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BFP for a Former Spotter (There's Hope)!

I've been stalking this site (and other similar forums) for months seeking hope from fellow pre-AF spotters; I promised when I finally got my BFP I'd share my story to return the favor. And I just saw that beautiful, life-changing second pink line today!! So here goes:

Since coming off birth control pills nearly a year ago, I'd consistently spotted before my period--sometimes for up to five days beforehand. I'd never had this problem previously, and it was tremendously discouraging to see this spotting month after month (typically starting at around 9DPO). Although my doctor didn't seem overly concerned, I was worried that it would make conceiving difficult.

It took us five months of actively TTC; we were NTNP for five months before that though, so it was ten months of the agonizing TWW (including several cycles where I was late but ultimately wasn't pregnant)! Every month when the spotting started, I Googled stories of implantation spotting and stories of other pre-AF spotters who finally fell pregnant, looking for encouragement. I tried Vitex and a Vitamin B complex, but nothing seemed to make a significant difference in the spotting.

Here's what we did differently this month, FWIW:

I stopped charting my BBT, and we just DTD (nearly) every day during my fertile window, instead of every other day.
I stopped taking my Vitex supplement in the TWW.
I cut out alcohol in the second week of the TWW, just in case my evening glass of wine was somehow interfering with implantation.

My symptoms leading up to my BFP today (CD30, approx. 13DPO) weren't really anything out of the ordinary, as I tend to have many of the textbook pregnancy symptoms such as headaches, backaches, needing to pee frequently, being emotional, being tired etc. even when I'm not pregnant! The biggest difference was FINALLY NO SPOTTING (hurrah!). My TWW cramping was also different; it was less an overall squeezing and more a localized throbbing on the left side. Oh, and I've been feeling a bit nauseous since yesterday.

I hope this BFP story encourages other "spotters," and baby dust to you all!! :)

Completely unexpected BFP!!

Well... Where do I start. I had to share my story, as I was always reading these, seeing if I had the symptoms!
Brief history... I have been with my fiancé for 2.5 years. He proposed Valentine's Day this year, and our wedding is booked for Aug this year!!
I went off the contraceptive pill last year, in readiness. My periods have recently been irregular and light, so I really didn't think we would ever get pregnant!
I was due AF on wed 25th March, but had some brown spotting on Monday 23rd. This usually triggers my period to start a few days later, but nothing came!
On the Friday, my lovely fiancé gave me a big hug.. I screamed, as the pain in my boobs was excruciating!! On Saturday, I decided to have a bath, and thought.. I best just check, as we were out in the night... And there it was.. Midday POAS positive!! I took 4 in total, all showing positive. Took a digital this am, which confirmed I am 5 weeks pregnant. Argh!!!
Symptoms I have had... VERY sore breasts , as if somebody has punched them. Slight nausea constantly, but not sick, and my bowel habits have slowed down! I will be 5 months pregnant when we marry. I still won't believe it until we have our 3 month scan, as I never expected this to happen to easily. We are over the moon. I am 31 and my fiancé is 30. Both first time pregnancy. Please let everything stay ok!

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Severe MFI- Natural Pregnacy turned ectopic

Husbands SA's ranged from zero to 7 million with the average being less than 2 million due to severe varicoceles and high testosterone. We had been trying for 2.5 years and were planning surgery to try to make us eligible for IUI because we were only eligible for IVF with ICSI.

