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Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives

Simply Positive

Me: 39
DH: 35
TTC: 2 Years

My fertility journey began with the thought, it will happen when it happens. I think most people start out like this - sure that when you want something it will just happen. Well, I became pregnant after 4 months of trying; at almost 9 weeks, I miscarried. Devastated but certain I would become pregnant again soon, I began what would turn out to be a very long and frustrating journey. The ups and downs (as you know) can be life changing. I had all the testing done after a year of not being able to conceive. Basically it was my supposedly old eggs causing all the problems. I don't know how many times I've heard this between then and now. Due to my challenged eggs and my DHs good but slightly abnormal sperm, IVF was really the best option for us. Prior to beginning the IVF cycle I dramatically improved my diet, started acupuncture and visualizations. I even began to write a blog ( in a way to support myself and others going through the same process. I truly believe these changes really helped me mentally, physically, and emotionally. At the end of November I began the cycle.

8 Eggs Retrieved
5 Fertilized
3 Made it to Transfer (8 Cell 3DT)
None to freeze

Now for the symptoms -

Some minor cramping and lightheadness but nothing major
Extremely bloated and sore
Took it easy and ate lots of protein

Threw up after yoga
Very strong dreams
Tired a lot
Some acne

Very strong cramping and pulling
I thought I was having my period for sure.
I also thought I was having OHSS

Cramping went away but there was this feeling of heaviness in my stomach. Almost like my uterus was being lined with silver or something.

Beta - 525
Shocked to the core.

I will say that all of my symptoms could have been connected to the progesterone shots and pills. But the day (Christmas Day) that I had the most severe cramping I hadn't taken the progesterone yet. The next day I took the progesterone and I had no cramping. I really think I was experiencing implantation cramping. It's like your period but not as painful or deep. It's close but there is a slight difference.

Getting the call from the doctor with positive results was one of the best days of my life. I encourage everyone not to early test. I know that if I had gotten a BFN because I had tested earlier it would have really depressed me. Also, for those who are in your late 30s trying to conceive. Don't give up hope. It will happen. I'm living proof of it. Believe in your beautiful eggs!!



Congratulations and thanks so much for sharing your story. The last sentence really made me smile. We're going to start ivf in the new year and DH (he's nearly 41) has low sperm count and my eggs are 'diminished' (I'm nearly 37).  So this just what I needed to read. Wishing you a h&h 9 months. XXXX 

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