DH and I started trying in August, and this was our second cycle. I'm still in shock, and haven't shared the news with him (or anyone) yet. From August, I started taking prenatal multivitamin daily, a vitamin D, C, and probiotic. The main difference between last month and this month, was I really tried not to be stressed out all the time because work is so stressful, and they say stress can affect your chances of conceiving.
Just a note - I've used the CBEFM in the past along with charting (not to conceive, just to see how it works and in preparation for TTC), FH sticks and bbt to check when I was ovulating, and consistently, the CBEFM was always off by a day. By the time the CBEFM would register a "peak", I had already ovulated (usually within the 24 hours prior, which I new from tracking with the temps and Fh sticks and general physical symptoms). So for those of you who may be like me and may not register enough of whatever hormone the CBEFM is tracking, its something to consider if you are using the CBEFM. It was always one day behind with the ovulation day. So, as soon as the CBEFM says "high", its time to get busy ; ) In General, like they claim, the CBEFM is supposed to notify you with PEAK when ovulation is within 12-48 hours, not after it happens or as its happening (like it normally did for me). That's why I would recommend trying it (the CBEFM) if you want to, but honestly cross checking it with the BBT and LH sticks for a few cycles to see how some of the patterns reveal themselves to you. And that way you may figure out what works best for you. IMHO, the LH sticks are all you need.
That said, this cycle was pretty normal. I thought for sure we were out because at 12DPO, the PG test was negative. I honestly felt no difference from any other cycle.
we bd'd on CD 11th, 12th, and 14th (with softcups on just the 14th)
CD 1-12 low
CD 13 high (LH strips positive)
CD 14 high (LH strips positive) could feel strong Ovulation pains starting in afternoon
CD 15 1st "peak" (LH strips positive) Ovulation day, lowest BBT, had O cramps
CD 16th, 2nd "peak" but it feels like O is over already (see what I mean?)
DPO 1 - 8 uneventful, except on 8th there was temp dip
DPO 9 cramps, pinching, dizziness, breasts sore, felt like AF coming soon, typical AF PMS symptoms except dizziness
DPO 10-11 nothing
DPO 12 - having mild cramping, pinching, general AF PMS symptoms in afternoon, take a PG test and BFN. DH notices right breast is bigger (when usually the right is the smaller of the two). We even had conversation and I told him I didn't think this was our cycle because everything was so normal. No metallic taste, no emotional days, no nausea, no extra sleeping, no spotting, not extra CM. Nada.
DPO 13 - (Today) woke up and decided to take one last PG test, because of what DH said the night before. Lo and behold, and its a BFP!!! First bout of nausea starts around 10AM, yay! Boobies so sore, I couldn't run it hurt so much.
I prayed this cycle, kind of just gave it up to God. It let go of some of the stress. Oh, and I took a hot bath in the tub (another stress reliever) at 13DPO.
So, who knows what did the trick. It was probably a combination of everything. I'm sorry this is so long, but I wanted to share my TTC journey for those of you who can hopefully learn from it.
baby dust to all!