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BFP with Preseed

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Month 4... A cautious success!!!

After trying for 3 months, I decided this month I'd be more relaxed and just have sex whenever but I still had my plans. DH on the other hand, he decided he'd "try harder" and so we had sex a lot! I used Fertility Friend and this month, just like a previous month, it gave me a High for sex. I have 1 five year old and no history of m/c.

Things I tried differently this month:
Soy Isoflavones (SI) cd2-6 (80/80/120/120/160mg my attempt to produce a strong quality egg)
Preseed (During every bd, mostly as lube, not in the tube)
Instead Softcups (I used this during every bd, even when I wasnt fertile, just in case, most times I used a little bit of preseed in them)
Selenium (100mg mostly a benefit for sperm, but heard it helps with implantation)
Prenatal Gummies (previous months I just used multi-vitamins)
Baby Aspirin (81mg every other day starting on 1DPO only until a few days after my bfp b/c I was spotting)
Vitamin D3 (5000mg pill every other day)

Things I always used:
Calcium Magnesium Zinc (1 tablet every night)
Temping/Fertility Friend
OPKs (Wondfos and CB digi because I like to see the smiley face)
Checking CP/CM

I normally O between CD 13 and cd16, but around cd 11, I had no indication that O was coming, I was dry and was a little nervous thinking that the SI delayed my O. We'd already been going at it like rabbits and I wasnt sure we'd be able to take any more so I brought some Vit-D3 as I read that it can help with O. I started taking it that day, every other day and by CD 13 I had more CM and that night I had an almost positive OPK, on CD14 I had a very positive OPK

CD 12 - BD, Dry CM
CD 13 - BD, Wet CM, almost positive opk at night
CD 14 - BD, EWCM, positive OPK all day. Initially FF designated this as my O day but later changed it to CD 15 at 4DPO
CD 15 - O DAY... well Night (it always happen at night). No BD because we were a bit tired. Wet CM/EWCM, positive OPK during the day, negative at night (I always have a 36 hour surge). My cervix hasnt gotten soft for O since month 1. Temp increased slightly
CD 16/1 DPO - Dry CM, Cramps, backache, Sore boobs, Temp increase above coverline
2-3DPO - Creamy CM. Cramps, backache, sore & bigger boobs, temp increased. Crosshairs on 3DPO
4DPO - Normal temp drop (not below coverline)
5DPO - Temp rise, Creamy CM, Cervix MMC, Sore Boobs, little cramps on right side
6DPO - HUGE temp drop, Creamy CM, Cervix LFC, almost at coverline
7DPO - Another HUGE temp increase, Creamy CM, Cramps mostly on right side, more sore boobs (mainly tingly, zinging on upper and sides of boobs)
8DPO - Sticky CM, Cramps on right side, tingly/zings on upper/sides of boobs
9DPO - Same as 8DPO. BUUUT couldnt resist the urge to POAS... Thought I had an evap in the morning. But was definitely a BFP at night on Wondfo.
10DPO - Creamy CM, cramps, sore boobs, another BFP on wondfo and FRER. BFN on $tree brands (VeriQuick & Assure)
11DPO - Told DH. He was excited. Creamy CM, cramps, boobs arent as sore and feel like they went back down in size like before AF, but definitely BFP!!! on Wondfo and FRER. BFN on $tree brands. I went to get a betas drawn. Noticed brown spotting when I wiped.
12DPO - Same as before but super light BFP on $tree brands. Got results with a BHCG level of THREE! WTH! I'm confused and the doc. Must be a chemical, I'm so devastated. More brown spotting when I wiped. Late at night had a small amount of dark red blood come out. I put on a pad because I'm fully expecting AF to come tonight.
13DPO - AF would typically arrive today but pad was dry. Confused b/c BFPs are getting darker on all brands. Get another beta done. Still brown spotting only when I wipe occasionally. Boobs are starting to get tingly on sides and top (so confused!)
14DPO - All tests are +++, even the CB Digi said Pregnant. Betas came back at a 13 (doc considers anything over 5 Pregnant! Doc wasnt concerned because my levels more than doubled and said that I'm just very early pregnant. I honestly think either something is off with whatever they use to test betas, I had a vanishing twin or something went fairly wrong during initial implantation. My boobs got suddenly got bigger again and are tingly on sides and top. NO SPOTTING TODAY!
15 - 17DPO - I'm hungry, tired, crampy and my tests have definitely gotten darker. NO MORE SPOTTING!

