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Bfp at 12dpo!

First of all, I am SO excited to finally be able to post on this site. I gave up writing down symptoms with my first child and wasn't able to so I promised myself I wouldn't do that so I could contribute this go round.

A little bit of my backstory: I have a 19 month old son. When he was about 8 months old I started praying that when it was the perfect time for our family to expand God would tell me by telling my husband. This is a feat in and of itself because he is not an emotional guy and I wasn't convinced he wanted more kids. I just kept praying and praying and eventually by the grace of God on Christmas day 2015 he said he was ready. I could not believe it! Well, along with that prayer I also prayed that when the time came we would get pregnant easily (as my first round took quite a while) So, we began trying in January and it was not successful but I stayed strong in my faith knowing God put it on my husbands heart which meant it was time. February rolls around and it worked! God is so good and when you let him guide your steps you can't go wrong!

I got an Extremely faint could've been my imagination faint bfp at 7 dpo and then a bfn at 10 dpo and a bfp at 12dpo!!! Below is my symptoms by dpo..

1dpo- Lots of ewcm, crying over nothing, extreme peck muscle pain like I did a million push ups
2dpo- very sore nips, gassy, snotty cm, starving, acne
3dpo-Snotty cm, itchy everywhere, dreamt last night got bfp, breast tenderness
4dpo-Emotional, Starving, breast tenderness, bubbly feeling in pelvis
5dpo- Nips and chest muscles very sore again, bloated, sharp vaginal pains, hungry, itchy, another bfp dream
6dpo- Very crampy, milky cm, slight breast tenderness, crampy
7dpo- Crampy, sore throat, extreme back and leg pain, restless sleep, vvv faint bfp?!
8dpo-Low back pain, crampy, mood swings, slight breast tenderness
9dpo-Exhausted, rectal pressure, constipated, not as hungry, dizzy spells
10dpo- Gassy, crampy, right ovary pain, constipated, rectal pressure, exhausted, happy, slightly nauseated bfn.
11dpo- Jittery hands shaking, little dizzy, waves of nausea, happy, crampy upon sudden movement, burning in pelvis
12dpo- Bfp!!!!!!!!!

The main things that were different for me this month were: sore nips, and dizzy spells. And when I got jittery I recalled having that my last pregnancy which is what made me test the next day!

I'm so excited to welcome baby number two God is so so so good!!! Best wishes and baby dust to you all!

pregnant at 40 1/2!!

I really can't believe it happened so quickly. We've been TTC for 3 months. Things I did this month:
-charted my basal body temperatures
-drank ridiculously healthy green smoothies regularly (banana, carrot, spinach/kale, protein powder (hemp, so lots of fiber + protein), greens powder, acai powder, chia seeds, spirulina, water)
-tried to eat better, feed the good gut bacteria healthy food, see above
-specifically, cut down on chocolate bars my husband pressures me into at night (ha)
-I didn't cut down on caffeine because I'm powerless against the almighty bean

Charting my temps again was key (I have two other kids, 3 and 11mo, and charted for both of them). Showed me that I was ovulating, and when. I knew from before that I'm a late O'er (usually CD17-19). We BD'd on CD16. Then a couple days later in the evening I felt an O pain/ache in my right side. The next morning my temp jumped 0.3C (0.5F). That was confirmation that I'd O'd. So I ordered my husband to bed me and used him mercilessly and then told him to go make me a sandwich (kidding, it was 6am, I demanded coffee).

Then, the dreaded TWW. But actually, these past few months during the second half of my cycle, I wait, in fear, of my pms mood swings. It's been absolutely terrible these past few months, so bad that I knew I had to act. So the healthy eating part was a first attempt at that. Did you know that in imbalance of gut bacteria species (the unbalance brought on by bad eating) can cause anxiety and depression? Truth. So that motivated me. There's never any disadvantage to eating healthier!

And what do you know, each day I waited for the rage to build inside me and instead my insides were bursting with joyous fairies and songbirds! Maybe an exaggeration... I was in a great mood almost the whole TWW. THere were a couple of low days, but a ridiculously huge improvement over last month. High energy, etc.

