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2nd BFP at 44 ending in miscarriage

Hi All,

I just wanted to let all the forty something's out there know that conception was possible for me, even at my age, but was not able to get a sticky bean yet. I've had two miscarriages in a row after conceiving two months back to back.

First miscarriage was at 4 w 6 d and second one happened yesterday literally an hour after seeing me heartbeat at 6 1/2 weeks). I started bleeding very heavily, clots and all, followed by an intact gestational sac.

Follow-up ultrasound today showed complete miscarriage.

My husband and I are moving on to infertility treatment next, as the last two times we conceived have been completely natural but it looks like we may need some outside assistance.

This is a second marriage for me. I have 3 children from a previous marriage.

We tried for 19 months and I conceived on the 20th month and 21st month trying. I believe multi-vitamins, B complex and coq10 helped us conceive.

Good luck to all!

Naturally after 10 months of ttc at 41 years old.

We've been ttc for 10 months. Finally on the 10th month I was about to give up because he is 41 and I am 40 but it was our month! I started taking prenatal vitamins 6 months ago and 50mg of B6 3 months ago. We also ordered the proven OPK strips 3 months ago. We were doing the deed every day and this month we did every other day at night so I could go to sleep and not get up to pee. I feel this was the trick! I also lowered carbs and lost 7lbs.
1-4 DPO Nothing!
5 DPO nipples tingle (normal). Huge glob of creamy white discharge. I am usually dry.
6 DPO had a dizzy spell in the evening before bed. I almost fell over and even grabbed onto the wall.
7 DPO flutters in stomach, like butterflies when you feel excited.
8 DPO cramps like AF is coming. Even felt wet and checked. Nothing. Took test and negative but I thought I seen a line. No one else could see it. Had a meltdown first thing in the morning. Felt moody and cried a lot. Went for walk and felt heaviness in lower pelvic.
9 DPO woke and had breast pain on the sides and major nipple tingling. At this point in cycle I never have the tingles. I always spot on this day too and NO spotting. Took test because I just felt pregnant and had a faint positive! Will check again in morning. Lots of bloating and gas. Sharp pains on right side.
10 DPO BFP! Woke with nipples tingling, heavy boobs, and morning sickness! I never have morning sickness this early in the game. Lots of gas.
11 DPO morning sickness again. Heaviness in lower pelvic and low back pain. Some acne. OCD I think I'm already nesting. Mood swings and crying easy. Feel like AF is going to start but we know I'm pregnant. Just shows how much it resembles PMS!!!! Mild indigestion. Bloated and gas.
12 DPO bloated and gas! Irritable and weepy. Pelvic feels flexed. Fatigue! Mild indigestion. Breasts feel heavy and big. Took another test just to be sure....BFP. First appointment tomorrow.
13 DPO Insomnia last night. Headache, light headed, and gas! Went to doctor and said uterus is enlarged. Maybe this is part of the bloating. Feeling less sick today.
14 DPO Fatigue! Still bloated. Heaviness down low. Lots of lower backache and twinges. Hungry! I can smell everything! I usually spot and I had no spotting this month at all!

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Natural BFP at 43

I was lurking and promising myself like others that if successful I would share what I did to get here.

I conceived my DS at 39 with no issue and was 40 when he was born. I knew though that trying for a second would be a very uncertain road at my age. Looking back we were really lucky to conceive after only about 16 months of concerted effort. During that time I had two failed IVF cycles and travelled long haul for work away from my husband for seven 3 week trips and missed quite a few opportunities making the outcome even luckier, statistically speaking.

I also trawled the internet, consulted a snake oil naturopath, charted, and took a buttload of supplements to help regulate my cycle. These included vitamins B (group) C, D, E (tocotrienols as well as tocopherols), magnesium myo-inositol, alpha lipoic acid, vitex, ubiquinol and red maca. I also ate two eggs for breakfast every day (gross!). I also cut out all alcohol and caffeine and soy and cold drinks and gee life was dull. As I added more and more to the daily mix it was interesting to see the effects. My BBT became much more stable and predictable and easier to map to my ovulation symptoms. My luteal phase lengthened slightly from 7or 8 days to 9 or 10. The follicular phase actually lengthened, annoyingly. The long weeks of jet lag from the 10 hour time differences made it harder too but I doubt they had much impact in the end. In the end I would put my money on the ubiquinol (500mg daily before tapering down to 200mg per day) and the red maca. Gross but I think that's what did it. A small disclaimer that I had a high AMH and low FSH at 42, and am in good physical shape.

