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Re: April/May Cycle Buddies!

Postby margi26 » Mon Jun 13, 2011 4:58 pm

Blaqdymun: How wonderful that you told her in person!!! :D :D

Yes, as an “older mom”..I don't know how old you are, but I am going to be 44 at time of deliver. With my own eggs, I can totally relate to the concerns about defects....and for me, with twins, my OB reminded me in our first appt--that we “rolled the dice twice”. THANKS!!! Not. Sheesh. I totally agree about wanting to know, be prepared, have options--totally. But I was also pretty worried about risks with tests like CVS and amnio--especially since they are doubled for a twin pregnancy and all that we have gone through to get here. Decisions are of course completely yours--but what I did was this: (besides worry, of course. LOL. That goes without saying to an IVF'er).

1-First trimester blood screen
2-NT screen--this is non-invasive (advanced ultrasound) and measures the nuchal fold-behind the fetus neck. It can be done between 11-13.6 weeks. Some also recommend looking for nasal bone as well. These are indicators and can increase or decrease your odds of downs and other trisomies, especially when combined with results from the blood work.
3-We set a boundary. We wouldn’t consider an invasive test unless our odds were....or less. Different for everyone---personal decision--but we discussed this with our OB who agreed completely with us.
4- If you do decide to do a CVS (10-12 weeks)--risks vary with clinics. If you do go with one make sure to see how many your clinic or maternal fetal specialists have done. For us--our MFM did lots of amnios, but a lot less CVS’s which slightly increases the risk.
5-If you pass your own “benchmark” at the 1st trimester, there are more tests at 2nd trimester. I recently gave more bloodwork which combined with the first set of tests signficantly decreased our odds of Downs. Now some of the other trisomies are a bit more difficult because we have twins (for you this wouldn’t be the case), but she also assured us that there are many physical anomalies that show on u/s’s and we have yet to see any problems there.
6-Level II anatomy scan--scheduled around 18/20 weeks, but can be done sooner if there are concerns. Many if not most anomalies would be apparent by this time. Mine is late next week. But I am finally feeling more reassured by all the previous tests that I am not too worried about it--except for my hematoma, but that isn’t relevant to your situation.
7-So for us, we are comfortable not going with an amnio either. OB totally supports it given how low our risks have dropped.


Hope some of this helps!! These are suggestions and my experiences, not trying to say what is necessarily the best for you. Best of luck with what you decide!! Let us know what your OB says tomorrow.
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Re: April/May Cycle Buddies!

Postby NancyB » Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:31 pm

Hi ladies,

I just got the result of my beta..... 475!!!!!! Whooo hooooo I go back Wed to make sure it doubles as it should.
Nancy -- 40
dh -- 51

1st IVF - BFN
FET -- 5/31
BFP on HPT 7dp5dt
1st Beta 6/13 -- 475!!! BFP!!!!!
2nd beta 6/15 -- 1160
3rd beta 6/17 -- 2656
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Re: April/May Cycle Buddies!

Postby deftonesmo » Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:40 pm

quick post: baby looks good... saw the hb... going for another u/s in 2 weeks... yay!
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Re: April/May Cycle Buddies!

Postby NancyB » Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:47 pm

deftonesmo wrote:quick post: baby looks good... saw the hb... going for another u/s in 2 weeks... yay!

Wonderful news!
Nancy -- 40
dh -- 51

1st IVF - BFN
FET -- 5/31
BFP on HPT 7dp5dt
1st Beta 6/13 -- 475!!! BFP!!!!!
2nd beta 6/15 -- 1160
3rd beta 6/17 -- 2656
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Re: April/May Cycle Buddies!

Postby margi26 » Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:03 pm

Deftonesmo: Wonderful to hear that HB!!! Congratulations!!!

Nancy: Yea!!! Fabulous news!!! Congratulations!!!!!
Me: 44, endo. & 1 tube due to rupture
DH 36 fine
IVF#1 double ectopic/severe OHSS 12/08
IVF#2 BFN
IVF#3 BFP-->m/c
IUI#1, #2, and #3, 2010 BFN
IVF#4-2/11 HPT=BFP 11dpo; 13dpo=240! 15dpo=653, 20dpo=5522,3/29=u/s-1sac1yolk 4/4=2 HBs!
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Re: April/May Cycle Buddies!

Postby deftonesmo » Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:43 pm

Nancy: Congrats! High Beta? Hmmmmmm . . . more than one? =)
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Re: April/May Cycle Buddies!

