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BFP With IVF/ICSI #1

DH (36) and I (32) had been trying for a 18 months with no luck (apparently doing all the right things) and I just felt that something wasn't right. Being a very impatient person and lucky enough to be able to afford some private treatment, I had lots of tests to see if there was anything wrong. Everything came back perfect except DH's morphology (4%) however this was still considered within normal parameters in his NHS test. We booked an appointment with a Fertility specialist and DH had a more detailed semen analysis showing that his sperm were not traveling effectively, which only gave us a very slim chance of conception each month. After trying for a bit longer, we decided to go for IVF/ICSI as normal IVF was not recommended due to the altered movement patterns. In short, we were extremely lucky first time and got our BFP 9dp5dt. I am now 17 weeks pregnant and have had certain amounts of every symptom under the sun in the first trimester, but nothing really started until 6 and a half weeks pregnant. The only thing I noticed was a very sharp pain lasting about 3 seconds 2dpt, and then randomly at 7 and 8dpt I had heartburn, which is very unusual for me and so far I actually haven't had any other heartburn since those days. I noticed nothing else in the 2ww and actually i probably had less than "normal" months. I was advised by someone who had had several IVF treatments to absolutely rest after transfer, the only one that had worked for them, she had rested for a week. So, I took a few days off work and literally did nothing for 4 days, which is not completely what the clinics advise (they say to continue as normal but don't lift heavy things or do intensive exercise). Whether this actually made a difference or not, I like to think this helped. We realize that we were very lucky to get a positive first time but we went into it thinking it was a course of treatment and might take 6 months, a year or more, rather than just a success or fail. I know that sounds easy to say when it worked but I think it helped to keep me sane throughout the process. I think that if you can it's important to be able to talk to your close family and friends about what you're doing during treatment. Wishing everyone the best of luck in their own story. x

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Congeatulations!! All the best.

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