Barely any pregnancy symptoms! Except if you count 'good mood, high energy'. Good appetite, but a few days I went most of the day without eating (life of a busy mother) so it's not like I was feeling especially hungry. No boob soreness whatsoever. Near the end of the TWW I could tell I was a bit more hot than usual, and when I bent over my head would hurt (like there was extra blood pressure). I had a vague, steady minor ache in the uterus area (like where your jeans zipper is) the last few days. My temps stayed high, which I was really happy about regardless.

My temp was still high at CD31 (day of or day before period was due). This, wouldn't you know it, was the day of my husband's 40th birthday party. It was the first day in 6 months we had planned to get a babysitter and get a break from our delightful high-maintenance kids. We were living for this day. Sit at a pub, drink, friends, ahhh......
So I take the test, it's negative. Oh well, okay, woohoo! Let's go drinking like the old days!!! Hubby asked if I was pregnant, I told him no, he was fine and happy I could party with him!

Then a few hours later I couldn't help myself, and I fished the test out of the trash. I couldn't believe my eyes... there was a second line.

But could it be the dreaded evap line of lore? So I took another test and waited a little longer this time... yep, there's the faint line again. Wow. By this time the babysitter's here, the kids are wild... We finally escape, we're driving to the train station, he's talking about how he's almost glad I'm not pregnant and so excited to have fun together, because remember, readers, we literally NEVER get kid-free leisure time like EVER ... this is kid-in-Disneyland level excitement for us, sad as it is. I decide I have to bring it up. "So I have something to tell you..." "WHAT??! Why did you lie to me earlier???! No no no!!!" So then I had to explain the whole test-out-of-the-trash timeline, we both yell bad words in surprise of the news and bad timing, and he still didn't believe me so he insisted we stop at a chemist and buy another test, this time one of those digital ones that actually say "pregnant" so there was no mistaking it. I have to slip into a pub bathroom (classy!) and pee on the stick. Pregnant, 1-2 weeks. I show him: "Do you believe me now??" And we sit on the train in half a daze, processing that we're actually crazy enough to have a 3rd kid, feeling sorry for myself that I now have to stay sober on my ONE day out, we have to buy a bigger car, we need a bigger house, do we tell people?

I had to tell a lot of people why I wasn't drinking that afternoon, so here's hoping this is a sticky bean!!

Baby dust to all of you, and remember, take control of what you can control. Chart your temps (take your bbt correctly! google that shit) and feed your body real food. Good luck!!!

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BFP after 8 months - ZERO symptoms in tww

This is to encourage the over-analyzers like me, who google obsessively and over-think every little (PMS!!) symptom in the tww. I would get all the typical "pregnancy" symptoms every month (sore boobs, fatigue, fluttery-like dull cramps) around 8 or 9 DPO and then a few days later my period would be like "get over yourself it's just meee!" This past month I was starting to really feel like something must be wrong with me; I am an avid charter (started charting as pregnancy prevention 2 years ago) and have very regular cycles, am 25 years old, and have no health issues. I really thought it would happen for us right away. I know a lot of people try for longer than 8 months, but it starts to FEEL like a long time after about 4 or 5 I think. Anyway, this month during the tww I never got those symptoms. Like, I felt nothing at all! This actually gave me some hope because it was just something DIFFERENT than the usual. At 11 DPO, still with no noticeable symptoms, I decided to test with a FRER first thing in the morning and it was a faint but clear positive!! Since then they have been getting darker and darker. So so thankful and I know that God's timing is so much better than mine.

I should note there are a couple of things we did differently this cycle. I started a new multivitamin (Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal) after reading about folate vs folic acid. After CD 14-18 came and went I started getting all stressed out that ovulation was delayed (thought maybe it could be the change in vitamin??) so my husband and I just had sex every other day not really knowing when I was going to ovulate. Usually we do it every single day in the fertile window (which IS recommended, just interesting that the first month we didn't do that is the month we got the bfp!). I finally did ovulate on CD 21. We always use pre-seed and I always wait about 30 minutes before getting up afterward. Also I probably had less cm overall this cycle than ever, so maybe the pre-seed helped me out.

