I have been reading stories on this website for the last few months and am so excited to get to share my story, which I was afraid would never happen. I had a missed m/c last June, followed by 2 D&Cs, the last of which resulted in a perforated uterus and major abdominal infection. This then caused scar tissue to form in my uterus (Ashermans), which would prevent me from ever getting pregnant or carrying a baby to full term. Luckily, since I listened to my body, I pushed to be seen and went to a specialist who surgically removed the scar tissue. In February, I had a procedure to make sure the scar tissue had not returned and was given the green light to TTC. I still had a few things against me: endometriosis and a thin lining. But, the doctor was hopeful that my long cycles (usually 36-40 days) would allow for some extra time for the lining to thicken. Frustratingly, I thought this cycle was going to be anovulatory. I had the Noro virus right around my usual ovulation time, and my temps didn't shift. Luckily, DH and I continued to BD and it appears (according to my temp shift) that I finally ovulated on day 32. I started testing early with some very sensitive tests, as we were visiting friends and going to a concert and I wanted to know whether or not I could have a drink. Of course, before the concert and during the weekend I got negative tests. Then on Sunday night, at 12dpo, I just had a feeling and decided to test again at 6:30pm after a 3 hour hold with a FRER and got my BFP!!
My symptoms started a few days after ovulation, but became more noticeable starting at 8dpo and included:
-tender, "full feeling" breasts: mild at first, more tender starting at 10dpo
-cramping: mild at first, becoming stronger "pulling" sensations that I remember from when I was pregnant the first time. I had one night of strong cramping at 8dpo, which woke me up and were strong enough that I took tylenol
-food cravings: I have been craving meat like never before! I have wanted a hamburger and steak every day since 5dpo!
-mild nausea and aversion to sweet foods: I noticed it a bit starting at 9dpo, but thought it was from being overly tired and getting over a recent cold. Then, all day on 12dpo, it was much stronger and definitely reminded me of the nausea/food aversions I had during my last pregnancy.
-trouble sleeping: I usually get up to go to the bathroom once during the night, but I started having to get up 3x/night at 8dpo! And, I was having trouble getting comfortable and getting to sleep.
-fatigue: starting just a few days after ovulation, but I later attributed it to my trouble sleeping.
-easily startled: I know this sounds strange, but it's exactly what I had during my last pregnancy, where I find that the slightest things startle me, giving me a feeling that my heart has "jumped into my throat."
For me, the type of cramping I was having, the food cravings, and being easily startled were my big clues that made me think this was my month! Of course, now that the initial excitement/shock has subsided a bit, both DH and I are feeling nervous and fearful that this little bean won't stick. I took another test this morning, which was stronger than last night. Hopefully this is the beginning of a healthy pregnancy...at least we know now that we can get pregnant again!
Thank you for all of your posted stories, which helped me stay hopeful :)