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Postby nursegator » Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:03 pm

HopefulinVa: Sorry to hear about your US, hun. I will be praying for you and for your little one to catch up. Try to stay as positive as you can-- we are here for you!

excited-in-la: So glad to hear that your US went well. You so deserve ood news after all that you have been through TTC :D

Charr: congrats on twins! So exciting!

Ivy: Wow, another possible set of twins! I'm glad everything went well.

Hello to anyone I've missed! My US was rescheduled to Tuesday (tomorrow). I hate all of this waiting, but trying to stay positive that an extra day MAY mean that the RE can find a heartbeat. Of course, I'm also thinking about everything that could go wrong, too. All in all, I'm telling myself to enjoy pregnancy as much as possible, since who knows if I'll ever get pregnant again. It's not easy to enjoy nausea, but I'm trying! :lol:
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Postby charr » Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:35 pm

Hopeful in VA - Sorry to hear about your ultrasound. Maybe the embryo was a late implanter and could still catch up? Try to stay hopeful. You're in my thoughts.

Nursegator - Good luck at your ultrasound today!

Excited - Congratulations on a positive ultrasound!

Sue - I'm really getting hit hard by the nausea and queasy stomach. I haven't thrown up either but have felt like I wanted to a few times. I just don't feel like doing anything because I feel so awful. Surprisingly I still feel like eating. I think it's because while I'm actually in the process of eating, I feel pretty good. But then a couple of minutes after I'm finished, the awful feeling is back again.
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Postby Wondercat » Tue Mar 24, 2009 1:35 pm

OK, I am not in a good place today. Late Sunday night I had a sudden gush of very bright red watery blood, probably about a teaspoonful although when it's bright red like that it looks like a ton. About an hour later I had a quarter-sized chunk of darker blood come out. I stayed home from work yesterday and tried to relax. Since then I have just had a little bit of brownish stuff when I wipe, so it seems like the one gush/clump was it, but I am pretty freaked out. I think I only have pretty much the same level of cramping that I have had off and on the whole time. However my intestines are a wreck, so I keep feeling like I'm cramping but it turns out to be intestinal. ARgh. My doctor and nurse thought it was a good sign that it was just that little bit and then stopped, but they still moved up my second u/s from next Tuesday to tomorrow. I have also been feeling wicked nauseous since last night. According to my pregnancy book, this is about when it usually starts and the more nauseous you feel the less chance of miscarriage there is. But then of course my mother (trying to be comforting) told me that she felt really nauseous during her two miscarriages.

Ahhhh!!!!!! :(
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Postby nursegator » Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:45 pm

Wondercat: Hang in there, hun! My RE told us that 1/3 of all IVF pregnancies have bleeding, and most of the time the pregnancy is fine. He said no one knows why IVF pregnancies have more bleeding than traditional pregnancies. Try not to worry (I know, almost impossible), but the fact that the first US was good should give you some reassurance. I'm glad they moved up your US, so you won't be worrying for another week or two. Rest and stay hydrated!

The queasiness has hit me too! I guess the average is 6 weeks, so I'm right on time. No vomiting yet, thank goodness. The weird thing is that I feel perfectly fine in the morning--t he nausea thing tends to hit me right before or after lunch. Earlier last week, the nausea went away as soon as I ate something, but that technique is not working any more. It seems to have snuck up on me.
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Postby nursegator » Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:19 pm

Just got back from my ultrasound.. TWINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :shock: :lol: :D :) . Dh and I are both SO excited! RE was 90% sure he saw both heartbeats, but I guess it's a little iffy at 6w1d. One them measured exactly 6w1d, so it's good news so far. I go back in next Tuesday to verify that both are viable.
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Postby Hopeful_VA » Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:10 pm

nursegator --- CONGRATS on your U/S!!!! TWINS...how exciting :)


All -- Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. I am trying to stay as positive as possible. I am hoping for the best but trying to prepare myself for the worst, which is basically impossible. The good thing is that I have had no signs of a miscarriage and I still have what signs of pregnancy I have had (tender breasts, dizziness, visible viens, etc) so I am holding on to that for now.
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IVF #1- 02/09 -- BFP!! -- D&C at 9 weeks
IVF #2 -06/09 -- BFP!! Beta #1-1,479, Beta #2- 3,109, Beta #3-9,154. U/S 6w3d-Triplets; HB 164,161 & 113.
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Postby aeb26 » Wed Mar 25, 2009 12:54 am

Hi everyone. Hope all is well.

