Happy Wednesday! I have been meaning to give everyone an IVF update for a while now and I am just getting around to it. Things have been crazy busy around here lately! I have been kind of trying to lay low and put my body first and rest. I have gotten SO many questions that I thought it would be easier to do a Q&A type format. So here it goes!
Why did you decide to do IVF?
After six months of Clomid and two failed IUI cycles my husband and I met with our doctor to reevaluate and figure out what we needed to do next. My doctor discovered that I don’t ovulate on my right side at all. I do ovulate on my left side but the problem is that my left tube isn’t functioning. So, in order for me to get pregnant the right tube would need to reach over to my left side and grab that egg. My doctor thinks the tube has issues due to having c-sections.
Have you been emotional since first starting?
YES! I have cried over everything! It has been so crazy emotional and I am sure the hormones don’t help at all. My poor husband and sisters don’t quite know what to do with me! I have also been SO tired. You may have noticed that I have been a little quieter on social media lately and it’s just because I am so exhausted all the time.
Have you been able to work out since starting IVF?
No. My doctor told me to rest as much as possible. I have been very strict with myself and really try to be careful even picking up Cannon.
How bad were the shots?
I am TERRIFIED of needles. This is the part I was most anxious and nervous about! I feel so lucky and blessed that I have an amazing support system. I knew there was no way that I could give the shots to myself so my awesome sister-in-law who is a nurse and lives up the street offered to do my shots for me, she literally came to my house everyday, twice a day for two weeks and gave me my shots. She was such a lifesaver for me!
Did they hurt?
Getting shots is never fun but they weren’t as bad as I was expecting. It wasn’t the needle that hurt as bad as the medicine that burns when it went in.
How did you feel after your egg retrieval?
I was pretty loopy for a few hours after. When I woke up I just remember feeling really crampy. Within the next day or two I started to feel better.
How may eggs were retrieved?
22 eggs. 19 were mature and 16 fertilized. By day three we had 14 and by day five we had 12.
Are you doing a fresh or frozen transfer?
Frozen. My doctor actually has better success rates with frozen transfers because it can give your body time to heal from the egg retrieval. We will be doing the transfer hopefully within the next month.
How many embryos are you putting in?
This is still up in the air. We might put two in but will probably do one.
Which Vitamins are you taking?
I take a prenatal every night and I also take coQ10.
Have you gained weight?
Ugh. Yes, unfortunately this is a major side effect. I have gained 7 pounds! I am hoping it’s just water weight and bloating and will go away quick!
Any other side effects?
Major headaches and exhaustion. It’s crazy what you will do and go through to get a baby here!
What have been some of the best resources for you in learning about IVF?
Honestly, some of the best resources for me have been friends. It’s so nice to feel like you aren’t alone in all of this. I have a few amazing friends that have either gone through IVF or are going through it and its been so great to be able to talk to them about it. While you may want to talk to sisters or close friends, they just don’t understand what it’s like and all the emotions you are feeling so I would say to really find people that have gone through it and talk to them! Here are a couple of blogs I have loved to follow and they are also my friends that I have been so lucky to have through this process! You can find them here, here and here.
If you are looking at doing IVF and need help financially I have heard that Footsteps to Fertility in an amazing resource. Thank you all for your kind words and support. It really means so much and I can’t wait to continue on this journey and share with it you!