6 week ultrasound · estrogen · ivf · progesterone · ultrasound

I know, I know, it’s been forever!

Okay so first, my sincere apologies to all of my blog-followers! I know I have been the worst blogger ever! I have been living without Internet for the past month and therefore have been unable to post. I have been hounded by several of my friends and I have been made aware of how worried my absence has made some of you. Rest assured- everything is fine!

So- there is a lot to update you all on. The last time I posted was just after our first ultrasound at 6 weeks. At that time I tried to post a picture, but for some reason my connection wouldn’t let me at the time. So here’s the picture from that first ultrasound…

That’s our little butter bean and the yolk sack!

Since then, I have continued to get blood work every week to check my estrogen and progesterone levels and they have continued to look good. We had another ultrasound at 8 weeks 4 days and this is what we saw…


The heart rate was 165 and the baby looked perfect! Sorry the picture is so dark, but you get the idea!

I have had pretty bad morning sickness, although it is starting to subside. It is definitely worse at night. It was really bad from weeks 6-8. I felt nauseous ALL THE TIME! But now I generally feel good all day and then around 6:00 I start to feel pretty sick, throw up, and then feel somewhat better. It’s all okay though- it’s wonderful reassurance that our little baby is still there!

My face still looks terrible. No amount of washing makes it any better…I sure hope that pregnancy glow that I keep hearing about shows up soon because right now I feel like I look pretty much like death!

They have started to wean me off of my meds. I am down to one progesterone suppository a day and only one estrogen patch every other day. I am hoping that once I stop taking all these extra hormones I will start to feel a ton better, but we’ll see!

I think the hardest part of all of this is R is still in Baton Rouge trying to finish his thesis and I am in Jackson. It’s tough not having him here, especially since we’re not exactly sure when he will actually get here. He keeps having set backs on getting finished and that’s kind of stressing me out (I know, I know, I’ve already gotten the lectures on how stress isn’t good for baby). The biggest thing is trying to figure out our health insurance because we thought we would be able to get on his insurance with his new job on september 1, but if he doesn’t start on September 1, then we are out of luck! I think we have figured something out though and I’ll be able to go to one of the doctors I had in mind– long story, but a friend of mine arranged for me to see her doctor without insurance until we get something set up. It looks like I may have a solution before then anyway though- thanks to my fabulous dad who knows how to work the system! 🙂

Anyway, my first OB appointment (when I will be officially released as CCRM’s patient) is August 24! I would so love to have another ultrasound then, but I’m not getting my hopes up. I have come to realize that I have already been able to see my baby much more than the “normal” pregnant woman and for that I count myself lucky. I could stare at that little black and white picture for hours! Poor kid…who knows what I’ll be like when I can actually stare at his/her face!

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early pregnancy · estrogen · progesterone

Estrogen and progesterone

Sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while. I’ve been in our new house the past week or so and we don’t have internet set up yet so it has been a little difficult to post anything. Anyway, I had blood work yesterday to check my hormone levels and everything looked great! My estrogen was 496 and they want it above 300. My progesterone was 40 and they want it about 20. My nurse seemed pleased. She said that assuming everything looks good at my ultrasound on Monday we I’ll start weaning me off of the progesterone suppositories and the estrogen patches. While I am looking forward to not have to do either of these things, I am terrified to not have that extra support. By doing the suppositories three times a day and changing out my patches I feel like I am doing something to help things along. I have to get into the frame of mind that in a couple of weeks I am going to be considered a “normal” pregnant person and I won’t be getting these frequent checks.

I am obviously looking forward to the ultrasound. Hopefully we will get to see the heartbeat and we will know at that point if we are having a singleton or twins! R is convinced that we’re having twins, but I am fairly confident we’re having one. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. I of course will be happy either way as long as there is in fact a baby in there and he/she/they is/are growing and healthy.

I will be six weeks tomorrow. It’s a small milestone but it seems huge to me! I was reading today that after you see the heartbeat at the 6-7 week ultrasound your chance of miscarriage drops from 50% to less than 10%. I will still be a nervous wreck, but I think that at that point I can at least start to get a little more excited. I am so used to getting bad news regarding my fertility, it just doesn’t seem like this is my life that I’m living. I hate that the worry is really keeping me from enjoying these first few weeks of pregnancy. I sure hope I’m right that this ultrasound will bring good news and I’ll start to enjoy this a little more.

Please keep the prayers coming for me and this little bean- by the way R has started referring to him/her/them as our little okra…pretty cute huh?

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