It was a roller coaster and due to these ever progressing HPTs, we are not as concerned anymore.

At home insemination did it work?

Ok chicks so the hubby brought to my attention how in the heck could female couples allow their partner to lay with a man to become pregnant. I laughed and said artificial insemination!!!!!! So interesting enough we are reading articles and desperate journeys to become pregnant. Women: We are crazy lol. We said no way this works so only way to find out was to test it out.

We bought ovulation test strips, pre-seed, and about 15 $1 hpt's. I am normal 30 day cycle so waiting around for 14 days after period I wake up one morning majorly turned on CD9. I tested positive on opk. So the journey begins. All sperm was collected into a cup. 3 injections within 2 days of 1 teaspoon pre-seed and approximately 2 tablespoons semen. Injected with an oral medicine syringe. Using saline made it watery and wanted to drip out. Anywho I sat on arm of couch and laid back so hips was elevated. Hubby slowly injected semen all around my cervix(cervix was open but never entered it with syringe) we waited 5 minutes then he gave me clitoral simulation as we read orgasm helps cervix dip low into canal. Testing this was exciting, fun, and brought us closer it was like an activity or something.

CD9 positive opk @ 11am. BD 8pm & 10pm 8-26-15
CD10 positive opk @ 11am BD 9pm 8-27-15
CD11 positive opk @ 11am work over so no BD but stomach is cramping like crazy never felt these cramps before. 8-28-15
CD12 positive opk @ 11 cramps so severe no BD fever 99.8 never had ovulation cramps like this. 8-29-15
CD13 positive opk @ 11am 4 +opk????? Cramping and belly sounds like a bubble fest going on. Diarrhea. Dry mouth. Fever 99.7 8-30-15
CD14 positive opk AGAIN!!!! I said this has to mean I'm pregnant but this early??? HPT - of course. Same symptoms. Food aversions I wanted bell peppers just raw! 8-31-15
CD15 positive opk again same symptoms HPT - 9-1-15
CD16 Wow positive opk same symptoms adding back n shoulder pain. HPT - 9-2-15
CD17 positive opk belly ache, emotional, no appetite, sore body HPT - 9-3-15
CD18 omg positive opk extremely energetic today and so overly happy HPT - 9-4-15
CD18 opk still positive still energetic and happy HPT - 9-5-15
CD19 -opk -HPT I'm thinking well AF must be around the corner but got gas really bad. Stomach cramps back. Now I'm unhappy. 9-6-16
CD20 positive opk uh huh? WOW!!! Happy again thinking this is a sign!!!! Energized with gas and bloating. HPT @ 3pm BFP omg faint but very positive!!!!!!! 9-7-15
CD21 positive opk faint BFP on HPT. Severe cramping. Go to doctor he tells me my pregnancy test is negative. Excuse me? I'm sent to hospital for further testing. HCG came back 17. So I was testing + on dollar store cheapies with HCG of 17. 9-8-15
CD22 bed rest still cramps and lethargic. 9-9-15 HPT +
CD23 wake with unbearable cramps went to emergency room crying ultrasound shown cysts on ovaries. HCG now 55. Bed rest see obgyn 48 hours.9-10-15
CD24 bloat and severe cramps doubled over walking and crying. Positive HPT 9-11-15
CD25 obgyn HCG now 117 ultrasound shown blood and fluid in my pelvis but I've had no bleeding or spotting. She wants to take me into surgery right tube swollen size of 2 fingers she said its ectopic and tube ruptured. Yeah well you better go get me a second opinion lady. So she gets mad that I question her expertise and I call her a few choice words. A high risk specialist is sent in to talk me into going to surgery. He says sweetheart get back on the table I want to do an exam myself BC I looked at your ultrasound from the ER. Tube was in tact even though swollen and cysts on right ovary was gone they had ruptured!!! Explains the pain and blood. He calls for chick Dr to come in room and he explained it to her. He said I ovulated from both ovaries, corpus luteum was on both ovaries. But the tube swollen was the issue. I refused surgery and opted bed rest. I went home thinking what can I do besides pray? Steroids!!!!! Yes I had prednisone at home from when I had poison ivy and safe for pregnant women. I took 1 when got home 6 hours later pain was decreasing. Took 1 every 12 hours for next 2 days well well well pain completely vanished I feel happy and pregnant. 9-12, 13, 14-2015.
CD28 wake up happy obgyn HCG 937 progesterone excellent. He said I'm so happy you didn't choose surgery. Me too doc! He adopted me as his patient only. He said I think this is going to be a special pregnancy and interesting and I want to be your care provider to witness this miracle. We hugged and I'm crying with joy. He said go home and rest no work until ultrasound on 9-30-15 :)

Sorry this was so long but thanks for reading and ladies prednisone took my swelling away and helped absorb the blood and fluid in my pelvis. Since I ovulated from both sides we're hoping twins!

