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#1 maybebaby

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 12:55 PM

The December 10 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, December 3), 'Fertility & Diet', features the latest installment of the Health For Life series and looks at how food and exercise impact the odds of getting pregnant. The cover package also features the latest breakthroughs in the study of memory loss, obesity and latest insights into the complex field of genetics. Plus: Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama's electability, and 'The Kite Runner' author Khaled Hosseini on staying engaged in Afghanistan. (PRNewsFoto/NEWSWEEK)

NEW YORK, NY UNITED STATES
COVER: HEALTH FOR LIFE. "Fertility & Diet" (p. 54). The latest chapter
of Newsweek's "Health For Life" series focuses on the newest research on
how foods impact the odds of getting pregnant. Harvard University
researchers Jorge E. Chavarro, M.D., Walter C. Willett, M.D., and Patrick
J. Skerrett, authors of the new book "The Fertility Diet," break down the
roles diet, exercise and weight control play in conception and weigh in on
their surprising findings. Some of the keys to their diet plan include
eating slowly digested carbohydrates such as brown rice, dark breads,
beans, vegetables and whole fruits; adding in unsaturated fats while taking
out trans fats, and getting more protein from plants and less from animals.
They also found that a daily serving or two of whole milk and foods made
from whole milk-full-fat yogurt, cottage cheese, and even ice cream-offer
some protection against ovulatory infertility. The Fertility Diet also
stresses the importance of exercising and maintaining a Body Mass Index
between 20 and 24.


http://www.newsweek.com/id/73354F

#2 sweetredpepper

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 02:55 PM

Thanks maybebaby,
I read the article and although there was not a lot of new information for me there, it was a good reminder... to eat more ice cream... :P
Me: 38 DH: 40
TTC since Sept 2004
Unexplained
2 x IUI w/ Clomid BFN
IVF May 2007 Cancelled (poor response)
Surprise natural preg. June 2007
M/C July 2007
Took a break after m/c
Repeat HSG June 2008 found large polyp
Operative Hysteroscopy and D&C Aug 2008
IVF #2 Nov 2008 Converted to IUI (4 follies)
Beta Dec. 1st. BFN :(
Another surprise natural BFP Feb 2009.
Mar 09: 9-week u/s- foetus stopped developing.
Mar 09: D&C :(
Aug 09: IVF "conversion cycle" cancelled. Worst response ever- 2 follicles. Last chance at ART, so we're done.

#3 maybebaby

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 03:09 PM

Thanks maybebaby,
I read the article and although there was not a lot of new information for me there, it was a good reminder... to eat more ice cream... :P


Yeah, here's the thing ~ just got back from having Acupuncture, and she said "stay away from ice cream, and anything else that will make your uterus cold (like salads)".

I think this is horsesh*t, but what are you going to do, argue with a doctor? Now because she said that, all I can think about is making myself a big bowl of ice cream. I love salads, I can eat them every day. I suppose if I let them sit out for a hour, I still can have them under her guidelines. But a whole summer without a Tim Horton's Ice Cap? I don't think so.

I get so annoyed at all the contradictory information, I think we should just do what makes us feel good and the rest will follow.

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ME-41 DH-41 TTC 5 years AFC: 5 left, 9 right / Sperm Count & Motility good, morphology?
m/c - September 2004 & October 2005 (both natural) / furbaby - December 2005
HSC to 'have a look' - January 2006 / HSC to remove uterine polyp - November 2007
BFN after IUI - April 2008 (puregon & ovidrel) / BFN after IUI - June 2008 (puregon & ovidrel)
Cancelled proposed IVF for August 2008. Have decided not to pursue aggressive means of conception.
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#4 Hero08

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 03:21 PM

Maybebaby - My acupuncturist was never too strict on the what to eat/what not to eat. The only huge problem he ever had was when it took me a while to quit smoking - then he said later that if I hadn't of quit when I did he would have dropped me as a client! Not that I blamed him, it was the one lifestyle choice that had to go. As far as food and diet he always told me everything in moderation but to try and eat healthy. So that's what I did. I love salads too so I still had them. Not a huge ice cream fan but when I felt like it I had it. I even had red wine a couple of times during stims. I managed to get a bfp....I tried not to stress too much about any one thing I did as long as the general gist of it was staying healthy. (I did drink quite a few ice caps - gotta love them! - just nothing like that in the 2ww)
Me: 43 DH: 38
TTC for 4 years
3 iuis w/ clomid
1 1/2 yrs TCM
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ER June 12, 2008 ET June 15 (5 transferred)
Beta June 29 1133
First Ultrasound July - 2 heartbeats
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#5 maybebaby

