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BFP with spotting and hardly any symptoms

Hi Everyone,
I can't believe I am posting here! I have been reading this forum for over a year and I hope my experience can help others. So here is a little background first. In 2015 my husband and I decided to start TTC and we got our BFP 14 days later. My HCG was 500 with my first pregnancy. I was blown away it happened so fast. I never really had to experience the TWW. I kinda guess I was pregnant, however, because I had intense symptoms starting at 3 DPO. I even had spotting where I thought I was starting to get AF. We had a beautiful, healthy boy 9 months later.

Fast forward to DS 1st Birthday. We started NTNP but I was tracking my BBT anyways. After 3 months and not getting a BFP I added OPK strips to the equation. I started noticing it looked like I wasn't ovulating every month and the OPK NEVER turned positive. Last month my OB started me on Metformin for high blood sugars and lack of weight loss. I also decided to spend the $60 and buy the Clear Blue Advanced Digital ovulation kit. I tracked starting on CD 9 (I was not going to miss this egg dammit!) I finally got a peak on CD 17 and was so excited! We of course BD regularly, mostly because I can't keep my hands off of DH. Then on CD 18 my BBT stayed flat. I tracked it for the next couple of days and all it did was drop. It didn't show any indication of O. I was devastated and pissed off. I said screw this and stopped charting my cycle. I made a myself a deal and said that I would go see my OB/GYN on Mon (4/10/17) since that's when FF says AF is due and see if I can start Clomid. I ended up spotting Sunday (4/10/17) and figured "good thing I have an appointment, f@#king AF". But it was brown mixed with EWCM. Didn't think much of it and then the next day I had some pink spotting only when I wiped, but figured AF was taking her time showing up. Then it stopped. I'm a POSA so I of course peed on HPT that came with my OPKs and it was a BFN. Went to work on Tuesday with all my supplies fully expecting war to come, and...nothing. I thought what the hell is going on! When i went to the bathroom I had loads of EWCM and then my curiosity was peaked. That night I decided to take another test, but not the piece of crap strip one, but all I had was Clear Blue Digital and heard that those aren't always the most sensitive. What the hell, right? What's one more test in my small fortune spent? At least I will take it and it will come back with "Not Pregnant" and I will wait for AF to come with a vengeance. I took it and went back to making dinner and playing around with the family. I almost forgot I used one so I went back after probably 20 minutes and there is was, my BFP!! I was shocked! I wasn't expecting it at this point because I don't "feel" pregnant. I mean I was nauseous but I thought that was because of the Metformin, and I'm tired but when am I not? Showed DH and he laughed! He was like, "I have super sperm!! Even when you don't ovulate I get you pregnant!" Yeah babe, that's how it works ;) You can pee far and are the alpha. (I'll stroke his ego sometimes) We are beyond thrilled to be adding another member to our family.

Okay, what you have been waiting for:
O day (i'm assuming this day is CD since it was never confirmed by BBT)- Horrible acne outbreak, cramps, and bloated
1 DPO- Tingly nipples
2 DPO- Uterus was achy and felt heavy
3 DPO- Nothing
4 DPO- Nothing
5 DPO- Nothing
6 DPO- Tingly nipples, acne, heavy/full breasts, backache
7 DPO to 12 DPO- Absolutely nothing except on 12 DPO I was emotional and cried because I thought I wasn't pregnant. BFN
13 DPO- EWCM and BFP! Only tired no other symptoms. HCG was 109 and progesterone was 11.9
14 DPO- Nipples finally began to tingle and breast feel like they are getting larger. and that's it. Had a little tinge of spotting mixed with cm but nothing sense. Going to get another Beta HCG drawn today. Hope this one is sticky!

Thanks for reading my long, mostly boring post, but I hope it helps others out there. Baby dust to all! Good luck lovelies!

No symptoms and used pre seed

My background is I had 2 miscarriages and an ectopic last year and hadn't conceived since. We were talking to IVF clinics and I'd quit my job to see if it helped.

1-5 dpo - nothing
5-9 dpo - sore boobs which is normal for me after ovulation
9 dpo - BFP

We used pre seed, had sex every 2 days before ovulation and then an extra time on the day. I was convinced I was out this month as I had no symptoms (but have also given up symptoms spotting as I though I was pregnant every month!)

Crossing our fingers that this one is in the right place and sticks.
Good luck to you all and I hope your baby's come soon!

