9 Weeks

Weekly Update:

How far along: 9 weeks

How big is baby: Size of a cherry, about .9in

IVF meds: .5mL Progesterone daily, 1 progesterone tab PV twice a day, baby aspirin daily, .25mL Delestrogen Mondays and Fridays.

Symptoms: I’m on a symptom roller coaster. Sometimes I feel great, other times I’m super nauseous. Sometimes I have the energy for chores other times all I want to do it lay in bed. There’s been no pattern, rhyme or reason. I’ve noticed that after I eat I usually feel awful for 60-90 minutes. I’ll get nauseous and bloated. Once that dissipates I’ll have an hour or so that I feel pretty good until I get hungry again. Yesterday was a hard day. I felt awful pretty much all day until like 8pm. It was the roughest day I’ve had so far. I’ve been making sure to keep my water intake up and I do think that helps immensely. Overall this is the best I’ve felt at this point. I have just enough symptoms to remind me that I’m pregnant, but it’s not usually so bad that I can’t go about life.

Sleep: I’ve been sleeping mostly good. There are some mornings where I wake up very early (or get woken up) and can’t go back to sleep until it’s almost time to get up. I definitely feel better when I get enough sleep

Food cravings? Fruity candy, dark chocolate, milk, BBQ chips

Food Aversions? Not too many this week. I have a strong aversion to the smell of cooking meat, but can eat it once it’s done.

Anything making you queasy or sick? having an empty stomach or having too full of a stomach

Best moment of the week? having the new park close to our house open up

Next appointment: I had my intake call with the medical assistant yesterday. It was just to review my health history and give me the dos and don’ts run down. We have an ultrasound on the 6th, if everything looks good my first official OB appt is July 13th,.

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8 Weeks

Weekly Update:

How far along: 8 weeks

How big is baby: Size of a raspberry or wild strawberry, about .6in

IVF meds: .5mL Progesterone daily, 1 progesterone tab PV twice a day, baby aspirin daily, .25mL Delestrogen Mondays and Fridays.

Symptoms: I’m definitely feeling all the 1st trimester fun symptoms….nausea, bloating, exhaustion, round ligament pain. I have good and bad days with the nausea. The bad days are just constant nausea from the time I get up until I go to bed. On the good days it comes and goes. I can be completely fine one minute and super nauseous the next. I’m finding it to be a real mental battle this pregnancy to feel nauseous so much. I think the mom/wife guilt of it being summer, but not feeling up to do anything is making it feel harder than it is. If I think back to previous pregnancies, I’m actually feeling relatively good at this point. Like I said, it’s a harder mental game this go around.

Sleep: I hadn’t been sleeping very well the last week or so. I was waking up in the middle of the night with a lot of nausea and gas pains. It was hard to get comfortable. Yesterday afternoon and before bed I finally thought to take some gas meds and it made a world of difference last night.

Food cravings? Fruity candy, pizza, veggies w/ ranch, cereal, granny smith apples w/ cheese cold foods. I was telling my husband last night that I don’t remember my mouth feeling so hot all the time with other pregnancies. All I want to do is eat cool/cold foods, but there’s only so many of those.

Food Aversions? Contrary to all my previous pregnancies I’ve had a strong aversion to carby things like crackers, chips, pretzels…those are usually the only things I can stomach at this point, but this time I can hardly thing about eating them. I mean it’s good because I don’t need them and should eat less of them anyway, it’s just been strange since in my previous 4 pregnancies they were all I could eat at this point

Anything making you queasy or sick? having an empty stomach or having too full of a stomach

Best moment of the week? Summer weather finally making a steady appearance!

Next appointment: I have an intake call with the medical assistant at my OB office on June 29th. Our next ultrasound is on July 6th

7 Weeks

Weekly Update:

How far along: 7 weeks

How big is baby: Size of a blueberry, about .5in

IVF meds: 1mL Progesterone daily, 1 progesterone tab PV twice a day, baby aspirin daily, .3mL Delestrogen Mondays and Fridays.

