Thursday, June 17, 2010

Symptoms

Today is 11 DP IUI.  As I do every cycle, I have been trying to refrain from over-analyzing every little thing going on in my body. . . . but as I'm sure anyone reads this knows, it's a little difficult.  It's even harder when you have a husband like MM who asks at least every other third day or so whether you "feel different."  

Looking back, I have had a lot of general fatigue in the 2WW during every cycle in which I've used the prog.est.erone gel.  Oddly, though, I really haven't been that tired this 2WW.  I did have a migraine yesterday (after posting about how much my headaches have decreased recently; I tell ya, the Universe does like to f$%^ with me), and headaches can also be a side effect of prog.est.erone.  (Migraines are also triggered by hormonal fluctuations. . . . which makes me think "Hmmm.")

I have also had the odd, occasional crampy feeling in my lower abdomen.  Could be my uterus, could be gas--who knows.  My breasts are not generally sore or swollen, as they have been in some past cycles, but I have had a few out-of-blue, one-sided twinges of pain.  Both of these symptoms could be prog.est.erone-related, too.

To me, these last few days before testing are the hardest for me.  I am at a point where I might conceivably start having some symptoms of very early pregnancy if, in fact, I am pregnant.  Implantation might have already occurred, or be occurring, if it is going to happen this cycle.  But it's too soon to really EXPECT symptoms or to be able to take a HPT and rely on its accuracy.  (My mother and sister have both told me they had zero symptoms until at least 6 weeks, and with my chemical pregnancy last summer, I had no symptoms.  In fact, I thought I'd had a "normal" period.)

So I do the only thing I can.  Wait.  Impatiently.

I am glad that I am pretty busy at the moment.  Not having time to goo.gle "very early pregnancy symptoms" for the twentieth time is a good thing.  ;-)

10 comments:

  1. You are right, progesterone symptoms mimic pregnancy symptoms. I know the wait is difficult (so f-ing difficult), but I am holding out hope that your BFP is around the corner.

    I forget, are you planning to poas?

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  2. R: yes, I have to POAS on Sunday morning. (Our RE doesn't routinely do a blood test each cycle; I will only go in for a beta draw if my HPT is +.)

    I won't be testing any earlier than that, though, as I don't believe testing before 14 DPO to be accurate in most cases.

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  3. Stupid progesterone. The symptoms are virtually the same as pregnancy symptoms. How are you ever supposed to tell whether you are pregnant if you are on progesterone?! Grrr. In any case, I hope those feelings stick around for another 8 months or so. I'll be stalking your blog this weekend for a POAS update. :)

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  4. I was always skeptical of people who said they had 'no' symptoms for however many months. They just must not have been looking hard enough, I thought. But on my positive cycle I really didn't have any. And I watched like a hawk. I hope this is it for you!!

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  5. God, I can relate!! I've spent the last week overanalyzing my body as well. Every IUI I've had, I try to keep my cool but there's always that little feeling in the back of my mind that maybe this one worked. You're much stronger than me about POAS, cause I'm a POAS-aholic! Good luck the next few days!

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  6. Thinking good thoughts for you! Symptom analyzation only serves to drive you crazy. So frustrating!

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  7. I can't say that I miss those days, I was a crazy lady post diui. I hope no news is good news! Fingers crossed.

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  8. Crossing everything for you, S.

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  9. I think I'm always poking at my breasts to see if they hurt during the 2WW that I am the actual cause for them hurting.

    I'm pulling for ya!

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  10. Just a few more days...they do stretch out, don't they?

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