Journey of Pregnancy after Infertility and/or Miscarriage – Part 7

posted 6 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

Roll Call!

Weeks pregnant/due date: 25 weeks/March 30th

Pregnancy journey: (FYI, it’s the same novel as last thread lol)

We TTC’d for just shy of 3 years (though over a year of that was on medical pause for one of our zillion issues). We figured it was me since I knew I had Endometriosis (diagnosed by lap) before we began. After 1 year of trying, and my Endo pain returning more and more each month, we found and Endo specialist and had a second lap. It turns out that the ‘mild’ Endo I had was actually so severe the specialist surgeon couldn’t safely remove it all in one lap. It was so bad I was covered from my kidneys down, on both sides. I did 7 months of medically induced menopause via Zoladex to shrink the remainder and reduce blood loss during the next lap so my surgeon can see what he’s doing and get the rest of it out.

Endo excised, we moved on to trying again. After a few months of no luck I went back to the specialist who now decides my husband should do a SA, ‘just in case’. Turns out my husband has azoospermia- he doesn’t make sperm. We move on to a urologist specializing in MFI. My husband’s testosterone is low, so we try meds. A few months of Armidrex moves it up a smidge, 6 months of Clomid+Armidrex moves it up into normal range. Still no sperm. We switch to a urologist at my RE’s clinic since we now know IVF/ICSI is our only shot. My husband has a testicular biopsy- no sperm and only a single germ cell found. He’s diagnosed with Sertoli Cell only syndrome- bad news. Urologist says next step is mTESE surgery to try and find sperm with 20-30% odds of finding anything, or donor sperm. We opt for the mTESE. DH is adamantly against donor sperm. We decide to coordinate the mTESE with an IVF cycle for me because fresh testicular sperm has better odds- it doesn’t freeze well.

I begin my IVF pretesting and find out I have an AMH level of 0.3 and an AFC of 5- DOR at 33 🙁 IVF cycle #1 is delayed 3 weeks because I make really uncommon antibodies that react with the E2 test and make my E2 values 100 times what they really are so it looks like I’m not suppressed even though I am. Once my RE figures this out (and switches the whole practice to a new E2 assay so it doesnt happen again) I use really high does of stim meds and barely respond- it takes until day 10 for my E2 to get over 50, but my RE continues the cycle as long as it is rising. Cycle is cancelled after 16(!) days of stims because of the 2 follicles I’ve grown, 1 has become dominant. RE is willing to do retrieval with 2 considering my DOR, but not 1. We can’t swap the cycle to IUI as is usually done in these cases because we have no sperm.

IVF #2 (new protocol). It takes until Day 12 for my E2 to get over 50 this time, but my first US at day 12 shows a few ok follicles, and I see a few more smaller ones that are too small to measure. I end up growing 8 follicles, but one becomes dominant again. (Really!?!) We decide to sacrifice it and go for the group of smaller ones. Hearing its death threats, jumbo follicle chills out and I have 8 follicles of approximately the same size at trigger after 19 days of stims.

My husband has his mTESE scheduled the next day. It ends up being an almost 4 hour surgery- I know the news is bad. Nothing found. Zip, zero zilch. I still do my retrieval the next day and get 7 eggs, all mature, which go into the freezer. My husband changes his mind on the donor sperm now that we know the results of the mTESE. We move to donor sperm with my frozen eggs, but find out due to a routine biannual test from my PCP that mt thyroid has gone from 2 before IVF to 7.6- I now have hypothyroidism. I start meds and we delay my transfer cycle. After a month on meds my thyroid stabalizes and we move forward. We thaw my 7 eggs and 6 fertilize with ICSI. We get 2 blasts, a 3BB which is now growing in my belly, and a 5BB in the freezer.

Next appt/test/ultrasound: Appointment on Monday (Dec 19th)

Anything you’re struggling with?  What helps you?: IF-wise, I’m feeling more confident. Baby moves like crazy so that’s quite reassuring with my fears. As my belly grows I’ve been having pain on any contact around my belly button (poor little thing has been through 3 laproscopies.) I’m hoping it’s just growing pains and that my scar tissue will eventually stretch out. I’ve been wondering if maybe my belly button won’t pop from all the scar tissue though. Silly concern, but I’m curious. I still have bad nausea most days. Nothing like my 1st tri, but still not fun.

Share a pic of anything (BFP, ultrasound, pet, funny gif):
My most recent US was from my anatomy scan at 21 weeks:

Bonus Question – What are you most looking forward to about Christmas this year?: DH and I are going on a trip to Ireland for the holidays! We leave next week and will be gone for 2 weeks. We’re really excited! Hopefully I can get an aisle seat on the plane though or someone is going to be really annoyed at me lol!

