Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
Low AMH + chronic disease diagnosis - conceived on second IUI
I wanted to share my story to give someone else hope, as these stories gave me hope during some dark times. I am 36, and my husband is 50 now. We were a year younger when we tried to conceive - from April 2016 to July 2017. Here’s a general timeline:
April - Sept 2016
Tried lots of things to get pregnant - tracking, temping, ovulation strips, sex every day/every other day/twice a day, acupuncture, all sorts of supplements. No luck. Did find out I had a shorter luteal phase (8-10 days), so gyno prescribed progesterone suppositories to use after ovulation. Lengthened luteal phase but still no luck.
Oct 2016 - Jan 2017
Got tested at fertility clinic. Initial tests showed low AMH for me (.4) and low motility for my husband (31%). Subsequent testing showed even lower AMH for me (.2) but great results for my husband. (Not sure if his first test was a fluke but between tests he kept his cell phone out of his front pants pocket and started taking various supplements)
Made a plan to start IUI + Clomid next cycle. Mentioned to fertility doctor that I’ve seen blood in my stool regularly for a few weeks, but my regular doctors said it was nothing to worry about. Fertility doc urges me to see a gastroenterologist ASAP to rule out anything serious before we start fertility treatment.
See gastroenterologist, get colonoscopy, am diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Luckily it is not too severe, and medicine curbs symptoms almost immediately.
April - May 2017
Delay fertility treatment, not really TTC as I wait for my body to heal a bit and adjust to new medicine. Also changed jobs to a much less stressful position.
First round of IUI + Clomid. Thrilled to have two ready eggs at ultrasound and awesome sample from husband. Trigger shot to release eggs, progesterone suppositories to support after insemination. Super sad to get a negative pregnancy test but doctor was pleased with my body’s performance so we decide to try the same thing again.
Second round of IUI + Clomid. 2 eggs again and a slightly less awesome sample from my husband, trigger shot, progesterone. Only thing I did differently this time was meditate daily - including for 10 minutes directly after insemination - using the Circle & Bloom guided meditation series.
July 21, 2017
Got first positive pregnancy test ever!! 2 weeks later, saw a tiny little heartbeat on my first ultrasound.
I could not believe it worked, mostly because I had absolutely NO symptoms during the TWW. Every month prior to this, I convinced myself that I was pregnant during the TWW. This month, I was sure I wasn’t. The only strange thing I noticed the day before I took my positive test was slightly bluer veins in my breasts, but I was pretty sure I imagined it.
I am now on the cusp of my third trimester, and the pregnancy has been smooth sailing so far (knock wood!). We are expecting a little boy at the end of March 2018.
I wish all of you the very best of luck, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that you will get your BFP very soon!