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**BFP after 12 months of TTC**

Hi to All!! I promised myself I would share my BFP success story when it finally happened to prove that TTC for over 12 months is 100% normal and natural! In April 2017 my husband and I got married and I finished my last Microgynon Pill end of May 2017. I had been on the pill since the age of 17 and never remembered my periods being irregular or bad. I was probably extremely naive in that I just expected it to happen straight away. My husband and I are healthy 28 and 29 year olds, no health problems, we don't smoke etc. From about September onwards, my periods were way out ranging from 28 - 47 days so we never really knew when I was fertile and I wasn't in sync with what my body was telling me. I also just thought I was ovulating on day 14 (which only 10% of women actually do!!) which wasn't the case! For so long I had taken the pill to prevent pregnancy and now I wanted my body just to snap back to being 17 again - how wrong was I? We told ourselves that we'd start investigating if things hadn't calmed down by the start of 2018. That's when my husband suggested the OPK tests. We tried them in February and March which is when I went to the doctors. I actually figured that I ovulated slightly later in my cycle anywhere from Day 16 - Day 21 (depending on the length) and my periods were anywhere from 32-34 days long. Finally, we felt we were getting somewhere. In March my doctors ran some bloods on days 20, 23, 25 and 27 of my cycle which showed I was ovulating and also did an internal examination with no concerns at all. We started to relax a little more knowing that things with me were working. Our anniversary came and went in April followed by May....each month I started to get anxious that maybe my husband needed to get tested as I knew that sometimes there are sperm issues but we wanted to wait until the full year was out. Those who have been trying for a while will understand this when I say, when you desperately want to get pregnant it seems everyone around you is and falling very quickly. This was the case for us, there was at least a hand full of people I knew who had fallen within 1 - 3 months. We couldn't figure out what we were doing wrong, why not us? Well, month 12 came and went and June was out. My period started on 30th June and I just resigned myself to the fact that maybe it wouldn't happen. After all, we were together on the days leading up to and on ovulation so we were doing all we could until July happened.... July 2018 - Conception month I told my husband we would just continue with the OPK tests just to maximise our chances but just to try every other day. By luck we were together (probably for the first time) the day before we got our "Smiley Face". I had read somewhere that this is actually the best time as the sperm waits for your egg. Sometimes although you get the smiley face you miss your window and by luck it happened this month. We carried on as we did, continuing to be together when we wanted not too often and not too little. I will note my symptoms after ovulation below: Day 18 / 19 ovulation: 0-6 DPO - no symptoms at all. 7DPO - a small, clear jelly like discharge. 9DPO - my husband and I were out for a meal and I had the worst stomach cramps. It felt like gas and I was bloated but just thought it was my period looming. 10DPO - 16 DPO - tired, tired, tired. I was coming home and sleeping an hour or so and then going to bed and sleeping some more. I had the busiest week at work so just put it down to that. 13 / 14 DPO - period due - Had the regular stomach cramps but no period, no spotting. 15 DPO - onwards - my boobs started to hurt, especially my nipples and they were extremely veiny! I was also getting ALOT of clear watery discharge which I knew wasn't right for my period coming. Also started to feel sicky every now and then. I was adamant that I didn't want to read into any symptoms as some of these were similar to BFN months so I just let my body do the talking. I left it until the Sunday (as I couldn't deal with the heartbreak of me testing and getting a BFN!) so this was over 4 days after my missed period....and just like that the second line appeared. I told my husband that if it happened on this month it would be lucky month 13! So, after all the worry, anxiety, stress and tears nearly each month it took us over 12 months to conceive our first baby. Nothing wrong with us, it just took time. I wanted to share my story as I used to read blogs trying to reassure myself that trying for this long was normal and I can tell you it is!! There is always hope and light at the end of the tunnel. I couldn't tell you what I did differently this month to all the other months but whatever we did it worked. I am now 5 weeks and 3 days pregnant and our long awaited and very much wanted bundle of joy is due 6th April 2019 - 2 years after we got married. It couldn't be more perfect. Although it is still early days I am determined to enjoy every minute of this experience. PLEASE, DON'T GET DISHEARTENED!! TTC for longer than 12 months is normal - if only I could have told myself that sooner!! xoxo

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Thought of also sharing some symptoms that I had after my medication at Bio tex. Mood swings and stress are common symptoms reported by many women in the early stages of pregnancy. Many women in the early stages of pregnancy describe feelings of heightened emotions or even crying spells. The rapid changes in hormone levels are believed to cause these changes in mood. Pregnant women may also notice more rapid and drastic changes in their moods. As with other nonspecific symptoms, mood swings can be caused by a number of conditions other than pregnancy. Some women report suffering from headaches early on in their pregnancy, which may be related to corresponding changes in hormone levels. These headaches are nonspecific, usually not involving just one side of the head, and are not accompanied by changes in vision. Related to morning sickness, a pregnant woman may find that her dietary preferences have changed. It may be that certain foods or smells aggravate the nausea and vomiting of early pregnancy, or she may experience true food cravings. Food cravings can begin in the first trimester and last throughout the pregnancy.

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