It’s been almost a month since I last posted, and A LOT has happened in that time. I finished my 5 Clomid pills (CD4 – 8) , gave myself the trigger shot on CD13, progesterone draw CD20, hcg blood test CD27. Getting the trigger shot in the mail (mail order pharmacy) made this whole thing very real for me. Taking the Clomid was just like taking birth control pills, nothing to it really. But the trigger shot was an actual needle I needed to inject my body with. Thankfully my Clomid side-effects were minimal: minor headaches was all I experienced. I’ve heard it’s better when you take it at night (which I did) and that the side-effects get worse with each successive cycle.
I went in for an ultrasound on CD12, and I had two big follicles (20 and 21 mm). Definitely had some cramping/uncomfortableness in the ovary area around CD10 – 16.
My CD20 progesterone was 30, and they wanted it above 15 so that was great news. And, drum roll please… my hcg was 304! I’m going back tomorrow for another blood test – hopefully my hcg has tripled or quadrupled.
We heard back about my high hcg (pregnancy!) on M’s birthday which made this news even more special and memorable. I was finally able to give him this Star Wars themed onesie I bought about 10 months back (one of those months I was convinced I was pregnant). We have both been filled with so much joy the past few days. Hopefully we have more good news tomorrow!
It’s exciting (and terrifying) to think I could be pregnant with twins since I had two mature follies. So far I have had some early pregnancy symptoms – constipation, tiredness, swollen/tender breasts. My stomach has been a little off, though no nausea yet. I feel like I’m getting full on less food – need to start eating more small meals throughout the day. I know I’ll regret this, but I’m somewhat looking forward to a little nausea. Somehow this will all feel more real when I’m sick to my stomach at all hours of the day.
I’ve been trying to still workout a few times a week, keeping up with my regular workout routine except for running and jumping. I’ll probably end up telling the coaches at the gym in a couple weeks, just so they’re aware of why I’m taking things a little easy. When I say I’m going to bike instead of run or ask about something to substitute for burpees, they are very concerned and ask what’s wrongs. I’m a terrible liar, so I haven’t been able to come up with any good excuses yet. I just awkwardly stammer about taking it easy…
I’m planning on ordering a few pregnancy/birth/breastfeeding/baby books in a couple weeks. I’ve been doing a little research on some good books to read. I’m so happy and excited right now, but I know there’s a 15% chance of miscarriage so I want to be a little cautious for the new couple weeks.
A few of our friends know that we’ve been trying and that I should be finding out any day now if I’m pregnant. Now that we are pregnant, I’m a little wary of telling a lot of people at first. Though I suppose if something bad happens, it will be nice to have some support from those who know what’s going on.
I took my first belly picture today for the 4 week mark. I would like to document each week just to see the change. I’m so excited for what is to come. I know it’s not going to be easy, and I’ll want to complain, but I do have a special appreciation for the miracle of life after trying for a year and a half. Thank you science and Dr. K for making this miracle possible for us!
There are so many things we want to do before Baby arrives – house renovations, traveling, buying a second car. M has been so busy at work lately, I know he is stressed with work and thinking about all the prep we need to do for Baby. We do have plenty of time though, 36 more weeks to go!