Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
It Can Happen To You
I just wanted to start off with a little background. My partner and I had been trying to conceive for two years. For a year we have been using OPK's. We pretty much always baby danced every day or every other day the week leading up to ovulation. This never worked for us, though. After a while of not conceiving, we went to get a semen analysis and I got an HCG test done (this is where they insert dye into your Fallopian tubes to make sure that they're open and also look at your uterus). The results came back as me having 1 blocked Fallopian tube and a healthy uterus. My partner had normal semen analysis results except for his morphology (shape of the sperm) which came back at 3%. The cycle after I had my HSG test done, I got the positive ovulation test and we tried something different. Since we knew that he had pretty normal sperm when withholding from ejaculation for 4 days, he abstained from masturbation and intercourse right when I started getting the cervical mucous. I am irregular, so this is the only way I knew to start testing for ovulation. 4 days later, I got the positive OPK test. I started testing like a maniac and never got a positive pregnancy test this cycle. I actually started my period 16 days after ovulation which never happens to me. It's always 15 days for me. It started as spotting and then got heavier. It lasted two days (also so weird for me, as my period is 5-6 days). I had horrible cramping...cramps that are hard to explain. I had a feeling I had a chemical that month.
Anyways, I figured we needed to try something different because I can't expect different results by doing the same thing every month. I started taking FertilAid as well as FertillCM. My partner started taking multivitamins. I stopped my medication for migraines since those are potentially dangerous to a little bean. I started taking prenatal vitamins every day just in case. I also bought softcups. I thought that my cervical mucous would be more abundant after taking the FertilCM, but it was hardly anything. I also started taking Robitussin daily for a week before ovulation. I stated getting a little bit of cervical mucous, which is how my partner and I knew to abstain. 4 days later I got a questionable positive OPK. I had no idea if I should count it as a positive or not since it was so borderline. We counted it as a positive just in case and baby danced the night after the positive OPK (I always ovulate 2 days after my positive OPK). So, the night before ovulation we knew that he probably had a healthy amount of sperm. I put pre seed into the soft cup and inserted it right after intercourse. It may also help if you climax yourself with the softcup in. I laid down for about 20 minutes and then got up. I think I kept the cup in for a few hours. We also had intercourse the day of ovulation. We didn't do any special this night. I kept track of my temperatures afterwards to confirm ovulation. My temperature didn't increase as soon as it normally does, so I really thought I had not ovulated. I had a big temp drop at 3dpo, then the temp went back to normal pre ovulation temps. My temps finally went up at 5dpo, but they just went up to my normal temps after I ovulate-98.6. I was totally confused. I was feeling symptoms of PMS, but I didn't even sure that I ovulated. At 8dpo I took a internet cheapie 25miu test and it came up negative. At 9dpo I took a dollar store test-negative. Then, later on 9dpo, I received some tests I had ordered a few days earlier. They are super sensitive 10miu tests. I took one and saw the faintest of lines. I didn't think anything of it. I know women already have HCG in their system, so maybe it was just picking that up. However, on 10 dpo I got a first response test. Obvious pink line. I continued taking tests for a few weeks and they gradually got darker. I was so so so very surprised!!!! I'm sorry this was so long. I just hope that by being so detailed with what I did, maybe I can help someone else. Below are my symptoms by DPO. I kept track of them via countdowntopregnancy during my wait.
1DPO- The underarms next to my breasts hurt. Like right on my arm pits. Mild Cramp with some shooting/stabbing pains.
2DPO- Heartburn, tender breasts (underarm), headcahe
3DPO- Pulling/pinching feeling, UTI feeling, tender breasts (underarms), BBT drop, diarrhea (FUN), so so hungry.
4DPO- Mild cramps, tender breasts (underarms), headache, stuffy nose, diarrhea
5DPO- Mild cramps, ovulation type pain, pulling pinching, tender breasts (underarms), diarrhea and increased CM. This was weird to me as I always dry up after ovulation.
6DPO- Bloating, cramps, pulling/pinching, breasts (stabbing pain), increased cervical fluid, abnormally hungry!
7DPO- Mild cramps, Tender breasts (underarms), runny nose, increased cervical fluid, so so so hungry!
8DPO- Mild cramps, pulling pinching, felt "out" this month, headache, tired, increased cervical fluid, strong smelling urine and extremely dizzy. I went out this night and felt like there was something seriously wrong with me from the dizziness. It mostly went away the next day. BFN.
9DPO- Gassy :-p, mild cramps, sharp stabbing pains (for sure period is coming. Felt exactly like last month), Tender breasts (underarms), dizziness but not nearly as bad as yesterday, BBT dip, diarrhea, frequent urination, increased appetite. BFP
10DPO- There's no way this pregnancy is going to last. It feels like my body is trying to get rid of this baby. The most horrible stabbing burning pains ever. I have to sit down they are so bad (and I normally get bad cramps). Heartburn, tender breasts, sore throat, tired, diarrhea, frequent urination, so hungry.
11DPO- Cramps like AF, pulling/pinching, tired, hungry, sleepy..
12DPO-Bloating, AF cramps, Stabbing pains, tender breasts, backache, increased sense of smell maybe?, sleepy, diarrhea, so hungry.
13DPO- Bloating, cramps, gassy, cramps, heatburn
14DPO- AF like cramps, heatburn, tender breasts, anxious/on edge (ahhh the anxiety starts. Wonderful) :). Exhausted.
15DPO- Bloating, cramps, sore nipples, heartburn, tender breasts, tired, diarrhea (God-give it a rest GI system), very hungry and increased cervical fluid.
I really hope this helps out someone along the way. I am now 12 weeks pregnant and the little one is healthy. I had horrible cramps for a week in my two week wait. My doctor told me the pains meant I would miscarry it was so bad. I noticed the pains were bad when I moved around. They got better with rest. Still today I get cramps, but not as bad as in the two week wait. I had a lot of diarrhea as you can read, which was another major symptom for me. The other most major symptoms for me was the increased hunger, my breasts hurt practically in my armpits, and also having increased cervical fluid after ovulation. That was weird for me.
Again, the things we did differently this month to conceive were having the HSG test done (I hear this can make you more fertile for a few months after the procedure), took fertiAID and FertilCM. I was taking this for a few weeks before we conceived. Partner took multivitamins. We used softcup with pre seed in the cup. We abstained from intercourse and masturbation for 4 days before ovulation and I also took the recommended daily dose of guaifenesin (Robitussin) a week before I ovulated. I just made sure that the only active ingredient was guaifenesin. I also climaxed the night that we used the soft cup.
If you have any questions about what I did or things that I felt so that you can compare to your experience/journy, please feel free to email me. Happy to answer! Nataliecarson9@gmail.com