Now that I have officially missed my period and am almost 5 weeks, I am starting to feel the symptoms. VERY sore boobs, so tired, and even a little bit of taste/smell sensitivity. Nothing too crazy though. We are telling my parents tonight!

bfp with PCOS thanks to GOD and femara/letrozole

I am in total shock I'm here, honestly .. 12 tests later and I'm still in denial, it doesn't seem real! Just two days ago ,I was getting bfns!!!! Okay anyway,
Took femara 5-9 5mgs , I had 4 failed rounds prior to this round , but those were 2.5 mgs, I don't think I was responding the low dose.
This bfp was such a shock , I wasn't expecting faint lines at 9dpo!!!! We BD my whole fertile week! Only BD once daily. I never worried this month , and we had been trying for 2.5 years due to my Pcos , I had a healthy DD in 2010 so I had forgotten how pregnancy felt ...but honestly I kept feeling hopeful , I had tons of faith , I felt good about this month and prayed the whole month through , not one time this month did I feel out... Which eventually I had always felt out at some point in my cycles...but not this one..

Cd14 negative opks , BD
CD15 negative opks, BD
Cd16 negative opk BD
Cd17 positive opk BD
Cd18 negative opks, (Ovulation day) BD
1dpo no symptoms. Didn't think I ovulated because I had no pains or cramps ,just mild stomach digging (felt like AF was coming)
2dpo no symptoms , was still hopeful. Not worried.
3dpo Lotiony cm, right ovary twinges , even though I'm positive I ovulated from left ovary.... I that that was weird.. I remember describing them as ovary electric shocks or pulses. Didn't hurt...
4dpo watery cm , insomnia started ... All of a sudden I was up until 4-9 am , no sleep! And wasn't tired ...I thought it was from drinking Pepsi before bedtime.... But the insomnia continued for days after!!! (Weird for me) I usually get a night of insomnia the day before AF..
5dpo watery cm, insomnia again ...didn't fall asleep until 8am, warm legs.. Still hopeful
6dpo insomnia , didn't fall asleep until 7am...no other symptoms (I didn't realize insomnia was a symptom until I got my bfp and thought about what was different..)
7dpo insomnia , didn't sleep until 11am!!!! Stuffy nostril for a a hour ? (Still didn't assume pregnancy )
8dpo bfn !! No symptoms
9dpo atleast 6 reallyyy faint almost non existent lines , didn't believe them at all!! No symptoms...
10dpo lines are MUCH darker and no doubt about it , immediately thanked god a thousand times!!! Femara worked , god heard my prayers!!

Symptoms leading to BFP after multiple BFN

Hi. I would like to start by saying the only reason I an creating this is because I google everything during my tww and all before that. It is what helped keep me sane through this whole process. I am very early in my pregnancy not even 3 wks yet; However, I just knew immediately following ovulation that this was my month. I am going to list all my symptoms in hope that this will be beneficial to someone else who is questionable about being pregnant. Yes I felt my symptoms right away, and logged everything. My last real AF was Dec 20th.
Spotted Jan 12th, and 13th.
Started trying to conceive on Jan 13th.
Conceived: Feb 8th.
Symptoms by DPO:
Started ovulating on Feb 8th.
Had cramps leading up to ovulation.
1DPO - Still pos opk.. cramps only.
2DPO - Strong pos opk. Cramps still.
3DPO - still strong pos opk. Cramps only.
4DPO - Light opk. Cramps still.
5DPO - Uti feel, bloating, irritable, tired, breast soreness, nipple soreness. Constipation.
6DPO - Uti feel. No discharge whatsoever. Very tired, tender bb's, tender nipples, cramps.
7DPO - Tender bb's tender nipples, very tired, still no discharge. Bb's feel heavy.
8DPO - No discharge. Very irritable. Feeling volatile. Backaches, heavy bloating, cramps, joint pains, tender bb's, tender nipples.
9DPO - Tender heavy breasts. Still no discharge.
10 DPO - Fatigued, irritable, lower backache, joint pains, minimal nausea, heavy bloating, bad gas, tender bb's tender nipples.
11DPO - Tingly swollen breasts, pinching in pelvic area, shooting pains even. Faint frer. I mean super faint.
12DPO - Bloating, cramps, backache, tender swollen breasts. Tender nipples, body aches.
13DPO - Irritable. Bloating. Tender swollen bb's, nipples. Anger, cramps, dizziness, egg white CM. BFP on frer!!!!!
14dpo - Acne, backache, bodyaches, bb's are now huge, tender and swollen. Tender nipples. Fatigue. Frequent urination. Irritable. Egg white CM. Joint pains, headache, concentration problems (probably cause I was so happy about the Bfp. Body aches, back aches.
15DPO - Missed period, engorged bb's. Very tired, went to first doc appt. Blood test revealed an HCG level of 61. 2 wks pregnant. Acne, low back pain, constipation. Frequent urination. Cramps.
16DPO - (Today) very sore engorged bb's, a touch of nausea, right ovary tenderness, bloating, increased hunger. Frequent urination. Constipation. Egg white CM.

