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Re: AMH Levels

Postby AnaH » Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:16 pm

Hi Nicky,

I hope you are well. I can’t believe how long it takes me to get back on here. I am sorry. I am such a rubbish pregnant-forum buddy. I will endeavour to get better at this.

How did your 24 week appointment go with your midwife? Is everything still going well? Have they started measuring your uterus yet? Did you talk about a birth plan?

How did you paint shopping go? Have you got a theme for your nursery? How is the decorating coming along? I would love to hear what your decorating plans are. Our spare room is also full of stuff that we just don’t need. I don’t know how we manage to accumulate it so quickly. It hasn’t been so long since I had a lodger living in mine but once she had left and I started storing crap it there it seemed to multiply all by itself.

Our 20 week scan went well and the baby looked fine. It was amazing to see how quickly they grow. We decided to find out the sex. Mainly because my husband was totally convinced the baby was a boy and I was worried that he might find it a bit of a shock if a girl popped out. Anyway, I was glad that we did find out as we are having a girl and my husband was truly surprised. It actually took him a few days to get his head round the change in sex and start referring to the baby as she rather than he. I had hoped that we had settled on the name Sadie Olivia but, along with the shock of a girl not a boy baby, my husband hadn’t really taken on board the Sadie Olivia naming decision. I think he only agreed because he didn’t think we would actually be discussing girl names. It is funny how someone can be so convinced on a sex without any concrete indications one way or the other. Anyway, I thought we had agreed on a name and then suddenly out of the blue my husband started calling the baby Chloe. Hmmm….I guess we are back to square one. So that was the main news from the 20 week scan. I had the follow up appointment in the consultant’s clinic the following day and we discussed what would happen going forward. In brief, I will have scans at 28 and 34 weeks to check that the baby is growing normally. Assuming that she is, the doctors will try and get labour started naturally using a stretch and sweep (ouch) at 39 weeks` and, if that doesn’t work, I will go into hospital at 40 weeks to be medically induced. Due to my previous haemorrhage, they will keep a few units of blood ready just in case.

I am still investigating the hypnobirthing. It is supposed to make you feel much more relaxed and in control during childbirth but the classes are expensive and I am hoping I can find a CD or DVD instead. I’ll let you know if I find any good ones I’ll let you know. I am not yet sure what it exactly involves.

How did you find your pregnancy yoga classes? Did you make a decision regarding you ante-natal classes? I still can’t decide what to do about mine. My husband and I can’t seem to decide whether we want to live in Oxford or Reading. We seem to have become incapable of making of any kind of sensible decisions at the moment.

How is coursework coming along? It is going to be tough to do your thesis during the summer. Hopefully you will get one of those sleepy babies. I am hoping that I get one of those.

I love Jack Oliver and, yes, isn’t it funny that we have chosen such similar middle names.
Have you been watching One born every minute? I am watching it as I type. I am hoping that it might prepare me rather than scare me silly.

Anyway,

Hope all is well and I look forward to hearing your updates,

A
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October 2010 to July 2012- TTC with no assistance, all cycles BFN
July 2012 - Monitored Clomid cycle. Good response but still BFN
August -September 2012- First IVF cycle, finally a BFP. Identical twin girls
December 2012 - Lost the twins at 16 weeks and 5 days
March-April 2013 - First FET, BFN
May-June 2013 - Second IVF cycle - BFP but, sadly, a blighted ovum. D&C 8w3d
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Re: AMH Levels

Postby Nickym1978 » Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:10 am

Hi Ana,

How are you doing pregnant lady? I am so pleased your 20 week scan went well - they are very nerve racking things aren't they?
Huge congratulations on finding out your expecting a baby girl!!!! :future baby girl: That is wonderful news although i am sure you would of been happy no matter what the sex.
My husband thought we were expecting a boy too - he just turned out to be right! Must be a man thing!!! No doubt your baby will be the apple of her daddies eye.
Names are tricky things to figure out. I like the name Chloe but i guess it isnt for everyone. My choice if we were expecting a a girl was Amelia but bloody Peter Andre went and pinched that one!

It sounds as though everything is in hand for your delivery. Did they anymore say about the remaining twin at your scan? Having regular scans is a good idea and gives you both peace of mind.
I am booked for one at 33 weeks although they didn't think it was necessary, but I insisted and they relented quite quickly. Stretch and sweep does sound painful so hopefully it wont come to that.
Im sure it will all be fine no matter what and you will have a beautiful baby girl at the end of it all. :D

All is going well this end. My 24 week appointment went really well. It was the first appointment I wasn't too nervous about so I took that as a good sign. His heartbeat was very strong
and he was moving around quite a lot. The midwife seemed pleased and I'm back in again for another check at 28 weeks. They did measure my uterus and she said everything was normal. We didn't really talk about a birthing plan, I guess that's covered at the next appointment. I know i want to give birth at the hospital but other than that, ive no idea. I guess I should start doing some research on it.

We have booked some antenatal classes with NCT in the end. I know they are expensive (£300 for a 18 hour course) but our midwives only offered 2 x 2hour sessions and we didnt feel that was enough. Also I wanted to learn some basic first aid and as this is my first time I want all the information about breastfeeding and childbirth that I can lay my hands on! Our course starts next month, ill keep you posted as to how it goes. I am also still doing my pregnancy yoga classes and I really love them. I want to keep going with them as long as possible as this seems to help during pregnancy and labour.

I havent been watching any programmes about childbirth, id rather not know! I guess im worried it would freak me out too much although I know im going to see all this at our NCT classes and worse!

My uni course is going ok thanks for asking. The coursework is manageable but I had a big presentation yesterday which has been keeping me busy for the last few weeks. Still its over now.
I am waiting for my final exam dates to be released, hopefully they will be posted in the next couple of weeks so I can see if we can squeeze in a short trip to Cornwall in May.

Other than that,no real major complaints about this pregnancy yet. I cant quite believe Im nearing the end of my 2nd trimester! Time has gone by so quickly.
The nursery is coming along. We have stripped the room of furniture now and started to strip the paint and wallpaper. More to do on it this weekend though.

