Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
NEVER GIVE UP!
I can remember the days of wanting to be someone writing on this board telling my story. I promised myself I would do it. There were so many days I would look at this board hoping my symptoms matched up with someone else's giving me that big fat positive. That actually never happened for me.... So here it is.... Oct 2015--first time ttc we got pregnant, only to start miscarrying about 5 days later which we later found out was ectopic...I was a lucky one in that I did not lose my tube or damage it. (Found that out with a hsg the following January) In February 2016 we were giving the okay to start ttcing again! Yay! I was so optimistic. 6 mos later I was still not pregnant so we went to my ob/gyn to discuss options. It was suspected that I had mild PCOS and that using the fertility medication clomid would help. I took this 3 months in a row and had confirmed ovulation from blood work....still not pregnant.... we decided to stop the medication in November 2016 and seek additional help from a fertility specialist. I saw the specialist in January who also suggested a mild case of PCOS that would not be affecting my fertility. My husbands SA came back perfect. We decided to try an IUI (Just google it if you aren't familar). I was told that the first one has a chance of not working because they may miss my ovulation while learning my cycle, so I was cautiously optimistic. The next day after my first appt with the specialist I got my period! (I was SO excited for this) I began my medication (clomid again) on day 3-7 then went in for a follicle scan on day 12 that determined I had 2 great mature follicles and 1 potential (so possibly 3 Eggs) I was instructed to trigger shot on day 14 and have my iui on day 16. I had mild cramping on this day. The following symptoms are post iui.... Dpiui 1-11----not a single symptom! I normally get sore boobs about 7-10 dpo when I get bfn's so this was a little strange to me, but has fluctuated before so I didn't think much of it. Dpiui 12----waves of nausea after lunch which I chalked up to me eating greasy chicken at lunch, I really didn't think much of this either. I was instructed not to test until day 15 due to the hcg trigger shot potentially giving me a false positive, however the night before I was supposed to test my husband and I really wanted to go to the casino....and because if I was pregnant I wouldn't want to be around second hand smoke, I told him I'd go ahead and test and if there was no line we would go...because obvious it would be bfn.... It was BFP! With FRER. I took a digital one the next morning and it said positive 2-3weeks! Then I was instructed to do blood work at 16dpiui...came back great at 346! I was instructed to return 2 days later...bad news...it had only risen to 593 and the doctor would like to see it double....I was told to be cautiously optimistic. But they wanted a recheck in another 48 hrs....hcg was 979...still not doubling....after googling (mistake!!!) I read it could be ectopic....and my doctor asked if I could come in first thing Monday morning for an ultrasound to see if it was ectopic....I prayed. And prayed. And prayed. And asked everyone around me to pray. To my surprise, the baby was in my uterus, there was one baby and everything was measuring normally. (All we could see was a yolk sac at this point) yay! Two weeks later we saw a baby and heard a strong heart beat of 144 ❤️ And two weeks after that I saw my baby with arms and legs and measuring right at what it's supposed to. My best suggestion is to NEVER give up hope, never stop praying. I stopped telling God what I wanted and started saying "if it is your will, will you please give me a child" I let go of the control and just put my faith in God. I'm not saying this will be God's will for everyone but he always has the greatest plan in mind. Just trust him. I'm 10 weeks pregnant now and continue to pray for God to keep his hand on this pregnancy. I pray for each one of you reading this that God will answer your prayers. He will.