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Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy ICLW!

Happy ICLW! ICLW is how I found so many great blogs and is the reason for the support I have received the last two months.  For those of you new to it, you have found a gold mine.  A little about me:

I started this blog at the end of February following 14 months of TTC and after my 2nd miscarriage.  I lost both pregnancies early (at 6 weeks) after trying for 6 months each time.  The second loss was truly devastating for me and I knew I needed help so reached out to the blogging community.  I had few friends IRL who I'd shared my story with and it was much easier for me to write about what's going on that to talk about it.  After the 2nd loss, I made an appointment with a fertility specialist and got a Recurrent Pregnancy Loss (RPL) workup that included a history and physical, labwork, semen analysis, and an HSG.  All of our results came back normal, which was bittersweet.  Luckily, and totally unexpectedly, I became pregnant the cycle following my last miscarriage (last week)!  So, I'm now starting a new journey of pregnancy number three.  They say it's a charm, right?

So, I made a mistake on my last post. My beta was 453 at 16 DPO (not 15).  My beta yesterday at 19 DPO was 1503.  That's a doubling time of 44 hours.  I know that normal is 24-72 hours, so I'm right in the middle.  Of course, I'd be happier if the number were closer to the 24 hour, but it's probably fine, right?  The nurse who called said it was "a good rise".  I am to keep taking my prenatal and progesterone suppository.  Done.  My progesterone yesterday was 23.5 up from 17.  I think this is good?  I asked her and told her I'd only taken 3 of the suppositories with that lab and she told me that the suppositories don't enter the bloodstream, so aren't reflected in that number.  I think it's good news that my progesterone is going up too, right?  I'm just nervous I guess.  With my last pregnancy, my doubling time was also 44 hours, but the numbers were smaller (85 at 15DPO and 777 at 20 DPO).  There's such a range of "ok" numbers that I'm not sure what to think.  I'll have labs drawn again Monday and Thursday of next week. Assuming those go ok, I'll have an US the following week.  Pretty cool.

I feel kind of crappy today.  I haven't been eating well, but healthy food has just not sounded appetizing at all to me. I feel guilty about it and need to make a better effort now.  I'm also so so tired.  But, I've been off, so have been able to take naps.  I work the next four days, so am going to have to plow through.  I've been slightly nauseous a few days, but not really today.  I need to just stop over analyzing and understand that today all is well.  I'm doing all I can and what will be, will be.

Thanks for reading.  Happy holiday weekend.


  1. Stopping by from ICLW...

    I hope that this is your super, sticky bean. I'll be keeping everything crossed for you.

  2. Your numbers look good. I really hope that all this time, its just been about progesterone. Now you have the support, I really hope this is 3rd time lucky for you. Huge fat hugs and rest up.

  3. Hi Noelle-
    Your number rises seem very good! And you said a key thing: there's such a range of "ok" numbers. So just try to take comfort in the fact that your levels are all rising as they should, and you're experiencing pregnancy symptoms. This may sound strange, but with my pregnancies, I tried to be grateful for the symptoms-- even the yucky ones-- because they meant, hallelujah, I was pregnant. And because those pregnancies ended in loss, when I am pregnant again, I'll try to be triple grateful.

    It's so good that you've had happy news to share, and it gives so many of "us" hope. THANK YOU. Take good care, try not to over-analyze, and know that there is lots of positive energy being sent your way for a blessed outcome this time.

    Thank you for your comment on my blog- I posted a response in the comments there. (:

  4. Hi! I'm here from ICLW and wanted to say I'm so happy you are pregnant again! Being nervous is more than normal and only time will help with this! Your beta sounds fantastic and so is your progesterone, I'm keeping everything crossed this is it!!

    Fran ICLW #131

  5. I think your numbers look great. Try not to think about them too much (although I know that's practically impossible)

    I remember feeling the same way when I was pregnant..healthy food wasn't appetizing at all!

    I nominated you for an award, check it out :)

  6. Here from ICLW
    Fingers crossed for you I hope this one is a sticky rainbow, my sticky bean is due in August Take care

  7. I'm sorry for your losses, but WOW, what a great beta! Congrats!

  8. sounds very promising! Best wishes!

  9. Hey Noelle,

    Just thinking about you. Hope everything is going well with your pregnancy!


  10. Hi Noelle,
    Been thinking a lot about you and hoping all is well...