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Blessed with BFP after MC

Hi there, Ladies!

I am super excited to share my symptoms with you!! DH and I have been trying for a long time for baby #1. We were really excited earlier this year when I had my first BFP. Sadly, that pregnancy ended with a MC at 5 weeks. We took a month off after, then got right back to trying. Several months later, and I have another BFP. I haven't told DH yet because my HCG numbers were a bit low (37 at 12 DPO), and I wanted to make sure they doubled before I got him all excited. Today, I got the results from my 14 DPO blood draw--146! My numbers are definitely doubling! I really hope that they doubled appropriately, and that they stay where they need to be. I am definitely nervous, scared, and excited. I definitely lost some of the blissful innocence of pregnancy with my MC. All around me, people are having babies, and we have been the couple silently trying for longer than most of those around us. We have been the subject of innocent jokes, casual conversation, intrusive prodding, etc. It can be really hurtful sometimes, but I thank God that I have been blessed with an incredible husband, who has been so loving, warm, and kind to me.

As far as the pregnancy, I literally knew from the day after O. I had different post O symptoms, and that really gave it away for me. Ok, here are the symptoms!! :)

CD 16 O: I definitely felt O. I am a total chart addict, so I knew exactly when we should O. I also use the Pearly Fertility Monitor. We BD on O night. We randomly decided to try the Shettle's Method--more as an experiment than anything. Gotta keep this baby-making interesting! ;)

1 DPO: Nothing--no nipple soreness that I normally have post O. HUGE sign to me. I ALWAYS have nipple soreness. It's how I know that I am post O, even before my chart shows crosshairs. The only thing that I had was a stuffy nose and some heart flutters in the late evening.

2 DPO: I felt crampy. I NEVER get cramps, even before AF--huge sign. I am gluten-intolerant (non-Celiac, blood diagnosed), and I felt like I had eaten a bunch of gluten.

3 DPO: I wanted bell peppers like they were the most amazingly delicious food to ever be grown. I also took a two-hour, dead-to-the-world-I-hope-the-house-doesn't-burn nap. Still no sore BBs. I had a really stuffy nose. Some cramps still. Very unusual. Definitely knew something was up. So tired. I also started getting super vivid dreams. I would wake up exhausted from how real they seemed.

4 DPO: During another crazy deep nap, I woke up hot and sweaty--kind of like what I imagine menopausal women have at night. My heart was also racing. It wasn't "that" kind of vivid dream, either. ;) I was also craving more strange food. Like, I had to have it. My hips were achey. I was dizzy, tired, and peed nonstop. I had a stuffy nose, but an increased sense of smell.

5 DPO: Slept in. I was really flushed, even DH noticed it. I was flushed even on my back and arms. More CM. Dizziness, frequent urination, STARVING, small cramp, could smell everything, and more vivid dreams.

6 DPO: More CM. I was taking a nap, and I had this freaky electric pain radiating all around my rib cage. It woke me up, and I freaked out and left the house (figuring, of course, I was about to die at home alone of some freaky heart thing or something). It lasted about 15 minutes. My heart was also racing. It made me really anxious. Still tired. Started feeling O pain again--odd. I also started to get the metallic taste in my mouth that we all hear about. My throat was sore and I could smell everything again, even with a stuffy nose. Vivd dreams again.

7 DPO: UTI--lame! Restless sleep, can't fall asleep. Lightly tender BBs. My dr. had me take a urine preg. test, and it wasn't positive or negative she said. She sent blood work out--negative. I KNEW it was wrong. I even told them on the phone that it was wrong, and I would be getting more done later. I felt pressure in my lower abdomen. I felt hot, my mouth felt hot, and I was flushed. I was super tired, had a headache/mild nausea. The metallic taste has continued. Vivd dreams, again. My teeth also were more sensitive.

8 DPO: So thirsty in the middle of the night...screwed up my temps! Lame. HUGE backache...all of my muscles locked up in my back for no reason. Really unusual. Only a slight right side cramp. Starting to feel out, but knowing I wasn't. Still tired. Frequent urination, assumed to be a UTI thing. Couldn't sleep. Stuffy nose.

