Unisom, take me away!

Yesterday was terrible for my morning/all-day sickness. I woke up, retched a few times, then proceeded to force myself to take my protein drink as usual. But before I could even finish it, I had to throw up. Then the retching and nausea continued all. day. long. No break! I still made myself eat here and there, but I knew it was time to suck it up and buy some Unisom to take along with the B6 I’ve already been taking. I popped 25 mg last night before bed, and voila, no nausea or retching this morning, for the first time in I don’t know how many weeks! I ate a reasonable amount throughout the day until 7pm when the effect wore off. But dangit, it makes me super groggy. And the grogginess didn’t let up until almost lunch time. So I’m going to try taking 12.5 mg tonight, and hope that it’s just as effective without knocking me out.

13-week update

How far along: 13 weeks

Meds: all taken daily – prenatal vitamins, DHA, probiotic, 1-2 generic Tums (both for calcium and antacid), vitamin B6 50 mg 1-2 times a day for morning sickness, Levothyroxine 112 mcg

Baby is the size of: a tangerine

Belly pictures: Crazy belly already, right?? I can’t believe it when I see myself!


Total weight gain: Down 1.2 lbs from last week, so almost 5 lbs up from pre-fertility treatment weight.

Maternity clothes: Wearing a mixture – can still comfortably wear some of my regular pants with stretchy waistbands.

Stretch marks: Nope.

Sleep: Still trying to get to bed between 9-10pm. I wake up once to pee early in the morning then go back to sleep before I get up at 7am.

Symptoms/Feeling: Fatigue and morning sickness are still the main symptoms, though improved from a couple weeks ago. Really hoping they let up significantly in the 2nd trimester. Very dry, itchy skin everywhere.

Best moment of this week: Going public with everybody. I never thought what a huge relief it would be – kind of glad we did spill the beans earlier than I anticipated. Several friends have also revealed their pregnancies to us in the last week!

Miss anything: Caffeine – back to really wanting a green milk tea again.

Movement: Still too early, hope I get to feel something by Christmas!

Food cravings: Bread, fruit, and sour all the way. With a little gelato to settle my stomach before bed 😛

Anything making you queasy or sick: Strangely, I got hit with more nausea at work this week than I have before – not sure why.

Have you started to show yet: That’s why we went public so early!

Gender: A girl! We have 2 main contenders for names right now, we’ll see if we like others.

Labor signs: Nope.

Belly button in or out:  Innie.

Wedding rings on or off: Staying on.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, though the nausea and retching can definitely send me into a tailspin.

Looking forward to: Thanksgiving at my mother-in-law’s, even though I know all his aunts are going to cluck over me. Hopefully I can enjoy the food!

12-week update, and gender reveal!

How far along: 12 weeks 1 day

Meds: all taken daily – prenatal vitamins, DHA, probiotic, 1-2 generic Tums (both for calcium and antacid), vitamin B6 50 mg 1-2 times a day for morning sickness, Levothyroxine 112 mcg

Baby is the size of: a lime

Belly pictures: No hiding the bump now!


Total weight gain: Up 3.6 lbs from last week, though don’t know how accurate this is since I didn’t weigh myself until just now after a long day of travel. That would be 6 lbs higher than my pre-fertility treatment weight.

Maternity clothes: Wore maternity leggings for half my trip, picked up a few long-sleeve shirts for the upcoming months, along with maternity Spanx 😛 Also found a couple bras on clearance, I’m up a full band AND cup size right now.

Stretch marks: Nope.

Sleep: Slept at least 8 hours most nights this week, then would take a 1-2 hour midday nap also. Yay vacation!

Symptoms/Feeling: The morning sickness, constipation, and fatigue have definitely improved since stopping progesterone, though they still come and go.

Best moment of this week: Hard to pick, so many great moments this week! The normal results of the nuchal translucency ultrasound and Verifi, and then telling the future grandparents. My parents were appropriately excited, though my mother did ask why I waited so long to tell them, of course. Hubby’s mom and grandmother were really happy as well, and as hubby suspected, other relatives also showed up for dinner, so the casual dinner did turn into a mini-celebration.

