Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
37 y/o, BFP, TTC #1, 18 months, no symptoms
I've really enjoyed reading all the BFP stories here and promised that when my time comes that I'll share with the 2ww community in hopes to help others. 18 months later, here it is!
Short background: 37 yrs old, average health (I workout 2-3x/week & eat pretty sensibly), borderline hypothyroid; hubby is 36 yrs old, average health.
We started seeing a fertility specialist in 2015 since my periods have gone completely crazy (super heavy, huge blood clots, frequent periods). Turns out I had a small submucosal fibroid. I went on meds hoping it would shrink the fibroid (it didn't) and eventually went in for surgery in June 2016. A month later, everything was looking good and we continued with our fertility treatments. We discovered hubby's sperm quality had 28% DNA fragmentation (anything above 30% would most likely make it more difficult to conceive). So he started taking vitamins (Fertil Pro as well as a multivitamin). During our fertility monitoring, I've consistently got the trigger shot with every ovulation & was on clomid for 2 months - with no such luck. In January 2017 we tried for our first iui - and once again, no success. Hubby and I decided to switch our fertility clinic since we weren't all that happy with the care we've been receiving at our current clinic. We had an appt for our new dr. in May and decided to take the next 4 months easy and not focus on ttc.... and just like that, it happened naturally!
Symptoms: To be honest, not very many.
The days leading up to when my period was due my boobs were so full, sore and hard! It was really uncomfortable! That lasted about 3 days, then it vanished.
There were only 2 times where I completely knocked out from exhaustion. Didn't think too much of it since I thought they were probably tough work weeks.
Mild cramping on and off week of period due and 2 weeks after. Different from regular period cramps... very mild, almost unnoticeable and very fleeting.
Very light brown spotting a few days before period was due. I wouldn't even call it spotting... it looked more like skid marks lol. It happened for about 4 days or so. I thought it was a sure sign AF was about to show her ugly head but she never came (*confused).
At CD 42 (DPO 24???) - My period still didn't come and I'm never this late. Tested with a cheapo Dollarstore hpt and there it was! I tested the next day with a Clear Blue hpt and it said 3+ weeks. Hubby and I were just dumbfounded! We didn't even BD all that much the past month either!
Thoughts: Its hard to pinpoint exactly what made the difference this time around (I've done the preseed, basal body temperature route, you name it, etc.) but I do think these may have been factors...
-I cut out caffeine completely. I was a 1 cup a day coffee drinker, so not even that big of one. I transitioned from drinking coffee to drinking tea (though I used 2 tea bags to give me the oomph I got from coffee)... then eventually I stopped drinking tea altogether (except for the very few times) and just drank water.
-After over a year of going to fertility treatments and injecting all sorts of hormones and meds into my body... just allowing my body to take a break... and be in its natural state. I really think all that just added stress to my body (add to that the mental/emotional stress from ttc). Just eating healthy and getting enough sleep can really do wonders for your body.
-I did not think about TTC. I know its difficult especially if its something you've been trying and hoping for, for so long. Hubby and I had a long talk about whatever God's plan was for us (to be parents or not) and we finally came to terms with accepting (and embracing) our lives as they are now and realizing how blessed we were in so many ways. Believe me when I say, that in itself was a long journey for me personally.
-Just being happy, relaxed and enjoying life. Make plans, spend time with loved ones, try new things. As much as you want to conceive right this moment, it CAN and WILL happen. Don't lose sight of the many other great things happening in your life. When the time is right, you'll have your sweet little one in your arms. Something to definitely be excited and optimistic for! :) I wish everyone to keep the faith, be happy and enjoy life. I'm sending positive thoughts to all the wonderful mamas to be :)