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Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives


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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!

BFP After First Round IVF!! Endometriosis & Male Factor Infertility

Hi all, My husband (35) and I (35) have been TTC off and on for a year and a half. I have aggressive endometriosis and have had to have two laproscopic surgeries, and we found out that my husband had really high semen morphology (99%). Did three rounds of Clomid with IUI, then since the fertility odds were against us, decided to skip ahead to IVF with ICSI. Just found out today (16dpo11dpt) that I am pregnant! Because all the Crinone gel I'm using can mimic a lot of pregnancy symptoms, I tried not to get my hopes up every time my boobs felt sore or I got sleepy or burst into tears randomly like a nutjob. Plus, these symptoms were so fleeting and short-lived that I wasn't sure if they were anything at all. I took a pregnancy test at 9dpo and was BFN. Decided not to check again and let the bloodwork tell the story. Yesterday (15dpo10dpt) I was convinced AF was coming. Had cramps all day, felt heavy and achy down there, but no flow. Cramps usually happen after AF has begun, so this was my only shred of hope that something was up. Got blood drawn this AM and beta came back at 596! Still many obstacles to overcome, but I wanted to send reassurance to everyone TTC that you can have many physical challenges and still get there! 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!! Best of luck to all of you. I can't wait to read your BFP stories.

BFP after FET cycle

I am so thankful to finally be on here and after more than a year of TTC, I received my BFP on a EPT Sunday and I'm PG! It was a faint line and it was 6 dpt. I tested again 8 dpt and the line was darker. I had a HSC/LAP in July this year which turned out ok and have had so much BW, injections, and so many other tests. I am pretty exhausted and tired of being poked, but it is worth everything I've done. I am still doing P4 oil shots (which hurt so badly) and taking ERT to support the pregnancy. I have relatively ok health except for some terrible chronic issues from a car accident in 2007 and besides BC messing things up for me, steroid injections really messed up my hormones. I barely started to O regularly since February only on Metformin 500-1000 mg a day and over like 3 month period lost massive weight, which was scary. I took Clomid for many, many, months and it only managed to help me OV once last year in a 6 month period. I had a BOB with OPK/OPT and bought the clearblue monitor and also took my BBT regularly. I tried castor oil, yoga, reflexology, acupuncture, read books, and read many blogs. I tried eating organic and healthier and all it did was stress me out the more I did extra things and the more depressed I got. I got so deep in depression crying often and dealing with chronic pain all at once and it was very hard. I am 28 and I feel like I only have so much time and I have had so much questioning from people about "When will you guys have kids?" "Do you want kids?" I was so tired of being asked and all along know that I am trying so hard for it. It was so irritating and annoying. Then friends all around me kept popping up pregnant and said it took 3 months/7 months.... and so forth and I was happy for them but still unhappy about me being unsuccessful. I had irregular cycles after stopping BC and the cycles could be up to 40 days on Metformin when I did OV. I either had a cyst that kept releasing hormones or AO cycles. I think I drove my spouse crazy keeping my calendar clearly marked for the month and told him we had to BD every other day on week of O. It has been a roller coaster ride. I am glad we choose to do IVF versus trying IUI. I don't feel that would have worked for me. Although his SA was good and all my test were clear but something in between the whole process didn't work out and I didn't know what it was... and I was stressing a lot. I started to think about the story of Hannah in the Bible and pondered over it and also told myself Proverbs 3:5, 6 more than 100x a day. And just taking the example from Hannah, I prayed about the matter and let God know how I felt and wondered for months why I wasn't being blessed with such a great miracle. I started to feel he hadn't heard my petitions to him and felt hopeless. But just like the scriptures say that after she prayed so intensely to God- "her face became self-concerned no more." I had to keep telling myself that he had heard me but just because it doesn't come instantly doesn't mean it won't come at all. God did choose the right time for me because it made me closer to my spouse and also my stress went down when I was doing IVF and was more focused on following the doctor's instructions & making sure I took all the medication I needed to on-time. Our bodies can have malfunctions and not work properly- especially at the times we need it to. However, we can find encouragement through many avenues and many sources. My encouragement was doing things for others in turn helped encouraged me especially (at church), with friends, and family. I started working more on myself and building relationships and fix some that needed repairing. I had to keep socializing instead of just secluding myself because it made things worse to not have friendships. I had IVF in September 12 and because of OHSS my doctor decided to do a FET cycle the following month which was last month- October 12. This is my second RE, the first one just wasn't working out and we weren't getting anywhere after almost a year. So I knew I need to make changes and go with a better clinic and somewhere where the success rate was good. I am glad my doctor suggested to transfer one instead of two because of the risk involved. I think I would have been pregnant with twins and my frame is very small. That would have been too hard on me. I really don't have many symptoms yet and am only 4 weeks and a few days. I was told at 6 weeks I would see some symptoms. I just have bad fatigue and my appetite has increased quite a bit. I am drinking protein shakes and trying to gain more weight and taking my pre-natal vitamin daily. Today my HCG Beta 175, so PG is confirmed :) !!!! I go back in Friday for the next Beta. I'm beyond words excited and hope the pregnancy goes well. ***Baby dust to all ***

Embryo Donation/Adoption Works!

We were denied IVF due to low amh, high fsh, low responder, male factor. We decided to go with an Embryo Donation program in the Czech Republic. They transferred 2 perfect day 6 embies. 1dp6dt: Slight cramping, pretty mild but still can feel it. 2dp6dt: Slight cramping, pinching feeling in lower right side of tummy. 3dp6dt: Nausea, can’t eat dinner. The smell of cigarettes outside makes my stomach lurch. Boobies are KILLING me. Flew back to the US and so at 3.5dp6dt I caved in and took the HPT that reprofit gave me. I see a slight shadow. Hubby says he thinks it is an indent on the test. 4dp6dt: Got a definite positive on a First Response Early Response. I am blown away. Nausea is worse, still have the cramping and super tired. Bloody mucus when I blow my nose and bleeding gums when brushing teeth. 5dp6dt: Took another hpt. BFP! Even darker. Nausea, really sore boobies and tired. Feeling gassy and bloated. Backache. 6dp6dt: Another hpt. Even darker than yesterday, almost as dark as the control line! Nausea, sore bbs, tired, bloated, backache, some dark brown spotting. 7dp6dt: Beta 166! I am amazed at how fast that came back and at how high the number is! Hoping its twins?!?! Sore bb, nausea, tired backache and metal taste in mouth. Tastes like I am sucking on a penny. Ew! A little bit of pink spotting on my toilet paper twice, but none on pantyliner. It scared me half to death. Came home from work, ate dinner and fell asleep in my chair. 8dp6dt: No more spotting! Boobies are sore but not quite as bad as the past few days. Tired, metal taste in mouth, still light cramping. 9dp6dt: Second Beta drawn today. Won’t get results for two days. Super tired and nausea. Came home from work early to rest. Headache, sore boobies.