I went for my 3rd beta blood test yesterday. The HCG is 14857, which is great! Progesterone is 23, which is way down from last week. I have been told Progesterone fluctuations are normal. Estradiol went WAY up to 2210. Thankfully I was given the go ahead to cut my dosage in half. I had a much better nausea day today than I have been having. Maybe that is because of the lower estrogen dose.
We can’t not share our pics from the transfer. Especially because Lawanda Garrett’s mom) did such an amazing job on our t-shirts and supplied us with an arsenal of required transfer accoutrements that need to be shared!!
I had some moments of nausea yesterday. Just waves here and there. I shared the news with Garret and Ryan. They wanted to know if there was anything they could do to help. The more we talked about it the worse I felt. So we stopped. It pretty much went away going into the evening though, so even though it felt legit, maybe not.
Fast forward to today. Yes, I am definitely maybe for sure experiencing pregnancy related ickiness. I’m just trying to keep busy and not think about it. This is about 2 weeks early for me to be feeling “morning”, read all day, sickness. Oh boy!
“Wait!”, you say, “Transfer was only 15 days ago. How can you be pregnant before you were pregnant?”
Well, my friends, that is the magic of IVF! Pregnancy is counted from the last menstrual period which we magically give the number of 14 days before conception. Then we get to add on the number of days old the embryo is, in our case 6 days. So 14+15+6 = 35 days. And 35 days divided by 7 days is 5. 5 weeks! So if 40 weeks is considered average full term, we only have 35 weeks left! lol Btw, I totally had to double check my math with my surro-friends. IVF math is hard!
My husband, Stef, has a lot to say about this along the lines of we women folk are getting two extra weeks of pregnancy credit with that funny math. I, on the other hand, point out that somehow 9 months became the common place span of time people think of a woman being pregnant. 9 months = 36 weeks. We are losing credit for 4 weeks or 2 weeks, if you are counting from conception! So there.
(Sung to the tune of For the Love of Money by The O’Jays)
I am sure those of you that are following along are on pins and needles to know our second beta… 1258!! That is a pretty darn good number and we are moving up on the betabase chart!
This is a doubling time of 32.7 hours. We are looking for doubling at least every 48 so this is great, too! My progesterone is 73 and estrogen is 322 today. Very different numbers than last week. I have been absolutely dragging the last few days and so very tired – progesterone at 73 is definitely the reason. I was hoping they would back off of the progesterone dose a little but I have to wait an entire week before my next bloodwork. I have no idea why my estrogen is so much lower than last week.
Beta is 164. That should be good and make me really happy but somehow all it does is make me nervous. I like overachieving, crazy high numbers! This one seems so average. Then again, 164 is way higher than most people’s 9dp6dt. A quick poll of my surro friends gives me 143, 26 and 72. And as you can see by the chart below it is smack in the middle. So I probably need to chill. I would be telling anyone else that this is a great number! How am I more nervous now than I was before?
Also measured today was my progesterone at 41 and estrogen is 1540. The progesterone is about right and the estrogen is pretty high.
Just 3 minutes ago I was texting with Garrett and Ryan saying I was trying to get inspired to write a “night before beta” blog post but I had nothing. Ryan replied asking what beta was, and voila! Blog post! The first blood tests are commonly called betas by carriers. It is a quantitative hCG test. Basically telling you how pregnant you really are – kind of. Clinics are looking, more or less, for a number over 50. There have been betas in the 20s that have resulted in healthy pregnancies but it is a little more tenuous and nerve wracking. My betas tend to be in the mid to higher end. I don’t have my numbers from the twins but I do have them for the others:
Smith – 9dp5dt -259, 13dp5dt – 2767, 21dp5dt – 32,940
The numbers are read 11 days past 6 day transfer. Meaning 11 days past a transfer of a 6 day embryo.
After the first beta, there will usually be another 48 hours later. You want the second number to at least double from the first one and at least double every 48 hours after that. http://www.betabase.info/ is a fun tool to look at to compare your numbers to other’s. This sight uses dpo (days past ovulation) instead of dpt (days past transfer). Just add the days past transfer to the age of the embryo to get the dpo. So 11dp6dt would be 17dpo.
Transfer was yesterday. I do everything I possibly can to ensure a positive outcome but still tend to be very negative. I think maybe this is a protective mechanism so I won’t be too disappointed if the embryo doesn’t continue growing. Last night I wanted to take it easy and not cook. I was trying to decide what to order out for. I wanted Chinese food but I had Chinese food after a transfer 8 years ago and that transfer was not successful. Clearly that was not an option so I opted for Vietnamese instead. All I can think about is hoping Vietnamese food is far enough from Chinese food to not jinx us! I should have just ordered Italian.
I was a little crampy yesterday evening, which is a good sign the embryo is snuggling in. But then again, maybe I just had to poop (I did). Feeling a little crampy now again as I write this. Fingers crossed….
Leading up to transfer, I have been trying to make sure my weight is in a good place to start a pregnancy. 140 was my goal because that was my weight before getting pregnant the last time. I met that goal by not indulging in sweets (marshmallows are my cryptonite), eating smaller portions, not eating between the times of 7 pm and 11 am, and limiting carbs. The week leading up to transfer, I cut out all sugar (except a mini Snickers I mindlessly popped in my mouth while babysitting) but upped my calorie intake. I want my body to know there is plenty of food so this is a good time to reproduce! I have no idea if this is scientific or not but it makes sense to me!