Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Symptom watch

A friend of mine IRL asked me yesterday whether I had any "symptoms" yet.  Not that she truly thought I'd be having pregnancy symptoms one day after my embryo transfer; she just knows firsthand how our minds like to play tricks on us during the 2WW.

When I think about this question logically, I wouldn't expect to have any symptoms of pregnancy prior to a positive test.  My mother never had any early symptoms with her pregnancies.  (Reportedly she didn't even know she was pregnant with me until she was about 4 months along; she's said her periods had been irregular due to stress following her father's death, so she didn't notice the missed periods.)  My sister told me that she didn't have any pregnancy symptoms until 6 weeks, two weeks after she'd already seen a positive pregnancy test.

I've thought I "felt pregnant" in many, many past (failed) cycles.  Ironically enough, during the one cycle when I actually *was* pregnant, I didn't *feel* pregnant at all.  I was actually in the midst of starting a treatment cycle when I got the BFP.

I seem to always have sore breasts on progesterone, so that's definitely not a symptom of anything.  (Plus I had sore breasts days before the transfer.)  And the lengthy list of potential side effects of PIO pretty much encompasses everything which might be interpreted to be a result of early pregnancy.

I have perceived some very mild cramping in my lower abdomen today.  (Actually, I noticed it yesterday evening, too, but--TMI--I was constipated and figured it was due to that.)  It could be all in my head, but I think I'm feeling it.

I like to think that this is the feeling of one or both of our embryos settling in for a nine-month stay.  Who knows.

 

9 comments:

  1. Crossing my fingers for some good symptoms. I hope those embabies are snuggling in nice and tight!

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  2. Both of my pregnancies I had very discernable cramping from implantation through 6 or 7 weeks. Last time the cramping started 6 dpo. Of course, you never know whether the cramping is pre-menstrual, but in your case early cramping is probably good :)

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  3. I had zero symptoms the one time the ivf worked, so please don't worry if you feel nothing. I'm hoping that this cycle works brilliantly for you

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  4. Progesterone always makes it hard to figure out symptoms. I sure hope that mild cramping you are feeling is a good thing though!

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  5. I'm so excited we are already talking "symptom watch"! In 10 days we will be on "beta watch"! I can't believe this time has finally come! So ridiculously exciting!

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  6. I really had no symptoms with my BFP...any symptoms I did have I attributed to P4 meds. Hang in there!!

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  7. ugh, 2ww wait symptom reading is like reading tea leaves- it never gets me anywhere!! I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you and hoping the 2ww goes quickly!!!!!

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  8. I didn't have any symptoms until my positive beta. After that, almost constant nausea, light cramping and sore b00bies.

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  9. I didn't have any symptoms that couldn't be attributed to progesterone on my successful cycle. I also tried not to think about it too much because I was so terrified of it not working.

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