CD:16- O day. Had sex after 5 days of abstinance(he was gone and just got home) and put a soft cup in after because I had one left over and laying around from a year ago that I wanted to get rid of.
1dpo- Typical progesterone triggered constipation and bloating like always.
3dpo- breast tenderness, of course progesterone again.
7dpo- CF yellow tinged which has never happened before. Felt an urgency to have BM's. Morning headaches.
8&9dpo- Same symptoms as 7dpo, but broke out in a rash on my hands(twice). I started becoming obsessed with avocados and started getting AF like cramps at 9dpo.
11&12dpo- my nipples became sore and sensitive, and overall tender breasts. I had extremely light implantation spotting and continued cramps.
14dpo- AF due but not here. I randomly took an hpt for the first time in a year and it was a BFN. I felt like I had just had a period without any bleeding. I was frustrated that I wasn't getting my period because I thought everything was PMS. I assumed I was wrong about when O was.
16dpo- AF still not here, and my nipples are ridiculously sensitive, darkened and enlarged. Something is seriously different this month. Took seven HPTs and all are BFP!
17dpo- Blood test is BFP
19dpo- Beta 211.3
21dpo- Beta 273.6
24dpo- Beta 355.9

4-5 weeks pregnant- Betas rising but not doubling, rate of increase declining. Hot flashes, fatigue(early bed time&naps), up early to eat, mood swings(cried easily) and continued TWW symptoms. Ultrasounds show nothing.
6-7 weeks pregnant- decreased appetite, some mild nausea and same symptoms as weeks 4&5 minus the cramping. Pseudo sac on ultrasound but can't locate gestational sac and baby. Brown spotting that then turned black and red. Progesterone and estrogen dropping.

Received methotrexate injections at 7 weeks pregnant for highly probable ectopic. Started to bleed and cramp an hour later. Passed an enormous sac with a little baby inside. Sent to pathology, pseudo sac gone on ultrasound. Pathology didn't determine anything, doctor is guessing assuming the pregnancy was on my cervix. I have no idea where baby was.


My fiance and I weren't really trying, he and I have been together for 3 years and are not living together yet. I have been on the BC pill (Yasmin) for 11 years and came off at the direction of my doctor because it was starting to make me lactate for several months before I came off it. I've only had two periods since the 4 months I've been off the pill and this is my first pregancy.

I have been feeling pregnancy symptoms ever since the lactation began so I have become a closet POAS addict lol.

Based on my last period I'm thinking I O'd quite early in my cycle, since I wasn't tracking here are my estimated DPO's

DPO 1 BD'd
DPO 2 - 3 very weepy, nothing else
DPO 4 still weepy, bbs began to feel tender to the touch, cramps and aches on the left side and back (in hindsight, thinking implantation even though it's early)
DPO 5 vivid dream about having twins, heavy dark brown spotting in the AM which stopped by the afternoon, bbs still tender
DPO 6 BFN on dollar tree cheapie, bbs more tender, slight increase in sense of smell, started hunger pangs, teeth sensitive, vivid dreams, bad acid reflux (which I never get) that caused acid to come all the way up twice (sorry TMI), backache, headache
DPO 7 slightest BFaintP's on DT cheapies, both mid morning, sore bbs, more hightened sense of smell, hunger pangs throughout the day, bubbley feeling in my abdomen just below my navel, starting to see veins on my chest, very thirsty which is unlike me, backaches, headache...starting to salivate heavily, almost as if I'm about to vomit (has anyone else had 'drooling'?)
DPO 8 slightly darker BPF on another DT cheapie FMU, but definitely there...continuing hunger, thirst, soreness in bbs, lower back pains, hightened smell, heavy saliva, started becoming very tired like wanting to nap after an hour of waking, mild headaches
DPO 9 (today) obvious light pink BFP on a cheapie FMU, sore bbs, thirst, beginning to pee a lot, some cramps, heavy saliva, hunger and exhaustion have subsided (I think due to my excitment, it's beginning to feel real), BFN in digi EPT, will try again with tomorrow's FMU.

Some differences between previous (mock pregnancy symptom) months and this month for me:

Thought I was peeing a lot (like 7-8 times/day), this month it is literally about 1-2 times per hour
Bbs remained only tender once they started hurting, now I feel outright sore
Sense of smell began to increase a little in previous months, but now I can identify multiple specific smells coming from the next room that don't normally smell
Always felt some nausea....I don't feel that at all yet this time

Also, I've personally had better luck getting my BFP's on dollar tree HPT's than on Dollar General HPT's...not sure if the sensitivity is different or not but twice I've had my BFP on DT and nothing on DG.