PS. The whole time from ovulation to how I've had frequent urination, constant hunger, bloating, sore bb's, and fatigue. I also had 2 lines on all opk's since 2 DPO.

Wow, BFP... Unexpected

DPO 0 - tricky one. It is possible that I actually ovulated 3 days later. However, I can't confirm because I don't track ovulation.

There wasn't activity every day, so I'll just skip a bit.

DPO 3 - Very intense one-sided ovulation cramps. Was it ovulation? I am unsure.
DPO 5 - Excruciating headache. Possibly one of the worst headaches I've ever had. All I could do was sleep.
DPO 6 - Headache gone. When brushing my teeth that evening, noticed gums were slightly bleeding. Never happened again.
DPO 7 to present (DPO 19) cramping every day. Cramps while not painful were certainly uncomfortable. Would last for 1-2 minutes.

Notable adds:
Several EXTREMELY vivid dreams. I was constipated (tmi) almost the entire time and would sometimes get winded walking up stairs, strange. Developed a stuffy nose around DPO 14 that does not want to go away.

Hpt DPO 13, bfn
Felt like menstrual cycle was going to begin, but no.
Hpt DPO 17, the faintest BFP you've EVER seen. It required squinting.
Hpt DPO 18, faint but decisive. Hpt later on DPO 18 darker.

. . . . . . . God is very good!

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Bfp 11 dpo

Hello! I've been lurking this site for 5 months now hoping to post my own! We just received our BFP for our second child today! I O'd on CD 18 of a 26 day cycle (confirmed by temps and OPKs), so I thought I was out.

The two biggest symptoms for me were 1. Gas...so much gas! From 1DPO-BFP and 2. Breast not as sensitive as they usually are during PMS. I had a huge temp tip below cover line on 10 DPO.

Cervix stayed high, firm and closed after O. CM was mainly dry. Aside from gas and heightened sense of smell, 1-8 DPO was pretty uneventful.

8 DPO-11 DPO: dizziness, hot flashes, nausea, lower back ache and leg ache.

CLEAR POSITIVE ON VALENTINES! (progesterone note)

Sorry if it's long, I just hope this helps someone:
Target brand OPK. I started using them 15 days post AF due to long/irregular cycles, first time using OPKs. Got a clear positive on day 5/7 and had seen a light second line on every other day. Clearly lightening again on day 7. I had no idea what to expect. But, by chance we had 'lots of fun' the days before I got the positive OPK. Nothing after, as I was more interested in figuring out my cycle then conceiving.
Because I knew we hit the days before I ovulated, I couldn't help but mark two weeks away in my mind.
Took a First Response early detection on both 9/10 DPO and 10/11 DPO (not entirely sure how long after OPK surge I ovulated) and got a VERY faint but visible line both days.
Took a clear blue digital first thing this morning 11/12 DPO and there it is, no guessing, just PREGNANT.

My husband is getting a positive preg test for valentines! Sleeping right now with NO IDEA! I seriously couldn't have planned this better. Hope he hasn't planned a dinner at the wine bar lol.

