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Unexpected Miracle - battling through Endometriosis & Crohn's

Let me just start by saying this TOTALLY caught us by surprise! We had been trying off and on for about 6 months to get pregnant. Since it had not happened yet, and since we are both still fairly young, we decided to just give it a break for a while. After all, I figured it would be hard for me to get pregnant anyways with my health history (endometriosis & Crohns Disease). After we stopped trying to get pregnant, that's when we conceived :)

I have a fairly regular 27-28 day cycle with ovulation falling around CD 13-14.

DPO 1-8: literally no symptoms at all. {I recognized more "symptoms" in the months I didn't conceive than I did this month!}

DPO 9: feeling very nauseated this morning and afternoon until around 2:00. {didn't think anything of it since a coworker of mine had just gotten over the stomach bug}.

DPO 10: nausea in the morning and afternoon until around 1:30 or 2:00; fatigued (normal PMS symptom for me, though)

DPO 11: {morning} no nausea; {evening} light pink, "gooey" spotting (thought I was starting my period 5 days early)

DPO 12: no spotting, very dry; no symptoms except fatigued.

DPO 13: thinking for sure it would be a negative pregnancy test, I took an Internet cheapie anyways. BFP!!!! (Test line appeared before control line). In disbelief, I took another one. Another BFP!! {cue total shock!} My best friend suggested that I go to the store immediately and get a digital test. So I did. Results: PREGNANT 2-3 WEEKS! Crazy shocked.

DPO 14-15: fatigued & moody (crying, laughing, and mad -- at crazy things -- all within 30 minutes).

DPO 16: blood test confirmed pregnancy at doctor's office; confirmed 4 weeks along at this point

DPO 16-20: nauseous from around 10-1:30 every day; very tired all of the time; extremely hungry but can't seem to eat a lot at a time (I get full very easily); VERY sensitive to smells; very emotional.

I hope this story gives hope to someone battling endometriosis and/or Crohn's disease! God has a plan & will fulfill His plan at just the right time! Hang in there, and God bless :)

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BFP with OPK, Baby Aspirin & Soft Cups!

I've been stalking these boards for the past couple of months and thought I'd share my story hoping it may help others, since I found lots of good advice and stories here!

Me: 37, He: 35
This will be both of our first.

Mirena IUD came out in January after 10 years of virtually no periods. Got my period back right away. May, started using the Ovia app on my smartphone. Super duper helpful! I didn't do any temping, but AF is fairly regular (~25-28 day typical) and I checked CM during the week up to predicted O.

July I bought OPK & Preseed, planning to use both. Started taking a daily baby aspirin since my last couple of periods have been brown color, a little light, and sluggish. Have been on prenatal vitamins since December.

7/31, Ovia app told me my fertile window was starting the day we left to go on a big family camping trip several hours away. So I packed the OPK. I would have packed the Preseed, but our puppy decided it made a delicious treat and ate the whole tube the day before we left - only got to use it once - one expensive puppy-treat, LOL!

On the way to the campsite I told hubby that we had to stop at the store - he was amused when I told him what I was up to with the Soft Cups but game for whatever. So, in 100 degree afternoon heat the next day I got a + OPK. We sneaked away for some quick alone time in the tent (not super fun - it was soooo hot!). When it was time, he pulled out and finished in the cup - hah! I inserted the cup and left it in for about 5 hours.

Next day, same thing - sweaty quickie finished in the cup, inserted and this time left it in for 12 hours. When I finally removed it, it was pretty much empty! Next day, we did 'regular' BD in our bed (in air conditioning!) before going to sleep for the night. So, here's the summary timeline:

7/29 - BD
7/30 - BD, first day of fertile window
7/31 - long day driving
8/1 - EWCM, + OPK, BD, finished in Soft Cup, inserted, left in for 5 hours
8/2 - EWCM, ovulation pain right side, BD, finished in Soft Cup, inserted, left in for 12 hours
8/3 - EWCM, + OPK, BD before sleeping, ovulation twinges right side
8/4 - tender bbs, watery/clear CM, diarrhea, probably O'd today

8/5 - Begin TWW: creamy CM, tender bbs, sore nipples, constipation
8/6 - creamy CM, bbs fine (worried about drop in Progesterone), + appetite, indigestion, high libido
8/7 - no CM, bbs sore, indigestion, crazy bloating and terrible gas, high libido
8/8 - creamy CM, tender bbs, high libido, crazy bloating, really offensive gas, crazy high libido- starting to notice things are unusual
8/9 - creamy CM, tender bbs, weirdly high libido
8/10 - feeling down today (normal PMS for me), creamy CM, sore bbs, indigestion, still lots of bloating and offensive gas - not typical for me
8/11 - no CM, tender bbs, constipation (not normal for me), bloating, still so terribly gassy! Hubby wonders why I've been so gassy these past few days (sorry honey!)

