Although we are so very happy it can’t be described the pain we feel for my aunt and uncle, her strength and happiness for us humbles me and as I sit writing this I am brought to tears. As we came home this afternoon she asked how the scan went after sharing her news I was reluctant to share our good news as I did not want to further upset her and she saw this. She very bravely said “Do not worry and do not be upset, I am blessed and fortunate to have a family who loves me and I am fortunate to be surrounded by your babies who I see every day and who love me just like I’m their mother, your happiness brings joy to my heart, that you do not have to struggle as I have and that you happily take the blessings that god provides brings me joy, anyone having the gift of pregnancy and a baby is a very fortunate person it should be celebrated, I am grateful that I got to say I was pregnant and see a test and experience pregnancy with the twins (miscarried at Christmas) I will cherish those memories”.

I write this story due to my own conflicted feelings at my aunt’s struggles and our happy news. To also share how even whilst breast feeding one can become pregnant but mostly because this forum and the network of ladies are so supportive and strong and your strength is exemplified when I consider people like my aunt. I wish all baby dust and ask for prayers for my aunt and my wife and our little baby bean!!!

finally!!

We started trying last easter. In June i got told i had a 8cm dermoid cyst on my left ovary. When i went to see gynaecologistbin July he confirmed i had two sacs no fetal pole. I miscarried in august at 12 weeks...i had my dermoid cyst and 70 per cent of my left ovary removed in october. We had to stop trying for 2 months. I started fertility reflexology in Feb after 7 sessions . i ovulated on day 18 and implanted around day 26-27. Today is day 33

Im not going to list signs and symptom everyone is different as we all are not built the same. I did have a two day implantation dip and i noticed alot of people say you can only have a one day :-)

My Miracle at 42!

I have stalked this page for nearly two years, trying to match my TWW symptoms with BFP stories, hoping that mine would be the next. I was convinced that I would never get (and stay) pregnant, having had a miscarriage at 21 (7 weeks) and a chemical pregnancy at 41. My son (adopted) has been asking for a sibling, and my new husband has no children - we were ready to add to our family.
I had been diagnosed (and possibly misdiagnosed - no 2 docs ever agreed!) with endometriosis, HPV, cervical and uterine polyps, menorrhagea, bicornuate uterus, and cervical cancer. I pretty much had no faith in the medical field, so I decided to research & take things into my own hands. I started drinking raspberry leaf tea (1-2 cups/day), Vitex (800mg/day), royal jelly, prenatal vitamins, and eventually added on ubiquinol. I stopped taking the Vitex after one year (6 weeks ago), as it seemed to be suppressing my ovulation. Of course, I used PreSeed. I also started temping & paying close attention to my body. My husband is home only 3 nights/week, so we BD like crazy when he's here!
Which brings me to this week. My chart wasn't looking much different from most of the previous ones, so I wasn't getting my hopes up. I noticed that I O'd 4 days late, so when AF didn't make her regularly scheduled appearance, I thought nothing of it. Then 4 days later (17d LP), no AF, and still had high temps. So I pulled a Dollar Store cheapie out, since it wouldn't break the bank and 30 seconds later...BFP!!!
After thanking God, I told my husband - I think he's still in shock!
I was still in total disbelief, so today I tested on a Target stick with SMU that was diluted with a cup of coffee, a cup of tea & 2 glasses of juice - another BFP!!!
So - here are my symptoms...
1-13 dpo - nothing.
14 dpo - stabbing pains on the sides of my bbs, then super-tender bbs (I wouldn't even take my bra off at night!)
15-16 dpo - bbs slightly tender; I usually crave cheese before AF arrives, and I noticed that I had a slight aversion to it.
17 dpo - very mild sporadic cramping - I figured that AF would probably show, but decided to test anyway...BFP!
18 dpo - continued mild cramping & a tiny little bit of spotting when I wipe - still couldn't believe it, so I tested again - another BFP!
19 dpo - cramping & spotting are both gone, so I'm thinking it was just a little hormone shift & I'm going to be making an appointment with a doc!

Sorry for such a lengthy and detailed post, but I know that I've read every single one, hoping for some reassurance & if my story can offer anyone any peace of mind and hope, I'm happy to share!
God is great - He allowed me to grow one Miracle in my heart, and now He's giving me a chance to grow another below it! I thought I'd never have a chance at pregnancy, but He gave me the leads to try a different path and to remind me of the power of prayer!
Baby dust to all - I truly hope that everyone here gets their chance at Motherhood!

My 46 year old friend is pregnant - 20+ weeks and her own egg!

Hello ladies, esp those over 40! I have a son of 6 from a previous relationship. My partner of 20 months has a daughter of 5, so we're blessed and appreciative ... But can't help but want one of our own. I'm 43 and he's 45 and we've been ttc a bit casually since Jan, more seriously since last month and the realisation that we want this much more than "well it would be nice if it happened". I'm currently 4dpo and managing to keep cool, calm and occupied but just wanted to tell you about my pal who had a few miscarriages before her daughter, who is now 4 and a half. She was 41 when she had her first daughter and had sadly several more miscarriages after that, one at a quite late stage. She was v depressed and eventually gave up on baby number 2: she was 46 now after all. But after selling her daughter's buggy and getting on with her life she found out she was 6 weeks pregnant... And kept it quiet til she was past the scary first trimester and when all the tests were giving her the ok! She is due in June a few weeks after her 47th birthday...with a baby sister for her daughter! And this with her own egg and her husband's sperm and just by having sex, no IVF, no fertility treatment, just luck and love. We're all different and however we get our babies is ok if it's ok for you but just wanted to tell you guys as I am so happy for her and it also gave me at 43 so much hope! I hope it does you all too.
Keep on keeping on and never say never and never give up!!!
Pxx

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BFP after 4 months of Anxiety!