BFP at 11 DPO - YAY!!!!

At the beginning of the year I started having horrible complications with my almost 5 year old Mirena IUD. So we made the decision to have it removed and to let my body heal. Shortly after DH and I decided that we wanted to try for our 4th and last baby. Coming off the Mirena was horrible on my cycle. So finally in May I started taking Vitex 1200mg a day and using OPK's. My cycle started to regulate but I never had EWCM. So come August with no BFP I started Fertile CM and Evening Primrose. Also boosted things with pre-seed during the fertile period. That concoction worked and I got my BFP on the evening of 11 DPO.

1dpo - 2dpo nothing
3dpo - had cramping in my left ovary
4dpo - nothing
5dpo - horribly bloated. It felt like AF was coming early.
6dpo - nothing
7dpo - felt queasy toward the end of the day.
8dpo - constant queasy feeling
9dpo - little bit of queasiness otherwise I felt great
10dpo - boost of energy in the am but the afternoon I was deflated, took a 2 hour nap
11dpo - lots of EWCM today. Came home from work and POAS just because, LOL. Left it on the counter and went to cook dinner. After dinner I stood up and had the worst ligament pain and it hit me, the only other time I have felt that is when I was pregnant. So I ran in the bathroom and saw a faint BFP on the counter. Ran to Wal-Mart and bought 4 FRER's. Came home and BAM within 3mins on a 2hr hold a faint BFP.
12dpo - POAS FMU BFP on FRER again and this time darker. Came home from work and wanted to see if it was real. Took a clear blue digi and there it was PREGNANT 1-2.

BFP on month #3!!

Once DH and I decided that we were ready to have a baby, it didn't take me long to realize that I am one of those extremely impatient women when it comes to TTC. When we didn't get pregnant in the first or second month, I was convinced there was something wrong with me and that it was never going to happen. So on the third month I brought out the big guns-- I charted my temps, I bought OPK's, we used pre-seed (2-3 grams inserted with the applicator at least 15 mins before sex), we had sex every day for 16 days straight (roughly 24 hours apart each time), and I laid flat on my back with a pillow under my hips for at least 20 minutes after each time.

In addition to this, I didn't have a drip of alcohol or caffeine, and I ate a lot better the entire month. My husband also drastically cut back his alcohol and caffeine consumption to almost zero.

I have no idea which (if any) of these things contributed to our BFP-- maybe it was a combination of a few!! But it worked!!

If I had to guess i'd say that charting my temps was probably the most beneficial thing I did-- I found out I was ovulating WAY later than I thought! Almost a full week. I actually gave up taking the OPK's after CD 18 because I wasn't getting anything close to positive and figured they were faulty. Then when my temps finally went up after CD 22, I realized I had just ovulated late! I'm so thankful that we continued to have sex every night even though I was convinced that cycle was going to be anovulatory after all the negative OPK's.

Symptoms by DPO

1-6 DPO: Nothing too out of the ordinary. Kinda sore boobs (my boobs normally get VERY sore right after I ovulate, right up until AF. I felt like this time they weren't nearly as sore. ) They hurt near my armpits as well as in the front. I was very mildly crampy (completely normal for me) CP high and firm, dry CM

7 DPO: My head felt like it was full of air. There was a pressure in my ears and behind my eyes. My throat kind of felt sore, but nothing overwhelming or painful. Overall I felt like I had a head cold coming on, but it wasn't enough to make me miserable or unable to do anything. CP High and not quite as firm, lotiony/Stretchy CM.

8 DPO: My "sickness" from the day before was completely gone. This is what made me think it may have been a pregnancy symptom. I also noticed that I had these two big hard lumps (exactly in the same spot on each) on the upper front of both breasts (towards my collarbone). I typically get this around the time my period is due--but never this early and never as big and hard as they felt. CP high and medium firmness, lotiony/stretchy CM.

