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BFP 11DPO

I was told by my doctor that i couldnt have anymore Fermera (7.5mg) until I had a visit with her. So I was bummed this cycle as I knew I wouldn't ovulate and my cycle would just drag on. I was drinking Raspberry Leaf Tea a lot this cycle and noticed tons of EWCM around CD 17 ... Not taking it seriously we BD'd 3-4 times around that EWCM time.

O day - EWCM, shooting pain Left side.
1-5 DPO - nothing
6 DPoO - Gassy like crazy
7 DPO - when things started to change. I felt like AF was coming hard but one week early? thats odd for me
8 DPO - Bloated, and felt tons of pressure down below all day. Like aching heavy pressure
9 DPO - Same feeling but SO bloated. Like i was 6 months preggo. Pain and pressure. Feeling SO sleepy that I NEED a nap after work ( feel like I implanted this day
10 DPO - Feeling achy and bloated again but not so intense. When I wipe while on the toilet I see light pink watery CM ( hummm? period) later this day the colour was dark brown and very little.
11 DPO - BFP with FMU!!!!!

This is my 5th Pregnancy all others have resulted in miscarridge. Feeling hopeful.

Super faint BFP at 10 dpo

Hey everyone! Well my husband and I tried for 2 months this past March and April and then we found out we would be moving internationally so we decided to take a break for awhile so we could enjoy our travels and would think about having a baby later down the road. I was thinking it was going to take forever as my cycles has been messed up after having taken a birth control shot around a year ago and my cycles have always been long (>35 days).

Well, we have been in Europe for 2 months now and we are pregnant! I had only had 1 semi-normal 42 day cycle so I was totally shocked! I really enjoyed this website in the past to look at other people's symptoms and stories so I thought I would share mine in hopes of helping other people.

I had 5 days of EWCM and we did it on day 2 and 5 and I ovulated the 6th day. I am actually surprised at how late I ovulated after having had EWCM for so many days so my advice would be to keep BDing even after the fertile CM disappears.

O day (CD 22)- no CM, BD the night before, no symptoms
1 DPO- nothing
2 DPO- did a deep cleaning of our apartment and after my lower back killed all night long, I thought it was from vacuuming but this was new for me, I never have low back pain
3 and 4 DPO- I slept so much this weekend. I slept 13+ plus hours for 3 days in a row. It is not unlike me to sleep in but to sleep in 3 days straight and still feel tired was a bit odd. No CM.
5 DPO- Incredibly gassy, I usually eat pretty gluten free so this is very strange for me, I was so bloated and couldn't stop passing gas! I started to think maybe something was up.
6 DPO- Heartburn during sleeping
7 DPO- Super moody. Snapping at my husband for no reason. Had two glasses of wine that night and it tasted delicious- whoops (unlike what other women have experienced on here).
8 DPO- Started to run home with my dog because it started to rain and my boobs were SO sore! This never happens to me. I went home and took a test and a very very faint BFP. You had to squint but it was definitely there!
9 DPO- Another faint line on BFP
10 DPO- Line still faint but starting to get darker

I have a doctor appointment on 13 DPO to confirm. I hope that my BFPs will continue to get darker.

Good luck to everyone else!

BFP 9dpo following 2 miscarriages and with pcos

I know this is a cliche but I cannot believe it is our turn again. I promised myself I would post here if I ever was blessed with another bfp to inspire others as this site has been such a comfort during our ttc journey. I have 'skinny' pcos with long, irregular cycles. I have a four year old daughter who was conceived in the run up to our wedding. We have been trying for baby number 2 since April 2013. I had what they described as a 'chemical' pregnancy in July 2013. To say we were devastated was an understatement. I then went to fertility consultant and was started on clomid 50mg in March 2014. I was lucky to conceive 2nd cycle of clomid in April 2014. Roll on 8 weeks and we were devastated to learn of a missed miscarriage at approx 5-6 weeks. We were completely unprepared for this and I chose the medical management. Roll on 13 months later and I have done 3 rounds of tamoxifen with ovulation but no pregnancy, then finished the final 4 rounds of clomid. On to 6th and final cycle of clomid and went to our first ivf appointment on cycle day 49. Consultant tested amh level which to our relief was high at 54, however due to this and my pcos he was reluctant to start ivf due to high risk of hyper stimulation. He suggested ovarian diathermy which I was not keen on followed by iui. He also scanned me and noticed follicle on right ovary about to rupture and uterine lining thin. We used this last chance saloon and bd as often as we could. Cannot believe I'm posting my bfp story 9dpo. Praying for a sticky bean this time.
What I did: ovulation tracking, acupuncture, bd o-5, o-3, o-2, o-1, pineapple core post ovulation, wore socks post ovulation and used hot water bottle around uterus to keep womb 'warm'

