Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
My story doesn't have a happy ending, but I thought I would share what happened, hopefully to raise awareness.
I got off of bc in January but with my husband's work schedule, we weren’t able to ttc during ovulation until March. Right away, I started feeling different. I had sore bbs that I could tell were different than usual. I also felt sick a few mornings in a row. I would get dizzy and light-headed in the shower. I also felt a little nauseous a few times, I never threw-up, but I did have diarrhea a few days.
I took a pregnancy test 2 days before I expected AF but it was BFN. Even my husband thought I was pregnant.
2 days later AF showed up. She was pretty normal, just a little lighter than usual. After AF ended, I started bleeding a few days later again. First it was spotting, then it got heavier and with more substance. I was already taking OPKs everyday waiting for our next window to ttc. I had discussed the bleeding with a friend and she thought maybe it was implantation bleeding but I knew it was way too heavy and long for that. I decided to take another pregnancy test, and it was immediately BFP. I was shocked and so excited, and then I remembered I had been bleeding for over 2 weeks. We went straight to the ER and found out my hcg levels were around 700. The doctor thought it was a miscarriage, but wanted to have me checked again, to make sure it wasn't ectopic.
My levels went from 700, to 600, to 800, to 700, to 900, and finally dropped naturally, and quickly. (Those are rounded numbers, they weren't always exact.)
Because my levels never went high enough, there was no way to know if I was having a miscarriage or if the pregnancy was ectopic and aborted naturally. I've had right-sided pain since I got off of bc in January. I always assumed I ovulated on the right side, but now I'm super aware of the pain and pressure on that side.
Anyway, I wanted to share my story in case anyone had experience with any issues like this, miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies. I was never in pain, I did have some pressure and tugging, but never enough to cause me to take medicine. If I wouldn't have taken the 2nd pregnancy test, I probably wouldn't have had any idea anything was going on. Ectopic pregnancies can be very dangerous, so I wanted to spread my story, in case it can help someone else be aware of the possibility and what I experienced.