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40 and pregnant naturally-what I did and symptoms!! Baby #2

Hey! When we decided to go for baby #2 I started to investigate and read all this information on how difficult it was to conceive after 40. About 5% chance. I decided that I would beat the odds. Took us 4 cycles. I stopped birth control and 4 cycles later got the BFP. At the moment I am almost 4 weeks. Got my BFP at 9DPO (wondfo-very faint). Next day it got darker and at 12DPO did a digital and got my favorite word "Pregnant". So what did I do....my cocktail was: Prenatal with DHA, Omega 3, Selenium + COQ10 (only during 4th cycle). My diet is always pretty healthy, but if I got a donut, I will eat it (life is short). I added more green to my smoothies. Example: Banana, blueberries, kale, spinach and grounded flax seeds (normally a smoothie a day). I tried to do exercise, I like to run but decided that it might not help it I ran when TTCing so I did step machine and hills. Got to get the blood Flowing. Very important. Lots of water also and Decaffeinated green tea. And my husband also took Omega 3, Selenium + COQ10 (only during 4th cycle, not even the whole cycle, he would forget) and folic acid. And he also had to get active. We are both at a good weight so that was to an issue. The symptoms I had where dull cramps right after ovulation (used OPK-Amazon ones to track ovulation and they seem to work very well). I have had dull cramps ever since and still have. And around 7 DPO the BBS started to hurt, mainly in the middle, ouch. I feel a little nausea during the day, sore BBS and dull cramping. Those are the only symptoms for know. I had the same with my first baby (age 36). I hope my stories helps and mommies over 40 realize that it can be done. Know just praying everything goes well. My 1st sonogram at week 6. Baby dust for everyone!!!!!!!

Balesy

BFP after vacectomy reversal at 41

Shocked and Happy!

Wow!! Can't believe at 39 I am posting this here!! We were NOT trying to get pregant. We have three precious children and were content and trying to avoid pregnancy. God had other plans!! Had sex on CD7 around midnight. Started charting temperatures because I was a little concerned that I could get pregnant if I ovulated early. I ovulated between CD11-CD12. Not sure exactly because BBT didn't rise abruptly like it normally does. It was a slow rise. Gonna go with CD12 for now. O day:97.3 Bad O pains hit around 3:30. Sore nipples immediately. Last day of EWCM 1DPO:97.5 Tiny bit CM pasty CM. Cervix closed/tilted. Sharp pain low pubic bone right side. Constipation. 2DPO:97.5 CM white/sticky/creamy but stretches and holds shape. Temp 99.2 afternoon. 3DPO:97.77 pasty CM, normal. Cervix closed. Ovaries feel strained/pulling. No breast or nipple tenderness. Got stung by two honey bees. Awesome. 4DPO:98.1 CM same. 5DPO:97.9 Lots white thick pasty creamy cm with some bits in it. Intermittent breast burning and feel kinda sore on sides like had done pushups. Periody feeling down low. 6DPO:98.1 Very white thick creamy CM my me of crumbly. Headache all day, dull. Increased sex drive 7DPO:97.9 Cm milky/creamy evening and some thick stretchy. Small twinge felt bladder located. Boobs aching on sides under armpits. Vaginal aches. 8DPO:98.03 Cm opaque/yellow ewcm. Boobs aching sides/armpits. Cramping to left of pubic bone area and above at night. Light vag aches. 9DPO:98.12 Few light twinges same place as yesterday. Light vag aches. Some very white/yellow thick snotty cm. Leaking colostrum??!?!? What? TEST BFN 10DPO:97.87 Vivid pregnancy dream involving telling my sister I was pregnant. Cm drying up. Late night:sharp shooting pain up crotch and rectum. 11DPO: 98.25 POAS and while waiting had sharp shooting pain up vag and rectum. Oh, and a BFP!!! Shocked!!! Take two more test, all positive. Husband in denial! Coming around now though!! Didn't know sperm could live that long to be honest. Thought we were in a safe zone but obviously we weren't!! Husband had a vasectomy after our second was born and then reversed it five years later and we had our third who is almost 4. We were told his reversal was unsuccessful and we wouldn't be able to conceive. I was already pregnant when they told us that and now I am again!! God is great!!!! We would have never tried for another baby, but God has blessed us with one anyone!! A friend had told me last month that he loved all my kids and any other kids God may bless us with. I asked him why he said that and he said maybe Jesus laid it on his heart and here we are a month later! Wow!!! I also saw a baby in the clouds 2 weeks ago. stopped and took a picture! God speaks!! Awesome! Good luck to all of you ladies!! Trust God!!!

