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Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives

BFP by IVF/ISCI/FET

Are you employing "Assisted Reproductive Technology" to achieve your BFP? If so, this is where you'll find the success stories of women in your same situation.

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Don't Lose Hope if You Have No Symptoms

This is my third pregnancy (no births) and on each occasion my symptoms have been different. I would have sworn by now I would have been able to tell if I was pg but I can categorically say this third time I am blown away.
May 2008 - 1st pregnancy conceived naturally (TFMR) I had classic symptoms which made me suspicious before BFP. Crying at the drop of a hat, peeing all the time at night. But no sore bbs or nausea.

September 2012. 2nd pregnancy with fourth IVF. Cramping and pulling about 2dp5dt. Sore boobs which went away and then came back before beta. Slightly increased urination. The occasional emotional outburst. 1st Beta 180 at 10dp5dt. Miscarried at eight and a half weeks.

February 2013 - aged 39! 3rd pregnancy from fifth IVF. AF cramps three days before beta. And that is it. Assumed period was on its way. Absolutely nothing that made me think this cycle had worked and I was already looking into donor eggs. I didn't even answer the call from my clinic with the beta results because I couldn't face speaking to my RE. Beta was 290 at 10dp5dt. Given my history and my age I remain extremely cautious but just wanted to let everyone know it is 100% possible to be symptom free and still get a positive with a string beta.

With the three failed IVFs I felt no symptoms either way.

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First BFP By IVF & PRAYER!

I'm so excited here is my story:
Me & my hubby were trying for 2 yrs! In Jan 2012 our doctor organized for us to see a fertility specialist. I really had to push my doctor as she kept saying it will happen your young! We got called in to see the specialist did the tests in May & was called back in June and was told that for my age 30 I had a low egg reserve & was told we did not have long to hang around.

We did 3 months of gonal f injections with timed intercourse-did not work
Then we did 2 iui's in September & Oct they did not work & was told not do to any more iui's & move on to ivf.
We did our ivf in Jan this year I always found the injections fine
8 eggs were retrieved 6 fertilized when it came to the 5 day transfer on the Friday we had 1 great emybryo & one good one so we put two back. There was none left to freeze!
I took it easy that day but the following days I went on as normal without lifting anything heavy. Went back to work the following week. The nurse told me I could do the test on Wed Feb 6th. It was a long wait towards the end. I decided to do it the eve before I was due to test! It was day 32 of my cycle I have never had a cycle longer then 31. I wanted to do it before my hubby came home from work as I didn't think it would be positive. I was so nervous doing the test I was shakin. I left it for 10mins & was afraid to go back in to check it. I could not believe it when I saw, 2 red lines. I'm still in shock to be honest. As one girl said on her post, it's not over until it's over. So even if you think your getting your af, you may not be!

So here are my symptoms:
On the Tuesday morning, I was woken up by terrible cramps (was not worried as I thought it was too early to be af cramps even though they usually start 10 days before). I was taking the vaginal progesterone from that Tuesday to the Friday I was extremely gassy & my stomach was so bloated. I looked like I was 4 months pregnant my stomach was so bloated this is a side effect of the progesteone.
All week I had extremely bad pains which felt like af cramps but worse. I did think I was getting af.
My boobs were kinda off sore but that is another side effect.
The only thing out of the norm for me was the whole week my nose was not runny but "watery" which I did think was weird.
I was pale, still am but this usually happens when getting my af. Also the Sunday I was shopping & saw tomatoes & wanted them! I never eat tomatoes & did think this was strange. I ate the tomato that eve on its own.

The only thing that gave me hope was the stories on here about girls getting cramps but were pregnant.

I honestly did not think I was pregnant until I did the test.
I was dreading telling my hubby it had not worked. I had told my mum it hadn't, she said it will say your prayers & it will be positive.

I prayed constantly before the ivf, I believe it was god that made it happen in the end.

Recite this prayer & believe it will happen.

