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Miracle from God! Preg after 3 years of infertility!!

Let's start off by saying I always read everyone's postings here for years, so many inspirational stories. I want to add ours to it.

I really had given up hope. My husband and I had TTC for just under 3 years, including numerous visits to a reproductive endocrinologist (RE) and so many different pills(clomid femara), progesterone, and even an IUI 1 year & 1/2 ago. Nothing worked....we were in the 'unexplained infertility' category. The most stressful and unknown category to be in. My husbands SA counts were through the roof, our RE's office called him 'superman'! Ha I had normal monthly periods just a short documented luteal phase which I discovered on my own 2.5yrs ago when I began temping. It averaged 7-9 days long ( not long enough for baby to implant even if we conceived each month). This made me feel like a failure to produce a child, a failure as a woman. The emotional stress of infertility is like no other. All of our friends around us were pregnant (those married after us), numerous painful baby showers to attend, some I just couldn't even handle going to. I was unsure that my 'dream' of being a mother would ever happen.

Fast forward to 3 months ago. I began the Paleo lifestyle/diet and cut ALL gluten out. I ate very healthfully before this but ate bread, and some packaged goods. I also had progesterone (crinone) left from my Dr's that I just happened to use this month to give it a shot to lengthen my shorter LP. No cheat days, none what so ever. My husbands 33rd Birthday is in 1 wk. I misewell give it one last shot I figured; not having much hope that it would work.

I became pregnant 10 wks later after starting Paleo!!!!! Praise God! I truly believe I'm gluten intolerant (?celiac) but was never tested by any Dr previously. I refuse to go back to any gluten (at least through the rest of my pregnancy). It can cause miscarriage if you truly have a gluten intolerance and you start eating bit again, it can only be shown in blood tests if you've been eating it for some time.

There were hardly any TWW symptoms. Less than any month prior that I swore I may had been pregnant. I tested and was ready to go throw the test out not believing it was possible and I saw two lines 13dpo! Tested with a digital CBE and pregnant popped up right away. Went right to my RE's office for blood work & confirmed bhcg 249!

I had some symptoms from the crinone 8% that I'm on. Tired falling asleep at 8:30 after working 10 hr days, but that was since 'implantation' around 8dpo based on my bhcg. Increased thirst (but I always drink tons of water), very mild uterine cramps off and on the last week. Some implantation bleeding aprox 11/12dpo dk brown and minimal. Very moody and crying at the drop of a hat now. I should be 4wks 3days by Lmp. No acne, I always break out a little before my period usually.

We are cautiously over the moon. I will feel better in 2 weeks when I can see lil bean and a heartbeat. Please pray this goes well and continues to a healthy baby. It's nerve wracking after waiting sooo long for a BFP that everything will turn out okay! If your in my situation please try gluten free Paleo/Primal! We were ready to have to go through IVF (which I dreaded) by the end of the year. God is good and does answer prayers, everything happens when it is supposed to. We may have to wait but it's well worth it when u can his this baby in my arms! I pray you all receive your BFPs soon as well!

First BFP using vitamins AFTER quitting fertility treatments

I want to share my story with you and will be VERY SPECIFIC and OPEN because I know there is someone out there who is going through the same thing. To begin, I need to give you some background and it may be shocking to some people so please be open minded.

Background: I just turned 29 yrs old in June. I was on the Depo shot on and off from age 18-25 (8/2003-1/2011). I decided to get off it b/c I was getting married that April and wanted it to wear off which I thought would take a few months. I had no periods and certainly no ovulation. We had decided to seek fertility and found I was not ovulating so started treatments 2/2013 took Clomid 50mg for 3 months (ovulated all times but no bfp) then referred to RE who said I may have PCOS but they were not sure??? Anyways, I took a mixture of Letrozole/trigger shots/IUI for 6 months (ovulated all times but no bfp)...We decided to take a break but during that time I realized what a horrible person he really was...so bad that we actually divorced. Looking back, I knew deep down we were not meant to be together which was hard to accept, but I'm so happy I did not get pg with his baby. God was watching over me because in our 6 year relationship I did not get pg once.

