Sorry for not writing sooner. It's all been a bit terrifying and nerve-wracking. The news is that I am currently 8w pregnant by LMP, or 8w1d by when I think I ovulated. We had a scan at 6 weeks which miraculously showed a heartbeat, although the embryo was small, and another at 7 weeks which showed an embryo measuring 2 days ahead and still with a strong heartbeat. Despite desparatey wanting to, I've not gone for a scan this week, thinking I need to stop being quite so paranoid. I have, however, booked one for next Thursday as we have an appointment to discuss pre-natal care (!) with Dr Candour and I don't want to do that if the embryo has died (!).
Yes, we did get pregnant without medical attention. Well, I had a scan serendipitously the morning of suspected ovulation, during a monitoring cycle at the potential new clinic. So I knew I was ovulating, and we had sex at the right time, but of course we'd done that many times before to no avail. So no, we didn't conceive on holiday, but I did start to realise I was pregnant on holiday, and confirmed it via peesticks the day after we got back. A conception 10 days before my 40th birthday.
I have no symptoms to speak of, so of course I am constantly worried that the embryo has died. The only thing that can reassure me is a scan, but of course I can't have one every day, so the panic grows for every day that passes after each scan. After a heartbeat at 6 and 7 weeks we are in good shape, but of course something awful can happen. Let's just hope it doesn't.