IVF #4, Betas and a Baby

Our 4th IVF was successful! We're almost 12 weeks pregnant, although we are not in the clear, we'll keep our spirits high. 3 Separation Tears very early in the pregnancy have me on modified bed rest...and after just 5 weeks my body is yuck! But of course it's all for good reason although it gives me too much time to wonder why it happened to me. And the docs don't know why either-just that it could've happened at implantation.

But let me back up a bit to May and June. Our 4th IVF process was the most successful thus far. We made it to a 5 day transer. We had always been a 3 day transfer due to a low number of good looking embryos. My RE has never figured out why, at the age of 30, we don't have high scoring embryos. But this time we had 16 embryos going strong on day 3 and transferred 3 of them on day 5 (5 days after the egg retrieval and fertilization). Then we had to wait 6 more days for my first beta blood test.

My betas were taken 11 days post ovulation (11 days after the egg retrieval which would put me at 3 weeks 4 days pregnant gestation age) and 14 days post ovulation. The betas, which measure HCG in the blood, were 58 and 266! My betas with Taylor (who started as a twin) were 30 and 132 on the same days. So needless to say my husband and I were a bit scared we might have 3 babies in there this time!

The first ultrasound couldn't come fast enough! After 2 miscarriages the anxiety and fear has never left me. We were so fortunate to see 1 healthy little embryo growing strong at 5 weeks. Then I just had to wait until our 6 week ultrasound to see the heartbeat...and it was there!

But bleeding during early pregnancy is never good, right? I was lounging in bed on a Sunday afternoon and ended up calling both my RE and regular OB wondering why I was bleeding. They had me do an extra progesterone shot since I was still on my injections. Hopefully it would give a little boost and make the baby want to stay! To make a long story short, I now see the doctor every 1-2 weeks for an ultrasound to make sure we're doing well. And as I progress I will be at risk for preterm delivery because of the separations from the uterus. But, hey, we'll get to see the sex of the baby soon with all these ultrasounds!

It does make me sad. And Taylor looks to her grandmothers to pick her up instead of me which just breaks my heart. But if positive thinking will help this pregnancy I better turn my attitude around and be thankful for my supportive family.


  1. Lindsay,
    Although I am not family, I consider myself part of the MIF family, and I have had you in my thoughts and prayers a lot lately. I kept asking Tif if she had heard how you were doing, but she could only give me partial updates. I will keep praying for another miracle baby for you. Keep me posted. Love, Joy

  2. Lindsay,
    I know you must be frustrated being on bed rest, and not being able to be the primary care taker...but just wait till you have the second little baby!
    Keep strong! You can do this :)


  3. Lindsay,
    I'm so glad to see your blog. I've been wondering how you've been doing. We've missed you teaching our class on Tuesdays. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts! Please let me know if you need Jane and I to bring you anything.
    Take care.

  4. Lindsay, hang in there, you and I have the same story. My husband and I had 3 miscarriages and worked with several doctors in order to have our two precious girls. I was on bed rest with both my girls for 6 months and had them both a month early. They where a real struggle to get here, but they are here. I had to go through 6 medications and shots in order to maintain the two pregnancy. The great thing about it, was going to watch our baby girls grow weekly from 5 weeks to 26 weeks of my pregnancy. I know how hard it is, but it was so worth it. Though know I can not have any more babies, I am so blessed to have the two I have. I just had to have a full hysterectomony and started working out again with your videos. I love them.

    Hang in there.

    God Bless

  5. Hi Lindsay,
    I am very happy to read that your pregnancy is doing great, despite the frustration of the bed rest. Your family will soon be blessed with a beautiful, healthy baby!
    I am an avid exerciser (4+ times/week) at 37 y/o. After trying to conceive by our own for over a year, my husband and I were recommended for IVF treatment. At this moment I am undergoing my first IVF cycle. I just had egg retrieval last Thursday and scheduled for transfer this Tuesday (08/25). Out of 4 mature eggs, 2 were able to get fertilized. I stopped any form of exercise once I started the stimulation phase (and yes, with all these shots I feel like a pin cushion!). During this time, which I know it is very stressful for everyone, I am keeping a positive attitude and praying for our family to be blessed soon with a baby...or two :)
    I just stumbled across your web page in my search to keep myself fit during a possible pregnancy (with my RE's approval, of course) and I am so glad that I found this blog where I can relate to my current IVF situation.
    Take good care of yourself and please, whenever possible, keep the blogs coming.

  6. This is Vanessa from facebook :) I didn't realize that your daughter was a twin? My son was also a twin be we experienced vanishing twin syndrome at 15 weeks. However, I have not had any need for fertility help.

    I'm glad that you're pretty much in the clear with this pregnancy, and I can't wait to see pix of lil man. I also can't wait to watch you get back in shape (hoping you post your successful actions step by step so I can follow suit)

  7. Vanessa-I sure will post my week by week pictures of getting my body back. Ugh-I already picture my pasty, white cellulite thighs on the blog!

    Who knew vanishing twin syndrome happened to so many people. But everything happens for a reason, right?

  8. Camille...I'd love to know how your cycle truned out.

  9. Lindsay,

    Hey - I just realized that my comment may have been a little insensitive, although I didn't mean it to be :( I hope the fertility help comment didn't upset you :(( it made sense in my brain when I typed it out but now trying to explain why I said it makes NO sense... bah... so sorry!!!

  10. Vanessa, no worries. I didn't read it like that! We all have our challenges and I guess fertility is ours. But don't worry about it!