If you are coming over from Instagram, this is old news to you. But just as we were gearing up to start fertility treatments this January, we got the greatest surprise. Christmas night we found out that we’re pregnant!
Starting to Try Again
I had started tracking everything again in December, and did OPKs (ovulation tests) and got 9 “high days” in a row, so I stopped, and figured I had just messed something up and missed it. But later in the month my Apple Watch estimated that I had ovulated after I stopped taking the tests.
We were so focused on doing the ovarian rejuvenation in January that I didn’t think much about it. We had a date and I was so excited to be going back to San Diego, and to be trying something new. Even though the idea of starting IVF again was daunting.
Finding Out We’re Pregnant
Christmas Day my period was a few days late, and my watch kept showing my temperature rising or staying consistent. Your body temperature drops off right before you start your period. And it wasn’t happening. I kept pushing the thought out of my head, and just wanted to celebrate Christmas with Krew, Levi and our family.
That night after we got home from all of our family celebrations I mentioned to Levi that it was a possibility. We went back and forth about testing, because based on our history I didn’t want something negative associated with Christmas. But my curiosity got the best of me.
I took a test (I typically prefer the cheap tests from Amazon that show the lines, but Levi likes the Clearblue digital ones that say “Pregnant” or “Not Pregnant”), and Levi was the first to see it. He started freaking out, and at first I thought he was messing with me. I was in shock. We were both in shock. I mean this wasn’t the first time we had got a positive pregnancy test, but something felt different.
*These tests from Amazon are $10 for a box of 25, they have 27,000 reviews and 4 1/2 stars. They just show the two lines, but I’m a visual person and like to see them. Plus, it’s the same kind of test they use at the hospital. As a nurse and I’ve ran plenty of these tests :). It’s simply a preference thing.
The next day was a holiday, so my regular OB wasn’t open. But I knew the fertility clinic would be, so I called them and they ordered a blood draw for me. My first level was 322, which is higher than I ever had with any of the chemical pregnancies. I was still anxious, until my nurse Alyssa called. She was so excited for us, and said that it looked great and they would be happy with anything over 100. My second draw was four days later. The level should double every 48 hours, so based on that we were hoping for a number around 1300. My second level came back and 2526! We were all set to have our first ultrasound.
The First Ultrasound
I can’t even say how grateful I am that our fertility clinic followed us for the first nine weeks. They know our history, and knew my anxiety was so high, they gave us so much comfort and reassurance in those first few weeks.
Walking into the back of the clinic for our first ultrasound, I had a full on panic attack. My heart rate shot up, and I felt like I could pass out. Levi was helping me focus and breathe through it, but he admitted after he needed it just as much. Dr. Doblado was quick to tell us everything looked good, that he could see the heartbeat. He said based on our history he was going through everything with a fine tooth comb, and was really looking for anything to be wrong, but he said everything looked “textbook”. It was such a relief!
How Things Are Going
I’m currently just shy of 17 weeks pregnant, we got the results from our NIPT test (which is the first trimester genetic screening test) and everything looked good. Now that I’m in my second trimester I have more blood work to be done and the anatomy scan at 20 weeks!
I wish I had some magic formula to share that helped me get pregnant naturally this time. But the truth is, I don’t know why it worked. I think it was a lot of things…being focused on Krew and looking forward to starting treatments again, my hormones after I stopped breastfeeding, I had started on Zoloft earlier in December, I was taking NMN and my other supplements, but honestly I don’t know. What I do know is that we are so excited, and incredibly grateful. The miracle of it all is not lost on us.
Thank you so for being here! Stay tuned for more updates!