Here we are just a few days away from the first beta test (3 1/2 days to be more precise). I’ve still been having on and off cramping. I think I’ve been more sensitive to smells as well, or at least I have a heightened sense of smell.
Other than those couple things I feel totally normal. I think I mentioned before that all of these things can be caused by the hormones as well so any “symptoms” at this point don’t mean much.
Hopefully we don’t have to wait too long on Thursday to get the test results. The waiting is seriously so hard! I just want to know what’s going on in there! I’m sure the IFs are counting down the days to beta too. 9 days doesn’t seem that long until you’re waiting for something like this! Then, if that result is good we’ll be waiting for the next test to see if the HCG level is rising appropriately. If it’s negative we’ll start looking at a new transfer date. The other thing that’s a possibility is a low number which may indicate a chemical pregnancy which is when the embryo implants, but then stops growing for some reason. In that case there’s usually a follow up beta to make sure the number is dropping. Please send some positive vibes that we get a good result on Thursday!
Hurry up and wait is the name of the game!
We’re at 3dpt (days past transfer) now. The husband and I flew home yesterday and it was great to see the kiddos again, they were pretty excited we were home. We brought them little presents so that made them even happier 😉
I’m feeling pretty good. My back if feeling much better. It actually felt better yesterday morning when I was finally able to get out of bed. I’ve had some cramping off and on which is totally normal…it’s also totally normal to not have cramping so it all means nothing LOL I’ve had heartburn which I only get when I’m pregnant, but not usually until I’m 20+ weeks. I read today that the progesterone can cause it, plus laying down so long is probably a contributing factor. I was also exhausted when I got home. You would think that after being in bed for a day and a half I would be all rested up. Apparently not, I didn’t take one nap while on bed rest, but within an hour of being home I crashed hard on the couch. It didn’t even keep me from going to bed at my normal time either.
I’m so glad to be done with the Medrol (steroid)! I started sleeping better as soon as I stopped taking it. Right now I’m just taking the PIO everyday and Delestrogen on Mondays and Fridays. The skin on my hips where I inject is definitely toughening up because I rarely feel the needle pass through the skin anymore. I do, however, have two very sore injection sites. It feels like having a sore muscle or bruise. I typically try to walk after the injections to disperse the medication. Obviously I couldn’t do that for a couple days so the area got a little lumpy and sore. I’m back to walking after them so hopefully that helps.
5 more days until beta!!
Yesterday I received the med calendar for this transfer cycle. I start my meds on Monday (8/19) eek!! I was laying in bed freaking out about the fact that I have two intramuscular injections this time and that my husband won’t always be around to do them for me. The more I thought about it the more I came to the conclusion that I won’t be able to do them myself…enter my backup plan LOL She’s a friend/coworker who lives just a couple minutes from me and she’s already agreed (in fact I think she’s looking forward to it) to come help me when I need it 🙂
The format of this calendar is not one I’m used to so it seemed a bit overwhelming. Aside from a difference in medication protocol from my previous clinic, I will be only having one lining check and it will be at the clinic itself. The last time I had a baseline ultrasound a few days into my period (and actually a second baseline about a week later) to make sure my lining was thin. Then two more ultrasounds to make sure it was getting thicker. This time I only have one on 9/13 to make sure it’s thickening. It is nice to not have to go in so many times, but this one ultrasound will require a 30min flight to Portland, a 45min train ride, and a 30min flight home. That sounds like a lot, but honestly it’s easier to do that for just one day than to have 3 or 4 different mornings that I have to try to get into the imaging clinic and have the husband go into work late so he can stay with the kids because I go in before they’re awake. This way it’s just one day that he has to do that and I actually should be able to be home in time to pick up the kids. Benefits of a close clinic!