9 DPO: When I checked my CP, I noticed that my vaginal walls felt SO smooth- Almost like velvet (sorry, TMI!!!) But it was so unusual that I noticed it immediately. My cervix also seemed soft but still closed and high. Very abnormal for me.

10 DPO: Took a test with a Wondfo dip strip with FMU-- Got a SUPER faint squinter within the 10 minute window. It was so faint that I wasn't 100% sure it was even there. But my wondfo dip strips in the past months had ALWAYS been completely stark white without even a shadow of anything. So the fact that I even questioned it made me think it might be real. So I waited and tested again that same night and got a clear, unmistakable faint line.

11-14 DPO: BFP's, gradually getting darker each day!!

Second time charting bbt and got my bfp

I decided to chart after a few months of trying as my cycle pattern was not always regular and one month I would appear to ovulate early then the next late. Using opk along side charting really helped I could see what what going on. I can't remember my symptoms day by day because I didn't have to many but one thing I noticed was I normally get tender breasts a few days after O but the bfp month this symptom came late like just when my period was about to begin. Also I had a few headaches but that's the only clues really. Also because I was charting the temps continued to raise a bit and by 17 dpo I finally allowed myself to test I was about 4 days late for period. Was over the moon and I'm glad I held back (even though it was hard) as I got two cherry red lines which was lovely to see. This is my second pregnancy and I'm only 5 weeks along. My first pregnancy was completely unplanned and didn't have many symptoms early on for that either. Good luck to all!

Hashimotos. Low AFC, Low AMH, BFP

I have read every board out there and I promised once I got my BFP, I would write about it to give others with Hashi's hope.
Here is a little about me. I am 34 (35 in 2.5 months) and I gave birth to my little girl 14 months ago (conceived her 2nd month trying) and she is perfect, very smart and very advanced from what we can see. My TSH during pregnancy was normal. About 4-5 months after having her, I noticed I had a lot of sadness. I was even seeing a therapist thinking i was depressed. I was picking fights with my husband, and he even said though I did not believe him that I seemed to have a hormonal imbalance.
About 2 months later, I went to the doctor because I had a cold that would not quit. I mentioned my severe constipation since being pregnant which never went away. She recommended they test my thyroid, saying sometimes thyroditis happens after pregnancy.
My TSH came out at 13.2 and I tested positive for thyroid antibodies. I had Hashimotos though I did not know it. I went on 25 mcg Synthroid. I felt better, had it tested a few weeks later and it was 4 something. Convinced by OB to let me take a little more Synthroid because I wanted to conceive again soon and knew TSH needed to be between 1-2 (based on what I read online not based on anything my GP or OB were telling me-they kept saying it was in normal range). I got it down to under 3 (2.78 I believe) by taking 1 extra pill a week per OB's recommendation. Then I read an article about how important iodine is to hypo patients. Read the label of my prenatal, no iodine. Ran out and bought some. 2 weeks later I did not feel right, still trying to conceive (2nd month now) and sure enough TSH jumped back up to 5.2 (it was likely the iodine by the way - it is important but interacts with thyroid medication even if take at opposite ends of the day). Right then and there, I was done. I literally felt hopeless. It was one thing after the next. Made an appointment with a reproductive endocrinologist and saw her the same day. She said my TSH was way off (at 5.2) because I was on the wrong dose. She took me up to 100 mcg (3-3.5 times what I was taking). I also began taking a prenatal she recommended called Vita Pearl - has everything in it in one little pearl pill - iodine, folic, everything. 3 weeks later TSH was at 1.5. Turns out you do need iodine when trying to conceive so you need to get it (even for Hashi's patients) but you need to adjust your Synthroid dose accounting for taking the iodine. Perfect, I thought, this is our month. Turns out it was not. My cycle which had always been regular was all over the place and though I was using OPKs, those seemed all over the place too. I said, ok, well my TSH just got regulated. Maybe I just need one more month with a normal TSH and some monitoring to make sure all is well.
Had the AFC count at CD 3 and CD 7 with saline ultrasound (my uterus was called beautiful multiple times by my doc). This plus bloodwork left me with a sad diagnosis (so I thought) - low AFC (only 9-11 follicles) and AMH of 0.6. I was literally devastated. Fortunately, I did not have time to be down. I was already on Cycle Day 7 by the time I found this out and little did I know it but my body was gearing up to ovulate (I had a 14 mm follicle on CD 7). I ended up ovulating on cycle day 12, which is early for me. I highly recommend OPK kits which we were using all along anyway but this month seemed different. I was planning on going on Clomid next month if it did not work out and IVF next year if Clomid did not work - I was stressed about the AFC and low AMH. I should mention my LH and FSH (5.2) were perfect.
Thus began the baby dance. We did have intercourse every day (except 1) and I was 100% sure when I ovulated, due to ovulation pains, OPK, and I convinced my doc to do an ultrasound (might as well monitor the whole cycle since I had already started out monitoring, right?). She confirmed ovulation by ultrasound and the tech could see the corpus luteum. I ovulated on the right side.
I became very religious with my symptoms and wrote every detail down. I know people say that you cannot feel anything early on, but I promise I have in both pregnancies felt and known when I was pregnant. I did have implantation bleeding this time which helped a lot to know I was pregnant. Finally, I should mention I took progesterone supplements the month before just in case (as my progesterone on CD 20 the month before was low). Doc said it was unlikely I was pregnant (started them too late for them to help), but i took it anyway (Endometrin) and took it again this month starting 3 days after ovulation.
BBT before ovulation: 97.7-98.0 F; BBT after 98.2-98.9 F (most common 98.4-98.6 F)