Miss anything: Caffeine – I had hot chocolate a few days ago, and that was enough to throw off my sleep schedule for a bit!

Movement: Going to be several weeks until I feel anything, but baby is supposed to squirm in response to pushing on my belly now.

Food cravings: Still really digging the carbs and salt, and occasionally something sweet.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Flying was tough this week, though it wasn’t bad until the end of the flights. Can’t go too long between eating of course, and the prenatal vitamins are starting to give me trouble again.

Have you started to show yet: Definitely!

Gender: So far everybody has said it’s a girl. Hubby told me he suspected a girl from the moment I told him I was pregnant (whaaaa?), and I started having dreams I was carrying a girl a couple weeks ago. Well… we were all RIGHT! Unless I’m one of the few where the Verifi can be thrown off by the fact that we had 2 embryos transferred – always a possibility, however small, though we’ll of course have an anatomy ultrasound next month as well to check everything out.

Labor signs: Nope.

Belly button in or out:  Innie.

Wedding rings on or off: Staying on.

Happy or moody most of the time: Definitely happy, especially after a much-needed break from work!

Looking forward to: Checking out a local kids consignment sale tomorrow. I’ve already been hoarding quite a few items as I find them on sale/discount from various sources. Now that we know baby is a girl, it’s made it easier to focus the shopping.

“Beautiful baby!”


The best words I could hear from the ultrasound tech after 5 minutes of silent poking and prodding, waiting for baby to turn just the right way, so she could obtain the measurements she needed for this morning’s nuchal translucency ultrasound. I woke up at 5:30 and couldn’t get back to sleep, between the anticipation for Vegas and the ultrasound. Gave myself my last progesterone shot, and finished packing before taking off for the appointment. Afterwards, I found the NP who’d performed my last couple IUIs and excitedly showed her the pictures. She found out I’m just seeing a regular OB at my office, and strongly advised I request to see the perinatologist since IVF babies often have growth restriction issues and should be considered high-risk. I’m debating since I’m not really sure what that could add beyond more appointments and detailed ultrasounds (that may or may not show anything of significance – I can’t tell you how many times there’s a finding that means nothing after birth). Thinking I’ll email the couple perinatologist friends I have for their opinion. But for now, I plan to fully enjoy these next few days of R&R, and will be thankful for a short uneventful flight, and hopefully the return of my appetite!

11-week update

How far along: 11 weeks (and NOT 10 weeks 2 days per my OB’s official declaration today – woohoo!)

Meds: all taken daily – prenatal vitamins, DHA, probiotic, 1-2 generic Tums (both for calcium and antacid), vitamin B6 50 mg twice a day for morning sickness, Levothyroxine 112 mcg, Progesterone in oil 50 mg intramuscular injection, Progesterone 100 mg vaginal suppository. Waiting on today’s progesterone level to see if I can start weaning off finally! I bled a lot again with this morning’s injection :/

Baby is the size of: a fig

Belly pictures: *POP* Hubby finally thinks I’m actually showing 😛


Total weight gain: Holding steady from last week, up 2.4 lbs from pre-fertility treatment weight.

Maternity clothes: I really need to hang it all up so I can take advantage of wearing them. And looking forward to maybe finding some items at the Vegas outlets!

Stretch marks: Nope.

Sleep: My fatigue is not as constant. OB explained it pretty well today – he said though I’ll feel better as I get to the 2nd trimester, there will be several days when I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck again, and those likely coincide with when baby is having a growth spurt.

Symptoms/Feeling: Morning sickness, you suck! I want my voracious appetite back.

Best moment of this week: Seeing the baby a couple hours ago, and hearing the heartbeat for the first time 🙂 Sounded nice and strong (that’s the frequency you see at the bottom of the pic). Baby measured just 3 days behind my due date of May 28 – looking back, I was 3 days behind at my first ultrasound, so who knows – we all know babies don’t pay much attention to those due dates anyways 🙂

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Miss anything: Sushi – don’t ask me how I crave something like sushi when I’m barely able to keep carbs and fruit down, but ah well. I may treat myself to trustworthy good-quality stuff later in the pregnancy.