BFP Symptoms were same as all the BFN cycles (headaches, cramps, bloating) except for tender nipples from 6DPO, same as other pregnancy. Squinter BFP on IC at 11DPO when temps stayed up. Lines gradually got stronger then two strong lines 13DPO on FRER.

Am now at 35 weeks and 4 days after a complication-free pregnancy. Tired and looking forward to welcoming LO to the outside not long before I turn 44.

Wishing all of you the best of luck.

BFP @ 40 & breastfeeding

Hello there,
Thank you everybody for sharing your stories and TWW for this site. I hope my story will also give lots of hope to all those TTC.

I am 40 yo, have 16 yr old DS from previous marriage. Remarried at 36 and have another DS with new husband. He just turned 2 and still breastfeeding. He is a miracle baby because when I had him, the doctor had just diagnosed me with blocked ovaries because of cysts through an ultrasound check and said I can never conceive. At the time, we had been ttc for 6 months. I was scheduled for a CT scan the next week so decided to take a pregnancy test just to be safe. And BFP. I never went to see that doctor again.

Present time, its 3:42am and I got up to wee. AF was supposed to show yesterday but didnt. I had done a test at 4pm and BFN. But i thought I would test again. It was a cheapie test and again BFN.. But then, just as I was chucking it in the bin, the faintest of lines appeared! I dug up the old test from yesterday, and it also had a very very very faint line.

Here were my tww symptons. Tbh, we weren't actively trying. We BD'ed only when we felt like it. But everytime we did, I put in a prayer.

These were the stand-out symptons that made me knew in my heart we had conceived.

BD'ed on CD9 and CD12 (o day).

3DPO till now - Gasseous. A lot of flatulence!!
4DPO till now - mild sore throat and it gets worse with each passing day. I feel hot but dont have a temperature. Last night, DH took me to hospital because I was coughing all day. Doc gave meds which I didn't take because I googled them all and they weren't safe. I didn't say anything to doc or DH because I had had a BFN but I just knew..
5DPO - face broke out in a rash because i was feeling so hot. Gone now after some cream.
10DPO - took test, BFN
14 DPO - period due (my cycle is 25-27 days) noticed heart was beating at 80 beats/min before bed.

Today: got my faint line. God is great and most kind. You just need to ask of Him, and put in some effort. Baby dust to all, may you have a wonderful pregnancy and a healthy and beautiful baby.

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BFP 45 Naturally :)

I just want to say I'm both excited and nervous and share with you all my regiment.

Firstly I'm 45!!! I miscarried in February. My husband and I were devestated so we went to a fertility specialist who told me that basically don't even bother with a 2% chance he was surprised that I got pregnant. He then offered me the option of donor eggs. Which is common for someone my age. They were going to try clomid first with an IUI but when my period rolled around and I was due for an ultra sound, I just didn't want to make the hour and a half drive to the clinic ... Soooooo like any person would do I hope on Google for advice. I bought a fertility kit first. Followed by preseed and then by COQ10.

When I got a positive on the opk ( CD 28!!! ) We used preseed and BD'd like monkeys on crack at the zoo.

Then came the TWW and here are my symptoms:

Nothing. Zip. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

On 11 dpo I dreamt I got a positive. Woke up took a test and the was my squinter. So I took test after test...I mean I had twenty of them! So I decided because they are ic's I would go by a free and it too was faint. So I took it again today and it's a little bit darker. And that's where I'm at :) barely 4 weeks after being told by several doctors it would probably never happen again.

