Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
BFP at 9dpo while nursing
I wanted to share my story because it is a little unbelievable and I couldn't really find anything similar during my 2ww. Maybe this will be useful to someone in my situation. My DD is a result of a medicated iui cycle after 2 years of trying. The plan was to enjoy her for at least a year before TTC #2. DD was exclusively breastfed for the 1st 6 months and continued to nurse after starting solids. Starting solids slowed her down nursing during the day, but she continued to nurse all through the night. She is a really high maintenance child and that really took its toll on intimate couple time with DH (well it squashed it to be exact). That is until DD turned 9.5 mos....
We went on a little family outing one saturday almost 2 weeks ago. When we got home DH couldn't keep his hands off me. It was out of nowhere that he just HAD to BD, and with quite a sense of urgency. I was taken by surprise, but was so happy to be returning to our normal selves. Of course we had to wait til nighttime because the dog thought we were playing and the baby kept crawling over and wanting a hug (aw!). Anyway, DH basically followed me around until a finally got the baby to sleep and we were able to BD for the first time since before DD was born (that's right, 1st time BDing postpartum).
Immediately after I felt so hot and my face was flushed. My first time parent exhaustion was completely gone and I couldn't fall asleep for hours. When I woke up the next morning I just had this thought like "I think I'm pregnant". I brushed it off as ridiculous because, not only did I previously have fertility problems, but I still hadn't gotten my 1st postpartum af. However, I just couldn't shake the idea that I was pregnant. I kept googling things like "chances of catching the first egg" and "pregnant while breastfeeding".
Over the following week I started getting a ton of pregnancy symptoms. I was really driving myself nuts because I just felt pregnant, but so many of my symptoms could be due to breastfeeding and the return of af. Not to mention, I had been convinced I was pregnant many times with ttc DD. Also, I had almost no symptoms with DD in the first 8 weeks. Well, to my complete shock, I am sitting here staring at a BFP! It's closer to my first pregnancy than I would have liked, but I cannot be happier about not having to go back to the RE for more fertility treatments. Clomid is the devil! Here is how my 2ww went.
O day- I'm guessing this was Saturday 9/16, but it's hard to say without having af since before my first pregnancy. BD. I feel hot after and my face is flushed. Suddenly wide awake and not able to fall asleep.
1dpo- I just feel pregnant. I'm very confused about not being able to shake that feeling.
2-6dpo- I'm suddenly struggling to do my daily run. I'm an avid runner and had been feeling great for the past few months. These days I just felt like my legs were cement. I start napping with my DD instead of catching up on chores or watching a show. Some mild cramping just above my pubic bone.
7dpo- my morning coffee tastes awful. This happened during my last pregnancy, but not until week 7 or 8. Now I'm more suspicious. My bbs are so sore. I think it's because my DD missed her early morning feed so I take my normal pump break early to relieve the pressure. Letdown is extremely painful and also causes a stabbing sensation in both armpits. I think I'm going to get a ton of milk and only get the usual amount. Not much relief of sore bbs after pumping. Pelvic cramps and backache. Fluttery twinges around belly button. I can't shake the feeling I'm pregnant so I test even though I know it's too early. BFN.
8dpo- coffee tastes bad again. Uterus feels full and heavy. Backaches, cramps, sore bbs. I have visible blue veins all over my bbs, but then remember that can happen with breastfeeding. I can't remember if they were there before or not. I get really angry at myself for not paying attention to my body before this started. Hair is really greasy.
9dpo- cramps, no appetite, slight backache. Bbs aren't really sore anymore and coffee tastes ok. start to think Maybe I'm not pregnant. Then my heart starts racing from a few sips of coffee and I think I'm pregnant again lol. Later DD falls asleep on my stomach after nursing for her afternoon nap and her weight just kills me. I've never had pain from her laying on me before. Uterus feels heavy. Not as tired on my run, but feel hot and heart rate stayed really high for way longer than normal afterwards. I decide to test again after dinner, but expect another neg.......BFP!! I'm shocked, but also not because I "knew" I was pregnant this whole time.
Just know that anything is possible really. Also, you can get pregnant while breastfeeding and before af returns. Good luck and baby dust to you all!