I'm a little concerned because I'm not seeing as much as any of you. I went for my first ultrasound on 3/19 and they saw the sac. It was nice size, in the right place - and that was it. He said that was all he wanted to see and didn't expect to see anything else. Just a little concerned because last week I was about 5 weeks and a few days (retrieval was Feb 21st). My beta levels were fine (1st - 137 2nd - 341 3rd 5117) - but still, he didn't see anything more than the sac. My second ultra sound is 3/26 and I am hoping to see something else. I'm also not having any symptoms - not really tired, not sick, boobs are a little sore but nothing major. The only thing that I have is sore stomach muscles. How strange?
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Postby excited-in-la » Wed Mar 25, 2009 5:34 pm

Hi everyone!

Nursegator - Congrats on the twins!

Wondercat - Let us know how the U/S goes today. We are thinking of you. I know how scary that bleeding can be, but all you can do is rest and think good thoughts! Please let us know when you can.

aeb - I think it is still a little early for you to see a heartbeat - a black dot is all you should see. Around 6 weeks, you should see a heartbeat.

Things her are bittersweet. We went to the perinatologist yesterday (I am seeing him because of my previous miscarriages). I was at exactly 6 weeks and he was nervous that he could not see a heartbeat from the stomach ultrasound. It was a very stressful 20 minutes while he saw another patient and they switched to the vaginal ultrasound. But then we saw (and heard!) the hearbeat! It was really magical and let us take a deep breath! He says it looks perfect.

We did learn last night that I was pregnant with twins and the second was lost at about 5 weeks. I am not meaning to be ungrateful for the good pregnancy we have, but it does make me a little sad. It also makes me nervous since I have lost two pregnancies - and now we are at 50% with this one. I keep reminding myself that we implanted three blasts so that if something happened to one, we could still be pregnant - and that is exactly what happened, but I am a little sad. My husband keeps telling me I can't be sad and need to be in a good place, which I know. I KNEW I was pregnant with twins, plus my numbers were off the charts, so I do at least feel validated that I know my body!

Hope good things are happening for all of you!
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Postby nancy1 » Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:51 pm

Hi everyone,

I am 39 and this was my first IVF attempt. Everything was going smoothly from day 1 and I was so happy about it:
- 16 eggs retrieved
-15 fertilized
-Transferred 3 grade 1 embryos and had 2 grade 1 and 3 grade 2 frozen.

My first beta was 230. The only down side was that I developed ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.

I was due for my 1st ultrasound on Monday (6 week). On Sunday night,
had bleeding that was not too heavy but definitely not just spotting and thought that was te end of my pregnancy. I was devastated!

Went to my ultrasound appoitment. My OB confrimed that I miscarried one but also found a heartbit. I had multiples after all. He thinks he might have seen a second one also but he's not sure.

He put me on a three day bedrest. Needless to say I am both so relieved that there is still a viable life inside me but I am also really scared of losing the other one or ones...

I am due to go for another ultrasound next Monday. My OB tokd me that I was at a really critical stage and I am really scared about it. I am trying to be as positive as possible and concentrate on the good news.

Anyhow, this message board is really therapeutic and I really wiah ALL of you ladies the best.

My due date is November 15 and that would be my ultimate 40th birthday present.

Have a great day everyone.
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Postby SueQiwi » Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:52 pm

Nursegator~congrats on the twins! What exciting news.

Excited in LA~Big hug for you. Absolutely let yourself grieve about the other baby. it was real and it was alive and it is sad that it didn't make it. But know that you've got a strong baby still in there who is thriving and wanting to enter this world. That is something to be very happy about. My heart goes out to you and I know I'd feel the exact same way that you are right now.

Nancy~welcome to the board. My heart goes out to you as well. It must be so sad to know that one of them didn't make it. But it sounds like the other one (or two!) have a great chance! So be happy also that you are still carrying life in there. I can relate to the 40 thing--Im also hoping to get the best 40th birthday present ever! Sometimes I feel even more paranoid and scared abotu my pregnancy because of my age and how long it took us to get to this point. But hopefully we will both be 40-year-old Mums this year!

Wondercat~You poor dear. Spotting must be so scarey! Big hug for you and I hope all is well on your latest US--let us know.

Hopeful in VA~I hope you are hanging in there and that your baby is growing double-time! I know its torture to have to wait all over again.

aeb~I wouldn't worry. It sounds like things are where they should be down there. Next scan you will see the glorious heartbeat.

Char~I now what you mean about not wanting to do anything! I have started a new intimate relationship with my couch! i just feel so yucky all day long. And it is such a struggle to find somehting I want to eat nowadays. My DH has been a champ with finding creative new foods I might like to eat.