We are very very blessed to have this happen to us, even though circumstances could be better (maternity wedding dress, anyone?) we really couldn't be happier to be able to start our family this soon.

Best wishes and loads of baby dust to you all!!! I can't wait to read your BFP stories!

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I knew i wasnt going crazy!!! ive always been an early tester and always got a bfn along with AF right around the corner .. but this time i knew something was off when my bbs hurt Soooooooo bad the day AF was expected .. took a test that day and thought i was going crazy with the tiny tiny faint line but decieded to just wait it out .. friday morning i peed and i THOUGHT the witch had arrived .. i then went to put a tampon in and when i thought i had to change it . there was no blood at all !! thats when i thought i was pregnant foreal this time . my DH told me to take a FRER test since i was so late and the Hcg strips were giving me a line but faint and there it was . the line that symboled my beloved baby (: im so excited its unreal . DUE DATE : November 30th .

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How pregnant am I?

Got my bfp on Tuesday (11dpo) and it was confirmed on wed with bloodwork. My levels look good, but here's my question. My LMP was 3-5 and my iui was 3-13(cd 9). If I use my LMP, I'm only 3 weeks and 2 days pregnant. Using my conception date, I'm about 4 weeks. So how pregnant am I?! Today is only cd 24.

after 2 years of trying

Ok so i promised my self i will post here when i get a positive result because this site has helped me a lot through 2years of trying.
I am now 39 and this is my first time.
I honestly through by now i ll have to see the infertility doc.
By now i have given up ttc and was diagnosing my self with pocs etc.
I just had a general idea of when is my fertile of my symptoms.....not much.very similar to any other month when i ended up getting my period.
The only difference was spotting couple of days at the days when my period was due.
I took a first test. At 3 days late .it was negative .
At 4days late(not sure how many dpo) i got my first positive and today two more.
I took 4 yesterday in disbelief.
They are all very faint but they are here.for sure.
So baby dust to all.

BFP after acupuncture

I avidly read all the BFP stories in the hope that one day I would be able to share my own. I'm 34 and we've been ttc for 11 months. We had fertility testing at 7 mths, which all came back fine but I am impatient and was willing to try everything!

We used a Clearblue fertility monitor the entire time plus Conceive plus lubricant. For 6 weeks prior to my BFP I had weekly fertility acupuncture and herbal tea, which I'm positive helped this month!

Dpo1 - 3 - no symptoms
Dpo4 - lower back pain, skin break out
Dpo5 - as above but I also mild period like cramps
Dpo6 - I had very creamy cm for the first time during the tww
Dpo7 - creamy cm again
Dpo8 - cm went waterey, cramps again, felt tired, my breast felt really tender and I had weird heart palpitations
Dpo9 - noticed a small amount of brown spotting, cramps, very irritable, breasts continued to feel full and tender and I noticed I had a shortness of breath when bending down (never had this before, I'm fit and healthy!)
Dpo10 - tiny amount of brown spotting, tender breasts, another skin break out and mild nausea
Dpo11 - had a massive temp spike this morning so tested just in case and to my surprise it was positive! Cramps and spotting continued for another 3 days.

BFP 11DPO for baby #2

Hello, so glad to be able to finally post on here! I have been on this website so much! Little of my history had 2 ectopic pregnancy prior to my pregnancy of my daughter. Since she was born in Oct 2013 just haven't been using protection, figured it would take a while to get pregnant again...which it did. This was our 7 cycle trying since getting my period back (breast feeding) I just felt different I was so positive I was pregnant and so glad I saw BFP!!