Movement: Baby was ACTIVE for the ultrasound today – started waving its hands and then bounced up and down a couple times like it was on a trampoline, totally made me laugh out loud! I need to remember to be prepared to video the next time. But still over a month away from feeling any.

Food cravings: Carbs, salt, and sour stuff. My old residency friend who lives in Hawaii sent me a package of stuff covered in li hing mui powder – so awesome!!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Driving up and down the hill. Moving around too quickly, especially after eating. I really feel like I need to get back to more vigorous exercise, but I’m a little scared of throwing up right now.

Have you started to show yet: It’s very tough to keep the belly under wraps now.

Gender: Today the OB guessed baby is a girl just because he couldn’t see much of anything between the legs, but we’ll see what the Verifi test shows, which I had drawn this morning.

Labor signs: Nope.

Belly button in or out:  Innie.

Wedding rings on or off: Staying on.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, despite the craziness of cold and flu season picking up at work. I do have less morning sickness while working at least – distraction definitely helps.

Looking forward to: Nuchal translucency ultrasound means another chance to see the bean next Tuesday! From there I’m driving straight to the airport to head to VEGAS!!

10-week update

How far along: 10 weeks – baby has officially graduated from embryo to fetus! Can’t believe we’re 1/4 of the way through.

Meds: all taken daily – prenatal vitamins, DHA, probiotic, 1-2 generic Tums (both for calcium and antacid), Levothyroxine 112 mcg, Progesterone in oil 50 mg intramuscular injection, Progesterone 100 mg vaginal suppository. Also Docusate 250 mg as needed.

Baby is the size of: a kumquat or fig

Belly pictures: The bump is definitely there all the time now!


Total weight gain: Down 0.8 from last week, up 2.4 lbs from pre-fertility treatment weight.

Maternity clothes: Think I’m officially making the switch this week, if I can finally get everything put away (note the ever-present laundry baskets in my bump pics!). My loose-fitting dresses haven’t been enough to hide my bump recently, and I’ve been buttoning up my white coat at work to camouflage it.

Stretch marks: Nope. Can’t do anything to prevent them so not stressing. Applying coconut oil to help my frequent itching.

Sleep: Tired but not sleeping as well. Insomnia seems to have kicked in more.

Symptoms/Feeling: I hate morning sickness and constipation. I held out with just prune juice for as long as I could, but had to break out the Docusate since the gas pain was killing me.

Best moment of this week: I attended aerial class last Thursday evening and danced one last solo (no inverting) for our studio owner who’s moving away. I also wrote her an early birthday card, with a P.S. that I was pregnant. She wrote me an ecstatic message afterwards 🙂

Miss anything: A balanced diet!

Movement:  Not fetal 😛

Food cravings: Bread and ice cream. At least I can eat a little chicken most days at lunch.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Everything 😦

Have you started to show yet: Most definitely – loose tops and dresses aren’t hiding the bump anymore!

Gender: Seeing Genetics today, who will order the [update after my appointment] Verifi test, and I will have my blood drawn next Thursday. Results take 8-10 days to come back, and will be emailed through our patient messaging system if all is normal.

Labor signs: Nope.

Belly button in or out:  Innie.

Wedding rings on or off: Staying on.

Happy or moody most of the time: All over the place – still mostly happy but I’m definitely tearful when retching a lot.

Looking forward to: Seeing my fabulous classmates take the stage Saturday for our studio owner’s last show.

I’m really very happy to throw up

Seriously, how did Princess Kate and all the other ladies who suffered hyperemesis gravidarum survive?? I called out sick today because it’s my worst day yet for symptoms with non-stop nausea and headaches, but I’ve only thrown up twice so far. I’ve been trying to make up for the lack of eating with more water, but that actually made me feel worse. I was catching up on crossing off days on the printable pregnancy calendar on our fridge, and read tomorrow’s tidbit out loud to hubby: “Some women experience only mild pregnancy symptoms.” Bitches! Ha… Poor hubby has had to hear me all day long since he’s working from home. He holed himself up in his office with the door closed – I wonder why 😛

9-week update

How far along: 9 weeks

Meds: all taken daily – prenatal vitamins, DHA, probiotic, 1-2 generic Tums (both for calcium and antacid), Levothyroxine 112 mcg, Progesterone in oil 50 mg intramuscular injection, Progesterone 100 mg vaginal suppository. The PIO self-injections have become much easier, so much so that I still gave it to myself this morning even though hubby came home yesterday – just took less time. Though I will say he doesn’t leave me with as many painful lumps afterwards.