Change Doctors

I'm 36 years old and have been trying to conceive for the last 15 months with zero results. I developed major early spotting (from a few days before my period to 1-2 weeks before my period) with a 32 day cycle. I had never spotted early in my life, this only started after TTC. I had day 4 blood tests twice, both normal. My husband's blood and sperm were checked, both normal. I invested in the Clearblue Fertility Monitor, nothing. My doctor finally put me on progesterone oral tablets for the last 2 weeks of my cycle for 2 months and while the side effects were wicked, I still spotted. After months of visits she gave up on me and suggested if we really wanted to get pregnant right away, to explore IUI... but not to worry because I'm still young and have lots of time. I saw the IUI specialist with the goal of gathering information, she confirmed all the results I had were normal and suggested my spotting was functional. I became resigned to not getting pregnant, was fed up with everything, and found it hard to believe IUI was my only option. Then, encouraged by my friend who got a BFP after 2 years of TTC (she went through 5 different doctors), I decided to see her miracle worker.

That first visit was unreal. She reviewed all of my test results and showed me the estradiol was too high for my age, saying this is usually the first indicator that egg supply and quality is diminishing. She prescribed 4 things:

1) redo blood tests on day 4 of cycle, and included antimulleriana to be checked for the first time (she wanted to confirm if eggs are an issue or not)
2) hysterosalpingogram anytime day 5-10 to make sure my tubes are open
3) "Seidivid" nutritional supplement twice per day. It's supposed to help with egg quality and is composed of myoinositol 2g, melatonin 0.975mg, folic acid 200 mcg, selenium 27.5mcg.
4) progesterone vaginal suppository 200mg once per day to help with spotting (last 2 weeks of cycle)

My feelings during that visit were mixed: gratitude that somebody is finally listening and explaining things to me, fury at the incompetence of my two previous doctors, and sadness that I may have waited too long before TTC... It was all too much, I burst into tears and my doctor ran around the desk to give me a huge hug.

After a day of raging, I moved on... I dutifully took my Seidivid and progesterone and waited for my period so I could do the tests. I have never been so excited for my period to arrive!!! I was relieved to have a course of action, concrete steps to do.

My period never came. I got my first ever BFP!!! Saw my doctor yesterday, I'm just over 5 weeks.

What I have learned through all of this is that there is a range of competence in any field, even medicine. That MD degree doesn't mean they are competent, and it is always worth getting another opinion!!!!!

BFP on 3rd Round of Clomid

I feel comfortable posting my story now that I've had 3 days of positive pregnancy tests, including a Clear Blue Digital this morning. Needless to say, DH and I are over the moon excited and so, so shocked Clomid finally worked for us! My story is kind of long and I'm including background info for those interested, but you can skip to the end for symptoms. :)

