Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
BFP second baby after 15 months and 2 chemicals!
This is a delayed story as I got my BFP on 31 March 16 after trying for 15 months with 2 back to back chemicals in 2015 (August and October).
Our first boy took 3 months to conceive so I was getting extremely concerned that he'd be any only child and that my body was broken (he's now 3 1/2)
2015 - for the entire year I tried all sorts of supplements (Soy Iso, Vitex, B6 etc) my cycle was wonky and ranged from 31-36 days. We had a very stressful year with a death in the family and a house purchase.
It was heartbreaking to have 2 chemicals in a row so I started getting fertility checks - everything came back normal and I was told that I had unexplained secondary infertility at 30 years of age. Not helpful or encouraging.
2016 - I stopped taking ALL supplements and my cycle went back to 29 days. I started seeing a Chinese medicine practitioner and he started me on acupuncture to balance my body. I started relaxing more. My doctor referred me to fertility specialists with a long wait list and also asked my husband to get a sperm analysis. The day that he was supposed to get his sperm analysis I got a strong BFP. The only reason I checked was to ensure I could enjoy a big glass of red wine!!
For me personally, I believe the timing wasn't right for 2015 with all of the stress is our lives. The supplements were confusing my body and I was out of balance in multiple ways.
Here is a summary of what worked:
Acupuncture for 3 months (I still go now at 21 weeks pregnant)
No supplements (apart from Folic Acid)
Using OPKS (I was using them the entire time but didn't want to stop because they were accurate)
I put my husband on Maca Root the month we got our BFP (apparently it increases sperm count and quality)
Heres a summary of OPK, BD and BFP:
BD on CD 11, 12, 14 and 15
Positive OPK on CD 14, 15 and 16
Strong BFP on CD 12
Super strong BFP on CD 14
Symptoms = nothing unusual until 6 weeks pregnant when nausea kicked in.
I should mention that the months I had my chemicals, my BFP was very faint and didn't get darker then I miscarried at about 5 weeks (when most women wouldn't even know that they're pregnant yet!)
Here's the interesting part: my acupuncturist knew from my pulse that I was pregnant 1 week before I got my BFP (it was in my medical notes when I told him about my BFP). He then predicted that I was having another boy based on my pulse at 8 weeks pregnant and I found out on Friday that we are indeed having another boy.
Hope this helps others. Sometimes it feels like it'll never happen and it's a very lonely, anxious and helpless experience. In hindsight, the timing of our new baby couldn't be better so I'm really happy that it's turned out this way.
Good luck ladies!