1-2dpo, nothing, took daughter to theme park and went on all the rides
3dpo tender beasts (normal for me)
4dpo- backache, bloated, tender breasts, lots of walking
5dpo- backache, bloated, tender breasts, lots of walking
6dpo - bloated, tender breasts
7dpo - bloated, increased appetite, tender breasts
8dpo - gassy, fatigue, diarrhoea, tender breasts. Bloated
9dpo - tender breasts not so tender, fatigue, tested pm urine and got BFP on clear blue digital 1-2 weeks.

Pray for us that this little bean will stick and our journey through infertility and loss will have a happy ending.x

BFP at 36 years old using OPKs

Hi you lovely ladies,

As so many of you I have been stalking this forum (for years) and especially within the past 4 months.

A bit of background info: I've had a surprise BFP about 4.5 years ago. DH and I had just started to get over the shock (as I had been on the pill) and were really looking forward to being a family - when that pregnancy ended in a MC at 6 weeks. I was so heartbroken, looking back I should have gone to counselling. It took me a long time to move on. But that also made me realise how much I wanted a baby! However because of personal circumstances we waited another 3 years until we gave it a shot.

I finally came off the pill 1.5 years ago and we were going to let it happen naturally, without pressure. Well, nothing happened. My cycles were all over the place, from 24 days to 39 days. Additionally I found out that I had hyperthyroidism and my TSH was around 5, when it should be between 1-2 generally and around 1 when you are actively trying to conceive, so it was way too high to support a pregnancy. This might have been the cause for my earlier MC. Fortunately was easily fixed by taking one magic little pill each morning (for the rest of my life) and my blood tests now show a TSH about 1.
4 cycles ago I started using OPKs to give us a better chance at catching the egg. 3 cycles I tested positive on OPKs and we BD at the right times before and after the positive result, however the 4th time was a charm :)

Rainbow Baby BFP!

Hubs (37) and I (35) have always been of the mind that if "it happens it happens" but I've always been really irregular, and was told we may need to do Clomid etc. We never took action but in May we got a surprise BFP! Sadly, it was followed quickly by a miscarriage at 6.5 weeks. We were crushed so we decided to try right away and see what happened. I began charting my temps and using OPKs to get a grip on my irregular cycle. I used the miscarriage as the CD1 of my cycle, and I finally O'd at day 47, without ever having an AF. We did the BD and hoped for the best… I had heard you are more fertile after a MC so we figured why not take advantage. It worked out that we got a BFP without every having a full cycle after MC!

Some things we tried: Being irregular and "possible PCOS" (never diagnosed) I started to take a vitamin that include Vitex, myo-inositol and D-chiro inositol.. but not for long. I began to worry that I was screwing up my cycle worse, so I only took it approximately CD16-37 (with O on CD47). No idea if it made a difference. I also tried spearmint tea for PCOS. And we used Preseed every time.

3dpo - Light Cramps. A TINY bit of spotting
4dpo - Light Cramps.
5dpo - Weird dreams last night. Woke up congested/allergy symptoms. Short temper.
6dpo - Woke up in the middle of the night. Still feeling congested and sneezing like crazy. Can't stop yawning! Gas.. Twinges of pain in bbs and ovary.
7dpo - Hot at night and woke up a lot with strange dreams. Congested and sneezy again. Feeling sort of feverish and nauseous - but think it could be from drainage (gross). Feeling a little sick working on a computer. Headache. SUPER CRABBY. PMS?
8dpo - Crazy dreams again. Still congested/runny nose. Slightly short of breath but feeling like I am imaging everything. Overwhelming afternoon yawns. Felt sick after usual workout (but might be heat?)
9dpo - Cramps. Still sneezy but symptoms subsiding a bit. Still so tired though, especially in afternoon. A couple of people at work asked me if I am sick! (thanks). My skin and scalp are itchy.
10dpo - Woke up at night a lot again. Congested again and throat so itchy - it all mimics allergies only slightly worse. Pulling/discomfort at belly button. Sicker than normal riding in the car. BFN on Wondfo and Clear Blue Digital Weeks Predictor.
11dpo - Cramps. One streak of brown on toilet paper. Feels like AF is coming.
12dpo - Yawning and exhausted. Belly button feeling continues. BFP on same tests! (Digital says 1-2 weeks)
13dpo - Neck ache like I have the flu - still with the allergy symptoms and cramps.
14dpo - More energy today (but I've been trying to sleep more). Still flu-like neck ache and belly button pain.
15dpo - Feeling perfect today.
16dpo - Nipples starting to hurt/itch. BFP via blood test at Dr. (639hcg!)

