Still growing, week 7

23 Oct

So far this pregnancy is holding on.  I am in the middle of the danger zone which for me has been between week 7 and 9.  The first five all seemed to end around then and usually right at the start of week 8.  Week 8 for me officially starts in three days (October 26).   So that may explain why everyday feels like the longest day ever.  Each day with no bleeding or cramping is a small step forward.

Here is a bit of an update since the last post. So far it is all good news.

HCGs are all progressing nicely with the last count at 103, 047.   My Dr. said these numbers were great and so I am no longer doing these weekly tests, which is more great news.  So just like the chart, things are looking up.

Just out of curiosity and because my health plan has this fun chart feature I compared my hcg results this time with my previous pregnancies over the past few years.  It turns out that it’s the first time I’ve had scores over multiple weeks continuously rising.  It’s also the second highest hcg beta I’ve ever measured.  I set that record back in February 2008 with number one.  I guess that first pregnancy really set my system off as I started out with a whopping 155902.  It declined steadily after that which taught us very quickly about the significance of rising betas.

The even bigger news is that our first ultrasound went, shockingly, completely fine.  In fact, according to my Dr. everything looks perfect.   I went into the exam bracing for bad news.  Betas are one thing, I thought, but these ultrasounds tend to be where the it all goes south.  Since the scan was with my IVF Dr. who claims victory when you get pregnant, I was suspicious that he might be overly optimistic.  For whatever reason I bought his confidence as a positive sign and teared up as he talked about how perfect and normal it looked from the size being exactly right to the heart beat being both measurable and at a good rate (124BPM).  We’ve had some heart beats appear in past scans but there was always something tentative about them, either too slow (90-100), or not quite right, wait and see, etc.  So it was a milestone to have a perfect heartbeat on day one and I am so grateful.  This really is the farthest we’ve ever gotten and I find myself feeling more hopeful each day that maybe this time it really is going to be different.

For those of you who love TMI or have a degree in radiology or just a special gift for reading these fuzzy images here is the ultrasound pic.  It looks different than our previous scans that always seemed to be missing something.

Next step is to sit and wait.  Now that we’ve “graduated” from the specialist our next scan is with an actual OB.  These appointments in the past have NEVER gone well, so getting through that will be a major milestone.  It feels bizarre to have a scan and then wait a full two weeks for another.  I don’t think I’ve ever gone longer than a week, usually getting a scan every 2-3 days before making the official call to move to a D & C.  My Dr. assures me I don’t need another scan so I don’t have much choice.  Since I have to wait until then I’ve chosen to see that as an advantage.  No bad news is good news, right?   This time really could be different.

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7 Responses to “Still growing, week 7”

  1. missohkay October 23, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    Fingers crossed! Things are looking good!

  2. whitney October 23, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    Yeah yeah yeah….i have been waiting for an update and im just so happy its all good…. yeah yeah yeah! did i say yeah?

  3. notundecided October 24, 2012 at 6:16 am #

    So happy for you that everything is looking so lovely so far! I hope that you’re able to find some peace and relaxation from time to time while you’re in this wait-and-see period – but it’s absolutely understandable to be worried as well. Can’t wait for your next update – will keep fingers crossed that everything stays perfectly boring and you get only reassurance with each appointment!

  4. foxy October 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    We are holding our breath for you.
    Keep loving those precious little kitties to pass the time.
    We will be waiting anxiously for more good news.

  5. mrs. brightside October 24, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    SO glad to hear that things are going well. I know still so fragile and hard to get hopes up, but this is all you can ask for at this point. You are off to a great start – sending whatever I can into the universe that this is IT. Treat yourself to whatever distractions you can to get through these impossibly long days.

  6. starfishkittydreams October 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Thank you so much for your supportive comments. I feel like I am holding my breath until our next ultrasound on Wednesday.

  7. Misfit Mrs. October 31, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    Coming by to check in. Hoping for a solid next scan and very normal days ahead.

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