I finally have my ultrasound tomorrow. I am so scared! I just hope everything is ok in there. I have been feeling so down lately and I think it is because I just want to know the baby is doing ok in there. But then I am so scared of having a blighted ovum, no heartbeat etc. I think I am going a bit nuts! It's probably all the hormones at work too--Im a mess.
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IVF3 Feb 09 BFP! beta 151
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Postby nancy1 » Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:14 am

Hi Sue,

thank you so much for your words of encouragement. It means a lot to have support from others going through the same thing!
And best of luck to you too.
I am really happy I found this board.
Have a great week!
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Postby charr » Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:46 pm

Nancy - Welcome! We're glad to have you aboard. I'm sorry to hear about the baby you miscarried. I'm 37 and this was also our first IVF attempt. It can be such a stressful process. Rest easy and good luck on your u/s next Monday.

Nursegator - Congrats, fellow twin mommy!

Excited in LA - We were not able to see the heartbeats either through the stomach ultrasound, but then easily saw them with the vaginal. Sorry also about your miscarriage. Your sadness is understandable.

AEB - Hang in there and good luck with your second u/s today! Let us know how it goes as we'll be thinking about you.

Hopeful - How are you doing?

Sue - Best of luck with your u/s. We'll be anxiously awaiting to hear how it goes.

I have my third u/s today and believe it'll be my last appt. and they'll release me to an OB. I'm still bleeding and wishing it would stop.
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Postby Wondercat » Thu Mar 26, 2009 2:15 pm

I wanted to thank everybody for the positive energy and good wishes. I had the ultrasound yesterday and everything looked great! My little bean was what the doctor called "a couple of days smaller than average" but still well within the normal range, which probably just means that it was a late implanter. We got to see the little heartbeat, which was a strong 130 bpm - my husband got pretty emotional about that. :) So I am now officially cleared to stop going to the IVF doctor and make an appointment with my regular obgyn. Or in this case, actually GET a regular obgyn. We just moved 1.5 years ago, and only one doctor in this area was taking new patients who WEREN'T pregnant. I went to see him, and definitely figured out why that was the case. :roll: For the longest time I didn't care if my doctor was a man or a woman, I figured as long as they were competent that's all that mattered. But I have to say that through the years I have had more than enough male condescension and I think this time I'm going to make an effort to select a female obgyn.

True (kind of long) story: After about four years of not using any birth control with no results (not really trying, but hey if you're married... and nothing is happening anyway... why bother?) I went to my nurse practitioner for testing and my husband talked to his doctor. She immediately ran tests. His male doctor suggested we "keep trying." I suggested he go to another doctor. Three doctors later they figured out he has congenital bilateral lack of vas deferens. So... that "keep trying" thing probably wouldn't have worked out too well. I wanted to know what caused this kind of birth defect, because if it was something serious we shouldn't even be trying to have children. I did some research and found out it's almost always caused by a mutation of cystic fibrosis. So we had my husband tested for it. When we went in to get the results, the (male) doctor was so incredibly rude. "I don't know why you even had this test done." I explained my research. He turned to my husband with this "aren't little women funny when they do research on the web" look and said, "Most people die young from CF. I think you would KNOW if you had something like that" - dripping sarcasm. He went on, basically running me down for being a paranoid idiot when clearly he, as a DOCTOR, knew better. Then the nurse came in and handed him the results. It was one page, so when he was taking about 5 minutes to read it... I knew. Then, "Ahem, er, um, uh - it's positive... So. I guess you do have it." We were in his office and he had all his diplomas framed over his desk, so I turned to my husband and said, "Oh, wow. Think of that. And I didn't even have to go to Yale to figure that out." He got us out of there pretty quickly after that, and again I had to read the paperwork from the results myself to notice that they recommended genetic counseling, etc. Fortunately I am not a carrier, so there is no chance of our children having it. Of course, when I called the only local genetics office they claimed to not have an appointment for SEVEN MONTHS! My nurse practitioner stepped in, made some calls, and I had an appointment for the following week.

Sorry about the long post, but I have been thinking a lot lately about how I never would have gotten here if I wasn't my own strong advocate, and about the constant 4-year struggle this has been. And to think some women out there just have sex!! :P
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Postby nancy1 » Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:51 pm

Hi ladies,

are you guys taking progesterone shots, and if so, for how many weeks are you taking it? (my OB has on it up to week 8).

And how about progesterone vaginal capsule? ( I will be on those, twice a day, until week 10).

If you guys can share how long your OB will have you on it I would appreciate it).

Thanks,
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Postby Wondercat » Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:32 pm

nancy1 - I am on the progesterone shots until week 10, no capsules.
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