One of the things Nathan and I agreed on when we met was that we both wanted kids and we didn't want to wait to have them. As our wedding was approaching, we decided we would start trying for kids in the fall after we were married. At my annual exam in May, I made an appointment to go ahead and have my IUD taken out in October. If you are considering an IUD, I HIGHLY recommend Mirena. Insertion is painful, but if you are a person who forgets to take birth control pills, an IUD is an easy fix for that. I had ZERO issues during the 5 years I had one. My periods never stopped completely, but I did find some relief with lighter periods and less cramping.
About two months before I had it removed, I started using the GLOW App on my phone to track my periods and ovulation. This app is AMAZING. It tracked literally EVERYTHING for me to help narrow down my most fertile days. I remember telling my husband that I thought I was going to have a period right before I went in to have my IUD removed. My period ended the day before I was scheduled to go in. Removal is not near as painful as insertion, just a small pinch and then it was over. I told my doctor that we were going to start trying for a baby soon and she jokingly said she would see me in a few months. Because I had used GLOW and I tracked literally EVERYTHING possible, I was confident in the fertility window it gave me. I recommend being diligent with tracking all moods, behaviors, periods, spotting, EVERYTHING for the most accurate fertility window.
The waiting game after peak fertility is grueling. I was sooo anxious waiting to be able to take a pregnancy test. The hours felt like days and the days felt like weeks. I was anxiously counting down until I could finally take a test. As the days went on, I began to accept that it probably didn't happen on our first attempt. I have several friends that struggle with infertility and I was realistic about the fact that I wouldn't get pregnant right away.
NOVEMBER 3, 2018
On my way home from work, I felt like I needed to go get a pregnancy test. Of course, I bought the multi-pack so I would have some on hand at home. I recommend using First Response Pregnancy Tests and I also bought some Clear Blue Digital Tests so there was no doubt if it was positive or not. I knew I needed to wait until the next morning to take it, so the waiting game through that night was horrible. I woke up early for work and went into the bathroom and took a test. I tried to keep myself as busy as possible with doing unnecessary tasks to get ready for work while I waited for the results. I finally worked up the courage to go back into the bathroom and check.
Boom. Positive. Just like that.
I was absolutely beside myself. How on earth could I get pregnant on the first try after five years of an IUD?! Let me tell you something. If you are ready to start your journey of having a baby, listen to your body. Use apps like GLOW to help with tracking. Use it for a couple months before you are even ready to start trying to help narrow down your peak fertility. Trying for a baby can be extremely stressful and even though it worked for us on the first try, it was still stressful. There are so many resources out there to help make the process as easy as possible.
I called my doctor's office and they sent me to have blood work done to confirm pregnancy before bringing me into the office. This is standard protocol, so when you get that positive test, be prepared to go to a lab for some testing before going into the office. Your doctor's office will call you with the results the next day. I was out of school the day after having blood work done for some professional development. I remember standing up and running out of the room of about 50 teachers when my phone started ringing. The blood work confirmed that I WAS pregnant and my HCG was around 500. HCG doubles every day in early pregnancy as your little one grows. The nurse wanted me to go back the next week for more blood work just to make sure everything multiplied the way it should. Sure enough, the next week, my HCG was over 4,000 and they were ready to bring me into the office.
Getting that first positive test can be so overwhelming. I took a total of 5 tests just to be sure that I was actually pregnant. My husband still laughs at me about that to this day, but there is nothing wrong with being sure! :) Use all the resources available, make sure you talk to your partner and you have a plan, and most importantly, HAVE FUN trying to make a baby!
xo-The Home Team Mama
Hi everyone! I am a working mama in Indianpolis, Indiana. I am a middle school special education teacher and basketball coach as well as wife to a social studies teacher/assistant athletic director and mama to our sweet baby girl, Mila! On this blog, I'll share helpful tips and tricks to navigate through pregnancy, labor and delivery, postpartum, newborn care, and balancing work and home life. Enjoy!