BFP on Clomid 14 dpo , 42 years old, with tubal reversal

Like most of you, I have been using this site every month, to review other women's experiences, successes, and challenges. I am in in the very early stages of my pregnancy - 4 weeks today, in fact - and because it is so early and anything can happen, I wanted to share mine in case it helps anyone who may be in similar situation. As stated on the title, I am 42, I have been on 3 cycles of Clomid, and I had a tubal reversal 1 year ago this month, and had an HSG back in November to see if the tubes closed again. The results showed that the dye spilled out beautifully out of my right tube, but there seemed to be slight blockage on the left side. This was a challenge because monthly ultrasounds would show that most of my eggs were coming from the left ovary. This is my second marriage, and I have 2 healthy kids, ages 16 and 13 from my previous marriage. My husband is 34 years old, and a wonderful stepdad to the kids, and we were hoping for an opportunity to expand our family. While on Clomid, I have been tracking my BBT daily, so I can tell you that CD 1 for me was on 5/13/15, and I am fairly certain of when I ovulated, which was on 5/27/15 (per temp peak on BBT). CD 1 was on 5/13/15 DPO 1-7: No obvious symptoms. CM would vary from creamy to yellowish. Quite moody and emotional - paranoid too. DPO 7: Sore nipples; fluttering on left and right side of uterus, again, not too obvious, but I did note it. DPO 8: Sore lower back; took an HPT (digital Clear Blue Easy) because I am impatient, and of course, BFN. DPO 9: A little tired, but I do BodyPump 3-4 times per week, so I attributed my tiredness to an extra hard class this day; nipples sensitive. DPO 10: A bit tired on and off; feeling anti-social at a birthday party for our friends' daughter - very moody; heartburn after dinner (1st clue). DPO 11: Not as moody as I had been; still tired on and off; sore nipples; slightly sore back; heartburn after dinner (2nd night in a row). DPO 12: Sore nipples; a bit moody; no energy after BodyPump; slight cramping in uterus; heartburn after dinner (3rd night in a row). DPO 13: Took another HPT (dollar store) before I went into the shower this morning; VERY, VERY faint line 6 minutes later. Could it be? Took another HPT after work, this time a different brand (Target Brand for CBE), and another VERY, VERY faint line; darkened area around nipples; cramping as if AF was coming; heartburn after dinner (4th night in row). DPO 14: Slight lower back pain; fluttering feeling in uterus; heavy feeling in uterus; took HPT (dollar store) when I woke up, same faint line as the day before. Took 2 more HPTs 5 hours later at work, this time First Response, and you can see the second line without having to squint. With the same urine sample, I also used a Target digital, and it came back as "Pregnant". It is so very early, and with my tubal reversal, there is a slightly higher chance of ectopic, due to the scar tissue that builds after the surgery. There's also my age (42), but I am pretty healthy and try to stay active every day. After a year of trying, and no matter what happens in the coming days/weeks, I am just so happy to know that at least I was able to get pregnant. When I had my 2 kids, it happened so fast and easily, so I foolishly expected to get pregnant right after my tubal reversal. After reading the stories here and all over the web, I see how lucky I was when I had my 2 kids, as there are women on this site who have been trying for 1...2... 5...10 years. The difference in this cycle was that the Clomid caused adverse reactions with my moods, so the last cycle was going to be the last time, and we just took a step back and stopped stressing about whether or not it would happen. And then I got my BFP....

43 and Pregnant Again Naturally

I've just turned 43 and am 12 weeks pregnant with my 4th child. I have 2 grown up girls (21 and 18) from a previous marriage. My OH has no children (he's the same age as me). We decided to try for our own baby when we were 41 and I fell pregnant first cycle using OPKs. I had a MMC at 8 weeks but fell pregnant literally 2 weeks after passing the sac. Our perfect son is 12 months old. We didn't want to risk another but after a while we totally changed our minds and prayed if it's meant to be then let it be. I've just had my 12 week NT scan and all looks good so far. The nuchal measurement is normal so just awaiting the blood results for an overall risk. However, we have complete faith that everything is going to be fine. I don't believe age alone is a general factor when it comes to your chances of conceiving.... I have fallen pregnant three times since the age of 41. I hope my story gives hope to older ladies.... and the power of prayer is an amazing thing :)

At 43 years old , against all odds I GOT MY BFP PREGNANT !!