How is everything going with work? Has it calmed down yet? What about finding a replacement for you? Any joy on that front?

Anyway keep me posted on your news and congrats once again - you're having a baby girl!! Woo hoo!

N
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Me - 35 DH - 43
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Me - all tests normal except slightly high FSH (9.5) // DH - all tests normal
Diagnosed with 'unexplained infertility' 23/05/13
IVF#1 SEP/OCT '13'
8dp5dt - :bfp:
13dp5dt - Beta 995!! :D
7 week Ultrasound Scan confirmed twins!!! 1st :hb: - 130bpm 2nd :hb: - 156bpm
12 week scan sadly showed one twin had MC. :angel: Remaining twin measuring 12w3d.
20 week scan - showed were having a boy!! :future baby boy:
Jack Oliver born 08th July 2014!
2nd pregnancy - natural :bfp: 09/05/15!
12 week scan - :hb: 150bpm! :D
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Re: AMH Levels

Postby Thully_1980 » Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:49 pm

Oh no.... I've come to the end of my reading! I've been reading your thread from the beginning and cried a lot, laughed a lot and jumped with joy at your BFPs...and now am enjoying your pregnancy journeys... please don't leave this thread, you have followers :rofl:

I started TTC from December 2012 and I'm turning 34 this April... hubby is 54. I'm holding on to hope that it will happen someday for us... :(

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Re: AMH Levels

Postby Nickym1978 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:22 am

Hi Thully

Thanks for your lovely post! I didnt realise we had a following but its always lovely to hear that our journey can bring people hope.
Ana and I have had a rollercoaster few months but we are living proof that it can happen. I am certain it will happen for you too Thully. :)
I am sure youll be reading a few more posts from us before this thread is done! :wink: Happy lurking!
Nx
Me - 35 DH - 43
TTC#1 since May 2012
Me - all tests normal except slightly high FSH (9.5) // DH - all tests normal
Diagnosed with 'unexplained infertility' 23/05/13
IVF#1 SEP/OCT '13'
8dp5dt - :bfp:
13dp5dt - Beta 995!! :D
7 week Ultrasound Scan confirmed twins!!! 1st :hb: - 130bpm 2nd :hb: - 156bpm
12 week scan sadly showed one twin had MC. :angel: Remaining twin measuring 12w3d.
20 week scan - showed were having a boy!! :future baby boy:
Jack Oliver born 08th July 2014!
2nd pregnancy - natural :bfp: 09/05/15!
12 week scan - :hb: 150bpm! :D
Due 07th Jan 2016.
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Re: AMH Levels

Postby AnaH » Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:32 am

Hello, hello.

Thully: Thank you for visiting the board and posting such a sweet wonderful message. I didn’t realise anyone was following our posts. Nicky is right when she says it has been a rollercoaster. Good luck with your own journey to motherhood. It can be a tough road. I wish I had some sage advice for you and your husband, but I don’t really. Just hang in there. I found it helpful to have a plan and the support of a good doctor; I went much deeper into fertility treatments than I ever thought I would when I started the journey. Heck, I was convinced that I would be pregnant within 3 months and I never, ever thought I would lose 4 babies and go through 3 IVF cycles and 1 FET cycle. Who knows what their future holds? Fingers crossed that you are now in the home stretch.

Nicky: Hey there. How are you?

Maybe all men think they are going to have a boy. I have spoken with several of my friends and their husbands all seem to think they are/were going to have boys. I think that my husband has fully got into the idea that there is a girl in there. He has started to call the baby his daughter. This makes my heart melt. I don’t know why it has such a profound effect on me but I am never sure whether I am going to burst into tears or laughter when he says “my daughter”; I just about manage a half smile. I suppose it just so heart-warming to see him becoming attached to the baby. I know it hasn’t been easier for him either. The other day I found a poem that he started writing after we lost our first twins; it broke my heart. Sometimes I get so fixated on my own pain that I forget his.

Chloe seems to have been dropped and we are back to Sadie – I think. I love the name Amelia. I have a niece called Amelia. I didn’t know that Peter Andre has used it. In fact, I didn’t know that Peter Andre had another baby. Heck, I wasn’t even aware he was seeing someone. I assume it isn’t Jordan’s. I hate it when awful celebrities pinch names I like; I am praying that there are no Sadies coming along this summer.

The sonographer didn’t mention the other twin and I didn’t like to ask. They told me previously that the twin would be unlikely to reabsorb as it was probably lost after 8 weeks and at that point they usually get squashed into the placenta instead. Nice. I like to think of the babies still being together even though one of them is really long gone. I know my husband still finds the thought that the baby has gone difficult and sometimes he still refers to both of them. He knows the reality, obviously, but I think it is just easier that way. Having the 20 week scan was quite emotional and I cried when the sonographer told me that the baby was a girl. I was really worried that she thought I was crying because I wanted a boy and I was disappointed. I wasn’t. I was just completely overwhelmed.

It is good to hear that you have another scan booked at 33 weeks. It is would be a really long time to wait, wouldn’t it? All the way from 20 to 40 weeks! And I am also pleased that your 24 week appointment went well. I don’t have a 24 week appointment but one at 25 weeks with my GP. I am not sure why they do it like that. I don’t think you need to stress too much about the birthing plan. It is probably good to know that you would like to be at the hospital. I can’t imagine a home birth for my first, can you? I would be terrified. Do you think you will try a midwife led unit? They have a newish one here in Reading and I have heard amazing things about it. All the rooms are themed (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, I think) and they have birthing pools. I would love to go there but, unfortunately, I have been told no. At the end of the day, I just want the safest birth possible and am not about to start arguing with the doctors.

Is your little boy kicking a lot? Has your husband felt him much? My husband loves feeling the baby kick. Does your baby ever kick you in the bottom? I find that so weird. No one ever told me that babies could do that. She seems to like kicking my bottom more that she likes kicking my tummy; just the way she is likes lying, I suppose.

