Good morning ladies!!
How are you doing today? Let me do personals first!
Thanks for telling me about your due date, I'll update it. I checked out the bella band website, and they have camis and tank tops and even leggins and pants. Being 6' tall, I don't think the pants and leggings will be long enough. However, the bella band really seems worth it. Many women commented about being able to wear their pre-pregnancy pants until the end, unbuttoned. We'll see if I'm able to do that, but at least it would spare me the trouble of driving two hours to the Tall Girl shop in Ottawa and find maternity pants that fit! Apparently, when you're really tall you don't start showing before a loooong time. A friend of mine, who is 6' tall and rather skinny, didn't show until 8 months!! She was so disappointed that she couldn't enjoy her baby belly longer!
But you probably know how it is... with the progesterone we're taking, the bloating makes you tight around the waist already...
I'm really glad that you had a great talk with your DH the other night. It must feel very lonely without him this week!!! Usually, it's useless to have an ultrasound before 6 weeks because you won't see much, and even then, you might not see the heartbeat until week 7. So I'm sure your DH will be there with you for that special moment! Can't wait to hear about your beta!
You're so right! Even if our pregnancies, after week 6, are considered normal, the struggles we go through before we get there make us very different. And even then, IVFers are very different from each other! But I'm really glad you joined us. Aha, so you're the first to be due in May!!! I'll gladly add you to the list. Good luck for your ultrasound tomorrow! Are they doing a second ultrasound to check the heartbeats? As for the weird twinges, they're all normal. Yeahm, I've had pretty severe abdominal pain because of constipation and bloating, and I've also had twinges and little cramps when my uterus grows. Plus I have been through 3 surgeries, so there are scar tissues all over the place in there, which increase the pain. But all this is normal. Hang in there for the PIO, it will soon be over! Just a little month!
Oh, and egg salad sandwiches are SO GOOD! A real life saver when you need to eat something fast! For the last two days, I've been in love with tomato sandwiches... nice ripe juicy tomatoes between thick slices of fresh bread with mayo, salt and pepper and a touch of basil... oooooooooooooooh yummmmmm! I think I'll eat another one tonight, lol!
Oh, you're right my friend, spotting didn't make me panic after the first ultrasound showed there was no bleeding inside the uterus... but it's not a pretty sight. It keeps bugging you, and each time you go to the bathroom you have that inner debate.. to look or not to look at the panty liner! So yeah, I'm quite proud of my underwear these days!
And to make things worse, vaginal discharge is worse during pregnancy, so sometimes you feel that little something slide down, and you don't know if it's just discharge or blood... ah, well. But it's behind me now! yay! As for my friend Anne giving me tips, she did advise me to make my prenatal test apt, which I did. But LOL most of the times, I'm the one who gives advice the most! Geez, I had to tell her to tell the yoga teacher that she was pregnant because she didn't see the relevance! Come on, it changed a great deal and the teacher told her! And how are you these days? How's the burping? I, too, feel like I'm always hungry... sometimes I'm amazed; I just ate a big apple, carrot sticks and radishes, and a lemon drop and I'm still hungry! Like borderline-nauseous hungry!
I will make the change promptly my lady! I'm so sorry you had a bad argument... must not help with the stress before the u/s. Remember, you're doing everything you can right now, and there's now way to tell what's going on in there yet. The best you can do is just let your body do its work, the meds too, and keep entertaining yourself the most you can. TV really helps during those times, and watching movies. And work, as crazy as it sounds. I'm also keeping everything crossed for your babies, and I'm sure you'll have great news to share after your ultrasound!
Hi! I'll make the change pronto! Oh, I'm sorry to hear that work is so boring sweetie... I UNDERSTAND, if you only knew!!!! I'm having trouble to get referrals at the hospital, because it's the first time those departments have an onco-psychologist available. So the docs don't have the time to evaluate the need for referral, and the nurses didn,t understand my role too well at first... and then I've been desperately trying to launch an evaluation questionnaire for every oncology patient to detect those who needed to see me... but I've met so much problems on the way! It should be launched soon, but it's been going on since Feb!!! So for months and months I had like 3 patients on my caseload and spent my time surfing the net... so boring, and your motivation slowly dies! I'm glad that the nurse reassured you about your symptoms. And as for the twins and the available room, don't worry. If your body couldn,t take it, they wouldn't have implanted. Think about the mothers who have quints or triplets and so on. The babies still manage. Your body will accomodate, don't worry. To answer your question, I had two ultrasounds. One after I started spotting, and another one Monday last week. Both showed one healthy baby. We have a strong heartbeat and everything is just perfect in there, no problem at all. So I'm very confident that everything will go well. Congrats on your amazing beta!
Oh, sweetie, I'm sorry to hear that you're pessimistic sometimes! But it happened to me too. Those two weeks after the BFP are really stressful... but you'll see, once the ultrasound shows you what you want to see, once you find a heartbeat, the miscarriage risks drop below 5%. Isn't that nice to hear?? But the worries, they never completely go away. It's always up to you to deal with the normal anxiety so it doesn't become too intense.
So I went to the yoga class on Monday evening and it was FANTASTIC!!! Seriously, you guys should try it if you still haven't. We have to do 7 initiation lessons before we can go to prenatal classes. So the teacher adapted the moves sometimes for my friend and me. The lesson was just perfect, and the teacher is amazing. It was just intense enough so we felt like it was worth something, but easy enough so we felt competent and proud right from the beginning. I can't wait until I go there again on Monday! And it's been AGES since my best friend and I took classes together (maybe it goes back to high school, can you believe?) So it was really great.
And yesterday, I made an apt for the prenatal tests. It will be at my clinic, though I need a prescription from the ob-gyn who will see me during my pregnancy; it's for the insurance company. It's pricey (380$CAN) but the insurance will cover it 100%. They will do blood tests and an ultrasound to detect severe malformations (Down Syndrome, spina bifida, and so on). Plus my friend told me they will make us hear the baby's heartbeat! It's bound to be a magical moment!
:D:D It's on October 27th (ages away) and I will be 13 weeks. My doctor's apt is still planned for October 9th.
That's about it for me ladies! I should do some work.... I have to do a presentation on October 15th...