Hello! I am thrilled to be sharing my TWW story!
A little background: went off the BCP back in May after some reflection on the things I was putting into my body, and along with committing to organic foods and natural products I also decided nearly all medications and artificial hormones were out. The only thing I couldn't stop taking was my thyroid medicine - I'm hypothyroid and without it I don't function and get very depressed.
As the summer wore on we started seriously talking about starting a family and decided not to worry about prevention at all anymore - and here we are today! My cycles has been crazy since I went off the BCP - 45, 22, 23, and 37 days - so I did a lot of research and started temping and charting to try to pinpoint my ovulation.
How we did it: I started taking pre-natals with iron at the end of summer, and gave up caffeine. Mostly. From my AF to my O day I drank 1 cup of green tea (small amt of caffeine) in the am and 1 cup of red rasp leaf tea in the evenings. I started seeing a chiropractor and and practiced Fertility Yoga with Elena Bower (she's amazing btw!) and did everything I could to relax and enjoy the process. After O I continued to drink 1 cup of red rasp leaf tea a day, ate pineapple, and kept doing restorative and relaxing yoga sessions. Also, I had my DH hide the HPTs so that I wouldn't be tempted to test early - only on the pre-determined test date of 10 DPO. Worked really well!
We BD'd with Pre-Seed (highly recommended since I never really saw EWCM, just lotiony CM) everyday or every other day from CD 9 on until I could confirm that I O'd.
CD 17 - O pain, small amount of blood after BD - never happened to me before.
CD 18 - O Day. More O pain. (A good friend texted me and asked me if I was pregnant early in the morning bc she had a dream and had a really good feeling about this month - how could she have known? on this specific day?)
1 DPO - Nada. Temps officially jumped and remained up.
2 DPO - Gassy and bloated, sudden and instant sore throat.
3 DPO - Sore throat and a stuffy nose. (My DH works with kids and usually brings home a cold, but he wasn't sick at all! I work from home... don't know where I would have picked it up.)
4 DPO - Bloated, gassy, still have a sore throat.
5 DPO - Woke up in the middle of the night with really intense right ear pain from the stuffy nose I think - was completely gone by morning. Sore throat, low back pain. Started to be able to smell EVERYTHING despite the stuffy nose. Weird.
6 DPO - Same as yesterday minus the ear. (Also I had a really intense dream that we were visiting a touristy mountain town with the in-laws and just told them we were pg - then walked to a fountain in the center of town that had lots of fish swimming in it! Maybe the fish thing is not just an old wives tale? Same friend texted me "are you pregnant? I bet you are!")
7 DPO - Vivid dreams again, bloated, gassy, slightly tender breasts, voice
nearly completely gone!
8 DPO - Headache, but don't feel pg at all. DH is having more symptoms than I am! I took a really long nap and later we had sex and I bled the tiniest bit - only time before that I've bled after sex was the day before O day.
9 DPO - More crazy dreams, occasional sore or itchy nips, and in the afternoon I got this weird sensation right behind my bellybutton. Pulling? A knot? Don't know how to describe it. Told my DH that I didn't think I was pg and not to waste a test but he got one out from hiding and put it in the bathroom for me to use in the am.
10 DPO - Crazy vivid dreams, including one where I POAS and there were two beautiful pink lines! I woke up at 5am, actually POAS after some convincing from the DH, set it on the counter and decided to brush my teeth and not look at it for 3 minutes. TWO LINES!!! One was definitely lighter - but BFP!!! Took one again at 3pm to convince my sis (she wanted me to make sure it wasn't a bad test or something like that) - still a BFP! Sister is convinced! So am I!
Showed my DH right away - he was really happy. Then he got jealous that I kept staring at the stick and reminded me that he got me pg, not the stick. Ha ha.
Should be just under 4 weeks along. Called the dr and they don't need to see me for 3 weeks! I am thankful to be low risk but here goes the 3WW now! It will be exciting though, to do an u/s and hopefully hear a heartbeat. Praying for a healthy journey!
I feel so incredibly blessed, and want to thank all the beautiful women who share their stories and all the beautiful women reading who are waiting to share theirs. Blessings to you all!