Your NCT course must be starting soon, isn’t it? I really need to sort something out. I have found some pregnancy yoga classes close to where I work and I am hoping to start those when I get myself round to doing something about it. I can’t believe there has been almost no exercise this entire pregnancy – I fear I may regret this when I am trying to push a baby out with my feeble stomach muscles. I think I am OK with the pain element of labour but the fear that something may go wrong is immense. Pain is temporary and once it is over it is pretty much gone forever. I am finding increasingly difficult to deal with the fear of stillbirth. That kind of pain never goes away. Anyway, that is morbid and not something to dwell on. It is far, far more likely that everything will be absolutely fine and the physical pain will be the worst that we have to deal with. I like watching the birth shows as I am in a knowledge- is-power phase and, although there are some difficult births, they always seem to go home with their babies. That’s all I ask for.

Have you got your exam dates? Do you know what your dissertation will be on? Can you do prep work before the summer to get a head start?

How exciting that you have started the nursery. Any pictures? I have done nothing. We still can’t decide where we are going to live. I think the baby will arrive and we will have nothing sorted at all. I think it is a bit risky to keep hoping that my nesting instinct will kick in and take care of it all. There is no sign of it kicking any time soon. I have even found it difficult to talk to my co-directors about when I am going to take maternity leave. Crazy! I am 100% in denial.

We interviewed possible people to take on our business/product development. One of them was totally suitable and we would have employed him on the spot but he is playing a bit hard to get. He has other offers from similar companies but we are all in the same funding fix. I think that he will take whatever position shows him the hard-cash first. Ah…the joys of working in a start-up. So everything is still up in the air. I have one month to get everything sorted for the investors to reinvest. We have done most of what they asked for – found a potential candidate, in the process of filing a patent and applied for government technology funding. I just have to do some critical experiments and pray very hard we get the grant we applied for. It is a funny kind of limbo to be in.

Anyway, I think this may be a record-breaking long post. I do hope all is well with you and I would love to see your nursery ideas.

Oh….I meant to ask. How are you feeling about all the changes to your body? I am in love with my bump. I look at it far more than I should. It is so big and round. I adore it. I am less fond of my boobs. My goodness, they are so huge. I am getting into the territory where I am being to wonder if I will be able to buy any bras. I already have to go to a specialist bra shop for people with whoppers – you may know which one I am talking about. Even when I am in that shop my boobs look big. I think they even scare my husband. He certainly hasn’t come near them for a while.

Speak soon, Nicky.

A

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October 2010 to July 2012- TTC with no assistance, all cycles BFN
July 2012 - Monitored Clomid cycle. Good response but still BFN
August -September 2012- First IVF cycle, finally a BFP. Identical twin girls
December 2012 - Lost the twins at 16 weeks and 5 days
March-April 2013 - First FET, BFN
May-June 2013 - Second IVF cycle - BFP but, sadly, a blighted ovum. D&C 8w3d
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Re: AMH Levels

Postby Nickym1978 » Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:00 pm

Hi Ana
How are you? I thought I would check in with you quickly as I am up at ridiculous o clock today.....awake since 4.30am! One of the joys of pregnancy i guess....

Great to hear from you as always. I am so pleased your hubbie is now coming round to the fact he will soon have a beautiful daughter to spoil rotten. Youre right, it is hard for the men as the women tend to get all the focus due to their growing bellies and obvious pregnant symptoms. I know I forget how hard it has been for my husband too. When he has this wistful smile on his face whilst looking at my belly, my heart just melts. I know he will make a wonderful father and I feel so incrediably lucky to be given this chance at creating a new life with him. Dont be too hard on yourself for fixating on your own needs, its completly natural and of course before you can help someone else, you must first heal yourself. :hugs:

Sadie is a lovely name, we are still going with Jack...for now. Everyone says it might change as soon as he is born and you want to rename them!

I didnt know about the twin being squashed into the placenta if it passed after 8 weeks. That would explain why my twin is still there.... Its still so sad but I just have to be thankful that we still have one healthy baby. I always baulk when i see or hear twins being mentioned, its hard isnt it? Maybe at my next scan (33 weeks) we will know more. When is your next scan due?

My little boy is kicking a lot nowadays. Especially when I am trying to sleep!! I have never felt him kick me in the bottom, that must feel weird. I dont really have any other major symptom, except I am finding it very hard to bend down and tie my trainers up! Other than that, not feeling too bad, occasional heartburn and grumpiness but I still feel so blessed that ill take it all with a pinch of salt. The pregancy yoga must be working i guess. I would highly recommend it as it just helps me mentally as well as physically. I have just signed up for another 6 week course and will try to keep going until the end of this pregnancy. I love my bump too! Its a constant reminder of how lucky I am. My boobs are saggy already - cheers gravity! However my boobs dont look as huge because my belly is now so big. :pregnant:

Our NCT course starts last on this month (24th I think) and goes on for a few weeks. I am looking forward to it, as I we can meet some other parents to be and hopefully get some great advice. Are you doing an NCT course? I hear they get booked up pretty fast. Maybe these classes can alleviate your fear that something will go wrong during the birth - which it wont! I am expecting pain but hopefully my threshold is quite high! We will be fine I am sure and what a fab prezzie at the end of it all!!

I havent got my exam timetable yet - hopefully this week. I am busy writing my research proposal for my thesis which is due in soon. I am looking at the link between perfectionism and coping strategies and their impact upon well-being (e.g. burnout) in the workplace. Its a challenging area but should hopefully all come together.
It sounds as if that guy you interviewed is playing hard to get which is to be expected i guess. I hope you get your funding very soon so you can pin him down so to speak! :) When do you find out about your grant? You are in limbo and I know you want to get everything in order before baby comes along but life is never that straight forward is it?? Keep me posted and ill keep all mine and baby's fingers and toes crossed for you.

Well this wasnt a quick post after all, so Ill shall bid you farewell for now.

Look forward to catching up with you soon Ana and hearing all your news.