Baby is the size of: a grape

Belly pictures: I felt too sick this morning to take pictures, so already pretty bloated by the time I finally took these.


Total weight gain: Down 0.6 from last week (yay morning sickness), up 3.2 lbs from pre-fertility treatment weight.

Maternity clothes: Still wearing every loose-fitting dress I can possibly get away with.

Stretch marks: Nope.

Sleep: If I’m not in bed by 10pm, I feel pretty crappy waking up at 7am. Naps at work haven’t been as frequent as I’d like, thanks to lunch meetings. I’ve been blessed with pretty light schedules this week though. The calm before the peak of flu season storm, I’m sure.

Symptoms/Feeling: I’ve vomited just once total, but the nausea and retching have really ramped up, to where I was pretty certain I was going to upchuck any second. I’ve found sour things, like lemon and sourdough, and guacamole from Chipotle, help me feel a bit better. Fatigue is definitely a constant, even doing deep breathing for meditation and yoga is tiring!

Best moment of this week: Second ultrasound and RE telling me I could move on to regular OB care! And hubby coming home yesterday – hurray! He bought the baby some cute stuffed animals, including one that looks a lot like the giant duck we bought the day we became engaged – we had to toss it during one of our moves because it was beyond saving from the ravages of 4 pets in a tiny apartment.

Miss anything: Sex – any time I feel like the drive is there, nausea and fatigue take over 😦

Movement:  At least 10 weeks away!

Food cravings: Carbs, carbs, and more carbs – and bread especially. There is no way I could stay gluten-free right now, or I would wither away into nothingness.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Sudden motion – have to be extra careful to avoid rocking or moving too quickly in yoga, and driving up and down the hill home hasn’t been so fun.

Have you started to show yet: My hubby doesn’t think so (or maybe he’s just saying that, lol), but it looks like I am, doesn’t it? A patient’s mom asked me yesterday – I can’t suck in my bloated stomach at work all day!

Gender: Should know by mid-November – problem with the RE pushing my due date back a bit means I won’t be testing next week (even though I still think I’ll actually be 10 weeks then).

Labor signs: No!

Belly button in or out:  Innie.

Wedding rings on or off: Staying on.

Happy or moody most of the time: Moodier with the worsening of morning sickness, but still pretty happy thinking about what’s going on inside me.

Looking forward to: Prenatal massage on Sunday – my therapist is awesome!!

2nd ultrasound and change in due date??

I had my 2nd ultrasound today at the RE’s, which went great! The bean had a strong heartbeat, measured 13.3 mm long, which is on track for 7 weeks, 4 days. But wait, I’m 8 weeks, 2 days based on my egg retrieval date of 9/4?? Except my RE calculates my due date as date of conception from my transfer on 9/9, giving me a new due date of June 2, and making me exactly 7 weeks, 4 days today. I’m so confused… I think for the purposes of this blog I’ll keep my weekly updates based on the original.

2014-10-18 15.57.26I totally expected to have at least one more ultrasound and visit, but the RE says the baby is doing great, and he graduated me! I left my 2 remaining vials of Menopur at his office to try and sell to another patient, and brought my Sharps container in to empty. He wants me to continue Progesterone until 12 weeks, or November 18 by his calculation, but I plan to stop a week early because I don’t want to deal with flying with all the supplies to Vegas for our trip, and from what I’ve read many RE’s now stop at 8-10 weeks, so I feel very comfortable stopping at 11.

The morning sickness is definitely kicking my butt, and I ended up telling 2 more of our friends this weekend since they’re staying over. It’s nice to have the company while hubby’s out of town, but I feel like such a terrible host after taking a 2-hour nap, lol.