42 yo hypothyroidism, TTC for 18 months, BFP 20DPO

Hello everyone! So happy to be finally posting here. Ladies out there do not lose hope! I hope my story helps someone out there. Just got my first ever + so still really excited! It's been a long journey and I've had to get my health into check from subfertility to fertile, as standard checks have not revealed anything physically wrong with either of us.
DH and I finally decided to start TTC in Sep 2015. Because of my age (40) I got some bloods done straight away and they came back with subclinical hypothyroidism. Started on Levothyroxine, built up slowly till was on 100mg by Aug 2016. Then I started Spotting pre period. By October 2016 I decided to start acupuncture, and straight away my temps were better in the luteal phase. By Jan 2017 my periods were better yet still nothing so I got in touch with a herbalist and began taking a fertility herbal tonic. And now I'm pregnant! Here's a list of the supplements I've been taking since October 2016 ( DH not as consistent but took first 3 ):
Prenatal vit, coQ enz10, vit D, folic acid, magnesium at night. Fish oil.
Really important that you don't think you're just a number! Books I found useful: Taking Charge of your Fertility, It Starts with the Egg, Period Repair Manual.
my recommendation: if you think you'll go for acupuncture find a fertility expert one. She helped me regulate my temps, stop pre period spotting, control midnight pee antics and regulate period flow. And NO PMS for the last two months! !!
I found inspiration in the following websites :
Molly nichols and Deidre Morris. Both looking at connecting with your feminine wisdom.
I also do a lot of visualisations and mindfulness.
I also tried OPK for 3 months and never got peak fertility including this month. It turns out they're not so accurate for older women.
of course I went through being obsessive with chart apps for the first year until I mentally exhausted myself and then decided to just keep a vague interest in my fertile window. I stopped charting properly some 4 months ago. I think it's a process you have to go through.

Summary of this cycle : my luteal phase is normally 12 days long.
CD17 Ovulation
1-12DPO No noticeable symptoms
13-20DPO Some menstrual style cramping and large and sore boobs. Tested + today. Still no other symptoms. Don’t feel pregnant yet!

I hope this little bean sticks!

Baby dust to all!!!

BFP whilst waiting to start IVF!!!!

I'll keep the background brief but I've read these stories for years hoping that one day I'll get my chance to share!

We have been TTC baby no.2 for 21 months, had an ectopic pregnancy straight away when started TTC and had my right Fallopian removed after it ruptured at 7 weeks.

was told my chances of conceiving were 70% but this was taken with a pinch of salt after month after month of bfns.

Eventually decided we had had enough and got on waiting list for IVF. Excited about this starting we finally 100% gave up on it ever happening naturally.

We only DTD 3 times over the ovulation period. I didn't even really know what cycle day I was on as we were busy and I was utterly convinced IVF was only option. I had cut out caffeine that month, eating healthy but nothing unusual.

I finally realised I should have had my period. At this point I was 3 days late. I just thought here we go body playing mean tricks on me. my husband convinced me to just take a test. First of all I took an opk as no hpts at home. I was slightly freaked when I saw the test line much much darker than the control line...queue rush to chemist for tests!

Husband was in kitchen with my son whilst I went to bathroom. I was saying look don't get your hopes up, we've been here a million times and it's ALWAYS negative. As soon as I had dipped it it flashed up with big dark blue BFP! I looked away thinking No Way, you're wanting this so much you're seeing things (again)!! But no sure enough there it was I was FINALLY pregnant! Queue 3 more tests later and I finally could see it was true. My husband was and is still in utter shock. We were due to start our IVF may so it's the most perfectly timed.

The only thing I truly believed helped me was I really spent the last 6 months working on myself, I took up daily meditation, yoga and regularly took time for myself whether it was a big walk or a massage/facial I just worked on healing me. I had a lot of hurt and fear in me after nearly dying with the ectopic and it took a long time for me to move on from this. I had previously had a MC at 12 weeks prior to my son too. I had just been saying to my husband how happy I had been feeling and that was regardless of the baby number 2 situation or outcome and then bang here it is.

I'm not going to tell you to just relax, that was one of the most annoying things I used to hear. How can you relax when you're trying and you're having problems?!! But I would say try take time for yourself where your focus isn't TTC and it's about you enjoying yourself or getting some space to breath.

No idea of dpo symptoms as I really dismissed it all. I had pulling/lightening bolt feeling right side and queasy spells. Very tired. Bad cold. Lightheaded. Put it all down to being unwell with cold.

Good luck in all your pregnancies and TTC. I'm wishing baby dust for you all. Don't give up and try be happy regardless of what the TTC journey may bring.