Nxx
Me - 35 DH - 43
TTC#1 since May 2012
Me - all tests normal except slightly high FSH (9.5) // DH - all tests normal
Diagnosed with 'unexplained infertility' 23/05/13
IVF#1 SEP/OCT '13'
8dp5dt - :bfp:
13dp5dt - Beta 995!! :D
7 week Ultrasound Scan confirmed twins!!! 1st :hb: - 130bpm 2nd :hb: - 156bpm
12 week scan sadly showed one twin had MC. :angel: Remaining twin measuring 12w3d.
20 week scan - showed were having a boy!! :future baby boy:
Jack Oliver born 08th July 2014!
2nd pregnancy - natural :bfp: 09/05/15!
12 week scan - :hb: 150bpm! :D
Due 07th Jan 2016.
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Re: AMH Levels

Postby AnaH » Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:50 am

Hi Nicky,

How are things going? I guess things are moving along for you and you have had your 28 week midwife appointment. Any news from that? You must also have another scan coming up, don’t you?

I am sure that your husband will be an amazing father. I think that when the men-folk really get into it, and I think going through infertility helps them to realise how much they want a family, they are always pretty wonderful. Being pregnant has given me a whole new window into my friends’ relationships. When my male friends or my girlfriends’ partners are talking to my husband about how lovely having a family is and how grateful they were to see their little ones being born, I see them in a completely different light. I am sure your husband will be the same. When I was growing up taking care of babies was almost exclusively the woman’s job but those roles seem to have shifted radically. I am not saying that women aren’t the main carers, for sure they are, but nowadays men seem to be so much more involved. I think it is an absolutely fantastic development for families.

Yeah, a few people have also said to me that you can’t really name a baby until it’s born. At the moment we are sticking with Sadie but being very relaxed about the possibility of the baby being called something completely different. I still like Jack very much, by the way.

It is sad to think of the little squashed twin and, you are right, it is hard when people talk of twins. My mother in law made an almost fatal mistake on mother’s day. She was talking about the couple who live opposite them, who happen to have twins, and was explaining how hard managing with two babies at once seems to be. She then said almost unforgivable words to me: “you are lucky that you didn’t end up with two”. She realised half way through her sentence what an incredibly stupid thing she was saying but she couldn’t stop herself, and her voice trailed off to almost a whisper. Had it been a different day, had I not been pregnant and had I not already spent the morning remembering the babies I have lost that will never call me mum, she would have received a different response. But, as it was, I just gave her a half smile and moved on. It was imbecilic and she knew it. And, in fairness, she has also been hurt by my losses.

The baby kicking in the bottom thing is weird. Although, she does it less now than she did; I have asked everyone I know if their babies went in for bottom kicking and, so far, mine is the only one. How are your baby’s kicks coming along? Are they getting stronger? My favourite time is when the baby seems to do a big slow move. I imagine she is rolling over or moving into a new position. I find it so magical. My husband keeps attempting to video my moving belly and has had varying levels of success. I am not sure what we will do with the movies, maybe the baby will be interested some day in her very first movements. I am slightly concerned that he will send the movies to friends and family. You might think this is extremely paranoid but I found out some of our bump photos have been sent out to people. I know my husband is proud/fascinated/can’t-bloody-believe-what-an-enormous-belly-his-wife-has but I never expected that photographic evidence of the spectacle would wind up on a friend’s laptop in Dubai.

I am glad to hear that you are still feeling fine – me too. Although the boobs are beyond ridiculous! I am now bursting out of a G cup. Yes, that’s right: A G CUP! I am not even sure what will come next. Is there a double G? Would it be an H? I was surprised to learn double Fs even exist. And, if there is an H cup, do I then have to migrate to I or J? The mind boggles. My boobs aren’t saggy but that is only because they are growing so fast they don’t have time to sag. Almost all of my maternity clothes money is being spent on bras. Bras that can cope with those kinds of assets don’t come cheap. Even with my huge belly my boobs look freakishly large. I look like I got pregnant and then decided to get stupendously oversized breast enhancements. Even my hairdresser commented on the boobs. I still love all the body changes though, regardless of the boobs.

It is exciting that you start your NCT classes next week. I have finally got myself onto an NCT course. It starts on the 22nd of May. It will be so strange to be with lots of other pregnant people. I worry that I won’t be able to relate to their pregnancies (I am assuming here that they all have had normal pregnancies, not struggled with infertility or had multiple losses). I suppose, in reality, that the miscarriage rate is so high that at least one of the other couples will be able to relate. It is quite difficult. I want my pregnancy to be as normal as possible and not be any different from anyone else’s but, at the same time, I can’t wipe out everything that has gone before. I am looking forward to hearing all about what might happen and what we will need. I asked my husband the other day whether we would have to take nappies to the hospital for after the delivery and neither of us had a clue. Is that something that the hospital will provide? I mean, how would you know what size to buy? Sometimes we browse nappy section in the supermarket but we really feel like kids looking at grown-up things that we aren’t supposed to play with.

I have also just entered the stage where random strangers talk to me about pregnancy, childbirth and babies as if they had known me all my life. It is so odd! People confide in me with such intimacy. The first time it happened it was a cashier in Tesco. My husband and I were so shocked – firstly, that she realised I was pregnant (yes, we are still in denial) and secondly, that she was so casual about everything - that we just stood there giggling. The poor lady must have thought we were absolutely nuts. She was trying to have a conversation with two people she assumed to be her new best friends whilst we were dumbfounded and couldn’t respond in any kind of sensible way at all. We were still chuckling by the time we got to the car, at which point we realised that it probably wasn’t so surprising and we were the odd ones – not the bemused cashier.

How is your thesis coming along? Did you get your research proposal finished? Have you got many exams coming up?

No news on the work front. Still waiting to hear about the grant and still not got firm commitment from the potential new employee.

Is your nursery finished yet? Tell me all about it. I want to hear it all in minute detail.

Anyway, sorry that it has taken me so long to get back on here. Although I hope the mammoth post has somewhat made up for it.

Happy Easter, Nicky!

