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ZERO symptoms and BFP after 11 months

I am still in shock and absolutely certain (this is me being paranoid) that it won't stick...because this has been such a difficult process from the start...but I FINALLY got my BFP!!! This website was SO helpful with easing my anxiety each month, and I wanted to share my own story with the community to, maybe, help someone else who is having a tough time. At about months 8 and 9, the 2 week wait anxiety had really fizzled for me. I figured that a BFP was less, rather than more, likely to happen. I had taken a "temp tracking" and "supplement" break for month 7, which really helped me to get out of the symptom-spotting cycle. I stopped obsessively looking at my calendar, only opening it to put in my BBT each morning (5AM so I was still mostly sleeping, which made it easy not to obsess over it). This month was literally just like every other month, except for a few details, which I will get to below. For starters, this was my regimine almost every month (except month 7): Prenatals since month 1 Vitamin D since month 3 (because it was in my drawer) Evening primrose oil and licorice root tea from day 1 of cycle until ovulation since month 5 (to help with CM) Omega 3 and B612 since month 6 (to help with CM) Preseed since month 6 (to help with CM) I had also cut back on my exercise, ate organic and healthfully, and gained 10 pounds over the last year in prep for pregnancy. I also took my temp every morning without fail since month 2 (except for month 7) because OPKs never showed up positive. I had my annual Gyno visit month 9 and mentioned what we had been doing so far. I am 30 BTW. She immediately ordered our initial fertility blood work and tests, stating that with our tracking and health she would expect us to have had some success. She also said that all the tests take a few months and why not go into the 12th month with the knowledge we need if we need it. She also mentioned clomid if all tests came back normal, saying that my size and lack of CM could mean low estrogen. My blood work came back 100% normal with estrogen on the slightly low side of normal. My HSG (this month) was uncomfortable with the LEFT tube taking a little but of time to open. DH hasn't even done his SA yet! I actually attribute this BFP to the HSG more than anything else!!! The only other thing I did differently this month was try to pineapple core trick...I made it 2 days and forgot the rest! So my TWW...as I said, I was not tracking or symptom spotting. -5 & 8 DPO: had erratc BBT temps...huge dips...maybe inplantation dip. I actually swore I was out this month with how erratic my temps were! -10 DPO: sore/swollen boobs, AF-like cramps, and weepiness started...like clockwork...just like every month when AF is on her way...literally NOTHING else! 14 DPO: I was so convinced that AF was on her way that I was in full "witch with a B" mode with some crying sprinkled on top. -15 DPO: my BBT didn't drop...in-fact, at 97.9 F, it was the highest it's ever been without having been sick or having a drink the night before. SO...just like a million times before...I took a pregnancy test, expecting a BFN, just like every other month. I really just took it just to shake the nagging feeling I would get at > 14 DPO (this has happened on more than 1 month up to 17 days, still getting a BFN!). Well, to my surprise, it was a BFP!!!! The line was not as dark as the control line, but it was also not a line I had to squit at to see...it was clearly there! On 15 DPO, I also started getting dry mouth, and peeing more frequently, but this was after my BFP and I don't know if it was in my head. I am now at 17 DPO with no further symptoms (maybe some very slight nausea, but I am thinking it in my head). I have taken a pregnancy test every day to make sure it wasn't a fluke! I took a digital this afternoon just to make myself feel better...it helped to see the word "pregnant" and not worry that I am misinterpreting the lines on the other tests! The reason I wanted to share this...well...if it's going to happen it's going to happen. I have literally bent over backwards trying to get pregnant for 11 cycles. In some ways my anxiety has served me. I have been driven to research to make sure that I have taken the right supplements and that I have added the right things to my regimine (preseed) based on my own needs. Ultimately, though, for me, it took having a HSG for me to get my BFP. My dream for everyone in this community who is still trying is that you find a way to enjoy this process, that you smile daily, and that you feel grateful for your significant other whom you love and get to share this life and jorney with. It is not easy, but if you can find a way to not obsess, it will be a lot easier and more enjoyable.