9 DPO: Right side cramp. Feeling out. Felt TERRIBLE at workout. I couldn't get through it. I felt like I was going to have an asthma attack, but I don't have asthma. I usually rock this class, but I couldn't get through it. Even the instructor noticed, and took it easy on me. Took a test. Super faint, probably line eyed, line. I had heartburn (huge sign with BFP with last pregnancy).

TTC for 2 years, blocked tube, adhesions, IUI, chronic spotting before period and finally SUCCESS!

Hello :) I have spent literally the last entire year of my life Googling every possible infertility issue and every phantom early pregnancy symptom. It was really consuming my life. I was living in this constant 14 day limbo and month after month getting my hopes up during the two week wait only to be sadly disappointed when my period would come without fail.
About two years ago I started experiencing extreme pelvic pain not related to uterine cramps during my Period. Sometime after sex I would have trouble even standing due to the pain for any length of time lasting up to 3 days after. I am 26 years old, my husband is 36 with an off the charts sperm count and motility. At this point I expressed my concern to my OBGYN during a routine exam. She scheduled me with a RE to do a sonohistogram. He could tell something wasn't normal with at least one of my tubes so I was scheduled to have laproscopic surgery in December 2013. During the surgery, the doctors found tons of heavy abdominal adhesions and that my right tube was proximally blocked (at the uterus). The doctor said we were likely to be pregnant in 6 months with timed intercourse. Well 10 cycles passed and we decided to move forward with IUI. Two weeks later I was devastated with a negative pregnancy test. We really were facing the fact that the doctors wanted to move us to IVF and I really couldn't find much info online about successful IUIs with tubal infertility, even one blocked side and one open side. We decided we would finish our last IUI cycle before IVF and take time to decide if we really wanted to spend the $13000 it would have cost us for what felt like a huge gamble. Well yesterday at 10DPIUI I was not experiencing the usual spotting I have every month like clockwork on 9DPO, I was at work and just felt some heaviness in my breasts and decided to come home and test midday without holding urine for more than and hour... Just for the hell of it I guess. Well you can imagine my complete shock when a light pink second line showed up. I threw up I was so blown away! That was my instant reaction!! I took another test 24hrs later and it was still light, but darker than the day before! I mostly felt compelled to share my story for anyone feeling helpless from long term TTC and dealing with tubal factor infertility. As long as one tube is patent, IUI can work!! I am the living proof of this now. I never thought we would conceive without IVF! Good luck to anyone out there dealing with something similar. I wish you luck and happiness. Thanks for reading my journey :)

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BFP Two Days After Running Chicago Marathon!

So excited! Just got our BFP! A few background details - I'm 30, DH is 26. Been married 1 year, 9 months. I'm a teacher so we were trying for a June baby. Lord willing, we will have a June due date! I've had been training, and ran, the Chicago Marathon while TTC. So for anyone who thinks running too much will effect your chances, it didn't for me! I had been charting my BBT this month and my temps didn't match up with my ovulation date and had a really slow rise. I knew I was pregnant when I woke up this morning, two days after the marathon, still with a low grade fever. So don't put too much stock in your chart if that's stressing you out. We used Preseed every time we BD inserted vaginally, and I stayed laying down for a while after. A few nights I just went to sleep after. I hardly had any symptoms - of early pregnancy or PMS. Here are my symptoms by DPO:

Day of O: Spotting, positive OPK, cramping, hot flashes, BBT dropped

1DPO: Lots of EWCM, cramping, headache and backache

2DPO: Some EWCM, emotional, hot flashes

3DPO: Lots of EWCM

4DPO: Little Creamy CM, BBT slowly rising past few days, emotional

5DPO: No CM, BBT dipped, cramps, insomnia. I think this was my implantation day - while dozing on the couch in the early am because I couldn't sleep, I felt a sharp pinch a few inches in from my left hip.

6DPO: Still no CM, BBT hasn't risen, fatigue, cramps like I have AF, emotional (sobbing because I couldn't get into an OBGYN for a check up), 3 BM in one day (sorry if that's TMI)

7DPO: Some creamy CM (a large glob actually) - it's usually watery between O and AF, BBT back on the rise, fatigue, hot flashes, woke up with stuffy nose and dry throat.

8DPO: A little sticky CM - it was almost stringy from here on out. Looked kind of like a small lumpy rubber band if that makes any sense. Never seen that before! Fatigue, irritable, more hot flashes, still feel like a cold is coming on.