Hope this helps someone out there xxxxx

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For those who don't *feel* pregnant!

i told myself as soon as I got a BFP, I'd share, so here I am! My husband and I used an OPK, we did the deed every day of fertile period and used preseed. I also took B6 vitamins, but it was only for a month. Maybe that's what did it? I cut my dosage in half (200mg to 100mg) with doctor's approval after BFP.

7 DPO: no spotting despite the fact I usually do. Short LP. :( I wasn't sure if I it was a sign yet since I took the B6.
8 DPO: still not spotting (not other symptoms)
9 DPO: same as before, except I took a HPT because I couldn't help myself. Got a VERY faint positive and seriously thought I was seeing things. It was with afternoon urine!
10 DPO: started letting very light cramps and a tiny bit of brown discharge. Darker FRER but negative CB digital.
11 DPO: darker! Still light cramps.
12 DPO: cramps continue, a little more brown discharge, positive CB digital.
13 DPO: nipples are tingly. I think left breast has swollen a little. No pain.
15 DPO: blood test came back positive! Doctor said slight cramps and light brown discharge is normal!

Basically, I did not have crazy symptoms! Even with positive tests, I thought is was a chemical and AF was coming. I have not had tender breasts or nausea yet. But, it's been confirmed with good HCG levels and I go back next week to see if it's increased! Good luck to all of you, and remember, you're still in until AF shows. Also, don't disappoint yourself or waste money with digitals too early!

BFP with Unexplained Secondary Infertility for 2.5 years

Hi ladies,
I promised myself I would share our journey to BFP #2 if or when it actually ever happened.
Whether it’s primary infertility, secondary, etc., I know how incredibly difficult, painful, frustrating, and lonely this infertility process can be at times. I’m hoping my story will provide even one person some glimmer of hope.
I am turning 36 in May; wonderful, caring, supportive spouse turned 40 in October. We have a wonderful little boy who is turning 5 in July and starting kindergarten this year! When we started trying to conceive him, we were incredibly blessed it only took 4 months. I had a very easy, uneventful pregnancy and gave birth to him at 31.
I always envisioned having 2 children, 3 years apart. We started TTC #2 in July of 2014 thinking it wouldn’t take long. Had I known, we would have started WAY earlier.
Fast forward 8 months, I went to the OB that delivered my son concerned that we’ve been TTC for 8 months. She ran some initial bloodwork and all looked good. She said to come back after one year of trying if no luck.
One year later, I was back in her office. My husband had an SA with no issues (of course, he’s extremely proud of). I had a more in depth US which was unremarkable. MY AMH, LH, FSH, E2, PG – all labs were perfect. I had an HSG which was perfect. I was given the horrible diagnosis of “Secondary Unexplained Infertility.”
Though I have regular periods, always got a positive OPK on days 14-17 each month, she prescribed my Clomid to “boost my ovulation”. I was on Clomid for SIX months, unmonitored. The only monitoring I had was an ultrasound on day 12/13 each month to confirm there was a ripe follicle so I could trigger. No discussion of my lining or E2 levels. Looking back at my records – my lining was incredibly thin, a side effect from repeated use of Clomid. It also gave me terrible hot flashes and agitation. We switched to Femara for 2 more months (huge fan of vs Clomid) both with IUI but no success. In April 2016 (month 20), we decided to take a break.
In June (month 22), my sister in law convinced me to get a 2nd opinion with an infertility specialist, someone other than my OB. I felt like I was betraying all the work my OB had done but agreed – BEST DECISION EVER. I highly recommend working with a specialist – OB’s are wonderful, but not trained in all that can be involved with infertility. I had all the same labs repeated and was given the same diagnosis of “Secondary Unexplained Infertility.” She did order a different type of Ultrasound I hadn’t had yet -- an SIS (saline infused ultrasound) -- which showed I had a small polyp in my uterus which she didn’t think was the cause but wanted to remove it via hysteroscopy anyways. She also suggested I let her perform a laparoscopy at the same time to look for endometriosis. I was skeptical because I had NO symptoms of endo.
In July (month 23), I had the surgery and bam! Stage 1 endo. Though I was saddened it was only Stage 1 (never in my life did I think I would actually want endometriosis but anything was better than the “unexplained”), she was confident this was the issue. She cleaned me out and we were able to start trying again in August. We did 2 rounds of Femara, beautiful follies each time, no success.
Then 3 rounds of Follistem + IUI, responded well each time with multiple mature follies, still no success.
In January 2017, I decided we needed a break. The 30 months of trying was killing me. It changed me as a person. I was always agitated, depressed, starting to pull away from family/friends – TTC was consuming me. My whole life had revolved around giving our son a sibling and I had completely lost myself in the meantime. I started to think -- maybe our son was our miracle?
The next month in February, my husband and I went on a quick trip to Cancun for 4 nights. AF decided to show on the way to our departure gate. Seriously!!?? On a positive note, I was able to enjoy many fruity cocktails! Pina Colada con Mas Barcadi, por favor? Our second night there though I broke down in tears while having dinner. My husband and I decided I would talk to my primary doctor and get put on an anti-depressant when we got back.
5 days after getting back, I started Wellbutrin. Instantly felt better, had a TON of energy, but struggled with a little insomnia. Still better than the depression caused by the months of infertility.
Here we are now in March of 2017, week 3 of Wellbutrin, one month after getting back from our trip. I noticed my energy was gone and I was crazy tired. Tested 9 or 10dpo, very very very faint line. Labs drawn today, 11 or 12dpo, PREGNANT! And naturally. Beta 42 and progesterone 18.4. My husband and I had just discussed booking an IVF consult for June or July.