Overall, allergy-like symptoms were the biggest sign for me (had this both times) and shortness of breath. Also, had light cramping consistently which normally I only get when AF shows up. Also, I never got a full positive on an OPK- though we did BD when it was "close" to dark enough.

Hoping for the best for us and that this gives hope to someone out there trying for a rainbow baby. :)

So incredibly grateful for my BFP!

Okay ladies,

So I have been obsessing over this site for over a year, and I promised myself that I would post my synptoms once I got my BFP because all of your stories helped me SO much throughout this process!

Little side note before we begin: I am 24, DH is 25. We have been trying since January and I got my BFP in June. Hubby and I agreed to "casually" TTC (HA!) for the first 6 months which meant I didn't chart, temp, or use OPKs so my story is a little different but I will give you all the info I can. I have a 34-35 day cycle, so I knew I ovulated later (thanks Glow and Google) but that's really all I know. We did do a couple of things different this month so here we go:
-I started taking a prenatal
-Attempted to BD every other day throughout cycle, and every day during projected fertile period
-I was seriously so RELAXED during the cycle I got my BFP. I was starting to get a little discouraged, but I promised DH that I would just chill the month it happened and...it did :)

Now for symptoms... I'm not exactly sure when I ovulated but I'm guessing somewhere around June 11-13? My period was due on June 26th, and I tested on June 29th...got an instant "pregnant 2-3" on CB digi. Surprisingly, my biggest symptom this month was lack of symptoms...y'all, I did NOT feel pregnant. Now, after the pregnancy test, I was kind of able to look back and say "Ohhh maybe THAT was why I felt this or that" so I will share those with you now, but honestly the only reason I took a test was because I was late. I didn't expect a pregnant!

- very tired (normal for me but just felt more intense than usual; like a lethargy I just could not overcome, honestly thought I was getting sick)
-breast tenderness, especially on the sides (this appeared shortly after my BFP and has intensified since; nips are also VERY sore and hqve changed shape/size/color)
-shortness of breath (looking back, this was the thing that should have made me test early! Walking from my car to the office, and I felt like I had just climbed Mt Everest, haha)
- dizzy spells (especially when hungry and if I got up too quickly)
-night nausea (WEIRD! I had this 3 nights in a row right before my BFP and kind of thought it was odd but didn't pay it too much attention)
-extreme agitation (DH and I thought we were in for a BAD AF!)
-pre-AF cramps that never progressed to full blown AF cramps (looking back, this and the shortness of breath should have given it away. These cramps (which I still have on and off at 7 weeks) were different from my AF cramps in that they were/are much lighter, a little further down, come and go, and are never "painful" like my usual AF pains)

And there you have it! Like I said, before my BFP, these "symptoms" were SO minute that I didn't even pick up on them. It wasnt until after I tested that I connected the dots. Today I am 6 weeks, 6 days and the nausea has picked up (early mornings and evenings when laying down), I have this constant gag-like pressure in the back of my throat, and I am simply exhausted...but baby is great so that is all that matters!!

I wish each and every one of you all the baby dust in the world, and am so happy to be able to share my story.

God bless!!!

One last note: NEVER give up and try to stay as relaxed as possible..things happen when you least expect them and God has His hand in it all. Easier said than done, but I just had to say it.

Baby dust, beautiful ladies!!! :)

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BFP with fibroids, spotting, short LP, hypothyroid

Hi all, writing because of how helpful everyone's stories were to me and because I believe so fully that the steps I took to get my BFP were critical and feel it's important to share in case it could be helpful to anyone out there! Hence the length of this post :)

DH and I are both 34. Started trying in August 2014 after having been off BCP for about 2.5 years. The prior December I had noticed spotting before AF which was new for me, but I guess since we weren't trying I wasn't that concerned/focused on it. But when nothing happened in the first two cycles I also realized my cycle was 27-29 days but my LP was only 9-11 days. Was concerned that I had low progesterone causing AF to come too soon, or maybe something on the other side of the cycle causing late/weak ovulation. So I went to see a gynecologist at a very well-respected practice/hospital to check things out. I was diagnosed there with small fibroids, largest was 2cm. Gyn said she wasn't concerned at all about the short LP or the fibroids and to keep trying. I was not satisfied with her response so in January I went to see a functional medicine doctor (more holistic/natural approach) to delve more into the issue (had to wait to switch from HMO to PPO insurance plan bc my PCP wouldn't refer me). She tested my blood for a laundry list of hormone, vitamin, blood lipid, and mineral levels and diagnosed me with estrogen dominance (VERY common if you've been on BCP - which I was for 17 years - but for some reason not always fully accepted/diagnosed in western medical community). Progesterone was normal at 19.5 ng/mL (?) at 7DPO but estradiol was way too high at 249 (pg/mL?) when the luteal phase range should have been 56-214. Whatever those units are supposed to be - very difficult to conceive with that ratio. And thyroid was sluggish, too with TSH at 3.05.

