Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
5IUI's later and now i'm an ecstatic mummy to be!
Ladies, I am very excited to share my BFP story and hope it helps others waiting. Our journey began long before I met hubby and he decided to have a vasectomy shortly after having his ds from a prev relationship. From the very beginning he knew I wanted children and he was open to having a reversal. A few months before our wedding dh had the reversal but shortly after we were married we got the results of his SA and it came back 0. We were devastated as we were told it was a 98% chance it would be successful. His surgeon referred us to the fertility clinic so we could learn our options. After speaking with the Dr there we decided financially our best option was IUI with donor sperm. All my tests came back good so once we picked our donor we could start right away. The Dr said as I have never tried to get pregnant before it would be best to do 3cycles unmedicated as we don't know how fertile I am. Then from there we would add meds. So we did our 3 cycles each time I was so excited and optimistic but unfortunately each time af arrived even before my blood tests and I was devastated. Finally we were moving on to medicated cycles. My first cycle I only showed 1 follicle even with the clomid. We triggered and iui and I just knew that this was the kick I needed and this was our month...no such luck. We were only able to do a max of 6 tries financially so I was so scared that this was number four and still bfn.
DH and I decided we needed to take a break to unwind and relax. We took 6 months off and in June we went on a relaxing vacation. The day our vacation ended was day 1 and my plan was to call the clinic and start right away but I came home with a stomach bug so we held off one more month.
Which brings us to this cycle. July 25 I called the clinic and reported my day one. We did 100mg clomid from cd 3-7. Ultrasound monitoring first showed 2 follicles and a good lining. By my 3rd and final ultrasound I have 3 follies and a great lining. Cd 12 trigger and 14 was iui day. 36 hours after trigger. My goal this month was to try to spend as little time thinking about it as possible so I do not have day by day symptoms but I will list what I noticed.
The evening of iui I have pain like I had not had after any other iuis. My uterus felt full and my left ovary (where I had the 2 follies) was sore. I think we timed it absolutely perfect. The next day or so I had some cramping then things went back to normal. 6 dpiui we were on a big family camping trip and my sister made a comment that is so her but I almost cried. I thought this was weird but was to early to think to much of it. After returning from our camping trip I noticed cramping, I threw up on two separate days and was having hot flashes but the thing I have noticed the most is how tired I am. Hubby and I decided no early testing and just kept ourselves busy. The clomid had pushed back my ovulation so I was not sure when af was due but my Lt phase is normally 11-13 days so once i passed that I considered myself late. Our clinic tests at 17dpiui to make sure no chemical pregnancy is picked up but at 15dpiui dh and I tested together and I got a pregnant 2-3 weeks on the digital. At 17dpiui I had my blood and the clinic said my numbers look great and booked me for an ultrasound on Sept 14 to find out if more than one of those follies succeeded in implanting.
When people are trying one of the comments everyone makes is once you stop trying it will happen...we do not have that option but I decided this cycle I was going to try to get as close to that as possible. I went to my appointments and took my meds as I was supposed to but other than that I lived my life normal. Normally I stop drinking over think what I am eating and stress if I miss my vit. This month I went out for dinner with friends had a few drinks and relaxed about symptom spotting. Even my mum noticed how different I was. I really think this helped.
I am not 4w5d and could not be happier. I wish each and everyone of you luck in this journey and hope you all find peace in the hard times and ride the highs as long as possible!