BFP by not relying on OPK

It is so surreal typing this out, but want to share with many of you who probably check this site daily for new BFP stories! My husband (35) and I (33) have a 3 y/o and decided to start trying January 2016 for baby #2. We tried January and were not successful. February we went on a vacation to Jamaica and for the next several months held off on trying until June 2016. For most cycles I was using OPKs and trying to time intercourse accordingly. Just as background, our son took 3 months of trying, and this time around I had a feeling it would take longer despite probably being in better shape than when I was at 30! I noticed though when I was using the OPKs I wasn't getting a +, and at this point I was only testing once a day. But it didn't dawn on me to test twice because it worked before? Yet for many months BFN. We took a break October 2016 and tried again in November. Honestly in November I used soy isoflavones thinking that I probably wasn't ovulating even though I have very regular periods and no other signs of not. November 2016 we conceived, which blew my mind, because I thought for sure I was out (no + OPK). But my intuition was telling me that something was wrong and by 7 weeks I miscarried. I wasn't too heartbroken as I just thought it was too good to be true and I felt uneasy about conceiving using soy. We continued to try naturally for several more months and since the MC I was now experiencing multiple positive OPKs during my fertile window, which confused me even more! I also was trying different supplements from Vitex, Maca, Vitamin B12. I saw a naturopath who said to go vegan (didn't listen). I also started to be more active and I started to run for a 10 km marathon and walk at work. Finally I decided to see my family doctor with my husband June 2017 seeking a referral to a fertility clinic. My doctor said he wanted us to try 3 more months and told me not to use OPKs. He said merely calculate your ovulation by counting back 14 days from the start of your next one and BD around those days--before and after. I wasn't too sure of this as I thought my luteal phase was around 12 days. I left even more confused. I took his advice. My LMP was June 15th and my fertile window was between June 16 to the 22. We BDed: June 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20--I decided to track little and not use OPKs. What I did notice though was on CD 12 I had EWCM, +sex drive, constipation, and some bloating--perhaps this was ovulation day, or CD13?? Immediately after I assumed I had ovulated, my pessimism kicked in--like every month--and I just knew we hadn't conceived. I remained doubtful and wasn't really tracking any symptoms. The few small things I noticed that I thought could I be pregnant were 1) oily skin + breakout 2) car sickness and 3) constipation. The morning of CD 24 (DPO??) I took a cheap wondfo pregnancy test and waited for maybe 1 min. I immediately put it back in the wrapper and in the garbage. I knew it was negative so why bother is what I told myself? I was expecting my period CD 25 based on more recent cycles and that morning I didn't have any PMS symptoms. After taking a shower I immediately went to the garbage and retrieved the previous days' cheap test and there were TWO LINES! I told my husband who said to take another test. So I took blue dye one which gave a faint positive. I took a wondfo the next day and it was darker and one today and it was darker than the previous day. I am just blown away how not relying on OPK was actually the key for us. But things that maybe helped were... 1. increasing physical activity 2. taking prenatal + Maca (I took a capsule of Maca until ovulation) 3. BDing when in the mood and frequently 4. I used softcups for 2 of the days we BDed I do think for me, using OPKs were increasing my anxiety levels and also my husbands. Inadvertently I was placing pressure on him when I thought I was positive or soon to be positive. I just hope it sticks this little one because he or she is very much wanted and loved already.
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How I did it - Vitamins & OPK

