Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
Hypothyroidism, irr cycles & PCOS - 1st BFP ever on 1st Letrozole cycle!!!!!
Here is my BABY DANCE STORY:
I am almost 35 years old and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism when I was 26. I was on BC from 15 to 33 years of age. As a teenager, I thought I had 14 day cycles, bleeding 1 week out of 2. My 32 year old BF and I have been TTC for a year now. After going off BC, my cycles were long, then I would bleed for a week, then off a week, then bleed for another week... Confusing and discouraging!!! After seeing a fertility doctor who ran tests on both of us, I have an obvious case of PCOS. I am athletic, thin and have always been very active. I actually had 45-90 day cycles, sometimes ovulating, sometimes bleeding instead of ovulating around CD14 until CD21... Then nothing for weeks!!! Luckily, BF has a very good sperm count. I have a good ovarian reserve and no hormonal abnormalities other than my thyroid that has been stable with 50mg of Synthroid daily since my diagnosis 9 years ago. My BF and I are little bunny rabbits so I asked my doctor if we should BD less often, like every 2 days... His reply was, "As often as you want!!" Lol!! Maybe knowing my BFs sperm count was promising, those were the doctor's orders!! So he sent me off with Provera to induce a period after a 35 day cycle and Letrozole 5mg for CDs 3-7 of my cycle...
BAM!!!!! BFP 1st cycle!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)
CD14-CD21: No ovulation. I was sure it wasn't going to work this 1st cycle. However, I didn't bleed as I often do when I don't ovulate so I forget about the entire thing, wanting to live in the moment as we take off on vacation.
CD23: SURPRISE: OVULATION!!! I haven't ovulated 10 times in my entire life so ovulation is definitely noticeable for me because it is very painful. I know I ovulated from my left ovary.
4DPO: Fatigue, sore breasts, little constipation over the next few days. These are normal luteal phase symptoms for me. Again, I haven't had many luteal phases so I notice the symptoms easily.
8DPO: Sharp stabbing, like one mediocre stab followed by 2 other small stabs on the left side of my abdomen, same place those 3 times, under 5 minutes total duration.
9DPO: I'm sure I won't get pregnant this 1st round but I have a doctor's appointment to renew my thyroid meds so just to be sure I'm not pregnant, I take an HPT with FRER using FMU: BFN.
10DPO: Still tired, sore breasts and occasional constipation but it's all still normal at this stage. However, I wake up with a mild headache at the back of my head, top of the neck, a lot like the very 1st time I ovulated after using BC for 18 years. The headache is mild as it comes and goes throughout the day. Midday, I get dizzy while shopping. This is not usual for me but I hate shopping so I figure I'm just very exhausted.
11DPO: I have AF like cramps. I get AF cramps about 24-36 hours before it starts, so this is about 2-3 days too soon. As the day progresses, these cramps are always there, consistent in mildness but I realize they're not exactly like AF. They're rounder, less aggressive and are constant. AF cramps for me feel tight, they vary in intensity as they come and go. These cramps have been here all day and instead of feeling tight, they feel wide. It's difficult to describe, sorry.
12DPO: We plan on going to the spa today, one of our last days on vacation. Once again, as a precaution, I take an HPT with FRER using FMU. I'm sure it's going to be negative because I can't be lucky enough to get a BFP on my 1st cycle on Letrozole... I'm a "dipper", not big on POAS. As I'm dipping, I'm telling myself, "Just be happy the meds got you ovulating. Be patient, this BFN is part of the process. You'll have a great time at the spa today..." *****BFP***** OMG!!! It's POSITIVE!!! IT'S POSITIVE!!! It's faint, but definitely there!!! I can't believe it!!! I've never seen one in my hand!!! THIS IS IT!!!!! Later that day, I feel dizzy again midday. I end up taking a nap in the afternoon, just too tired.
BABY DUST to all and especially, DON'T EXPECT A BFP.... Have fun!!! Try to see this as a BABY DANCE, not a BABY JOURNEY.