Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
BFP on 1st IVF ICSI Round
Me: 28, no known infertility factors after every test/procedure under the the sun including HSG & Lap. Textbook 28-30 day cycles ovulating on days 14-17 every month. Never been pregnant. DH: 33, MF. Low sperm count (highest count out of at least 15 tests was 4mil) low morph & motility. Had vericocele repair 2 years ago, did not improve count or quality. TTC for 3.5 years, 5 failed medicated IUI's. Started IVF prep by taking BC pills for six longggg weeks spotting dark brown the whole time. Every. Single. Day. Started injections with Lupron first, then introduced Gonal-F and Menopur. I've been going to acupuncture faithfully for 1.5 years. Day before retrieval: acupuncture Day of retrieval: 16 eggs retrieved, 3 ended up not being mature enough. ICSI'd the remaining 13. DH's fresh sample was not of great quality (coagulated) but they were able to find 13 good swimmers to use :) Next day: got the call that 6 had fertilized overnight--about half which they said is normal. Day of 5dt: only one embryo made it to day 5, but it was a perfect grade AA and the doc commented "your uterine lining is gorgeous". Watched the embryo transfer on the monitor and became very emotional. Went to acupuncture later that afternoon. 1dp5dt- Started on progesterone suppositories, AM & PM. No symptoms except some dull cramping at night when I rolled over onto my stomach to go to sleep. 2dp5dt-5dp5dt- very sore nipples. Increased appetite, backache, tired. Completely drained by 3pm, took naps after work which I typically do not and still went to bed early. Light cramping daily, esp. when moving around and after getting from laying down or sitting for periods of time. This always happens to me when AF is coming, but I remained cautiously optimistic because the cramping was quick and not as intense. Getting up throughout the night to pee which also never happens. 6dp5dt-Blood work scheduled for the next day to confirm or deny. Decided to take an internet cheapie as DH and I didn't want to "find out" if yes, on a phone call in the parking lot at work (we work together). There it was- a faint second line! I double checked to make sure it was a pregnancy test and not an ovulation test. DH and I cried together, had to convince him a faint line is still a line! 7dp5dt- took another test with FMU, darker second line! Ecstatic. Blood work confirmed, BETA 48. Still hungry, tired, crampy , backache and sore nipples. Not peeing as much anymore, sleeping through the night without having to go. 8dp5dt-woke up with a headache, went away after a shower and something to eat. Hungry, tired, crampy and sore nips. 9dp5dt- took another test with FMU, I get so much satisfaction seeing those two lines pop up! Nipple soreness completely gone. BETA 123. Acupuncture. 10dp5dt- woke up with headache, sporadic cramping throughout the day. Backache. 11dp5dt-BETA 496. Light cramping. 12dp5dt- went out on our boat like every other Saturday, in a Sandbar which is party central. Took a nap in the cabin in the middle of it all, can't stay awake! Crampy. Had light light brown spotting which worried me at first, did my research and calmed down. Seems normal as long as it's not bright red. 13dp5dt- BETA 824. Light cramping. Small amount of light brown spotting again. 14dp5td- same symptoms. 15dp5dt-(today) BETA 2,057! woke up with headache, nipples sore again. Biggest symptom is tiredness.