I received my BFP two days ago, and honestly thought I was out for this month because I felt barely any symptoms. I am a 34(avg) day cycle kind of gal and ovulated on day 18/19 of my cycle Last year we tried a few times and nothing gave, but I never used an opk, charted my temp, vitamins, nothing! So we started back up again recently and this is how it happened. It was my second month ttc, first month I used pregprep kit from walgreens and it didnt work, in addition to prenatal vitamins. Thanks to this site and others, I developed a little recipe of vitamins after tons of research I picked out some that I felt were most beneficial for both of us to take. I didnt go crazy, I didnt even do the full dosage and I never had EWCM during my fertile time but I trusted the OPK. From the second day of my period (forgot on the first day) .... ( I did take BBT but I was really bad at remembering it every morning and my times were never consistent but I managed to do it enough to see the O dip and rise) but I stopped after that. I started taking MACA capsules 2x a day (525mg), EPO 2x a day (500mg), Royal Jelly/Bee Pollen Capsules 2x a day (200mg), COQ10 2x a day (100mg) and my one a day prenatal. My SO followed the same routine as me but left out the EPO (duh) and took his MENS Active One a day vitamin. I took the EPO till day ovulation, continued the rest till BFP. I started using the opk 4 days before and tested once a day, and we BD every day of the flashing smiley which last two days once I got it, than the third day was a solid smiley. We did miss a day of BD two days before O but we did it every day and some times in the morning till two days after. We used pressed twice too but i don't care for that stuff too much so only as needed and externally. On months where I wasn't pregnant I felt more "prego" type symptoms than i did this month.. which was totally strange to me and the reason I thought I was out. The day of O I had horrible cramps and luckily we dtd that morning because my cramps and severe lower back pain came at night. It was miserable. day of O - painful cramps, and back ache day after O -AF type cramps and still some o pain 2dpo - fluttering in left side of ovary and af cramps 3dpo - huge glob of white cm (looked like ewcm) 4dpo- swollen bbs, fluttering and ovary twinges 5dpo - yellow cm and swollen bbs 6dpo- horrible headache, stomach twinges and leg cramps 7dpo- same 8dpo- tons of cm, painful bb, af cramps 9dpo- ovarys hurt, little cm, weird tingles in nipples and vivid dream 10dpo- nothing unusual, thought I was out for the month, bbs still swollen 11dpo- af cramps and other cramping in stomach 12dpo- nothing different 13dpo- watery cm 14dpo- watery cm, bb hurt worse now, and af cramps 15dpo- tested at 1:30pm and it was instantly a BFP slightly faint but very easily distinguished. Tested again before bed and there it was again. The symptom that made me suspicious was the CM. I never have tons of it like that. Also, the day after O I had AF cramps, that was new also. Good luck and baby dust to all! I do believe the vitamins helped us both and don't forget plenty of water!!

Bfp after miscarriage, no symptoms

Well guys I'm back.... I wrote my first ever bfp story back in February but I ended up miscarrying at 9 weeks in April and now I'm finally back with my bfp story! Just hoping for a good outcome this time. On April 6th we found out our babies heart stopped beating so we opted to induce a miscarriage... it was a rough month to say the least. My hcg numbers finally went to 0 on April 29th and I told my doctor I wanted to try again right away. Instead of waiting for a period we started our second round of clomid that day which would count at cycle day 3. I got a positive ovulation test on the night of cycle day 15 and the morning of 16 and noted cramping on cycle day 16 in the evening. Also I want to mention we had a saline ultrasound on cycle day 14. Cycle day 14- baby dance - saline ultrasound (not sure if that kills the swimmers) Cycle day 15- baby dance/ positive opk Cycle day 16 baby dance positive opk Cycle day 17 baby dance 2 dpo I noted I took a nap 3 dpo I noted I took a nap 4 dpo nothing 5 dpo nothing 6 dpo nothing 7 dpo nothing 8 dpo I noted cramping 9 dpo nothing 10 dpo nothing neg test 11 dpo nothing took test and line turned up hours later not sure what to think 12 dpo nothing slightest line keeps showing up on all test feel like I'm just wanting to see it so bad but had one test that was so convincing I called the doctor for a blood test. Took a FRER late at night and see a faint faint line but much fainter than the cheap tests I've been taking and husband says there's no line. Start thinking I'm out 13 dpo have to wake up early for blood test almost didn't go thinking I'm out. Doctor called that day and said positive blood test but very weak hcg only 12 14 dpo I still have no symptoms but I'm starting to actually feel pregnant like there's something there.... hard to explain but you have to remember I was pregnant only a few months ago 15 dpo today I did another blood test and my numbers have doubled... things are looking good right now so I'm praying I get to keep this baby I have NO symptoms..... I'm only tired but I'm also on progesterone suppositories which could be the culprit.

