Baby update: we had our 9w4d check on Monday and the doctor says baby is right on track! It was my first time getting to actually see the baby move (thanks to a little Dr.Pepper). Heart rate was 176. My progesterone was 18.97. The doctor said I am ready to start tapering off my progesterone pills! I am super excited but also super nervous (if I could take them until delivery I would) but he says I don’t need them anymore! That is definitely a victory but it brings on a whole new wave of worry.
Pregnancy update: still no morning sickness (thank goodness). Still extremely tired and extra hungry. But other than that, everything is good!
We announced our baby news on Facebook on Sunday! I also had several people reach out to me and tell me about their infertility struggles and it made me happy to know that those people wanted to open up to me about something to hard.
Baby update: We had our 8 week check up today! Baby is doing great. My progesterone is rising (17.62) and baby’s heart rate was 170!
Pregnancy update: I bought my first pair of maternity jeans last week. I have never been more comfortable! Still craving all things spicy and haven’t had any sickness yet!
Sunday was my first Mother’s Day and my husband spoiled me by taking me to the beach for the weekend. He also bought me a 3 heart necklace (a heart for me, a heart for him, and a heart for baby). I cried several times throughout the day. I cried happy tears for me. I cried sad tears for all of those who still long to be a mother.
Baby update: baby is measuring right on schedule with a heart rate of 140 today. My progesterone has dropped a little but the doctor says that is normal. I am still on the progesterone suppositories 3 times a day.
Pregnant update: I have craved all things spicy (especially garlic and bbq). I have been nauseous several times but haven’t thrown up yet! My clothes are feeling way tighter but I haven’t gained any weight yet. The exhaustion and fatigue is probably my worst symptom. I have been in bed every night by 7 pm (but I have been sleeping like a B A B Y).
I’ll post another update next Monday after my appointment.
I had my second ultrasound this morning and baby is measuring 6 weeks and 4 days with a heart rate of 120. The feeling of seeing that heartbeat on the screen is a feeling I will never be able to explain. Being pregnant still feels so surreal to me.
I have worried this whole time about the baby not having a heartbeat (infertility will make you worry about EVERYTHING when you’re pregnant) so seeing the heartbeat today was a huge milestone for me. I feel so relieved. The doctor also said the risk of miscarriage decreases significantly once the heartbeat is detected.
I go back for my next ultrasound and progesterone check next Monday! No more beta testing now that we have a heartbeat. Progesterone was 20.16 today and the nurse referred to it as “perfect.” 🎉
We had our second beta today! My HCG level was 4,175 (which is right on track). My progesterone was still a little low (21.7) so they increased my progesterone suppositories to 3 times a day instead of two.
We also had our first ultrasound today! Based on my last cycle (March 5th) I should be 6 weeks and 6 days but we know that’s not right because I went to the clinic on the 18th and hadn’t ovulated yet. She said I was more than likely 2 weeks behind (which puts me around 5 weeks). We couldn’t see anything but the gestational and yolk sac but it was still so reassuring to see those on the ultrasound screen. She said it will be about 2 weeks until we see baby and the heartbeat.
Still needing all the prayers I can get ❤️
Now that our friends are finding out we are pregnant, the first question seems to be “how long were y’all trying?” When I tell them we have tried for years, most of them have genuine questions about our infertility journey (and infertility in general). The best way I can explain infertility to someone who doesn’t know what it’s like is by reading them this blog post:
It’s been one week/7 days/168 hours/10080 minutes/604800 seconds since finding out we are pregnant. It still seems so surreal.
No one prepared me for the stress and worry that follows a BFP. The last two years I have worried so much about getting pregnant, I never thought about what it would be like to actually be pregnant.
I am so worried there will be no heart beat, or it will be an ectopic pregnant, or I will miscarry. I know normal people worry about this but no one worries as much as someone who has been TTC for a while.
I will feel better after Monday’s appointment. I’ll find out if my numbers are doubling and I’ll get my first ultrasound.