Postby NancyB » Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:08 pm

deftonesmo wrote:Nancy: Congrats! High Beta? Hmmmmmm . . . more than one? =)


No, my beta was just later than what a lot of ladies here seem to have. I'm 13dpt5dt today. That beta site said that 401 is the average for a singleton at that point. For twins the beta average was more like 800.
Nancy -- 40
dh -- 51

1st IVF - BFN
FET -- 5/31
BFP on HPT 7dp5dt
1st Beta 6/13 -- 475!!! BFP!!!!!
2nd beta 6/15 -- 1160
3rd beta 6/17 -- 2656
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Re: April/May Cycle Buddies!

Postby klinger13 » Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:09 pm

Nancy - As you know, I'm so, so, so, so happy for you!! CONGRATULATIONS on an awesome beta and I love your new ticker! I can't wait to follow you on the Pregnant After Treatment board. :D
Me 40, DH-31
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Re: April/May Cycle Buddies!

Postby BlissfulCS » Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:41 pm

Deftones- yay for one healthy heartbeat!

Nancy- what a terrific Beta! Sending you doubling vibes but you should feel really good given where that level is. Rest easy. Congrats Momma!!!!
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Re: April/May Cycle Buddies!

Postby lou71 » Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:15 pm

Yay Nancy! Great beta!!!! Sending you tons of doubling dust for Wednesday. When is your u/s?

deftonesmo -- Congrats on a healthy looking thriving embie!
Lou--- 1 beautiful baby girl from a single 8 cell embie in Sept 2011
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Re: April/May Cycle Buddies!

Postby NancyB » Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:50 pm

lou71 wrote:Yay Nancy! Great beta!!!! Sending you tons of doubling dust for Wednesday. When is your u/s?

deftonesmo -- Congrats on a healthy looking thriving embie!


Thanks, Lou! Not sure when u/s will be. They haven't said. I told Amanda I think my clinic does 3 betas so that would be Monday, Wed and Friday but I don't even know that for certain.

So I lurk over at the pregnant after treatment board (it's so encouraging and I like keeping up with you gals) and, girl, you are ROCKIN' it in the bikini. You go girl!!!!!!! You look amazing!!!!!
Nancy -- 40
dh -- 51

1st IVF - BFN
FET -- 5/31
BFP on HPT 7dp5dt
1st Beta 6/13 -- 475!!! BFP!!!!!
2nd beta 6/15 -- 1160
3rd beta 6/17 -- 2656
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Re: April/May Cycle Buddies!

Postby lou71 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:08 am

NancyB wrote:
lou71 wrote:Yay Nancy! Great beta!!!! Sending you tons of doubling dust for Wednesday. When is your u/s?

deftonesmo -- Congrats on a healthy looking thriving embie!


Thanks, Lou! Not sure when u/s will be. They haven't said. I told Amanda I think my clinic does 3 betas so that would be Monday, Wed and Friday but I don't even know that for certain.

So I lurk over at the pregnant after treatment board (it's so encouraging and I like keeping up with you gals) and, girl, you are ROCKIN' it in the bikini. You go girl!!!!!!! You look amazing!!!!!



Aw.. thanks hun. I figure, this may be the only chance in my life I have to be pregnant and I'm going to make the most of it! Sooo excited for your BFP. You should definitely have a HB by 7 weeks so don't you dare let them schedule your u/s beyond that! Shoot for 6.5 weeks if possible! Can't wait for the update.
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Re: April/May Cycle Buddies!

Postby Tess69 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:46 am

Hi all

Nancy - yaaaayyyyyyy! Well done you. :D

Deft - congrats on seeing a heartbeat. How exciting!

AFM - my beta confirmed a BFN for me this time around. I've had a couple of days to mill over it and although i'm hugely disappointed, i'm doing okay and am looking towards the next cycle. I've already told my RE that we need to pull out all the bells and whistles for this next cycle as it will probably be our last one. So DH and I are off on our holiday and then on our return we'll get back into it and give this last cycle our very best.

So to you lovely preggie ladies, I'll be keeping an eye on your progress on the pregnant after treatment boards and to everybody else who is still wishing and hoping, I'll see you on the Summer board in a few weeks time. :)
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Re: April/May Cycle Buddies!

Postby NancyB » Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:48 am

I'm sorry, Tess. I hope you have a wonderful time away with your hubby. Next time will be it for you!!!
Nancy -- 40
dh -- 51

1st IVF - BFN
FET -- 5/31
BFP on HPT 7dp5dt
1st Beta 6/13 -- 475!!! BFP!!!!!
2nd beta 6/15 -- 1160
3rd beta 6/17 -- 2656
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Re: April/May Cycle Buddies!

Postby rypell1985 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:49 am

Congrats Nancy!!!!!!!
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8.30: 66 9.05: 747 9.08: 2,596

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