So for a few months she put me on an all-natural hormone balancing protocol to help reduce estradiol and prop up thyroid function. Daily I was taking:
-Estrium (a powdered mix you put into water or make a smoothie with which balances hormones);
-Advaclear (a liver support supplement as it's the liver that metabolizes/helps you excrete excess hormones including estrogen);
-FemOne (multivitamin formulated for women - with the right selenium/iodine to support thyroid function);
-vitamin D (4000 i.u. per day for 2 months and then down to 2000 i.u.);
-cod liver oil or fish oil;
-vitamin C;
-and a probiotic.

The other thing to note is that I've been on the paleo diet for about 4 years now and that the functional med doc told me this was the exact diet she would have put me on if i wasn't already on it. No gluten, no dairy (except I still use butter in cooking), no soy. So this would have been a big change too, had my dietary choices not already lined up with her recommendations.

Sounds like a lot but because I believed so strongly in everything I was doing it was no big deal at all. After two months no BFP but numbers were improving so I was optimistic. However TSH was still too high indicating a still-sluggish thyroid so I ALSO then went on 30mg of Armour Thyroid (the natural version of Synthroid). The reason we didn't start there was that excess estrogen/low thyroid can be chicken/egg situation so we isolated one thing first to see if balancing sex hormones would improve thyroid. Ultimately needed help with both. But anyway, after a few months of improvements to estrogen dominance (spotting went from 5 days pre-AF to 1 day), and literally just a few weeks on Armour, got my BFP. I'm 12 weeks now and just had an ultrasound where I saw the little guy/girl bouncing up a storm in there like a gummy bear!!!!!!

I wanted to write all this out because I so firmly believe that a good functional med doc can get to the bottom of things that a western med doc might not prioritize or even understand - they aren't necessarily trained in the subtleties of hormone interactions. My PCP actually said to me, "I don't know how to interpret these numbers." Thank goodness we do have western medicine - and the reproductive technology to assist when that's what is needed - but this isn't always necessary or even appropriate as an approach. Case in point: during this time I also went to a fertility clinic to get genetic testing and a fertility workup and they straight up told me that all my levels were good (AMH, FSH, etc) so if we hadn't conceived in our 6-7 months of trying (plus the prior 2.5 years of "pulling out") that our chances were less than 4% of conceiving naturally. Literally the day after she told me this we conceived.

PCOS & Clomid Round 5...hoping this BFP sticks!

I have PCOS and started working with my doctor about 8 months ago with the goal of getting pregnant. I rarely have a period (usually once every few months), so I knew ovulating was going to be an issue. My doctor prescribed Provera and Clomid. I didn't ovulate on 50 mg or 100 mg of Clomid (progesterone 0.2), then at 150 mg my progesterone was 34 so I was stoked that I ovulated. Honestly, during that cycle, I was feeling pretty discouraged and probably didn't BD as much as I should have during my window, so no pregnancy. I went into the next 150 mg round hopeful and had no success.

Needless to say, with this round, I was feeling pretty down on myself that I would never get pregnant or ovulate. Regardless, DH and I had sex like bunnies all week to cover our bases. I had a few close to positive OPK's around CD 14-17, but nothing positive. I FINALLY got a positive OPK on CD 20. I went in as scheduled to get my progesterone bloodwork done on CD 21, and it came back 0.2 again. Feeling pretty bummed, I temped for a day or two after that and didn't have an increase, so I pretty much stopped paying attention and looking for possible symptoms.

When my doctor called this week with the progesterone results, she suggested that if I do another cycle, instead of upping the dose to 200 mg Clomid, we do the Provera and 150 mg Clomid, then ultrasound during probable ovulation time and medication to trigger ovulation. She told me to wait a few more days and take a pregnancy test just to be absolutely sure I wasn't preggo before starting Provera.

