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    Rhonda and Ali~ Looking forward to seeing those great numbers today!

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    Rhonda - Good luck today! I can't wait to hear about your beta. I just KNOW you are going to have great numbers!

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    Ok ladies, now I hate to disappoint everyone because you were expecting some super high beta (as I was hoping), but we still have a good solid number which is above 50 meaning we are definitely pregnant and it is within a normal range....



    So, sorry if I let you down for those of you that were hoping for multiples....



    150 was our lucky number today!



    I am thrilled to see a number above 50, so I will not be saddened because we didn't have 380 or 490 as our starting beta, but we are PREGNANT officially!!!



    Last edited by nostoppingme; 09-08-2010 at 12:34 PM.

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    Congrats Rhonda!

    I found out I have follies that are 16 or bigger and will probably have IUI on Sunday or Monday depending on how my labs are later today. Send me some babydust please!


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    Quote Originally Posted by srh38 View Post
    Congrats Rhonda!

    I found out I have follies that are 16 or bigger and will probably have IUI on Sunday or Monday depending on how my labs are later today. Send me some babydust please!
    That is awesome!!! I so pray this IUI works!! Sending you tons & tons of !!!!!!!!!
    Last edited by nostoppingme; 09-08-2010 at 12:37 PM.

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    Ummm don't you start writing off twins Missy! Waaaay too early to be doing that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nostoppingme View Post
    Ok ladies, now I hate to disappoint everyone because you were expecting some super high beta (as I was hoping), but we still have a good solid number which is above 50 meaning we are definitely pregnant and it is within a normal range....



    So, sorry if I let you down for those of you that were hoping for multiples....



    150 was our lucky number today!



    I am thrilled to see a number above 50, so I will not be saddened because we didn't have 380 or 490 as our starting beta, but we are PREGNANT officially!!!




    CONGRATS! WAHOO!



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    Quote Originally Posted by nostoppingme View Post
    Ok ladies, now I hate to disappoint everyone because you were expecting some super high beta (as I was hoping), but we still have a good solid number which is above 50 meaning we are definitely pregnant and it is within a normal range....



    So, sorry if I let you down for those of you that were hoping for multiples....



    150 was our lucky number today!



    I am thrilled to see a number above 50, so I will not be saddened because we didn't have 380 or 490 as our starting beta, but we are PREGNANT officially!!!



    What are you talking about?! That's a great number!!!! The range is huge, don't even worry about it, and don't count yourself out for twins until that u/s..just like Melissa said!! Unfortunately we don't have the IVF Q&A anymore () which had all the betas..I read and compared all of them when I did my beta and sure enough there were lots at my stage with high numbers with singles, and low numbers with multiples.. You never know!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by srh38 View Post
    I found out I have follies that are 16 or bigger and will probably have IUI on Sunday or Monday depending on how my labs are later today. Send me some babydust please!
    Yeah! Sending TONS of your way!!!!!


    -Rachel

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    Quote Originally Posted by nostoppingme View Post

    150 was our lucky number today!
    Congratulations! 150 feels like a very lucky number. Like Melissa and Rachel have said, don稚 count yourself out of twins just yet! I知 praying for you every night by name, and feel like this is going to be a great pregnancy! I知 so excited for you Rhonda!
    Love ya!!


    Quote Originally Posted by srh38 View Post
    Congrats Rhonda!

    I found out I have follies that are 16 or bigger and will probably have IUI on Sunday or Monday depending on how my labs are later today. Send me some babydust please!
    Stacie! I have been thinking of you and was so happy to see your post. I知 so glad you are doing IUI. I値l pray for you and send you much your way!!
    Me: 38 w/ PCOS, DH: 39

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    Rhonda - Congratulations! 150 is a beautiful number!!!

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    Woohoo Rhonda!!! You go girl!!! That's a fabulous beta number. When's your next beta? I hope I'll be in labor by then by the way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerbeme View Post
    Ummm don't you start writing off twins Missy! Waaaay too early to be doing that!
    Yes ma'am!! LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by KLetourneau View Post
    CONGRATS! WAHOO!
    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by rss73 View Post
    What are you talking about?! That's a great number!!!! The range is huge, don't even worry about it, and don't count yourself out for twins until that u/s..just like Melissa said!! Unfortunately we don't have the IVF Q&A anymore () which had all the betas..I read and compared all of them when I did my beta and sure enough there were lots at my stage with high numbers with singles, and low numbers with multiples.. You never know!!!
    -Rachel
    You have a point...thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by purple_avens View Post
    Congratulations! 150 feels like a very lucky number. Like Melissa and Rachel have said, don稚 count yourself out of twins just yet! I知 praying for you every night by name, and feel like this is going to be a great pregnancy! I知 so excited for you Rhonda!
    Love ya!!
    Thanks mamma! Love you too!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Islandgirl View Post
    Rhonda - Congratulations! 150 is a beautiful number!!!
    That means a lot.

