Getting Pregnant

The first trimester of pregnancy is a time filled with excitement and celebration. But it can also be a period of difficult changes, both physical and emotional. From morning sickness to mood swings, the first trimester is unlike any other, and we at Pregnancy Stories want to hear about it! Keep us informed about your first pregnancy experiences, especially those pregnancy symptoms, fetal development, and, of course, your baby's first ultrasound! We can't wait to hear from you!


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To all the hopeless


To all the hopeless women trying to get pregnant- I know how you feel. Perhaps I shouldn't complain since I already have a beautiful daughter but it took us over a year to concieve her. Now we want another baby and this is our fifth month trying (very regularly and on the right fertile days) and still nothing. It's really hard also, because half of my friends are either pregnant or have no problems getting pregnant. Meanwhile, I keep thinking "what is wrong with me?" Why is it so hard for me? Obviously, there shouldn't be anything wrong since we have a child already and I really thought my body would be "primed" for pregnancy after birth and yet it's so hard. Now we're having sex every second day not to miss the window. I just hope this time is different. But I must admit, I get soooo discouraged and depressed every time my period comes...so to all you women who are desperately trying and there is still no result- I FEEL YOUR PAIN-it's just good to know the hopeless aren't alone. :-) PS. Laura, your story encouraged me

Iza






Waiting is the absolute WORST

I am 14 years old... yes yes, i know. "Oh my god! She's so young!!" Tell me about it.
I think I might be pregnant. I have sore breasts and bloating and all the icky symptoms...
I took a pregnancy test (thanks to Wal-mart and their uncaring staff, i bought one without a problem!) and it came out negative. Stupid me, i chose to read the rest of the directions AFTER taking it. It turns out that it would only work AFTER you miss your period (which is about a week away) so it wasnt accurate.
Now all i can do is WAIT.
I have no one to talk to about this because (obviously) my parents would FLIP, and i dont want to tell them until im absolutely positive that i am.
anyway, i had to get that off my (aching) chest.
good luck to all of you!!
~alexa rose

Alexa






WANTING A LARGE FAMILY

Ever since I was a little girl, I've always wanted a large family. When I was sixteen I was in "puppy" love (although it felt so real then). We of course were naive thinking that getting pregnant wouldn't happen to us...wrong...I found out I was pregnant. My so-called "love of my life" didn't want me to have it...I did want it (I simply don't believe in abortion). Friends and relatives also wanted me to abort it; however, I was determined to have the baby. About 2 weeks after I found out I was pregnant I started bleeding really hard one day and when I went to the doctor, he said I was having a miscarriage. That was 13 years ago, and looking back, that was for the best. I now have been married for 7 1/2 years, and we have a beautiful little girl and a handsome little boy. Of course, I still want a big family but we have been having difficulties. My periods have always been like clockwork up until about 2 years ago. They started going haywire;however, even with this I conceived number 3 last year the first month we started trying. I was so excited (and my husband was thrilled). However, something just didn't feel right from the beginning. That was my fourth time of being pregnant but it didn't feel like the other times. Sure enough, 2 weeks later I miscarried. I was devastated. I had read somewhere that 20-25% of women would have one miscarriage at some point in their reproductive lives. I thought, "Well I've already had "mine", why should I have had another?"

Anyway, ever since then we have been trying (for exactly a year). My periods have continued to be screwy, the doctor has even tried me on clomid and still nothing. Over the last few months my periods have seemed to straighten out and I have seen sure signs of ovulation, and my husband has even had a sperm count (it was normal). So now I'm to the point that if everything is in working order and we are timing intercourse correctly, then the rest is up to God. I have been praying and continue to pray passionately about having another baby. Logically, I know that God has his own timeline and it doesn't necessarily match mine. Also, I am coming to grips with the fact that maybe He doesn't want us to have anymore. Either way, He is in control and everything and everyone that I consider "mine" is really His anyway. Thank you for listening.

Nicole






Wishful Thinking, Perimenopause or Pregnancy?

Well, I never wanted to have a baby before, so I was always very diligent about birth control. Now, at the age of 41 I met the love of my life. He isn't as keen on having kids as I am, so we have agreed not to go the fertility specialist route. But we aren't using any birth control at all, so pregnancy is a possibility, though less likely at my age.

I guess I must really want to have a baby, because I have had several wishful thinking episodes, where I would convince myself that PMS symptoms were pregnancy symptoms. You know the drill: Look in the mirror, breasts look bigger, period a few days late, feeling bloated...oh I must be pregnant! NOT! I wasted so many home pregnancy tests. Even my doctor was convinced when I skipped a period. She kept on insisting on giving me pregnancy tests, but nothing.

Anyway, my body has been acting upover the last year. My breasts have gained almost 2 full cup sizes without an accompanying weight gain. Again the blasted pregnancy tests. A battery of tests. Again nothing. I'm perfectly healthy, my breasts are just getting bigger. What's going on? I don't know.

Now I have all the symptoms of a pregnancy again, in fact more than I've ever had before, which is why I'm here. Nausea, headaches, increase in body temp (I'm usually so cold), more cerv. fluids, breasts getting even bigger, late period (by a week), change in taste (some things just taste sour and I can't stand greasy food in the morning), and smell, extreme heartburn, waking up in the night to pee.

However, I'm not going to take another pregnancy test. I'm tired of being disappointed. At my age all those symptoms could be due to the hormonal shifts of perimenopause too (except for the breasts growing thing, but they've been doing that anyway). I guess I'll just wait and see if the pregnancy symptoms intensify.

If it does happen, it would be God's miracle for sure. I will be so happy.

Beki






Sadness and Hope

I am 36 and already have two wonderful children and my husband has two from his previous marriage, so things seem pretty fine and there is no desperate need for either of us to have another baby. Yet, i know we would both want another baby, so we are not using contraception and rely on God. And this month I thought I was pregnant - had all the symptoms, feeling tired, painful and heavy breasts, dizzy, reacting to smells, morning sickness...I knew I was pregnant. Then I had a car accident. A small one, nothing really happened, a sideswipe, but it was my first ever accident and I got very badly scared that day, cried a lot...A couple of days later I took a pregnancy test at home, and it was faintly positive. I thought, well, it´s five days before my period is due, so of course the level of the hormones is low, but it was definitely a line. Then my period failed to arrive. But my feeling changed, I stopped feeling pregnant somehow. I told myself I would take another test if my period failed to arrive for another three days at least. And then yesterday night I started bleeding - not implantation bleeding, real heavy bleeding, with clots of dark and bright red blood (sorry for the gory details). That was such a dispappointment, such pain...I know it must have been the so called "chemical pregnancy", but it does not hurt less. My husband was wonderful and very supportive and surely, a baby is not a must, everything is God´s will. But I want to have hope and I wish all the women out here who want a baby have hope, too.

God bless.

A.







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