Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
BFP after chemical pregnancy
So happy to have got my BFP! We tried for 4 cycles, with a chemical pregnancy on the 2nd cycle and then took a cycle off after that. So 5 months in all. I had a really good feeling about this month from the beginning. The previous one was the first since the chemical, and I was totally frantic and desperate and stressed. This cycle I was absolutely determined to just chill the eff out. I had loads of fun stuff planned, and I allowed myself to have a few drinks even during the TWW (which I have not done the previous cycles). I was the calmest and happiest I've been since starting TTC. I'm sure it helped somehow. We inseminated 3 times during my fertile week on CD 12, 14 and 16. I ovulated on CD 16 (maybe late on CD 15). Anyway, here are my symptoms.
1-6 DPO: nothing except some cramping and spotting on 3 DPO. Obviously way too early for implantation, but I noted it anyway because I have never had either at this stage of my cycle so it was very odd. I felt very happy during this time and had a deep certainty that I was going to be pregnant. My cm was kind of yellowish creamy all this time, but not plentiful. I started using a natural progesterone cream morning and evening on 3 DPO because a test after my chemical showed luteal phase progesterone was on the low side.
7 DPO: woke up feeling slightly nauseous, and then had about 2 hours of gentle but persistent cramping. I felt strongly that this was implantation. Cm was wet and milky, some white stretchy stuff in the evening. I had shooting pains in my boobs and joints, and achy legs and lower back. My cervix was too high to feel (never happened before).
8 DPO: Woke up with swollen hands. Felt lightheaded and had a headache. Felt as if I was getting a cold. Creamy and white stretchy cm all day, cervix very high.
9 DPO: Woke up feeling nauseous. Dull ache in my lower abdomen. Cm milky and cervix very high. I noticed really bad spots on my shoulders - I normally get a few on my face as I approach my period, but this was like nothing I've seen before, there were at least a dozen on each shoulder and they were big and horrible. My brain felt foggy and I felt turned in on myself, like I was hyper aware of my own body but everything outside me was hazy. I felt oddly serene. Later in the day I started feeling really rough: weak, exhausted, headache, nauseous, shaking so much my teeth were chattering, aching limbs and joints, skin felt really sensitive to the touch, eating hurt my throat. It felt like I was getting flu. I had a long flight that evening and I had strong cramps for about 4 hours during the flight. I also cried because I found the safety demonstration so moving, by that point I knew for sure because I'm not normally emotional.
10 DPO: BFP in the morning! Line was clear after a couple of minutes. Milky cm, v high cervix. Aching arms, shoulders and neck. Skin still v sensitive. Spots on back worse, spread to collar bones and lower back. Very tired.
11 DPO: Line is darker. Milky cm with a glob of yellowish creamy. Weepy and tired. Mild nausea. Back ache. Stuffy nose. Random twinges in tummy and hips.
12 DPO: Period would have been due today. Felt nauseous in the morning. Cramps low behind my pubic bone on and off all day. Unbelievably tired.
I'm now 20 DPO and have been incredibly tired, slightly nauseous and crampy and headachy on and off since BFP - some days I don't really feel anything, others I feel pretty bad. My boobs started being slightly tender at 15 DPO, but they're still not v painful. The flu feelings, sensitive skin and spots have gone thankfully. Still applying the progesterone cream morning and evening and will do until at least 2nd trimester.