9DPO: Fatigue, cramping, still hot flashes - I'm always cold all the time so this was a telltale symptom. Emotional - Sobbing and told my husband I felt like a failure as a wife (oh the drama!)

10DPO: Fatigue, emotional, insomnia. Stomach not feeling settled. I thought this might have all been due to nerves and anxiety about the marathon the next day.

11DPO: Marathon Day! BBT spiked over a half degree, had some spotting while using the bathroom during the marathon (about a third of the way through the race), stopped at an aid station for a tampon but there was no more bleeding when I went to insert it. No blood on tampon when I took it out later either. Fatigue, cramping, and insomnia, but that all could have been from running 26 miles!

12DPO: Woke up with low grade fever, BFP, fatigue, insomnia, hot flashes, felt like I had a cold or the flu. Still thinking it's due to running a marathon as some runners have compromised immune systems after long distance runs. Increasing nausea as day progressed.

13DPO: Faint BFP with FMU on a Dollar Tree HPT!!! Some nausea, felt better after eating. Still have some cold symptoms. Had trouble sleeping again last night. Too excited to notice any other symptoms!

(I noticed the picture doesn't look like a faint positive. There's definitely a pink line in person!)

BFP on 2nd cycle - 2nd pregnancy

I've loved reading all the BFP stories on this website while I was trying to conceive so thought I would share my experience with you all.

I'm 5 weeks pregnant today and got my BFP at 9DPO. My husband and I had been trying since the start of May, however I was still breastfeeding my 11 month old daughter at the time and had not had AF yet so thought our chances were going to be very slim. I stopped breastfeeding my little girl late June (a couple of weeks after her first birthday) and I got AF exactly 6 weeks later. I was using OPK's and got a positive OPK on my first cycle back which I was relieved about as I've heard it can take a few months for your cycles to regulate. No luck on the first cycle but we got our BFP on the next cycle. I had almost no early pregnancy symptoms with my first pregnancy however I had so many this time around. Here they are:

O day - cramps on my right hand side (positive OPK the day before)
1-6DPO - no symptoms I can think of. I got the flu the night before I ovulated so was feeling pretty awful for about 5 days so thought I was definitely out this month.
7DPO - I was exhausted. I had an afternoon nap while my daughter was sleeping which I haven't done in ages.
8DPO - Almost threw up half way through eating my breakfast then continued to feel nauseous all day. I just felt pregnant instantly, I can't explain it but I felt different. I told my husband that I thought I was pregnant. Still felt exhausted!
9DPO - Still felt nauseous in the morning then started spotting around lunchtime and getting my usual AF cramps. I was so upset because I was sure that I was pregnant and couldn't believe that AF was coming early. The spotting and cramps continued until I went to bed and I expected to wake up with AF.
10DPO - Woke up, went to the toilet and no period, just a bit more spotting. I started to get hopeful again because that never happens to me. If I get AF cramps I am certain to get AF within a few hours. The cramping had also stopped. I felt nauseous all day, starving, exhausted and I had to pee like every half hour (which is not like me at all). I knew by late afternoon I was definitely pregnant so I took a test even though I thought it was way too early and got a BFP. It was still faint but definitely a positive.
10-14DPO - Nauseous, frequent urination, bloating, spotting (only tiny bit when wiping). Darker line on pregnancy test and positive blood test from my doctor.
15DPO to today - Still feeling exhausted and starving all the time. The nausea has eased up for now but I'm expecting it back at about 8 weeks (that's when the morning sickness started with my first pregnancy). No more spotting (that stopped at 14DPO). And unfortunately still needing to pee every hour.

Good luck to all those trying, I hope you get your BFP's real soon.

BFP thanks to BBT charting!

This is my 5th pregnancy, however, I have had 3 losses, I had one in 2011, then I got pregnant the next month in 2011 & gave birth to our son in July 2012, then I was pregnant again this year in April 2014, lost that one soon after my BFP & then lost another at 7 wks in July 2014. Now I'm pregnant again & I'm finally posting again, b/c I have seen the baby's heartbeat twice now & feel confident that this time we will be able to have a H&H 9 months! So good luck to the mamas/ladies who have experienced a lot of loss, we will have our rainbow babies! xx

I have to thank this pregnancy to BBT charting, it was our first & last month we were going to TTC, b/c we were starting testing for frequent miscarriages & our wedding was a year away, so we were going to wait til after the wedding if we didn't get a BFP this month & thanks to charting we got our BFP!! I ovulated 3 days late & one of those days was later than my usual!

