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Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives


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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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!


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!

BFP - IVF With Endometriosis and Tubal Ligation

Me - 29 DH - 36 TTC - 13 months BFP - First IVF Cycle I am so excited to post this! We started trying last year knowing it would be an up hill battle. This summer I had a cyst burst which was an indication that my endometriosis had flared. I went in for a lap at the end of Sept and found out the endo was bad. Lots of scar tissue and both tubes had hydrosalpinx. I went back in at the end of Oct. and had my tubes removed. I then started my first IVF cycle. Egg retrieval - 12/11/12 Egg transfer - 12/16/12 (2 blastocysts - 4AA, 4BB) Only symptoms was severe bloating (left over from fluid retention with trigger shot and progesterone) and fatigue. Nothing else!! Good luck to everyone! Baby dust!


Me 35 Husband 36 TTC +2 years Stage 3 endo diagnosed/laparoscopy earlier this year (I had no endo symptoms so it was a big surprise) Decided to do IVF after advice from consultant. First cycle we got a BFP. Cycle went 26 follicles, 18 eggs, 9 fertilized, 4 made it to blast, 1 ok to transfer the rest failed. Had acupuncture throughout including on the day of transfer. Took pregnancy vitamin supplements, ate healthy (minimized sugars) and no caffeine. Also did an ivf meditation cd for each of the 3 stages which helped keep me relaxed and sane. Drank masses of water and still am. Did not read any forums or websites throughout the cycle. Also cuddled my cat.. a lot!! Am now 7 weeks pregnant. Had 6 week scan and now waiting for one around 9 weeks. Had no obvious symptoms except for some cramping for 3 days which may have been due to implantation. Still don't have any symptoms except I am sleeping a lot more. Never thought this was going to happen for us, but have read this website many times and it always gave me hope. I hope our story gives you strength during difficult times and I wish you all the best with your journey.

BFP With IVF With ICSI - Low AMH, Male Factor... It Can Happen!

We have been trying for 1.5 years and finally got our BFP. Both me and my husband are 35. Our issue was low AMH and male factor. After one failed IUI, we decided to move to IVF with ICSI. We did our IVF in September - Had 8 eggs retrieved and 6 fertilized through ISCI. 2 were 8 cell grade AA. We did a 3 day transfer of 2 embroys and froze on on day 5. After my embryo transfer, I was just normal - felt great, had no sore breasts, no cramps, no nausea, nothing! I was not recommended to be on bed rest and in fact the next minute after the transfer, I was asked to get up and change my clothes. Then we went out for lunch and came home and just relaxed for a couple of hours. Then I was doing my normal chores as usual. I started testing on the cheap internet tests from day 7 and till day 9 I was getting negatives. I was so depressed and was crying most of the time. On day 10, I threw the internet cheapies and took a test with FRER and couldn't believe my eyes when I saw a faint line. I almost was 100% sure that I was not pregnant. Then I tested in Clear Blue Digital and First Response Early Response every 6 hours and could see the line getting darker. I was ecstatic. My first beta was 126 at 11dp3dt. Second beta was 304 at 13dp3dt I continued my POI and estrace supplements till my 8 week and was on progesterone suppositories for the 9th week. On my 10th week, I had stopped all my medications. Now I am on my 14th week and still do not have any symptoms, apart from being constantly hungry and some weight gain. No sore breasts, no cramps, no nausea - NOTHING! Please don't despair if you don't receive a positive result on your HPT. I would definitely suggest trying FRER instead of the cheapies - Would have saved me from the heartbreak and depression on the days after the transfer. Please don't worry if you don't have any symptoms at all. Please don't worry if you have less than average number of eggs retrieved and less fertilize. IVF journey is hard by itself. I was just clinging to faith and hope blindly. I did feel negative that the cycle will not work out all the time. I was only relieved when I went in for my 7th week scan to see the lil one moving its arms and legs all around. Again!!!! Don't feel down if you don't have symptoms or the symptoms are few and far between. Don't give up hope if your pregnancy tests come back negative. It ain't over till it's over!!

BFP After 2 Long Years!!!

In shock!! I promissed to share my story when I get a BFP and here I happy!!! I am 34 and DH 39 and I have pcos. We have been TTC for 2 years... we tried naturally for over 1 year, then moved to clomid (3 cycles) then to clomid + iui (2 cycles) and we got our little miracle in our 1st ivf cycle!!! My ivf was almost canceled as I wasn't responding well to the protocol. I had only 4 follicles in the first week and doc. said my chances were too small - they proceed only with minimum 6 follicles.. I asked doc. to continue trying and give a few more days before we give up. After a few days, 2 more follicles were visible!!! Doctor left up to me and DH to decide if we wanted to go ahead or cancel.... I said I just need one and I think my little miracle is in one of these follicles :-) To my disappointment, only 3 eggs were retrieved and only 1 fertilized naturally. You hear all the stories of women retrieving 20 eggs, with more than 10 fertilized... I was so devastated ... why does it have to happen with me? Why only One? I was so depressed but thank god work was keeping me busy... The next 3 days were a roller coaster... I kept thinking if my only little embryo had survived! What were the chances?? Well, when I got to the hospital for our 3dt, the doc said our embryo was a perfect 8 cell!! \o/ \o/ !!!!! I was crying and so excited when I saw the embryo on the screen... so perfect! The 2ww were the worst. I was on progesterone shots so could not know if my sore breasts were a sign of pregnancy or from the drug... I didn't feel any symptoms otherwise. I did HPT the night before my beta (10 dp3dt)... it was BFP - I never thought I would see 2 lines on a HPT!! I can't describe the happiness! DH and I saw it at the same time ... First beta was 116 (11 dp3dt) and beta #2 = 427 (14dp3dt)! Our blimp is hanging in there and making strides. My story proves that despite all the struggles and the odds playing against you, IT CAN STILL HAPPEN! So I am sending lots of baby dust to all of you strong women who are trying to become a mom! Good luck and believe it CAN happen! I just got the best Xmas gift ever! :-) we are praying that "blimp" grows healthy and strong!

IVF with Donor Egg a Success!

Me 45, DH 50 I met my husband late and didn't think being a mom was in the cards for me. It was a long journey to get here, and it was hard to accept that at my age, donor eggs were the safest way to proceed. But now, I can't imagine not taking this road because I get to be pregnant and give birth and be a mom - what a miracle. I read this site obsessively and vowed I would contribute when it was time. 5 day frozen blast transfer DET - cramping - BED REST 1 DPET - hot sweats, cramping, headache - BED REST 2 DPET - bloody nose out of no where, gassy - BED REST 3 DPET - itchy rash on stomach, insomnia - BACK TO WORK 4 DPET - pinching, tugging in uterus, nausea 5 DPET - cramping & sore breasts 6 DPET - cramping & sore breasts 7 DPET - break-out on chest, sore breasts 8 DPET - cramping 9 DPET - cramping & heart burn 10 DPET - woke up in hot sweat, cold like symptoms, first beta 100 12 DPET - second beta 204 - double = BFP 13 DPET - Had significant bleeding, thought it was over, doc said reaction to estrogen/progesterone vaginal suppositories, but did another beta to be sure. 15 DPET - 1736 - nausea & sore breasts continue Just had 7 week ultrasound yesterday and saw his little heart beating strong. My heart goes out to you all, whatever your story, whatever your past, I hope and pray your future brings the baby of your dreams!