1/2014-7/12/2014: Not long after, I found the love of my life who ended up being an acquaintance (funny how that works out huh?) Anyways, he understood that we would probably have difficulty ttc when the time came but that didn't matter to him. We used no protection, but I noticed more CM and we BD'd ALL THE TIME never expecting to get pg. Just pure love making which I never experienced before (sorry if TMI). I also was much happier and lost 35lbs and was at a healthier weight (5'8 145lbs). I decided to later do some research and saw women talk about EPO and Soy Iso so I decided to take them starting 6/2014.

Here are the specifics:
CD 1-5/31
Took 1000mg of Spring Valley EPO Days 3-10 (Although I hear it is okay to go up til day before ovulation day)
Took 160mg of Spring Valley Soy Iso Days 3-7
That's it!
I did not temp, use OPK, nor think about pregnancy whatsoever! In fact, June was a SUPER busy month.

Symptoms:
I felt the normal PMS symptoms like sore bbs and bloating around CD 26 (I am usually a 29-30 day cycle gal)

We BD on CD 30 (6/29) and I noticed some blood after so I figured AF came, but later on noticed it was just that one time so I thought I just spotted but AF never came and my bbs were still VERY sore. The next few weeks I had bouts of heightened sense of smell and nausea here and there, but was still in denial.

I had diarrhea (Yep TMI) on 7/5 and still was too scared to test b/c I was so used to getting let down. Last night, I finally read a post of a woman who had the EXACT symptoms as me (including the blood after sex) and she was pg so I decided to test this AM 7/12. I took a Clearblue test this AM w/ FMU and for the first time received a + sign. I WAS SHOCKED!!! Oh and so was my bf lol We bought another test that actually spells it out and I took it and of course it says PREGNANT!

God has truly made 2014 a blessing because I found not only the love of my life, but also is blessing us with a baby. Please keep our 6 week miracle baby in your prayers as I will be sending prayers your way. I hope this helps!

BFP at 8 DPO

DH and I decided 18 months ago that we wanted to try and I came off BCP. This is my first ever pregnancy at 35 (DH is 37). Every month nearly I have been symptom spotting but looking back I really didn't need to as this month I knew from my symptoms that I am pregnant before my BFP! This has been all thanks to this site as looking at other stories, my symptoms were unmistakable.

DTD and 1 day later got a positive OPK.

1 - 4 DPO - nothing at all. Seriously, nothing.
5 DPO - mild back ache.
6 DPO - My colleague looked at me and exclaimed 'god you look tired'. Then when sitting at my desk I got a funny period pain feeling low down in my tummy and my back ache worsened. Went to the bathroom and when I wiped and had some faint pink spotting mixed in with some very plentiful (sorry TMI) CM. Got home with a stuffy nose and took pain killers for my back. Knew I was PG.
7 DPO - couldn't concentrate at all at work. Went to chemist and bought 3 PG tests and took one straight away. BFN. Spent nearly all day looking up symptoms as implantation spotting (more brown on TP mixed with CM which was fairly plentiful and as though it was about to turn to EWCM) still happening. Strange pulling and tugging and slightly painful (what feel like) period pains whilst lying in bed.
8 DPO - woke up tired. Got dizzy on way to work. Long day and felt weird at a meeting. Later on felt faint, hot and shaky when stood up and had to sit down. Still getting implantation spotting which is a bit heavier today but still brown. Took a test and very, very faint BFP. Scared it's an evap line as it took over 15 mins to materialise. Couldn't stop looking at it.
9 DPO - took a HPT first thing whilst half asleep. Second line although faint came up quickly. Showed DH and he agreed it is definitely there. Total shock!

BFP!!! 12 DPO, 14 Months of Trying!

Title says it all. Got my first ever BFP this morning after trying for 14 months. We were going to start medicated cycles next month, but I got a positive instead! All natural and so thrilled.

