I just received my BFP today, after 6 months of trying!!
A little background: I am 36 and DH is 35. We have 3 kids and after the 3rd child, I got the Mirena
IUD. We were very fertile and would get pregnant without even trying. I got the Mirena because I
wanted to avoid getting pregnant again and I absolutely, positively, regret that decision. I removed
the Mirena in August 2011 and was directed by my obgyn to wait 2 months before attempting to
conceive. Imagine my absolute surprise when I did not get pregnant on the 1st try in November,
2011! I did not completely panic but I did begin to research things like "conception after Mirena"
and "conception after 35".
I also learned about OPKs and got really obsessed with trying to conceive message boards! Well
month after month passed, with tons of symptoms and negative pregnancy tests. I finally went
to see my obgyn 2 weeks ago and told her that I was concerned that something was terribly
wrong. She informed me that my past experiences with pregnancy were atypical and that most
couples do not conceive immediately. She also told me that since I am over 35 that it could take
longer and that I should relax, enjoy intimacy with my husband and if I was not pregnant by my
annual exam in August, she would refer me to an RE for more options. She did recommend that I
track my BBT to better understand my ovulation patterns. BBT tracking had been the one thing that
I had been reluctant to do and was the only thing that my doc recommended.
My LMP was on April 1st and DH and I BD on April 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 (whew!!... a lot with 3
active kids aged under the age of 7!). On CD 10, after BD, I spotted and on CD 12, I had EWCM with
and spotted again after BD. I web searched "spotting around ovulation" and learned that this can be
a great sign of fertility! I had a major temp spike on CD 15 from 97.18 to 98.17! I also got a
negative OPK on CD 15, confirming that I ovulated on either CD 13 or 14.
My symptoms were as follows:
1dpo- a lot of watery CM and a dull headache
2dpo- creamy, lotion-like CM and a dull headache
3dpo- creamy, lotiony CM
4dpo- brownish discharge, creamy CM and EWCM, all at once (what the heck?!?!)
5dpo- dry CM, vivid dreams began (all sexual in nature!), temp dip
6dpo- dry CM, vivid dreams, woke up at 3am, odd as I NEVER wake up before my alarm clock!,
temp back up
7dpo- dry CM, mildly tender BBS (odd as I am usually tender after O, big sign for me), up at
8dpo- dry CM, mildly tender BBs, strong metallic taste! (big sign, never had this with prior
pregnancies), exhaustion, crampy, up at 3am
9dpo- dry CM, exhaustion, mild cramps, up at 3am
10 dpo- lotiony CM, tired, BBs more tender, woke up at 3am, crampy, can't lay comfortably on
11dpo- dry CM, vivid dreams, BBs more tender, crampy, up at 3am, something is definitely up!!
Got a positive OPK! I knew something was up, there is NO WAY that I could be ovulating!
Fortunately I had peed in a cup and I got up the courage to take the clear blue digital pregnancy
test. While it was blinking, I got in the shower, then checked my work email, then called DH,
who had called when I was in the shower. Right as he answered the phone, I walked over to the
pregnancy test and nearly fainted, BFP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DH kept saying hello and I was speechless, I told him to come home right away, he was headed to
the gym. He rushed home and I said babe, call your parents and tell them that we won't be home
for Xmas. He said. "Why not? What's going on?" I said "we will be having a baby!!!!!" He was in
shock and disbelief and asked me if the test was correct? LOL! I have my sonogram on May 29th
and the baby is dune January 6th.
Things I did different this month:
BBT charting and pre-seed. We used pre-seed before but only as a lubricant. This was the 1st
month that I used the insertion tubes and I used a full tube each time we BD. After this
experience, I know what it feels like to want a baby more than anything and to continually
receive BFNs. It doesn't matter if it's your 1st or your 4th, when you want to baby, you literally
live in 2 week increments. Contrary to my doctor's advice, I never relaxed and this site was my
constant companion. I am grateful to have found such a supportive community and I am elated
and over the moon to be pregnant with our 4th and final child! I am praying for a happy and
healthy 9 months.
Beautiful baby dust to you all!