God is good :)

42 and after 5 years a BFP with several faint positive

I swear the first five days those positives kept jumping at me I would insist on tweaking, messing with lighting. Surely it's an evaporation line.
Amazingly every single dollar store test would turn positive after the 10 mark time and I discounted that until I read a few posts about how many women got pregnant and same scenerio. Thought the test was negative, threw it out, dug it out and a positive.
But I still didn't believe it. It's been 5 years of this TWW stuff I'm in pregnancy denial maybe?
Well tonight I said enough with these dollar tests and spent 16.99 on a two pack of FRER'S. Didn't need more than four seconds for that second line and then I went total mental usual suspects mode analyzing every damn test I'd been staring at on my phone and put it together like a puzzle. YOU ARE PREGNANT WOMAN!! STOP PEEING ON THINGS.
So here I sit. With the following obvious signs I had for a week that I've blown off
6dpo sharp dip in my BBT chart. This was my very first month temping and using preseed and softcup.
Also my second month on vitex.
7dpo headache. Way sore girls. They did not want to be caged, free the boobies! Such a sharp pain I went down to the floor and had to take something. Felt like my uterus was falling out. So much pressure
8 dpo first positive (I convinced myself was negative because you know....the time frame thing
9dpo fell asleep at 3 pm woke at 6 went back to sleep at 8 and didn't get up until 5 am the next morning
10 dpo. What is this crap??? Why does my coffee taste like butter? Searched the fridge to find the smell that I kept getting a whiff of at every pass to the bathroom. Found it! Open bag of broccoli in the vegetable bin. How the heck did I not know this was a huge sign?
Skipped testing this day and tweaked old tests I have officially peed on all the things !!

11dpo damn you dollar tree, I'm on my way. Af cramps. Maybe I'm wasting my time. Bope, I'm going. 10 in hand. Lady at the counter started to make a joke and I looked at her with the stare of pure evil so she knew not to go there. I have been holding my wee for 1 hour lady this is not ok.
Hmmmm a bit snappy today. The perfume from the lady behind the counter at dunkin donuts attached itself to my cup and I had to throw it out because I couod smell that perfume everywhere.
Pink line after 30 minutes and dollar tree test dried ON 3 tests!. Must be me being hopeful.
12 dpo AF cramps for about an hour again. Left side. Dull headache and falling asleep on the phone.
Scratch cottage cheese and tomatoes off my grocery list. All I want is cereal.
Another line same time frame and density as the previous 4 days. Never ever seen color on an evap line and trust me I've peed on A LOT of things in these 5 years. I've even Googled sugar tests, all the DIY tests that BTW do not work.
These evaps must be a bad batch.
13 dpo. Today. Stitch feelings are precisely the perfect term for what I'm feeling on the left lower pelvic area. Almost in the hip.
Definitely a pink line after staring at a test for two hours on my phone. I'm convinced. Completely talked to myself driving to the store to get a frer and thought nothing of it until I got out of my jeep.
It seriously was like the end of the usual suspects. All the lines. The pink evaps. The tests. The dollar store trips. The hold. Oh I hate the hold. Is this for real?
I had already went to the restroom before I went to the store so that was less than 20 min. Who cares!!! I've got two and I need to pee on something and analyze the heck out of it.
And there it was. My Beautiful moment. Clear as day.
Omgosh I haven't had a baby in 19 years!!!! If I can't pee on things I must start planning.
I put a collection together for you all to see all the tests that were indeed positive
Still having the stich feeling. It's very obvious
Sore girls but not too bad.
Headaches and no pimples were a huge sign for me as well.
Wishing everyone loads of baby dust. It will happen. I have a 26 -28 day cycle 2 grown boys one with severe disability and all I can do is smile.

BFP at 40+

Today I got my BFP. 3 and 1/2 years waiting for this.
I am 40 and husband is 49. Nine years married and parents of a wonderful 8 years old boy. First pregnancy was a surprise early in our marriage. 4 years later our boy realized he was the only one with not siblings and started to ask for a sister. One year after and not baby he decided even a boy was fine. But nothing happened. Then we have a chemical pregnancy and never again.
Two years of test after test and 6 inseminations later they only said secondary infertility for not reason. This year we try to get IVF treatment and the new doctor told me I was too old (a little after my 40th birthday). He recommended another insemination without hormones and again failed.
I went back to my old doctor and we were working on my file for the IVF. On the meantime we tried one insemination more (with Clomid and progesterone)...
And today at 13 dpo I got two positive tests.
What I did this month :
Dhea 50 mg for both
Larginine for my husband
After iIUI :
Baby aspirin every night
Pep acid 1 per night
Benadryl 2 x 25mg per night.
Positive thoughts at morning and at night
Prayers a lot -I am not the most religious woman in the world but I prayed a lot every day because I couldn't imagine going trough in vitro hormones. I was crazy under clomid and progesterone alone!
I don't know if will go well but I am happy we already made it to a positive HPT I hope this story can give you hope. I was always checking other women in their 40s who end having a BFP.

