It’s been a little over a week since we got the voicemail that we are pregnant. To be honest with you, it still does not feel real. I have gone to work every day, continue life with the daily routines. … Every now and then, I pause and think – “wait? I’m pregnant!” and then chug some water 😉
Since last Monday, I went in for more bloodwork on Wednesday to check out my numbers. They were good and rising appropriately. The numbers compared to the last time I was pregnant is a little lower, so the nurse told me the chances of multiples were unlikely (but you never know – she added!). We will know more after the ultrasound.
This brings us to the present. We went to have the ultrasound today and according to Dr. Chung we are looking for two things:
1. The sac (and size)
2. the size of the uterine lining.
Here is a video of the ultrasound below:
(Thanks to my husband for recording it even though he definitely felt awkward doing so!)
My blood work came back and it’s looking good too!
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG): 2,902
The only unfortunate news is that progesterone shots will continue for atleast 2 more weeks. I asked the nurse when she phoned with my results more about the dreaded progesterone shots. I don’t know if you know, but it is possible to get a progesterone pill that is inserted vaginally and/or a patch. Which brings me to the question – if they have these two relatively non painful options, why are we taking shots every night?
If you are wondering the same thing – here is the answer!
Since I did IVF and my ovaries were punctured, they need to make sure my progesterone levels are good. They are able to test progesterone levels through blood work ONLY if they are done by shots. Bloodwork will not accurately show progesterone levels if taken vaginally, orally or through a patch. This is why we do shots. Just hearing that is the reason, makes me feel a bit better. I thought maybe they were making us suffer unnecessarily 😉 .
According to my pregnancy progress – this little one is around the #9 mark on this chart below – It’s crazy that WE can create and grow a human being inside of us. Truly is amazing.
Now we wait for next week’s ultrasound where we hope to see the sac progress and blood levels increase as expected. It will be in two weeks where we can first hear the fetal heartbeat and hopefully graduate from Cornell to my regular OBGYN.
I find myself being very cautiously happy because it is so early on in the pregnancy .. perhaps that is why it has not sunk in that I am pregnant yet? Either way, I feel like I am living in a dream and am grateful for every moment of it.
Thank you for all your continued support!! xx
My pregnancy progress
Due Date: February 12, 2018
Conception likely took place on may 22, 2017.
- You are 5 weeks and 1 day pregnant. (Fetal age: 3 weeks and 1 day)
- The baby will be born during winter time.
- You are in the first trimester.
- The first trimester began on may 08, 2017.
- The second trimester (weeks 13-27) begins on august 07, 2017.
- The third trimester (weeks 28-40) begins on november 20, 2017.
- Your safe range to give birth: january 22, 2018 to february 26, 2018 (full term).