Whew! It’s been a while, huh?
For the last month or so, my body has been recovering from over-stimulating my ovaries for retrieval. It has also been preparing for my embryo transfer scheduled for this Wednesday. Yup, 36 hours from now! Yikes – Im excited, nervous, hopeful, and terrified. I feel like I’ve been working so hard in anticipation for this, and I am terrified that I am going to get the biggest disappointment of my life in 11 days. On the other hand, I’m feeling hopeful. I think we’re ready, my body is ready. I need to let my positive thoughts overpower the negative ones. I just have to.
A quick re-cap of the last month:
Everyone Is Pregnant: Ugh, why is everrryone pregnant!?!? I had a friend who was having trouble conceiving. Now she’s about to pop. I have a friend I traveled with for work last week. She’s 3 months pregnant. A member of my family, who is 40, just popped up pregnant. A total oops. I could go on…and on…and on…
Reaction to Meds: I was at the gym this last weekend running on the treadmill. I was fine until I stepped to the sides for a moment to take a sip of water. I felt sooo dizzy. I slowed the treadmill down, and went to step back on. The next thing I know, I wake up on the floor and people come rushing all around me. I passed out! That’s never ever happened to me. Thankfully, I wasn’t hurt. Apparently, I am not supposed to get my heart rate too high while on all my meds. NO ONE told me.
Meds: At one time or another, I’ve been on birth control, Doxcycline, Lurpon (injectionable), Vivelle (patches), Medrol, and Endometrin. I don’t have much to say about these, other than the Endometrin. I. Dont. Like. It. Endometrin is a vaginal suppository that I have to use 3 times a day. It sucks because it’s messy. I would suggest using a thin maxi pad. That’s all I’ll say.
Some Tips I’ve Learned:
- If you’re having any blood flow problems (and doing acupuncture), you should also be doing a lot of walking, drinking lots of fluids, and running a rolling pin up and down your thigh – 3 sets of 10 – twice a day
- Have sex the night before transfer. Orgasms are a plus! Trick your body into thinking that you are making this baby naturally (and keep in mind you aren’t allowed to have another orgasm for 6 weeks if you’re successful in getting pregnant!)
- NO caffeine or chocolate
- Don’t do any intensive exercise
- This was one of the hardest for me – Don’t sit with your legs crossed.
- Prepare for the messiness of Endometrin
- Clinic rooms are cold – be sure to bring warm socks
- To remove the sticky residue left behind by Vivelle patches, use baby oil
- A study has shown that women who laugh a lot shortly after transfer are more likely to remain pregnant. So, watch funny movies while you’re on bedrest!
Well, transfer on Wednesday! Wish me luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!