Symptoms:

6-12 DPO: Sore boobs, but I always get those and actually though that meant I was out!
7-12 DPO: Heartburn, which I never have.
11 DPO: Frequent urination and the barest bit of brown spotting
12 DPO: Uterine twinges and some minor lower back pain, really fatigued

Good luck to all, hope my story inspires others!

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BFP After 21 months of trying!

So, I FINALLY got a BFP today at 18 dpo!! And to be honest, I definitely thought AF was right around the corner. I just kept saying, "Tomorrow, she'll come tomorrow." Mainly, because I had a lot of the same symptoms as PMS. Even as I'm typing this, I have mild AF like cramping. We've been seeing a fertility doctor since September of 2013. My hubby is 35, and I am 34. After our first consult, we tried it on our own for awhile and then I went onto Clomid 4 cycles ago. This last ovulation (June 2014) was our first IUI. And, I guess it worked!!

I had bought a OPK/HPT test combo pack from Amazon about 18-19 months ago. Well as luck would have it, I ran out of the pregnancy tests (they give you more opk's than hpt's), from using the last one on 9dpo (bfn) ! So just by chance, I decided to try the OPK test when I got home today. I knew that I had already tested positive for ovulation back on CD13. So getting a positive on an OPK now, would at least motivate me to get off my butt and run to the drugstore for an HPT. Here's my timeline:

CD 13 - Positive OPK confirmed my home test
CD 14- Hubby and I go to fertility doc for IUI
CD 23-26 / 9 dpo-12 dpo - Very sore breasts (which is normal with PMS for me, but also sore nipples... this NEVER happens).
9 dpo - Took HPT, and got BFN :(
CD 27/ 13 dpo- I got a browinsh streak and a red streak (side-by-side) when I wiped. I put in a tampon and went on with my day. At end of day, I removed tampon only to find a very, small amount of brown blood. Sore breasts, and nipples.
CD 28/14 dpo - Used tampon during day for full 8 hours. Again, just a tiny bit of brown blood upon removal. Decided to switch to pantyliner. Sore breasts, nipples not so much. Mild AF cramping
CD 29-CD 32 / 15dpo-18dpo - Pantyliners only... not a trace of anything. Sore breasts, nipples not so much. Mild AF cramping.
CD 32/ 18 dpo (6:30 p.m.) - Positive OPK and then a positive HPT (right away!)

I'm so excited!!!! My hubby is going to be a daddy for the first time, my 8 year old son will be a big brother for the first time, and I will be the lucky mommy of two!!!!

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Bfp after paraguard removal

I have never posted anything on a site like this before but I'm Very excited about my bfp and I wanted to share my story and I hope it's helpful to somebody out there wondering.. I'm 31 and dh is 26 (my third child) first with dh , haven't been pregnant in 10 years! Lol I took my iud (para guard out on march 12th) I couldn't get pregnant in march bc I had ovulated before removal.. So it took us 2 months! Not bad ! although it seemed like forever .. But here are my symptoms . I tracked everything .

1 -3 dpo nothing noticeable

4-6dpo I got a terrible cold! I never get sick .. Stuffy nose sore throat , very unusual for me but didn't think much of it ( sore breasts) early for that, also notnormal for me

6 dpo -- dizzy spells lots of them , mood swings , feeling emotional like pms , but worse, slight headache, and acne!! A lot of it on my back, I never have that and on my face, more than Ushual. Normally I only get one or 2 before my period .. Still sick (stuffy nose)

7 -10 dpo- dizzy spells, acne constipated, very sore breast ! The dizzyness is what gave it away for me .. It's the biggest symptom I am having,
Stuffy nose (bad)

11 dpo -- I began to cramp ... Was really busy and active all day though af was coming for sure, had bad cramps and sore muscles and body hurt all around. Same symptoms dizzy, acne, sore breasts, constipated, stuffy nose (bad) , Had a small spot of pink blood on painties twice.
( implantation?)

12 dpo- woke up and felt like I had a hangover , dh offered to make me French toast and I felt sick to my stomach. I knew something wasn't right I had a test so I took it with first morning urine, cvs brand test --- bfp... Faint line but was def there! Went out bought first response and took both also bfp now with a even darker line.

