Well I don’t really know where to start, there’s so much to catch up on! But the most important thing first – I’m pregnant! Third time really was a charm for us.
So the two week wait started out really well this time and the first week just flew by. Christmas was such a great distraction that I really didn’t have much time to wonder whether I was pregnant or not. I did have some lower back pain on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day which I briefly wondered about, thinking it could have been implantation cramps but I didn’t have enough time to dwell on that thought for too long.
Of course, after Christmas there was a lull and that’s when I started wanting to test! I managed to hold myself back for a while, but then I started noticing symptoms. After Christmas, we went to visit Hayley’s mum who is a smoker and I spent the entire time there covering my nose and trying not to be sick from the latent smell of smoke just lingering in the house. It was certainly an extreme reaction, but it did make me wonder whether I was pregnant. Then on day 11 post IUI, I woke up at 5:30am feeling incredibly nauseous and I couldn’t take it anymore, I really wanted to test.
So as soon as Hayley woke up, we had a quick chat and decided that we’d cheekily test early. We were using a standard test the fertility clinic had given us, so it wasn’t designed for early detection, but even so, we were sure that we could see the faintest of faint lines.
Well that day we went to the local shop and picked up 4 more pregnancy tests just to be sure! We made sure to pick up some early detection tests and decided that we’d test each morning from then on to see whether the line was getting darker.
On the morning of Day 12 post IUI we got up early and tested again, this time there was no mistaking the line! No need to squint! It was right there and clearly positive. Pregnant. We tested on day 13 and 14 just to be sure of course, but we loved watching the line grow darker and clearer.
That was over a week ago now. I’m currently 5 weeks and 3 days pregnant and I’ve got an early scan booked in on the 23rd of this month (7 weeks and 4 days). The clinic we’re using are great about making sure everything is growing properly and scanning as soon as possible before handing us over to our GP. I’ve heard that some people can hear the heartbeat at 6 or 7 weeks as well, so that’s what we’re keeping our fingers crossed for.
Obviously it’s still really early on and there is always a danger of miscarriage in early pregnancy, so we’re holding on until we hear a strong and healthy heartbeat before we tell people we’re pregnant. But right now, we’re secretly very excited.