    Quote Originally Posted by pinkgirl View Post
    Woohoo Rhonda!!! You go girl!!! That's a fabulous beta number. When's your next beta? I hope I'll be in labor by then by the way!
    LOL...Dena, you always crack me up girlie! You better be in & out of labor by then...Monday at 8am...
    Last edited by nostoppingme; 09-08-2010 at 12:39 PM.

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    Yay, Rhonda!!!! And as the other ladies have said, 150 doesn't necessarily mean there are no twins! It's so hard to guess by HCG levels - a friend of mine who went through IVF had an initial beta of 900, and she is just carrying one baby! But then I know of people who have had betas in the 100s to end up with twins - so you just never know! I think a lot of it depends on when they get good and burrowed in. I can't wait to find out for sure!

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    Wohoo, the results are in and is 289! Definitely pregnant! I feel like I can let myself relax a little and celebrate this now Obviously it'll be nice to hear Monday's result and see that everything is doubling properly, but it is really starting to feel real now . Having a few symptoms, including bloating and constipation and a few food aversions and cravings (sweet food for some reason makes me feel ill. . . I would think my body wanted me to go on a diet except that at the moment mayonaise tastes like heaven on earth. . . ).

    Rhonda, thats a good solid number, congratulatons .

    SouthernBell, has your cycle started? Or not quite yet? Wishing you all the best!

    Mominw8ing (I hope I got the screenname right) what about you? When do you start your stims? Thinking good thoughts!

    Ali, DH, Sren (4/2011) and a little one due in September.

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    Hi Ladies I am sorry I have been away for a bit... I did take a step back, was getting very stressed out during the 2ww. Congrats Ali (Ourou)!!! I didnt get to tell you yet and congrats Rhonda again


    AFM: I am 9dp5dt today.. I know this may be TMI but as of Monday, I was very constipated and started getting very bloated! I thought it might be gas.. so I waited it out, it started to get worse.. so I called my nurse and she sent me straight in today to get an u/s for monitoring.. well sure enough, I had late onset moderate-severe OHSS... I was immediately sent to the OR, where they put me under and drained 900 ml. of fluid! So I am monitoring that and now I am on rest again On another note... they took an early beta and it was 430, which explains the late onset OHSS! I am back in on Monday for continued monitoring I am very cautious right now BUT wanted to share the news with you Ladies!!!!
    Last edited by 32ellah; 08-27-2010 at 06:21 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nostoppingme View Post
    Yes ma'am!!



    LOL...Dena, you always crack me up girlie! You better be in & out of labor by then...Monday at 8am...:hugs:
    Ha ha, I'll just take going into labor by then...I won't be picky :lol: And yeah, can't wait for your next beta!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32ellah View Post
    Hi Ladies I am sorry I have been away for a bit... I did take a step back, was getting very stressed out during the 2ww. Congrats Ali (Ourou)!!! I didnt get to tell you yet and congrats Rhonda again


    AFM: I am 9dp5dt today.. I know this may be TMI but as of Monday, I was very constipated and started getting very bloated! I thought it might be gas.. so I waited it out, it started to get worse.. so I called my nurse and she sent me straight in today to get an u/s for monitoring.. well sure enough, I had late onset moderate-severe OHSS... I was immediately sent to the OR, where they put me under and drained 900 ml. of fluid! So I am monitoring that and now I am on rest again On another note... they took an early beta and it was 430, which explains the late onset OHSS! I am back in on Monday for continued monitoring I am very cautious right now BUT wanted to share the news with you Ladies!!!!
    So sorry about the OHSS!!! Glad they caught it and you didn't keep going in pain. Congrats as well!!! That's a great beta number.

