I've dreamed about the day I'd get to post on here, and I'm so happy that I finally have my positive result to share with you my two week wait symptoms.
Firstly, I want to start by saying always keep the faith! I know from experience how tough this journey can be, but it's important to believe in miracles. They do happen!!!
Our first IVF/ICSI cycle was unsuccessful & my husband and I were extremely upset. Our doctor changed my drug protocol for the next treatment.
Our second IVF/ICSI cycle felt different from the start of the cycle - no bad headaches from the meds, etc. I tried to keep myself busy during the stimming phase to take my mind off of everything by going for walks and bike rides with my husband.
At egg retrieval the doctor managed to remove 27 eggs, 9 of which were able to be fertilised, and we had a 5 day transfer of 1 x grade 1 blastocyst, and 1 x grade 2 early blastocyst. We had no embryos that made it to freezing.
My husband & I travelled abroad to the Czech Republic to have treatment at the Reprofit Clinic in Brno. They were absolutely fantastic & we cannot recommend them highly enough!
My symptoms leading up to my BFP are as follows:
Day of Transfer - Transfer at 12pm:
Cramping which started approximately 1-2 hours after the transfer which lasted for about 2 hours. After the transfer I went back to our hotel and slept for approximately 2-3 hours. Once I woke up, I remained laying in bed resting (either on my back or on my sides) until approximately 6pm. Went out to dinner with my husband for a bowl of pasta & then went back to the hotel for an early night sleep.
Travelled for 8 hours by car to return home after our treatment, stopping approximately 4 times along the way for toilet breaks & a stretch of the legs every now & then. Had my car seat reclined to a comfortable position, but was not lying flat. Zero symptoms.
Spent the day mostly lying around the house on the lounge. Went for a 10-15 minute walk up the street to try to promote blood flow to the uterus. Zero symptoms.
Went grocery shopping with my husband but did not push the trolley or carry anything. Rest of the day was spent laying on the lounge reading. Spent approximately 3-4 hours crying to my husband that I was concerned that by now I should've had some type of cramping & was convinced that because I'd had zero symptoms the treatment hadn't worked. Cried at the drop of a hat. Zero symptoms & actually felt full of energy for the first time since the egg retrieval.
Spent the day lying around the house watching TV. Zero symptoms.
Woke up at 5am with cramping. Decided given I couldn't sleep I'd do a Home Pregnancy Test (HPT). Test came up positive within 3-4 minutes. Faint line but no need to squint or hold it in a certain light to see it!!! OMG! OMG! So thrilled!!! Cramping lasted 4 hours or so until 9am. Stomach bloated up really significantly in the morning like it did after my egg retrieval but went down somewhat by bed time.
BFP getting darker on HPTs!!! Cramping intermittently during the day. In the afternoon I started to feel queasy & had an afternoon nap. Loss of appetite.
BFP getting even darker on HPTs!!! Woke up at 5am feeling queasy. Cramping intermittently during the day. Nausea lasted all day & had a loss of appetite. Stomach bloating again.
HPT's continue to get darker. Cramping continues intermittently during the day. Nausea increasing. Tired & slept during the day. Acid tummy in the afternoon. Loss of appitite.
HPT's continue to get darker. Cramping continues intermittently during the day. Tired & slept during the day. Loss of appitite.
I hope my lack of symptoms initially are of some comfort to those who are not experiencing any during the early days after the embryo transfer. I really expected to have cramping on days 1dp5dt - 4dp5dt but had nothing. If you don't have any symptoms, please don't lose hope!
May God bless you all & I hope that you too get your long awaited BFP's really really soon.
ALWAYS KEEP THE FAITH! xx