DH (25) and I (24) have been married for three years and trying for just over a year, not counting time he's been away for trainings and deployments. After NTNP for almost a year, I went to an OBGYN because I noticed my periods were irregular. By irregular, I mean 28 to 100+ days with an average somewhere in the 50s. From the research I had been doing online, I knew that would be a problem for us while TTC. To make a long story short, my OBGYN did tests and determined I was healthy, I didn't have PCOS, all my hormone levels were normal, but that I was not ovulating. I was put on Provera for 10 days to induce a withdrawal bleed and then Clomid for 5 days. I was given 4 rounds. Round 1, I took Clomid CD 5-9 and ovulated (for maybe the first time ever, as I had never felt it before, and boy did I that month!) on CD 14. Unfortunately, that cycle resulted in a chemical pregnancy. I had 3 very, very faintly positive tests on DPO 11, 12, 13 and then ended up having an incredibly painful period 3 days later than expected. I was crushed, but I tried to be positive taking it as proof that I could get pregnant! Round 2 was about 4 months later, and I decided to take Clomid CD 3-7 instead. That was a terrible idea for me! I felt symptoms of OHSS, like extreme bloating and abdominal pain around O, which was CD 18. The symptoms were not bad enough for me to see a doctor, I just drank a lot of water and waited it out. When it came time to test, there was not even a hint of a line. AF came right on schedule. About 2 months later, my DH returned from a training and we decided to try again. I took the Provera to induce bleeding and had a really light period, which made me think I was out before I even started.

Here is my cycle in detail:

July 16 was CD 1.
CD 1-5 I had a very light period, and thought I was out because of this!
CD 5-9 Clomid. On Clomid, I tend to be very emotional! I cry like a baby about the stupidest things! I was thinking, "I'm not doing this again after this!"
We BDed on CD 6, 9, 12, 14, 16, 17, and 19. We used Preseed internally with the applicator, which we had never done before, and I think was crucial to our success this month.
I had decided this month that I was NOT doing OPKS because it was either going to happen or it wasn't, and I needed to just relax and leave it up to God. So, I didn't really test, although I did sneak a couple of OPKs in around expected ovulation, and NEVER got a positive result. This was probably because I ended up going to the ER on CD 15 with a UTI. I remember thinking "I don't care if I get pregnant this cycle as long as this pain goes away!" I think that I ovulated between CD 14 and 17.
After ovulation, my hopes were not high because although we had "tried" quite a bit, I was more focused on getting well, and it turned out my infection was resistant to the antibiotic they gave me, so it was a long process.

I was expecting that if I got pregnant, I would "just know." I thought I would have metal mouth, feel super hot, and have boob pain from hell. None of that happened. In fact, I took a test on my lunch break at approximately 12 DPO and threw it away without really looking at it because I "just knew" I couldn't be pregnant! The next morning when I stuck around and watched the test for 5 minutes, I was totally dumbfounded when it came up obviously positive! I stared at it like it was a foreign language I couldn't read. It didn't make any sense. I just thought, "How could this be?" Then, I checked the test in the trash can from the day before and it was positive, too!

The ONLY symptoms I had were in the second week of the TWW. I was extremely hungry all the time and I was getting up about three times in the night to go pee. My boobs were a little sore, but nothing like other people have written. Also, I had AF like cramps for 3 days about 3 days before my first positive test. I distinctly rember one shocking pain that lasted for a couple minutes. That got me wondering. The other thing that got me wondering (which is pretty crazy) is that about 7 days after my expected O, DH woke up from a dream that a coworker had told him I was pregnant. He's never had a dream like that before.

"AF" was IB!!! BFP and SHOCKED!!!

