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Postby karenvancouverisland » Sat Mar 28, 2009 5:57 pm

hi sue!! sorry for crashing your thread...now that the miracle of being PG and being almost 24 weeks along has hit, i saw this new thread and decided to read it as i feel i can still relate to that 'omigod- is this finally happening?'

so in checking out your thread, i'm just delighted to see that it's happened for you sue! congratulations...i wish you all the best. things are well for me, although i still get plagued with fear occasionally. it's amazing to feel the baby move- he's a boy and will be named nathan.

wishing all you ladies a healthy, amazing pregnancy.. karen
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Postby excited-in-la » Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:28 am

Hi everyone.

Hopeful, I am so sorry for all you are going through. Just take it one day at a time. I miscarried after my first IVF cycle and know how hard it is to be in the unknown area where you are (though I of course hope you have a happier ending). You have such a great attitude and you WILL be a mother. Good luck at the U/S Monday. We will be thinking of you!

Welcome Spot of Tea! We are glad to have you and glad for your good news.

Nancy and Charr, I am so sorry for your losses and sorry that I relate. I hope the pregnancies we are carrying continue to be healthy and that there are happy endings!

I go back to the fertility doctor for another ultrasound Monday morning (good luck to the rest of you who also have Monday ultrasounds!) Then I go back to the perinatologist Thursday. The fertility doctor had planned to take me off of the progesterone shots this week, but the perinatologist told me not to change anything. I am on prednisone twice a day, estrogen patches every three days, lovenox shots in the AM, progesterone shots in the PM, baby aspirin, folic acid and prenatal vitamins. I can hardly keep up! I was on the progesterone suppositories during a failed IUI cycle and MUCH prefer the shots!

We got our due date last week - but the funny part is they could not decide between Nov. 17 or 18, so we are saying "Nov. 17 and a half!"
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Postby Ivy Frances » Sun Mar 29, 2009 1:28 am

Hiya Everyone, Was away on a business trip out of state and then paying for it getting caught up at work. I see that it has been a full week with lots of ups and downs for everyone. Since I feel like I have missed so much, just wanted to say to everyone experiencing the downs, I'm thinking of you and sending positive thoughts and prayers your way. It's amazing how much everyone goes through. Things are ok with me - a few symptoms. Vague, minor nausea, which seems to be relieved with eating, which I am doing a lot of because I am also hungry a lot. Are any of you gaining weight? All of a sudden, I can't fit my pants and I am terribly big in my abdomen. I look much more pregnant than I should at 7 weeks. Is it just bloating from all the hormones? I'm also very tired and spacey... Despite these symptoms, I still don't quite believe it, and am definitely waiting until my second US next friday before telling anyone (or buying clothes that fit). I just know from all the stories how precarious it can be.... Best wishes to everyone - I'm thinking of you all....
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Postby Wondercat » Mon Mar 30, 2009 2:27 pm

Ivy Frances - I have definitely been more than vaguely nauseous over the weekend. It got very bad, very suddenly. I wake up every morning feeling some strange combination of a low blood sugar attack and hungover. Yesterday morning I had about two sips of juice and promptly threw it up. Yay. I haven't weighed myself so I don't know (or care, honestly) how much weight I have gained, but I haven't been fitting in my regular pants for a while now - basically since around the time of the ET. I figure it's from the hormone shots. I am so lucky to work in a casual office that doesn't really seem to notice that I have been wearing the same pair of kind of stretchy trouser jeans and yoga pants for the past month or so. Those yoga pants with the roll top (not rolled) are so comfy, and with the right kind of top and nice shoes they don't even look *that* overly casual. OK, so they probably do, but there isn't much I can do about it! :)
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Postby nancy1 » Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:49 pm

Hopeful_VA:
I am truly sorry about your baby's heartbeat. Hang in there, and know that we are thinking of you..
I just wish the best for you and hope for the best.


Excited in LA: thanks for your kind words of support.

Wondercat: I feel like a pump is sucking out every once of energy I have.
I feel really drained and getting hungry really fast. As for the weight, tell me about it!!! Since I developed moderate ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome from the get-go and put on 6 pounds on instantly, I can't even tell if my weight gain is normal. I literally look like a 6 month old pregnant lady!

