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  1. Fawn

    grape / 87 posts

    @lemonfrombluebell: Welcome and good luck! I hope you have a transfer by December! Our friends and family are a mix - some seem to get pregnant when their spouse looks at them and others have struggled for years, so we are in the middle I guess?

    Its a lonely process to go through without support. When we did our retrieval we didn't tell many people in our families since I didn't want them to always be wondering if I'm pregnant when they see me or asking for updates or anything, but I had a good friend who I shared updates with and that helped.

    I think this time around we won't tell anyone that we are doing a transfer so I'm all for getting this board running again!

  2. winter_wonder

    persimmon / 1479 posts

    @Swish1227: ans good luck to you too!
    @lemonfrombluebell: Welcome! So sorry to hear about your miscarriage. Good luck as you prepare for transfer.
    @yellowbeach: I think I remember you from a few years ago when I was more active on here. Thank you!

  3. winter_wonder

    persimmon / 1479 posts

    How is everyone doing? I had my FET today. Does anyone else have such a hard time perfecting a full bladder? I can never get it right and had to take the edge off when I arrived at my appointmentπŸ˜‚

    I was relieved that inserting the catheter was far more comfortable this time around than at my mock transfer. So much pinching at my mock transfer a few weeks ago.

    Now to see how long I can wait on testing. I got a positive 5 days after I had my transfer with DD...so I imagine I will probably test on Monday. 😬

  4. Fawn

    grape / 87 posts

    @winter_wonder: Good luck!! I hated the full baldder thing. I always ended up feeling like I'm going to burst. I remember the full bladder for the IUIs but I actually don't remember that for the IVF transfer!

    And eek pinching sounds awful! Its nice they did a mock transfer! My practice doesn't offer that.

    I was at a point where I hated taking pregnancy tests when we got to IVF so I didn't test at home. I actually never took a pregnancy test the entire time I was pregnant with my daughter. I realized that when I was like 30 weeks but it seemed silly at that point haha.

    Wishing you so much luck!

  5. winter_wonder

    persimmon / 1479 posts

    @Fawn: thank you how are things with you?

  6. Fawn

    grape / 87 posts

    @winter_wonder: Good! Nothing going on yet. We are currently debating whether or not to move to a new practice. My dr, who I loved, recently left and I'm debating on following her, though there's a good chance she wouldn't actually do my transfer as there are I think 7 drs in her new practice so I'd get whoever was on the schedule that day. Also, its probably a bit weird to worry about this, but it stresses me out to think of having the embryos moved. Like what if something happens and they are ruined?!

    We arent planning to do a transfer until January or even later so we have some time to think about it, but if we do decide to change practices not sure how early we need to get started.

  7. winter_wonder

    persimmon / 1479 posts

    @Fawn: I totally get the fear of moving embryos. It's nerve wracking when you think about how much went into creating them! Although we didn't change practices, our practice moved locations, requiring our embryos to move with them. This was probably 2 years ago or so, but it made me nervous!

  8. PurplePumps

    pomegranate / 3809 posts

    @winter_wonder: I hate trying to have to do the full enough by not piss myself bladder game! My doc is a 3 hour drive away, so I was drinking water on the way down. 1 hour before I got there I went to pee and figured it was enough time to refill my bladder. Nope. When it got there it wasn't fully enough so they had me chug a ton more water and wait a bit. After the transfer I started to drive home and was planning to stop by Ikea an hour away, but holy hell, I was about to pee my pants by the time I get there... and as I approach I see a line to get in a mile long so I just keep driving and started to look anywhere i could to pee. It wasn't until like 30 minutes later I found a rest stop and BURST. I have never peed for so long in my freaking life!!! Even after i felt relief, it just kept going and going and going. With your FET!!!

    @Fawn: I had my embryos moved from NYC to CT earlier this year to follow my RE too. We used a company they recommended and had a lot of experience with and I was very comfortable with the move. They let me know ahead of the what the schedule would be, informed me real time when the embryos were actually picked and when they had arrived. The longest lead time in the process for me was getting all my old clinic to give the new clinic all the detailed embryology reports they needed after I had signed (and notarized all the consents). Once both clinics gave the OK, my embryos relocation was scheduled and they were moved within a week.

  9. yellowbeach

    nectarine / 2648 posts

    @winter_wonder: eeek πŸ€— it already feels like Monday might never come - can’t imagine how you feel. How do you plan to keep yourself busy?

  10. Fawn

    grape / 87 posts

    @PurplePumps: Oh wow I didnt realize there were companies that managed the move of embryos! That actually didn't cross my mind. Glad you had a good experience! If we were to move them it would actually be from NY to CT as well!

    I'm not a fan of the remaining dr at my current practice so thats the main reason I'm thinking of switching. My current practice is on the way to work, but as long as I'm still working remotely early next year (which I think I will be) I would be able to drive into CT without an issue.

  11. winter_wonder

    persimmon / 1479 posts

    @yellowbeach: I think I'm going to try to just dive into all kinds of work stuff to make the time pass!! We'll see how well I can concentrate though!

