Hi everyone. Here is the latest... Of my 21 fertilized embryos, we did not have a single A grade, good looking embie... Not ONE! But we did have 5 grade B's. The other 16 of course were C grade. And here's the deal... I am a bit disappointed overall, but I am NOT discouraged about this cycle. We transferred 3 B grade embies each having 8 cells. We did assisted hatching just to give them a little extra help. I am VERY hopeful that despite the fragmentation these little guys are gonna stick for the long haul. I really do feel positive about it!!!!! The transfer went smoothly and I feel great now... Just lying on my couch with my big fluffy dog chilling next to me and we're gonna watch some baseball!
Oh, and there was a bit of concern about OHSS. When I walked in both nurses touched my belly and said I was def bloated. (Like I didn't know that) They first did an u/s and saw there was some free fluid in my system but it wasn't that bad. There was a bit above my uterus which RE didn't like seeing, but again it was not bad. They said I def have mild OHSS but b/c I feel totally fine besides the bloat and b/c I am passing all of my liquids still, they did let me choose to proceed with transfer. I'm paranoid about the potential onset of severe OHSS, but if I'm being honest with you all, I kinds hope it happens early to mid next week b/c that will be a fabulous sign that I'm preggers.
Good luck to all my friends who are in the 2WW or getting geared up for another go at it (your last go!!!!)! Thx for your support and please pray hard for me and my embabies!!!!!!
Kari, I've been waiting anxiously for the update! I'm sorry to hear you didn't have any grade A embryos. But I'm certainly holding out great hope for those 3 grade Bs you put back. I'm so glad to hear you did assisted hatching...that's got to give those little guys some good encouragement to stick around for 9 months!
I'm glad the RE gave you the option to transfer and you were feeling good enough to do it. I'll be hoping you get your BFP without the OHSS! Rest up this weekend with your fluffy friend. I hope DH takes great care of you.
Congrats...I'll be praying for all 4 of you! - April
I'm glad that you are home and feeling well. Rest up with your furbaby, and have DH take good care of you this weekend! Dana's post is a very positive one! I am going to be thinking of you nonstop, and I'm praying that those embies are snuggling in!!
I def. think this is going to be the one for you! Just because the are a grade B doesn't mean they won't take. THe assisted hatching will help bunches!!!
Make sure you take it easy and drink lots of gatorade and protein shakes!! I have now lost 3 1/2 inches and even though I have a little bit of a belly, the OHSS was def. worth the fact that I'm preggers!!!! Just keep in mind if you do get OHSS that it doesn't last forever and you will eventually be able to enjoy the wonderful thing or things growing inside you!!! It would be a great Mother's Day present, huh!!
Dana, I just want to thank you so much for your encouraging post. It couldn't have come at a better time. I know I've tried to put on a positive front but honestly I've spent a good part of the afternoon crying, so fearful that my last try for a biological child may very well fail. Hearing that you are 7 weeks along with twins after transferring B grade embies, well it really made me feel so much better (and also got the waterworks going again). . Congrats to you and wishing you a very smooth pregnancy.
Teach, thank you for your encouragement. I really feel desperate to develop the ohss next week cause I feel that there's no way I could actually get pregnant and not develop worse symptoms. It's good hearing you sound so positive during your continued recovery. I too have been ordered to start measuring my gurth at least once a day. I'm nervous to ask but anxious to know... When did you first start to feel really bad? It was after transfer right?
April, it really made me smile reading how you'd pray for all 4 of us I appreciate your support so much... I've really felt like I could count on you for consistent heartfelt support and encouragement and I can't wait to return the favor as you are now getting your cycle underway!
Kel, thank you for the babydust and your prayers. I'm just blown away that you continue to be so generous with your time and kind words considering you are still working so hard and at the same time so far along with twins!!! Thank u my friend... Thank u so much
Kari my friend you know that you never have to put on a positive front for us we are here for you through the good and bad. Im sorry your embies weren't as good quality as you had hoped, but Im sure they are tough little guys and they are going to snuggle in and grow into your beautiful little miracles. Try not to do too much over the next couple of weeks as the more you do the worse your OHSS will be when those embies implant. Well I cant wait to see you posting your BFP very soon and I wish you all the best.
Kari, I haven't posted in a while, sorry. Am taking some time off, but I wanted to let you know that I am really excited for you and am praying hard that those embies will stick and flourish! I have heard numerous stories of grade B embies growing to be healthy babies. Don't lose hope, stay positive and be encouraged that we're all rootin' for you here!