Felt basically the same as all the BFN months!

Hello! I am so overjoyed to be posting my BFP story! I hope everyone reading this gets one soon as I know it can be very stressful! These stories gave me some hope so I hope it does the same for you :) Background: I went on BC pills at age 14 after only having maybe 5 periods and when I started BC my periods stopped. Flash forward 15 years and I am 29 marrying the love of my life and we are both super excited to be parents. I went off birth control and two months later my period returned but it was super light. I was very worried. 1st month we had a chemical pregnancy. Then nothing for month two, three and four. My periods were still very light and we were not getting a BFP despite the fact I was trying everything I could think of. Things I tried: I was taking Vitamin B, Vitamin E, Evening Primrose Oil first two weeks then Flax Oil, and Prenatal vitamins. I also cut back substantially on exercise (I'm a distance runner). I drank lots of red raspberry tea and I didn't drink or eat anything that was cold. I used a hot water bottle on abdomen and was always heating my feet (I have Reynaud's disorder). I started weekly acupuncture after three months of trying. I cut out spicy food (as recommended by my accupunturest). I also used softcups (month two and three), used preseed (month three, four and five) and also started temping (month 5). My DH and I also cut out alcohol and coffee when we started ttc in January. After three month's of ttc I started to get really depressed. I made a huge mistake telling my friends and family that we were ttc. Then everyone was always asking me are you pregnant yet? Which was a dagger to my hart because I wanted it so badly and was trying so hard. Then when I would say no, they would often launch into all the stories of people they know who got pregnant right away. This made me feel so down I totally stopped seeing all my friends and family. Then my cousin told me to just tell everyone we are taking time off ttc right now, so I did and bam BFP. Symptoms: Ovulation day: No fertile CM (normal for me) 1-6dpo: A fair amount less CM then usual. 7dpo: Lots of watery CM, light cramping and soar back (normal pre-period symptoms for me). Gums bled when brushing teeth (never happens). 8 dpo: Major dip in my bbt but I have never done this before, so I thought I just did it wrong. 9-10 dpo: Soar boobs, light cramping and a bit moody (all pre-period symptoms) I told my DH that we are out this month and that we should start drinking again during week 1 and 2 of each cycle. He agreed! 11 dpo: Decided I wanted to drink this weekend so I took a FRER and OMG!!!!!! Is that a second line??? My poor DH was in the other bathroom and I was banging on the door crying saying I think it's positive!!! Come look! It was positive and the line has been getting darker everyday :) Things I did that I think helped: - I removed a lot of stress this month but saying I wasn't ttc anymore to friends and family. - I continued with accupuncure and listened to her health recommendations. -DH and I started having Kale and coconut shakes every morning. -DH and I started drinking two tbs of apple cider vinegar mixed with hot water, honey and cinnamon each night. -Consistently used Preseed. -This was the first month we tried Sperm Meets Egg Plan. - Using digital ovulation tests. Sorry this is so long! I hope it helps someone :) Lots of baby dust to everyone! Wish me luck that this little one sticks around :)