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    Wow - lots of good things happening in here. Congrats ladies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClarisseMarie View Post
    Yay, Rhonda!!!! And as the other ladies have said, 150 doesn't necessarily mean there are no twins! It's so hard to guess by HCG levels - a friend of mine who went through IVF had an initial beta of 900, and she is just carrying one baby! But then I know of people who have had betas in the 100s to end up with twins - so you just never know! I think a lot of it depends on when they get good and burrowed in. I can't wait to find out for sure!
    I am happy just having a positive beta ladies, no worries!! Thanks for all the positive vibes for possibilities though!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ourou View Post
    Wohoo, the results are in and is 289! Definitely pregnant! I feel like I can let myself relax a little and celebrate this now Obviously it'll be nice to hear Monday's result and see that everything is doubling properly, but it is really starting to feel real now . Having a few symptoms, including bloating and constipation and a few food aversions and cravings (sweet food for some reason makes me feel ill. . . I would think my body wanted me to go on a diet except that at the moment mayonaise tastes like heaven on earth. . . ).

    Rhonda, thats a good solid number, congratulatons .

    SouthernBell, has your cycle started? Or not quite yet? Wishing you all the best!

    Mominw8ing (I hope I got the screenname right) what about you? When do you start your stims? Thinking good thoughts!
    Woo hoo!!! You are SOOOOO knocked up my lady! We did it!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by 32ellah View Post
    Hi Ladies I am sorry I have been away for a bit... I did take a step back, was getting very stressed out during the 2ww. Congrats Ali (Ourou)!!! I didnt get to tell you yet and congrats Rhonda again

    AFM: I am 9dp5dt today.. I know this may be TMI but as of Monday, I was very constipated and started getting very bloated! I thought it might be gas.. so I waited it out, it started to get worse.. so I called my nurse and she sent me straight in today to get an u/s for monitoring.. well sure enough, I had late onset moderate-severe OHSS... I was immediately sent to the OR, where they put me under and drained 900 ml. of fluid! So I am monitoring that and now I am on rest again On another note... they took an early beta and it was 430, which explains the late onset OHSS! I am back in on Monday for continued monitoring I am very cautious right now BUT wanted to share the news with you Ladies!!!!
    So sorry about the OHSS, but CONGRATS on the BFP woman!!! We are all three knocked up!!! We set a record for perfect cycles this month!!! Go IVF, go IVF, go IVF!!!!!

    Ok ladies about to start a cycle, you see how this can work, right!!! It's so great to see it work for so many all at once like this! Loving it!!!
    Last edited by nostoppingme; 09-08-2010 at 12:43 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32ellah View Post
    Hi Ladies I am sorry I have been away for a bit... I did take a step back, was getting very stressed out during the 2ww. Congrats Ali (Ourou)!!! I didnt get to tell you yet and congrats Rhonda again


    AFM: I am 9dp5dt today.. I know this may be TMI but as of Monday, I was very constipated and started getting very bloated! I thought it might be gas.. so I waited it out, it started to get worse.. so I called my nurse and she sent me straight in today to get an u/s for monitoring.. well sure enough, I had late onset moderate-severe OHSS... I was immediately sent to the OR, where they put me under and drained 900 ml. of fluid! So I am monitoring that and now I am on rest again On another note... they took an early beta and it was 430, which explains the late onset OHSS! I am back in on Monday for continued monitoring I am very cautious right now BUT wanted to share the news with you Ladies!!!!
    Wooooooohoooooo! What an awesome number for early! So excited and happy for you! Sorry about the OHSS.take good care of yourself mama!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ourou View Post
    Wohoo, the results are in and is 289! Definitely pregnant! I feel like I can let myself relax a little and celebrate this now Obviously it'll be nice to hear Monday's result and see that everything is doubling properly, but it is really starting to feel real now . Having a few symptoms, including bloating and constipation and a few food aversions and cravings (sweet food for some reason makes me feel ill. . . I would think my body wanted me to go on a diet except that at the moment mayonaise tastes like heaven on earth. . . ).
    YES! Ali what a great number! Your symptoms sound like mine....except for the mayonnaise thing,I kind of wanted to throw up reading that Congratulations,very happy for you!

    Quote Originally Posted by nostoppingme View Post
    Ok ladies, now I hate to disappoint everyone because you were expecting some super high beta (as I was hoping), but we still have a good solid number which is above 50 meaning we are definitely pregnant and it is within a normal range....