Powerful hourly novena

This is to be said at the same time every hour for 8 successive hours:

" O Jesus you said "ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you" through the Immaculate heart of your Most Holy Mother, I knock, I seek I ask that my prayer will be granted:
think of your intention

"O Jesus you said, "If you ask the Father anything in my name, he will give it to you; through the Immaculate Heart of your most Holy Mother, I humbly and urgently ask your Father in your name that my prayer will be granted:
intention

"O Jesus, you said, "heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away; through the Immaculate Heart of the most Holy Mother, I feel confident that my prayer will be granted;
intention.

My prayers will be with you ALL.
xx

You Wouldn't Believe It

Ok so me & my partner had been ttc for about 2 months with no luck. We charted, used opk, everything but NOTHING... Ok well it was our 3rd month ttc and I almost thought it was impossible with the mind that my birth control (mirena) was the cause because I had several complications with it. Well we tried again... So once again I'm in my tww.. I went to my doc for a beta test at 10dpo... BFN... Tested with hpt.. BFN... Another beta test at 15dpo.. BFN... UGH!! Then 3 days late... AF started.. I bled a whole 5 days like a normal period... Well we planned our next try for the following month but I was due for my annual pap smear 23 dpo... While my doc was doing her job.. she asked if I needed a preg test... I said no because I had just gotten my period but she ordered one anyway and BFN... So she ordered a blood test and BFN.. So she did an ultrasound and we saw a little sack there!! My doc still doesn't know why I failed the beta test but I'm happy!! I'm now 26 weeks and we are super healthy!!

BFP After 1st fet

I am so excited I can finally share my story. After TTC for a year we decided to see a fertility specialist.
DH 32
ME 30
Believe me when I tell u don't give up it can happen for you. I had no detectable issues. Our 1st sperm analysis came back poor count and motility. My husband works nights and told me he didn't get enough rest. We did another and it came back 72mil wonderful. Not sure if his schedule made the difference in why it took so long to conceive. We did 1iui failed. IVF retrieval 26 eggs, 22 mature, 19 fertilized with icsi. Yes -we chose to do 5 day blasts and ended with 5 excellent quality blasts. My doctor recommended I freeze all due to risks of ohss. He said its better to proceed with fet later to give my body a chance to heal and get fertility meds out my system. I chose to proceed with transfer because I'm impatient and had taken time off. Well it failed should have listened to my doctor. Started preparing for fet after my cycle. Estrace 2-3 times a day. This cycle I had a reflexology massage a couple days before transfer. The next day I felt wonderful no aches or pains. I did not do acupuncture this cycle. We decided to put 1 blast back after hearing all the potential risks associated with multiples. I'm glad we did because it work. I drank pineapple juice, ate pineapple and sunflower seats the 1st 3 days after the transfer. Also took a week off to rest.

1dpt __Night-sweats, gas, sharp pain, bed rest
2dpt__Night-sweats, gas, hot flashes, bed rest
3dpt__Night-sweats achy, hot flashes, temp, bed rest
4dpt__Nausea shortly after waking up, hot flashes, thirsty, gas, weepy crying about everything
5dpt__Gas, night sweats, hot flashes, body aches runny nose, why am I so hot weepy
6dpt__Af cramps , night sweats, gas, hot flashes, headache, loose stools, headache, overly emotional weepy. I never cry, felt like I had a fever
7dpt__Af cramps sharp pains, gas, thirsty, back ache, fatigue, headache all day,weepy, night sweats
8dpt__headache light, gas, night sweats, hot sweats
9dpt__beta 127
11dpt__beta 359 so excited

This month I began a fast no bread or alcohol. I keep my faith and prayed nightly. No matter how hard it gets never give up. Have faith in The Lord everything will work out in your favor. Start pinning things to Pinterest (kids) and just know it will work out. I purchased a gift for a friends baby shower and grabbed something for my future baby as well. Faith works. Ask, Believe & receive. I have never felt so blessed will finally have our blessing.