A

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Together: Unexplained infertility
October 2010 to July 2012- TTC with no assistance, all cycles BFN
July 2012 - Monitored Clomid cycle. Good response but still BFN
August -September 2012- First IVF cycle, finally a BFP. Identical twin girls
December 2012 - Lost the twins at 16 weeks and 5 days
March-April 2013 - First FET, BFN
May-June 2013 - Second IVF cycle - BFP but, sadly, a blighted ovum. D&C 8w3d
October-November 2013 - Third IVF cycle - BFP

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Re: AMH Levels

Postby Nickym1978 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:15 am

Hi Ana,

How are you? You must be around 26/27 weeks now. I found it really reassuring to get to that stage as you know if the baby was born now it would have a realistic chance of survival. :D

I am sorry that your mother-in-law was insensitive about your twin loss. I guess sometimes its hard for other people too and they forget themselves. I know I have said many stupid things without realizing but it still must of been horrible for you to experience. Im proud of your response though and in the circumstances, it was probably the right one.

Baby kicking is bizarre isnt it!! Our baby boy keeps kicking away, particularly at night when im trying to sleep but I find it all very reassuring. I love the fact that your husband is filming your belly! That is so cool and what a great keepsake of your pregnancy. My baby wouldn't play ball i reckon as everytime my hubbie puts his hands on my belly, it stops moving!! Umm not sure what to make of that.

AFM - I am feeling ok, although getting bigger by the second (30weeks today) and bending over is not an option anymore! My boobs havent grown that much bigger so I am still squeezing into a D cup - just! I know I have to get measured soon though for my nursing bras so i will have probably gone up by then. Scans and appointments have all been going well and baby is measuring on schedule. Unfortunately I have developed a very unpleasant symptoms of piles, thanks to this pregnancy. Delightful I know. I am currently trying some creams but Ive never had them in my life and they scare me a little. Still all the books reassure me it harmless and will more than likely go after baby is born (yikes thats another 10 weeks!!) Other than that I have no stretch marks yet, although i am waiting for those and just look like i am walking around with a basketball stuffed down my top! Also i had my whooping cough vaccination last week and I felt pretty ropey for the few days after it, so be prepared if you have it done.

I am glad you sorted your NCT classes out. Mine start tonight!! Ill let you know how they went. I am sure there will be other people with issues - there always is. One of the ladies in our class is expecting twins so i have to prepare for that. I am sure it will be fine and we will meet lots of nice people.
As for the nursery - its painted and wallpapered now but as of yet, still no carpet. Thats coming in a couple of weeks. We also bought our moses basket and stand which is now proudly displayed in his room. I cant believe there is going to be a baby in there soon!!

My research proposal is finished and submitted, just waiting for feedback and my exams are set for May 12th. So revision has begun in earnest! Cant wait for it all to be over really...... Revision is tiring anyway so I am exhausted most days.

How is your work coming along? When are you planning to go on maternity leave?

I hope you had a great easter and look forward to your updates.

Ciao for now.

Nicky
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Me - all tests normal except slightly high FSH (9.5) // DH - all tests normal
Diagnosed with 'unexplained infertility' 23/05/13
IVF#1 SEP/OCT '13'
8dp5dt - :bfp:
13dp5dt - Beta 995!! :D
7 week Ultrasound Scan confirmed twins!!! 1st :hb: - 130bpm 2nd :hb: - 156bpm
12 week scan sadly showed one twin had MC. :angel: Remaining twin measuring 12w3d.
20 week scan - showed were having a boy!! :future baby boy:
Jack Oliver born 08th July 2014!
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Re: AMH Levels

Postby Nickym1978 » Tue May 13, 2014 9:53 am

Hi Ana,

Thought id send a quick post to see how you are? I hope you and baby girl are doing ok and that you are enjoying this pregnancy as much as possible! :)

Everything is ok this end. We have started our NCT classes and so far we are really enjoying them and have met a great bunch of people. They are definitely worth doing
although they scare the bejesus out of you!!! Lots of pictures and stories about labour and what happens etc etc. Useful but a little unnerving to say the least. Tonight we have a session
on breastfeeding - that should be a good one for the chaps!

Also I have finally finished all my exams and so now I can relax a little bit. Having said that, I still have my study to sort out which is rather timing consuming.

Overall I feel ok, although i get tired much more easily now but that is to be expected i guess. My damn hemorrhoids are still there although they have shrunk to almost nothing and give me no pain or discomfort, so i guess its not too bad.

We have another 'reassurance scan' on Monday so we will be able to see where the baby is positioned. I am quite excited to see him again. Its been too long little boy!

Hope to hear from you soon.

N + bump!
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Me - 35 DH - 43
TTC#1 since May 2012
Me - all tests normal except slightly high FSH (9.5) // DH - all tests normal
Diagnosed with 'unexplained infertility' 23/05/13
IVF#1 SEP/OCT '13'
8dp5dt - :bfp:
13dp5dt - Beta 995!! :D
7 week Ultrasound Scan confirmed twins!!! 1st :hb: - 130bpm 2nd :hb: - 156bpm
12 week scan sadly showed one twin had MC. :angel: Remaining twin measuring 12w3d.
20 week scan - showed were having a boy!! :future baby boy:
Jack Oliver born 08th July 2014!
2nd pregnancy - natural :bfp: 09/05/15!
12 week scan - :hb: 150bpm! :D
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Re: AMH Levels

Postby AnaH » Fri May 16, 2014 1:00 pm

Hi Nicky,

Thanks for your post. It is so good to see you here. I know I am very poor at keeping in touch.

I am glad to hear that you are enjoying the NCT classes. I have heard such mixed reviews about them. I got an email from my NCT class leader (if that is the right term) this week. It had a load of information and some birth stories. I read the first one and then had to put the computer away. I am not sure I am ready for that level of detail! How did the breastfeeding session go? Did your husband enjoy it? I was thinking of leaving my husband at home for the breastfeeding one. Did all the husbands/partners go? Do you think you will make good friends at the NCT class? I could really use some friends who are going through the same thing.

Good for you finishing all your exams. Were they tough ones? Did you feel well prepared? I am glad that my exam days seem to be long gone - although, you never know. It must be great to feel free of the exam stress. How is the project going? Are you making good progress?

