1. What felt MOST DIFFERENT about your post ovulation symptoms in your BFP cycle? Did something happen that had never happened in previous cycles? Or - did it feel exactly the same?
Last month, I really thought I was pregnant. I felt nauseated to the point I was stuck on the couch for a couple days. I felt a lot of pressure down in that region. Things seemed to smell stronger. I knew that I sometimes felt like that normally. I still thought I was pregnant. But, no, I was just bloated and delusional, and looking for all the wrong symptoms for me
My temps followed a completely different pattern, you can see that in my chart
. That was my first clue. That and the sudden, violent UTI-like thing I had the day after O, that came and went in 24-hours. But mostly my temps. I had a dip at 5dpo, which I got excited about until I realized it was a little early for an implantation dip. But then I found a bunch of charts on FF that showed a dip that early and eventually resulted in pregnancy. Also, for a couple days I had a backache in my lower back and mild pressure in front.
I had another temp dip at 9dpo. On that same day, I started having a nearly continuous headache that still hasn't gone away three days later. I also felt lightheaded while I was working in my kitchen in the early afternoon...I think that was actually what started the headache. I used to get dizzy quite often, even fainting a few times early in my teens, but I haven't had many problems with it as an adult and certainly never when I was standing up and moving around already. Also, I was hungry. It seemed like I was extra hungry, but I couldn't tell if I was reading into things or not.
Friday, my headache got much, much worse. Saturday, it was still there, and I didn't feel comfortable with going out and driving so I stayed on the couch all day. My DH was gone, the movie I watched was kinda lame, and so I got really bored. And hot. I noticed I was really hot, and my head hurt. Then I felt a fluttering down on the left side of my pelvic region, where I had thought I'd felt O pains and other twinges during my LP, but nothing big before that. This, though, felt like a little gentle bird flapping its wings really fast under my skin, and last for at least 10 seconds, long enough that I knew I wasn't imagining it. Also, I was REALLY hungry. Eating just made me hungrier most of the time.
Around that point I was going nuts. I was hot, headachy and bored, and I had HPTs in the house. I managed to avoid reaching for one by using an OPK, which was VERY positive when I normally don't get a line unless I'm really close to O'ing. Anyway, that destroyed my patience, so a couple hours later I caved and used an HPT...which gave me a BFP! At night! Crazy.
Also, I just kind of knew
I was pregnant at 9dpo, when I had the dip. I had a really cool little omen that I now know was the little poppyseed saying "hi." But I totally second guessed myself, because my temp could have just been falling toward AF, since I'd been having short LPs.
At 12dpo, my main symptoms are still the headache and feeling hot. My temps are steadily rising from the probably implantation dip.2. Did you do anything differently in this cycle, or in preparation of this cycle, that you believe helped you get your BFP.
So, we'd only been trying for two months (I basically had the strategy to try everything I read that was beneficial right from the beginning), so I don't know how important it was that I was doing things differently, but this was my first month with EPO and maca. I think the EPO really helped with CM. The maca seemed to be doing good things for my energy, but I didn't start taking it soon enough to be sure it helped with TTCing. I wouldn't be surprised if it had, though, because reading about how it worked convinced me that I should have been taking it for the last three years. I also changed prenatal vitamins from Country Life Maxi Prenatal (which I'd been taking for years knowing that EVENTUALLY we'd get around to TTCing) to Rainbow Light Complete. I stopped taking a superfluous Folic Acid supplement I'd been taking for awhile out of paranoia.
Here's everything I was taking:
Rainbow Light Complete prenatals (6 a day)
B-complex (1 a day)
Vitamin D (2,000 mg, 3 times a day--nearly everyone who doesn't live in the extreme South of the US is low on Vitamin D. I've noticed a huge difference in my energy and mood since getting my Vitamin D levels high enough.)
Fish oil (four big pills of it a day)
Levothyroxine (for hypothyroidism, 25 mg a day...recently switched to this a few months ago after taking a natural thyroid medication for years, and it helped a lot)
Wellbutrin (my doctor will want to wean me off of this now...not looking forward to that, but willing to try. So far, pregnancy puts me in a good mood, so...maybe it will be okay!)
Maca (one teaspoon of powder a day)
EPO (can't remember how much, because I stopped taking it after I O'd)
Grapefruit juice (leading up to O...luckily, I LOVE grapefruits and will often squeeze my own juice anyway. This time, though, I just bought a carton of it, and I want to say that if you want to drink grapefruit juice for CM but don't like the taste, try getting a big bag of ruby red grapefruits at Costco and squeezing your own. It's so much sweeter and so much less bitter and acidic.)
We also used Preseed. For the record, it doesn't seem to have made up for my lack of EWCM last month, but I still will credit it as a help for my BFP because it did its primary job very well.
Good luck everyone!!!! I hope this helps someone. Now, I have to go eat because I'm STARVING.