I temped a few times this week and noticed my temperature times were slightly up, and that I had some breast and underarm tenderness. I took a Wondfo dip strip test yesterday (CD 34), and imagine my shock when I saw a very faint pink line! I spent all day second-guessing myself but promising that I wouldn't take another test until this morning. I took another Wondfo as well as an Answer lab strip test (which are known for not showing positive until WAY down the line), and both tests were super dark positive lines! I'm going in for my blood test this afternoon! I know how common it is to miscarry early, so I'm half-excited and half-freaking out, telling myself not to get my hopes up for another seven weeks or so. My guess is that I ovulated right after my progesterone test on CD 21 and that's why it came up negative. My other guess is that I need to calm the heck down and stop stalking internet pregnancy forums, but I JUST CAN'T STOP. IT'S BABY CRACK.

I should note that over the last month I've really gone above and beyond as far as diet and exercise go. I've always been very active and healthy, but this month I noticed a few extra pounds accumulating and followed this diet:
Monday-Friday I went mostly vegetarian or pescatarian, got my sugars from fruits or raw honey pretty much exclusively (and didn't have those in high quantities, either), didn't eat dairy and kept it gluten-free. I ate lots of raw veggies, lentils, beans, nuts and chickpeas, and made a conscious effort to find appealing salad recipes to keep things interesting. I also didn't drink on the weekdays (whereas typically I'd have a drink every night, weekends several). I will say that I cheated like crazy on the weekends, because let's be honest, who the hell can eat that clean every day??? I don't know if the diet was what did it, but I lost 9 pounds, so who cares! I'll keep it up, especially now that I may have a little bun in the oven to nourish!

In the photo, the top test is the one I took yesterday (urine was a little diluted as I was EXTREMELY THIRSTY and chugged water all night...maybe a symptom or maybe just losing my mind). Bottom two are the ones I took this morning, same urine sample.

Sorry so long, just wanted to be as detailed as possible for all of you who are obsessively reading this over like I have! Best of luck and baby dust to all!

Still in shock....bfp at 13dpo!

Hubby and I have been trying for about 8 months now. Every month I thought "this is it", I was way off and so disappointed! This month we bd'd on all the right days but I thought for sure I was out! Here's my dpo symptom (or lack of) list!

0-12dpo- zero symptoms....literally zero! My boobs hurt a lot but that happens every month after O. On day 12 my temp dropped quite a bit so I thought I was definitely out and then before bed I saw a teeny tiny spot of pinkish brown discharge in my undies....thought my period was coming!

13dpo- woke up and temp had sky rocketed!! Took a dollar store test and it was faint. Went to walgreens few hours later and took a frer....definite line! Took another at 930 pm cuz all the cramping was making me nervous and it was solid!!

We are so so excited! I surprised my hubby with a father's day card and he was in complete shock! Things I did, in case anyone is wondering, used soft cups after bd....used preseed every time....and progesterone cream.

Pregnant after Depo-Provera

So i wanna start out by saying, how crazy all this stuff can be! Everything i've read online says, it'll take a year or more for Depo to get out of you body for you to even attempt to try to get pregnant. So heres my story!

I've been on the depo shot since i was 17. I'm 23, almost 24. Married. My last depo shot was July 2014. We knew we wanted to have children, so i stopped the shot right before we got married. So i did not receive my next shot in October. In November, i was feeling so pregnant, which i knew i couldn't be yet. But the symptoms were all there. Huge boobs, sore, nauseous, overly tired. After about a month of feeling like that, i finally started to feel like myself again. So in February, i got a light period. First once i have had since high school. So when i got a regular period in March, we were pretty excited. in April, i got some OPK test, and they came out positive around cycle day 16. so we tried for the next 6 or 7 day to be on the safe side. But in May, i got a heavy heavy period for like 6 days. it was so heavy, nothing i had ever experienced before. big blood clots also. So i couldn't decide what exactly it was. But i still wanted to test with ovulation. So i got the Clear Blue that has the 2 peak symbols. I didn't ovulate until cycle day 26 or so. SO very late. So i would have ovulated around the first of June. So i've been waiting for my period, thinking well, i know its gunna be later now because i ovulated late. I took a Clear Blue pregnancy weeks estimater test on Wednesday after the gym. So it was around noon. and it came out BFP!!!!!!!!!! says 1-2 weeks. I wasn't feeling any symptoms, except being extremely forgetful and not being able to focus at work, which is the complete opppsite of me. and my boobs were started to get a bit sore, but i figured it was my period coming. we did a blood test on Thursday, the results will be told to us on Monday. But i do have pretty sore boobs. light cramping. And the Drs said if i took a test and it said i was, then i am. So we are excited, but hoping everything goes as planned!!! But Depo works differently in everyone! so keep your hopes and heads held high!! <3

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