BFP after miscarriage

I am 24 and my husband is 30. We have a 17 month old daughter and around the time she turned one we were ready to start trying for our second. I had a missed miscarriage before I conceived my daughter and it took 9 months after that to then get pregnant with her. I have LONG 40-43 day cycles and I was recently diagnosed with polycistic ovaries. The positives were that I do ovulate on my own despite the long cycles and I have one healthy baby that I carried to term. We started trying for our second in December and in March I fell pregnant but miscarried the day after I had a positive test. I was feeling pretty discouraged as that was now my second miscarriage and my cycles are so long. In May I went to see a fertility specialists to pick his brain and get down to the reason of my long cycles. An ultrasound showed my ovaries were very polycistic. He said this would be causing my long cycles and could be the potential reason for my miscarriages. I am not overweight and I don't have any other PCOS symptoms. I happened to be around the time of ovulation and the scan showed I had one very ripe follicle at 18mm so I was feeling optimistic. He wanted me to come back two days later to check and see if it got any bigger or if it was just a cyst. I went back and it was then 22mm so he gave me a trigger hcg shot right then and two days later on May 6th I ovulated (verified by ovulation cramps on my right side which is where the scan showed the follicle.) May 4th: HCG trigger 400ml May 6th: Ovulation day We had sex on May 2, 4, 5, and 6 using pre-seed which I also used when I conceived my daughter. Took progesterone suppositories from 3 DPO-still taking 1 DPO: Creamy CM, Minor backache, bloated, gassy, tired, skin breakout. 2 DPO: Creamy CM, Backache, bloated 3 DPO: Creamy CM, Backache, bloated 4 DPO: Creamy CM, Bloated, Feeling down because no real symptoms and I thought I was for sure not pregnant 5 DPO: Creamy CM, Bloated 6 DPO: Creamy CM, Backache for a very short period of time, bloated, slightly nauseous in the car but probably just car sick 7 DPO: Creamy CM, Bloated, Still bummed and feel completely normal. 8 DPO: Creamy CM, Bloated, Skin breakout, fatigue (probably from the progesterone) 9 DPO: Creamy CM, Bloated 10 DPO: Creamy CM, Bloated, Fatigue, slightly tender breasts, Still feeling out this cycle. 11 DPO: Creamy Cm, Bloated 12 DPO: Creamy CM, Bloated, Decided to take a test with FMU so I could see the negative and get past the disappointment of the cycle. The test turned positive almost immediately. BFP! Shocked. Least amount of symptoms I have had on a BFP cycle. The test was a very noticeable line but not a dark positive yet. Still a little nervous but hoping the test is darker in a few days when I take another. Trying to conceive is a complete emotional rollercoaster. Stay optimistic even if you don't feel pregnant at all!

44.4 years old Natural BFP (ending in miscarriage)

