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Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives

Long Journey to BFP

I'm so over the moon right now because I just got my first EVER BFP!

DH and I have been trying for about 4 years. Prior to that I've never gotten pregnant before, so Ive always thought something must be wrong with me. We started seeing a RE at the end of 2011, we did all the hormone tests and everything looked fine. we did 1 IUI which resulted cysts in my ovaries, so I underwent a laparoscopy surgery. RE diagnosis was mild endometriosis. After that we went on to IVF, we had 2 fresh cycle and 1 FET, all BFN. Finally the RE told me "you just need to gain some weight, come back to see me after you gain 10-15lbs"... WTH!!

Then we switched RE, also got everything checked again and all hormones are normal. Moved on to a fresh cycle with the new RE, but also ended BFN... This time RE suspected something must be off because she was pretty confident about this cycle. At the same time I heard about immunology issues from a friend so I brought this up to my RE, she agreed for us to do further testing.. We found out I have high levels of natural killer cells. It actually gave me a glimpse of hope knowing at least we are able to find something wrong (the worst is when they said everything is fine with you, but you are just not getting pregnant!). So she prescribed intralipid infusion for this past cycle. I just found out this week that I'm pregnant.. It feels so unreal because it's been a long road and I never thought it'd be possible for me to get pregnant.

The only symptoms I had was AF like cramp on 8dp5dt, I usually get cramps a week before AF, but this cramp felt debilitating, I was not able to move and just wanted to lay on the couch, with backache. However the pain was gone next day. The other symptom was breakout in my face the next few days. I don't usually break out around my cheeks (only on forehead or chin areas). The break out looks almost like some kind of white pumpy rash (but not itchy).

If you are like me, have experienced multiple ivf failures and couldn't find out why, I recommend to do a immunology testing before you waste more money on IVF. I wished I had it tested sooner, but I'm still ecstatic about my BFP!

Comments

hi, just came across this piece. it does somehow give me some hope. we have TTC for 3 years, without any success. nothing seems to be wrong that has been detected. have had 2 failed IUIs and ended up so disappointed......
so this immunology testing that you mentioned, what all does it test for and what treatment do you get if it comes back with something suspicious? just curious.

I was reading your story because were about to start our first IVF and I need to hear done positive stories. I totally relate to your comment about the doctor saying to gain weight and cond back. I've had 3 REs tell me that but I'm just naturally skinny no matter what I eat. And they give me that "uh huh sure..." response.

Hi there congrats! This gives me hope. I actually did go for an immunology test too and my NK cells were at 21, which the doc said is on the high side. I will however be doing a laparoscopy because my RE thinks my endo is back. Do you remember what your NK cells number was? Thanks!

Could you please tell us when did you have your first Positive HPT? After the cramping symptoms?

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