I haven't even started my 2WW, yet I could be convinced I was pregnant if I didn't otherwise know. After my last two transfers I was on symptoms watch during this period. What have I learned by doing this? That you can have all of the classic early pregnancy symptoms and not be pregnant. In fact, I think I had more "symptoms" the cycle I didn't get implantation than the one I did. And currently, I have a ton of "symptoms" despite having zero chance of being pregnant.
Transfer #1 (T1)- frozen transfer of 4 day 3 embryos. I didn't get implantation.
Transfer #2 (T2)- fresh transfer of 2 day 5 embryos. I had implantation that resulted in a chemical pregnancy.
Currently (C)- Awaiting a transfer on Monday of day 5/6 embryos (not sure how many yet)
Currently I am on estrogen (orally 3x's/day) and progesterone (vaginally 2x's/day).
I looked online at common early pregnancy symptoms so let's see:
Cramping: C-Yup. I've noticed this more since starting the progesterone on Friday. No embryos in there to implant yet, but still a symptom I'm currently experiencing. Also present with T1 and T2.
Breast tenderness: C-Not yet but I'm sure in the next few days. Again, progesterone related. This always appears within a few days of starting progesterone. Big time both with T1 and T2.
Fatigue: C-Nope. When I did PIO (T1) and my progesterone levels were really high I was the most tired of any cycle. Not with T2.
Nausea: C-Nope. Again, after T1 was when I had this symptom the most. Not after T2.
Bloating: All cycles. Thanks hormones!
Constipation or Diarrhea: C-Nope. This was BAD after T2 and not present after T1.
Headaches: C-Yes. None in the past few days but when I first started estrogen (first week or so) I had a headache pretty much every day. After T1 and T2 I had headaches. Headaches generally accompany rising or falling hormones for me. Both times my pregnancies didn't work out I had headaches for about a week straight leading up to the bad news.
Backache: C-No, but lots after T2. I also had a lot of backaches the week before my period started after T2.
Spotting: None ever.
Increased basal body temperature: I don't keep track. I did when I was first TTC, but it was a real pain and seemed too inconsistent. Not for me.
Darker areolas: Never
Vaginal Discharge: Does crinone discharge count? Hard to tell when you are on vaginal suppositories.
Mood swings: Ummmm.... all the time?
Frequent Trips to the bathroom: C-Yes. Last night I got up 3 times to pee. I did drink a bit of wine last night, but since starting the Crinone I have definitely noticed this. Didn't have this after T1 but did with 2.
Heightened sense of smell: All cycles.
Food Aversions: C-No. Didn't after T1 but did a little after T2 (dark meat of chicken).
Increased thirst: Not really something I've ever noticed.
So what can be learned from this long-winded post? That "symptoms" are a result of the hormones that I take, not an actual pregnancy. I've decided in the past few days leading up to transfer #3 that I don't believe in symptoms. Maybe if I were a normal fertile trying to get pregnant they would mean something. But, I take a ton of hormones that mimic all of the same symptoms. For this transfer I'm not going to be on symptom watch because symptoms are a bunch of bull.