This was a FUN post to write! I still can’t believe any of this but I am choosing to hold on to hope right now because this is real.
Our 2nd embryo transfer of our last adopted embryo is a success. We’re pregnant! Today, I want to share all of the behind-the-scenes stuff that’s been going on, leading up to our beta days.
When Did We First Found Out?
Well, I mentioned in my transfer day post that I would be testing before the beta test this time. I started testing really early, knowing that it was possible that the tests would be negative. According to the chart I shared in that post, HCG usually starts entering the blood stream around day 6. I was incredibly shocked when I noticed the slightest, faintest, squinter of a line on day 5 past our 6-day transfer (5dp6dt)! I’m talking a shadow of a line, but it was there. Which, technically, the 24-hour mark starts at 11:00 each day, so the first test I took wasn’t even a full 5 days past yet. However, I felt like I was losing my mind. Was I really seeing what I thought I was seeing?! Here are the comparison tests for 5 days past transfer.
I still wasn’t sure that I was seeing what I thought I was seeing. So the next morning, at day 6 past transfer (6dp6dt), I tested again. It wasn’t first morning urine because I had been up just two hours prior to pee, so it was diluted pee, but the lines were more obvious.
Still crazy early and pretty light. Like, what was I thinking testing so early?! But I have to admit, it gave me so much extra hope. Seeing multiple positives so early is a complete miracle.
Later that same morning, I got this result:
That afternoon, I was able to pick up a box of First Response tests and I made sure to hold my pee longer so I could have a more concentrated, less diluted test result. It was clearly positive:
I continued to test every day until beta day. Then I took a break after beta day and didn’t test again until beta #2.
- Beta 1 on 8dp6dt: HCG = 41 // Progesterone = 10
- I ended up having my first beta a day earlier than planned because of some bleeding I had on 6dp6dt. I’ll talk about this later in the post, but this low progesterone number explained some of that bleeding.
- Beta 2 on 12dp6dt: HCG = 230 // Progesterone = 48 (YAY!)
- Beta 3 [added 6/9/20] on 19dp6dt: HCG = 4,287 // Progesterone = 25
Every time I’ve been pregnant (I can’t believe I have to say that), I’ve had some of the same symptoms. However, I also felt a lot of these after my last transfer, so they could mean nothing at all. Here are what I’ve experienced this round:
- Blood Sugar: Mornings have been hard. I feel light headed and dizzy, and I can tell I need something to pull me out of it. I used the NingXia Red to help me keep this stable.
- Slight Nausea: because of my low blood sugar, I also started feeling some nausea early on.
- Metal Taste in Mouth: self-explanatory. It tasted like I had been licking a metal pole and it was difficult to get rid of.
- Extra Naps: This is the one that Zoey called me out on pretty early. She said to me, “I think this transfer worked because you’re napping way more than you did with the last one.” Totally called out by my 10-year-old. But she was right… if I’m not napping, I’m going to bed super early.
- Cramping: I know this can go either way, but someone on Instagram had asked me if I could feel anything happening yet around 3 days past transfer and I told her that it kind of felt like my uterus expanded, if that makes sense. It felt different from typical cramping… this felt unique. It felt like my uterus was squeezed like a sandwich, hahaha! I tried to not overthink it, but I’m 100% certain now that I felt implantation beginning on that day.
- Implantation Bleeding: I keep seeing conflicting statistics on this, but apparently 20% of regularly conceived pregnancies experience this but 30-40% of IVF pregnancies experience this. I definitely had it at 6 days past transfer and it was a lot. I had fallen asleep on the couch in the evening and woke up to find a brown mess in my underwear (NOT poop, people). There was some light pink in the mix as well. The next day, all I had was brown when I wiped, it wasn’t coming out on its own anymore. It had stopped by later afternoon. I let the clinic know what was going on and they offered to bump my beta up a day so we could also check my progesterone level for my own peace of mind. I’m so glad we did because my progesterone had TANKED since transfer day.
- Sensitivity to Smell: Ya’ll, I could smell my dog’s breath in the backseat of the truck when I let him take a ride with me to get a grocery pickup order. I was so annoyed. It was just puppy breath, it wasn’t rancid or like he had eaten something bad… it was just his normal breath and I hated the smell.
The Intralipid Infusion Worked!
This is the main thing we did differently for this transfer. You can read more about intralipid infusions here: This May Be the Miscarriage Breakthrough We’ve Been Waiting For. I had my first infusion the week before our transfer. I was able to get it the same day as my lining check. The second infusion was scheduled for June 1, with my second beta. My clinic said they will continue to do them every 4-5 weeks until around 24 weeks of pregnancy, but I think this varies per clinic and per person. I originally thought we only do them through the first trimester, but we’ll see what happens.
So, Now What?
Well, I have to remain a patient of the clinic through the first trimester from what I understand, and then just go back for the intralipids. I’ve been told I’ll need labs every week and then once my HCG reaches 5,000, they’ll schedule me for an ultrasound. Otherwise, I’m just coasting and taking it one step at a time. I’m breathing in this time of carrying new life. It’s an honor and a privilege to carry life, but considering this pregnancy came as a gift from an embryo donor, I feel even more blessed to get to experience this. No matter how long I am pregnant, it’s a gift and a miracle. I will treasure each day with this baby and praise the Lord for this gift of life.
We’re pregnant! We’re actually FOR REAL pregnant via embryo adoption! I can’t even believe this is real. Our last adopted embryo has hatched and attached! It is alive and nuzzling in right now, developing rapidly. I am praising the Lord for sustaining this life thus far and praying so hard that he continues to do so. This is the 4th time I’ve been pregnant (5th if you count the PUPO of the first transfer), so I know what can go wrong, but I am really trying to focus on the miracle within. I know I have to make it to a heartbeat scan and then the 2nd trimester before I can even try to breathe a sigh of relief. But for now, I am pregnant. THAT is worth celebrating!