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This thread is for those of us who went through infertility testing/treatments/transfers before becoming pregnant. Many have had different struggles to get to this place and face different anxiety and concerns. This thread is a space to support each other, and we hope it will be a safe space. Please feel free to post here at any time during the week/month, whether for good news or bad. Consider this an ongoing conversation.
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(do not feel obligated to utilize the 'structure' but some questions are below to get started if you want to share, but aren't sure how.
What was your IF history/journey? How far along are you? Any symptoms? Rant/Rave? Next appointment? Questions?
GTKY: What are your plans for the super bowl? Who are you rooting for?
Re: Pregnant after infertility (PAIF) 2/9
Any symptoms? I’m incredibly bloated and nauseous at times
Rant/Rave? Just so happy and thankful to be here 😭
Next appointment? Ultrasound on 2/25
Questions? Has anyone reached out to their OB even if you haven’t been released from your RE yet? I don’t want to jump the gun but I don’t know how far out my OB is booking appointments
GTKY: What are your plans for the super bowl? Who are you rooting for? DH is making a homemade pizza (he even makes the dough from scratch). He uses a cast iron pan and it’s so good. That is what I am most excited about 😂 I’m not that invested in the game but I’m rooting for the Bengals, my team is in the AFC too so I tend to root for the AFC teams.
Any symptoms? Exhaustion, engorged breast, some nausea- which will turn into horrific morning sickness around 6-8 weeks.
Rant/Rave ? I feel like due to the fertility meds my symptoms are less pronounced which leads to anxiety
Next appointment? Ultrasound on 2/28
What was your IF history/journey?
How far along are you?
I’m 8 weeks 1 day
I’m beyond exhausted, tender breasts and a couple of instances of nausea. It all comes and goes.
I’m so thankful but wish my nerves and anxiety weren’t so high but I feel like I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop instead of enjoying it. If that makes sense.
Next appointment? We have an appointment this Friday and hopefully all will be good and we’ll be released to see my regular ob. Although I wish we could stay at the fertility clinic forever.
Although I’m looking forward to being done with shots I’m also nervous.
A long history... My husband and I were trying for over 10 years... Went through 3 different REs... The first RE we were told IVF was our only option. I have blocked tubes, PCOS, Endometriosis, and Hashimotos. We decided to stop very early on due to my obgyn telling me we didn't need IVF, it was a money grab.... Then we moved and we went to a different RE who wanted to do IUIs only, and told me only one of my tubes was blocked. We tried to do 5, but only 1 embryo actually made it through. Of course, it didn't work. Then we switched to my current RE who from the beginning I loved. He is the best doctor and I love his staff. It took 4 retrievals and 8 transfers... We had 3 chemical pregnancies along the way but this latest transfer actually WORKED. I'm still shocked.
How far along are you? 7 weeks, 2 days.
Any symptoms? Nausea, extreme exhaustion, mood swings, breast tenderness, and hightened smell.
Rant/Rave? The infertility journey has gotten me very used to constant monitoring. I'm scared to be discharged and then going to my obgyn only once a month. Also, due to the amount of times I've gone through the process I know what to expect... Or I did. Now I don't know if things are going the way the should or not. When others have gotten pregnant without help, its a joyous occasion... But I'm just scared all of the time. Especially because last week I started bleeding very heavily and thought I was misscarrying and it turns out I have a subchromal (sp?) Hematoma. So I'm bleeding and cramping but so far the baby has been just fine. In fact, my RE says everything looks great. But that only adds to my anxiety!
Next appointment? Feb. 22nd
Questions? Not atm. 😊
Another post IVF transfer here with a previous transfer loss - I just want to echo your sentiments of feeling like you're waiting for the other shoe to drop. It's so so hard to enjoy the process. I've been nervously making transition plans from my RE to OB and feel like just by doing that I'm jinxing myself...sigh.
Hope you both find ways to stay present and enjoy some of the little things!
My HCG has been really high, but only one healthy baby in there. My RE warned me not to read too much into it that it would be twins. Not medical advice, but thought I'd share
If you can change your username from knottie it would be easier to tag and reply - instructions are in the original Read First thread.
Agreed! I think eventually we all will be able to enjoy the process... Altho it may not be until we all give birth lol 😊
I found out yesterday my last appt with my RE is this Tuesday 3/1. I'll be 8w3d. Then I'll transfer to my OB. I know it's a good thing but... Its kind of scary!
My OB is busy as well but believe me, they'll get you on the schedule. Don't worry about that, too many other things to stress about lol. But if it makes you feel better you could always call. My RE told me to call once I get discharged from his office, because sometimes they won't schedule you at the OBs office until you're discharged. But it never hurts to ask.
single 40 y/o woman, TTC since June of 2021. 2 unmedicated cycles, then 4 medicated cycles so far with IUI. Two CPs so far.
How far along are you? 6w6d. Good betas this time, which was such an improvement over the past two pregnancies. US on Tuesday (6w2d) showed gestational sac and yolk sac, but no fetal pole. Follow up US on Tuesday next week.
Any symptoms? Exhaustion. Very slight breast soreness, very slight nausea.
Rant/Rave? Really tired, physically and emotionally. Feeling numb, defeated, angry, but trying to maintain some level of hope.
Next appointment? Tuesday 3/1.
Questions? Any experiences of no fetal pole at 6 weeks and then a viable pregnancy?