Early amnio results are in

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Early amnio results are in
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Fri, 07-25-2008 - 4:45pm

Ladies:

Everything check out properly for my confirmed BOY. All chromosomes are in pairs (the non-pairing apparently is what leads to Downs, and the various Trisomies). The longer and more detailed results take about another 2.5 -3 weeks... but it will just confirm the above and that no transpositions have taken place.

Long story short - I feel we have all the info we need to breath easy.

Thanks everyone for the P&PT, power hummms and also e-mails.

I appreciate the support!

Libby




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Registered: 05-01-2008
Fri, 07-25-2008 - 5:44pm

YIPPEEEEEEE. Congratulations Libby:-)

You know I wasn't around here during your attempts. Can you let me know what you were doing or link me to some of your old posts? That is if you have the time and energy to do it.

Thanks

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Fri, 07-25-2008 - 7:49pm
Yay!


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Sat, 07-26-2008 - 8:13pm
 

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Sat, 07-26-2008 - 10:31pm

Congratulations, Libby. We all knew everything was ok, but it's

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Sun, 07-27-2008 - 6:20pm

Great news Libby!

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Mon, 07-28-2008 - 7:51am
A healthy Boy!

 

  

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Mon, 07-28-2008 - 8:25am

Excellent news!!!

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Mon, 07-28-2008 - 11:20am

What great news Libby! Now you can exhale and enjoy the rest of your pregnancy :)


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Registered: 12-17-2007
Mon, 07-28-2008 - 1:18pm

Thanks everyone! Yes, I am a relieved, grateful and delighted women!!

Brenda (et al):

Long story... but here it goes...

As you may (or may not) know, DH & I had a daughter in June 2005. After an appropriate recovery period, we immediately began to TTC again. We were successful quite quickly - within a cycle or two of trying. The pregnancy got off to its start, but the baby lagged behind in development. My cycle said a certain date of development, the early US said more than a week less. The baby stopped developing and the pregnancy ended at about 9 or so weeks. There was a great deal of sadness. We decided to try again as soon as we got the all clear from my doctor.

Once we began TTC again, we were again successful quite quickly... within 1, at most 2 cycles. The story is similar to the above... the pregnancy started, developed, slowed and ended. There was again a great deal of sadness and a lot of questions as to why this kept happening. But there was also determination.

My OB is well connected and well regarded in the local medical community - if a bit old school. I had a detailed and emotional discussion with him about why I could conceive, but I could not carry a baby to term. We decided that I would benefit from an RE consult, and instead of waiting the 6 months it normally takes to get in for an appointment - he had me in there in 6 days. We spoke of repeated m/c issues, general physical issues, general fertility issues and she ordered the full battery of blood work. She also gave me a prescription for Prometrium to fill the minute I got a BFP.*

DH & I just assumed that given our record of getting pregnant so easily, that is would be a quick matter of getting a BFP again. Well, we were wrong. At a subsequent RE appointment we discussed that my cycle was quite variable since the 2 D&Cs, and we were advised that was pretty normal after 2 losses. Eventually, months and months later - my cycle started to be regular.

My weight had climbed after the 2 pregnancies and 2 m/c and comfort eating, and that was an issue for me and my fertility, I think. I joined the gym, hired a personal trainer and was dedicated to going to the gym 4 or 5 times a week. I lost some weight (nothing like what I had gained) but the biggest change was the general blood chemistry turn around. My time at the gym (half a year before BFP) improved all areas of my blood chemistry and general health and health indicators.

But still no BFP. At this point we had had quarterly appointments with the RE, lots of blood tests, an hysteroscopy... but no BFP. After 14 cycles of nada, we moved to taking Clomid - 50 mg, twice a day. CD3-7.**

Over this time I boosted DH's anti-oxidants, did the fertility vitamins for him and also the fruit smoothies thing. I continued at the gym and working on a much healthier diet. Over those months I also consulted a Holistic Nutritionist for diet ideas. We worked on food combining as a means of getting what I needed, but in a combination that might encourage gentle weight loss. We felt a severe diet would be counter productive to TTC.

On cycle 15 or 16 we saw the RE and again just discussed everything. I showed her my charting, we saw that everything was regular and predictable there... and she asked me to stop charting. She said it was too much... I had to let some of it go. She also wanted us to consider IUI with CHOS. She gave us odds of only 5% chance of conception if we continued on with the "Expectant Management" TTC we were doing. We said we would think about IUI, but I am personally totally freaked out by getting needles... childish, I know, but that is my reality. It is just a huge obstacle for me.

DH & I discussed it. We were considering it but only loosely. I decided on another course. I gave up the temping. I still noted CM and other natural indicators in a chart. I booked a fantastic cruise for when I knew I would OVL. I left the thermometer at home, no OPKs either, just us on a hugely relaxing procreation vacation. I didn't avoid alcohol, although I don't generally drink much in any event. We had wonderful meals, great fun, moonlight drinks together on our balcony and we BDd when we wanted to... It was romantic, fun and loving... and didn't feel like being part of a science experiment.

TMI ALERT: Even on Clomid, my CM still gave me very good indicators of fertility. I had EWCM on what I would say was -2DPO and -1DPO, and those are the two key days for procreation. We did hit those days, but we both wanted to those days as well. On both, we did avoid saliva being in contact with the vaginal area or penile area (which is unusual for us generally and in past cycles), but I learned from the Board that saliva is hostile to the swimmers. We did BD after OVL, but I do not believe that you can fertilise an egg after it is older than 12 hours. You MUST have fresh sperm waiting for it, and we did.

We returned home and a 2WW later - I got my BFP, I filled the Prometrium and things progressed wonderfully from there.

So, what made it happen for us? In truth, I have no idea... I assume a combination of improved health, adjusted hormones (Clomid** & then Prometrium*), and more than a little magic. I do respond well to known important deadlines, and we had to have the IUI decision made by the end of the month I got pregnant - a course I did not really want to take. I do not respond well to detailed day-to-day pressures, and I let those go with the no charting and no OPKs.

At the first appointment with my RE after the BFP, we had a very early US. While she was performing it I said, "I'm going to tell you how we did this. We took the money we would have spent on IUI and decided to take a cruise over the time I would OVL instead!" "That's it," she said, "we are closing the clinic and putting up a sign that says 'Cruise Sellers'!! Our results will probably be as good or better!"

So that's our story. Long, I know, but as detailed as I could make it. I hope it contains something helpful.

Libby

*Repeat M/C is most often due to an inadequate supply of progesterone post conception. It may not be a Luteal Phase defect per se, but simply a lack of sufficient progesterone to sustain a pregnancy until the time the placenta manufactures the hormones needed. Prometrium is a safe and easy way to eliminate that problem. See this article for more information:
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/3/1680_51209.htm

**Clomid also adjusts progesterone levels, and this could be essential in the 14 days following OVL/conception. There are several credible studies that say introducing progesterone two weeks after conception may already be too late. My levels were quite high due to the Clomid (went from 10ml before taking Clomid to 34ml during Clomid) so that was not a concern for this pregnancy. If I needed more between conception and filling the Prometrium prescription - I thankfully already had it.

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Mon, 07-28-2008 - 2:46pm

Libby,

That's an interesting timeline if my math is correct. I had an oops pregnancy at 39.5 years that dated behind more than a week at the supposed 7 week 4 days sonogram. I knew it was no good but they saw what they said was a strong fetal pole and hb. My next visit at 11.4 weeks found the baby died. I had a D&C at 12 weeks, the exact day I was supposed to have my CVS.

You would have been about that age with your first loss right?

Well anyway, I am so very happy for you and I wish all of us here the same happy results:-)

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