Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
BFP on VITEX with SPOTTING While Breastfeeding a Toddler!
I'm so excited to share my BFP story after 5 months TTC! I'm currently breastfeeding my 21 month old and didn't actually get my first post-partum period until my LO was 16 months old. Before my period came back, I decided to start Vitex because I had heard that it can kickstart your period by lowering blood prolactin levels and increasing your progesterone, and my DH and I REALLY wanted to start TTC Baby #2. I also night weaned him the same month. After THREE WEEKS ONLY on Vitex (and one week of night-weaning), my period came back!! I was overjoyed, and immediately started tracking temperatures and doing OPKs religiously. My first few cycles were pretty normal, but with short LPs. The last few months things seemed to have gone back to normal, with O day gradually getting earlier. I don't have too much CM, so I used ROBITUSSIN 6 days before O day and one day after, and I also used PRE-SEED and SOFTCUPS every time we BD. FYI my normal cycles are 30-31 days and I always have a very short LH surge, lasting <24 hours based on clearblue digital opks (smiley). This cycle I decided not to test until 14 dpo because I was sick of seeing BFNs every month! Here is the super detailed breakdown of my cycle and BFP!
We BD on CD 9, 10, 12, 14, 16 x 2, 17.
CD 14: BD
CD 15: POSITIVE OPK 2pm
CD 16 (Ovulation day): TEMP DIP (35.5), POSITIVE OPK 8am, BD TWICE at 7am and 12am (late that night), opk negative by 2pm.
CD 17 (1dpo): TEMP SPIKE (36.3), BD 1pm
CD 18-20: Some left side ovary stabs throughout day
CD 21 (5dpo): Wave of nausea, bad migraine, hot flash around lunch
CD 22 (6dpo): Some nausea in am, EXTREMELY tired, some mild backache, possible heartburn, copious wet cm, repeated muscle spasms in right hip
CD 23 (7dpo): Full feeling in abdomen, some left boob stabs, gagging when changing poopy diaper (rarely happens anymore)
CD 24 (8dpo): Felt nausea upon waking, horrid migraine all day and night, some random uterus stabs throughout day, seemed to be more on left side
CD 25 (9dpo): BROWN SPOTTING (three streaks on undies), very strong smelling urine- almost sweet, could smell immediately midstream, at night water tasted like sour milk to me (had hubby taste it and fine to him)
CD 26 (10dpo): BROWN SPOTTING (brown tinged CM on toilet paper), back and leg ache, feel like period is coming, very strong smelling urine again, tender nipples after nursing
CD 27 (11dpo): LIGHT YELLOW-BROWN SPOTTING on toilet paper, woke up in the night to REALLY sharp left side stabs followed by repeated pounding in that same area (implantation?), some heart burn, dull back pain all day, some nausea at night, strong urine
CD 28 (12dpo): Heartburn/nausea, extremely emotional, argued for no reason with my mom, read a parenting article and was BAWLING (the kind of thing where you look back hours later and wonder why the hell you cried so hard lol), very sore muscle-like cramping in left side groin area when walking most of the day, felt like I pulled my groin, almost limping
CD 29 (13dpo): big muscle cramps on both sides of uterus, especially on left side when I walk, some boob soreness, nausea after eating, out of breath really fast when carrying my LO up stairs (do it a million times per day, but particularly noticed how breathless I was this time)
CD 30 (14dpo): Test with Clearblue Digital with FMU and got BFP!!!! Conception indicator says 1-2 weeks. Also get lines on an IC and dollar store test. Small amount of brown tinged cm on underwear, cramping on left and right side of uterus, headache on and off, couple dizzy spells.
I’m not sure if I implanted the first day of the spotting (9dpo) or the day of sharp repeated stabs on the left side (11 dpo). 11 dpo is more likely as I got only 1-2 weeks on the conception indicator. Also, based on the timing of our positive opks, I believe that skipping BD the day before O and then the BD EARLY on O day (CD 16) was what did it for us, the spermies were able to build up for an extra day!)