Wednesday, June 19

Chair Dance!

My breasts continue to be good predictors.

I am pregnant.

Now don't go too crazy here.  This is undoubtedly good news, but we are just entering the murky woods of pregnancy for me. 

Pregnancy tests measure the levels of the hormone HCG in your blood.  A home pregnancy test is sensitive to 25.  I have had positive results ranging from 111 to 8.  Today, it's 68.  Not as high as last year, but according to this chart, puts me at a very low chance of chemical pregnancy (that would be failing the test on Friday), about a 5% chance of multiples, a little over 30% chance of miscarriage and roughly 58% of a live singleton.


I'm pretty pleased (in a tempered optimism way). 

Next steps?  Medications stay the same, we test again on Friday.  In early pregnancy, HCG levels should double every 48-72 hours.  If it's not growing in that range of normal, this is not likely to be a viable pregnancy.  That number means more to me than today's results.  I really want to see my HCG above 120.  If it is a good result on Friday, we'll do the intralipids and Humira again on Tuesday.

7 out of 8 IVF/FET cycles, that's an awesome batting average.  Now to focus on staying pregnant!

14 comments:

  1. Congratulations!!! In a cautiously optimistic way, of course.

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    1. I keep saying cautious optimism but my heart just overflows.

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  2. :) Sera, I got up and did a happy dance for you. Congrats!!!

    (continues to keep her fingers crossed)

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  3. Oh please let it be so. Please. ♥

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  4. Wow - I know this is the phase you've reached before, but one can be cautiously optimistic! And I can't even begin to understand that chart you've posted :-)

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    1. Cautiously optimistic is the way to go. It feels fantastic and scary all at once.
      It is not the prettiest of graphs, and I suppose it's getting a bit dated, but it's the best point of reference on what might happen based on clinical research.

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  5. Here's praying that this is the time!! I'm so cautiously thrilled for you!

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  6. So happy to hear the preliminary positive news. I will continue sending positive thoughts your way for this to be conclusive.

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    1. Thanks, it's wonderful to have so many people sharing their good thoughts.

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  7. Still keeping fingers crossed for you. And will continue doing so until you're out of the woods... Best wishes to you and your family!

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    1. Yep, keep them crossed, every day gets a little scary for me.

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