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44.4 years old Natural BFP (ending in miscarriage)

Hello Fellow Hopeful Mammas,

I just wanted to give all of those 40+ mammas some hope that pregnancy does happen naturally even at this age. And I will try my best to keep it short and to the point. But with that, the following will be very dry and un-entertaining...

I am a 44.4 year old, been trying for 20 months with my 40-year-old new husband whom has never had children. I have 3 children from a previous marriage (ages 16 1/2, 15 and 9 1/2, all boys). Achieved pregnancy on 3rd month with first son, 2nd month with 2nd son, and for the 3rd son, was not even trying as husband had a vasectomy 5 years prior, but one got through and next thing you know I was pregnant).

With first son had bleeding at 6 1/2 weeks, followed by an u/s and everything was fine. No bleeding with 2nd son. 3rd son, noticed a light period at 4-5 weeks and though nothing of it because I thought I was having regular period. Come to find out at 6 1/2 weeksI was pregnant! That "period" I had was awfully light...which may have been some sort of implantation spotting. Not sure.

Anyway, I have been an elite athlete running miles and miles throughout all of my pregnancies and prior to them. Never had a problem conceiving. But, I stopped exercising excessively years ago and currently only walk or run 3-6 miles a few times a week. I am very active, but have cut back dramatically. Maybe I should start running 13 miles a day again...that is what I was doing when I conceived in the past! ;-)

No health issues. I'm 5 6 1/2 and about 120, but recently got up to 125 hoping that would help me conceive, but it actually just makes me feel crappy.

Have not had any formal testing on myself or husband as our fertility appointment is scheduled for June.

I also eat ridiculously well (dandelion greens, garlic, beets, tons of probiotics, lean meats, fresh eggs, homegrown veggies, sprouted broccoli, seeds, etc. I can't possibly name everything I eat). Although, I do drink coffee daily (1-2 cups). I always have and its never been a problem. But the last couple months, I cut back to less than 1 cup. I also drink wine, but have cut back on that as well.

After 20 months, I finally received a strong BFP at 13 DPO on a Clear Blue Easy +/- Test.
8DPO on IC Cheapie BFN
10DPO on IC Cheapie Very Very Faint BFP
11DPO on IC Cheapie Very Faint BFP
12 DPO on IC Cheapie Very Faint BFP
13 DPO on IC Cheapie Very Faint BFP

We made love on CD 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20

Didn't test again until today (19 DPO) when I started experiencing some mild cramping and then spotting which turned to heavier bleeding, cramping, passing clots, etc. I used another IC with very diluted urine in the afternoon and the line was VERY VERY faint. I will retest tomorrow with another Clear Blue Easy test, but I'm certain it will be negative. I use a menstrual cup and lost more than one ounce of blood in 5 hours (that is A LOT OF BLOOD).

I am certain of ovulation because I have a Kindara BBT Thermometer and have a confirmed ovulation on CD14 with a triphasic chart.

I have not really had any symptoms, but this is totally normal for me. With all my other 3 pregnancies, I had zero symptoms. I have never had any miscarriages either.

Over the last 20 months I have never even had a slightest BFP. The last two months, I started acupuncture once a week, Chinese Herbs, COQ10, B-Complex, Women's Whole Food Mulit-Vitamin, Zinc, DIM, Vit C, and Magnesium.

I have also done TONS of meditation every single day (guided meditation for conceiving) as well as a little pregnancy yoga.

Oh, and I was (and still am) scheduled for our first fertility appointment on June 15th. My husbands employer covers three rounds of IVF, but I really didn't want to take this route. I guess I should be thankful...

Lastly, my acupuncturist wanted me to continue with some other Chinese Herbs (Dong Quai) and others, but after researching on my own found that there is no research on these and it kind of freaked me out. I opted to not take these...who knows if it would have made a difference.

Anyway, at this point I am having heavy bleeding, low throbbing pain (like I would have during a very heavy period) and passing clots.

My first OB appointment was scheduled for 5/28, but I guess that will no longer be happening.

