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August 6, 2010 / Magic Mama

The Skinny

Yawn… I’ve been sleeping off the anesthetic from this morning’s retrieval, which went really well. 23 eggs! Not all of them will be mature enough for fertilization, but that’s a great number to start with. I woke up from the procedure with more painful cramps than I was expecting, but the good news helped. I will be spending this evening on the couch with some tylenol, lots of fluids, a heating pad and a girly movie.

And then what? Here’s the skinny:

Sunday: The embryologist will call us to give an update on fertilization and embryo growth. We will start the progesterone injections (which will continue daily until the pregnancy test, and may continue through the 10th week if the test is positive). And I believe they will also be couriering the cell samples to the PGD clinic in Detroit for the biopsies to begin.

Tuesday: The embryologist will give us another update on embryo growth and will schedule the embryo transfer.

Wednesday: Transfer day! When we arrive for the appointment, we will find out the results from the PGD biopsies, and our doctor will discuss whether to transfer 1 or 2 embryos based on the quality. Here are the rest of the details straight from the babymaker handbook (because then I don’t have to think too hard)… The morning of the transfer you may wash your hair and shower. (You will not be able to do either for 48 hours after the transfer.) Take your Valium tablet one hour before the scheduled transfer time, and begin drinking water. Water amounts will vary for each person. The important thing is that you have a full bladder at the time of transfer. You will be required to lie flat for ten minutes after the transfer and will then be allowed to go to the bathroom. The transfer is done in about ten minutes. Typically, the procedure is similar to a Pap smear. After the embryo transfer and after about 40 minutes of rest in the office, you will be able to go home. After the transfer, you should rest in bed or on the couch for 48 hours. You may get up to go to the bathroom. This is a good time to catch up on reading or watch television. You may do so in a reclining position.

And finally, the pregnancy test: A blood pregnancy test (beta HCG) will be done 14 to 16 days after the egg retrieval. Sometimes two serum pregnancy tests a few days apart are needed to confirm a rising beta HCG level. One sign of a healthy pregnancy is an HCG level that is rapidly increasing. HCG levels that start low and do not increase as rapidly as expected may mean the pregnancy is nonviable. If the pregnancy is confirmed, an ultrasound will be scheduled for about 2 to 3 weeks from the date of the positive blood test. This ultrasound confirms the viability of the pregnancy and it’s location. If the pregnancy test is negative, schedule a follow-up conference with your doctor to review the cycle and options for future cycles.

That’s all for now! The couch is calling my name.

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  1. K / Aug 7 2010 2:21 am

    So, if two are put in, is it possible you will have twins? And, will the doctor tell you the sex of the embryos? This is all so interesting! I will be willing to bring you dinner and watch TV with you when you are chilling next Thursday!

    • Magic Mama / Aug 8 2010 11:29 pm

      Yes, yes and yes :)

      Yes, if we transfer two there is a possibility of twins. Yes, I believe the doctor will tell us the sex (because that will be part of the biopsy), but we will plan on having them “surprise us” if possible. And yes, dinner and/or your company on Thursday would be lovely!

  2. renee / Aug 7 2010 2:35 pm

    so awesome!

  3. Janet Solyntjes / Aug 8 2010 2:31 pm

    Hey Magic Mama,

    I appreciate the detailed updates on your abracadabra journey. These next few days sound quite important. I’ll do what I can to contribute to the magic ~ I’ve got a few Buddhist practices to call upon. Whatever it takes…. I hope your entire community of family and friends are sending along good thoughts. Best wishes to you both (or, to all three or four of you!).

    Love,
    Janet

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