Symptoms: The nausea has ramped up the last couple days which is a good sign, but not fun to deal with. I’m also tired on one the weekdays when I can’t sleep in. I’m happy tomorrow is the kids’ last day of school. I’ll still have work 4 days a week, but won’t have to wake up quite so early.

Sleep: On weekdays I’m exhausted even if I go to bed early. I sleep okay most nights. I’ve been waking up around 3-4 with nausea. I’ve been able to go back to sleep within an hour or so.

Food cravings? I’ve had more cravings this week. Strawberries w/ pound cake (which my husband was kind enough to go get one night for me), pizza, bagel w/ peanut butter, salad

Doesn’t that look amazing?? It was

Aversions: I’m adding this one in here because I’ve had some strong ones. Meat…I had to step away from cooking the meat for dinner last night and let the hubs finish it. Pizza…yes it was a craving, then I had some yesterday and can’t even think about eating the last slice.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Eating too much or having an empty stomach. I have to stay on top of my snacking, but it’s hard when nothing sounds good

Best moment of the week? Seeing the heartbeat and having baby measure right on track at the ultrasound

Next appointment: not sure yet. The imaging clinic didn’t send the report to the fertility clinic so we’re waiting for that to happen then we’ll know. I should have another ultrasound around the 1st of July

Ultrasound Results

The morning of the ultrasound finally arrived! I swear the wait between the 2nd beta-hCG results and the first ultrasound has been the longest 2+ weeks ever. I was surprised that I actually got some sleep last night. I was more nervous for this ultrasound than any of my other ones over all my pregnancies, it was a combination of this being a mosaic embryo and it being their last one.

I had some pretty good nausea in the middle of the night and woke up with some as well. Luckily it seems to get better when I get up and drink my protein shake. My stomach still wasn’t happy, but it was more manageable. I got the kids ready for school and after I dropped them off I went to the lab to get blood work done.

After that I killed some time until my ultrasound appointment. I got all checked in and was brought back to a second waiting area. They were running a little late so I sat there longer than I liked with my nerves!

She finally called me back. It was a tech I had had before and she’s awesome so I was glad to see her. She started with an abdominal ultrasound, but let me know because of how early I am she may need to do a vaginal one as well. She put the transducer on and we pretty much immediately saw a gestational sac. Now, for whatever reason I’ve been worrying about discovering a blighted ovum at this ultrasound. A blighted ovum is when there’s a gestational sac that develops, but there’s no baby in it. I don’t know why I was so worried about this particular situation.

Pretty quickly after seeing the gestational sac I caught a glimpse of a blob inside. That was enough to let me know it wasn’t a blighted ovum. Now to see that beautiful little flicker of a heartbeat. She zoomed in and at the same time we said “I think there’s a little flicker.” Sure enough there was a tiny little heartbeat. She did some other measurements then measured the baby who was measuring 6w5d and I’m 6w6d so right on track! Then she measured the heartbeat. They don’t listen to it until the second trimester, but they measure the rate. Today it was measuring 142 which is perfect.

Then she said she was going to do the vaginal ultrasound as well to get a better image to measure. During that one baby continued to measure 6w5d and heartrate was 141 so nice and consistent. She printed out a picture of the little bean to share with the IFs.

More blob than baby 😊

I was so relieved after seeing the baby and the heartbeat. It was so nice to know that all these symptoms are because of a healthy baby growing away. It makes them easier to deal with when you know it’s for a good reason.

My next one should be around the 1st of July…which would be kind of funny because it would be my daughter’s birthday and today’s ultrasound happened to fall on my son’s birthday. I’m sure we’ll hear from the clinic this afternoon with next steps.