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Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

hogoboom2012 :  Thanks for making a new thread! The other one was too overwhelming for me, lol. And look at your little gummy bear Baby Boom!!! Ah, so cute!!!

Aqualov :  Ireland sounds amazing! My husband and I really want to take a trip in Jan, but I want to go somewhere warm, and everywhere affordable is zika infested 🙁

Roll Call!

Weeks pregnant/due date: 22+1, due April 20th (my 31st birthday!)

Pregnancy journey: Ooookay: Started TTC October 2014. TTC naturally for 1 year, with 1 CP. Did 3 clomid + TI, then moved to RE. Diagnosed with DOR, even though I was ovulating every month. Did 1 letrozole + IUI, and then decided to cut our losses and bring out the big guns. First round of IVF was cancelled right before retrieval due to estrogen crash. Second round of IVF gave us 6 PGS normal 5 day blasts in the freezer!

First FET led to BFP, but second beta didn’t quite double, and we lost it in the 5th week. After that, I asked for RPL testing, which they did, but for some reason didn’t run MTHFR. I started a prenatal with methylfolate just to cover my bases, and did a second FET 1 month later, which led to this little Nugget.

I recently found out through participating in a research project that I am homozygous for the MTHFR mutation, which means its a good thing I switched my prenatal, and also makes me feel really ragey toward my RE. 

Next appt/test/ultrasound: Had anatomy scan on Wednesday, fetal echo is 12/22

Anything you’re struggling with?  What helps you?: Since discovering the MTHFR genotype, a family friend who is a midwife has been freaking me out, saying that due to the MTHFR homozygosity and my autoimmune issues (psoriasis, DOR, gluten intolerance, anti-thyroid antibodies), I may be at a higher risk for placental clots, preeclampsia, stillbirth, and other scary things, and should see a MFM who will likely put me on a daily baby aspirin, if not daily lovenox injections. My midwife, however, says this is garbage, and the chief of OB/GYN at my hospital (who is a perinatologist) had a consult and said I am likely just fine if I made it this far, and I should just calm down. SO…this is stressful. I’m not sure if one party is being alarmist, or the other is being excessively nonchalant. So there’s a lot of research happening these days. The one things that helps is feeling my wiggly little boy, whose kicks are getting so strong I can occasionally SEE them, which is wild!

Share a pic of anything (BFP, ultrasound, pet, funny gif): Anatomy from 21+6

 

Bonus Question – What are you most looking forward to about Christmas this year?: This is our first Christmas in our new house (a real house, not an apartment!), so I’m enjoying the feeling of really having a holiday in our new home.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I read along with the last thread, but it was so hard to keep up with… I’m going to try harder on this one!

Roll Call!

Weeks pregnant/due date: 36+4 today, due on January 9

Pregnancy journey: Long irregular cycles on my end, DH had great SA. We tried 4 unmonitored Clomid cycles with my OB before going to the RE at 1 year. Tests all came back great. We were diagnosed unexplained. In April, after 15 total months, we did Clomid + trigger shot + IUI and got this little bean. We were incredibly lucky (as far as infertility goes). 

Next appt/test/ultrasound: Monday 12/19 at 37 weeks. I’m now to the weekly appointments!

Anything you’re struggling with?  What helps you?: Had a growth ultrasound this week that showed Baby is measuring about 7.5 pounds. It’s not exactly the most accurate measurement, so baby could be anywhere between 6.5 lbs and 8.5 lbs currently in my belly. I’m freaking out a bit that at 40 weeks Baby could be 10.5 lbs. I’d love to have a vaginal, med-free birth, so the thought of a baby that big is concerning. But I’m trying to focus on the reasons why I want that kind of birth and coaching myself that my body is growing the baby that it can handle. At the same time, I’m trying to adjust my vision and know that whatever happens I’ll do what’s best and safe for baby! 

Share a pic of anything (BFP, ultrasound, pet, funny gif):  I’ve got nothin! I’ll try harder next time. 

Bonus Question – What are you most looking forward to about Christmas this year?: Hmm, a slow down at work; some last minute one-on-one time with DH before baby comes; yummy food! NOT looking forward to seeing a lot of people/family and having everyone comment on how huge I am/ “No baby yet??”

 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Aqualov :  Ireland sounds amazing!! I’ll keep my fingers crossed you get that aisle seat!

hogoboom2012 :  Hi friend! You know I went through the same thing about pregnancy not being what I expected… I’m sorry to hear it’s been that way for you, too! Best advice I have is to focus on the fact that your #1 priority is Boom and the disappointment will fade eventually. Sending hugs! 🙂

MattieK :  HI!!!!!!!!! I haven’t talked to you in forever!! Congrats on the house! And yay for your little boy!!! (That was a lot of exclamation marks, but I feel as though they were all necessary.)