    So, sorry if I let you down for those of you that were hoping for multiples....



    150 was our lucky number today!



    I am thrilled to see a number above 50, so I will not be saddened because we didn't have 380 or 490 as our starting beta, but we are PREGNANT officially!!!



    That is an absolutely FANTASTIC number! Oh,yes you are pregnant! It tickles me to death to see a pregnancy ticker in your siggy!! Happy,happy,so happy for you!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by srh38 View Post
    Congrats Rhonda!

    I found out I have follies that are 16 or bigger and will probably have IUI on Sunday or Monday depending on how my labs are later today. Send me some babydust please!
    Sounds great! Tons of thoughts and prayers and baby dust going your way! Can't wait to hear your report!Good luck!

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    Thank you all!!! Rhonda and Ali, I am glad to be in such good company I dont feel like I can get excited yet..because of this darn OHSS! It is definitely NO FUN!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkgirl View Post
    Ha ha, I'll just take going into labor by then...I won't be picky And yeah, can't wait for your next beta!!!
    I will share my second beta on Monday morning.

    UPDATE: I wasn't sure if I wanted to share this with everyone, but you are my sisters and I didn't want to keep any secrets from you. Not sure everyone has been around long enough to know my history, but over a year ago, after my 1st failed IVF cycle, my RE ordered a few special labs and it turned out I had some abnormal results. She then referred me to a specialist, Dr Carolyn Coulam with Rhinehart Clinic in Chicago, who ordered additional labs and I was diagnosed with Implantation Failure due to abnormal APA (antiphospholipids) and a blood clotting factor. Along with my advanced maternal age, these were my challenges with IVF. Though we tried 4 attempts at IVF with my eggs, we knew even doing a DE cycle might not work because of the immunological issues. Our second IVF cycle was treated with simple measures, but we still did not achieve a pregnancy and Dr Coulam ordered IVIG with my 3rd and 4th cycles. This is an infusion therapy where I sit for 4 hours as I get an IV of a med called gammagard and the cost is 3k per infusion. Luckily my insurance covers this service and I pay deductible & coinsurance. Anyway, they are taking major precautions with this pregnancy due to my implantation diagnosis and I will undergo weekly early testing to analyze my ANA (antinuclear assay) and APA (antiphospholipid assay) levels through a specialty lab called Millenova. Those tests are about $250 a week. After Dr Coulam reviewed my beta this morning, she recommended I not wait until 9/9 for my next IVIG (28 days is normally how long you wait between sessions), but instead wants me to have it early next week, less than 3 weeks since my last treatment. I wasn't sure how to take that, but I am just grateful that this infusion treatment may help me keep my baby in my uterus. So, in addition to the 4 estrogen patches every other day and getting my 2cc PIO injections and the lovenox 40mg daily shots and prednisone and baby aspirin, I will be undergoing weekly tests & consults with Dr C and IVIG to maintain my pregnancy. I am not discouraged by the news, just thankful I have a team of physicians on top of things and trying to make sure I don't miscarry. Please continue to pray for us and our miracle pregnancy. I had two perfect embabies transferred and I am trying hard to keep my faith that the one that implanted will not be rejected by my body. I feel confident that my numbers will continue to rise, but I am still nervous that things could change at any time. We are so thankful that we have made it this far and we know this is going to be a long ride! I have been keeping a journal and I am also starting a blog. I love all of you ladies with all my heart and I wish EVERYONE successful IVF cycles and I wish all the BFP's a HH9m!! Lots of babies for 2011!!!
    Last edited by nostoppingme; 09-08-2010 at 12:48 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cakegal View Post
    That is an absolutely FANTASTIC number! Oh,yes you are pregnant! It tickles me to death to see a pregnancy ticker in your siggy!! Happy,happy,so happy for you!!
    Thanks sweetie!! I couldn't resist the pregnancy ticker. I am trying to show how optimistic I am with this pregnancy even if it is early!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by 32ellah View Post
    Thank you all!!! Rhonda and Ali, I am glad to be in such good company I dont feel like I can get excited yet..because of this darn OHSS! It is definitely NO FUN!!!!!
    I couldn't ask for better company in the May DD room! Hurry and get your buns over there soon!!! So far only a few of us and I don't know the others. I can't wait until you are over the OHSS and can enjoy knowing you are preggers!!
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    thinking of you Rhonda, thanks for posting your herstory...