PROGESTERONE:
After the birth of my 22 month old, AF never came back, thus I had some hormonal blood work done. Imagine my surprise to find out I was 4 weeks pregnant about 14 months later (no AF). I ended-up having a MC at 6weeks - found out at 10. My previous blood work had shown very low progesterone levels, but this was not addressed in my to-be-failed pregnancy (my doctor figured it must have corrected in order to be pregnant). Turns out post-MC my levels were basically 0 - which is more than likely the reason it happened.
Since then I have been on a daily 200mg oral does of progesterone pills to regulate my periods and build a healthy lining for another baby if I should fall pregnant. Two cycles later here I am. I will make an appointment with OBGYN and likely be switched to a more intense form/admin of progesterone.

Lesbian BFP

This was my wife's and my second month TTC and we got our BFP at 11dpo/CD31. I feel like we have been TTC for three years since we found our sperm donor that long ago but didn't actually start inseminations until 2 months ago. For other lesbian couples who read this page and want the low-down on known donor at-home insemination with fresh (not frozen) sperm, here's what worked for us!

We inseminated on Cycle Days 13, 15, 16, 18, and 19 with 24-48 hours between each one. I ovulated on CD19 (later than I thought I would) and had some spotting that day. I had EWCM on CD 18 and 19 positive OPK on CD19, and ferning salvia and CD 18 and 19. (We used a little microscope used for putting a drop of your spit and looking at it - if it looks like nothing you're not fertile, if it is making a ferning pattern you are fertile. It was great because I could test unlimited times with the one thing unlike OPKs.)

This month we added in using PreSeed. My wife put some in me and we'd let it warm up to body temp for 5 minutes, then do the insemination. Our donor made his deposit into a sterile plastic cup we had bought online and had put between my boobs to warm up first. His wife (our best friend, 5 month prego!) would immediately bring the cup in to my wife (keeping it body temp between her boobs on the walk between rooms) and I'd already have my pants off and butt propped up on a couple of pillows. My wife used a sterile plastic syringe (bought in the same insemination kit online) to suck up the semen and then would feel for my cervix with one hand's fingers and put in the syringe with the other hand. (Sorry to be graphic but this is what I wished I had known that is so hard to find!) She would get the syringe close to the cervix but not directly on it and SLOWLY push it out as the nurse midwife had shown us how to do in a preconception appointment, kind of aiming to coat the cervix. I'd lay there for 15+ minutes and try to have an orgasm. Then she'd put in a soft cup (same kit again) and I'd get up and dressed. This was all done in the spare bedroom of our donor's apartment. (They live 2 hours away so we drive to them instead of them coming to us at our home. Sometimes we slept over, sometimes made the drive up and back in a night. Exhausting!) I left the cup in overnight each time.

This month I also upped my acupuncture appointments from once a week to twice a week and my acupuncturist used extra moxa. I never did BBT. I drank both FertiliTea and red raspberry leaf tea this month and didn't last month. I have been having one cup of coffee per day and taking a prenatal vitamin for 3 months (and no smoking or drinking). I also had the worst obsessing freaking out TWW our first month and this time was so much more relaxed. (I was positive I was pregnant last month and didn't think I was this month.) I used the Kindara app the first month and then this month also used Ovia and Glow. All three gave me different predictions with the same data so it helped me not to rely on one app's guess too much but also get a good sense of the range of fertile days and the range of when the peak day might be coming. Also different from last month is that we always waited at least 24 hours between inseminations (last time we did one at night, sleep over, and one in the morning before we left for work, leaving less than 12 hours in between). At the insemination on CD18 this month I told my wife I had a feeling we had just conceived.

Symptoms: Nothing out of the ordinary. Sore boobs, less so than for my typical PMS. Really little bit of nausea with breakfast on CD 10 and 11. White creamy CM and feeling bloated the last several days. No spotting since ovulation.

9dpo: Negative FRER with FMU
11dpo: I thought I had line eyes! It was so so faint (FRER) that I threw it out and told my wife it was negative, which I thought it was. (I fished it back out the next day and we saw there actually is kinda a vvvvvvfl.)
12dpo: Positive FRER!!! Faint second line with FMU. My wife casually told me she saw a faint line but she was confused because she had been seeing my faint line OPKs where a faint second line is a negative and the darkness of the line actually matters. I was like UM NO A LINE IS A LINE but kind of didn't believe it either. Took a ClearBlue digital in the afternoon that said Not Pregnant. Took two cheapo pink dye sticks in the evening that also had faint second lines (one barely visible like 11dpo FRER, one clear). I'd usually start spotting before my period around this point in my cycle.
13dpo: Peed on three brands of stick with FMU and all BFP! We called the closest people who knew we were TTC to tell them that day. The donor's first words were "I did it!" LOL
14dpo: Ran out of FRER but took the two cheapo sticks with FMU and both BFP. Darker second line each of the 4 days in a row. No AF! Hoping it sticks.

