Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
BFP with PCOS and Clomid 50mg
I wanted to write this because I know what a comfort it was to read there was hope when I was ttc and I hope it gives hope to you too (when you're in the mood to hear it, I know there were days I hated reading about other people's success).
My husband and I have been together 16 years, married for 3 years and started ttc last September. I thought I'd get pregnant right away. After 3 months, I got tested and found out I had pcos which was devastating. My sister's both have it, and my eldest sister has been ttc for 10 years with no success. My gp told me to lose weight and wait a year before she would refer me to a specialist. I followed her advice and lost weight but put it all back on (and then some) after a few months. I told her in June I didn't want to wait anymore, I was 32 and time and genetics were against me, but she wouldn't listen. So I got another opinion.
The second gp sent me straight to an ob/gyn who gave me a script for Clomid 50mg. I tried it in July, it didn't work. I tried it again in August and got the 21 day blood test which showed my progesterone level at 0.8 (that's pre-menopause low). I was devastated. I went back to the ob/gyn who said try 100mg then 150mg then we'd do ivf. I took the script but held off from buying Clomid straight away.
See my gut told me I'd ovulated late. So I waited to see what would happen. I started spotting a week after I thought I'd ovulayed and I thought it was my period. I was terribly upset. But then my period didn't come. I was hesitant and hopeful. Next thing I know, it's a few days later and I still hadn't gotten my period.I got excited and took a pregnancy test but accidentally peed all over the test window rendering the test invalid. I thought it was a sign so I waited until it was 2 weeks post what I thought was ovulation.
I woke up at 5.45am and took the test. 1.5 minutes in and the line in the T section appeared. I thought it was the control line. But no there were 2 red lines= pregnant! I couldn't believe it. I woke my husband and we hugged and cried. It had been an emotional 12 months but we finally did it.
Now that I am pregnant, I'm petrified. I'm petrified I'm too overweight, that I'll eat the wrong things, that I'll miscarry.. but I am committed to doing the best I can and I'm excited about every little thing that's happening to me :)
Here are my tips for conceiving with pcos:
1. Stress less. This was a big one for me. I was stressed about dieting, stressed about getting pregnant, stressed about timing sex, stressed about everyone getting pregnant around me. Try go on holiday to conceive if you can. Sometimes you don't know how stressed you actually are until you get away.
2. TMI but try to think of sex as fun again. We got into an awful routine of only having sex in boring positions, putting my legs up after sex, no peeing after sex. Nothing is less sexy (or more likely to end in a UTI). This past month, we had sex when we wanted, timing be damned, and specifically chose positions that weren't really conducive to baby making, ie standing up, cowgirl style, etc. Just to make it fun again.
3. Don't stress about diet. When I gave up my strict diet, my periods returned to a monthly cycle (they were bi-monthly previously) and I think relaxing my diet helped regulate my cycle.
4. Track your CM, cycles and other information. It stressed me out but was really useful to refer to when seeing specialists.
5. You know your body better than anyone. If you're not willing to keep waiting to see a specialist, get a second opinion. My specialist said it was good I came to her when I did. Remember your gp isn't a fertility expert!
All the best everyone x