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

MattieK :  Another possible birthday birth here! I’m due 2 days before my 35th birthday. Congrats on the house!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

hogoboom2012 :  I just saw what you wrote about your SIL — wow, that is so heartbreaking. But how wonderful of your OB to schedule an extra scan for you! I’ve been really surprised by how much the weight gain has bothered me, even though my belly is still really pretty small, I feel like my arms and legs have gotten much larger, and I feel horrible and vain for being so upset abput it. I just try to remember that baby C doesn’t care if I’m a little chubbier than normal, and there is plenty of time for hot yoga and kickboxing after he arrives. I hope your cysts resolve soon and you can move around more!

ruby26 :  Yay!!! Hiiiii!!!! It HAS been a long time — 36+4?!?!? How did that happen? 

Aqualov :  Wow, that’s so fun! I forget, are you team green?

I have to say I’m so happy/grateful for the makeup of this thread — a year ago I wouldnt have believed we would all be on this thread!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

MattieK :  We’re greenish? DH and I know but are keeping it to ourselves until my shower. It’s our compromise. He wanted to know and I didn’t. I’ll share with you all here on the day of my shower (Jan 28th!).

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Aqualov :  Got it! And what a great idea to reveal at your shower — you get to know, but not be bombarded with pink/tutus/bows or blue/trains/sports themes! 

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Roll Call!

Weeks pregnant/due date: 28 weeks today! Due March 11

Pregnancy journey: I had hypothalamic amenorrhea and wasn’t ovulating, so I spent 2013-2014 trying to get my period back unsuccessfully. Started seeing an RE in 2015 and did 3 IUIs which were cancelled or unsuccessful. Started IVF round 1 in the fall of 2015 and had 3 beautiful emrbyos which resulted in 1 failed fresh transfer and 1 failed FET. Started round 2 in April 2016 and ended up with 12 PGS normal emrbyos. Also discovered I have high anticardiolipin antibodies so we added lovenox to my protocol and did a FET in June which resulted in our first ever BFP! Baby boy has been measuring behind the whole time, and I have a velamentous cord insertion which can lead to IUGR, but otherwise the pregnancy has gone well. We are having extra monitoring now in the third trimester.

Next appt/test/ultrasound: OB appointment, glucose test, and first growth scan on Tuesday (12/20) 

Anything you’re struggling with?  What helps you?: I am very nervous about him being too small. I have had a hard time gaining weight and everyone tells me how tiny I am, which makes me worry even more that he’s just way too small. It helps me when I see and feel him kick and knowing that he has to be growing because my belly is getting bigger. I’m hoping he will be at least in the 10th percentile at the first growth scan, which would make me feel a lot better. 

Share a pic of anything (BFP, ultrasound, pet, funny gif): 

Bonus Question – What are you most looking forward to about Christmas this year?: My SIL is pregnant (also from IVF) and 10 weeks behind me, so I am looking forward to seeing her bump and sharing this special time with our families! I also have a shower on NYE!

 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

hogoboom2012 :  Thanks for starting the new thread!

Aqualov :  My nausea didnt really let up until 18 weeks, ugh. Have an amazing time in Ireland!! We were there in 2014 – it’s so beautiful!!

MattieK :  That is stressful/annoying that your midwife/doctors aren’t in agreement. I’m sure everything is fine, but maybe a visit with a MFM doc would make you feel better?

ruby26 :  Wow, you are so far along!!! I bet you are not really that huge! At this point I feel like I’d love someone to tell me I’m huge rather than how tiny I am – of course they don’t know about our complications and my fear of IUGR and an actual tiny baby. People should just shut up!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I cannot say I’m struggling with infertility or anything. 6 months trying, 2BFPs and 2CPs but just to say thank you ladies for sharing your message of hope. And that you keep trying year after year is just amazing. God bless you all for sharing. Wishing you all healthy babies and safe delivery. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

Roll Call!

Weeks pregnant/due date: 9 weeks 4 days

Pregnancy journey: 13 months TTC, plus one MC (most likely due to low progesterone), 5 rounds of Clomid and due to start with the Fertility Clinic but we got pregnant that month.  DH has low motility and morphology due to low testosterone.

Next appt/test/ultrasound: Jan 5th

Anything you’re struggling with?  What helps you?: Still worried about the risk of MC despite good ultrasounds at 6 and 8 weeks.  Bought a doppler but haven’t been able to find baby’s heartbeat yet (I’m guessing it’s still too early). 

Share a pic of anything (BFP, ultrasound, pet, funny gif):

Bonus Question – What are you most looking forward to about Christmas this year?:   Just celebrating baby and the first grandchild on that side of the family.

Read more: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/journey-of-pregnancy-after-infertility-andor-miscarriage-part-7/#ixzz4TIWJ9tz0

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