Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
PCOS & Clomid Round 5...hoping this BFP sticks!
I have PCOS and started working with my doctor about 8 months ago with the goal of getting pregnant. I rarely have a period (usually once every few months), so I knew ovulating was going to be an issue. My doctor prescribed Provera and Clomid. I didn't ovulate on 50 mg or 100 mg of Clomid (progesterone 0.2), then at 150 mg my progesterone was 34 so I was stoked that I ovulated. Honestly, during that cycle, I was feeling pretty discouraged and probably didn't BD as much as I should have during my window, so no pregnancy. I went into the next 150 mg round hopeful and had no success.
Needless to say, with this round, I was feeling pretty down on myself that I would never get pregnant or ovulate. Regardless, DH and I had sex like bunnies all week to cover our bases. I had a few close to positive OPK's around CD 14-17, but nothing positive. I FINALLY got a positive OPK on CD 20. I went in as scheduled to get my progesterone bloodwork done on CD 21, and it came back 0.2 again. Feeling pretty bummed, I temped for a day or two after that and didn't have an increase, so I pretty much stopped paying attention and looking for possible symptoms.
When my doctor called this week with the progesterone results, she suggested that if I do another cycle, instead of upping the dose to 200 mg Clomid, we do the Provera and 150 mg Clomid, then ultrasound during probable ovulation time and medication to trigger ovulation. She told me to wait a few more days and take a pregnancy test just to be absolutely sure I wasn't preggo before starting Provera.
I temped a few times this week and noticed my temperature times were slightly up, and that I had some breast and underarm tenderness. I took a Wondfo dip strip test yesterday (CD 34), and imagine my shock when I saw a very faint pink line! I spent all day second-guessing myself but promising that I wouldn't take another test until this morning. I took another Wondfo as well as an Answer lab strip test (which are known for not showing positive until WAY down the line), and both tests were super dark positive lines! I'm going in for my blood test this afternoon! I know how common it is to miscarry early, so I'm half-excited and half-freaking out, telling myself not to get my hopes up for another seven weeks or so. My guess is that I ovulated right after my progesterone test on CD 21 and that's why it came up negative. My other guess is that I need to calm the heck down and stop stalking internet pregnancy forums, but I JUST CAN'T STOP. IT'S BABY CRACK.
I should note that over the last month I've really gone above and beyond as far as diet and exercise go. I've always been very active and healthy, but this month I noticed a few extra pounds accumulating and followed this diet:
Monday-Friday I went mostly vegetarian or pescatarian, got my sugars from fruits or raw honey pretty much exclusively (and didn't have those in high quantities, either), didn't eat dairy and kept it gluten-free. I ate lots of raw veggies, lentils, beans, nuts and chickpeas, and made a conscious effort to find appealing salad recipes to keep things interesting. I also didn't drink on the weekdays (whereas typically I'd have a drink every night, weekends several). I will say that I cheated like crazy on the weekends, because let's be honest, who the hell can eat that clean every day??? I don't know if the diet was what did it, but I lost 9 pounds, so who cares! I'll keep it up, especially now that I may have a little bun in the oven to nourish!
In the photo, the top test is the one I took yesterday (urine was a little diluted as I was EXTREMELY THIRSTY and chugged water all night...maybe a symptom or maybe just losing my mind). Bottom two are the ones I took this morning, same urine sample.
Sorry so long, just wanted to be as detailed as possible for all of you who are obsessively reading this over like I have! Best of luck and baby dust to all!