Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
42 yo hypothyroidism, TTC for 18 months, BFP 20DPO
Hello everyone! So happy to be finally posting here. Ladies out there do not lose hope! I hope my story helps someone out there. Just got my first ever + so still really excited! It's been a long journey and I've had to get my health into check from subfertility to fertile, as standard checks have not revealed anything physically wrong with either of us.
DH and I finally decided to start TTC in Sep 2015. Because of my age (40) I got some bloods done straight away and they came back with subclinical hypothyroidism. Started on Levothyroxine, built up slowly till was on 100mg by Aug 2016. Then I started Spotting pre period. By October 2016 I decided to start acupuncture, and straight away my temps were better in the luteal phase. By Jan 2017 my periods were better yet still nothing so I got in touch with a herbalist and began taking a fertility herbal tonic. And now I'm pregnant! Here's a list of the supplements I've been taking since October 2016 ( DH not as consistent but took first 3 ):
Prenatal vit, coQ enz10, vit D, folic acid, magnesium at night. Fish oil.
Really important that you don't think you're just a number! Books I found useful: Taking Charge of your Fertility, It Starts with the Egg, Period Repair Manual.
my recommendation: if you think you'll go for acupuncture find a fertility expert one. She helped me regulate my temps, stop pre period spotting, control midnight pee antics and regulate period flow. And NO PMS for the last two months! !!
I found inspiration in the following websites :
Molly nichols and Deidre Morris. Both looking at connecting with your feminine wisdom.
I also do a lot of visualisations and mindfulness.
I also tried OPK for 3 months and never got peak fertility including this month. It turns out they're not so accurate for older women.
of course I went through being obsessive with chart apps for the first year until I mentally exhausted myself and then decided to just keep a vague interest in my fertile window. I stopped charting properly some 4 months ago. I think it's a process you have to go through.
Summary of this cycle : my luteal phase is normally 12 days long.
1-12DPO No noticeable symptoms
13-20DPO Some menstrual style cramping and large and sore boobs. Tested + today. Still no other symptoms. Don’t feel pregnant yet!
I hope this little bean sticks!
Baby dust to all!!!