I'm still sick and dizzy I'm 14 dpo today.. Going to see my midwife Friday. I've been taking prenatal vitamins for 2 months now.. So I hope everything works out :) I'm nervous and very very moody! But mostly only with dh , I want to kill him or I'm very sad,, it's weird! Also I went to a psychic 3 weeks before and she asked me if I was pregant and I said no, se said oh well u will be very very soon and it's a boy! So let's hope she's right bc I have 2 girls and would like a boy, either way I will be ecstatic !

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One year TTC, PCOS, finally BFP!

I'm 26 and DH is 29. I went off BCP June 2013 and had very irregular cycles after that. I had annovulation for 7 months and got my hormone levels tested which came out as me having PCOS (although I identify as a thin cycter with no IR). I decided to try acupuncture to bring on ovulation again since I had a lot of stress in those 7 months. It worked and a few weeks after my first acupuncture session I ovulated! I had a few long cycles with BFNs each time, but this cycle was different. I had a lot more ewcm than usual and for more days than usual. We weren't timing or doing it every other day but we definitely did it a few times a few days before ovulation.

Was kind of lax on charting, but I started taking my temps around when I thought I was about to ovulate to see if I had in fact ovulated, and my temps were up to their post O level. They stayed there so I did my best to pin point when ovulation occurred based on tests and temps. I only temped a few days post O because it stresses me out if I see a dip, but I was surprised to see my temp steadily going up and not starting to go down like it usually does a few days before my period.

Here is my DPO breakdown:
2 dpo - Tender nips and skin started to break out begin and carry though out.

3 dpo - Really weird dreams, more tender nips and breakout gets a little worse

4 - 6 dpo - very light cramping in uterus, nips still tender and skin still broken out on face and starting on chest.

7 dpo - Had a few very sharp twinges in uterus today. Nothing like I’ve felt before. I was with my sister and literally shouted Ouch! and had to sit down for a few moments. (This was most likely implantation). My mood was pretty mellow overall, which is weird for me as I usually start to feel very anxious and have racing thoughts all during my second week.

9 dpo - very dull light cramps in uterus. Not like period cramps, just kind of constantly in the background. Maybe a better way to describe it is “full” feeling in my uterus

10 dpo - urinating a lot, dull back pain (not normal for before AF) again with full uterus feeling. Also some sticky white cm.

11 dpo - Stomach feels kind of weird today. Very hungry at lunch (not normal for me). Some twinges in uterus at night. Nips still sore and breasts start to feel full, but not sore and not super big. whitish yellow creamy CM.

12 dpo - Decided to take my temp this morning fully expecting it to have dropped a little, but to my surprise it was actually up a notch from the last time, so I decided to take a wondfo HPT with FMU and got what I thought was a *very* faint line. I kept going cross eyed looking at it. Still had strange stomach feeling and full uterus feeling. Also felt kind of out of it and just had some weird thought patterns throughout the day. I took a dollar store test that afternoon and got another very faint line. Started to feel bloated at night and gassy as well as a slight sore throat. I had checked my cervix a few days before and it was super low and pointy/hard, but I checked it today and felt softer and slightly higher. Right before bed, I reached up to check my cervix and saw a little bit of dark red blood mixed with CM. I was pretty sad thinking I was out, but decided to take temp the next morning to see.

13 dpo - I temped when I woke up and expected it to have dropped even by just a little, but it was still as high as the previous days. This gave me a glimmer of hope so I tested with FRER, and got maybe a *very* faint line… but nothing to make me feel too confident. I decide to do a 5 hour hold and test with another FRER and a clear blue digital when I got home from work. I did the FRER first and within seconds saw a second line, so I quickly got out the digital and again within a minute or so it said "Pregnant"!!!! I am still in disbelief, but I told DH and he was so excited and also a little in disbelief since it seems like it has taken so long.

BFP with PCOS & Fibroids & Bleeding

After reading everyone's stories I thought I would post details of my TWW in case it helps anyone :)
I have recently found out I have fibroids and PCOS, but still managed to conceive on our 2nd month of trying!

