Five Day Transfer
The embryos were frozen at day five for test processing. For all intents and purposes frozen time doesn’t count at all. We count back to the day that the eggs were retrieved (ovulation) and count only the days they were not frozen. This is when they were fertilized and became embryos, the first five days.
August 31 – Day One Post Transfer(Six days post ovulation)
Morning Temp 98°F. Pressure in uterus as if I were getting ready to start my period. Mild cramping. My family and I went out in the morning and a couple hours into it I got tired and a little cranky. I took a nap when we got home and stayed in bed the rest of the day. That night I was still cranky and a little bit nauseous. I took my temp and I was 99°F. I researched this and found that the temp does often spike during implantation.
Morning Temperature 98.2°F. Pressure still, like a heaviness in my uterus but not as much light cramping. I am cautious to say I had lower back pain, cautious just because the progesterone shots I am taking cause my entire back side to be sore and achy but I do believe there was a different sort of lower back pain going on. I was a little tired as well.
Update 9/3 pm: Here is a picture of this evening’s test. One picture enhanced, one not. There is no denying the presence of a second line here.
September 4 – Day Five Post Transfer (Nine days post ovulation)
Implantation is complete, cells that will eventually become the placenta and fetus have begun to develop
Update 9/4 pm: Symptoms today haven’t changed much. I have a lot of sensation in my uterus, more than yesterday. There is more of a tugging feeling than yesterday. I have had a couple moments of nausea especially the further I got from my last mean. My appetite seems to be normal though.
Morning Temp 97.7 F. As far as pregnancy tests, I have taken several today. The first one of the day I thought had no line. I could see it later but where I was expecting to wake up with a bright dark line, I woke up with less of a line than the day before. Throughout the day the line was about equal to yesterdays lines. Every test I took showed that I am pregnant (ANY LINE IS A LINE IS A LINE IS A POSITIVE!) except the damn digital. 😉 My hCG levels just aren’t ready for a digital yet and I prefer a hint of a line over a “not pregnant” screen. I’m not posting pics because there is nothing more to see than yesterday. I ran the whole lighter line issue by some experienced surrogates and pretty much heard the same thing. A lot of them never had a dark line, some had a dark line and a light line with the same brand of test at the same time and one woman had a negative test while her beta was over 700 (crazy high beta). Also how potent my urine is will effect the hCG detection. We are only nine days past ovulation. The tests are meant to be taken the first day of a missed period which is usually fourteen days post ovulation so we are still ahead of the curve. I am just having to realize we might not get a dark line before the beta.
Our beta hCG test is scheduled for this Friday at 11am. Results in the afternoon!
September 5 – Day Six Post Transfer (Ten days post ovulation)
Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) starts to enter the blood stream
This is the day ALL my sources say you are most likely to START seeing results on home pregnancy tests but it would have been real painful to wait to test this long.
Update 9/5 a.m.: Morning Temperature 98.1. I had crazy dreams last night and a lot of them and I don’t normally have crazy dreams. Update 9/5 pm: I have felt a lot of tugging on my uterus today especially with stretching and moving. It is concentrated mostly on my right side. My energy level is good and my appetite is normal. I am craving fruit. I did some gardening and shopping today taking extra water breaks. I moved at a slower pace I think more because of the caution in my head, not in response to my body.
Update 9-5 am: This morning’s HPT is very definite. There is no denying the pink plus line! I am ecstatic, I mean I already know without a doubt I’m pregnant but solid lines are helpful and a relief after yesterdays woosy lines! 🙂
Update 9/5 pm: I took digital this afternoon!
September 6 – Day Seven Post Transfer (Eleven days post ovulation)
Fetal development continues and hCG continues to be secreted
Update 9/6 pm: Morning Temperature 97.7, just .2 higher than my base so my temp is pretty much back to normal. There was not much going on with my symptoms today, more of the same. I am very aware of my uterus and absolutely love how much I can feel pressure/tugging on it at times. As with the last few days, the feeling is mostly when I move or stretch. I had a real busy day and my energy level kept up just fine. My appetite seems to be normal though I am quite aware of when it is several hours after the last time I ate. I experienced some mild nausea this evening. Nausea seems to correlate with being several hours from the last meal.
I took a digital pregnancy test this morning and it was positive. I took a regular one tonight and it had a nice pink line. I love peeing on a stick when it shows me what I want to see!
September 7 – Day Eight Post Transfer (Twelve days post ovulation)
Fetal development continues and hCG continues to be secreted
Update9/7 pm: Today I didn’t seem to have very many symptoms other than being tired but it was a busy day again. Tomorrow will be a much slower day and I look forward to lots of rest. I can still feel my some tugging on my uterus but not as much as yesterday. Today my appetite is a little lower than normal. I did have more moments of nausea today than yesterday.
I had my blood drawn at the clinic today, a day earlier than they normally get the first beta. Our beta hCG was 56.89 which is a nice strong beta. We are like officially, officially, officially pregnant now! My next beta will be next Tuesday 9/11, in four days, and the beta should be much higher to prove the pregnancy is progressing. The beta typically doubles every 48 hours.
In case you are wondering, yes I did take a HPT this morning. I am noticing a pattern, my night tests always gets a darker line than my morning. Maybe it’s because I drink too much water before bed? Who knows!
September 8 – Day Nine Post Transfer (Thirteen days post ovulation)
Levels of hCG are now high enough to detect a pregnancy
Update 9/8pm: I do believe today we are four weeks pregnant even though these babies have only been growing in me for nine days! I did not have many symptoms of the pregnancy today. I was bummed to not be feeling much pressure in my uterus but then as the day went on I was aware once again of the pressure/tugging in my uterus.
At 12dp5dt our beta hCG was 475
At 6weeks, 6 days our ultrasound showed that we are carrying ONE healthy baby!