6 Weeks

Weekly Update:

How far along: 6 weeks

How big is baby: Size of pomegranate seed .25-.5 inches

IVF meds: 1mL Progesterone daily, 1 progesterone tab PV twice a day, baby aspirin daily, .3mL Delestrogen Mondays and Fridays.

Symptoms: Still exhausted pretty much always. I came down with cold a day and a half ago and that has been cutting into my sleep. Yesterday I came home and took an hour nap, come 9pm I was struggling to keep my eyes open. I’m hungry most of the time, but have developed some food aversions. Maybe not so much aversions as nothing sounds good even if I’m starving. Yesterday I had some nausea the first half of the day, I think at least in part because I didn’t sleep well the night before. I remember that from my previous pregnancies, that if I don’t get enough sleep the night before I am more nauseous in the morning. I’m trying to go to bed earlier to help with this, but with the cold sleep isn’t great. I also remember that if I don’t drink enough water that also made me more nauseous. I bought a gallon size water bottle and am trying to drink one a day….it makes for many bathroom trips though!

Sleep: It was really good until the last couple nights with the sore throat and congestion.

Food cravings? Sour and fruity candy, cottage cheese w/ pineapple, chips and salsa

Anything making you queasy or sick? my stomach getting too empty. This means I have 2 breakfasts to start the day 😜 I usually start with a protein shake while I’m getting the kids’ lunches made and them ready for school. Then I have something with some more substance a little while after. I’m trying to make sure I always have snacks available, preferably some type of protein (nuts, beef jerky, cheese). I know I can’t stop the nausea completely, but I’m trying to get ahead of it so maybe it’s not so awful while we’re trying to enjoy summer break

Best moment of the week? Getting to go to my kids’ field day yesterday. They had a blast with all their classmates and liked having me there to watch them play.

Next appointment: ultrasound and blood test on 6/15 (which is my son’s 9th birthday so hopefully that’s good luck!)

5 Weeks

Today I am 5 weeks pregnant! It feels strange to not have a 3rd beta or anymore appointments until the first ultrasound. We just have to hope that things are progressing like they should and keep our fingers crossed. I was debating whether to start weekly updates now or after the first ultrasound since there is a higher chance of this pregnancy not being viable. I went back and looked at when I started them with the other GC pregnancies. With both of them I started at 5 weeks. I decided that this little one deserves the benefit of the doubt just like the other surro babes I’ve carried. If it doesn’t work out then that’s how it turns out, but today I’m 5 weeks and I’m choosing to be optimistic.

Weekly Update:

How far along: 5 weeks

How big is baby: Peppercorn

IVF meds: 1mL Progesterone daily, 1 progesterone tab PV twice a day, baby aspirin daily, .3mL Delestrogen Mondays and Fridays.

Symptoms: I’m tired pretty much all the time. That doesn’t keep me from staying up way too late though. I’ve been hungry too. I could almost always be eating if I let myself. I wake up very hungry, but after a glass of water it goes away for a bit and I usually eat around 9:30am. Starting last weekend I was already having nausea in the morning which was really surprising as it usually takes longer to show up. After getting my estrogen and progesterone results on Tuesday and looking back at what my levels were with previous GC pregnancies, I figured out that my progesterone and estrogen levels are much higher this time which would cause the earlier symptoms. I started taking my vitamin B complex again and it has significantly helped with the morning nausea.

Sleep: I wish I could take naps everyday, but unfortunately we’re just too busy. I’m really looking forward to sleeping in this weekend.

Food cravings? No strong ones yet. With being hungry all the time most things sound good at any given time. I know that won’t last so I’m enjoying still liking food for the time being

Anything making you queasy or sick? not really since I started taking my vitamin B again. It took about 2 days for it to help, but I’m so thankful it did.

Happy or moody? mostly happy, just tired

Best moment of the week? Getting a good 2nd beta number

Next appointment: ultrasound and blood test on 6/15 (which is my son’s 9th birthday so hopefully that’s good luck!)