    and congrats to the other IVF ladies.

    afm...i am feeling all right after a couple glasses o' wine, researching possible educational ideas at the computer while my baby sleeps...i don't get much time to myself as a single mom, and he seems to be sleeping a little longer now..Praise the Lord!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ourou View Post
    Wohoo, the results are in and is 289! Definitely pregnant! I feel like I can let myself relax a little and celebrate this now Obviously it'll be nice to hear Monday's result and see that everything is doubling properly, but it is really starting to feel real now . Having a few symptoms, including bloating and constipation and a few food aversions and cravings (sweet food for some reason makes me feel ill. . . I would think my body wanted me to go on a diet except that at the moment mayonaise tastes like heaven on earth. . . ).
    Congratulations, mama!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by 32ellah View Post
    AFM: I am 9dp5dt today.. I know this may be TMI but as of Monday, I was very constipated and started getting very bloated! I thought it might be gas.. so I waited it out, it started to get worse.. so I called my nurse and she sent me straight in today to get an u/s for monitoring.. well sure enough, I had late onset moderate-severe OHSS... I was immediately sent to the OR, where they put me under and drained 900 ml. of fluid! So I am monitoring that and now I am on rest again On another note... they took an early beta and it was 430, which explains the late onset OHSS! I am back in on Monday for continued monitoring I am very cautious right now BUT wanted to share the news with you Ladies!!!!
    Sorry about the OHSS, but on the PG!!! Congratulations, mama!

    This month is popping in IVF sisters! I love it!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by nostoppingme View Post
    I will share my second beta on Monday morning.

    UPDATE: I wasn't sure if I wanted to share this with everyone, but you are my sisters and I didn't want to keep any secrets from you. Not sure everyone has been around long enough to know my history, but over a year ago, after my 1st failed IVF cycle, my RE ordered a few special labs and it turned out I had some abnormal results. She then referred me to a specialist, Dr Carolyn Coulam with Rhinehart Clinic in Chicago, who ordered additional labs and I was diagnosed with Implantation Failure due to abnormal APA (antiphospholipids) and a blood clotting factor. Along with my advanced maternal age, these were my challenges with IVF. Though we tried 4 attempts at IVF with my eggs, we knew even doing a DE cycle might not work because of the immunological issues. Our second IVF cycle was treated with simple measures, but we still did not achieve a pregnancy and Dr Coulam ordered IVIG with my 3rd and 4th cycles. This is an infusion therapy where I sit for 4 hours as I get an IV of a med called gammagard and the cost is 3k per infusion. Luckily my insurance covers this service and I pay deductible & coinsurance. Anyway, they are taking major precautions with this pregnancy due to my implantation diagnosis and I will undergo weekly early testing to analyze my ANA (antinuclear assay) and APA (antiphospholipid assay) levels through a specialty lab called Millenova. Those tests are about $250 a week. After Dr Coulam reviewed my beta this morning, she recommended I not wait until 9/9 for my next IVIG (28 days is normally how long you wait between sessions), but instead wants me to have it early next week, less than 3 weeks since my last treatment. I wasn't sure how to take that, but I am just grateful that this infusion treatment may help me keep my baby in my uterus. So, in addition to the 4 estrogen patches every other day and getting my 2cc PIO injections and the lovenox 40mg daily shots and prednisone and baby aspirin, I will be undergoing weekly tests & consults with Dr C and IVIG to maintain my pregnancy. I am not discouraged by the news, just thankful I have a team of physicians on top of things and trying to make sure I don't miscarry. Please continue to pray for us and our miracle pregnancy. I had two perfect embabies transferred and I am trying hard to keep my faith that the one that implanted will not be rejected by my body. I feel confident that my numbers will continue to rise, but I am still nervous that things could change at any time. We are so thankful that we have made it this far and we know this is going to be a long ride! I have been keeping a journal and I am also starting a blog. I love all of you ladies with all my heart and I wish EVERYONE successful IVF cycles and I wish all the BFP's a HH9m!! Lots of babies for 2011!!!
    You do have a wonderful team of specialists wanting to make sure this is a success. I'm glad they are being so proactive and so far everything is going as planned. Just think of that extra IVIG as a little more security. I can't wait to hear how your numbers are on Monday. Have a wonderful weekend -- you are knocked up!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sobeit33 View Post
    thinking of you Rhonda, thanks for posting your history...

    and congrats to the other IVF ladies.

    afm...i am feeling all right after a couple glasses o' wine, researching possible educational ideas at the computer while my baby sleeps...i don't get much time to myself as a single mom, and he seems to be sleeping a little longer now..Praise the Lord!
    Thanks sweetie. I bet those moments where you can sit with a glass of wine are by far few, but precious! Sounds peaceful over there...I am glad he is sleeping better!! There's nothing more precious than a sleeping baby. I used to stare at DD when she slept (until I could barely keep my own eyes open of course) because she was so beautiful and peaceful when she slept.