Today I had another ultrasound, a week after the last one, after I miscarried one of my twins last week.Thank goodness the ultrasound results were ok today and my doc saw a strong heartbeat. I just pray that it will last...

Have a great week everyone and I look forward to hearing from you. The support I am getting from this thread is really helping me!

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Postby excited-in-la » Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:46 pm

Nancy, congrats on the good u/s.

Our rollercoaster continues!

We had an u/s today and they saw a strong heartbeat in "Sac A". We also got our blood results and my progesterone levels are good.

Last week, we were told that there was another pregnancy that we lost around week 5...BUT today they found a heartbeat. "Sac B" is half of the size of A and the yoke sack looks abnormally big, but the doctor said that since there is a heartbeat, it could catch up!

I feel blessed that we have one healthy pregnancy and just don't really know what to do about this second. I had spent last week mourning the loss and trying to move on and now it feels like we are there all over again, though not with much hope.

I go to the perinatologist's nurse Thursday, the fertility doctor next Monday and the perinatologist next Tuesday. I can't believe all of these appointments!

Hope others had good news today and this week!
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Postby nancy1 » Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:52 pm

Excited-in-LA

I am sooooooooooooo happy for you!!!! That is truly wonderful news!!!
Good luck on your next exam and keep me posted!!! :D

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Postby cristi262 » Tue Mar 31, 2009 12:11 am

Nancy & exited in la,
congrats on your ultrasounds!!

I just got back from my first ultrasound and we saw one beautiful, strong heartbeat. There was definitely evidence of another sac, but no sign of anything now. It may explain the bleeding and spotting I had over a week ago. We are very excited now that we know there is something there. I was beginning to think all my symptoms were just the progesterone. Next u/s is in 3 weeks or forever in actual time!

Hope all of you are hanging in there. Thanks so much for sharing your stories here. It totally helps.
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Postby nancy1 » Tue Mar 31, 2009 12:33 am

Hi Cristi,

I am really happy for you!!!! That is awesome news!
As for the spotting, my OB said it was very common with IVF. Mine was actual bleeding when I miscarried one of the twins, so don't worry too much about it, but definitely keep your OB posted and REST AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!!!

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Postby Wondercat » Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:28 pm

OK, I'm beginning to think that nobody where I live has ever heard of IVF. First there was the nurse when I had my blood drawn for the beta. The paperwork specifically stated that it was testing for an IVF cycle. She glanced over the paperwork, then looked me in the eye and asked me if I had any reason to believe that I was pregnant. Kind of confusing, but I thought maybe she was kidding. Then as she was getting the vial prepared, she asked me if my husband and I had been trying to conceive. Uh, yeah. In my experience it's pretty hard to go through IVF by accident.

Today I called an ob/gyn office to make an appointment as a new patient. I didn't have one yet because we just moved recently and all the good doctors weren't taking new patients unless you are pregnant. (I did see one doctor, but the office was filthy, the receptionist was rude, and he was a moron.) Well I'm finally pregnant so I can finally get a doctor! Yay! Only even after I told the woman it was an IVF pregnancy, she insisted that I give her the date of my last period. I told her that I am 7 weeks 6 days along, but no, no. They need the date of my last period. Then I could hear another woman laboriously calculating in the background before triumphantly informing me that I was ACTUALLY 11 weeks pregnant. :twisted: I think I was finally able to convince her that I know the exact date that the egg was fertilized, but they had to call me back because of how baffled they were.

Oh thank goodness, while I was typing that another woman called back and she at least is not an idiot. :) Of course I just found out that the moron doctor just moved to that office! Fortunately I now have an appointment set up with one of the female doctors for this Thursday. I never used to care if my doctors were male or female, but I have had too many run-ins with condescending men. (Example: Some years ago I had some pelvic pain, so I hadn't had sex in a couple months. My male doctor's reaction was to ask if I was married, then say, "Poor guy!" To which I replied, "Oh, yeah, because women don't enjoy sex at all. We just lay back and close our eyes until it's over." Asshole.)
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Postby cristi262 » Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:49 pm

Wondercat! what crazy experiences you've had. I can't believe people sometimes. It's a good thing you have such a good head on your shoulders. I live in California and I feel like ivf is everywhere I look. Most people know what it's about, but I still find myself educated others. Doctors and nurses, though, should know what the hell they are talking about!

