I write this post with a huge amount of trepidation. You see, on Tuesday this week – 15th November 2016 – we found out that we are pregnant!! I absolutely and utterly cannot believe it. So yes, we have been here before over the last 3 years…twice, in fact. I have written before about how those ended up (Baby Loss is a Bitch and All the Feelings of a Miscarriage). This time I refuse to believe that this will end up the same way after all that we have been through to get to where we are now. Our current due date is 21st July 2017.
If you have been following our story via The Conception Diaries vlogs, then you will know the ups and downs and difficulties we have experienced in trying for a baby. It has taken us over three and a half years. There have been a total of 34 episodes to date which details the whole journey up to this point. In October we set off for IVF Spain in Alicante and stayed in a hotel over there for 10 nights in total. Fertilisation of our donor eggs took place on Friday 28th October 2016 out of those we had at least 3 A grade blastocysts and the clinic transferred one into my womb on Wednesday 2nd November.
The Two Week Wait
This was HARD. Anyone who is anyone who has been through IVF treatment or is trying to get pregnant may likely tell you that this is the hardest part of the process. It was full of a rollercoaster of emotions including tiredness, being tearful, hurting boobs, and a whole host of medication. The problem is that you cannot tell whether it is the medication or being pregnant that are giving you all the symptoms. Early signs were good though. When I went to see my acupuncturist, Louise, the Tuesday after the transfer, she took my pulses and said that there was an early indication of something. I didn’t want to get my hopes up so I stayed quietly confident.
Louise had also given me some Chinese herbs which I started taking on the day of the transfer and now drink 3 times a day. I have had an upset stomach since the transfer and we weren’t sure whether this is what was causing it so I have had to lessen the dosage a bit. I visited her the Tuesday after we returned from Spain, the 8th November.
At 9.30am on Monday 14th November, I went for a blood test at my GPs. I have to say that they are pretty useless at getting back to you with results (last time it took us 3 attempts to get the information) so I was prepared for what might be in store for us on Tuesday.
Up to this point, I hadn’t done a HPT (home pregnancy test) but in the end I caved – but for very good reason. Ross and I rang the surgery at 1pm and we were told that the doctor hadn’t signed the results off yet. We explained that we needed to know by 3.30pm as we needed to get in touch with our clinic. At this point I also rang Helen, our Fertility nurse at Yeovil hospital as she had said she could help us with the results if necessary. I left her a message on her voicemail.
I basically could not do anything on Tuesday. Ross lay on the bed with me around 2.15pm and we chatted. When he went downstairs I made a decision. I took the one remaining test out of the bathroom cupboard, ignored all the instructions about doing it with you first urine of the day and just did it. Straight away it showed up pregnant.
I went downstairs and sheepishly knocked on Ross’ door. I showed him and he was over the moon! We hugged, kissed and hugged some more. He had said that he was going to recommend I do one but thought he had better not. I am so glad I did. Then, around 3pm, Helen, our fertility nurse called. She confirmed what we already knew and I was in tears when speaking to her. She said that the HCG level was right up at 740 – bearing in mind that to be pregnant you had to be over 25 – we were pretty pleased with that. Progesterone levels were 25.7.
Oh, the doctor didn’t ring until 5pm. She left a message saying ‘call me back if you need to’. We haven’t spoken to her since.
That evening Ross told me that he is going to give me the best pregnancy ever. I am so lucky to have this man.
We then informed the clinic and, because my progesterone level was a little lower than they had hoped – they wanted to see it at around 30 – they increased the dosage.
So, here is my daily rota of the medication that I am now taking:
7am – 2 x 200mg Utrogestan taken vaginally
7.30am – Chinese Herbs
8am – 1 x 2mg Progynova tablet, 2 x 5mg Prednisona, 1 x 100mg acetylsalicylic acid, 1 x 500mg folic acid
12.30pm – 2 x 200mg Utrogestan taken vaginally
2pm – 1 x 2mg Progynova tablet
3pm – Chinese Herbs
5pm – 2 x 200mg Utrogestan taken vaginally
8pm – 1 x 2mg Progynova tablet, 1 x 40mg clexane injection
8.45pm – Chinese Herbs
10pm – 2 x 200mg Utrogestan taken orally
Next on the agenda is another blood test on Monday 21st November to check my progesterone levels and then, as instructed by the clinic, we have an early pregnancy scan on Tuesday 29th November when I am just over 6 weeks.
At the moment, the tiredness comes in waves, my boobs feel like they are being stabbed and I have an ankle pain that is connected to a ligament near my womb and causes continuous aching – but I couldn’t be happier about it all!