Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives
My BFP - IVF/ICSI/PGD/FET Story
Me: 41, idiopathic infertility (I am just old)
DF: 41, 2 Children from previous marriage
TTC- 6 months. I honestly think that if we kept trying, I would have become pregnant. I took this route mainly because of my age and the ability to screen for healthy embryos (reducing the risk of miscarriage).
Feb 2015 IVF/ICSI#1 Antagonist Protocol- ER 17 eggs, 11 mature, 4 fertilized, 0 made it to 5 day
April 2015 IVF/ICSI #2 Antagonist Protocol (lower dose of Follistim)- ER 11 eggs, 9 mature, 4 fertilized, 2 made it to 5 day (6AB, 6BB) - performed PGD and only 6AB was genetically normal. ET on 4/29/15
What I did: Watched diet carefully (low carb, high protein/veg and monounsaturated fats). Acupuncture 2x week, supplements: DHEA (3x day), Fish Oil, L-Carnitine, CoQ-10, Calcium and Iron (the last 2 because I am a post bariatric patient). On night of Embryo transfer I slept with a heated blanket on low...I was told not to raise my body temperature but acupuncturist advised some warmth on my uterus...I seriously had it on 1 out of 10 in heat strength.
Symptoms during 2WW- Absolutely nothing other than normal PMS cramping, some hot flashes (on progesterone) and insomnia (chalked up to anxiety). I had brown spotting the day before beta and every feeling in my body told me my period was coming. I even stopped taking the hormones, took aleve, drank wine and had an orgasm - because I was convinced I didn't conceive.
May 8th- Beta: 30
May 10th- Beta: 72
May 12th- Beta 214
I started with a low beta, but I am now convinced that I had a late implanter since she was frozen. The cramps/spotting were just 1-2 days before beta. My RE is happy with beta progression and now schedules viability U/S for 5/19/15 so fingers crossed!