4 Years of TTC, Positive 4dp5dT! Beta Confirmed! FET

I'll just jump to the good stuff!
We transferred two good embryos, one was already hatching.
2dp5dt- little squeezing feeling of left ovaries( implantation)?? Felt like ovaries but who knows- no sharp pains that made me say "ouch" like they say on here sometimes.
3dp5dt- neg test that evening tired off and on. When I layed down for a while and then stood up my legs felt like I'd run a long time.
4dp5dt- faint line in am, after 4 min. Hubs saw it too! No strong symptoms, PMS feeling.
5dP5dt- pretty strong positive mid morning, my tests were always darker when I tested mid day than my first morning urine, pee darker.
6dp5dt- almost yacked in 5:00 traffic, mild headaches throughout the rest of the days.
7dp5dt- not very hungry, not craving much. Boobs harder but not really much bigger than pms boobs, every now and then I'll feel a sharp tingle that I never got with pms boobs, no diff nipple color. Little uncomfortable to sleep on my stomach with them.
8dp5dT- runny nose, short fuse with people, impatient, beta confirmed pregnancy, they said it's pretty high, maybe multiples??

I won't say anything except this whole process and over analyzing symptoms sucks and I feel for you! Good luck!

Miracles, IVF and Fet!

After falling pregnant whilst on contraception with my eldest I truly believed I was so fertile! HA!
Fast forward a year and we couldn't get pregnant no matter what we tried, all tests came back great so totally unexplained..... It was a hard time for us, we decided to go straight into ivf as it had the best odds for achieving a pregnancy and got lucky on our first attempt with our youngest, we are so happy with our children! We decided to try a fet and now we r expecting again!!!
I just wanted to give hope to all those couples that don't think it's going to happen, because it will!

BFP on 12dpo With IVF/ICSI

Finally excited to be able to share my story! My Husband and I have been trying for over a year. We found out in October we were dealing with a severe male factor and the only way we could conceive was through IVF with ICSI. Thankfully we have amazing insurance and were able to get the ball rolling right away. I had a 5 day transfer with two perfect blasts. I didn't have many symptoms.

0dp5dt - none other than some intense cramping that woke me up during the night
1dp5dt-2dp5dt - sharp shooting pain through my ovaries and uterus. Thought I was twisting an ovary.
3dp5dt - nothing
4dp5dt - I was walking on the treadmill and felt a pulling sensation where my left ovary is (same side as shooting pain). It felt like a tight muscle more than anything so I brushed it off.
5dp5dt - nada except a lot of period cramping
6dp5dt - a lot of period cramping, felt a "gush" and went to check. Had some brown spotting and immediately knew it was implantation bleeding
7dp5dt - BFP on a FRER!

My advice? Don't over-analyze everything. It's so hard not to symptom spot, but I honestly felt the exact same as I normally do, especially right before my period comes.

I'm excited to see what my beta is and if both of the blasts stuck around!

BFP FINALLY!!!!

Have been ttc for almost 9 years. In that time we've tried everything and I mean EVERYTHING. Each disappointment was more heartbreaking than the last. Finally in November we started the agonizingly long journey of IVF. After an excruciating bout of OHSS, two perfect day 5 blasts were transferred. 7 days later, I got the faintest of faint positives on a FRER test. After about 10 minutes a line appeared. It was so light I had to take the test strip out of the plastic casing and hold it up to the light to see it. Unfortunately it ended up being a chemical pregnancy and it terminated on its own in early December. I felt inspired to try again immediately, however, with the 9 frozen embryos leftover from our fresh cycle.
Last week, they thawed 3 blasts. Only 2 survived and were transferred on January 8th.
This morning, I tested. I'm currently 6 days past 5 day transfer. I told myself I wasn't going to test early this cycle and that I'd just wait for my official beta on the 18th, but I couldn't hold out. I've been keeping track of my symptoms and I've had just about every pregnancy symptom in the book, especially the moodiness. I decided that for my own sanity and for the well-being of those around me, I needed to know for sure. The only test I had left was locked up in my desk drawer at work where I'd stashed it to keep myself from jumping the gun this time, so when I tested it wasn't with my FMU. A light but VERY definite second line popped up IMMEDIATELY!
I can't believe it. I'd really thought that this was it for me and that I was going to just have to give up my dreams of being a mother. I can honestly say that I've never been happier about anything in my life.
Here is my symptoms diary.
1dp5dt- Vivid dreams, hot flashes, headache, metallic taste
2dp5dt- Vivid dreams, hot flashes, noticeable cramping, extreme, leg cramps, extreme thirst, frequent urination, headache, metallic taste
3dp5dt- Vivid dreams, night sweats, moodiness, fatigue, low blood sugar at 9:30 a.m., drenched with sweat (it's 10 degrees outside and only about 60 indoors), vertigo and lightheadedness, unbelievable heartburn, metallic taste in the morning, feeling fluish at night and in the morning. Extreme appetite that resulted in me throwing up about 20 minutes later (I thought it was just because I'd REALLY overeaten). AF cramps at night so bad it woke me up. (I think this was implantation day). Loose bowels.
4dp5dt & 5dp5dt- Vivid dreams, hot flashes, fatigue, AF cramps (but less so), heartburn (but not as much as before), insomnia, beginning an upper respiratory infection. Metallic taste gone. Loose bowels. Just "feel pregnant."
6dp5dt- Cough. Sore throat. Tender breasts. Mild AF cramps. BFP!