Hello ladies , I , just like you was trying to read as much as I could about how to get pregnant over 40 . I'm 43 , I was ready for a 4th baby and I was told by 3 Obgyn and 2 fertility doctors that I was too old , eggs too old , 1 to 3% chance of getting pregnant at my age , risks too high etc etc etc .. I heard or read Nothing positive I must say ! I'm stubborn by nature and I'm a believer that if they did it on their own in the old ages that I could do it too !! I took matters in my own hands and I started changing a few things about my eating habits and exercise !!! 1) I don't smoke or drink and I was a vegetarian for about 8 months prior to start thinking of another baby and so , I decided to change my diet and start eating meat again ( chicken mostly , more cheese and whole wheat bread ) 2) started exercising : I ran 4 times a week for 2 miles every time and I started walking for 30 min after ovulation a few days a week ! 3) made a list of all the foods that promote blood flow and helps pregnancy and so I made a smoothie every morning combining all these ingredients !! My smoothie didn't look pretty but it sure tasted great 4)went to see my acupuncture a few times but didn't like it . 5) I tried to enjoy baby dancing and relaxed , I laid in bed for 30 min after BD and lifted my pelvis with a pillow . I never got up right after .i used the soft cup twice ( during 2-days ovulation and kept it in for 4-5 hrs each time . ) we were active everyday for 7 days during O . 6) hubby eats healthy and exercises everyday running mostly . We got him tested and his sperm count was high which was encouraging ! 7 ) I took my prenatal vitamins every day 8) I took PRIMEROSE OIL . I drank a lot of water and pomegranate juice and i had the actual grapefruit fruit every night .so yummy ! 9) took some supplements that helps improve egg quality And got my BFP 14 DPO !!! I'm sure for ladies out there that feel that there is no hope .. Believe me , if I can do it , so can you . Just take control of your life for the next few months , make the necessary changes , maybe it's exercising more or maybe it's to eat better or not drink or not smoke and I promise it will pay off . I'm sending baby dust to everyone ,hope this will inspire one person and make a change in their lives !

Hope After 40

I write this story to give others hope. If I can get pregnant, naturally, then anyone can:) I'm 40 (and a half) and my bf is 45. We both have kids from previous marriages, but, after carefully weighing the risks & fully understanding the odds, we decided to try for a baby. After all, the worst thing that might happen is nothing! Even so, my doc said my chances were slim without meds, due to my age. But I am an eternal optimist! So, in January, 12 years after the initial vasectomy, my wonderful bf had a vasectomy reversal. The doc told us it would be 3 months before viable sperm were present. I tried not to obsess, but I was hopeful each month....Sure enough, on the third month after the procedure, I got a positive! I know it's early days yet, I'm only 5wks 3 days, but I remain hopeful. I try to temper my worry over MC w the joy & promise of our baby:) Ladies, I offer this story to give hope to those of us a bit older, a bit sad, a bit weary of this process. There are sometimes not enough joyous stories out there for older women TTC. I submit my story to encourage hope and inspire us to have faith in our bodies and celebrate the love we all have to offer our babies! The only symptoms I can share are, unfortunately, *exactly* the same as PMS: sore boobs, irritability & fatigue. Mommies-To-Be, have heart! If it's possibLe for a aging, older gal like me, it's possible for you! Xoxo
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BFP at 40 yo 4th cycle TTC post IUD removal!! To God be the Glory!

