@capps42613 Congrats on the second beta! Does your clinic do a third or you officially off the beta rollercoaster?
AFM, we actually had our ultrasound yesterday morning (6 wks, 3 days) and we received confirmation of what was suspected last week....we have four growing babies! The heartbeats were 112, 120, 121 and I forgot the fourth, but I believe it was 119. Baby A has it's own gestational sac; Baby B also has it's own and babies C and D are together in a gestational sac, but each has their own yolk sac. Our doctor has been doing this for 25 years and has never had both embryos split. We should be able to find out from our clinic next week what gender embryos they put in.
@alexiskiriluk There is a couple sets of twins, but nothing reoccurring to where we thought it would happen to us or think it was genetic. My mom's sister had twins, and that is the only case on my mothers side; on my father's side my grandma is a twin, but of her 5 kids none had twins and none of my cousins have had twins. We have six frozen embryos and asked our doctor if we were to donate a couple to research if they would be able to determine if this was an IVF factor or a genetic factor - he said they wouldn't be able to determine unless they were implanted. I really love the science behind all of this, so I wish there was a way to know.....and I'm pretty sure we won't be implanting any more.
@rachlee2010 we aren't sure about the sacs. With a traditional pregnancy I thought they usually said fraternal twins were in different sacs and identical were in the same (or so I thought), but clearly we know four babies were formed from two embryos. The only thing we know so far is that them sharing sac is more dangerous to the babies (less room to grow and develop). Good luck on your ultrasound today! I can't wait to hear your results!
@Rachd110 that makes sense on the splitting and if they share a sac because a very late split is when conjoined twins happens. You are just one day ahead of me I will be 7 weeks on Sunday.
I don't have the protocol of "graduating" from my RE, however, they have me scheduled for blood work (to test estrogen and progesterone) on 4/4 and 4/11 and an ultrasound on 4/13 (at 8.5 weeks). They have said generally if everything looks okay with the 8.5 week ultrasound they will start taking me off medicine. I'm on two types of estrogen (estrace pills and vivelle patches) and two types of progesterone (endometrin vaginal inserts 3x/day and PIO every other day). They said I can pick one estrogen and one progesterone to reduce and then we will decrease a little bit each week. I can't wait to stop the endometrin, those things must go! I have already told the nurse I will take shots over that. I have been (and will continue) doing lovenox shots for the entire pregnancy....so honestly the PIO doesn't bother me.
I'm hoping I can enjoy the pregnancy once I get past all these medication, for now I'm just worried if I take everything on time and at night I go through the list and make sure I didn't forget anything.
@capps42613 Yay for being done with the beta testing!! I have my next ultrasound on 4/13 as well!
@Rachd110 Great news! I too am excited to get through the first trimester.
@alexiskiriluk Congrats! How many did you implant? Do they think it could be twins?
@alexiskiriluk Congrats on a boy!
The doctor won't say for sure what he thinks we have. The guess would be two boys and two girls, but they don't know if one embryo split a couple times or if both split. It's a dang mystery what is going on in my uterus!
@saritafernandez Congratulations! I love that your husband told you, that is so fun!!
This group has had a very successful month!
Who has appointments this week? Has anyone started the actual transition off medicine and/or finished with their RE yet?
I have an 8.5 week ultrasound on Wednesday at which time we will discuss decreasing fertility meds....and I can't wait!!!
@capps42613 That's awesome! The first ultrasound is a little surreal, but so fun!
@alexiskiriluk I can't wait to hear how your ultrasound went!
@Rachd110 I am so jealous that you graduated from your RE! You gave me hope saying you will be off meds by 10 weeks. How awesome will that be?! It will be like we get to have a 'normal' pregnancy after all we have been through.
@rachlee2010 I hear you on being sore from the shots! At first the PIO didn't bother me, but the past couple weeks I've been really sore. We do them in the butt (more hip) area and it feels like my entire butt is sore.
@ssandberg That's awesome!! Congratulations! Do you know what gender they transferred? So excited for you!
My symptoms haven't changed a whole lot, the fatigue is a constant and I'm getting 10 hours of sleep a night; the nausea will be horrible some days and other days I'm fine; the hunger, it doesn't end- I think I would be terribly grossed out to count how many calories I'm consuming in a day. I am craving apples, bananas, and cantaloupe so I suppose that is good but the nurse advise to watch out for cantaloupe and watermelon for excess water weight. And on the not so healthy side, bread seems to really help fill me up. I'm also trying cheese sticks this week and am hoping the protein sticks with me for a little longer. I've read that the hunger slows down in the second trimester so I'm hanging onto that hope!
You have all reminded me that I should probably schedule my first visit with the OB. She has been informed all that we have going on (she performed my first surgery for ovarian cysts two years ago) so she is very aware of my history and fertility issues. These visits however will be a much happier topic!