Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture - they worked for me!
I've been following these ttc threads for 6 months now while TTC for my first baby. Finally I can since I have my BFP despite thinking it wouldn't happen!! Here's my story. TTC since Sept 16. Before this I had been on and off the pill for years and due to constantly coming on and off the pill I had screwed up my hormones and created a hormonal imbalance within my body. After I came off the pill I had irregular cycles ranging 35-39 days and would ovulate very late (around day 23). I figured this out by using ovulation packs. Also, my periods were very light, about 2 days in duration. Additionally, the serious amount of acne on my chin and cheeks confirmed I had a hormonal imbalance. With an aim to bring my O date forward to day 14 and achieve a 28 day cycle I started Agnus Castus (1000mg per day) which I purchased from Amazon. Within a month I was ovulating bang on day 14 and having my period exactly two weeks later. However, my periods continued to be very light..around 2 days (also i would spot 2 days before this), I still had the acne, and I couldn't get pregnant. I realised that the short periods meant that I had a very thin uterine lining meaning implantation was almost impossible. Agnus Castus didn't appear to rectify this problem. Therefore I looked to Chinese Medicine (TCM). On 1st March I went to a Chinese medical doctor specialising in Fertility in East London (message me for details - he is amazing). I sat down with him, told him my story, and he gave me a selection of herbs to boil and drink twice a day to bring about ovulation. Once I confirmed ovulation he adjusted the herbs to include herbs to increase blood flow to the uterus and thicken my uterine lining. I also had weekly acupuncture on my stomach to increase blood flow to my uterus. Well, just under a month later, I am pregnant!!! Symptoms 5DPO onwards until present (15 DPO): tired…in bed by 10.30/11pm. So so so much gas. 5 DPO: Afternoon - pinching feeling left side 6 DPO: Morning - pinching left side 7 DPO: Afternoon - sore oily face 9 DPO: Afternoon - mild cramping left side. Yellow discharge. 5pm - headache all night - very intense front left side of head and area above eye. Blocked nose. Insomnia. 10DPO onwards until present - dry skin on upper arms. Dry mouth day and night. 11 DPO: Notice that I have no symptoms of upcoming period. No increase in acne and no cramping like I usually do before period. 13 DPO onward - dry mouth at night. Dry skin all over body - skin feels sore. 14 DPO - no period and no signs period is on its way. 15 DPO - pinching right hand side. BFP!!