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44.4 years old Natural BFP (ending in miscarriage)

Hello Fellow Hopeful Mammas,

I just wanted to give all of those 40+ mammas some hope that pregnancy does happen naturally even at this age. And I will try my best to keep it short and to the point. But with that, the following will be very dry and un-entertaining...

I am a 44.4 year old, been trying for 20 months with my 40-year-old new husband whom has never had children. I have 3 children from a previous marriage (ages 16 1/2, 15 and 9 1/2, all boys). Achieved pregnancy on 3rd month with first son, 2nd month with 2nd son, and for the 3rd son, was not even trying as husband had a vasectomy 5 years prior, but one got through and next thing you know I was pregnant).

With first son had bleeding at 6 1/2 weeks, followed by an u/s and everything was fine. No bleeding with 2nd son. 3rd son, noticed a light period at 4-5 weeks and though nothing of it because I thought I was having regular period. Come to find out at 6 1/2 weeksI was pregnant! That "period" I had was awfully light...which may have been some sort of implantation spotting. Not sure.

Anyway, I have been an elite athlete running miles and miles throughout all of my pregnancies and prior to them. Never had a problem conceiving. But, I stopped exercising excessively years ago and currently only walk or run 3-6 miles a few times a week. I am very active, but have cut back dramatically. Maybe I should start running 13 miles a day again...that is what I was doing when I conceived in the past! ;-)

No health issues. I'm 5 6 1/2 and about 120, but recently got up to 125 hoping that would help me conceive, but it actually just makes me feel crappy.

Have not had any formal testing on myself or husband as our fertility appointment is scheduled for June.

I also eat ridiculously well (dandelion greens, garlic, beets, tons of probiotics, lean meats, fresh eggs, homegrown veggies, sprouted broccoli, seeds, etc. I can't possibly name everything I eat). Although, I do drink coffee daily (1-2 cups). I always have and its never been a problem. But the last couple months, I cut back to less than 1 cup. I also drink wine, but have cut back on that as well.

After 20 months, I finally received a strong BFP at 13 DPO on a Clear Blue Easy +/- Test.
8DPO on IC Cheapie BFN
10DPO on IC Cheapie Very Very Faint BFP
11DPO on IC Cheapie Very Faint BFP
12 DPO on IC Cheapie Very Faint BFP
13 DPO on IC Cheapie Very Faint BFP

We made love on CD 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20

Didn't test again until today (19 DPO) when I started experiencing some mild cramping and then spotting which turned to heavier bleeding, cramping, passing clots, etc. I used another IC with very diluted urine in the afternoon and the line was VERY VERY faint. I will retest tomorrow with another Clear Blue Easy test, but I'm certain it will be negative. I use a menstrual cup and lost more than one ounce of blood in 5 hours (that is A LOT OF BLOOD).

I am certain of ovulation because I have a Kindara BBT Thermometer and have a confirmed ovulation on CD14 with a triphasic chart.

I have not really had any symptoms, but this is totally normal for me. With all my other 3 pregnancies, I had zero symptoms. I have never had any miscarriages either.

Over the last 20 months I have never even had a slightest BFP. The last two months, I started acupuncture once a week, Chinese Herbs, COQ10, B-Complex, Women's Whole Food Mulit-Vitamin, Zinc, DIM, Vit C, and Magnesium.

I have also done TONS of meditation every single day (guided meditation for conceiving) as well as a little pregnancy yoga.

Oh, and I was (and still am) scheduled for our first fertility appointment on June 15th. My husbands employer covers three rounds of IVF, but I really didn't want to take this route. I guess I should be thankful...

Lastly, my acupuncturist wanted me to continue with some other Chinese Herbs (Dong Quai) and others, but after researching on my own found that there is no research on these and it kind of freaked me out. I opted to not take these...who knows if it would have made a difference.

Anyway, at this point I am having heavy bleeding, low throbbing pain (like I would have during a very heavy period) and passing clots.

My first OB appointment was scheduled for 5/28, but I guess that will no longer be happening.

Oh, and I will try to be happy that I actually "got pregnant" and at least something worked after 20 months. Moving on till next month or fertility treatment, even though at the moment I am over it!