BFP with AF style cramps

I can't quite believe I am typing this! I have been reading the lovely BFP stories on here for the last 5 months and promised myself as soon as I got my own I would share.

Myself and my partner are in our late twenties and have been TTC #1 for the last 5 months.
The only thing I did differently this month was not to track ovulation, we BD regularly throughout the month instead.

I noticed no symptoms at all until AF was due. I then got my usual cramps and assumed we were out (even started looking at a trip to Vegas to cheer myself up). It was only when AF didn't show that I started to notice a few things but nothing major at all. In fact I feel like I had more 'symptoms' the first month of TTC!

What I did notice was:
More frequent urination (one drink one wee)
Cramps - they went from AF style cramps to a low heavy feeling
I cried randomly at a programme (this never happens)
My tea tasted funny (this only happened once but made me think)

The main thing for me was the cramps. They were so like AF I was convinced she was on her way!

We got our BFP (3 of them!) today (I think I'm around 15DPO). I've still got the cramps and now my throat is sore and my nose won't stop running. Here's hoping it's a sticky one!

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15 Long Months. Finally pregnant with our first at 9 dpo

After 15 long months, we are finally pregnant! I wanted to submit my story because I really benefited from reading these stories throughout my time TTC. A quick back story is that my husband and I were trying to conceive for our first as soon as we were married. Me (31) and my husband (30) want 4 children and we figured we'd better get on it. I had heard from my co-workers and friends how challenging TTC can be, so we thought we try. We found out the hard way that trying to have a baby isn't so easy.

I tried everything under the sun during these 15 months including tracking basal body temperature, opks-both cheap and expensive, preseed, coq10, cod liver oil, fertiliaid, vitex, prenatals, Femara, progesterone, municex, eating pineapple, consuming high fat dairy products during ovulation, waiting 15 minutes after sex with legs up on the headboard, softcups, sperm-meets-egg-plan, daily sex during fertile window, sex every other day, cutting caffeine and alcohol, detoxing, yoga to stimulate fertility, exercise, decreasing exercise, and husband taking supplements including fish oil, coq10, and men's daily vitamin. I tried everything I read within reason.

After about 6 months of TTC I went for a preconception appointment. Within a couple months of that I was having inconsistent results on OPKs and I was prescribed Femara to promote ovulation and progesterone to encourage implantation. My husband had a semen analysis that came back all good as well. I stopped using digital OPKs because I didn't feel as though I was getting an accurate reading.

12 months into TTC I got an HSG test done that came back normal. I also have had bloodwork done on my thyroid, FSH levels, AMH levels, progesterone levels, and probably others that all came back normal and healthy. There appeared to be no reason why I wasn't getting pregnant, but I wasn't. My husband and I are healthy adults who exercise regularly and eats healthy (to a degree- I love sweets :) and my husband loves beer).

15 months TTC I met with the RE who said I would likely be diagnosed with unexplained infertility. She explained there was a couple more tests she could do, but that IUI with Clomid would likely be our best option, but we only had a 10% chance of that working. We could later consider IVF which has a 70% chance of working.

2 weeks later, I got a faint positive at 9 dpo. I am in shocked and cried tears of joy! I just fall to my knees and praise the Lord for this blessing! I had a feeling this might be our month!