  12. PurplePumps

    pomegranate / 3809 posts

    @Fawn: oh yes, I think i would've been a wreck if I had to manage it myself. We used fertilitycouriers.com. I think it was about $400. The website isn't very fancy, but they're very quick and responsive.

  13. foodiebee

    kiwi / 662 posts

    Ha, all this talk of very full bladders reminded me of my experience! I really had to pee about two hours before, so I figured I could go to the bathroom and drink enough after to be fine. But then I got totally panicked that I wouldn't have drank enough and CHUGGED as much water as I could during that two hours. By the time I got to the transfer I was SO READY to get it done with so that I could go to the bathroom! It added some levity to the day!

    @winter_wonder: Good luck!! I also got a positive at five days!

  14. Fawn

    grape / 87 posts

    @PurplePumps: Thank you so much for this info!

  15. winter_wonder

    persimmon / 1479 posts

    @foodiebee @purplepumps: glad I'm not the only one who struggles with this!!!

  16. winter_wonder

    persimmon / 1479 posts


    My blood draw is tomorrow!

  17. Fawn

    grape / 87 posts

    @winter_wonder: Woohoo!!!

  18. winter_wonder

    persimmon / 1479 posts

    @Fawn: thanks!

  19. foodiebee

    kiwi / 662 posts

    @winter_wonder: I see it!!!!

    ETA I totally just remembered that I still have my old tests in a drawer. XD Is that weird?

  20. winter_wonder

    persimmon / 1479 posts

    @foodiebee: haha, no!!! I had some old wondfos laying around and found them when we moved, lol!!

  21. bhbee

    cantaloupe / 6086 posts

    @winter_wonder: yay!!!!!!

  22. PurplePumps

    pomegranate / 3809 posts

    @winter_wonder: totally not faint! That's a blazing positive!!!! Congrats!

  23. winter_wonder

    persimmon / 1479 posts

    @bhbee @purplepumps: thanks you guys!!

  24. winter_wonder

    persimmon / 1479 posts

    A confirmed ! My number was 43.7 (9 dpt). They want me to get more blood drawn on Monday to see if it's anywhere near 100.

    I just checked to see what my number was 10 dpt with my daughter and it was 325.

    Any positive stories with rising betas after initial low levels?

    ETA: my progesterone level was also a bit low, so they're bumping that up.

  25. Fawn

    grape / 87 posts

    Congrats on the ! I have seen multiple instances where betas started off low and began to rise, leading to a healthy pregnancy.

    This unfortunately didn't happen to me with my fresh cycle (my initial betas were low, they rose well for a few days and then dropped drastically and I started spotting) though I do know it is possible! I hope someone else can chime in with a positive story.

  26. winter_wonder

    persimmon / 1479 posts

    @Fawn: thank you, I'll see ehat Monday brings. I'm sorry to hear about your experience

  27. Fawn

    grape / 87 posts

    @winter_wonder: Thanks The next transfer gave us our daughter so I feel like it was meant to be Thinking lots of good thoughts for you! From what I recall, lower starting betas don't mean too much as long as they increase a good amount in the right amount of time, so fingers crossed for great results on Monday

  28. yellowbeach

    nectarine / 2648 posts

    @winter_wonder: Sorry I’m late to the game / but CONGRATS!!! πŸŽ‰

  29. winter_wonder

    persimmon / 1479 posts

    @yellowbeach: thank you!!

  30. foodiebee

    kiwi / 662 posts

    @winter_wonder: Sending you positive thoughts today!

  31. winter_wonder

    persimmon / 1479 posts

    @foodiebee: aww, thank you!!! Hcg level today was 128.8!

  32. foodiebee

    kiwi / 662 posts

    @winter_wonder: Fantastic news!!

  33. Fawn

    grape / 87 posts

    @winter_wonder: That's great!!

  34. bhbee

    cantaloupe / 6086 posts

    @winter_wonder: woohoo!!!!!

  35. PurplePumps

    pomegranate / 3809 posts

    @winter_wonder: yay!

  36. winter_wonder

    persimmon / 1479 posts

    @foodiebee: @fawn @bhbee @purplepumps : thank you all so much for the support!!!

  37. Fawn

    grape / 87 posts

    @winter_wonder: Just checking in! How are you doing?

  38. winter_wonder

    persimmon / 1479 posts

    @Fawn: hi!! I'm good! My ultrasound isn't scheduled until Nov. 18, so just anxiously counting down the days😜

    I've had a bit of morning sickness off and on, so taking that as a positive sign!

  39. Fawn

    grape / 87 posts

    @winter_wonder: That's great and yay for the morning sickness! It definitely makes it feel more real when that kicks in! So glad to hear this good news

  40. paranundrum

    clementine / 811 posts

    Hi! I'm still nowhere near getting pregnant and not ready to join, but I just wanted to pop in for a sec and wish you good luck for tonight (and the next few days)! I hope everything works out well for you guys.

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