We had a lovely day and a half at home trying to relax and feel a sense of normalcy… before I was readmitted to the hospital with symptomatic preeclampsia. For me, that included a severe headache, chest and back pain and a high blood pressure reading of 145/97 at home and 150/100 at the doctor’sContinue reading “My recovery story”
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My labor and delivery story
After learning that we’d be heading to the hospital in a few hours to be induced, I went into logistics mode. We needed my dad to get Ivy girl from us, we needed to tell our families in Florida so they could prepare and start driving up, and I wanted to finish some things aroundContinue reading “My labor and delivery story”
Leading up to labor and delivery
We knew as we neared the end of pregnancy that we wouldn’t be allowed to go past 40 weeks due to my gestational diabetes, so it really felt like a countdown to November 13th. During the last few weeks of pregnancy we were going to weekly appointments for either an ultrasound or non-stress test (15Continue reading “Leading up to labor and delivery”
It’s the final countdown!
Wow – so we’re nearly 2 weeks away from our due date and baby can really come any day between now and then. That comes with so many emotions! This entire journey has been a wild ride with plenty of ups and downs but we’ve made it this far and we’re almost to the end.Continue reading “It’s the final countdown!”
Sometimes all you need is a break
It’s been a while since I’ve given an IVF update – but I’m back! Taking a few months off from IVF was truly what I needed. The time off from doctors appointments, injections, medication allergies and other side effects restored my energy and focus. I spent the first few months of my IVF break continuingContinue reading “Sometimes all you need is a break”
When challenges arise, you can pivot!
We found out our first embryo transfer failed just before Thanksgiving. We were so confident it would work that we booked flights to see both our families, in hopes that we could tell them we’re pregnant in person, so it was quite the let down. There was always a chance it wouldn’t work, but theContinue reading “When challenges arise, you can pivot!”
Transfer, waiting and results… oh my!
The week leading up to our first embryo transfer was filled with excitement and stress, the latter of which is not ideal. Everyone tells you to reduce stress before a transfer, which makes feeling stressed all the more anxiety-producing. Let me explain. We were excited about our transfer and, quite honestly, very hopeful that itContinue reading “Transfer, waiting and results… oh my!”
It’s a long road to embryo transfer
The process leading up to an embryo transfer is different from that leading up to an egg retrieval. There is far less monitoring (yay for flexibility) and there are different medications to take. Our fourth retrieval was in September and we had two trips planned during October, so we weren’t sure if we’d have toContinue reading “It’s a long road to embryo transfer”
Going with the flow: the process continues
After only getting 1 potentially viable embryo from our first round of IVF, and talking with our doctor, we decided the best thing to do would be to do another retrieval in the hopes that we could get more potentially viable embryos. Since my fertility will continue to decline as time goes on, we didn’tContinue reading “Going with the flow: the process continues”
My first retrieval became a reality check
By the time the egg retrieval procedure came around, I felt bloated and uncomfortable from the medications and I was ready to be done with it. Because of Covid, no one was allowed in the facility with me so Ilan had to wait in the car. It wasn’t my first time under anesthesia, so IContinue reading “My first retrieval became a reality check”