This cycle seems like it's all about 3's. This is my 3rd IVF cycle and I had 3 embryos implanted yesterday... so dare I say that hopefully, "Three times a charm?"
Well here they are, my 3 very pretty blastocysts with one that hatching and is ready to be implanted LIKE RIGHT NOW!
I didn't genetically test the embryos this time around so I'm not sure if they are boys or girls. Honestly I don't care what the sex is as long as I get an opportunity to experience motherhood.
So yesterday I did my transfer and my doctor discussed with us that implanting 3 is being aggressive. But due to my past history with unsuccessful pregnancies we decided that 3 was the way to go. Now the downside to that is that if all 3 take then we would need to terminate one of them. Having a triplet pregnancy makes for a very unsuccessful pregnancy. So she wanted to make sure that we were all in agreement that if this occurred that this is the road we would take. Even at two I take a risk of possibly losing one. I would do whatever it takes to have a successful pregnancy whether its one or two.
So the first three embryos have become blastocysts now with the first one already hatching. All three are Grade 1 which is the best Grade. Embryo 4 & 5 will be frozen, those are a Grade 2. Embryo 6 they are letting it grow till today to see if we can freeze that one as well. 7-9 embryos might not make it and they are a Grade 3. I hope they do but i won't find out till later.
So i leave you with a sample video of what a transfer entails.
I still feel that this is probably the most uncomfortable process of the IVF cycle. I would rather be put to sleep during this but unfortunately you must be awake during the process since you must have a semi full bladder. So as usual, feet up in the stirrup, a speculum is put in place just like a pap smear, you are rinsed clean, which feels so weird. Once its good to go an ultrasound is performed on your lower abdomen to get the image of the uterus up on the screen. It's not fun when they press down on you while your bladder is full. And I of course cramp up during the procedure. We wait for the embryologist to come in the room with the transfer catheter which has the embryos. My doctor then inserts the catheter into the uterus and pushes the embryos through. The procedure is guided visually on a monitor with an abdominal ultrasound. Once transferred, my doctor holds the catheter in place for about 30 seconds and then she slowly removes the catheter. Since the embryos are invisible to the naked eye, the embryologist will then check the catheter under a microscope to make sure the embryos were released. Embryologist comes back in and says "all clear" meaning that the 3 embryos were successfully transferred to my uterus. I then lay there for a good half hour before i was released to go home.
Here we are holding what's probably the earliest picture of what our future baby or babies look like.
It's unbelievable what goes through your head once you know that the embryos are inside of you. You can't help but get emotional during the process and of course feel nervous. This is it, this is why I put my body through hell for 6 weeks, just for this one moment. To be next to my husband holding a picture of our future child. A picture I wish to share in the future with our child. We just sat there in the room talking about what our child would be like and how I would share these stories with him/her.
Instructions were simple; Continue taking my twice a day Crinone medication which contains the natural female hormone called progesterone that helps prepare the lining of my uterus so it is ready to receive and nourish an embryo. And bed rest for 2 days. As you can see I am one to listen to doctor's orders. Plus with 2 great furry companions, how can one resist. I have to admit that I go crazy while on bed rest because I can't sit still but for all that I go through physically and emotionally, I have to be patient and rest so that this pregnancy takes. I can't do anything to put myself at risk for a failed pregnancy. So relaxing and being stress free is what's on the agenda for today. Tomorrow I can go about my way but of course I won't over do it. So now I am what you call PUPO (pregnant until proven otherwise).
It will be 10 long days of waiting before i can take a pregnancy test and check my hCg levels. So now I just sit here and remain positive and stress free and wait to see if i start experiencing pregnancy symptoms. Right now I just feel cramping but I literally feel cramping throughout my entire cycle. My body feels tired so i'll be resting a lot today. I think for the next 10 days I will be tired just like past cycles.
Once again I thank God for my wonderful life. For the wonderful husband that I have who allows me to stay home and not stress about anything in life. I am grateful for everything that I have and hope that I can have this one little miracle. I know that I won't disappoint as a mother. To that I leave you with...
Hi, I am Hereta (pronounced Eretha) and I am your typical dog loving - candle maker. Since dogs don't have a voice, I believe it's our job to speak on their behalf. "Don't shop or buy while the homeless die."