Monday, March 5, 2012


Today Petrie (so named because he/she was "conceived" in a petri dish and also as homage to "The Land Before Time" character) is three weeks old. This morning we went for our weekly blood work and ultrasound and I saw Petrie as a gestational sac.

The gestational sac is a structure that surrounds an embryo, which is a baby in the very early stages of development. It encloses not only the embryo, but also the amniotic fluid, which helps to nourish and protect the developing baby. A lot of good things came from seeing Petrie at this stage: 1) I am, in fact, pregnant and I was able to take home a second picture to add to my collection, 2) I did not have a very early miscarriage or "chemical pregnancy" meaning a miscarriage occurred at a point where the biochemical tests, such as an hCG blood test, were the only evidence that I was pregnant and the miscarriage happened before an ultrasound could have shown a gestational sac, and 3) I do not have an ectopic pregnancy.

For some reason I had it in my head that I would have 25 days of progesterone shots after the transfer. If this was the case, tomorrow would be my last day. However I misinformed myself and the shots continue for the first 8 weeks! Obviously I have more to celebrate than to be frustrated with, but these are literally becoming a pain in the ass. I have some bruising where the shots go and silly things we taking for granted - like sitting - can be uncomfortable and annoying. The other night I found myself sitting on a heating pad just to calm things down a little back there. I did learn today that there is a possibility I can switch to progesterone that is taken as a suppository. 

  • Progesterone suppositories are made-to-order by a pharmacist based on the dose of progesterone and frequency of use as prescribed by your IVF specialist.

  • Progesterone gel is placed in your vagina once a day for progesterone supplementation or twice a day for progesterone replacement using a special applicator.

  • Although equally unsexy, it would be 100 times for comfortable, travel-friendly, and something I can do/would do on my own.

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