I had my Paragard IUD removed in November b/c it had started to become embedded. My Gyno said I could get pregnant right away if I wanted. Every other woman in my family got pregnant very quickly so I expected it to happen right away. Each month, I obsessed - using my Ovulation calendar app, using OPK's, taking Vitex (which actually messed up my cycle - making my period late by over 10 days), and I used Preseed, and Raspberry leaf tea. After 3 disappointing months riddled with anxiety (driving my husband crazy) I got busy with work in March and had to take a business trip. No Pre-seed, no Vitex, no timing of sex, just raspberry leaf tea and not obsessing lead me to my Easter BFP! I had no symptoms by day (and every other month I symptom spotted like it was my job). No excess CM, no bloating, no breast tenderness. Just some odd cramping that distinctly did not feel like AF cramps.

Two things that worked for me - relaxing & accepting God's perfect timing, and it may be a coincidence but raspberry leaf tea.

Best of luck, ladies. You will get your BFP too! :)

After 5 Years of Tears...

I finally got my BFP :ptl:

We were on a break cycle from the fertility clinic and had an appointment to pursue IVF when to my total shock I got my BFP! We only had sex once I would say about 3 or 4 days prior to ovulation. Reason I got a pregnancy test was I was 4 days late for my period (I have been late before and was not pregnant). I took the test expecting to see what I had been seeing for years a bfn and was in total shock when I saw a :bfp: :omg: I have taken so many pregnancy test that during the 3 min pregnancy test wait DH had completely forgotten that I had taken a test. When I came out of the bathroom screaming "oh my gosh I'm pregnant" over and over again he was shocked. I actually pinched myself to make sure I was not dreaming, it was so surreal. I was so excite I could not fall asleep till 4am. Then when I got up in the morning I checked the pee stick again to make sure it was real and not a dream. I even thought maybe I had by accident I got an ovulation test and not a pregnancy test, I checked the test again, nope it's a pregnancy test, I'm really pregnant!

What We Did Differently
We both real the book Supernatural Childbirth and I emailed the ministry who wrote the book and asked them to pray and the next month I was pregnant.

Symptoms
4 day late period
Boobs hurt more than usual
Very tired
Nauseous and dizzy thought I was coming down with the flu
Really thirsty (drinking lots of water)

Thank You Jesus!!! Praise God!!!

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Is this real?! 8 months and finally a BFP!

We have been trying for 8 months now and this Sunday we finally got our BFP! We both just stopped worrying and knew that if it was going to happen it was going to happen no matter what we did. I ended up ovulating 5-7 days before I normally do. My husband and I are both teachers and lucky for us I ovulated during our spring break! We had plenty of free time to BD! I have only known that I am pregnant for about 2 days. I don't really have any symptoms yet. My chest is a little sore and more cm than usual, but I am still feeling great. I am about 4 weeks and 6 days pregnant right now. I go to the doctor tomorrow to confirm everything. I am still in shock and we are so excited about this pregnancy! I used First Response and the line was their immediately. It showed up even before the control line had a chance to show up. I took two just in case :) I am so ready for this adventure! For everyone out their trying just keep your heads up and know that your time will come!

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Severe MFI- Natural Pregnacy turned ectopic

Husbands SA's ranged from zero to 7 million with the average being less than 2 million due to severe varicoceles and high testosterone. We had been trying for 2.5 years and were planning surgery to try to make us eligible for IUI because we were only eligible for IVF with ICSI.

CD:16- O day. Had sex after 5 days of abstinance(he was gone and just got home) and put a soft cup in after because I had one left over and laying around from a year ago that I wanted to get rid of.
1dpo- Typical progesterone triggered constipation and bloating like always.
3dpo- breast tenderness, of course progesterone again.
7dpo- CF yellow tinged which has never happened before. Felt an urgency to have BM's. Morning headaches.
8&9dpo- Same symptoms as 7dpo, but broke out in a rash on my hands(twice). I started becoming obsessed with avocados and started getting AF like cramps at 9dpo.
11&12dpo- my nipples became sore and sensitive, and overall tender breasts. I had extremely light implantation spotting and continued cramps.
14dpo- AF due but not here. I randomly took an hpt for the first time in a year and it was a BFN. I felt like I had just had a period without any bleeding. I was frustrated that I wasn't getting my period because I thought everything was PMS. I assumed I was wrong about when O was.
16dpo- AF still not here, and my nipples are ridiculously sensitive, darkened and enlarged. Something is seriously different this month. Took seven HPTs and all are BFP!
17dpo- Blood test is BFP
19dpo- Beta 211.3
21dpo- Beta 273.6
24dpo- Beta 355.9

4-5 weeks pregnant- Betas rising but not doubling, rate of increase declining. Hot flashes, fatigue(early bed time&naps), up early to eat, mood swings(cried easily) and continued TWW symptoms. Ultrasounds show nothing.
6-7 weeks pregnant- decreased appetite, some mild nausea and same symptoms as weeks 4&5 minus the cramping. Pseudo sac on ultrasound but can't locate gestational sac and baby. Brown spotting that then turned black and red. Progesterone and estrogen dropping.

Received methotrexate injections at 7 weeks pregnant for highly probable ectopic. Started to bleed and cramp an hour later. Passed an enormous sac with a little baby inside. Sent to pathology, pseudo sac gone on ultrasound. Pathology didn't determine anything, doctor is guessing assuming the pregnancy was on my cervix. I have no idea where baby was.

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