Hello Fellow Hopeful Mammas, I just wanted to give all of those 40+ mammas some hope that pregnancy does happen naturally even at this age. And I will try my best to keep it short and to the point. But with that, the following will be very dry and un-entertaining... I am a 44.4 year old, been trying for 20 months with my 40-year-old new husband whom has never had children. I have 3 children from a previous marriage (ages 16 1/2, 15 and 9 1/2, all boys). Achieved pregnancy on 3rd month with first son, 2nd month with 2nd son, and for the 3rd son, was not even trying as husband had a vasectomy 5 years prior, but one got through and next thing you know I was pregnant). With first son had bleeding at 6 1/2 weeks, followed by an u/s and everything was fine. No bleeding with 2nd son. 3rd son, noticed a light period at 4-5 weeks and though nothing of it because I thought I was having regular period. Come to find out at 6 1/2 weeksI was pregnant! That "period" I had was awfully light...which may have been some sort of implantation spotting. Not sure. Anyway, I have been an elite athlete running miles and miles throughout all of my pregnancies and prior to them. Never had a problem conceiving. But, I stopped exercising excessively years ago and currently only walk or run 3-6 miles a few times a week. I am very active, but have cut back dramatically. Maybe I should start running 13 miles a day again...that is what I was doing when I conceived in the past! ;-) No health issues. I'm 5 6 1/2 and about 120, but recently got up to 125 hoping that would help me conceive, but it actually just makes me feel crappy. Have not had any formal testing on myself or husband as our fertility appointment is scheduled for June. I also eat ridiculously well (dandelion greens, garlic, beets, tons of probiotics, lean meats, fresh eggs, homegrown veggies, sprouted broccoli, seeds, etc. I can't possibly name everything I eat). Although, I do drink coffee daily (1-2 cups). I always have and its never been a problem. But the last couple months, I cut back to less than 1 cup. I also drink wine, but have cut back on that as well. After 20 months, I finally received a strong BFP at 13 DPO on a Clear Blue Easy +/- Test. 8DPO on IC Cheapie BFN 10DPO on IC Cheapie Very Very Faint BFP 11DPO on IC Cheapie Very Faint BFP 12 DPO on IC Cheapie Very Faint BFP 13 DPO on IC Cheapie Very Faint BFP We made love on CD 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20 Didn't test again until today (19 DPO) when I started experiencing some mild cramping and then spotting which turned to heavier bleeding, cramping, passing clots, etc. I used another IC with very diluted urine in the afternoon and the line was VERY VERY faint. I will retest tomorrow with another Clear Blue Easy test, but I'm certain it will be negative. I use a menstrual cup and lost more than one ounce of blood in 5 hours (that is A LOT OF BLOOD). I am certain of ovulation because I have a Kindara BBT Thermometer and have a confirmed ovulation on CD14 with a triphasic chart. I have not really had any symptoms, but this is totally normal for me. With all my other 3 pregnancies, I had zero symptoms. I have never had any miscarriages either. Over the last 20 months I have never even had a slightest BFP. The last two months, I started acupuncture once a week, Chinese Herbs, COQ10, B-Complex, Women's Whole Food Mulit-Vitamin, Zinc, DIM, Vit C, and Magnesium. I have also done TONS of meditation every single day (guided meditation for conceiving) as well as a little pregnancy yoga. Oh, and I was (and still am) scheduled for our first fertility appointment on June 15th. My husbands employer covers three rounds of IVF, but I really didn't want to take this route. I guess I should be thankful... Lastly, my acupuncturist wanted me to continue with some other Chinese Herbs (Dong Quai) and others, but after researching on my own found that there is no research on these and it kind of freaked me out. I opted to not take these...who knows if it would have made a difference. Anyway, at this point I am having heavy bleeding, low throbbing pain (like I would have during a very heavy period) and passing clots. My first OB appointment was scheduled for 5/28, but I guess that will no longer be happening. Oh, and I will try to be happy that I actually "got pregnant" and at least something worked after 20 months. Moving on till next month or fertility treatment, even though at the moment I am over it! Tomorrow (Mothers Day), my hubby is out of the country for work, but I am going to wake up at 6am and treat myself to a long solo run in the forest, then make my boys breakfast and take them on a 3 mile hike. We live in Santa Cruz, CA and are lucky to have the mountains and the ocean out our doorstep :-) You can tell the universe what you want, but be ready and willing to accept something better...whatever that may be... Best of luck to you all XO CellStell
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Proof of Answered Prayers

