Post # 1
So this is our first cycle ttc, and this wait is driving me crazy! I really feel like an insane person looking for any little sign or symptom all.the.time! I know I need to chill, and if it doesn’t happen this cycle, I’m sure I’ll be less crazy next cycle. So my question is, how early is too early to start noticing real symptoms (I know, everyone is different)?
I’m about 6 DPO (I don’t temp or anything scientific, but I do track my period/length of cycle and I get really frisky around when I ovulate, lol). I’ve been having nausea off and on for almost two days, and I’ve been feeling this pressure/cramply feeling above my pelvis that varies in intensity (AF is still about 9 days away, so not that). There have been other things, like light-headed moments, more sensitive to some smells, and nipples more sensitive than normal, but that could just as easily be my imagination…
I feel like this is all so real, but at the same time, it’s only been six days and I keep telling myself that it would be crazy to be experiencing this many symptoms so early and the chances of even catching on the first cycle are not good!
What have your experiences been?
Post # 2
Rheagan: A mama can better answer this, but very similar thing happened to me a few months back- convinced myself I had to be. I was literally pukey central, could smell EVERYTHING and got a lot of random headaches for like a week. Then I got my period like 10 days late. I’m guessing it was just severe pms. It’s also easy to convince yourself of symptoms when you’re on a constant lookout. A couple of my friends had similar experiences as well. I’m not saying that’s the case for you, but when you are so caught up in it, things can seem more real than they are. Everyone I know who went thru this got pregnant once they stopped reading into every detail. It’s as if your body knows you’re trying too hard or something. I totally get that anxiety of wanting to know, but do try to keep busy, and occupy yourself with something that will keep your stress levels low. I wish you the best of luck!
Post # 3
In my opinion it is too early and you’re probably just seeing it because you’re looking for it. Also, progesterone can cause similar symptoms to pregnancy. That is why pregnancy symptoms and AF symptoms are one in the same.
You see what you want to see.
Implantation doesn’t even usually happen until 7-10 DPO. So you can’t even be pregnant before then. Before then it’s just a ball of cells floating along and your body has no idea. You need it to implant to be pregnant. And then after that implantation it takes 2-3 days for enough hcg to get into your system for a + pregnancy test and probably the beginning of symptoms.
Post # 4
First, I want to say that I hope that these are all signs of good things for you and that you get your BFP this cycle.
However, I think the mind is a powerful thing. I believe your brain can totally convince your body that it’s pregnant even if you aren’t. I know this happened to me the first few cycles, and especially on the cycle where we had great BD timing. I was so hopeful and just KNEW it had to have worked. I was nauseated, dizzy, had sore boobs, extra tired, extra hungry, weird “full” feeling in my lower abdomen, etc. All the things that you’re told you should feel if you’re pregnant. But most or all of those things can also be signs of AF approaching. The funny thing is that before TTC, I know all those things happened before AF but I just wasn’t so tuned into them since they had no meaning then. You can drive yourself crazy trying to analyze the symptoms, but try not to. Try to find something else to focus on so that the anxiety doesn’t make you lose your mind. And try not to test until you’ve actually missed your period. The negatives from testing early are enough to make a girl go crazy!
Post # 5
AgileK9s: Same story with me last month: nausea, fullness, etc. BFN, then AF came right on time.
I came up with a mantra to help with symptom spotting: “For the next two weeks, I have Schrodinger’s Uterus. I am both pregnant and not pregnant.”
It helps a little. Staying busy helps more.
Post # 6
Thanks ladies 🙂 I figured it was just my over-active imagination, but it was driving me crazy! I was just kind of psyching myself out since I’ve really never had such things happen before, even with AF. All I ever get is a little bit of cramping a few hours before she comes. No PMS, no nothing.
Love the Schrodinger’s Uterus idea!!!
Post # 7
Last cycle was my first cycle TTC, and I was super nauseated around 5-7 DPO. I also had a temp dip, so I’m pretty sure it was the result of a secondary estrogen surge after O. BFN, I’m onto my next cycle, so curious to see if it happens again!
Post # 8
Out of curiosity, how are you feeling now?
Post # 9
I ended up having some serious AF-style cramps yesterday, along with continued nausea. The nausea seems to have passed and the cramps have let up a bit since yesterday, but I can still feel them. And I’m cannot-drag-myself-out-of-bed, soul-suckingly tired. I haven’t been this tired since I had mono! I have had a couple late nights this week, but sheesh! AF ETA is still 7 days away and I’m trying to make myself wait to test (so far so good!), so we’ll see what happens.
Post # 10
Rheagan: It could totally go either way. With both my positive pregnancy tests, my first symptom was super dark veins in my chest, then got BFP on 9DPO (FRER) with both. Yet some people don’t get positives til 15DPO or later. You won’t know til you test!! Fingers crossed for you. You must update if you get a BFP!
Post # 11
Tested Wednesday morning and yesterday morning. BFN the first time with ClearBlue. FRER yesterday I thought I saw the faintest little shadow of a line, but not sure. Darling Husband thinks it’s my imgaination, lol. Wednesday evening I started getting some cramping, which continued into yesterday. Also yesterday, some brown spotting turning a little red in the evening. Today so far no cramping and back to light brown spotting. AF is due tomorrow, but I’ve never had symptoms like this so early. All I usually get is a bit of cramping and maybe some light spotting the evening before, never days before. If she hasn’t gotten down to business, I’ll test again on Sunday, if I can keep myself from testing tomorrow…
Post # 12
I ended up going to the doctor. I was definitely pregnant, but it ended as a chemical pregnancy 🙁 Glad to know I wasn’t imagining things, but a sad ending unfortunately.
I feel blessed to have been a part of that baby’s life, if even for a short time. I have my suspicions that it may have been tubal. Before the bleeding started, I had sharp stabby pains off to my left side. I’d rather my body deal with it naturally this way than have to make some hard decisions later on. Either way, it was not meant to be.
On to June and hopefully a sticky one!
Post # 13
I read this specifically to see how it turned out. Best wishes to you on your next try, bee!