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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Pregnant after 5 yrs TTC low HCG?

I just found out I was pregnant on 7-6-2006. I immediately went to the lab for an hcg count and doctor said it was at 13. Does anyone know what this means and if I should worry. My LMP was on 6-8-06. I do not know when I ovulated. I have no bleeding but have had 2 misscariages. I am so happy and scared. Please tell me something, Thank you Mistie


Don't give up

For those of you waiting for your pregnancy tests, or if you've had negative tests already....don't give up hope! When I got pregnant with my son (he's almost 4 now), I had really long cycles - 2 months or longer each, so there was a lot of waiting. One month I took an at-home test just to see, and it was negative. A week later I still hadn't gotten my period, and by this time my cycle was going on 3 months. I thought I had stopped ovulating because ever since I went off the pill, each cycle got longer, and my sister had fertility problems that I figured I had too. I also didn't have any noticable signs of pregnancy. I called my OB to see what she thought of this really long cycle, and she made me come in for a pregnancy test in her office. That one was positive!! I was considered high risk so I had an ultrasound the next week, and they dated my pregnancy at 9 weeks along at that point. Wow! I guess that cycle wasn't as long as I thought!! Later, after my baby was born, they decided that I was 2 weeks further along than we even thought I was. (He was a preemie, so they scrutinized his gestional age a lot after the birth based on his developmental skills and size.) What this means is, when I took that negative at-home test, I was already 9 weeks pregnant then, or about 10 weeks after I should have ovulated! So, not only will I never go cheap and use a generic, store brand test again, but all you gals....keep the faith!!

Buffi R.

hope it's not the dreaded menopause

I am 45 and have a 13 year old son. I remarried and would love to have a new baby with my new husband but after trying for a year thought there was no hope and I'm just too old even though my mum had me when she was 43 (my sister is 60!) Anyway I have missed period and am now 3 weeks late. Tried about 3 preg tests from the chemist and all negative. My stomach has swollen, Im normally a size 10 but cant even get my trousers over my stomach, sore nipples, heart burn. I had all of these symtoms when I had my son, but no morning sickness, none when I had him either. Also when I was a month late and pregnant with him, my test at the doctors was negative and my test didn't show positive till I was 2 months pregnant. I have a strong feelling in my stomach that I am and my husband thinks I am also. My stomach is like a balloon and I remember feeling like this when I was pregnant at 32 so Im not going to let the negative results fool me and I will let you all know -: Dont take notice of those tests, if you feel pregnant, stay positive. I will let you know if I am pregnant and I just hope its not the menopause. I'm going to the docs on Friday to ask for a blood test because of my negative docs test in my last pregnancy. My sons thinks I'll be a really old mum if I am but I dont feel old, and your only as old as the man you feel and my husband is 39!


Wishing for an angel

We are now in our third month of trying to conceive after losing our special little girl, Caroline Grace, on March 17th 2006. She was 17 weeks gestation and I had to give birth to her after she died. No reason was given to us as to why she was taken from us. She was our second daughter and our fifth child. So now since we were given the green light to go ahead and try, it has been three cycles and now I am 8 days past ovulation and I am waiting for time to test. We were the type to get pregnant right away, so I am so discouraged. Is there anyone else who has gone through this? I am sooo sad.


Pregnant after a Loss

I have 3 boys and we decided to try one more time for that baby girl. I kept track of my ovulation days and did it 2-3 days before my ovulation day. To my surprise I was pregnant with my girl. Everything was going fine until I went to get my ultrasound at 22 weeks. The ultrasound tech told me that she couldn't get a good picture of the babys heart and not be surprised if I was sent for another ultrasound. 2 weeks later I received a call from my Dr. to go and talk to him ASAP. He told me that my baby had a heart disease. I was referred to UCSF where I was told by the baby Heart Specialist that the baby's right ventricle was enlarged and I had 3 options: Abort, do experimental surgery or do nothing(and the baby would die anyway) I couldn't just abort without speaking to the surgeon who could do the experimental surgery. He then said he couldn't do it - it was too risky (the babys heart disorder was very advanced) Within 5 days of knowing the horrible news I had the baby removed March 31. I was told to try to conceive in 2-3 months. I've been so sister-in law and niece are pregnant and I hurt when I see them. It is now July 3 and I am pregnant. I took a home pregnancy on the day of my period and it was negative. But then I tried it again 3 days later and it was positive. I was told that I would be having an amniocenthesis and a level 2 sonogram at 14 weeks due to being labeled a high risk. I am so happy but also nervous. I pray to God that this baby is healthy regardless of its sex. I just want this baby so bad! It hurts so much to lose a child.

Good luck to everyone in trying to conceive.


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