I’ll post pictures of the calendar, but they’ll be hard to read because there is so much information. On Monday I will start taking Lupron (which suppresses the ovaries as we don’t want me trying to ovulate), baby aspirin (I believe this is to help with blood flow to the uterus, although I’m unsure why I would need to start it before my next period), and Doxycycline (this is an antibiotic to make sure my uterus is nice and clean LOL I’ll actually start another round of it just before the transfer). I take my last BCP (birth control pill) on 8/23 which should start a period. I’ll have a blood test then continue w/ the same meds (Doxycycline ends on 8/28) until 9/2 when I start the estrogen injections that are meant to thicken my lining. I do those twice a week, Mon & Fri. Those I will continue until around 10 weeks of pregnancy if the transfer sticks or until a negative Beta test (blood pregnancy test).
On 9/13 I go to ORM for the lining check ultrasound and another blood test. If my lining is thickening appropriately I’ll continue meds. If it’s not then we’ll come up with a plan. There are a lot of old wives tales out there among IVF patients about how to help your lining thicken. The only two I do are drinking pomegranate juice. There’s not scientific evidence that this helps, but it’s full of antioxidants and is supposed to be an anti-inflammatory. I did it last time and I’ll do it again, if nothing else it tastes pretty good (I dilute it with some water though otherwise it’s pretty strong). I’ll drink it from around CD 1 until the lining check on 9/13. I also do a couple yoga poses that are supposed to help with blood flow to the uterus. I came across this website during my last journey and the poses were easy enough so I decided to give it a shot. The one I did the most was the feet up on the wall pose. I would lay there for 5-10 minutes. It was nice to take a minute and relax and feel like I was doing something to help my lining. GC’s don’t have a lot of control over whether their bodies cooperate or not so it feels good to be maybe helping a little.
If the lining check goes well on 9/13 I will start progesterone injections on 9/18. These are also intramuscular injections so on Mondays and Fridays I will be getting two shots in the backside. These PIO (progesterone in oil) injections are to trick my body into thinking it ovulated so it’s ready to accept an embryo. We’ll fly up to ORM and have the transfer on 9/24 then I’ll be on strict bed rest for the rest of the day after the transfer and the next day. That means I will be in the hotel bed with just my shoulders propped up for what will seem like a long time LOL It will be a great time to catch up shows and just hang out with the husband sans kiddos (we don’t get to do that very often at all).
If all goes well (there are so many checkpoints that have to be passed) 9 days after the transfer (10/3) I will go in for a Beta test. This is a blood test where they test for HCG, which it the hormone present when you’re pregnant (that’s what at home pregnancy pick up in urine). If that’s positive I go again on 10/7 and 10/9 for the same tests. The number should be double every 48 hours to indicate a healthy pregnancy. If the test is negative it’s likely that I would stop all medications and wait for CD1 (when a period starts). Then we would try again with a transfer date either late December or early January. It takes a lot of effort and energy to even make it to transfer so of course everyone always wants it to work the first time. That’s not always the case. I’m usually a realist and tend to say “if” instead of “when”, but I’m trying to be more of an optimist. Obviously I know the possible outcomes, but why not just put the good vibes out there? So while I’m cautiously optimistic, I am being optimistic.
Let’s do this!
I had told myself I was done talking home pregnancy tests, but then I threw some more in the cart when we were grocery shopping tonight. My 8dpt (days past transfer) test wasn’t any darker than the 7dpt test so that had me a little nervous even though I know there can be a lot of different reasons for that. So when I took a test tonight and the test line turned out darker than the control line I was super happy.
Tomorrow morning I have my confirmation blood test, but the fertility clinic doesn’t usually send me the results until around 4pm. I’m feeling pretty good about what the results will be because of the way my home tests look. I think if it’s a good number we’ll be able to schedule a heartbeat confirmation ultrasound towards the end of this month. I’m so happy for R & B! I so hope this is it for them and this time next year they’ll be holding this little girl in their arms.
Here’s the email I got this afternoon from the clinic.
My clinic does a really early first blood draw. Most clinics wait until 10-12 days past transfer to check HCG (the pregnancy hormone). 17 for such an early draw is great and I’m very happy with the number. The number should double about every 48 hours so we’ll check next Tuesday and see what the new number is. I’ll continue to take home tests to see if the line gets darker. Keep those fingers crossed for R & B!