Day 10 of 28 days cycle picked up a smiley face on CB ovulation test
3DPO metallic taste in mouth for a few hours
4-5DPO may not be related but felt unwell with nausea
6-7DPO terribly upset stomach! (Could just have been a bug)
8-9DPO no symptoms
10-11DPO mild cramping pains
12DPO shooting pains. I had exactly the same with my last pregnancy at exactly the same time so I was sure I was pregnant
14DPO very faint BFP
15DPO BPN and then a BFP later on
16DPO BFP with CB digital test
17-18DPO bleeding
18DPO HCG 105
20DPO HCG 290
24DPO HCG 1610
Early scan due to bleeding at 5 weeks 4 days showed a faint heartbeat.
Next scan will be at 8 weeks :)

Never thought this would EVER happen

My husband and I started trying in Feb 2012 and I got pregnant six months later. I was sick non stop for the next 8 weeks but then at my 12 week scan I was told there was no heartbeat which we were absolutely heartbroken about. After my ERPC we started trying again in Nov 2012 and after six months went to get checked out. The docs told me I was completely clear, there was nothing wrong with me and to 'relax' (yeah right). I tried everything - acupuncture, reading books, going on holiday, counselling - everything. I was getting irregular bleeding but again the docs told me it was just 'hormonal'. Then in January this year I went for a second opinion and this doctor said immediately that I had polycystic ovaries and possible endometriosis which I was shocked about. No wonder I wasn't getting pregnant! I had a laporoscopy and hysteroscopy in Feb this year and three months later, here I am with my BFP. What's important to note is that I had all the usual period symptoms - sore boobs, brown spotting and mood swings - so even if you think you are out this month, you may not be! It's not over until you see red - that's what I always say! but here are a few things I noticed that I don't normally get around my period. These all started the day I was due (CD27):

Nausea
Dry mouth/dry throat
General 'hungover' feeling
Extreme tiredness
Light headedness
Period-like cramps

I am so pleased that we have finally got a positive result but am still being cautious. Anything could happen I know, but there's always that thought in the back of my head that this one might be 'the one'. We will see. Keeping everything crossed for all of you out there - I've been following this website for a few years now and can't believe that I finally get to share my BFP story. Even if it gives hope to just one person then I'm happy I could help. Good luck everyone! it's the hardest thing you will go through but it WILL happen in the end. I never thought it would for me and yet here I am feeling super tired but super happy xx

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BFP after 2.5 years! :)

It's been a long time coming, but today, we finally got our bfp!!! I know you'll think I'm crazy, but I didn't test until I was 11 days late (today). I've had a couple of other late cycles before, & I didn't want another disappointment, so I waited.

Tbh, we weren't even *trying* this month. I figured the tea would take a few months to get everything in order lol.

Here's what I can remember:
Took fertilitea, prenatals, and evening primrose oil capsules. Also did fertility self massage & accupressure.
O* day- EWCM - ND (stopped the tea & epo)
2 dpo on- creamy cm, sometimes mixed with watery
9dpo- a bit of spotting mixed in with my cm first thing in the morning. Sore boobs, sore throat, cold/allergy type symptoms, hot flashes. Also, a little tiny bit of cramping at night. Thought for sure I was out.
10dpo- another bit of spotting mixed in with my cm first thing in the morning. From here on out, the sore boobs, sore throat, cold/allergy type symptoms have remained... they come & go a little, but I have them every day.
12dpo- started with the metallic taste in my mouth & extra cravings. The fatigue really set in about now, too. Nausea (but thankfully, no vomiting yet) also set in, especially in the morning before I eat. I also noticed that I had no acne, which is extremely odd for me as I've had it with every period I've ever had.
And that's pretty much it through today. The past couple of days I have had some cramps that are nothing like af cramps...it can only be described as a 'stretching' feeling... also, I did have a breakdown & cry the other day for no good reason, which made me pretty suspicious lol. Also, I want to note that sometimes the cm is a little dry, so don't worry if that happens to you. It'll come back lol.
Baby dust to all! Xo

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