First, I want to say that my thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the tragedy yesterday in Connecticut!
Next, I would like to thank you all for the love and support! It means so much to me to share this moment with you all.
Reactions: I am still in shock and awe from my beta yesterday! I am so elated and excited!!! I was totally loopy and in a daze yesterday, as if I was drugged or something. I must have said, “Oh my goodness” about a hundred times. I even got lightheaded and about passed out at one point. I couldn’t calm down until many hours later. Andy is over the moon. He was being SO adorable last night. He was talking about “our kid”, baby names, and saying how he wished he could tell everyone right now. We both know that plenty of things could still go wrong, but we are enjoying this time right now. It feels damn good to get such wonderful news for once! Talk about being PSYCHED and hopeful!
Symptoms: This morning, I woke up with sore BBs – yay! I’ve had very few symptoms so far, but it’s really early. My BIG one is constipation. I’ve had it alllll week, along with painful, horrible gas, bloating, and cramps. I’ve been drinking prune juice everyday since Monday, and it’s helping a lot – thank goodness! I was getting nervous about the pain, but I haven’t felt anymore unbearable pain since Wednesday, I think. It was hard to distinguish between intestinal cramps and ute cramps, because they were all down low in my abdomen/pelvic area. I think it was a combination of both, at times. The ute cramps feel more like stretching and pulling, not like AF. That’s about it! The only other thing, is I’ve been having trouble sleeping and waking up super early (today – 3:00am). That might be nerves. I LOVE SYMPTOMS, and I hope to experience more – even the unpleasant ones!
Medications: I am to continue Metformin 1,000mg daily, Prescription strength Folate/B Vitamins daily (It’s 1,200mcg of Folate – sometimes I take more with my B Complex vitamins), baby aspirin, Prenatals & my other supplements, Progesterone suppositories 400mg every night, Lovenox 40 units – now it is 2 shots instead of one, Prednisone 10mg – now it is 2 tablets instead of one.
Doctors, Labs, Appts: This will be a very closely monitored pregnancy. I have 2 specialists. One is my local Reproductive Endocrinologist, Dr. James. The other is my out-of-state Reproductive Immunologist, Dr. Kwak-Kim. It will be mostly Dr. Kwak-Kim in charge of everything, with my local RE carrying out the orders. I’ve been getting my labs at the hospital where I work, which is nice because I can get my results ASAP myself.
I have to do betas every 2 days for about 6 weeks (until a heartbeat is seen via u/s), Progesterone/Estrogen every week for 16 weeks, CBC/Metabolic panel/clotting time/Thyroid every month for as long as I’m pregnant, and a whole new immune panel just one more time, I believe. My lab is apparently soooo slow with Progesterone/Estrogen, so I still don’t know what my results were. Dr. Kwak-Kim’s office said we could do an ASAP order this coming week. My betas are great, and my CBC/Metabolic panel/clotting time/Thyroid/etc all came back normal yesterday!
MY VERY FIRST U/S is scheduled for Friday, December 21st!!! I can’t wait! I will only be 5 weeks, 2 days, so we might not see anything. It seems to be different for each person. I hope we can see a little spot or sac. Both doctors want to check early because 1) my history with TTC and loss, 2) on Lovenox, you can get SCH, and 3) just to make sure it’s not in the tubes and that everything looks “normal”. They don’t suspect anything wrong, they’d just rather have me come in earlier rather than later. Plus, the holidays are coming up, so there will be office closures.
Hmm, I may be forgetting some other details, but it’s difficult to think right now. 🙂
I can’t believe this – right in time for CHRISTMAS! It’s totally amazing and surreal. I cannot say enough how grateful I am! I pray everything keeps progressing. Just gotta stay positive and hopeful!