I had my IUD removed in early May after 3 years of no periods. DH and I weren't 'ready' to have kids yet, but we wanted to give my body a chance to get my cycles going again before we started trying. We were going to use condoms until then. My cycles settled into a 29-31 day pattern over the next few months. We went on vacation 1 week after AF and forgot to bring the condoms. We counted up cycle days figured we were ok and didn't need to run out to the store. We BD'd on CD #10 without condoms. Then, to my surprise, I ovulated on CD #13 - EARLY!! That's when I started to freak-out.
DPO #1-4: I had a headache every day and felt really tired. I was hungry, but nothing sounded good to eat. I was also sick at the same time, so I blamed my symptoms on a cold. But I couldn't get the 'pregnancy' idea out of my head.
DPO #5-6: I started to get pelvic and lower back cramping, aches in my thighs, and had a dream about being pregnant. I had very brief episodes (a few seconds each) of dizziness and nausea. My appetite came back with a vengeance. My energy was back too. I finally felt 'normal' in terms of energy and appetite. I talked myself out of being pregnant and blamed everything on the cold.
DPO #7-9: The fatigue came back, but I was STARVING all day. I started noticing things like nausea, breast tenderness, peeing more, and heartburn. But I only noticed them when I was obsessing about pregnancy. I convinced myself it was all in my head. I was making myself feel sick just from worrying too much. I took a HPT to reassure myself - BFN.
DPO #10-11: I kept taking HPTs - all negative. Otherwise, I felt 100% back to normal. I was convinced that there was no pregnancy. I was just sick with a cold and stressed out. But both are over now so I can just sit and wait for AF.
DPO #12: I went out to do yard work and felt like I was going to vomit / pass out only 10 minutes into the work. I told myself it was the heat. I stayed out another 2-3 hours, and then took another HPT. I saw a VERY faint line. I showed it to my husband, who convinced me it was an evap line. We even took the thing apart and examined it under a magnifying glass. This was the first I told him about my obsessing. He laughed at me, then we went out to dinner at a wine bar to relax and get my mind off of things.
DPO 13 - Nothing. I felt totally fine except for some PMS cramping and BB pain. Then I ate some Mexican food for dinner and felt like I was going to vomit the rest of the night. I blamed the food.
DPO 14 - FMU - faint positive line, no confusing it with the test from DPO 12. I showed my husband again. He still wasn't convinced, but said that after our 'scare' on DPO 12, he realized he was a little disappointed and wanted to start trying next month
DPO 15 - No question. BFP. Darker than the day before. DH convinced too. BBs still feel like PMS. My appetite is normal, but nothing sounds good and I just pick at food all day. But no vomiting.
I am still in SHOCK and don't think I'll believe it for a while. We are thrilled with this unexpected surprise. BD 3 days before ovulation then didn't get the BFP until DPO 14-15. Ladies - don't give up!!