If you read my post from earlier today you know I called my clinic and asked if I could come today (14dpo) for my beta, instead of tomorrow as it was originally scheduled. So at 10:30am this morning my blood was drawn by a very nice women around my age. We chatted about how she’s been trying for seven years to get pregnant and thinks perhaps it’s time she saw her doctor for some assistance. Wow, she is way more patient then me!
Maybe an hour later I received an email that I had a new message in MyChart, a new test result, my hcg level. Beta #1 at 14dpo was 189. I was honestly shocked to see the number, hoping for 100, but never guessing it would be that high. A wave of calm passed over me, but it was short-lived. I didn’t see the results of my progesterone or estrogen levels posted, so I figured they would be relieved in the usual way through the patient information line, so like any inpatient IVF patient, I began calling the 800 number every 10-15 minutes.
Finally at 2:30pm this afternoon there was a new message posted by one of the nurses. She confirmed my beta of 189 and passed along results of my hormones levels as well. I wasn’t too concerned about my progesterone level since I inject 50mg each evening; that level was 58 compared to last cycle of 52. If you remember, last cycle we transferred two 3-day embryos, found ourselves pregnant with one, but weren’t able to find a heartbeat at our 7w6d ultrasound, with our embryo measuring just 6w6d at that point.
My estrogen level today was 584 compared to 74 last cycle. My first question to the nurse, why the much, much higher level this pregnancy, as I was expecting it to be low again. The nurse explained that your estrogen level early in pregnancy is a good indicator of the strength of the pregnancy. She said that they supplement if the level is low to help the pregnancy along, but that needing to supplement is never a good thing. Wow… I really wish they would have explained this to me back in May when I got my first positive. While it obviously wouldn’t have been happy news, it might have prepared me a bit better for what was to come, my miscarriage.
So here is a little recap of my IVF cycles, if you find yourself at all interested 🙂
Due date is June 1st as based on the date of my egg retrieval, and first ultrasound is scheduled for the morning of October 13th, three weeks from now, at which point I’ll be 7 weeks pregnant. Hopefully I’m not getting ahead of myself, as I obviously still need to see a healthy doubling beta Wednesday morning. Ultimately though, looking back on my first pregnancy, I’m feeling a lot more confident this time around.
As far as symptoms and such, the majority are a result of the progesterone injections, the sore, slightly enlarged breasts, peeing more often than usual, maybe a little extra heartburn, but I have issues with acid reflux as it is. I noticed today that the palms of my hands and underside of my fingers are incredibly dry. As in, almost peeling. I’ve heard progesterone can cause dry skin, but this seems a little extreme! As for the light spotting I was experiencing, the nurse confirmed with me again that as long as it’s light and brown in color I should be okay. Thankfully though, I think most of that has come to an end, for now anyway.
As confident as I’m feeling, I’m still scared as hell for Wednesday’s beta #2 results. If I’ve learned anything from this process, it’s that months of planning and years of dreaming can all disappear in the blink of an eye.