    Quote Originally Posted by rss73 View Post
    Congratulations, mama!!!!

    Sorry about the OHSS, but on the PG!!! Congratulations, mama!

    This month is popping in IVF sisters! I love it!!!!

    You do have a wonderful team of specialists wanting to make sure this is a success. I'm glad they are being so proactive and so far everything is going as planned. Just think of that extra IVIG as a little more security. I can't wait to hear how your numbers are on Monday. Have a wonderful weekend -- you are knocked up!!
    Yes, it's very reassuring having so many eyes watching my progress and checking things twice!! The money part is not fun, but we are doing what we have to do. I am hoping for anything around or over 450 on Monday. I pray those numbers climb like they should.

    DD has a friend over and they are both still sleep. My house is so quiet (DH took Advil PM last night and I just couldn't stay sleep so I got up this morning like it was a weekday). So, instead of going to work, I'm just doing house work - - - few loads of laundry and dishes until my peeps wake up. Then I have to take DD and her cheer buddy to cheerleading practice from 10-12. Think we will do a matinee after lunch and then just chill the rest of the day. Tomorrow we drive an hour away to see my inlaws and we will share our news. My parents will have to wait until I'm further along and comfortable with how things stand. I don't want them to worry as they know about some of my ER history with ectopics and they know I had both tubes removed. None of our parents know we were doing ART, so this is going to be surprising either way. My dad turns 70 on Tuesday and he has a stress test that day. No way I'm sharing news with them until I get through the first trimester. By then I will start to show a little too. I will tell my younger sister and brother after my first u/s which will hopefully be around 6 weeks (in another 2 weeks). I won't tell my older sis and her family until I tell my parents. She's in VA and there's no rush on telling her either. Normally we host Thanksgiving at our house, so that might be when we share with everyone as a family. Yeah, that is 3 months away, so I will be like 4 months then. Sounds like a plan!
    Haven't decided when to tell my stepchildren, but probably not until Christmas. I don't want their mom to know so soon. Not sure why, I just don't. They all live in California anyway and we only see the kids Christmas and summer. So, we will just wait until we see them to tell them. Plus, my DSD is pregnant at 20 and she has her own LO to worry about as a first time mom. Lets just hope she doesn't marry the 30 year old that got her knocked up. Ughhhh!

    Have a fabulous weekend ladies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nostoppingme View Post
    Tomorrow we drive an hour away to see my inlaws and we will share our news. My parents will have to wait until I'm further along and comfortable with how things stand. I don't want them to worry as they know about some of my ER history with ectopics and they know I had both tubes removed. None of our parents know we were doing ART, so this is going to be surprising either way. My dad turns 70 on Tuesday and he has a stress test that day. No way I'm sharing news with them until I get through the first trimester. By then I will start to show a little too. I will tell my younger sister and brother after my first u/s which will hopefully be around 6 weeks (in another 2 weeks). I won't tell my older sis and her family until I tell my parents. She's in VA and there's no rush on telling her either. Normally we host Thanksgiving at our house, so that might be when we share with everyone as a family. Yeah, that is 3 months away, so I will be like 4 months then. Sounds like a plan!
    Haven't decided when to tell my stepchildren, but probably not until Christmas. I don't want their mom to know so soon. Not sure why, I just don't. They all live in California anyway and we only see the kids Christmas and summer. So, we will just wait until we see them to tell them. Plus, my DSD is pregnant at 20 and she has her own LO to worry about as a first time mom. Lets just hope she doesn't marry the 30 year old that got her knocked up. Ughhhh!