The only weird experience I had with an ob/gyn was when I first asked if I could be checked to see if I was okay to have children. I was so young - maybe 33 - and the FEMALE doctor asked me if I was sure I wanted children. What a question! In fact, it was only the beginning of my journey so I probably didn't know how bad I wanted children yet, but I thought that was inappropriate for her to ask. It's not like I was a teenager flirting with the idea. I guess we need to remember that doctors are people too, but that shouldn't stop us from expecting the best from them.

Wondercat, hope you new doctor is all you wish for and more!

Nancy, thanks for the props and advice. I'm taking it easy, but I started walking my dog again - I missed that.

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Postby Wondercat » Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:38 pm

christi262 - Yeah, my stories with doctors go on and on. I have a lot of severe allergies, and some of my experiences with allergists are also priceless. Like the one who ate a handful of peanuts while I was changing right after I told him that I have gone into anaphylactic shock from them.

That's funny being 33 and having your doctor ask if you want kids. Shockingly, I have a similar one. I had told my nurse practitioner that my husband and I weren't using birth control, and she looked at me with this censorious shocked expression and said, "NOT USING BIRTH CONTROL?! What will you do if you GET PREGNANT?!?!" I just stared at her for a second and said, "Well, I'm not entirely sure, but I'm pretty sure that I'll have a baby." At which point she actually looked at my file and said, "Oh, right. You're married..." I know I look younger than I am, and I was only 27 at the time... But come on!
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Postby charr » Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:04 pm

Cristi - Congratulations on your u/s!

Excited-in-LA - Hang in there. I know this waiting again is difficult. Good luck with all your upcoming appts.

Wondercat - I've enjoyed all of the doctor stories!

I made my first appt. with an OB for next week. We are new to our area so I don't know much about any of the doctors. I hope I like him. I'll be out of touch for several days as we depart for a trip on Thursday. I'm hoping my nausea doesn't make it a completely miserable trip.
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Postby aspotofTea » Wed Apr 01, 2009 5:46 pm

good morning ladies!

wondercat, I have been wearing yoga pants to work as well! with a nice sweater and nice flats, you can't even tell. At least that's what my co-worker said.

cristi, whereabouts do you live in CA? I live here too! Congrats on the heartbeat.

excited, good news on the strong heartbeat. Good luck with the second sac!

nancy, you too! I hope that I can join you all soon by telling you that my RE heard a heartbeat.

does anyone know how hopeful is?

good luck traveling charr.

I hope that everyone is doing well. I have an u/s this Friday morning, and I'm excited, and pretty scared too. I want to just get it over with! I am hoping and praying for a heartbeat.

This week, I feel tired still, and the nausea has kicked in a little stronger. I have yet to toss my cookies, but I sure feel strong waves of nausea. I still have not had any spotting. Random, very mild cramping still. I'm hoping having symptoms is a good thing.
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Postby Hopeful_VA » Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:56 pm

Hello Ladies,

Well by my absence you can probably guess that the U/S on Monday did not go well which I fully expected. No heartbeat was detected so I am scheduled to have a D&C tomorrow morning. I am sad that this cycle ended this way but I am happy to move forward. I opted for the D&C verses waiting around for a natural miscarriage mainly because I do not want to waste anymore time. After the D&C my doctor's office will begin doing blood tests every week to monitor my levels and once they are back to normal one month later I can start my next cycle. I really want to start as soon as I am able to because I think it will help me deal with the loss of this one.

I truely want to thank you all for letting me vent. This message board is fantastic and I plan on checking in from time to time to see how everyone is doing and to update you on my progress. I am really happy for all of you who have received your BFPs/good results from U/S and I will continue to wish you well. For those of you who have received BFN just try to move past it and know that in the end all of this will be worth it when we are holding our little ones in our arms :)
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