Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
BFP at 40 yo 4th cycle TTC post IUD removal!! To God be the Glory!
I'm so happy to post here and I hope my experience helps others. It's still REALLY, really early (11DPO is my guess), but I've gotten positives on two different brands of tests (discussed below) testing yesterday twice and today once. I hope this is a sticky little guy! I've been reading these stories for a few months, each month hoping it was my month. Sorry this is so long, but I hope this helps someone who is going through the same thing as me. I hope it isn't TMI, but I wanted to be as specific as possible for anyone that is going through this too!
My husband had a vasectomy reversal Jan 2010. We conceived May 2010 with our first. She is now 4+ years old. I was 37 when she was born. We decided in Dec 2014 to try for #2...thought we weren't going to have a second one at all, so God completely changed our minds. I am 40 (and a half) and I was so worried that this would take a long time. DO NOT LET WHAT SOCIETY TELLS YOU ABOUT YOUR AGE ENTER YOUR MIND! IF IT'S GOD'S WILL, IT WILL BE! Luke 1:37 says "God can do anything!"
- I had my IUD removed Dec 18 and first period about 10 days later. I immediately started temping and enjoyed it at first...I had no idea that our bodies were so amazing! I also started taking Vitex, Maca, prenatal, folic acid. The first cycle post-IUD removal showed an ovulation on CD 17 and an 11 day luteal phase. I was grateful to know I was ovulating regularly! We flooded that egg, but we didn't catch it. I went to acupuncture weekly.
- Cycle #2 (February 2015) I added B6 and Vitamin E because I felt my lp was short. I O'd on CD17 again but had a 12 day luteal phase. Vitamins were helping!? Temps were very consistent pre-O, and rose after O, had some EWCM, but we still didn't catch the egg. I continued acupuncture. We used Pre-seed on occasion just to help me since we were BD so much.
- Cycle #3 (March 2015) I stopped going to acupuncture, but kept temping. I O'd again on CD17 and had a 13 day luteal phase. YAY! I added a natural progesterone cream application after O was confirmed because during my luteal phase I would always get a massive temp dip around 6dpo, and I was worried my progesterone was low. This month I used pre-seed with the inserts 3 times around O. We didn't catch the egg again, and this month i was SO disappointed. I thought we did everything right, and I thought to myself that I couldn't possibly keep this kind of sex life going for much longer. I was beginning to get frustrated with temping because I read every little bit into the slightest temperature shift, and I decided that next month, after O, I would stop temping until AF came to save my sanity.
- Cycle #4 (CD1 was March 26) I stopped the Maca. I felt that it was making me gain weight and pissing me off. I added Fertile CM because my EWCM used to be plentiful but ever since my IUD was removed I only had it for about 2-3 days with not as much as I used to. This month I added OPK's, per the OBGYN's suggestion. I bought internet cheapies and digitals. My plan was to use the IC's leading up to my LH surge, and once I thought it might be positive to also test using the digital. Well, I got a slightly positive OPK on an IC on April 7 (CD14) but neg on digital, so we BD that morning. I thought "great! I will O on my usual CD17, get a positive OPK on April 8 or 9, and we'll BD until we can't anymore and for sure we'll catch the egg!" Then on April 8, the OPK was not as dark as the day before. WTH!? And the next day, again not as dark. Basically, I missed my surge somehow. We BD on Wed April 8 at night, and that was it. I was so frustrated because I thought I was out this month. I also had majorly wonky temperatures because the day of the slightly positive OPK, I got sick and was put on antibiotics. I temped loosely to confirm that O occurred, and then I stopped. Because of being sick, I cannot pinpoint O day, but I know it was anywhere from CD14 to CD17.
I started testing on 8dpo(or it was 6 dpo depending on O day), like the OCD person that I am. Of course negative on 8dpo and 9 dpo. Well, since I don't really know when I O'd, I POAS at 12 dpo and I got in the shower. After I got out, I saw the faintest of faint positive. I PRAISED GOD!!!!!! but I didn't tell hubby, and all day obsessed and researched pregnancy test sensitivies. I had used a Wondfo blue handled test, and got the faint positive. So after work, I went to CVS and got a FRER and a FRER Digital. I took a wondfo blue handle, a wondfo pink handle and the FRER in the afternoon after holding my urine for 4+ hours. The wondfos again showed the slightest positives. The FRER was negative. This morning, I again did the wondfos, and got positives on both, both faint. The pink handles are more pronounced than the blue handles. I am saving my FRER digital for Saturday morning so I know for sure that it's positive and I don't waste the money. AF is due on Wed April 22 or Thurs April 23. Today is either 11, 12 or 13 dpo. (Probably 11 is my best guess)
Coincidentally, my hubs had made an appointment with the urologist to have his spermies tested...and the appointment was supposed to be this morning. I had all of these plans about how I was going to tell him, and then I have these FAINT BFP's and a negative on a FRER. Argh! I couldn't let him go to the doctor knowing we might be pregnant! SO, i showed him the pink handled wondfo, and he was like "holy cow...we're pregnant!"
I write all of this to say that the cheap wondfos with the pink handles are SUPER SENSITIVE!!!! The FRER was a waste of money for me. I know some people have experience with false positives or evaps or whatever, but it's not possible to have 4 evaps in 2 days! :) I'm sooooooooooooooooo excited, and I'm sooooooooooooooo happy, and I am sooooooooooooooooooo grateful to God for allowing us to have another child. I pray for a sticky little bean and happy and healthy 9 months.
Good luck, ladies! Take charge of your bodies...they are wonderfully and beautifully made! And ask God for guidance through the process. :)