8/12 - approx. 7-8 DPO, brown implantation bleeding! I never spot before my period, so I'm really excited, bloated, sore bbs, gassy, constipated
8/13 - brown implantation spotting, very light - trying to hold out for EPT - still bloated, gassy, sore bbs, slight cramps right side
8/14 - very very light implantation spotting, dark brown - bloated, gassy, super sore bbs, a little crampy
8/15 - EPT with FMU - very faint BFP! still spotting brown a tiny tiny bit

8/16 - going on another weekend trip with hubby. Woke up early in our cabin, took one of the digital tests that said... Pregnant! Put it in a box with a ribbon. Hubby looked worried and asked if he forgot an anniversary. When he opened the box - at first he laughed thinking I was playing a joke, then his face changed... he exclaimed "Oh!" and cried a little - big hugs. We both cried and laughed for a few minutes.

8/17 - still super bloated, a little nauseous & still gassy, insomnia
8/18 - bloating better, feeling almost normal except indigestion, BFP this morning.
8/19 - insomnia, sore bbs, indigestion, would have seen AF by now, but hopefully won't see her until April! New pregnancy app tells me my due date is April 26th - my birthday!!

We're overjoyed. I hope this helps - I think the soft cups really helped us!

BFP!! 8dp5dt

This is my second attempt to post my BFP, the first time I tried was on the day after I got my first very faint positive on 8dp5dt when I started spotting.. I didnt do it then because I got terrified that I was actually having a CP as I already had one about 18 months ago... so i decided to wait a bit longer before I shared the news.

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BFP at 36 years old using OPKs

Hi you lovely ladies,

As so many of you I have been stalking this forum (for years) and especially within the past 4 months.

A bit of background info: I've had a surprise BFP about 4.5 years ago. DH and I had just started to get over the shock (as I had been on the pill) and were really looking forward to being a family - when that pregnancy ended in a MC at 6 weeks. I was so heartbroken, looking back I should have gone to counselling. It took me a long time to move on. But that also made me realise how much I wanted a baby! However because of personal circumstances we waited another 3 years until we gave it a shot.

I finally came off the pill 1.5 years ago and we were going to let it happen naturally, without pressure. Well, nothing happened. My cycles were all over the place, from 24 days to 39 days. Additionally I found out that I had hyperthyroidism and my TSH was around 5, when it should be between 1-2 generally and around 1 when you are actively trying to conceive, so it was way too high to support a pregnancy. This might have been the cause for my earlier MC. Fortunately was easily fixed by taking one magic little pill each morning (for the rest of my life) and my blood tests now show a TSH about 1.
4 cycles ago I started using OPKs to give us a better chance at catching the egg. 3 cycles I tested positive on OPKs and we BD at the right times before and after the positive result, however the 4th time was a charm :)

"AF" was IB!!! BFP and SHOCKED!!!

The title is a mouthful in itself!! After a short "AF" starting on the 9th of this month and ending last night (the 11th), I am SUPRISED, yet HAPPY to say we are having another BABY!! I was very let down when I kept getting BFNs at what I thought was 9, 10, and 11 dpo. So after the 5th, I stopped testing. "AF" came 4 days later. This is our 3rd cycle TTC after getting my PPAF back from pumping BM. We unfortunately lost our Tubal Reversal miracle baby after she lived for a month in the NICU due to NEC. She was hastily delivered at 25weeks gestation due to me developing sever Pre E (which was rare being that she was our 3rd child).We were devastated, to say the least. I mean talk about the worse day of our lives! Our miracle baby was put to rest in early March and we were somewhat on the fence about TTC again out of fear and just plain grief. When my PPAF arrived in May, we prayed and started TTC again. DH is military (Army) and no time is better than the present because he will be deployed all of next year. Well 3 cycles later and here we are again, ladies!! I am EXTREMELY NERVOUS!!! The bleeding was like a normal AF (it started off light and picked up a bit by the 2nd day), but wasn't nearly as long. I usually get AF for 5 days. So 3 days of AF kind of tipped me off to test just once more. I mean, I completely tested on a whim, totally expecting to waste a good test (FRER) that could have been used next cycle. But BFP!! Instantly as I sat there on the toilet. LOL!! I went running for my phone to call DH, unfortunately he is training away from home right now. He was JUST as shocked!! When he left I was so down due to AF coming, and a few days later her I am with a BFP!! With my late DD's pregnancy, I did bleed early on too. In fact, I had IB that went on for about 2 weeks. Ultrasounds never showed subchorrionic hemmoraging, or anything showing where a substantial bleed may have come from. OB said it was IB, and that some women have a lot of it. Although I am a little nervous, I suppose my little babies really "borough" themselves in to that uterus!!! The bleeding has since subsided (was never overly heavy or full of clots), and now I feel just a few cramps here and there which is typical.
Symptoms: Before I got the IB I SWORE I was cramping, and nauseous, and having all those early "symptoms" we ladies have each month before AF shows up. I tested and used at least 6 test this cycle before the 5th of this month because DH and I were out of town and I wanted to ride on roller coasters and do a lot of walking for our anniversary. ALL BFN!! I stopped testing after that. I am not sure if I could have gotten a positive earlier, but perhaps not because I am assuming what I thought was AF was actually IB. So I am not sure what DPO I am at the moment. I may have been testing too soon, maybe late O, maybe late implantation. Who knows? I stopped tracking O this cycle to just kinda go with the flow, and not work myself up too much this early on TTC. I will say that we did DTD A LOT! We DTD at least EOD. Especially around our anniversary which was the 31st of July. According to ovulation trackers I am due between the 16-18th of April, making conception around July 26-28th. I am still unsure, but we did DTD at LEAST EOD this entire cycle until about August 2nd. Tested for the last time August 5th (BFN). Got "AF/IB" August 9th-11th. Tested today on the 12th, got an INSTANT BFP. It was dark, so I suppose I could have gotten it maybe on the 9th. I definitely would have freaked out then, though, because my IB was NOT light pink or spotting. It was a FLOW. I wouldn't have been the wiser if I weren't TTC. Praying all is good, but my last pregnancy was very similar and all should be fine. GL ladies!!! And I hope this helps someone else. Sorry so long, just wanted to be thorough. Thanks for letting me share my story and I pray this little bean comes home to meet her siblings in April!!