The only things I did differently this cycle were:
Cut out caffeine (I've been addicted to Diet Coke since college)
Cut out sugar
Cut out ALL artificial sweeteners
Switched from a pre-natal to Geritol (plus an additional folic acid supplement)
Ate pineapple for three days after transfer
Drank about a gallon of water a day from transfer day on.

This goes to show you that it's never too late, and that you should never stop trying!

Over 40 High FSH/Low AMH BFP!!

Hi everyone,

I spent the last week or so going through these boards looking at the symptoms, and I promised myself if I got a positive, I would post my story.
I just turned 40. After eight months of no success, we were advised to undergo treatment with IVF. To my major disappointment, my fsh was high and AMH low and so it was suggested that I would not be a good responder to IVF. It turned out I wasn't: only 3 eggs were retrieved at collection, and only two of them fertilized. Thankfully, they were high quality embryos though: one 7 cell and one 9 cell with hardly any fragmentation.

I guess one (or two?) of them implanted because just a few days after my three day transfer, I started feeling a little "off".

Food aversions were my first real clue. I love pecans and was not able to eat them without thinking of cockroaches and gagging
I started having cravings for high protein foods like red meat and pork chops (I am normally not a fan of meat)
Breasts started getting larger and sore
A few night sweats
On and off nausea

My first beta was only 12 at 8dpt
I started getting worried the next day because some of symptoms (like the nausea) disappeared, but at 12dpt my beta was at 58.
At 12 days post transfer, I still feel breast soreness and my appetite is completely gone.

It's early days yet, but I'm desperately hoping that everything continues to go smoothly.

Good luck everyone!

BFP With IVF #1 After 13 Months TTC!!

I can FINALLY submit my story!!!!!

We have been trying to conceive since November 2011 and after a lot of heartbreak we finally got our BFP today!

DH sperm checks out fine, all good there, I have very mild PCOS on my left ovary and very mild endo that got removed in June, but I also got tested for immune issues and had high natural killer cells, posititive anti-phospholipds and positive anti-nuclear antibodies, so basically my immune system could have been potentially destroying any embryo before it had a chance to implant, it also might not of though, it is one of those things that could be affecting fertility but we aren't 100% sure.

So this was my first IVF, 10 eggs retrieved, 6 fertilized, 1 blastocyst transferred on 15/12 and 4 embryos were frozen.

I have had a lot of cramping since the egg transfer, wasn't sure if this was normal or not so couldn't tell if it was a symptom. My boobs have been very sore since starting the medication for IVF so i couldn't rely on that either! I have had lots of AF type cramps and really thought I was out, but at 16dpo (11dp5dt) I got a really strong muscle type cramp on my left side when I turned over suddenly in bed, also got them again yesterday at 17dpo and thought they were a good sign because it was something I hadn't had before. My boobs are slightly veiny, I had to really study them though!

But really, not many symptoms, not sick, no great sense of smell, no blood nose, no metallic taste, no abundance of CM......just really AF cramps, tired and weeing a lot..nothing that couldn't be put down to usual AF symptoms!

Good luck to everyone, I hope you get your miracle soon!

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