Yeah, baby kicking is weird. Although my baby doesn’t seem to kick so much as move around. Sometimes it can be quite uncomfortable. She really pushes against my stomach and it feels as though she is going to pop right through. She has become active in the middle of the night and can wake me up with her rolling around. I wasn’t expecting the movement to be like that at all. I don’t know what I was expecting but not quite such roughness. Maybe she will be a rugby player.

I am also getting bigger every day. Last week I went to my friend’s wedding; she is due two days after me. Every time I explained that we were due at the same time, a shocked expression took over people’s faces and they gasped “really, wow!”. The groom’s mother kept explaining to me what an enormous baby I was going to have. I did try and educate her that just because my bump is huge doesn’t mean my baby will be, but it was a losing battle. I spent quite a lot of time trying to find a dress that I thought didn’t make me look like an elephant in fancy dress but, clearly, I failed. The wedding was at Le Manoir and was utterly amazing! I was very happy to have been invited, even if I did have to accept my enormity.

I am sorry to hear about the piles. How uncomfortable. I am glad they have reduced a bit now though. I hear you can get them during labour from all the pushing. I also read that pushing can cause you to get black eyes! Unbelievable! I don’t think I have ever seen anyone with black eyes after they have given birth.

I had my anti-D shot at my hospital this morning and I met a man on the way in who was going to see his wife. He was carrying a 5 day old baby girl in a car seat and seemed very pleased with his achievement. We were just chatting about babies and he suddenly said “Don’t whatever you do have an epidural!”. I have to say this is the first time I had heard this advice; most people I have spoken to insist that I should ask for an epidural straight away. Anyway, it turned out that the man’s wife had a bad reaction to the epidural and was still in hospital 5 days later. I was surprised that he had the baby. I would have thought the baby would be with the mother, but I didn’t get the chance to ask about that.

At the moment I am mostly uncomfortable. Everything feels so stretched and I get terrible leg cramps. No one ever told me about the leg cramps. They wake me up in the middle of the night and I leap out of screeching. I can’t really complain though. I am just so grateful to have gotten this far. I can’t believe that in just over two months there will be a baby here. Surreal, isn’t it?

Have you bought much baby stuff yet? We have been given a ton of stuff. I think she has enough clothes to last until she is two! She certainly has a bigger wardrobe than me.

As for my work, things haven’t been going well. We had some major technical failures and we didn’t manage to get second round funding. It means that we will wind up the company during the summer. It is pretty upsetting but there really isn’t anything I can do about it. It means that I have been working long hours to try and salvage some products from the company that we can potentially sell to a customer that would like to buy them. It isn’t much but it will be a small consolation. So, once I go on maternity leave I won’t have a job to go back to – really odd! I have worked since I was 16! I did my A’ levels at night school and I worked through all my university breaks. I just can’t imagine being unemployed. My husband tells me that the baby will keep me busy but it does make me nervous. Work has always been such a big part of my life. Still, there’s nothing to be done about it now.

Good luck with your scan on Monday. I hope your baby boy is well behaved. Are you 34 weeks now? Not long to go at all.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

A

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October 2010 to July 2012- TTC with no assistance, all cycles BFN
July 2012 - Monitored Clomid cycle. Good response but still BFN
August -September 2012- First IVF cycle, finally a BFP. Identical twin girls
December 2012 - Lost the twins at 16 weeks and 5 days
March-April 2013 - First FET, BFN
May-June 2013 - Second IVF cycle - BFP but, sadly, a blighted ovum. D&C 8w3d
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Re: AMH Levels

Postby Nickym1978 » Mon May 26, 2014 3:39 am

Hi Ana,

Good to hear from you! I hope you are feeling well and gearing up for baby mania!!
I was sorry to read about your business having difficulties. Failing to get second round funding must of been a huge blow for you. Being unemployed is scary but your husband is right, the baby will take up most, if not all of your time for the first few months. Try not to worry too much about it now, these things usually turn out for the best in the long run although i can only imagine how difficult it is for you right now to come to terms with it all.

How are your NCT classes going? Have you started them yet? Mine finished last week and most of them were really useful. However the best aspect was we got to meet a few other couples who are due
roughly the same time as us. They are really lovely and we have all met up a few times since the course finished which is good. The boys have already formed a NCT dads club - bless. Epidurals seem to be a complicated thing overall. I certainly dont plan on having one but nothing can be ruled out i guess.
One of the things we discussed at our NCT classes was the comments other people make on the size, shape, sex etc etc of the baby when you are pregnant. You basically become 'open property' for commenting. Everyone had been told some strange comment or other. So that women at the wedding was trying to make conversation i guess and failing miserably. Dont feel ashamed of your size - youre having a baby in a few weeks! Its something to proudly show off and to hell with what people think. Personally, my comments were 'gosh youre very small for 'x' months. Exactly how is that supposed to make me feel???? I ignore them all now. However in the last few weeks, he have grown enormously so I am expecting a big baby.... :omg:

My scan last week went fine thanks. All is well with the baby and he is measuring a few days ahead but nothing to worry me. Unfortunately he has now gone into a breech position, which means I may have to have the baby turned manually (this is not pleasant as you'll find out at NCT classes). If that doesn't work, I am being booked in for a C-section at 39 weeks. Hopefully it wont come to that and he will turn round naturally in the next couple of weeks.

We have bought a lot of baby stuff but the nursery is nearly ready now, it just needs the furniture and we will be done. I have just bought a tippitoes changing box for all nappy related equipment which has come highly recommended by a few people. We are using gnappies which are biodegradable. I felt so guilty of polluting the environment with loads of nappies that I felt it was worth the extra cost. There is so much stuff to buy, it becomes ridiculous especially when you know what you are having!

Anyway, I hope you have a lovely BH weekend and look forward to hearing your updates.

