Well, it looks like there is some good news at the end of this tunnel. I’m pregnant. Almost 10 weeks now, which as you know if you are reading this is far past the “chemical pregnancy” stage which is a huge relief for me. I’m not quite out of the woods yet, but close.
Last time I updated I was waiting to take the booster shot. I took that 7 days past the trigger shot (5 days past ovulation.) I think it was a Tuesday. On Friday I took a cheapie pregnancy test just to see how much of the booster shot was still in my system and got a pretty dark line. On Sunday I took another test and got a barely visible line, so I figured by Monday it would all be out of my system. I tested on Monday and the line was still there, and….dare I say, a bit darker than yesterday’s. Not quite believing it, I tested again on Tuesday and got an even darker line. I decided this was enough to warrant a beta draw, which came back that day at 41.6. The lines kept getting darker. Two days later my beta draw was 144!!! It was doubling! 4 days later it was up to 822 and 4 days later it was 3173!! It was FINALLY sticking. Here is picture of the lines getting darker. I’m not going to post it directly on the blog because I know these pics can be a source of pain for some people, so I want you to have the option to click on it if you want.
At 6.5 weeks I went for my 1st ultrasound and saw the most beautiful flicker ever….a tiny little heartbeat. Also, the baby was measuring ahead which was a nice little bonus.
Due to being high risk, I received weekly ultrasounds through 9 weeks and all 3 of them showed the baby growing at a normal rate with a heartbeat.
So, that’s where we are today. I’ll be 10 weeks in 2 days. I’m still nervous, but its not a chemical pregnancy which is HUGE for me.
The things that I think really made the difference was 1) getting my lining nice and thick. I don’t know what the final number was, but it was 7.5mm and I took 2 more days of Estradiol, vaginally so I think it was probably 9-10mm or more. The second thing I think really helped was the Pregnyl shot 5 days past ovulation. I think having some HCG in my system probably gave the implanting embryo a little more hormonal support.
Anyway, I hope this information has helped someone out there. I am not going to turn this into a pregnancy blog because I know that if you are here, that is the last thing you want to see. I would love to hear more stories from others of you who have gone through this, and if you are comfortable, I would like to post them on this blog. I really hope that this eventually becomes a resource for women who are going through this pain. I’m happy that it looks like there is a happy ending for me, and I hope that if you are reading this then there is a happy ending for you too…and soon.