Me 42 DH 41 DS 7 weeks 6 days I've been on this site for a couple of years, reading every single post I could to stay encouraged on my TTC journey. What I will never do again is look for other peoples experiences to be a tell tale sign of my own experience because when I got my BFP it came out of nowhere! Well almost.... DH and I started our TTC journey in April of 2014. After six months of no success we started our fertility treatments. Started with 3 IUI's from October 2014 to February 2015 because our insurance doesn't cover IVF if there aren't any medical diagnosis indicating we couldn't conceive. We moved on to another doctor and to IVF in March of 2015. We did two FET's with three embryos, that resulted in failures. We moved on to another doctor in October of 2015 and had one IVF that resulted in a 4th IUI because the doctor missed my ovulation. Then another mini fresh IVF with two embryos that also failed. In January of 2016 we moved on to our 4th doctor and had our 5th IFV with a tested embryo that also failed. At this point we exhausted all of our IVF insurance and medication coverage and decided not to do another IVF until September of 2016. We opted to do a 5th IUI and timed intercourse in May of 2016 with no real expectation of it working, at all. We did a long protocol from June 21st, triggered on July 1st, DB'd on July 1st, 2nd, & 4th with our IUI on July 3rd. I was temping all year and temped for this round also just for the hell of it. The morning of 11dpo, on July 16th, a day before AF was due, my temp was still high. I still didn't think anything of it but did an HPT anyway because we were flying out to Vegas on the 19th and I wanted to be certain I can party....BFP!!!! I was so much in shock I thought the test was broken so I ran out the house and went and got a beta done to be sure. The following morning my beta came back at 74! Two days later at 13dpo/IUI it was 251! I had no symptoms other than the high BBT. None at all. All of my BFN's I had every symptom under the sun. One thing that engulfed me for two years was looking for and analyzing symptoms that I've read on sites like this. DON'T EVER DO THAT! It will drive you nuts. I had no AF symptoms either but I wasn't thinking about that. Usually three days before AF I know its coming but I was looking forward to our Vegas trip so I didn't even notice. Another thing that annoyed me a bit while obsessing on sites like this was reading about miracle BFP's but there wasn't any follow through. Was the pregnancy successful, were there any issues, was it a chemical.... I knew that I wouldn't post my BFP story until I gave birth so there was a complete story to tell. We gave birth to our beautiful perfect son this past March 22nd. All of his pre-screening test were normal. He was delivered via emergency c-section and is perfectly healthy, other than having acid reflux;( Our miracle son from God arrived healthy and we couldn't be more happier. Thank you for all of your stories that kept me hopeful and I hope this testimony encourages at least one person not to give up hope, and be patient and know your BFP is coming. Good luck and prayers to all of you still in your TTC journey. Be encouraged that prayer changes things.

37 y/o, BFP, TTC #1, 18 months, no symptoms

I've really enjoyed reading all the BFP stories here and promised that when my time comes that I'll share with the 2ww community in hopes to help others. 18 months later, here it is! Short background: 37 yrs old, average health (I workout 2-3x/week & eat pretty sensibly), borderline hypothyroid; hubby is 36 yrs old, average health. We started seeing a fertility specialist in 2015 since my periods have gone completely crazy (super heavy, huge blood clots, frequent periods). Turns out I had a small submucosal fibroid. I went on meds hoping it would shrink the fibroid (it didn't) and eventually went in for surgery in June 2016. A month later, everything was looking good and we continued with our fertility treatments. We discovered hubby's sperm quality had 28% DNA fragmentation (anything above 30% would most likely make it more difficult to conceive). So he started taking vitamins (Fertil Pro as well as a multivitamin). During our fertility monitoring, I've consistently got the trigger shot with every ovulation & was on clomid for 2 months - with no such luck. In January 2017 we tried for our first iui - and once again, no success. Hubby and I decided to switch our fertility clinic since we weren't all that happy with the care we've been receiving at our current clinic. We had an appt for our new dr. in May and decided to take the next 4 months easy and not focus on ttc.... and just like that, it happened naturally! Symptoms: To be honest, not very many. The days leading up to when my period was due my boobs were so full, sore and hard! It was really uncomfortable! That lasted about 3 days, then it vanished. There were only 2 times where I completely knocked out from exhaustion. Didn't think too much of it since I thought they were probably tough work weeks. Mild cramping on and off week of period due and 2 weeks after. Different from regular period cramps... very mild, almost unnoticeable and very fleeting. Very light brown spotting a few days before period was due. I wouldn't even call it spotting... it looked more like skid marks lol. It happened for about 4 days or so. I thought it was a sure sign AF was about to show her ugly head but she never came (*confused). At CD 42 (DPO 24???) - My period still didn't come and I'm never this late. Tested with a cheapo Dollarstore hpt and there it was! I tested the next day with a Clear Blue hpt and it said 3+ weeks. Hubby and I were just dumbfounded! We didn't even BD all that much the past month either! Thoughts: Its hard to pinpoint exactly what made the difference this time around (I've done the preseed, basal body temperature route, you name it, etc.) but I do think these may have been factors... -I cut out caffeine completely. I was a 1 cup a day coffee drinker, so not even that big of one. I transitioned from drinking coffee to drinking tea (though I used 2 tea bags to give me the oomph I got from coffee)... then eventually I stopped drinking tea altogether (except for the very few times) and just drank water. -After over a year of going to fertility treatments and injecting all sorts of hormones and meds into my body... just allowing my body to take a break... and be in its natural state. I really think all that just added stress to my body (add to that the mental/emotional stress from ttc). Just eating healthy and getting enough sleep can really do wonders for your body. -I did not think about TTC. I know its difficult especially if its something you've been trying and hoping for, for so long. Hubby and I had a long talk about whatever God's plan was for us (to be parents or not) and we finally came to terms with accepting (and embracing) our lives as they are now and realizing how blessed we were in so many ways. Believe me when I say, that in itself was a long journey for me personally. -Just being happy, relaxed and enjoying life. Make plans, spend time with loved ones, try new things. As much as you want to conceive right this moment, it CAN and WILL happen. Don't lose sight of the many other great things happening in your life. When the time is right, you'll have your sweet little one in your arms. Something to definitely be excited and optimistic for! :) I wish everyone to keep the faith, be happy and enjoy life. I'm sending positive thoughts to all the wonderful mamas to be :)