Tomorrow (Mothers Day), my hubby is out of the country for work, but I am going to wake up at 6am and treat myself to a long solo run in the forest, then make my boys breakfast and take them on a 3 mile hike. We live in Santa Cruz, CA and are lucky to have the mountains and the ocean out our doorstep :-)

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BFP after 8 long years of trying , thank God he's Faithful!

I have read all of these BFP stories for years, and I said I would post after I got my BFP. I am 38 yrs old and DH is 39yo, we've been married 10 yrs. My pregnancy road began in 2008, I tried natural cycles with Femara, then in 2010 found out I had endometriosis from exploratory laparascopy and found out DH had severe male factor. DH and I continued to try to get pregnant but nothing. In 2012 we tried a menopur cycle with hcg trigger but nothing. 2014 I had another laparascopy and polyp removal. We then tried IUI x2 , but still BFN. In 2015 after a failed IUI, we decided to look into IVF. Well November 2015 we had 7 eggs fertilized by ICSI. We transferred 2 3 day embryos. Needless to say, we were both devastated when it didn't work. We had 1 last embryo that was frozen, but we decided to wait because honestly I was very discouraged at this point. Well March 16th, 2017 we decided to transfer our 1 and only 2AB blastocyte frozen embryo, and on 3/27/17, I found out I was pregnant with beta of 270! I am now 7 weeks 6 days, and I know this is truly a blessing from the Lord. I thank him daily for this miracle. Here are my early symptoms :
1dpo Bloated feeling, pulling at navel.
2po- had very vivid dream, where I was killing people who were trying to kill me ( I know crazy right) that same night I had a somewhat spontaneous orgasmic like feeling. I just knew I was pregnant.
3dpo-4dpo- gassy, mild cramp here and there
5dpo- I had a very sharp pain when walking at the park with my mom, I had to stop walking for a second.
6dpt- early that morning around 2am, I took pregnancy test- BFN. I decided no more testing.
7pt- period like cramps and pressure in pelvic area
8dpt- I was at the grocery store and felt what felt like a menstrual period. I ran home and wiped say dark red/brownish blood. I wanted to cry, but prayed and took a HPT. I wasn't going to look at it thought I was out but I saw 2 faint lines. I took a digital and it said negative, so I decided to wait for my Beta in 3 days.
8dpt-10dpt I had very light brown or beige spotting, a cramp here and there.
11dpt- I had beta- 270 BFP
13dpt- beta 599
20dpt- beta 6,331
My EDD is 12/2/2017, MY 11TH Anniversary! ! God has a sense of humor!
Let this be encouragement to all of you, with God all things are possible, Only Believe! Doubt the Doubt! If he did it for me he'll do it for you too!

Sore nipples & implantation spotting

Hi all, As the title suggest my biggest signs were sore nipples and implantation spotting.
We have been TTC for 5 month but this was my first cycle using ovulation tests that I purchased online.
I used the tests from CD14 onwards, I had hoped to use them earlier but they arrived late!
I didn't get any hint of a line so we bd'd CD15&CD17 when I thought ovulation 'should be'.
Kept using the tests and finally at CD22 I had more of a darker line, but by CD23 the line was gone, so I believe my O date was CD22.

We bd'd on CD22, CD23 and CD25.
Another big thing we did different was we used a 5ml medicine syringe to inseminate! My partner was having anxiety issues around performing in the bedroom. So we had a read into it and gave it a go. It worked for same sex couples, so why not us!
He went into a cup and then I used the medicine syringe to insert inside me. The best part was it was such a laugh and made us feel closer as he was less anxious!

Now for my symptoms by DPO:
2-3dpo: realised I was constipated and hadn't gone for 2 days. Was quite painful and gassy. I never get constipated.

4dpo: had AF like cramps, very heavy down there. Sitting on the couch I had a very strange vibration that I had never felt before. It lasted only 30seconds - a minute and it was in my uterus.

5dpo: AF like cramps again. Nipples very sore, large hard and sensitive.