For the ladies w/ lots of symptoms (I am very aware of minor changes in my body)..

0 dpo - swollen/painful ovaries, bloating, sore lower back, mild heartburn, swollen/sore lymph nodes under armpit (like my pregnancy w/ my son), sore nips while breastfeeding
1 dpo - heart palpitations, hot flashes, heavy uterus feeling
2 dpo - heavy uterus feeling continues, swollen/bleeding gums for the past few days (originally didn't think it was related, but had the same thing with my son), nausea, fatigue, increased cm
3 dpo - swollen/bleeding gums persisting, dizzy & lightheaded, sensitive to smell (I can smell rubber a mile away? & smelly shoes? YUCK!), beyond exhausted for the past few days, out of breathe, pulling & pinching cramps, bubble rumbles in my tummy (assuming gas related), low patience, low energy, backache, increased milk supply (partially out of control), TMI serious amount of creamy/ewcm all day (keep thinking its AF?), nips pain while breastfeeding, twinges.
4 dpo - frequent urination, heightened sense of smell (can smell my fiancé's salsa from a mile away & it repulses me), cramp on side of abdomen & back
5 dpo - pregnancy sinusitis? feeling stuffy..
6 dpo - abundance of breastmilk
7 dpo - EXHAUSTED (couldn't keep my eyes open all day & went to bed at 9), chills, severe backache, PMS kind of cramps (abdomen), very bloated all day, awful nausea & morning sickness
8 dpo - had gastro all day & night.. so didn't check symptoms, but very different from the morning sickness I was having the previous day.
9 dpo - lots of sticky cm & gassy
10 dpo - fatigue, lots of creamy cm, nausea on & off all day, full uterus feeling & constipated
11 dpo - pregnancy sinusitis last night? Low milk supply suddenly?
12 dpo - BFP!!!! cramps, pregnancy sinusitis last night again?, mild nausea. After my BFP in the afternoon, before going to bed i noticed some spotting..? Assumed it was implantation, but was worried b/c of previous early miscarriages around 4 weeks (often the same day I got a positive test)..
13 dpo - implantation bleeding persisting? Still have a BFP on my test..
14 dpo - gassy, nausea
15 dpo - frequent urination

Light bleeding persisted until 18 dpo, went to see my dr at 16 dpo & he put me on progesterone b/c of my history of miscarriages & he checked my HCG which was okay, the following week at 5 wks +2 they rechecked & my HCG was still going up well, the following week at 6 wks +2 my HCG was very high & we saw the heartbeat @ 150bpm!!

Now this week at 8 wks +1 we saw our baby & the heartbeating @ 150bpm again!
So I'm happy to say not to give up hope ladies, & be strong xx

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TTC Over a Year

So thankful that I finally get to post my BFP! I wanted to make sure that I did it because I know that when we were desperately ttc I scanned these stories looking for anyone who shared my symptoms. I always felt hope when I read symptoms that were similar to mine and I want to do the same for you.

After a year of ttc and a lot of heartache in the long process, we decided to seek fertility treatment this August. I went through all of the testing, blood work, and had an HSG done to see if my tubes were open. Everything came back completely normal and we were told that it was unexplained infertility and that we would begin treatment after I started my period the next month. I began spotting 3 days ago and called the reproductive clinic to let them know so we could begin treatment once I got full flow the next day. The only thing is, I never got full flow. Nothing. Not even a single drop. So this morning my husband talked me into taking a pregnancy test even though I protested thinking it would ruin our weekend together when it came back a bfn, but instead was truly shocked when it came back a BFP! We are overjoyed and owe it all to God. These past few weeks I had learned that I needed to not only trust God's plan, but trust God's perfect timing.

