Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
Lean PCOS, 2nd Femara Round, BFP at 13DPO
I wanted to share my BFP story to give some hope as so many of these stories helped me during our journey to conception.
Background: me 29 lean PCOS with anovulatory/irregular cycles, DH 33 all normal. TTC for 3 months but I've been preparing my body for pregnancy for about 6 months thinking we would have a long journey ahead of us. I've been off BC for almost 2 years and was diagnosed with lean PCOS in October of 2016. Fertility testing revealed I had an AMH level of 11.6 in December, that same month I was put on Provera to bring on my period as I hadn't had it in almost 3 months. My next cycle was 56 days long (I did finally ovulate on my own!) and in January I started round 1 of Femara at 2.5 mg. I ovulated on CD 18 and had every pregnancy symptom in the book but it was all just PMS; after not ovulating for a few months I had forgotten how awful the luteal phase (a record 15 days long) could be.
In February I started my second round of Femara, 2.5 mg, and decided to really relax, pray and trust my body and The Lord to make things happen. I temp every morning, use OPKS during my expected fertile time, drink raspberry leaf tea and take CoQ10, magnesium, B complex, a prenatal and Zinc with chelated copper. I've cut out all gluten, most cow dairy, all caffeine, all soy and curbed my sugar and alcohol intake since September 2016. I read Taking Charge of your Fertility and WomanCode and exercised frequently. As far as BD goes, we used Preseed, Soft Cups (when they didn't totally hurt me!) and lying with hips elevated for an hour or so after each time.
I didn't record much day to day, I was trying to be really cool and relaxed about it all (cannot recommend enough), but here's what I noticed was different:
+ OPKs on CD 15 & 16
O on CD 17
BD on CD 13, CD 15, twice CD 16, CD 17
1-4 DPO: my boobs aren't the least bit sore, they always are right after O. Can't catch my breath sort of anxiety for no reason and major insomnia that hit right at 4 am each morning.
3 DPO: I had a fall back rise, a temp well below the coverline that I've never had before indicative of an estrogen surge
4 DPO: had a urine test done at GP and I had an elevated white blood cell count, perhaps a super early sign?
5 DPO: boobs start to hurt, awful "throwing up in my mouth a little bit" all day, thought it might have been from the wine I had at lunch (we were on a weekend getaway and I threw caution to the wind alcohol wise!)
My CM went from yellow-y EWCM 2-4 DPO to stiff creamy peaks, I had a ton of it everyday when I checked CP, to shiny lotion-y when I wiped.
Freezing all day and all night, I cannot warm up.
Lots of twinges and little cramps in ovaries.
Instead of my usual upset stomach and diarrhea during the TWW, I was a little bit constipated.
7 DPO I had a little bit of blood when I blew my nose.
10 DPO by boobs are canon balls, veins are all over them, my stomach and upper thighs.
I'm in the best mood ever compared to the deranged tyrant I usually am in the TWW.
No acne! Unheard of for me.
13 DPO I took two digital tests (all I had!) in the afternoon and both were BFP!
15 DPO & 17 DPO FRERs come up BFP right away!
Present symptoms: nausea waves, they're a real thing! Boobs are extra swollen and very tender. Some ovulation type cramping and lower back ache. Outrageous thirst and frequent urination. Napping and going to bed at 9:30 every night. I am not complaining about any of it!
I am praying for a healthy nine months and for each and every one of you to get your BFPs!