Here's my breakdown:
Month 15

What I did differently:
Much more apathetic about trying as I knew we were meeting with the RE.
Stopped using Femara (I had been using for past 5 cycles or more)
Didn't obsess as much over timing, OPK testing, and HPTs
First month using Fertiliaid. I do not think this is the only reason I got pregnant, but I may have helped

What I used:
Preseed- great lube regardless of TTC
Tracking BBT to confirm Ovulation
OPK- cheap online strips with afternoon urine
Prenatal, CodLiver Oil, Vitex, Fertiliaid

We BD: CD 5, 10,12, 15, and 17. I think I ovulated CD 14 per OPK and BBT.

DPO: 1-5 No Symptoms. I noticed absolutely nothing which was different in other cycles. I perhaps had some fatigue, but that's also normal for me.
6-7 DPO: Spotting. I am a chronic spotter, but not this early. It was a watery brown on my underwear and when I wiped. It seemed to stop 8 dpo, but I noticed more the morning of 9 DPO.
9 DPO- brownish spotting when I wiped, but I noticed a faint line on the Wondfo brand. After 15 months- I've learned if that if you really want to see a line, you'll see a line, but I took a first response 6 days soon and saw a faint, but clear line. My first ever BFP!!! I cried and cried and praised God.

I was told I needed IUI or IVF to have a baby, but we did it all naturale! I was prepared to do whatever it took to have a baby, but God had a plan for us already.

In my 15 months TTC, 30+ women I knew personally announced their pregnancy. Please know that through this journey TTC you are not alone. Don't give up hope! Allow yourself to feel whatever you feel! For me it was sadness, anger, jealousy, resentment, hopelessness, fear, but I tried to hold on to hope, love, joy, passion, and appreciation for my marriage and life without children yet.

Don't give up hope! Continue to pray and seek support from women in your life who understand the difficulties of TTC. Good luck to all!

Surprise Pregnancy BFP with Flu

I posted on here years ago after my BFP with my son who just turned 2. I had him after my 21 week loss so he was very much wanted and planned. Fast forward to life now. I left my stable job of 8 years to get some experience in the field I got my masters in and bam I get pregnant the second month there. I am not on BC but I have a very predictable cycle and use opks along with other signs. It worked for me for years until I started my new job and my cycle changed. I ovulated a week early and BD two days before a positive opk. I still thought I didn't have a chance because I had done that a few times (please don't judge my thinking at the time) despite knowing the science. So I was a little on edge waiting but I was pretty confident that I wasn't. I didn't have any signs that I recorded with my sign so I definitely thought I wasn't. I had been sick off and on with colds and sinus infections since January so I can't speak for anything related to that. I'll try my best to note anything slightly remarkable below.

O: I had cramps and bloating
1-5 DPO: I symptom watched because I was on edge but nothing that I can recall
6: went to zoo with family and got nauseous in car while eating a tuna sandwich and once again when there after eating too much, had to vomit water, I had vertical sleeve so I can't eat much, so this is common among us, but still uncommon for me, craved icees
7-8dpo: my sinus infection or cold got worse and my mucus had a nasty metallic taste, also had more CM and it was thick, sticky and yellow/greenish, acne around chin
9-10 dpo: headache, fatigue, lower back pain, so bad I had to go to urgent care, tested positive for h1n1 flu and faintly for hcg

My boobs hurt right after O and had mild AF cramps throughout but not that deep cramp from my last pregnancy or uterus twinges.

I took antivirals and feel better. This pregnancy was unplanned and is very scary because of the things I'm exposed to at work but it's still very wanted and loved.

BFP 13dpo

I've been reading all of these stories since we started trying 4 months ago. I was on cerezelle before ttc. Coming off that gave me lots of pregnancy related symptoms each month.

This month was the total opposite, no headaches, spotting, aches, constipation.

2dpo Slight carpal tunnel symptoms in right wrist and fingers. Also I could see the artery pumping in my wrist for about 20 mins
6dpo-11dpo loose stools, previous months had been the opposite
11dpo BFN on tesco own brand
12dpo snot like CM
12dpo Drove to the corner shop to get sweets, craving sugar but then AF was due in 3 days.
Morning of 13dpo woke again with carpal tunnel in the left hand this time and a sore throat. I had one tesco HPT that is to be used on the day of the missed period but I decided to use it anyway. BFP with morning urine.
Boobs are not sore at all but have increased in size. I feel better than I do before AF is due, so no symptoms was a sign for me.
Basal temp only went at high as 36.7 but dipped around 11dpo to 36.1 for one day and back up again.

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