Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
BFP Baby#2 and IUI #2
I always said that as soon as I got my BFP, I would post here. Just in case there is even one person out there that could benefit from my story, as i have benefited from all of yours so much. So, here it goes- we have been ttc baby #2 for a year now. It took us 2 years and 2 miscarriages to have DD, but we were able to get pregnant with her with no fertility treatments. Anyway, fast forward to now and she is 18 months and perfect. We knew that we wanted more children and decided to start trying when she was 6 months old due to our age(I'm 32 and DD is 35) and the troubles that we had the first go around. It took us 6 months to get pregnant and I finally got a BFP back in July, only to find that the pregnancy tests kept getting lighter until finally AF arrived. We were devastated to say the least, and immediately got the ball rolling on fertility testing and next steps. Being proactive was the only thing that kept us sane. There were a few things that came back from our testing, the biggest was that I have an overactive thyroid which my RE says could have been causing the miscarriages...he says that my thyroid could have seen the baby implanting as a foreign object to my body and rejecting it. He prescribed me a low dose steroid in case this was the issue. I should also mention that DH has no issues...his count and motility have always been great.
After trying for another couple of months naturally, we decided our next step was clomid and IUI. We decided that we would give it 3 months then move on to IVF as a last resort. Our first IUI, we both had so much hope. We truly thought it was going to work. Partly because it was the first time, and partly because our numbers were so great...I had 2 mature follicles, and 2 medium sized ones. Hubby's count post wash was 94 million with 86% motility! We really thought we nailed it, only to get a BFN in November.
Now for IUI #2- everything was a mess. I thought that I had ovulated prior to the trigger shot, as I got a very strong positive on an OPK. My follicle check only showed one at 17 and another at 13. My lining was at 5.6 from the clomid and I read that it was next to impossible to have successful implantation with anything under 7-8. My RE assured me that we still had 2 days for the follicles and lining to increase. We nearly cancelled the IUI because I thought that I already ovulated, and I wasn't convinced that my numbers were strong enough. We figured, what the heck..we're already so far along in the process. Let's just do it, so we did. Hubby's counts were strong again, 76 million and 86% motility.
Even though my RE told me not to test early, I did of course :) I started testing at 9dpiui and saw a very faint line. I thought it could be the trigger so I tried not to get excited. Then I tested the next day and the next, the lines kept getting darker. The Clearblue digital also came back at "pregnant 1-2". We confirmed with a blood test at 13dpiui and here are my betas-
Beta 13dpiui- 118, progesterone at 16
Beta 16dpiui- 800, progesterone at 11.6(RE immediately put me on supplements twice a day)
Beta 20dpiui- 2799, progesterone at 20.6
It's still so early, that I won't feel completely comfortable until I hear a heartbeat. We're scheduled for our first ultrasound Thursday. I'll just be trying to calm my nerves until then!
I do want to mention a few things that I did differently this cycle- drank pomegranate juice as soon as I heard that my lining dipped(not sure if it helped, but I thought-why not?), prenatal and baby aspirin every day. Hubby and I bd'd on CD8, 10, 14(day after IUI), and 15. I truly believe that I ovulated early and bd'ing on CD8 or 10 is what did it for us. We never do it that early(usually start on day 11 or 2 to give it the best swimmers..lol). I took the advice on my RE and did it on those days and I believe that is why I got my BFP.
Lastly, symptoms before my BFP were slim but I did get a sore throat and stuffy nose somewhere around 5-7dpiui. I also remember wiping and seeing a twinge on brown 6dpiui. Must have been implantation bleeding. Also, frequent urination- I notice it mostly at night. Previously, I would get up once during the night but lately it's been 3 times or more. Other than that, not much to report.
Ladies, I know that it seems hopeless sometimes, but persistence is what got us here. I love being a mom so much and I would have continued trying for years if I knew I would eventually be staring at 2 pink lines. Don't lose hope, and just know that you aren't alone. Fingers crossed that you all get your BFP's soon :)