IVF Diary Vol III: 29 Apr 16 – Stage 1 complete

Medication(s) administered and dosage(s). 13DP5DT (13 days past 5 Day Transfer)  Prove time! PM Progesterone in Oil 1ml Intra-muscular injection, vivelle dot estrogen patches 0.1mg x2.

Medical procedures undertaken. Beta hCG blood test – AKA THE PREGNANCY TEST!

Any results?  We are pregnant! Last night I got back from DC, Chris was already at home, I asked him – “Are you ready to do this?”.  He nodded nervously.  So we went to the toilet together and I peed on the stick, turning it the wrong way round so I couldn’t see the window.  I left it on the counter top for a minute or so, and we turned it over together.  2 lines!  Woohoo!!! Except it was kind of a weird experience.  It wasn’t quite like last time when I was really excited.  It was like….OK, this is a good step forward….but now we have to wait and see what my levels come back tomorrow.


the test line was darker than the control line!

Today the doctor called with my results (it wasn’t my doctor who called) – he is a straight talking kind of man.  There is absolutely no beating around the bush with him, he tells it like it is (he gave me the news that our first pregnancy was not viable and he was pretty blunt with us).  He said he had positive news!  OK I like positive news! He then mumbled something about my hCG levels, I asked him to repeat what he said because he wasn’t clear (he has a foreign accent), he said it was a nice high level that they like to see of 485!  My progesterone and estrogen levels were good too.  When I got of the phone I was a little disappointed, I was hoping for a little higher being 13DP5DT….but then after a while I reminded myself that this first number doesn’t matter so much (it’s higher than last time so that’s good!), it will be the next number that tells us the likelihood of this pregnancy having a chance!

What are my symptoms?  So I have pretty much been certain I am pregnant since the return of my OHSS symptoms earlier this week.  My belly sticks out ridiculously – I have put on 7″ round my belly.  The area beneath my ribs and belly button are painful if I bend over, or try to get in and out of bed.  I am feeling nauseous – not sure if that is pregnancy related or OHSS related. I couldn’t eat more than 5 spoonfuls of my porridge this morning.  I have had lots of sharp pains.  I’ve also had period type pains.  I have an unquenchable thirst.  I am peeing about 30 times a day.

How do I feel today? I am excited to be moving onto the next stage!  But having some reflections back to IVF cycle 1.  We lived in this ignorant bliss for 5 days last time.  This time is a whole lot different.  We are definitely in a better position than cycle 1 so I am trying to keep positive, it’s just hard not to think about what happened to my body last time we saw those two pink lines.

 What’s next? Wednesday is beta #2! Is it Wednesday yet?

The Final Countdown!!! 


*Notes.  I take First Response Reproductive Health multi vitamin gummies (pre-natal), 5mg Melatonin at bed time and CoQ10 200mg gummies, and  Pur-absorb iron supplements daily.  NSTR = Nothing Significant To Report.

69 thoughts on “IVF Diary Vol III: 29 Apr 16 – Stage 1 complete

  1. Amy M. says:

    Hooray!!! So excited for you!!! Why in the world are they making you wait until Wednesday for the next beta, and not doing one Monday? I’d be going nuts if I were you! Try to relax this weekend and do something fun. Good luck next week!!

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    • thegreatpuddingclubhunt says:

      aghh yes tell me about waiting til wednesday!!! But I think if it’s a reasonable beta then I don’t have to do another until the ultrasound…so hopefully the wait will be worth it!! We were going to head out of town and discover some more of Virginia this weekend to keep busy, but the weather is so crappy we thought we’d save it for another time! Typical!!!

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      • Amy M. says:

        Yeah this weather sucks!! Tomorrow we’re supposed to have some bad storms, at least up here. Stay safe and dry down there!! When did they say you will have your u/s?


  2. EmilyMaine says:

    Yay! I’m so happy for you. Such brilliant news. I know from experience that this early stage will be hard on your sanity so just remember to be kind to yourself and make allowances for your stress. And keep busy! Time moves more quickly when you are busy. Yay! Such a great result!!! X


  3. ashleykyleanderson says:

    Firstly, congrats love!!! That is a beautiful test & a great first number! Your beta is actually higher than ours was at that time– we were at 212 at 12dp5dt and 397 at 14dp5dt so banish that number envy! Ross was maybe a little on the small side for those first few weeks but they never once mentioned there was cause for concern and right now he is packing on the pounds so fast that my arm is currently going numb while he naps on me.
    I completely understand the fear. Last time I remember that you said you were “cautiously optimistic” but it’s even harder this time and it sucks that that underlying worry is accompanying this time of celebration, but you are just trying to protect your heart. As best as you can, stay positive for the little one growing inside you right now (what a wonderful thought!!) and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for another beta number that leaves absolutely NO room for worry. You’ve worked hard to get here, Dani & Chris. I hope you are able to enjoy the payoff very soon!
    Thanks for posting so soon, too. I’ve been anxiously checking since yesterday and thinking of you all week!

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    • thegreatpuddingclubhunt says:

      Awww thanks so much for caring Ashley! I know I shouldn’t get hooked up on the actual number, but that’s just me all over! We came up with a new word to describe how we feel right now “terror-cited”!!! 🙂


  4. babyyesno says:

    I’m stoked for you! You have worked so hard for this, I will keep my fingers crossed that the hcg level is moving in the right direction and you continue with morning sickness. Even though being sick is awful, it is also reassuring 🙂 Congrats!

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  5. lovingthemarriedlife says:

    omg congrats!!!!!!!!! That is an awesome number! My re says the like to see it over 100 and that is a lot higher than 100!!!! I’m so happy I know how nerve wracking those first few weeks are but just enjoy the moment! That is a beautiful POAS line!!! I’m so happy for you 2!!!

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  6. flatwhitetogo85 says:

    Oh wow. This is brilliant! I have everything crossed for you. I can’t believe you have to wait so long! I know you’ve been waiting years, so what’s a few more days but…arghhhhh!!! Hope the next few days pass quickly. Very best of luck x x x


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