First of all, I have been a stalker of this website for years. Month after month, I would compare my symptoms with others and hope for my own BFP. Finally, I can share my own experiences and I am so greatful and feel very blessed. It took over 18 months to get pregnant with my daughter who is now 6 and a half years old. After about a year of trying, I went to the doctors and then eventually to a fertility specialist. I was diagnosed as having PCOS. During the testing process, I got nervous about one of the tests and walked out of the doctor's office. My husband and I talked about adoption and just came to the realization that pregnancy wasn't going to happen. The next month, I was pregnant! Go figure! After my daughter was born, we tried for a second when she was about a year old. We figured it would take a while, but years passed. I almost went through IVF treatments, but decided against that as well. In all this time, my doctors would say, your TSH is a little high, but not high enough to treat just yet. Finally, I went to an endocrinologist who prescribed me levothyroxine for hypothyroidism. I lost a bunch of weight and the first month we tried to get pregnant since then, I got pregnant. I could tell that my cycles were becoming more and more regular, my luteal phase corrected itself (it was short), and fertile CM was changing as well. So here are my symptoms leading up to this BFP:
Night before ovulation: BD!
Ovulation day: Some cramping and stretching from ovulation. Pretty normal for me.
1-3 dpo: Nothing really
4-5 dpo: I was still getting the pulling sensation I get from ovulation. I thought it was strange because I usually only get that right after I ovulate. It's kind of hard to describe, but it's more noticeable when going pee. It's kind of in the ovary area and just feels like tugging or pulling. Skin is oily, breaking out, increased creamy CM.
6-7 dpo: Breasts really sore. They hurt on the bottom and sides, and pretty badly. I thought that was strange since they never really hurt on the bottom. Skin still oily.
7-8 dpo: nausea is beginning... I just have a slightly upset stomach. Oh, I started craving strawberry shakes. That was the same thing I wanted with my daughter...
9 dpo: nausea, indigestion, constipated, I thought for sure I was having my period from the cramping. I had heartburn, and this is the evening that the hot flashes started. Usually, the night before my period starts, I feel really hot. I have come to expect my period the next day when this happens. So with the cramping, and that... I was sure I was out. Breasts not hurting that badly. It comes and goes. Oily skin is kind of clearing up. Dry cm.
10-11 dpo: nausea increasing, hot flashes continue every evening and progressively get worse every day. No CM. Started dry heaving. Cramps have subsided a bit, but still have pulling and pinching sensations. Heartburn as well.
12 dpo: We go on a little road trip and I feel like Im going to puke with all the turns on the road. I grabbed one of my favorite candy bars and after taking a bite, I spit it out. I told my husband it was bad... He said it was just fine. I don't believe him, because it tasted really bad. The same thing happened when I tried to eat a few of my daughter's cheese pringles. I spit them out too! I swore they were bad or expired or something, but they said they tasted perfectly normal. I'm hot, then cold, then I feel like my face is on fire... No PMS, no oily skin. All of this was very strange... lol. I was beginning to suspect I may be pregnant, but I didn't let myself think too much about it. I kept telling myself that it was all in my head and Im just psyching myself out... lol! If you've been TTC as long as I have, you know how hard it is to get your hopes up just to get AF.
13 dpo: All of the same symptoms, also tired. Made my husband get me a strawberry and peach concrete! Oh, this is just like when I was pregnant with my girl! Increased appetite. Oh, I actually threw up that night too.
14 dpo: I have an appointment for laser treatments, and I figured I better take a test just so I can rule it out before my appointment. My husband went to go pick one up while I held in my FMU. OMG, OMG, IT WAS A BFP!!! Dark line that showed up immediately!
I'm nervous because I'm still having some cramping. I just hope and pray that this baby we be healthy and full term. Hang in there if you are reading this. I know the struggle!