I'm so glad you were able to proceed w/ transfer & you now have 3 beautiful embies snuggling inside of you. Don't fear that they are not A grade, B is still very good & I know the assisted hatching will work. I'm so excited for you!! Make sure you take it easy, my friend.
I had my transfer on a Thurs. and it wasn't until the following Tues. evening that I started feeling bad. By Thurs, I was vomiting and had diarreha and they admitted me to the hospital on Friday. It has now been about 2 1/2 weeks since the symptoms started and I am almost back to my original size. (I still need to lose about 2 1/2 inches, but it seems like a lose an inch every other day!) Now that it is all over, it was def. worth it! Just make sure that you take it easy. They may have been part of my problem. I took it easy for about 3 days after the transfer, but then went back to work. I am a 4th grade teacher, so I am on my feet all day. That probably didn't help! Just make sure you are careful and rest as much as you can!!
Good luck, I'm sure things will go well for you!
Kari--yippee I am so glad that your RE went through with the fresh transfer. I just wanted to let you know two things, my last transfer I had a little fluid and my E2 was almost 4000, my RE went ahead with my transfer because its what I wanted to and I had to watch for more severe OHHS signs, well I only got bloated and he thinks because I kept drinking smartwater and eating protein I fended it off. I was almost sure I wasn't pregnant since I didn't get severe OHHS, so don't give up hope if you don't get more severe symptoms because you can still be pregnant. We also transfered 1 grade A 8 Cell, and the rest were grade B and C with less cells and look at me pregnant with fraternal Twins. I read somewhere that all clinics grade embryos differently and that a grade B at one may be a grade A at another, since the IVF is all so new the embryo grading really hasn't been streamlined. Also a lot of docs only do 3 day transfers because they believe that the embies have a better chance inside the uterus. Tons of people have been pregnant with less than grade A embies....You have been pregnant twice so you have GREAT chances. Just keep thinking about those embies snuggling into your nice uterine carpet I will be praying for you and can't wait to celebrate in about 10 days Remember anything is possibleAimeeM
Aimee, that was probably a brilliant idea reminding me how you never developed OHSS and still ended up with twins... I think I recall your BFP truly knocking your socks off, more so than most people. DH told me yesterday not to lose hope if I don't get the symptoms cause I was definitely convinced it'd happen if there was implantation. I knew you had only one 8 celled transferred... didn't realize the others were actually graded less than A. I guess that explains why your RE was comfortable transferring so many! So hey, you mentioned on my other thread that you have been seeing a perinatal doctor and your OB... so does the peri just check on babies and the OB will actually deliver? The big day is getting closer! June 10, right??? How do you feel?
Hi Teach. What a relief that your recovery in continuing. Are you going back to work before the summer begins? Well I will definitely be trying to relax as much as I can all week. I guess there is a part of me that still wants to just get the OHSS next week cause I'd take it as a good sign... but I have to remind myself of Aimee's story too. Do you have another u/s soon???
Hey Holly! I saw the thread you started for me when you first didn't see my new one. You are so thoughtful I keep telling myself that these ARE beautiful B embryo's that I came home with. And I recall how when I was in school it was never a "bad" thing if I came home with a B... so why should this be anything different?!
Hey Pinkie, thanks for your note... I know you haven't been on quite as much, so it really means a lot to hear your encouragement. It's a bit easier to keep hope alive when I read all of your encouraging words. How are you doing? Are you in a 2WW right now yourself?
Hi Bee's! Hope you are taking it easy yourself this weekend!
Cashahn, I read your post before I went to bed last nite and it really warmed my heart. I was definitely having a tougher time yesterday evening so I really appreciate your kinds words.
I'm doing okay today... trying hard to soak in everyone's support and wholeheartedly believe that it is my turn. I guess everything considered, this is undoubtedly the best shot I've ever had at conceving in my 3 years of trying. I know this prob sounds stupid, but the 1 and only e-mail in my in-box this morning was one of those stupid you won a foreign lottery things, BUT... the exact title of it was "Finally Succeeded the Transfer" And these emails usually get filtered straight to my bulk mail... this one actually made me smile! I really do hope this transfer is my last
I'm glad you are staying positive! I actually went back to work on Monday. (Lots of rumors about me being pg. since I have the belly!!) We haven't told anyone except a couple of close friends and our parents. Work hasn't been too bad, but I am exhuasted by the end of the day and usually come home and crash on the couch for the rest of the evening. We only have 2 weeks left though!!!