BFP with focus on holistic healing, post copper IUD removal

I spent a lot of time on this site during my two week wait and found everyone's stories comforting, so I thought it appropriate to share my own with the hopes that it will help others out there.

Background: been TTC baby number 2 for five cycles. Paragard IUD removal in March. Our first baby was a surprise, so I think we assumed this one would be easy. While having the paragard IUD for two years, my cycles were regular (~29 days) but I had a lot of pre and post-period spotting. I would have about 10 days of bleeding. Not fun! The pre-period spotting continued right up until this cycle when I got my BFP. So the two week wait was only about a 10 day wait because I would always start spotting about 5 days pre AF.

This is my second cycle drinking 2 - 4 cups of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea daily to help balance my hormones. Second cycle charting my BBT. First cycle doing acupuncture and reiki for fertility. First cycle using PreSeed. Supplements: Fermented Cod Liver Oil, Magnesium, B complex, Folic Acid. Also potentially important: I started a gluten-free and sugar-limited diet this cycle. I had done a three-month diet earlier this year to help my skin and while on that diet, I never had pre-period spotting so my naturopath suggested it may help. I'm not sure if it did, but it may have contributed to an earlier ovulation day then normal for me (about 2 days earlier then my previous cycle).

BD on CD 9, 11, 13. O'd on 13. Used PreSeed on CD 13, but it was in about 4 hours before we had sex, so it may have not contributed to my BFP.
1 - 4 dpo: No symptoms. Light spotting on 4 dpo. Not sure why. Too early for implantation?
9 - 10 dpo: bit of cramping
11 dpo: skin breakout/skin sensitivity. Something I experienced with my first pregnancy, so I begin wondering that this may be it!
13 dpo: BFP! So excited.
My temps stayed high above my coverline throughout my luteal phasw.

And that's about it! I had very few symptoms. The biggest 'symptom' I had was that I didn't have PMS spotting this time around.

Baby dust to all and I hope you get your BFP very, very soon. I've never experienced such an emotional rollercoaster as I did while trying to make this second baby.

BFP 10dp5dt despite BFN the day before

- 2 years and a half ttc
- unexplained infertility
- 2nd IVF finally brought my BFP

From the day of my blastocyst transfer until 7 days past transfer I had the following symptoms:
That would be until 12 dpo I gather:
- bloated
- headache
- really sore breats especially around armpits
- dry skin
- I felt like my stomach was pulling
Then from 12 dpo:
Everything disappeared. Absolutely everything! But new ones appeared...
13 dpo: nausea, headache and brown spotting , AF cramps
14 dpo: BFN on clear blue digital. Headache, brown spotting , cramps
15 dpo: headache and positive blood test!!! I'm still spotting ...
16 dpo: brown spotting , headache , cramps.
I'm taking utrogestan and it can irritate the cervix. Hence the brown spotting.
My beta is quite low. I'm praying my little bean will stick!!!!

Bfp after almost 18 months!

