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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am i prego?

Ok so I am 10 dpo (days past ovulation) and i am experiencing the following: nausea (comes and goes), headaches, heavy feeling in my lower tummy, light cramping (comes and goes), tiredness, constipation, vivid dreams (which i never used to remember my dreams), oh and i got sick on my 8th dpo, acid reflux, and slightly emotional. I have taken a hpt that was negative because my period isnt due till next sunday. i think I might just go get a blood test tomorrow. What do you guys think??



here's the deal, I sort of need advice. My fiance and I recently relocated to the other end of the country and life has been hectic. In may I ran out of my birthcontroll pills, and abstained for a week or so then continued our usual routine of 3 times a day. I got my period on June 20 and wasn't worried. Since then ive had lost of unprotected sex, and after the fact, I came to find that we had when I was predicted to ovulate. I'm now 2 days late. The reason for my concern is, even though I tested on the day of my expected period and it was negative, I've been feeling funny the past 2 weeks. I wake up almost every morning with a headache, I sleep for ages, I feel quesiness come on quick then pass from time to time, I'm suddenly crying over stupid things, my cha-chas are incredibly painful and swollen, I have to pee 6 times a night, I have wicked heartburn (even when I first wake up in the morning), and I'm constipated ( sorry if that's too much info). Could I be pregnant?


To Erica

Hi Erica,

I wanted to tell you to wait a little bit before you take the next test. When I found out I was pregnant, I didn't get a positive test for the first week or so, because I had actually ovulated late.

There is also the possiblity that you, too, ovulated late this month and you period is delayed. Stress of waiting for you period to come and the thought of being pregnant can also affect the start of your period.

If you still have not gotten your period in a week or so, go straight to your doctor and request a blood test. They can detect much smaller amounts of the pregnancy hormone HCG. If you are not pregnant, the doctor can prescribe something to bring on your period.

Regardless, God will not give you more than He knows you can handle. Babies have a way of bringing families together, and you might find that they are supportive. Considering that you're married, you are one step ahead of many people that find out they are pregnant. And, remember, you can't wait for every single situation in your life to be in order before you have children or you will never have a baby!

Good luck and be thankful for the support of God and your husband.


Am I?

So, i am a little over a week late for my period. I took a pregnancy test and it said I wasn't pregnant, so I figured i took the test a little prematurely and that i would start my period i a day or two. that was 3 days ago. I still haven't gotten my period. my husband and i both want kids but I'm not sure that i am ready for children YET. He keeps telling me that either way it will be fine but I'm just not sure. Typically for my periods they are not steady, but i am not normally this late. Im one week and one day late. I waned to wait till i was out of college to have children.

I don't want my family to be upset with me. My sister is the problem child and I am the one that they had such hopes and expectations for. We all figure by now that my sister would be pregnant, no one thinks i will be. I can see their faces if i am you know? the disappointment. I know that my husbands family will be supportive, they will have a few snire faces here and there but mostly supportive. Im not too sure how my family would react. they are the typical New England family. All prim and proper.

i'm just scared.

My husband says, what ever happens it will be ok and that we will be ok, i'm just so scared.

ive wanted children for a while now but actually having one is differant i wanted to have a child when i was done with school and we had a house the whole 9 yards.

Im just so scared.

I guess now its up to God.

I know he had a plan but im still scared. i haven't had any pregnancy signs that i know of. no nausea, or cramping or anything like that.

Im just so scared, we want kids but we just aren't ready for them yet.


How I found out I was pregnant

Hello! I decided to post on this because I read so many stories when I was trying to get pregnant. I'm currently 16 weeks along and still crossing finger, toes, eyes, arms, etc. that everything goes well.

The one thing I have learned is that, while there are common symptoms of pregnancy, it is different for everyone. I've also learned that the more you want to be pregnant, the more likely you are to "have" symptoms, even if they are a figment of your imagination. Basically, when you are pregnant you are pregnant. There is no a "little bit" pregnant and, as much as you want to, you can't will your period away and get a postive pregnancy test if you are not pregnant.

My husband and I were lucky in that it only took us about five months of trying to get pregnant. That is not to say that each month that I did not get pregnant wasn't horribly frustrating and disappointing. I was truly beginning to worry that I would never get pregnant.

The first thing that we realized (after about two months) was that you can't use any type of lubricant except lubricant especially made for conceiving such as PreSeed. So, we bought a whole bunch of that. Also, I figured out that finding out when you're ovulating is a whole science that needs to be learned. Peeing on a stick, checking cervical's all a lot of work!

When I actually got pregnant, I was not even having sex to conceive. I thought I had ovulated two weeks earlier (based on my previous period) but all the signs (ovulation predictor, temps, etc) were pointing to the fact that I had not. I actually thought I had an anovulatory cycle and began to worry that I wasn't even ovulating. So, I went to the gyno at the beginning of the week to see what was up and told her that I thought my cervical mucus was egg-white quality. While she agreed (and was surprised as it didn't match up with my last period), she didn't really think I was ovulating. She told me to let her know if I had not gotten my period in a week or so. A week later, after numerous negative pregnancy tests, I went back to the doctor and told her that I was afraid I wasn't ovulating. She did a blood test and prescribed me progesterone to bring on my period. My doctor called me on a Friday and told me that I was not pregnant but that, based on my very high levels of progesterone, I had ovulated. She said I should continue to taking the progesterone and try again next cycle.

By Tuesday, I had still not gotten my period and figured I would take a pregnancy test for the heck of it. When I saw two lines, I totally freaked and called my friend who knows everything about trying to get pregnant (she tried for two years to get pregnant until conceiving twins with fertility drugs) and asked her if progesterone could cause a false positive. I took two more pregnancy tests, called my husband, and then made an appointment for a blood test. The blood test came back positive and I've been a momma-to-be ever since :-)

I had absolutely no symptoms, but I think that was because I was only 4 weeks pregnant when I found out. Around 6-6.5 weeks I started feeling nauseous every day, but my boobs haven't ever really hurt (until recently because the milk ducts are starting to work). I wasn't dizzy until this week either, and I only really started becoming tired around 9 or 10 weeks. While I had (and occasionally still have) major food aversions starting at about 6.5 weeks, smells haven't seemed particularly strong and have not been bothering me. The only strange symptom I can recall (prior to finding out I was pregnant) was the odd
shooting pain on the side of my breast that lasted for about two or three seconds at a time.

I think the most important thing to remember is that God will bless us with a pregnancy in His divine time, not in our personal time. A healthy couple has only a 25% chance of conceiving each month, and it can take a normal, healthy couple up to a year to conceive. Those odds are definitely frustrating, but we are lucky that we live in a world that offers so many wonderful fertility options and tests! While it still ceases to amaze me that a 15 year old can get pregnant the first time she ever has sex (and other couples try for years), there is so much hope.

Just remember, don't invent symptoms because, trust me, you will FEEL them, and remember that you can't will yourself pregnant. It will happen when the time is right and, sometimes, when you least expect it!

Baby Dust to all! Keep me, the hubby, and our little guy or gal in your prayers :-)


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