I have long cycles lasting typically anywhere from 31-34 days, and I ovulate late this cycle I ovulated CD 19 (which was early for me, got positive opk CD 17/CD18) I also typically have short lutheal phase typically 9-10 days and I have hypothyroidism so like I said a bunch of stuff to overcoming. Since we were trying I paid close attention to my symptoms here we go:

3dpo-indigestion, increase appetite, backaches, diarrhea
4dpo-gas,tender boobs,body aches,diarrhea
6dpo-gas, sore throat, nasal congrestional,tired
7dpo-slight nipple soreness,cold/flu,tired
8dpo-very light spotting (only when I wipe, mixed with mucus-implantation spotting?! Had it with my daughter too), gas,dizziness, cold/flu
9dpo-light spotting this just in AM only then stopped nothing now, stomach ache,cold/flu,backache,cramps (very slight different from AF ones), gas
10dpo-tired,gas,cramps,nasal congrestion, dizziness,constipation
11dpo- gave in and tested this morning, was First morning pee, took a test (cheapie) didn't see anything rig away so went back to bed -- got up later and saw very faint line...was so happy - took digital to make sure it wasn't just a evp line ..nope BFP, soooooo excited and happy

Now just super nauseous but so happy going to doctor to confirm it tomorrow, wishing you all luck even if it takes time don't give up hope and pay attention to the signs your body tells you!!

BFP after AF!

Hi everyone,

Here is my BFP after AF story. Disclaimer: decent amount of AF description in this story. Sorry in advance.

I had a late O date (CD 20), which is not unusual for me. For the 9 days afterwards I had no symptoms at all except that one day I had crazy sugar cravings and got really moody but that can also happen during PMS.

9 DPO - I had very light spotting when I wiped. I got a little excited thinking it was implantation.

10 DPO - My temps dropped to close to my coverline (although still slightly above) and I had full on bleeding later that morning. It was a dark dark pink to light red color and required a tampon. I was mad because my luteal phase had been so short.

13 DPO or 3 days into my "period" my husband and I traveled to Bogota, Colombia. Still needed a tampon, but noticed AF was lighter and tinged brown. Not unusual for me. I have a light flow.

The following day, my temperatures spiked back up. I take them even during AF to keep the habit. Bogota is at a much higher elevation so I figured my body was working harder to breathe etc. And that would account for the elevated temps. I was still bleeding at this point. In fact, I bled for 7 days... 7. Days. The last 3 days were just brown tinges when I wiped, but it was close enough to a real AF that I suspected nothing. 1 day spotting, 2 days medium flow, 1 day light flow and 3 days heavy to light spotting.

I did not have sore bbs or additional moodiness. I had some stomach cramps and constipation but I was eating REALLY differently on vacation so I thought nothing of it. I do remember having 2 bouts of nausea and thinking "man, if I hadn't gotten my period, I would think I was pregnant." The nausea was on 15 DPO and 17 DPO.

The morning after we returned from Colombia, I noticed my temperature didn't drop. I went to the gym and almost threw up on the squat press.. adorable. That was when I decided to take a test. I hate seeing the BFN but I steeled myself for it and knew it would give me piece of mind. I was convinced I had picked up a bug. But when I POAS that pregnancy line lit up like the Vegas strip. It developed even before the control line.. like I wasn't even finished peeing. I was afraid to be happy though because I was sure something is wrong. I assumed "you can't get AF and still have a healthy pregnancy, right?"

I emailed my doctor and told her about the bleeding and she fit me in for an ultrasound to be safe. Everything looked normal. She said she can't figure out the bleeding at all but that the sack was the size and shape it should be at 5 weeks 5 days. We could both make out a little fluttering which she said was probably the heartbeat but was too early to be 100% sure. I have an appointment for another ultrasound in 2 weeks to be sure all is progressing well but she allowed me to feel hopeful.

Baby is due in mid November. I am so excited! I hope this helps people. I had barely any symptoms and even got AF! Weirder things have happened.. Baby dust to all!!