I didn't like our chances of conceiving our second, as I'm currently exclusively breastfeeding my 8 month old at 2- 3 hourly intervals during the day, every day! Mind you, he has slept through the night since he was 3 months old, so my period returned at that time as well. We currently rarely need to breastfeed during the night.
It's also playing on my mind that the breastfeeding hormone, prolactin, may affect my pregnancy hormones, leading to a possible miscarriage, so I'm certainly keeping my fingers and toes crossed that this baby continues to grow in a healthy manner. (I will certainly update this post if a miscarriage were to occur in the future). As you can probably tell, I'm a bit of a realist when it comes to this stuff.
Anyhow, for any of those TTC who are breastfeeding and/or have ovulated quite late, here's my symptoms:
Not sure if I definitely ovulated the day before this, as I hate reading those cheaper ovulation test sticks. I find them to be quite unreliable. However, I must have ovulated around Day 21. Very late for me!
I love calamari, but couldn't finish a dish today because it made me feel queasy. A few light head spins in the evening.
2DPO When breastfeeding my son in the evening, my nipples felt super sensitive, to the point of making me feel a little I'll when he sucked hard at times. A little dizzy when standing up sometimes. Had a sex dream that night, which rarely occurs.
3DPO Felt sick after having a small amount of my usual morning coffee. Nipples still uncomfortable when feeding sometimes, but not all the time. A little tired that morning, tried to have a nap but unsuccessful.
4DPO Hazelnut chocolate tasted like dirt. Cramping and bloating.
5DPO Mild cramping.
6DPO No symptoms.
7DPO Lots of creamy CM. Went to the gym but didn't have the same energy that I usually do.
8DPO No symptoms.
9DPO Bloating, continued nipple discomfort.
10DPO Bloating, but weight has remained the same. I usually would have put on a kilogram or two by now if I was to get my period. Tingling sensation in right nipple during middle of day. Mild cramps in evening.
11DPO No symptoms.
12DPO No symptoms. With my first pregnancy, this is the day when I received a super faint positive, confirmed positive with a digital test the following day. So I tested today with a FRER, which was a definite negative.
13DPO Very scatterbrained today. Absolutely felt like I did when I had baby brain after giving birth to my first, with the influx of hormonal changes. Upset tummy in the morning. Took two HPTs, both definite negatives. At this point, I thought for sure I wasn't pregnant, and that the mild cramps I was experiencing were my period arriving, so I put a tampon in overnight.
14DPO Had a fresh tampon in during the morning. Changed it a few hours later and noticed a very slight dark pink discolouration on the tampon. Thought nothing of it.
15DPO Tested in the middle of the day as it was now Day 36 and no period! BFP!!!
Good luck to all those TTC.