N and ever expanding bump!
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Me - 35 DH - 43
TTC#1 since May 2012
Me - all tests normal except slightly high FSH (9.5) // DH - all tests normal
Diagnosed with 'unexplained infertility' 23/05/13
IVF#1 SEP/OCT '13'
8dp5dt - :bfp:
13dp5dt - Beta 995!! :D
7 week Ultrasound Scan confirmed twins!!! 1st :hb: - 130bpm 2nd :hb: - 156bpm
12 week scan sadly showed one twin had MC. :angel: Remaining twin measuring 12w3d.
20 week scan - showed were having a boy!! :future baby boy:
Jack Oliver born 08th July 2014!
2nd pregnancy - natural :bfp: 09/05/15!
12 week scan - :hb: 150bpm! :D
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Re: AMH Levels

Postby Nickym1978 » Wed Jun 11, 2014 6:36 am

Hi Ana,

Just a quick update from me. After an anxious few weeks waiting and a possible c-section scheduled, our baby boy finally went into head down position at 36 weeks!
He is 2/5ths engaged and apparently he wont go much further than that until labour now.
So now we are on course for a natural delivery. My due date is 30th June so less than 3 weeks now. I think im prepared but who knows!!

I had the Group B strep test which came back negative (I highly recommend this if you haven't considered it) so no need for antibiotics at birth.
I am also guzzling raspberry leaf tea like there is no tomorrow!
I hope all is well with you and that you are taking it much easier now.
N and bump.
xx
Oh by the way, I passed my exam with 77% (distinction) so Im really pleased with that.
Me - 35 DH - 43
TTC#1 since May 2012
Me - all tests normal except slightly high FSH (9.5) // DH - all tests normal
Diagnosed with 'unexplained infertility' 23/05/13
IVF#1 SEP/OCT '13'
8dp5dt - :bfp:
13dp5dt - Beta 995!! :D
7 week Ultrasound Scan confirmed twins!!! 1st :hb: - 130bpm 2nd :hb: - 156bpm
12 week scan sadly showed one twin had MC. :angel: Remaining twin measuring 12w3d.
20 week scan - showed were having a boy!! :future baby boy:
Jack Oliver born 08th July 2014!
2nd pregnancy - natural :bfp: 09/05/15!
12 week scan - :hb: 150bpm! :D
Due 07th Jan 2016.
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Re: AMH Levels

Postby AnaH » Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:20 am

Hello there Nicky,

You are so much better at keeping in touch than I am! I have thought about you many times over the last couple of weeks and wondered how you are getting on. I should spend less time wondering about it and more time proactively finding out!

I was so happy to read your update. I am glad your little boy has decided to play and turn himself around. I can’t believe you are 2/5ths engaged – Yikes! It could be literally any day now. How are you feeling in general? Aches, pains, tired, just generally ready to have a baby now? I can’t imagine being any more pregnant than I already am, and I still have 6 weeks to go.

How are your NCT gang? Are you managing to meet up with them regularly? Do you find it helpful?

I was interested to hear about your gnappies. I haven’t heard of them before. You are very virtuous thinking of the planet like that. It hadn’t actually occurred to me that there might be biodegradable nappies out there. I obviously knew about the terry towelling kind but not biodegradable ones. I had already made the decision that I’m not a cloth nappies kind of a lady but now that you mention biodegradable ones, that might be something to think about. I do like to think that I try and do my bit for the environment. You know, I recycle when I can and try and switch the lights off and what not.

Yeah, you are right about the constant comments. I try to be offended but, most of the time, I am just pleased that people notice I am pregnant. Yes, I am still in some kind of warped denial. I am not sure how it is possible that I still seem to find a new way to be surprised every time people remark on the currently occupied state of my uterus. My husband and I went to a festival/fun day in the local park last Sunday and when we finally got to the front of the very long ice-cream van queue, the man serving, whose belly was, I think, a little bigger than mine, said to my husband, whilst pointing at me, “Is she taking the piss?”. Oh it did make me laugh. My husband found it less amusing. The ice-cream man then pointed out that I was much more likely to be able to lose my belly than he was likely to lose his. I felt that I had to agree there. He claimed it was down to excessive ice-cream consumption but my husband said he thought it was more probably beer.

I am glad to hear that you have managed to get your nursery done. Did you get the furniture you needed? We are still in a state of chaos. Our living room looks as though some kind of baby-gedden has occurred. There is baby stuff everywhere. We are very lucky that we are late in our reproductive lives and this means that literally everyone I know has done it before us. One happy side effect of this is that we have been given at least something from about a million people (that is an exaggeration – I am not that popular but it just feels like there is so much stuff). I swear I won’t need to be buying our little girl any new clothes until she is about 3 years old. She currently has three different things to sleep in (a Moses basket, a crib and a co-sleeper), we ended up with 3 play mats (although 2 have now been redistributed). We have even been given nappies, wipes and changing mats. Friends keep asking if we would like to pop over and visit for lunch, which we gratefully accept – free food, after all, and, just before we are about to head off home they mumbled something about having a few items we might like. Before you know it the car is crammed full of previously loved baby items that have been stowed away in a garage or attic just waiting for a moment such as that. We only have a two bedroom flat and, in order to accommodate all the new stuff, we have already been to the recycling centre/dump with nine, yes nine, car loads of treasured junk from our former life. It is really great though and has saved us a ridiculous amount of money.

The only thing we haven’t been given is a pram/pushchair/”travel system”. My husband and I were unaware what a terrible error this was until our first NCT class. It was all anyone wanted to talk about. I had no idea what anyone was going on about. The first thing my husband said, when we were finally allowed to sit down and stop “getting to know each other”, was “we haven’t got a pram, we really need a pram”. Several weeks have gone by and we are still pram-less. My good Lord they are expensive, aren’t they? What kind did you get? In a quest to find a pram that doesn’t make us tearful over the price we have stumbled across ebay. I think we (possibly only me) are a bit addicted. Although, we have yet to successfully secure a pram. We keep trying new tactics but damn, some of those ebayers (note the use of the lingo) are bloody good at snagging a bargain. We did manage to get an electronic baby swing which we definitely don’t need but looked kinda fun. There is another pram auction tonight that we have our eye on but this one already seems pretty competitive so I am not hopeful that we will manage to win it.

