Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
BFP After 2 Years, Just Found Out it is Twins
I promised myself if I ever got a BFP I’d post our story. I’ve read numerous posts on this site and they always gave me a feeling of hope. So here’s our story with as many details as I can remember.
Me: 32 years old and diagnosis of anovulation and endometriosis.
DH: 38 years old and diagnosis of low sperm count (which is now in the normal range after med changes and surgery) He is Type 1 diabetic and has a host of other medical issues including thyroid issues. All diagnosed in his 30s.
Our Story: We’ve been married for 8 years. We were told that conceiving might be difficult since DH had so many medical things come up – and this was before I even knew I had anything wrong. I wasn’t sure if I really wanted kids so we went about living our lives enjoying every moment. Decided to go off the pill to give body a break and see what happens…. 4 years pass by and figure that it isn’t meant to be. Then I got to thinking one day (shortly before I was to leave for a ladies night of fun) that I was probably late. Take a 2 year old test on a whim and sure enough – a BFP!!! I couldn’t believe it, had to buy more tests to be sure. All natural little miracle – and we never expected it! After a very rough pregnancy with preeclampsia and early induction we have a healthy 2 year old 7 month little boy who is the joy of our lives. Right away, after his arrival I knew I wanted more, so we started down our journey for baby #2. We knew it might take a while and we tried for 6 months with no results – was charting and realized after some labs I wasn’t consistently ovulating. Sent husband in for sperm analysis and learned his sperm was really low - less than 3 million. Doctors made some changes with his meds and counts increased and I started Clomid. After 3 months, got a BFP but it ended in miscarriage at 6 weeks. Keep moving forward and completed another 5 months of Clomid and nothing then 1 month of Femera and then we were told to move to IUI. Did 4 IUIs with Folistim 100mg and it worked on our 4th try. Interestingly, we were ready to move to IVF and I was in progress of getting everything lined up. Because of the wait we figured we’d fit in one more IUI. I wasn’t expecting anything – I was so used to disappointments and kind of had it in my head IVF would be our ticket. I had spent quite a bit of time conversing with God over this “journey” and finally told him, “I know this won’t happen until you feel it’s the right time.” I shared our plan with him and asked again for his blessing. 1 more IUI and then IVF and then we’ll be at peace with what happens. Went in for my IUI. So – things I did different for the month of our BFP – exercised like crazy – I do this anyway but was training to run the Tough Mudder with my sister. I was trying like crazy to get rid of the 15lbs I’ve gained from all of this. I honestly made no positive changes (drank more, slept less, pushed myself more physically, ate worse, crazy stress at work, lots of chaos) except for the fact that started some supplements I read about on a natural fertility site my mom sent me. I was coming down with a terrible cold anyway – so I figured some extra vitamins might help. I started these about a week prior to ovulation and here’s what I took: Folic acid 400mcg, Zinc 30mg, Selenium 100mcg, Fish oil 1000mg, Vitamin B6 up to 50mg, Vitamin B12 up to 50mcg, Vitamin E 200mg, Vitamin C 1000mg, Manganese 5mg. I was taking a prenatal vitamin anyway as well as Fish Oil but the others were new. Here’s the interesting thing. I normally had 1-2 follicles each cycle on Folistim but when I went in I had 5 follicles that were developing strong. I was so surprised! In order to not cancel the cycle they triggered me a day early to bring the number of viable follicles down to 3. I’ve know my body so well after all of this I always know I’m not pregnant at least a week before I get my period. I have extremely rough cycles and terrible PMS symptoms that typically start about 7 dpo. I’m usually lining up the next month of treatment well in advance because I just know no luck and I feel miserable until I get my period. So here’s what was different this month:
Day of IUI: Super crampy – much worse than other cycles. Figured it was because I had that extra egg. I prayed I’d feel better in the morning and went to bed early.
Day 1 post IUI: Woke up feeling good
Day 2 post IUI: No symptoms that were unusual (sore boobs and tired but that was normal)
Day 3 post IUI: No symptoms that were unusual (sore boobs and tired but that was normal)
Day 4 post IUI: No symptoms that were unusual (sore boobs and tired but that was normal)
Day 5 post IUI: Super nauseous more than usual (something I always get with my PMS), and very crampy – just like PMS cramps but at least 4 days earlier than they always kick in. I thought maybe my body was off since they triggered me early but felt miserable most of the day.
Day 6 post IUI: Again super nauseous, tired, and crampy. All like period is coming - but weird my symptoms were earlier than normal. Also felt really warm. These symptoms are like clockwork about day 9 dpo for me. I just figured my hormones were even more wacked because of the early trigger.
Day 7 post IUI: Woke up feeling great! Got on a plane and remember thinking… I think I’m pregnant. Told my sister I thought I was because I was feeling so good. All PMS symptoms gone. Told everyone I’ll know if I continue to feel this good. I’m so used to complete misery every month that no symptoms was very weird.
Day 8 post IUI: Called my husband and told him I was pretty sure I was prego. CM changed to look like post ovulation so that made me about 99.9% sure as that is unusual for me. Boobs very sore, but trying not to read into that because that’s a usual symptom for me. Still feeling good – which was my biggest sign.
Day 9 post IUI: Ran Tough Mudder and finished! Skipped the electric shock obstacles and it was a good run, challenging, and I felt great! I still figured I was prego because I was still feeling great and my workout are usually rough after ovulation. Didn’t think a test would show up yet. So still hoping…
Day 10 post IUI: My sister talks me into picking up a test on the way to the airport. Take test at airport. Faint BFP!!! I take it as a positive!!!! Call DH and still cannot believe it!!!
HCG 4 weeks to 2 = 617 (high and a sign of multiples)
HCG 4 weeks 5 days = 2660 (YIKES!!!)
Ultrasound 6 weeks and 6 days = 2 strong heartbeats!!!!! Praying we have a healthy pregnancy with 2 healthy babies in then end.
Wishing all of you your miracle very very soon! It does and will happen!!!! My prayers and thoughts are with you….