BFP at 39 baby#2

Hello Ladies! I have been reading your stories the past 7 months and hoped one day I can add mine. Today is the day:) I have a six year old son whom I conceived the first try when I was 34. My husband and I thought that we were happy with one child and for years it never crossed our minds that we should have another baby. Then something changed around my son's 5th birthday and all of a sudden we started talking about a second baby. By the end of last summer we agreed that we will go for it. I had a regular visit to my midwife and she assured me that everything looked good and got the green light to start trying. I thought it would happen right away.. so much for planning.. In October, the first month when I used OPK tests I've got bfp for two days then it was negative :( and the journey began. I was paying attention to my cm and used OPK tests for the next three months and nothing happened. Then I signed up for Fertility Friend and started taking my bbt in addition to checking my cm and using opk and that gave me a really good idea how my body was actually working. Fast forward another three months we went on vacation and I thought I will not try this time, just have fun whenever I feel like:) Don't get me wrong I was still checking my fertile signs and took my temps every morning but was not bd planning. The day of our trip came and the opk turned +, I did have fertile cm for four days including that day which was cd15. We arrived to the resort and jumped in the hot tub, had a few drinks and got very relaxed.. that night we had fun.. the next morning my bbt jumped and stayed high so I knew I ovulated cd15. And this was it, we had not had sex the previous days and not after 4 days of ovulation. I got my bfp 11 dpo. In the past 6 months we always bd the few days leading up to ovulation but never on the day of ovulation because we were exhausted by then. So for me O day was key. This was the only month when the opk was only positive for a day, previously it was always positive two days in a row. The first month on fertility friend I ovulated the day after the second positive opk, the second month I ovulated the second positive day and the third month I ovulated the only one day of the positive opk. So I learned that opk is a good indication but it can't tell when you actually ovulate. My cycles are anywhere between 27 and 31 days. These past three months two times I ovulated on cd15 and one time on cd18, my luteal phase was always 11 days. As far as pregnancy symptoms I had none. The only thing that was strange at 8dpo when I was at the grocery store those scented garbage bags were smelling really intense to me, tender breasts and mild cramps like usual before AF. When my temp did not drop at 10 dpo, I suspected that something was up:) So just two months before my 40th birthday it finally happened:) I hope everything goes well and I get to experience this miracle one more time. Baby dust to all! It will happen, I promise!

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