    Have a fabulous weekend ladies!
    How did your news sharing go? I've only told a few people..2 very close friends and 1 not very close friend (only because she was staying at my house for a week and I'm showing and all I want to do is sleep, so I had to spill the beans - I still regret that, but what can you do?). I'm going to tell more close friends and family after my nuchal scan this week..I'm really not interested in telling a lot of people. I want it to be my secret, and I've already gotten unsolicited advice (from the not-close friend) and I'm dreading more of that. Two of DH's friends already asked him if I was PG, but luckily their wives are more discreet.. I guess you can't hide the fact that I gained over 10 pounds since early June!!! So, it will come out soon, but there will be no big announcement from me. I guess I'm a little superstitious. I think about this topic all the time, because I don't know how to do it and I don't want to be the center of attention (or advice)..

    Good luck with your beta tomorrow, I'm sure the numbers will be great!! KUP ASAP!! What day is the IVIG scheduled for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32ellah View Post
    Hi Ladies I am sorry I have been away for a bit... I did take a step back, was getting very stressed out during the 2ww. Congrats Ali (Ourou)!!! I didnt get to tell you yet and congrats Rhonda again


    AFM: I am 9dp5dt today.. I know this may be TMI but as of Monday, I was very constipated and started getting very bloated! I thought it might be gas.. so I waited it out, it started to get worse.. so I called my nurse and she sent me straight in today to get an u/s for monitoring.. well sure enough, I had late onset moderate-severe OHSS... I was immediately sent to the OR, where they put me under and drained 900 ml. of fluid! So I am monitoring that and now I am on rest again On another note... they took an early beta and it was 430, which explains the late onset OHSS! I am back in on Monday for continued monitoring I am very cautious right now BUT wanted to share the news with you Ladies!!!!
    Stalker here... 32ellah I am so happy for you!!!! Congrats on the BFP, and I hope your OHSS resolves quickly so you aren't so uncomfortable. Yay you are !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nostoppingme View Post
    I will share my second beta on Monday morning.

    UPDATE: I wasn't sure if I wanted to share this with everyone, but you are my sisters and I didn't want to keep any secrets from you. Not sure everyone has been around long enough to know my history, but over a year ago, after my 1st failed IVF cycle, my RE ordered a few special labs and it turned out I had some abnormal results. She then referred me to a specialist, Dr Carolyn Coulam with Rhinehart Clinic in Chicago, who ordered additional labs and I was diagnosed with Implantation Failure due to abnormal APA (antiphospholipids) and a blood clotting factor. Along with my advanced maternal age, these were my challenges with IVF. Though we tried 4 attempts at IVF with my eggs, we knew even doing a DE cycle might not work because of the immunological issues. Our second IVF cycle was treated with simple measures, but we still did not achieve a pregnancy and Dr Coulam ordered IVIG with my 3rd and 4th cycles. This is an infusion therapy where I sit for 4 hours as I get an IV of a med called gammagard and the cost is 3k per infusion. Luckily my insurance covers this service and I pay deductible & coinsurance. Anyway, they are taking major precautions with this pregnancy due to my implantation diagnosis and I will undergo weekly early testing to analyze my ANA (antinuclear assay) and APA (antiphospholipid assay) levels through a specialty lab called Millenova. Those tests are about $250 a week. After Dr Coulam reviewed my beta this morning, she recommended I not wait until 9/9 for my next IVIG (28 days is normally how long you wait between sessions), but instead wants me to have it early next week, less than 3 weeks since my last treatment. I wasn't sure how to take that, but I am just grateful that this infusion treatment may help me keep my baby in my uterus. So, in addition to the 4 estrogen patches every other day and getting my 2cc PIO injections and the lovenox 40mg daily shots and prednisone and baby aspirin, I will be undergoing weekly tests & consults with Dr C and IVIG to maintain my pregnancy. I am not discouraged by the news, just thankful I have a team of physicians on top of things and trying to make sure I don't miscarry. Please continue to pray for us and our miracle pregnancy. I had two perfect embabies transferred and I am trying hard to keep my faith that the one that implanted will not be rejected by my body. I feel confident that my numbers will continue to rise, but I am still nervous that things could change at any time. We are so thankful that we have made it this far and we know this is going to be a long ride! I have been keeping a journal and I am also starting a blog. I love all of you ladies with all my heart and I wish EVERYONE successful IVF cycles and I wish all the BFP's a HH9m!! Lots of babies for 2011!!!
    Rhonda, it sounds like you have a great team of docs working to keep you !!! Good luck on your next beta, I'll be checking on you!

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