The title is a mouthful in itself!! After a short "AF" starting on the 9th of this month and ending last night (the 11th), I am SUPRISED, yet HAPPY to say we are having another BABY!! I was very let down when I kept getting BFNs at what I thought was 9, 10, and 11 dpo. So after the 5th, I stopped testing. "AF" came 4 days later. This is our 3rd cycle TTC after getting my PPAF back from pumping BM. We unfortunately lost our Tubal Reversal miracle baby after she lived for a month in the NICU due to NEC. She was hastily delivered at 25weeks gestation due to me developing sever Pre E (which was rare being that she was our 3rd child).We were devastated, to say the least. I mean talk about the worse day of our lives! Our miracle baby was put to rest in early March and we were somewhat on the fence about TTC again out of fear and just plain grief. When my PPAF arrived in May, we prayed and started TTC again. DH is military (Army) and no time is better than the present because he will be deployed all of next year. Well 3 cycles later and here we are again, ladies!! I am EXTREMELY NERVOUS!!! The bleeding was like a normal AF (it started off light and picked up a bit by the 2nd day), but wasn't nearly as long. I usually get AF for 5 days. So 3 days of AF kind of tipped me off to test just once more. I mean, I completely tested on a whim, totally expecting to waste a good test (FRER) that could have been used next cycle. But BFP!! Instantly as I sat there on the toilet. LOL!! I went running for my phone to call DH, unfortunately he is training away from home right now. He was JUST as shocked!! When he left I was so down due to AF coming, and a few days later her I am with a BFP!! With my late DD's pregnancy, I did bleed early on too. In fact, I had IB that went on for about 2 weeks. Ultrasounds never showed subchorrionic hemmoraging, or anything showing where a substantial bleed may have come from. OB said it was IB, and that some women have a lot of it. Although I am a little nervous, I suppose my little babies really "borough" themselves in to that uterus!!! The bleeding has since subsided (was never overly heavy or full of clots), and now I feel just a few cramps here and there which is typical.
Symptoms: Before I got the IB I SWORE I was cramping, and nauseous, and having all those early "symptoms" we ladies have each month before AF shows up. I tested and used at least 6 test this cycle before the 5th of this month because DH and I were out of town and I wanted to ride on roller coasters and do a lot of walking for our anniversary. ALL BFN!! I stopped testing after that. I am not sure if I could have gotten a positive earlier, but perhaps not because I am assuming what I thought was AF was actually IB. So I am not sure what DPO I am at the moment. I may have been testing too soon, maybe late O, maybe late implantation. Who knows? I stopped tracking O this cycle to just kinda go with the flow, and not work myself up too much this early on TTC. I will say that we did DTD A LOT! We DTD at least EOD. Especially around our anniversary which was the 31st of July. According to ovulation trackers I am due between the 16-18th of April, making conception around July 26-28th. I am still unsure, but we did DTD at LEAST EOD this entire cycle until about August 2nd. Tested for the last time August 5th (BFN). Got "AF/IB" August 9th-11th. Tested today on the 12th, got an INSTANT BFP. It was dark, so I suppose I could have gotten it maybe on the 9th. I definitely would have freaked out then, though, because my IB was NOT light pink or spotting. It was a FLOW. I wouldn't have been the wiser if I weren't TTC. Praying all is good, but my last pregnancy was very similar and all should be fine. GL ladies!!! And I hope this helps someone else. Sorry so long, just wanted to be thorough. Thanks for letting me share my story and I pray this little bean comes home to meet her siblings in April!!

BFP with focus on holistic healing, post copper IUD removal

I spent a lot of time on this site during my two week wait and found everyone's stories comforting, so I thought it appropriate to share my own with the hopes that it will help others out there.

Background: been TTC baby number 2 for five cycles. Paragard IUD removal in March. Our first baby was a surprise, so I think we assumed this one would be easy. While having the paragard IUD for two years, my cycles were regular (~29 days) but I had a lot of pre and post-period spotting. I would have about 10 days of bleeding. Not fun! The pre-period spotting continued right up until this cycle when I got my BFP. So the two week wait was only about a 10 day wait because I would always start spotting about 5 days pre AF.

This is my second cycle drinking 2 - 4 cups of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea daily to help balance my hormones. Second cycle charting my BBT. First cycle doing acupuncture and reiki for fertility. First cycle using PreSeed. Supplements: Fermented Cod Liver Oil, Magnesium, B complex, Folic Acid. Also potentially important: I started a gluten-free and sugar-limited diet this cycle. I had done a three-month diet earlier this year to help my skin and while on that diet, I never had pre-period spotting so my naturopath suggested it may help. I'm not sure if it did, but it may have contributed to an earlier ovulation day then normal for me (about 2 days earlier then my previous cycle).

BD on CD 9, 11, 13. O'd on 13. Used PreSeed on CD 13, but it was in about 4 hours before we had sex, so it may have not contributed to my BFP.
1 - 4 dpo: No symptoms. Light spotting on 4 dpo. Not sure why. Too early for implantation?
9 - 10 dpo: bit of cramping
11 dpo: skin breakout/skin sensitivity. Something I experienced with my first pregnancy, so I begin wondering that this may be it!
13 dpo: BFP! So excited.
My temps stayed high above my coverline throughout my luteal phasw.

And that's about it! I had very few symptoms. The biggest 'symptom' I had was that I didn't have PMS spotting this time around.

Baby dust to all and I hope you get your BFP very, very soon. I've never experienced such an emotional rollercoaster as I did while trying to make this second baby.