Hi everyone! Everytime I ran into this space I kept praying and waiting for the time when I'd write my own bfp story! Well we've been ttc since Jan 2014 and each month disappointment. All tests done at the gynaecologist proved positive meaning that there was no problem with me or with hubby.we were even prescribed with clomid for three cycles ( though I knew I had no ovulation issue). Some days we also used preseed but still no success. What we did differently this cycle was go for hsg..and guess what we fell pregnant the same cycle. I really believe that the hsg cleared out any impurities in the tubes so that conception was easy.i waited till period was more than two weeks late before testing as I did not have any symptoms at all and didn't want to be disappointed. In these two weeks of lateness I spotted one time, bled a little one day and had almost blackish brownish discharge for three days but no cramps.i strongly recommend hsg to all those having problems ttc!

Still in disbelief

I have been watching this site for at least 3 years, and today I finally get to share my bfp story. The only thing I've done different this month is eat a ton of broccoli and actually BD every OTHER day before suspected ovulation. My main symptom of pregnancy was period cramps without my period, and my breast didn't hurt at all after ovulation like they usually do until AF.
1 Dpo: weird back spasm and tons of burping tons of creamy cm.
6 Dpo: neck pain and slight nausea, side of boobs began hurting then abruptly stopped.
9 Dpo: AF like cramps while using bathroom
12 Dpo: AF like cramps feels like abs are spreading thought for sure the witch was on her way.
15 Dpo: had dream AF started, surprised to see nothing when I awoke, just creamy cm, sharp pains in cervix, light sand colored discharge
19 Dpo: 7 days late I decided to take pregnancy test due to a dare with roommate, 3 very dark BFP!!

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Our Rainbow

Our rainbow baby
We lost our son at 17 weeks in May. It is the worst thing DH & I have ever been through.
We feel so blessed to be expecting so soon.
DH: 37 ME: 28

Period started June 29th. I have a 30 day cycle.

CD 1: Period started. No cramping. Light pink and brown
CD 2: period. Heavy and dark red.
CD 3: period. medium dark red. Minimum clots.
CD 4: period ended. Brown cm.
CD 5: Brown cm (lots)
CD 6: Brown cm (med)
CD 7: Brown stretchy cm (minimal )
CD 8: White creamy cm (minimal )
CD 9: White creamy sticky cm ( minimal ), CP soft medium closed.
DTD.
CD 10: same as above
CD 11: same as above, tender heavy feeling breasts, strange tugging feeling in uterus (to early for ovulation).
CD 12: clear watery cm (minimal ), feeling moist, mild cramping left side, CP soft medium closed, very tired (couldn't get out of bed. slept 11 hours. missed work). DTD @ 12:20am.
CD 13: crampy off and on all day , clear watery cm, pinching in left and right side CP soft medium closed.
CD 14: Nausea, less cramping, EWCM, CP soft high open. O? DTD@ 11:00pm.
CD 15: mildly sore breasts, mild nausea in AM (maybe from O)
CD 16 : pimples on forehead, runny nose in am, cream white cm, mildly tender breasts. DTD@ 11:30pm. Vagina sore after (possible YI?) Will monitor over the next few days.
1 dpo: hot flashes, pinching lower back left side, EWCM, tired, tender breasts. DTD @ 11:00pm (just in case).
2 dpo : tender breasts, tired, spasms in uterus, cramping, shooting pain up rectum, pulsing on left side of lower abdomen.
3 dpo: pinching on left side, tender heavy feeling breasts, shooting pain up rectum, heavy feeling in vagina. EWCM? (clear with white). Tired slept on and off all day.
4 dpo: stretchy-ish (cloudy egg white) cm, cramping on left side, no appetite, burning sensation in lower abdomen on left side (for around 20 seconds), mild tingling sensation in breasts (maybe in my head?) Late O?, DTD 12:30AM.
5 dpo: EWCM, diarrhea, shooting pain up rectum, exhausted by 7:00pm, cramping.
6 dpo : ewcm, up to pee 3 times at night, slept 13 hours, pimples, Nausea, heartburn, dreamt about being pregnant and rock bands, hot flashes.
7 dpo : up to pee every hour. at 6:15am pink spotting only when I wiped, headache, heartburn, cramping, craving for chocolate.
8 dpo : cramping, pinching on left side of lower abdomen, sore throat, frequent urination, clear & creamy white cm, feeling dry, headache, heartburn.
9 dpo : emotional, itchy feeling vagina, clear & creamy white cm (slightly stretchy), milky cm, sore breasts ( mild), craving chips like crazy for the past few days. finally succumbed and bought Pringles (ate the whole thing ) craving went away lol.
10 dpo : frequent urination, mild cramping, white milky cm, large pimples on chest. couldn't sleep so I decided to take a pregnancy test and BPF!!!!!

*****Baby dust to everyone!

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