6dpo: sore throat. Lightheaded doing the groceries. AF or diarrhoea feeling down below but neither eventuated. A two hour nap and woke with throat even sorer and body achey. Didn't feel rested.

7dpo: creamy sticky CM that I usually get when AF is about to come. Felt sad. Nipples were EXTREMELY sore and sensitive, and very very hard, I was actually embarrassed how much they were pointing thru my bra! Boobs have never been sore. Only the nipples. From about 5pm onwards my body was sooooo achy, like I had been hit by a truck. It felt like a fever/flu.

8dpo: Nipple soreness tolerable but still there. Had a massive outburst at my fiance about something trivial, he just teased me that AF was coming as I'm so moody. I burst into tears. Checked CM and it was creamy sticky like before AF.

9dpo:Really constipated for the past 3 days and it really hurt. Nipple soreness still there but not too bad, so got sad that the 'symptom' wasn't staying. Fell asleep for an hour on the couch at the hotel. Had a bath that night but felt lightheaded in the bath, got out and fell asleep by 8pm.

10dpo: tiniest amount of brown discharge on my liner. I was soooo sad that it was AF but realised that the timing wasn't right. I checked CM and it was a very very small amount of brown. Checked again it was there and then a third time and it was gone. Then all night I felt so anxious and nervous. Crampy in my uterus/stomach but I put it down to feeling anxious. The more I thought about it on my liner I thought it was maybe just leftover yellowish pee??

11dpo: Feeling anxious all day. watery slightly creamy CM. Another afternoon nap. Felt abit yuck and off all day.

12dpo: BFN slept for 12 hours straight over night. Still bad constipation. Nipple soreness completely gone.
Lying in bed that night I noticed muscle twitches in my uterus. Felt ticklish, I enjoyed it! Then I thought maybe it was my lining shedding for AF, but I have never felt that before!

13dpo: vivid dream at 4am. muscle spasms in uterus continued throughout the day so had the urge to test. faint BFP in afternoon. 3 hour hold and another faint BFP. Achey crampy feeling in my uterus. Could not sleep all night as I was way too excited!

14dpo: BFP again! Went for blood test. Hooray!! Soooooooo tired

BFP by FET

Had a frozen embryo transfer and got my faint bfp today (not fmu)

Mon transfer date- very very tired

Tues 2dpt nothing of note

Wed 3 dpt brown discharge
Feeling wet, tight pulling heavy feeling

4dpt feeling wet, tight pulling heavy feeling, been sleeping through night for once but waking up unusually early every day. Blood in tissue from nose all day, stuffy/runny nose

5dpt uncomfortable boobs , sense of smell heightened, smells bothering me, been sleeping through night for once but waking up unusually early every day. Gassy, blood in tissue from nose all day, stuffy/runny nose, slight nose bleed

6dpt cramping on and off more prolonged than usual. Smells bothering me. Coffee tasted bitter, foods seeming bland, preferring sweeter foods unusally. been sleeping through night for once but waking up unusually early every day. Gassy

7dpt pinching feeling on left side of abdomen, olives made me feel sick, smell of deodorant has changed! Uncomfortable boobs, frequent urination, been sleeping through night for once but waking up unusually early every day. Further aching in abdomen at night. Really gassy. 1 slighly dizzy spell

8dpt woke up later than usual quite lethargic but slept through night. Smells are bothering me again, hands are shaky, forgetful like brain isnt switched on, feeling slightly nauseaus, wanting specific bland foods. Coffee tasted odd again, pinching pains in abdomen, vv faint bfp not using fmu- took a chance cos i just feel pregnant.

official test date isnt for another 4 days!

good luck everyone!

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Finally pregnant after 18 months

I wanted to share my story as I read these pages month after month and they gave me some hope.

I'm 34 and have a little boy who is nearly 3, I conceived the 2nd month of trying.

When he was 16 months old I decided to try for my second. I had a clear blue fertility monitor so I knew when I was ovulating. I was over the moon when I became pregnant in the first month. Unfortunately that ended in miscarriage at 6 weeks, I was obviously upset by this, but as I had got pregnant quickly twice I didn't think I would have a problem getting pregnant again.

