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BFP without usual post-O symptoms

I'm 35, and my biological clock has been ticking for longer than I've known my husband. We got married last summer, but life and work had us put off TTC until this spring. I stopped BC in January and started tracking my cycle, started BBT in March before we even started trying. When we started TTC in May I was ready with Pre-Seed, since I knew my CM was scant. I also started recognizing symptoms of increasing progesterone after O, like really sensitive nipples POD1-2 and vivid dreams. My BBT temps were lower (high 96-low 97 pre-O and mid-high 97s post-O), which made me worry about thyroid issues. I also started spotting on POD6-8 on the cycles after we started TTC. All this to say I was worried about my luteal phase, my thyroid, the quality of my CM and eggs.

In August we went camping right before my fertile period, and I decided not to temp that weekend. It felt so nice not worrying that I decided to skip temping and just focus on other signs to decide when to BD. I also skipped using pre-seed since my DH hates it and trying to insert it without grossing him out was causing me stress. I usually O on CD14-15, so we BD CD9, 10, 11, 12.

CD9: BD no pre-seed.
CD10: A lot of EWCM, unusual for me. BD. No pre-seed.
CD11: Lotiony CM. BD no pre-seed.
CD12: I had a hunch I might be near O even though it was early and I was trying to be "laid-back". Took an OPK, positive. BD no pre-seed.

POD0: no symptoms
POD1-4: no symptoms. This was so weird for me I told DH, "Either I'm pregnant or I didn't ovulate."
POD5: boobs starting to get sore and heavy (never felt heavy before). Put on a bra to go to the store and couldn't wait to take it off.
POD6: still sore, full boobs.
POD7: sore boobs. Feel a tiny bit of cramping, tugging that comes and goes. No spotting like I had been doing previous cycles.
POD9: negative HPT
POD10-11: boobs still sore, light cramping. So convinced I'm pregnant I retrieve previous HPT and see super-faint (maybe evap) line.
POD12 (day before AF): HPT with FMU, faint but clear positive.

That's it. My first pregnancy. Now 6weeks1day, first appt with MD at 8 weeks. We were trying for four months, so I know we are lucky. My first symptom was a lack of normal post-O symptoms.

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