Post # 1
Hubby and I just finished our first cycle of TTC. As a quick background I am 30 years old, have regular 28-29 day cycles and have never been pregnant. I was not charting or temping but I have a fairly good idea of the day I ovulated since I always get very prominent cramping in either my left or right ovary mid cycle every month ever since stopping birth control pills a few years ago (stopped due to side effects and have been using condoms). We had sex 5 days before and 2 days before I ovulated (Jan 17 was ovulation day *I think*… the cramping began that evening). We also had sex on Jan 18.
A few days ago, I experienced some very mild nausea and a headache while at work. I thought that maybe I was just imagining it since from what I have read, morning sickness doesn’t usually start until 6 weeks into pregnancy? But then the night before last, I was up half the night with nausea. At one point I got up to eat a half piece of bread and then threw up twice after that. The nausea persisted almost all day yesterday (after eating meals it improved) and I also had a headache. I have also had sore breasts for a few days… for instance, it hurts them when I sleep on my stomach which has never happened before. I had a really good sleep last night with no nausea or vomiting, but my breasts are still tender.
I realize that the only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test, but I want to wait until the day my period is due (Feb 2 or 3). Has anyone else experienced symptoms so early after ovulation???
Post # 2
If you ovulated the 17th, today is 11dpo, so a few days ago would be 8dpo, I’m guessing. Implantation may have occurred by then, but the most common day is 9dpo. Even if you implanted 7dpo, I think it would be really unlikely to start gaving symptoms. At 11dpo you coils get a positive on a FRER, so you could test today or tomorrow if you wanted.
Post # 3
bridetobee0917 : No one can tell you bee. For every woman who has strong symptoms early on and turns out pregnant, there’s another one who had the same “symptoms” and was not pregnant. You’re just gonna have to take a test. If your symptoms are due to pregnancy, your test would be positive by now.
Post # 4
bridetobee0917 : Maybe this will help – when you temp, you see a sustained temp shift post ovulation, right? That’s because the corpus luteum produces progesterone. That hormone causes many different symptoms like headaches, nausea, fatigue, moodiness, sore breasts… That’s why “early pregnancy symptoms” can mean just PMS- because you’re producing the extra progesterone, which causes those symptoms, either way.
ive definitely fallen into the trap of symptom spotting as well, bc I’ve never been pregnant so I need to ask others what it “feels like.” But medically, before at least a week or so of Hcg production post implantation, it doesn’t “feel like” anything at all. The high progesterone (again, present either way) gives symptoms.
Post # 5
If you’re pregnant enough to have symptoms from it, you’re pregnant enough to have a positive test.
Post # 6
Every cycle I wasn’t pregnant, I had “symptoms” before AF arrived. The two cycles I was pregnant…no symptoms!
So symptom spotting is useless. Only a test will tell you the answer.
Post # 7
The annoying thing about early pregnancy symptoms is that they’re very similar to PMS symptoms – and just because you’ve never experienced certain PMS symptoms before doesn’t mean that you can’t start experiencing them for a variety of reasons. As PPs have said, if you are pregnant enough to be experiencing symptoms you are a pregnant enough for a test to show up positive – if you want to wait a few more days, that’s entirely up to you.
FWIW, the cycle I fell pregnant I had absolutely no out-of-the-ordinary symptoms. My normal PMS symptoms were still there, although they were perhaps not as bad as normal looking back on it. I didn’t start getting any nausea (and even then it was minimal) until I was well into my 6th week, and I’d known for over 2 weeks by that point. I am now 17 weeks today and my pregnancy is progressing fine.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone! I went and bought a 2 pack of First Response digital tests. I’m going to try to hold off testing for a few more days (if I don’t drive myself crazy). Fingers crossed!
Post # 9
Why not test now?
If you’re pregnant enough to have symptoms you would be pregnant enough for a positive test.
Of course I have zero patience.
Post # 10
I got my BFP on 9dpo with a FRER so go aheah and test!! sounds very promising to me 🙂
Post # 11
I would test! If you’re pregnant and have symptoms, you’ll have a positive test as other bees have said!
Post # 12
I would say test.
My heart was broken this cycle… I thought we had it this month – I had nausea, headaches, felt warm all the damned time, mild cramping and spotting. And then AF showed up a day late with a vengenance I may add 🙁 I was devastated.
I would suggest to you, to not symptom spot because you can just get your hopes up. Do the test, get it out of the way and that way you can work through whatever your response is.
Post # 13
I agree go ahead and test. It won’t hurt and it can put your mind at ease a bit. If it’s negative wait a few days or until AF is due and test again. Hoping you get your BFP!
Post # 14
I went through something similar last month, I had all these symptoms (nausea, sore breasts, headaches, etc etc) that I’ve never had before – I was pretty convinced I was pregnant, even though I was careful with my birth control!!
I tested twice but both were BFNs, and then got AF two days late. Hormones are soooo inexplicable.
I would echo PPs who suggested you go ahead and test before getting your hopes up too much.
Post # 15
I have no chill and tested constantly when trying. But the second go round, there were times I just knew I was pregnant (and then ended up not being). But the third time I knew I was pregnant and it showed on the pregnancy test, to what I thought was 10-12 DPO but was actually but was less than that at the time. So I would test tomorrow honestly.