I was wrong.

After my miscarriage it took about 6 weeks for my first period. When it arrived it was different. I had brown spotting for 5 days until my period started and then when it did start it was very light and lasted only for a couple of days.

We started to try again more or less straight away. My periods continued to have 5-10 days spotting and were still very light. A year after my miscarriage I went to the dr who referred me to a fertility expert.

They did all hormone tests which all came back fine. They also did a scan, this showed that I have very very mild polycystic overies, however the dr confirmed that this was so
Mild he did not think it would stop me trying to conceive.

He then prescribed me with 50mg of clomid to take days 2-5 of my cycle.

After 3 months on clomid with no success and no difference to my cycle I wanted to try something else. A friend recommended acupuncture and Chinese herbs. I continued to take clomid but thought I would give this a try at the same time. I arranged to see the acunpuncturist at the beginning of Feb this year.

I had acupuncture once a week and took Chinese herbs twice a day every day. She recommended doing this for 12 weeks. It is not cheap, the acunpuncture is £40 a session and the herbs are £40 for two weeks but I couldn't afford IVF so I thought this was worth a try.

After 8 weeks I am pregnant. I had bright red blood at 10 DPO after a BM and then spotting for 2 days. I obviously thought it was just the same as every other month but when my period hadn't started by 15 DPO I decided to take a test and to my surprise it was positive. The bleeding this time must have been implantation.

Just hoping that this pregnancy lasts.

Hopefully my story will give hope to someone in a similar situation. I genuinely believe that it was the acupuncture and herbs that worked for me.

I also started exercising more, I am a size 8, so not over weight but I didn't do much exercise so going to the gym 2-3 times a week and doing yoga once a week may have helped.

BFP 38 Years Old!

I'm so excited and thankful to be able to share my BFP story! I have a 7 yr old girl who took us about 1.5 years to conceive. We never actively TTC'd for a second but didn't prevent either for the last 4 years. Last July I was surprised and excited to find out I was pregnant but we lost the baby at 17 weeks in October. I was tested and found out I have a clotting disorder that probably caused the loss. We've been actively TTC since then, using OPKs, BBT charting, etc. It took us 4 months and now here we are! We DTD 6 out of 7 of my fertile days.
Here are my symptoms:
1-7 DPO: Nothing much except vivid dreams but I always get that in my luteal phase.
8DPO: Feeling very irritable, thinking I'm having PMS and am out.
9DPO: Cramping, one small spot of pinkish red discharge when I wipe. Think I'm starting to spot and cramp early since those are normal AF symptoms for me.
10DPO: Cramping slows, no spotting. Feel pretty good, not typical for me at this stage. Also temps have been staying up when I usually start dipping on 10 DPO. I start feeling hopeful!
11DPO: Temp rises .3, no spotting, no cramping. Take an HPT and get a faint but solid positive!
12 DPO: Take another HPT, line is darker! Feel great today! No symptoms at all. (My last pregnancy, I didn't have symptoms until 6 weeks.) Plan to call my doc tomorrow. She said I'll have to be on Lovenox this pregnancy after i have an ultrasound to verify a viable pregnancy. Not look ing forward to that but hopeful it'll help to get a healthy baby in 9 months! Good luck to all of you!

For those who don't *feel* pregnant!

i told myself as soon as I got a BFP, I'd share, so here I am! My husband and I used an OPK, we did the deed every day of fertile period and used preseed. I also took B6 vitamins, but it was only for a month. Maybe that's what did it? I cut my dosage in half (200mg to 100mg) with doctor's approval after BFP.

7 DPO: no spotting despite the fact I usually do. Short LP. :( I wasn't sure if I it was a sign yet since I took the B6.
8 DPO: still not spotting (not other symptoms)
9 DPO: same as before, except I took a HPT because I couldn't help myself. Got a VERY faint positive and seriously thought I was seeing things. It was with afternoon urine!
10 DPO: started letting very light cramps and a tiny bit of brown discharge. Darker FRER but negative CB digital.
11 DPO: darker! Still light cramps.
12 DPO: cramps continue, a little more brown discharge, positive CB digital.
13 DPO: nipples are tingly. I think left breast has swollen a little. No pain.
15 DPO: blood test came back positive! Doctor said slight cramps and light brown discharge is normal!