Oh, and I will try to be happy that I actually "got pregnant" and at least something worked after 20 months. Moving on till next month or fertility treatment, even though at the moment I am over it!

Tomorrow (Mothers Day), my hubby is out of the country for work, but I am going to wake up at 6am and treat myself to a long solo run in the forest, then make my boys breakfast and take them on a 3 mile hike. We live in Santa Cruz, CA and are lucky to have the mountains and the ocean out our doorstep :-)

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Proof of Answered Prayers

Me 42
DH 41
DS 7 weeks 6 days

I've been on this site for a couple of years, reading every single post I could to stay encouraged on my TTC journey. What I will never do again is look for other peoples experiences to be a tell tale sign of my own experience because when I got my BFP it came out of nowhere! Well almost....

DH and I started our TTC journey in April of 2014. After six months of no success we started our fertility treatments. Started with 3 IUI's from October 2014 to February 2015 because our insurance doesn't cover IVF if there aren't any medical diagnosis indicating we couldn't conceive.
We moved on to another doctor and to IVF in March of 2015. We did two FET's with three embryos, that resulted in failures.
We moved on to another doctor in October of 2015 and had one IVF that resulted in a 4th IUI because the doctor missed my ovulation. Then another mini fresh IVF with two embryos that also failed.
In January of 2016 we moved on to our 4th doctor and had our 5th IFV with a tested embryo that also failed. At this point we exhausted all of our IVF insurance and medication coverage and decided not to do another IVF until September of 2016. We opted to do a 5th IUI and timed intercourse in May of 2016 with no real expectation of it working, at all. We did a long protocol from June 21st, triggered on July 1st, DB'd on July 1st, 2nd, & 4th with our IUI on July 3rd.

I was temping all year and temped for this round also just for the hell of it. The morning of 11dpo, on July 16th, a day before AF was due, my temp was still high. I still didn't think anything of it but did an HPT anyway because we were flying out to Vegas on the 19th and I wanted to be certain I can party....BFP!!!! I was so much in shock I thought the test was broken so I ran out the house and went and got a beta done to be sure. The following morning my beta came back at 74! Two days later at 13dpo/IUI it was 251! I had no symptoms other than the high BBT. None at all. All of my BFN's I had every symptom under the sun. One thing that engulfed me for two years was looking for and analyzing symptoms that I've read on sites like this. DON'T EVER DO THAT! It will drive you nuts.

I had no AF symptoms either but I wasn't thinking about that. Usually three days before AF I know its coming but I was looking forward to our Vegas trip so I didn't even notice.

Another thing that annoyed me a bit while obsessing on sites like this was reading about miracle BFP's but there wasn't any follow through. Was the pregnancy successful, were there any issues, was it a chemical.... I knew that I wouldn't post my BFP story until I gave birth so there was a complete story to tell.

We gave birth to our beautiful perfect son this past March 22nd. All of his pre-screening test were normal. He was delivered via emergency c-section and is perfectly healthy, other than having acid reflux;(

Our miracle son from God arrived healthy and we couldn't be more happier.

Thank you for all of your stories that kept me hopeful and I hope this testimony encourages at least one person not to give up hope, and be patient and know your BFP is coming.

Good luck and prayers to all of you still in your TTC journey. Be encouraged that prayer changes things.

Almost 41 BFP

I just got my BFP after about 6 months of trying, one week shy of my 41st birthday and I was definitely feeling pressed for time. I did two cycles of unmonitored clomid. I stopped clomid and had the next cycle a natural monitored cycle. My FSH was 9.8, E2 50 on CD3. My CD13 ultrasound showed 5-7 follicles on each ovary, a triple layer 9 mm endometrium and a leading follicle of 21 mm. We BD CD11, CD14, and CD17. CD21 progesterone was 17 ng/ml. My cycles are generally 29-30 days but on clomid had extended to 32 days one month, 33 days the next. So this cycle day 33 came and went. I was so afraid to get a BFN that I waited until day 35 to test and did so with an opk first. The test window resulted faster then the control and was darker then I had ever seen on the opk. Blazing positive. I felt safe to go ahead with the HPT and sure enough in less then a minute that was a blazing positive too! Don't give up even if your FSH is on the higher side and/or you are over 40!! Baby dust to you :)

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