I'm so happy to post here and I hope my experience helps others. It's still REALLY, really early (11DPO is my guess), but I've gotten positives on two different brands of tests (discussed below) testing yesterday twice and today once. I hope this is a sticky little guy! I've been reading these stories for a few months, each month hoping it was my month. Sorry this is so long, but I hope this helps someone who is going through the same thing as me. I hope it isn't TMI, but I wanted to be as specific as possible for anyone that is going through this too! My husband had a vasectomy reversal Jan 2010. We conceived May 2010 with our first. She is now 4+ years old. I was 37 when she was born. We decided in Dec 2014 to try for #2...thought we weren't going to have a second one at all, so God completely changed our minds. I am 40 (and a half) and I was so worried that this would take a long time. DO NOT LET WHAT SOCIETY TELLS YOU ABOUT YOUR AGE ENTER YOUR MIND! IF IT'S GOD'S WILL, IT WILL BE! Luke 1:37 says "God can do anything!" - I had my IUD removed Dec 18 and first period about 10 days later. I immediately started temping and enjoyed it at first...I had no idea that our bodies were so amazing! I also started taking Vitex, Maca, prenatal, folic acid. The first cycle post-IUD removal showed an ovulation on CD 17 and an 11 day luteal phase. I was grateful to know I was ovulating regularly! We flooded that egg, but we didn't catch it. I went to acupuncture weekly. - Cycle #2 (February 2015) I added B6 and Vitamin E because I felt my lp was short. I O'd on CD17 again but had a 12 day luteal phase. Vitamins were helping!? Temps were very consistent pre-O, and rose after O, had some EWCM, but we still didn't catch the egg. I continued acupuncture. We used Pre-seed on occasion just to help me since we were BD so much. - Cycle #3 (March 2015) I stopped going to acupuncture, but kept temping. I O'd again on CD17 and had a 13 day luteal phase. YAY! I added a natural progesterone cream application after O was confirmed because during my luteal phase I would always get a massive temp dip around 6dpo, and I was worried my progesterone was low. This month I used pre-seed with the inserts 3 times around O. We didn't catch the egg again, and this month i was SO disappointed. I thought we did everything right, and I thought to myself that I couldn't possibly keep this kind of sex life going for much longer. I was beginning to get frustrated with temping because I read every little bit into the slightest temperature shift, and I decided that next month, after O, I would stop temping until AF came to save my sanity. - Cycle #4 (CD1 was March 26) I stopped the Maca. I felt that it was making me gain weight and pissing me off. I added Fertile CM because my EWCM used to be plentiful but ever since my IUD was removed I only had it for about 2-3 days with not as much as I used to. This month I added OPK's, per the OBGYN's suggestion. I bought internet cheapies and digitals. My plan was to use the IC's leading up to my LH surge, and once I thought it might be positive to also test using the digital. Well, I got a slightly positive OPK on an IC on April 7 (CD14) but neg on digital, so we BD that morning. I thought "great! I will O on my usual CD17, get a positive OPK on April 8 or 9, and we'll BD until we can't anymore and for sure we'll catch the egg!" Then on April 8, the OPK was not as dark as the day before. WTH!? And the next day, again not as dark. Basically, I missed my surge somehow. We BD on Wed April 8 at night, and that was it. I was so frustrated because I thought I was out this month. I also had majorly wonky temperatures because the day of the slightly positive OPK, I got sick and was put on antibiotics. I temped loosely to confirm that O occurred, and then I stopped. Because of being sick, I cannot pinpoint O day, but I know it was anywhere from CD14 to CD17. I started testing on 8dpo(or it was 6 dpo depending on O day), like the OCD person that I am. Of course negative on 8dpo and 9 dpo. Well, since I don't really know when I O'd, I POAS at 12 dpo and I got in the shower. After I got out, I saw the faintest of faint positive. I PRAISED GOD!!!!!! but I didn't tell hubby, and all day obsessed and researched pregnancy test sensitivies. I had used a Wondfo blue handled test, and got the faint positive. So after work, I went to CVS and got a FRER and a FRER Digital. I took a wondfo blue handle, a wondfo pink handle and the FRER in the afternoon after holding my urine for 4+ hours. The wondfos again showed the slightest positives. The FRER was negative. This morning, I again did the wondfos, and got positives on both, both faint. The pink handles are more pronounced than the blue handles. I am saving my FRER digital for Saturday morning so I know for sure that it's positive and I don't waste the money. AF is due on Wed April 22 or Thurs April 23. Today is either 11, 12 or 13 dpo. (Probably 11 is my best guess)

Age 45 BFP Naturally

Hello, I hope my story brings hope to everyone. I'm 45 and DH is 40. We've been ttc for almost 3 years. All the fertility tests for both of us were completely normal so the only factor was my age (old eggs). In the last year we did 8 IUI's with Femara or Clomid and trigger shot at the Kaiser REI clinic. It didn't work for us. Finally, my doctor tried to convince me to do IVF with donor eggs. The estimated cost was $30,000-$40,000. So, I looked into doing IVF with my own eggs in Mexico. We went to visit a clinic in Nuevo Vallarta called Liv Fertility Center. It was brand new, spectacular and at the beach, across from the Hard Rock Hotel! The total quote for IVF everything included was $7,000. So our plan was to go in June and stay for 21 days. But, BIG CHANGE OF PLAN. I kept hoping this cycle would be successful so I used the Clearable digital ovulation sticks. I kept getting the flashing happy face and it never turned solid. So we just BD every other day, while it was flashing. I wasn't very hopeful due to it never turning solid. However I did notice that I had much more CM since not taking the Clomid. I started doing the HPT on CD11 with the Dollar Tree test and there was a faint BFP. The next day my husband came home from work with the First Response 6 days earlier tests and they were positive too. Finally, I got a positive blood pregnancy test at Kaiser. We are so excited and still can't believe it!

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.

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