Basically, I did not have crazy symptoms! Even with positive tests, I thought is was a chemical and AF was coming. I have not had tender breasts or nausea yet. But, it's been confirmed with good HCG levels and I go back next week to see if it's increased! Good luck to all of you, and remember, you're still in until AF shows. Also, don't disappoint yourself or waste money with digitals too early!

FINALLY!

Little background Me - 39, DH - 37, DS - 15 (from my previous marriage)
DX My egg reserve & quality is extremely low. AMA is between .6 & .75
This is our 23rd cycle trying.

Very different, positive, excited feeling since CD 11 (even before IUI) never felt like this during any other cycles. Major butterflies!

CD 3 - CD 7 - 200 units of Follistim

Saturday 3/4 9 PM Trigger (CD 11)

Sunday 3/5 9 AM IUI (Only 20 - 30 million sperm due to an accident closing the road & getting there late. It's usually 70 - 80 million)

Monday 3/6 7:45 AM Acupuncture (started in January but this was the first cycle of back to the RE since starting)
9 AM IUI (50 million sperm with 60% motile.) Still not his usual 70 - 80 million :-(

Thursday 3/9 Trigger tested out (3 DPO)

No real symptoms other than sore boobs & bloating which I chalked up to being from the trigger.
Still have the very different positive excited feeling

Monday 3/13 Acupuncture (7 DPO)

Thursday 03/16 tested at night before bed, thought I saw EXTREMELY faint line blew it off (10 DPO)

Friday 03/17 tested with FMU and there was nothing. Was hoping to find out on Saint Patty's day for a little luck. (CD 24 11 DPO)

Saturday 03/18 started spotting at night, put a tampon went to bed, cried myself to sleep.
(usual cycle is 29 days but has been a short as 16 days) (CD 25 12 DPO) CRAZY thirsty all day long & hot flashes
Sunday 03/18 8:30 am still spotting, hardly anything on tampon though (sorry TMI) Still have the very different positive excited feeling.
Email RE that I won't be in Monday for pregnancy bloods but need appt for new cycle
12:30 PM next to nothing on tampon this is weird! Usually the 1st day is spotting but I wake up with heavy flow the next day!
7:30 PM no spotting since 12:30 WTH I'm taking another test cuz I STILL have the very different positive excited feeling
holy crap it's CRAZY faint but there is a second line! Email RE back & say I WILL be in for pregnancy bloods.
Crazy thirsty & hot flashes again.
Monday 03/20 7 AM Beta HCG 69.8 CD27 14 DPO Crazy thirsty & hot flashes again.

Tuesday 03/20 All same symptoms Boobs are hurty more & nipples are tingly & weird feeling.

Wednesday 03/22/17 7 am Beta HCG 175 MORE than doubled Waaaa hooooo!!!!!!!!!! CD 29 16 DPO Same symptoms.
Bright red bleeding this morning when wiping, RE says it can happen when DTD, it's from new blood vessels and
something else about the mucas and all. Turned to brown scant spotting now.

BFP TTC #1 - one month

Hi all,

So, I got my BFP after only one month of trying. (Though, it could technically be 2 months...in January we just decided to throw caution to the wind but I was pretty sure I had already ovulated). I am SHOCKED, to say the least...as well as nervous and very very excited! There's still some unknowns as I had some spotting last week and symptoms disappearing, but HCG levels look good and doc wants an early ultrasound to confirm "Viable pregnancy" next Friday.