BFP 6 months after MC

Yesterday (2/6/16) I officially confirmed that I am pregnant with First Reponse Early Response (FRER) dye AND digital tests. I am thrilled, anxious and still in a little bit of disbelief! But I wanted to make sure I wrote down and shared my experience this cycle -- hopefully it will help someone else, or even myself in the future.

I had an early miscarriage last August. After that, I downloaded the “Clue” app and started tracking my cycle each month. My cycles were very irregular at first, but in the past few months they have become somewhat more predictable. This was only my second cycle using OPKs.

Last cycle was 28 days, with a 10ish day luteal phase. So I was expecting the same this month. I didn’t end up ovulating until much later in my cycle though.

CD19: Unprotected sex; negative OPK
CD20: Negative OPK
CD21: Negative OPK (at this point, I was thinking maybe ovulation wasn’t in the stars for this cycle)
CD22: Positive OPK in the evening (woo! I almost didn’t even test today because I was feeling so discouraged after a string of negatives); globular, watery CM (almost like I peed myself); unprotected sex after seeing positive OPK
CD23: Another positive OPK; more unprotected sex; small twinges in my pelvic area that I assumed were ovulation cramps
CD24: Unprotected sex; OPK back to negative (according to Clue, this was my actual ovulation day)
CD25: Tender breasts; negative OPK
CD26: Tender breasts
CD27: Unprotected sex; watery CM; bloated/gassy; face broke out a little bit (usually happens leading up to period)
CD28: A little nauseous; skin not looking great; took a HPT because I’m crazy (obviously it was negative)
CD29: Had a GYN appointment
CD30: Went to the bathroom mid-morning and had some very light brown discharge/spotting on my pantyliner and a little more went in the toilet when I peed; I chalked this up to my pap smear the day before… now I think this was definitely implantation bleeding!
CD31: Negative HPT; skin back to normal
CD32: Negative HPT in the AM; squinter in the evening before I went to bed (Wondfo brand); tender breasts throughout the day (they were especially sore when I first woke up in the morning); very tired at work
CD33: Mind was racing all night; took another Wondfo test at 2 am… a very, very faint line showed up again. To see if it was an evap line, I dipped another test in water and it was stark white. I took a few more Wondfos over the next few hours. One was stark white (my pee was probably just not concentrated enough from going so much!), but another had the faint line. Ended up going to CVS to pick-up a FRER digital/dye test package AND the CVS digitial (generic version of Clear Blue Digital). Dipped the tests in the same urine I used for the faint positive Wondfo earlier. Got negatives on the CVS tests but CLEAR POSITIVES on both the FRER tests! I’ve read that FRER is much more sensitive, so I am 100% confident these are my BFPs. I will probably retest with the Clear Blue or CVS brand in a few days when my hcg has a chance to rise. Took another Wondfo a couple hours after getting the FRER positives just for peace of mind, and the line is definitely getting darker. Other symptoms: felt a little nauseous in the morning, and my breasts have been very tender all day (even a bit sore around my ribs right under my right boob). I’m currently wearing a sports bra, and it’s uncomfortable.
Just like my last pregnancy, the sore boobs were really the first symptom. Clue was predicting that my period would start on CD35, so the FRER showed results two days before my missed period (~9 dpo). Wondfo gave me a squinter three days before my missed period (~8 dpo).
CD34: BFP with CB Digital

I really hope this one sticks. Appreciate any prayers/positive thoughts you can send our way! I’m calling my doctor on Monday to schedule my first appointment. Hopefully I’ll be able to get in sooner than the standard eight weeks. I don’t think I can wait that long to know what’s happening in there!

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