Beta #3

16dp5dt=5 weeks pregnant.

Beta today was 3125. DT was 49 so it slowed down but still within the acceptable range (I hope!!). I am done with betas and was able to schedule my first u/s for next Thursday. It seems so far away!

I also had an appointment with my Endocrinologist today to talk about our plan. I took on extra pill today to jump start my thyroid. Tomorrow I will increase my Synthroid to 100mcg. I am glad she went straight to 100 rather than 88.

The other interesting thing is she asked about GD testing. I told her I had one test and it was fine. (I just looked at it was 124 with the normal range of 65-139). Since H was in the NICU and had blood sugar problems I was repeatedly asked if I had GD. My endo said sometime it can be fine at 24-25 weeks but go up at 27-28. So, she will also keep an eye on my sugar levels just to rule everything out and make sure we are doing everything we can to keep me and Olo healthy. I really appreciate that she is being so thorough.

I feel better about having a plan and a u/s date next week. As far as symptoms go, I’ve gagged a few times because I hadn’t eaten much. I am also ready for bed around 9pm. I don’t know if that’s really a symptom given I have a toddler and am taking a ton of progesterone. On that note, I am going to have a snack and go to bed!

Round One!

AF showed on Friday and I immediately called the nurse to let her know so I could set up my CD3 baseline appointment. Again, it’s one of those surreal things- who would have thought I’d be calling people to let them know I got my period!

When I went in on Sunday, they did some bloodwork to check my hcg beta. I find it ironic I keep getting tested to see if I am pregnant. I have my period and am there- we could have skipped that test. They weren’t originally going to check my TSH, but I asked them to add it the labwork.

Next, I went in for the ultrasound. While slightly uncomfortable, it was easy enough. Anatomy Lesson 101- Apparently a lot of women’s left ovary is behind their bowels, so you tend to feel more pressure on that side when they are doing the ultrasound. I swear I learn something new every time I am there. I was done in about 5 minutes. My lining was exactly where it needed to be and my ovaries looked great. The tech said I am in great shape and she thinks we will be successful. If she is right, I am going to track her down and hug her.

After I was done, I met with the nurse on duty. She gave me my medicine calendar- CD3- CD7 take Clomid, on CD11 come back for more bloodwork and another u/s. At that appointment we would learn how my follicles are developing and whether or not I would need to take the shots of Bravelle, or just trigger.

I went home and tried to nap, but I was too anxious to get the call from the nurse. She finally called and said my beta was negative (mmhmm, no surprise there!) and my TSH was 3.65, but I could go ahead and start with the meds.

I had mixed feelings about this. Awesome that we can start, but annoyed that my TSH is higher than what it was less than a week ago. The more I think about it, the more frustrated I get. I am on week three of Synthroid and it’s still hanging around 3.4-3.6. I am debating getting another test done right before the IUI- but I am not sure if that’s just going to make me feel better or piss me off (depending on the results).

I googled to see what the next dosage would be, and while doing that learned about drug interactions. Mind you, the only thing my Endo said was to take the pill first thing in the morning with water and don’t eat or drink anything else for at least an hour. So, that’s what I’ve been doing- wake up at 6:30ish to pop the pill and chug water. She failed to mention that I should wait at least four hours before taking my prenatals. I usually take the first dose of prenatals around 10:30 -11am, but now I am wondering if I should take it a little later, just to be on the safe side.

My next appointment with the Endo isn’t until June 4th, my guess is she is going to up my dosage if my TSH is still sitting around 3. Or maybe, if we are lucky I will have to call her before that to let her know that I am pregnant and need an appointment right away 😉

Tests, test, and more tests

When women are trying to get pregnant, they always talk about the dreaded two week wait (TWW). This is the time after they ovulate and are anxiously wait to take a pregnancy test.

Well, this month the TWW was more of the two weeks of testing.
M had another SA and we both had bloodwork done. Basically to test for immunities and STDs. Today, since it’s cd4, I went it for my baseline bloodwork and ultrasound.

Remember when Dr. L said the HSG would be the hardest part, he was wrong. The ultrasound sucked. It’s not the kind of ultrasound you see on TV, where they put it on your belly. No, this went in you. The tech said I have a tilted uterus and would feel pressure when she went to the left side. She was right. Dear lord, it was uncomfortable. The cool part was that she walked through it with me and counted how many follicles I had (19 if you are curious).

We should have all of the results soon and hopefully the all clear to move forward with the IUI in May.

But today, I am not going to think about it. I have family in town and get to spend the day with my nieces at the zoo.