Wednesday, February 22, 2012

6 Weeks and Happy ICLW!!

Welcome!!  As you probably guessed from the title, I am newly pregnant.  I am 6 weeks today and I couldn't be happier.  It's been a long road (not as long as some, but exhausting, isolating, depressing, hopeless, frustrating, and awful just the same).  I'm glad you stopped by.  Here's the brief run-down...

We started TTC in March 2010.  I went off birth control, started temping, and by July had my first BFP!!  At 6 weeks, we saw one beautiful little heartbeat.  At 10 weeks, the heartbeat was gone and my baby had stopped growing at 8w5d.  To say that it was heartbreaking is an understatement.  I had my first D&C later that day, then had a 2nd D&C one week later for a retained blood clot.  We waited for 2 cycles before TTC (the 2nd of which I had to use Provera) and then I had 2 super long cycles with late ovulation. 

My OB started my on 3 months of Clomid with a brief chemical pregnancy at the end of the 3rd cycle.  Then, we took a month off for further testing and I had my HSG (which was normal) and tons of blood work (all normal). 

Then, it was off to RE #1 for clomid, trigger shot, and TI...and ultimately BFN.  By August though, I moved to my current RE's office and they are wonderful.  We underwent 2 cycles of Femara, Trigger Shot, IUI with no luck and one cycle off due to a large cyst.  With my BFN around Thanksgiving time, my husband and I knew that it was time to go big or go home and we started planning for IVF. 

We took that month off for tests (blood work, repeat semen analysis, saline hysterogram and mock transfer) and I prayed for a miracle before we shelled out the big bucks.  It was not meant to be as AF arrived 2 days after Christmas.  We rang in the New Year with BCP and antibiotics. 

I went in for my baseline scan on January 9th and got the clear to start stims on January 14th.  My egg retrieval was January 25th and we got 12 eggs.  Of those 12, 7 fertilized and we had a day 3 transfer of 2 8-cell embryos (excellent grades and minimal fragmentation) on January 28th.  Unfortunately, none of our remaining 5 embryos made it to freeze.  After 2 glorious days on bed rest (seriously, I loved it!!) the 2WW dragged on and my doubt and anxiety crept up.  I started testing with leftover OPKs around 4dp3dt and at 8dp3dt I was rewarded with a BFP.  I continued testing all week leading up to my beta.  My first beta was on February 10th at 13dp3dt (16dpo) and it was a nice high 1397!!!  My 2nd beta 3 days later was 4,320 with a doubling time of 44 hours.  Now, I'm in my 2nd 2WW as I await my ultrasound next Monday.  Oh yeah, and I'm continuing to POAS just for reassurance that I really am pregnant. 

If you made it this far, thanks for reading!!  If anyone has advice for pregnancy after miscarriage that would be very much appreciated because I'm terrified that I will lose these babies (baby) after we fought so long and hard to get here.  I am so in love with them already and I really hope that they stick around.  Only 5 more sleeps until my first ultrasound!!


  1. I am so excited about your u/s! Definitely think its twins with those high betas. Good luck.

  2. I'm a new follower as a pregnant post infertility/miscarriage I was searching for others who were pregnant after a similar journey. I'm at 15 weeks and all I can say is that it DOES get easier. I lost my first right around where you lost yours at 8 wks 5 days but didn't find out about it until 12 weeks, after I passed both those milestones the worry and grief slowly lifted and I'm finally starting to believe I might STAY pregnant. Give it time!

    Good luck on your ultrasound!

  3. Good luck on the ultrasound!!! My number was similarly high (1174 at 14dpo) so I'm also wondering about multiples, too...

  4. Happy 6 weeks! I am SO excited for your first u/s!!!!!!!!!

  5. Here for ICLW. Congratulations! What wonderful news! I know it must be agonizing waiting for that ultrasound, but I hope it passes by quickly!

  6. Happy 6 weeks! Cannot wait for that ultrasound! Your betas are amazing those eagles are clearly tucked in for the long haul.

  7. Good luck!! And thanks for stopping by my blog!

    What kind of doctor are you?

    And Happy ICLW

  8. Good luck with your u/s and congrats on your pregnancy! I don't have any great advice for preg after m/c except to try to find some joy in it, even though you're nervous (understandably!). During my second pregnancy (which I unfortunately miscarried), I wanted to be able to look back on it if I did miscarry and know that I had enjoyed the time I did share with the baby. I think is impossible not to have a lot of worries, though.

    I saw that you're watching Downton Abbey. I'm watching season 2, too--so good!

  9. Hi from ICLW!

    Congrats on your BFP! As we too are headed into IVF, its great to read success stories! YAY!