I have an u/s on Wed. My last u/s was just to check my ovaries and the fluid. This is going to be my first actual OB visit with my RE and u/s with him. Looking forward to it and hoping to see a heartbeat!!! I have been a little worried because I don't actually "feel" pg. yet, but I guess it's still early!!
Glad you are still feeling well!! I know when I went to RE office on Wed, there was a lady in front of me that found out she was having twins and she had not had any OHSS symptoms. Remember less than 5% get OHSS!!! So, don't be discouraged and stay positive!!
YAY for only 2 weeks Teach!!! Will you drop me an update after the next u/s??? I bet you will get to see the heartbeat, tho it's likely way too early to hear it. Don't worry about not feeling pregnant... many of our IF sisters here have gone thru the same thing and all is just fine. Look forward to hearing about your appt on Wed!
Kari, I am sending one of those huge comforting hugs that we need when we are filled to the top with sooooo many feelings and emotions....as I know you are!!! Even though I have never gone through IVF....yet.... I understand the overwhelming feeling of desperation for this to work. Even though this is gonna bring you the BFP you so deserve..... its normal to fear the worse. BUT....Rest assured my friend..... this is it, I just know it!
How neat is it that the one "bulk email" that made it through had that title!!! I don't know if its crazy but , I ALWAYS look for "signs" and I think that you just had one!!! Maybe that can be a story for you to tell years from now when you are talking about when you got pregnant with your triplets!!!!
So, what are you and DH doing to make this 2ww fly by???
I hope you and your little furry baby are getting lots of rest and I hope you are feeling good!!!
Hugs and prayers for you and your embabies!!!!
My thoughts & prayers are with you all!
How are you holding up my friend?I just can t imagine what you re going through at the moment. You must be overwhelmed with emotions.
AT this stage try not to worry .....you did all you can to make this happen ....so try to relax as your little bean/ies set up home.
This just has to be your turn and i am sure that soon you ll be telling your little miracles how much both you and DH wanted them. They are going to be special and so lucky to have you as their mommy.
Do you have a date for youe beta?
Sending you lots of comforting hugs, Sticky baby dust and positive hugs.
Last but not least wanted to let you know that i am praying hard for you and your little ones.
Hi Kari sorry I am so late with posting things here have been crazy. I am glad to hear that you e/t went well. I am sorry the embies were only B grade but some of the ladies here have beautifu sucess rates..so hang in there. Good luck in the 2ww I hope that it is not too difficult.....yeh right it is always hard. Get DH to spoil you.
OMG, OMG I really want to respond to the last few posts (cause I've read them all like a dozen times), but I HAVE to tell u guys the most recent news...
So my RE called this morning (we thought he might and if u recall he was gonna talk to DH and I wouldn't know a thing about the fate of the 18 embies that continued to culture till today-day-5).... Well, I answered the phone when he called as DH was in garage... RE asked how I was blah blah blah, then gave the phone to DH. I ran straight to my room and was just crying and crying cause I was so afraid of no blasts and I just had a feeling I wouldn't see DH for a while if it was bad news like I expected. Well he came in like a minute later and hugged me and asked if I wanted to know and I cried harder cause of course the answer was only if it was good news but I didn't want to say it. Well I guess he just knew the right thing to say.... 4 blasts!!!!!!. They are freezing 4 blasts!!!! And he said they were all avg quality... Apparently there were 2 others that made it to blast that didn't look good and he didn't recommend freezing them. But I'm so excited! We only had 2 B-grade and the other 16 were C's, so at least 2 C's made it!!! BTW, we didn't get confirmation that both B's made it but I'm assuming they did! I feel soooooo much better about the fate of this fresh try.... I mean if we transferred the 3 best B's on day-3, it just HAS to be in my favor that at least one will take! Thank u all for your prayers!!!!! I think this mother's day may not be so bad afterall! (My mom passed when I was only 10, so b/t that and my struggle to conceive well u can imagine this isn't my favorite day of the year!) Right now, I'm all smiles
Kari that is wonderful!!!!!! That is just more to show you that this is the one!!!!! You obviously used the best B's this time and if those 4 made it..... you have a BFP coming soon!!!! I could hear your excitement and I felt it too!!!! I am teary and soooooo excited!!! I think you have part of your family in your tummy growing right now and the rest is waiting for you!!!!! I cant wait for you to tell us that you got your BFP!!!!
LOts of hugs!!!!
My thoughts & prayers are with you all!