Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
The Missing Link
I’ve trolled numerous pregnancy forums in my TTC journey, so I hope my tale provides wisdom and inspiration to others. I’m a 34-year-old diabetic who naturally conceived in May 2015. However, this pregnancy ended in a miscarriage eight weeks later. My husband and I were devastated, but we were optimistic about the future because I have a 13-year-old daughter and he has three kids. Thus began a complicated quest to produce a seed that we would both share.
Following our miscarriage, I was repeatedly told by medical experts that I could easily conceive again. Take your prenatals, have sex, and let nature do the rest. That was basically my prescription, the antidote, the magical cure. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite work out that way.
I received a handful of negative results over the next several months. I gradually became desperate and obsessed. Every month we’d try something new. I tempted for a week and a half; we used preseed on occasions; I implemented softcups after sex; we invented new positions; I experimented with herbal remedies and unprescribed clomid; I utilized LH strips and ovulation kits, and even took this matter to prayer.
The Lord’s responses seemed vague at the time, but He would answer in a variety of ways. I’d receive dreams about babies, fish, and eggs. I was told all would work out according to God’s plan. That did little to keep my worries and fears at bay. There were a few times I got a squinter or a faint positive on a FRER or HCG strip, but AF rolled around every month like clockwork so I dismissed those results as evap lines or minor flukes.
Eventually, I sought medical advice. My OB ordered an HSG, which reported total blockage in both tubes. So she referred me to a fertility specialist who then referred me to an endocrinologist for my sugar. This turned out to be the missing link. According to one site, “a woman with higher than normal glucose levels does get pregnant month after month. Unfortunately her diabetes status prevents that embryo from implanting in the uterus, causing a miscarriage before she ever realizes she is pregnant.”
It turns out I wasn’t infertile or dealing with blocked tubes. I experienced a string of chemical pregnancies in the months that followed our miscarriage. That’s why I kept getting faint positive results. So I eliminated ALL sugar from my diet and biked 10-20 miles a day on my stationary. Within six weeks my glucose level had dropped from 500+ points to under 110 points. Shortly thereafter, my BFP arrived.
Here are my TWW symptoms:
CD1 – CD7: AF comes and goes.
CD10 – CD11: We BD three times without the aid of KY or preseed.
CD12 – CD13: Diarrhea
CD15: We BD again. I noticed a brown discharge and experienced severe cramps in the evening.
CD16: Sore bbs with a mucus discharge.
CD17: We BD again. This time I noticed a white discharge and a few cramps on my left side.
CD18: I tested early and got a negative result on an HCG strip.
CD20 – CD22: I experienced cramps, a sore scalp that lasted for two days, and a creamy white discharge.
CD23: I had some nausea along with a red-brownish discharge.
CD24: We BD again. OPK = Low fertility (blank circle).
CD25: More white discharge. OPK = Low fertility. HCG Test = faint positive.
CD26: Brown spotty discharge.
CD28: I felt sharp, searing pain near my belly button and vurped a couple of times. AF is due today but didn't arrive, so I gave it a few more days.
CD29: Extremely gassy.
CD30: Extremely sore bbs accompanied by a white creamy discharge.
CD32: No AF. OPK = Peak fertility (solid smiley). HPT = BFP.