I only got my AF 6 months ago when my nursing daughter was 15 months (although we've been trying for a year), but cycles were very irregular... first one was 71 days! I started noticing a pattern though: stage before ovulation was around 25 days, then 2 days of positive opks, then I would ovulate 2 days later, followed by a 10 day luteal phase. This time around, I made sure to cover the 6 days up to and including the positive OPK's... except we didn't actually BD on actual ovulation day (life got in the way). 11 days later, POSITIVE! I kept track each cycle every day just so that I could compare them to one another and find some sort of continuity. So these symptoms weren't recorded through the "desperate to conceive" lens... I've had too many disappointments and was hardly thinking in that realm anymore.
0 DPO - Negative OPK, mild cramping on and off all day, lower tummy hurt, bloated and gassy
1 DPO - Very tender and bloated lower tummy
2 DPO - Bloated, very gassy, started breaking out! BFN
3 DPO - Watery cm randomly coming out in large quantities, strange jabbing pains in lower tummy, bloated and gassy, second line on opk but faint, poor sleep, stressful dreams, back ache, constipated, just felt very weird, BFN
4 DPO - Constipated, faint second line on OPK, very very bloated BFN
5 DPO - Bloated, emotional, woke up exhausted and nauseous but felt better as day went on
6 DPO - Bloated
7 DPO - Menstrual cramping, bloated, sore neck and back, headache, morning fatigue, BFN
8 DPO - BFN, dry
9 DPO - BFN, dry
10 DPO - Faint line on OPK and questionable line on HPT, feeling much better
11 DPO - Took 4 HPT's because I kept trying to verify that faint coloured questionable line again, and they all had it, picked up clear blue digital... BFP 1-2 weeks! Will take another tomorrow morning, very shocked! Thrilled!
***What I did that was different than other times: exclusively used Pre-Seed, BDed 4 days before and the 2 days of positive OPK's, plus the day after (even though I'm pretty sure I ovulated 2 days after), chilled out for about 20 minutes after sex before getting up and going about my business... who knows if any of that actually helped!