Thanks for the tip about the Group B strep test. I have no idea whether that is automatic here or not. I will have a chat with the doctor tomorrow (I have my 34 week growth scan and subsequent doctor’s appointment).

Congratulations on getting such an amazing grade in your exam. Well done you! How is the project going? Are you on track to finish before your due date?

Good luck with the raspberry leaf tea. I hope that works for you. Did you cover all the alternative ways to get labour going in your NCT classes? I am planning to walk like crazy once I stop working.

Anyway, if you made it through all that waffle you are amazing! Hope things continue to move in the right direction for you and I will be checking in regularly for updates.
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October 2010 to July 2012- TTC with no assistance, all cycles BFN
July 2012 - Monitored Clomid cycle. Good response but still BFN
August -September 2012- First IVF cycle, finally a BFP. Identical twin girls
December 2012 - Lost the twins at 16 weeks and 5 days
March-April 2013 - First FET, BFN
May-June 2013 - Second IVF cycle - BFP but, sadly, a blighted ovum. D&C 8w3d
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Re: AMH Levels

Postby Nickym1978 » Thu Jun 19, 2014 4:31 am

Hi Ana,

Just thought I check in and say hi!
How is it all going with you? Have you managed to sort out your nursery yet? I think its great that you have been given so much stuff. It must be saving you a fortune!!
It is amazing how much stuff you accumulate for such a tiny person.

Have you managed to sort out the pram yet? We bought ours from the baby show in London back in Feb!! Its one of those travel systems (car seat, carry cot and pram).
I think it came to about £320 in total which i didn't think was too bad considering some of the others prices I was quoted. Its by a company called Joie and they seem alright.
I guess ill find out soon enough. Although i have to say, it was a bit of pallava trying to put everything together. I sat in the garden and cried in frustration until my husband came and helped out.
He put it up in a 2 secs flat. It must be me and my pregnancy hormones making me ditzy......

Thanks for the congrats about my exam grade. I am pleased as I put in so much hard work!! My thesis is coming on ok, a few problems aside.
I am trying to do as much of it as I can before baby boy arrives but I just get so tired these days.

The NCT group are such a great source of support for me. Are you enjoying the classes? I bet they have finished by now.
Noone in our little gang has had their baby yet. Two of them are overdue already but thats to be expected for first timers apparently.
I only have 11 days until my due date but I suspect i will go over. I have to say apart from the tiredness and horrible piles (yes still there and getting worse!), I feel quite well.
Compared to some other late pregnancy complaints ive heard, I feel Im doing ok.

I am doing the raspberry tea thing but who knows if its helping and still going to my yoga class once a week. I really enjoy it and it gets me out of the house!

Anyway I shall let you get on Ana, but id love to hear your updates as always and of course ill keep you posted if anything dramatic happens this end in the meantime!!

Love
N
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Me - all tests normal except slightly high FSH (9.5) // DH - all tests normal
Diagnosed with 'unexplained infertility' 23/05/13
IVF#1 SEP/OCT '13'
8dp5dt - :bfp:
13dp5dt - Beta 995!! :D
7 week Ultrasound Scan confirmed twins!!! 1st :hb: - 130bpm 2nd :hb: - 156bpm
12 week scan sadly showed one twin had MC. :angel: Remaining twin measuring 12w3d.
20 week scan - showed were having a boy!! :future baby boy:
Jack Oliver born 08th July 2014!
2nd pregnancy - natural :bfp: 09/05/15!
12 week scan - :hb: 150bpm! :D
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Re: AMH Levels

Postby AnaH » Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:07 am

Hi Nicky,

How are things going? Are you still pregnant? Is the thesis nearly finished?

I am sorry about the piles – poor you. It must be miserable.

I am so impressed that you are still going to your yoga class. Hopefully it will stand you in good stead for labour and you will be calm and relaxed throughout. Any signs that labour is on the way? You are less than a week from your due date now. It is so exciting. I hope your hospital bag(s) is packed.

Yes, we finally managed to win an ebay auction and get a pram. We went for an Uppababy Vista in the end. We managed to get it up alright but we completely unable to take it down again. In the end we had to Google it. Thank God for the internet. We would still have a pram that we were unable to take anywhere because we couldn’t get it down if it wasn’t for the internet.

I had a scan at 34 weeks and was told that the baby is now in the large to very large baby category. I will have another scan at 39 weeks to see what to do about it, if anything. They are estimating that she will be between 9.5 and 10lb at 40 weeks. I can’t say this doesn’t make me a little nervous. I was sort of OK with birthing an average size baby but a ten pounder….yikes! I had the test for diabetes and, apparently, I am not diabetic so that isn’t why she is so big.

Pregnancy hasn’t been too bad but, like you, I am now extremely tired. I think I may have hit the pregnancy wall. I am still extremely grateful to be here and feel more fortunate than I ever knew I could but, and of course there is a but, I would really like to move onto the next bit now.

We have one session left of the NCT classes and it is good to be nearing the end. Not that I don’t like the classes but more that it is another thing “done” in preparation for the new arrival.

Work wise, I am still working. In a strange turn of events we have been approached by a company that would like to continue the work we have been doing here. It is interesting and I quite like the idea of it not all being over. They are coming to visit us for a meeting to discuss possible options next week; so I really have to keep the baby inside until then. I hope that is doable. I think so as I haven’t had any contractions. Although the baby is very low indeed now and it can make walking…..um…. interesting.

Anyway, I do hope all is well with you and I would love to hear your news. I can’t wait for your baby boy’s arrival.

xxx
Me: All tests normal DH: Perfect SA
Together: Unexplained infertility
October 2010 to July 2012- TTC with no assistance, all cycles BFN
July 2012 - Monitored Clomid cycle. Good response but still BFN
August -September 2012- First IVF cycle, finally a BFP. Identical twin girls
December 2012 - Lost the twins at 16 weeks and 5 days
March-April 2013 - First FET, BFN
May-June 2013 - Second IVF cycle - BFP but, sadly, a blighted ovum. D&C 8w3d
October-November 2013 - Third IVF cycle - BFP

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