Here are my symptoms:
1 DPO: Very tender nipples, confirming ovulation.
2 DPO-6 DPO: Nothing
7 DPO: Very greasy hair and skin
8 DPO: Nothing
9 DPO: Cyst like pain on my left side, breasts slightly achy, and it feels a little like my period is about to start.
10 DPO: While working out in the morning, I was surprised how quickly I got worn out and out of breath. While teaching, I feel dizzy throughout the day. Breasts are tender and sore when I push on them.
11 DPO: Still getting worn out quickly, dizziness while teaching, breasts tender and sore. When I went to the bathroom in the afternoon, I noticed slight spotting. Assumed it was my period on its way and called the reproductive clinic.
12 DPO: Period never started and bbt takes a sudden spike up. Still fatigued, dizzy, and breasts are sore. Uterus feels achy and is cramping. My stomach was growling when I woke up this morning. Very confused.
13 DPO: BFP in the morning and again in the evening!

BFP after ttc 9 months with #2

I can't believe the journey it has been for baby #2. My husband and I have an almost 2 year old son that we concieved on the first try. Well almost. I got pregnant on the first try, positive tests and everything but ended up miscarrying very early. It was only 3 days after my period was due that I lost it. We didn't wait for another cycle to try again, we just jumped right in and sure enough I got pregnant again. With both of those pregnancies I had early symptoms that I'd never had before so I "just knew". I had sore boobs, twinges in the uterus area, fatigue. All things that were not normal for me.
So around the time my son turned 1 we decided to start trying again. I had not been on any bc because my husband deployed when my son was 2 months old and came home when he was 1. I had pretty normal periods while he was gone so when we started trying and they went wacky I went wacky right along with them. Every month, and I mean EVERY FREAKING MONTH I thought I was pregnant. I had extreme sore boobs, pulls and twinges in the uterus, backache, nausea. You name it I had it. I kept poas and they were STARK WHITE. The feeling you get when you see that is heart breaking, but nothing is worse than when you wake up and go to the bathroom and there AF is. Absolutely gut wrenching.
The worst part for me was that my periods were coming early! I usually had a normal 28 day cycle but I was starting anywhere from 1-6 days early. I would go crazy saying it was implantation bleeding for a few days until it got heavy and all my other symptoms went away. It was driving me nuts. Also I was ovulating late. Instead of getting the LH surge on day 14 I was getting mine 3-4 days later. So I'm thinking that I'm ovulating late and starting early so there is no way a little bean even has a chance!!
I tried vitex for 3 months and it did give me a normal 28 day cycle the first month but the next month I started early again and the following month too. I forgot the pills when we went on vacation so I just stopped after that. The only other thing I tried was PreSeed. We used it last month and this month. I'm not sure if that was the help we needed or not because I do produce ewcm on my own.
A few weeks ago I went to my OBGYN who just so happens to specialize in infertility. She took blood that day and sent me home with charts so I could write down my temps and show her the LH surge and intercrouse days. Then when AF comes I'm supposed to get blood work on day 2 or 3 and then go in a week after LH surge to check something else. (sorry I forget what) Well it looks like I don't have to go back!
I just wanted to share my story because it can be so frustrating when you know you can have babies and you can't figure out what is wrong with you! Maybe nothing was wrong, maybe it just wasn't the right time. But I am thankful I went through all that because it really opened my eyes. We can really take for granted the things that come easy to us, until... well they dont!
I didn't symptom spot specifically each day this month because I was just waiting for AF so I could start charting and get going on a plan. However I had all my normal pre AF symptoms. My boobs have been sore, but possibly in a different way? I am bloated. I was very gassy for a few days. My allergies have been acting up, meaning I still have to blow my nose even thought I've been taking claritin. Also the mucus was yellow/green and on a few days bloody. Sorry TMI! The thing that really had me wondering was the fatigue! I work from home and during my sons nap I had been taking naps too because I was sooooo tired. My coffee in the morning wasnt working either. It just couldn't wake me up.
Another side note. My OBGYN wanted me to ONLY use Clearblue digital ovulation tests. She said they were the most accurate so I did buy those this month and we BD the day I got the solid smiley and the day after. I honestly think it helps you remember to do it on those days instead of looking at those lines on the other tests. I think there were a few months that we missed it because I thought it was darker but it really wasn't and by the time it did get dark we were almost all BD'd out. A few times we only did it on the day of the solid line even thought I know it can take up to 72 hours to ovulate.

