Hello everyone! I've read countless-number of stories on this website while waiting to receive my positive, and I promised myself that once I would get mind I would be sure to share my story!
My partner and I have been actively trying to conceive for 6 months, but we've been not not trying (off the pill, but not tracking cycles for close to 2 years). After attending a meditation retreat and really feeling in the zone, I thought last month was the month, so when I didn't become pregnant I decided that this month I would save the one lonely First Response test I had left for right before my period, instead of obsessively testing with cheap tests twice a day at 7dpo and beyond.
My period is actually due on Christmas Day, but I decided to take the test last night (Dec 22) because we'll be away for Christmas. Right away the test was a very clear and very bold BFP! I told my partner this morning, and we plan to tell his mother and mine Christmas day, but save the news for everyone else once we're a little further along!
This month has been crazy busy for both my partner and I, as we've been launching a new business, so to be honest other than making sure we had sex 3 times during our fertile period, I really didn't put much thought into becoming pregnant. For this reason, I really can't really share symptoms, because I honestly felt like I didn't have many.
That said here a couple things I did notice...
- very subtle pain in ovaries around 8dpo
- crazy mood swing around 9dpo
- sore boobs around 11dpo
Honestly that's the most that I felt, but as I mentioned this month has been very busy so my mind has totally been on other things. So, I don't know, maybe that's a good way to get pregnant - don't over think every single little symptom.
Here are a couple things I did differently this month:
1. Got my mind off of trying to conceive. This happened naturally because I was just so busy.
2. Switched my regular morning fruit smoothie to a green smoothie (cucumber, green apple, spinach, frozen pineapple or mango, water)
3. Began meditating. I've found that meditating has definitely helped me when it comes to staying calm and collected. To get started, the Insight Meditation App has some really great guided meditations, or check out your local meditation centre to see if there's a weekend course or retreat coming up.
4. Changed the way I looked up TTC stuff online.
This is a big one. Keep all online pregnancy research as positive as possible. Reading BFP stories about people finally getting pregnant is so much more rewarding and energizing than reading about someone's day-to-day symptoms at 4 days post ovulation. We all know that for the average couple it takes 6 months to conceive or longer, so what I would suggest doing is set a month for which if you haven't conceived naturally you'll look into further measures, and until then just enjoy yourself and don't overthink TTC! Most importantly stay away from those #6dpo, #7dpo, #8dpo hashtags! All they will do is encourage you to obsess over things that may or may not be there.
Stay off negative web forumns, eat healthy, exercise and just enjoy your free time before that BFP shows up and your whole world changes!
Baby dust to all!