Lets Start From the Beginning
Lets start from the beginning of my pregnancy journey and creating baby W…
When we got back from Israel (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) in mid March, I started “my” baby making process. Unfortunately, this didn’t mean we just had to do the baby making dance. About a year and a half ago we started seeing an infertility specialist. After gaining 15lbs, not running at all, then running a bit and still not getting a period, we moved on to injections and IUI- inter uterine inception. For people who get a period, they jump right to IUI, but for me this process started with taking daily injections in my tummy. These injections provided my body with the hormones and signals it needed to produce follicles, which release the eggs to be fertilized.
These were my daily “tools.” A long thick needle to mix the Bravelle (which comes as a powder) with sodium chloride.
I felt like a druggie tapping the needle to get all the air out, haha. As you can see below, the needle I actually administered myself the shot with was pretty small. I gave the injection around my belly button, switching sides every night. It really wasn’t bad at all and I never bruised!
In case you’re curious or going through something similar, I was on Bravelle and my injection doses were 75mg for 8 days and then 150mg for 8 days. I went in every 3ish days for an ultrasound to see how my follicles were progressing. It’s all a guessing game with a little science behind it. Finally, I had some decent follicles- two 17mm and one 15mm. Mature follicles are in the high teens and that’s what doctors want before an IUI. I took a “trigger shot” of Ovidrel and went in 36 hours later for the IUI.
The IUI doesn’t take very long. First Todd had to go in and bring the goods. They “wash it” and take out only the fastest, most mobile little guys/gals. A normal count is 39 million and Todd had 171 million! What a champ 😉 Next is my turn. They used a very thin flexible catheter and thread it in my cervix to inject the washed sperm directly into the uterus. It felt like a pap smear. It was uncomfortable, but didn’t hurt.
It takes at least 2-3 days after implantation for there to be enough HCG in your system to be detected by the most sensitive test available and 6-8 days for most normal pregnancy tests. And so the dreaded two week wait- or TWW for those familiar with the acronyms- began.
You can take a pregnancy test as soon as you want but you’ll more than likely get a false positive, as the HCG from the trigger shot is still in your system. They say to wait at least 10 days before doing any at home pregnancy test. Let me tell you, it was THE LONGEST two weeks ever.
I’ll pick up in my next post about the “fun” stuff I went through during the two week wait. That’s enough words for a Monday!