Bfp 1st cycle ttc

Hi as someone who obsessively read this forum as well as others all over the net just want to share my experience below

I had no symptoms as such and did a lot of looking into ttc before actually trying it. I used an opk a few months prior to detect ovulation - it was always different by a few days or so. I also noticed my cycles had changed since ttc from 28 days (with 4-5 days brown spotting) to about 25 days straight into af that was weird and I don't know how or why my body did that - I had read up in b vitamins for spotting and luteal phase defects but I had not used them.

I bd this month on cd2 and again when I got positive ov test and the day after that so I am sure my conception was on cd16 of a 25 day cycle and as we had been so spot on about ovulation date I didn't want to take a risk that inplantation wouldn't occur due to the 9 day luteal phase - so I started taking b50 complex from cd18.

From around 5-6 dpo - exhaustion and fatigue set in didn't see this a symptom at all just thought id been run down with busy schedules and stresses. I had all my normal pre menstrual symptoms hungry all the time, tender & full boobs & bloating and constipation nothing new didn't see that as a symptom either as I was looking for things that are different. Cd25 which is 10dpo comes no period I think the b50 is doing it's job and delaying af so let me not get too excited here. Checking every minute in the toilet looking for ad still not here by 13dpo wanted to test but had a big day ahead and didn't want to be in a bad mood if I got a bfn so waited till 14dpo first morning urine and got a super speedy bfp! Don't count yourself out if you have an absence of symptoms ladies x

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39 years old, BFP after 5 losses

We have 4 children and never had any problems getting or staying pregnant up to that point. (Although my husband had a vasectomy after our third and a reversal about 5 years later) After our 4th child though we had 5 heartbreaking losses. After the 5th loss, and by the advice of my doctor, I began taking daily a baby aspirin and 1000mcgs of Folic Acid. The first time I ovulated after taking those (for a couple of weeks) I was pregnant. I braced myself for our 6th early loss, especially because I had light spotting that would come and go, but thankfully we made it through the first trimester! While 4 of the losses we had before were around 5 weeks, one of them was at 12 weeks and so I was so thankful to get past the first trimester. I am now 7 weeks away from delivering our sweet baby girl and all has gone very well. I am still taking the baby aspirin; my doctor will have me stop in a few weeks. We are praising the Lord for another child and I hope that our story encourages others who have gone through multiple losses.

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BFP despite of weird temps and spotting

We were not really trying (well, I was), but DH agreed to not preventing either. Actually the only BD that could have gotten me pregnant is exactly on my O date. I tried to get DH to DTD before but he wasn't in the mood, so I'm happy it worked out anyway.

DPO 1-5 nothing really out of the ordinary, very sore nipples though. I lately get them after O but that really hurt.

DPO 6 DH could piss me off easily and in the evening I got weird twinges in my uterus, which lasted for about an hour, tired

DPO 7 gassy, but that's not new between O and AF, very dizzy at work, I thought I might pass out, slight cramps and the nipples still hurt

DPO 8 temp dip a little over coverline, nothing else

DPO 9 temp shot up, started spotting in the afternoon, which made me feel out. I was sure temp will drop the next day and AF would come. Headache. BFN

DPO 10 dreaded temp drop, below cover, was super emotional and close to cry (maybe because of the spotting), still spotting (tmi, got quiet a bit on my finger), slight cramping and backache

DPO 11 temp up again! WTF?? I was so gassy, it made me wake up at night (that is NOT normal) Still spotting so I was thinking "should I waste another test?" "Screw it, I have tons!" So against better knowledge I POAS and there was a second line! BFP! Other than that, very tired after a day out with hubby and very (VERY) light headed. DH and I were talking and I barely couldn't focus on what he said, as much as I wanted to. Worried about the spotting, maybe a chemical?

DPO 12 temp is still up, spotting seems to have stopped, still gassy, headache all day (fun at work with screaming 4 years olds), tired and a all day wet feeling, like on AF days but gladly nothing, tested again and the line is still there

DPO 13 temp didn't really change, took a clearblue digital (25 miu/ml), since I used 10 miu/ml for the first 2 tests, and it came back as "pregnant". Later I'll go to an ob/gyn for confirmation

After a M/C last year at 9 week I hope this one will stick and I'll hold a happy and healthy newborn in my arms May 2015