1dpo-2dpo - Nothing really. I kept thinking I felt warmth in my uterus, but it was likely in my head. lots of watery cm
3dpo - felt some cramping. Later that evening I was exhausted and couldn't keep my eyes open. I was SUPER hot all night, and felt uncomfortable in my skin. I thought I was getting the flu. Woke up in the middle of the night sweating hard.
4dpo-7dpo - creamy CM. tender bb's, which is normal for me before AF. Nothing too bad
8dpo - neck started becoming stiff. felt like I was getting the flu again...felt like my glands were swollen, went to bed early
9dpo - REALLY thought I was getting the flu. Body ached, felt like I was hit by a train, temp was 99.3...decided to test with a cheapie 10miu with FMU...could have sworn I saw a faint faint faint shadow of a line but convinced myself I was seeing things.
Stayed in bed all day. Held my pee for 4 hours and took a FRER just to satisfy curiosity...faint positive BFP!
10dpo - all symptoms GONE. nothing. line on HPT not any darker, still SO faint. Confused and scared
11dpo - EXHAUSTION...legs hurt, cramping, bloating, felt like I was hit by a train again. Needed to curl up in bed after work early. Can't believe I even made it through the work day
12dpo-14dpo - NOTHING. All symptoms disappeared. I felt like I was NUTS. FRER line was slightly darker on 13dpo but still not dark.
Started seeing some "spotting" (hard to explain...it looked like my normal brown tinged discharge before AF. SO scared I was having a chemical pregnancy
14dpo - called OB and they got me in for blood test right away. HCG = 282, progesterone somewhere around 28? Doc said all looked OK but needed to test again
16dpo - tested HCG again
17dpo (today) - doc calls and HCG = 651, progesterone around 28 i think. She said all seemed normal for early pregnancy!

Wants to do an ultrasound on March 24th to confirm viable pregnancy.

Can't believe I got a BFP so early!

We used preseed...like every time. We also BD'ed every day, for like 9-10 days straight during my fertile window. I'm pretty sure DH was getting tired by the end lol.

Anyway, I'm 31, DH is 31 (we actually have the same birthday)

Due date is November 14th so far...but I think it's more like November 17th. I ovulated late...I usually have 28-29 (MAYBE up to 31 day) cycles. I O'ed on CD18.

Hoping this baby sticks!!

BFP 9 dpo 1st Round of Clomid

Hi All!

I can't believe I am finally writing this. My husband and I have been TTC for over a year. My periods were pretty much non-existent other than occasional spotting, so I knew my chances were pretty much 0. 6 months ago, I was diagnosed with PCOS. I am 5,4", 135 pounds, no insulin resistance, so not your typical PCOS. I was shocked. I was put on Progesterone cycle days 14-28 to induce periods, and she said it may throw me into a cycle. Several months ago I got a positive OPK and was so excited but my progesterone came back at 5 and I was told I did not ovulate. Last month, after TTC 1 year, I was put on clomid 50 my. I got a positive OPK on day 18 and my progesterone came back at 17.5! We BD'd almost every day the week and a half before I ended up ovulating and the day I ovulated. We also used pre-seed because I don't have a lot of CM.

I was sure I wouldn't get pregnant the first month, although it was hard not to symptom spot. I also temped. My bbt dropped on day 18 and spiked after that. I had a dip in my bbt around 5 dpo and got my faint but positive BFP on first response on 9 dpo (on our first day of vacation with my family).

My symptoms:
-DPO 1-8: sore nipples from the time I ovulated, but this was most likely from ovulation because it faded away when I got my BFP.
-9 DPO morning: told my sister I thought I was out this month. Very little symptoms and didn't "feel" pregnant.
-9 DPO afternoon: weird twinges/cramping in my uterus. Wanted to drink a beer on the beach but had this feeling I should test first. Tested in the middle of the day with only a 1 hour hold and got my BFP! I was in shock!
10 DPO - now: AF-like cramping comes and goes. My OB says it's totally normal.
13 DPO: some light pink/red spotting when I wiped but it went away the next day. Could have been do to intercourse.
17 DPO: BETA 378 :)
5 weeks pregnant: my breasts became very full and super tender. It hurts to even walk down the stairs.

I am now 5 weeks and 2 days pregnant. Still crampy occasionally and sharp jolts to my pubis. I am so happy. Hang in there ladies. I know it feels like it will never happen, and my heart goes out to everyone who struggles with infertility. I know many have a harder road than myself. Baby dust to all. Fingers crossed that I will have an uneventful 9 months!

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