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 03:32 PM

Whew, that makes me feel better! That makes sense, shouldn't hurt if it's in moderation.
I know that the first 3 months are pins and needles, so good luck to you! It's hard, but try to enjoy and not get crazy. :wacko:
ME-41 DH-41 TTC 5 years AFC: 5 left, 9 right / Sperm Count & Motility good, morphology?
m/c - September 2004 & October 2005 (both natural) / furbaby - December 2005
HSC to 'have a look' - January 2006 / HSC to remove uterine polyp - November 2007
BFN after IUI - April 2008 (puregon & ovidrel) / BFN after IUI - June 2008 (puregon & ovidrel)
Cancelled proposed IVF for August 2008. Have decided not to pursue aggressive means of conception.
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Posted 08 July 2008 - 04:31 PM

Hi Maybebaby

This must be the study I remember reading and hearing about in the media. I believe in moderation. I think caffeine and alcohol are the 2 big no-nos no matter who you ask. I believe in eating a well balanced diet.
Me 45, DH 41
TTC 3 years
Uterine polyps, high prolactin levels and tested positive for anti-cardio lipin
5 failed IUI's
IVF #1 July 2007, 32 eggs retrieved (many immature), 12 fertilzed, 9 made it to day 3, transferred 3 embbies, BFN
FET #1 - 3 embryos Oct 07, beta Nov 2nd, another BFN
IVF #2 - Nov 2007, on Lupron and birth control pill, 11 days of stims 225 Gonal F plus 75 Repronex and 150 Gonal F at night, retrieved 18 eggs Dec 11th, 8 fertilized through ICSI and 4 naturally
Transfer - 3, 8 cell embryos Dec 14th, BETA Dec 28th, BFN
7 frozen
FET #2 - June 5/08, BFN
hysteroscopy and polypectomy on Sept 25/08, removed 1 polyp
FET #3 - used up my last 4 frosties Oct 27/08
Beta Nov 9/08 125 BFP 13dp3dt
Beta Nov 11/08 315 15dp3dt
Beta Nov 15/08 over 2000 19dp3dt
Beta Nov 18/08 7365 22dp3dt
U/S date Nov 29/08, a singleton, heart beat 131 beats per minute
U/S date Dec 7/08, heart beat 160 beats per minute, growth good 8 w 2 days
U/S date Dec 13/08, heart beat 157 beats per minute, growth good at 9 w 1 day, baby moving around
U/S date Dec 27/08, heart beat 165 beats per minute, growth good at 11 weeks 1 day, baby moving around, now has arms and legs and was kicking
nuchal test US Jan 2/08 TEXTBOOK NORMAL Thank you God!
IPS pregnancy test results NORMAL, risk is 1/800 of Down's Syndrome and 1/1,100 for spina bifida
anatomical u/s NORMAL, it's a girl!
Due date July 18, 2009 in the home stretch

Sophia Anne born July 22, 2009 at 12:41 AM via emergency C-Section.

Fell down the stairs Aug 4, 2010, fractured C7, T1, T3 and 4 ribs (neck and upper spine). Still healing and hoping bones fuse on their own.

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 05:35 PM

I keep posting here anyways, so I hope you ladies don't mind me joining this board... I'm close to 35 and you have interesting threads going on.

I heard that too about acupunture... nothing cold. I went to see one for 9 months... never mentioned any foods to me... just said no drinking, smoking and cut down on caffeine...

Really, how can eating fruit and vegetables be BAD for your fertility... makes no sense... I figure it's a lot better than having McDonalds burger and fries...

Yeah, for every article telling you to eat this... another one says the opposite!!

Right now, I'm on vitamin therapy... no longer taking the drug store kind.. buying the very expensive ones from the natural food store - much better rating, so we'll see if that makes a difference in mine and my husband's IF health.
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TTC 9 years
Unexplained infertility / mild male factor
6 Cycles Clomid - BFN
1 Laproscopy
2 IUI's- BFN
1st IVF - April 2008 - M/C @ 6 wks - OFC
1st Beta 25, 2nd Beta 87, 3rd Beta 257 BFP
2nd IVF - January 2y009 - No transfer - OFC
ER 23 eggs, 20 mature, 17 fertilized - TOTAL EPIC FAILURE - ALL 17 Embies arrested in development by Day 5
3rd IVF - June 2009 - This is it! - New Clinic - Montreal Fertility Centre
ER: June 8th - 16 fertilized eggs (no frosties)
ET: June 11th (2 excellent 8cell) & 13th (1 perfect blast)
HPT++++
June 24 1st Beta: 312 BFP
June 26 2nd Beta: 682
July 13 US: Singleton HB 130
July 25 US: HB 175 saw fetus moving
Aug 8 US: HB 165 all perfect
Aug 17 US: HB 157 all perfect
Oct 5 US: It's a BOY!!!!
Born March 3, 2010 - Julien Tristan
May 2011 - Natural BFP - Ectopic
Now trying the old fashion way - Bust
4th IVF - Dec 2011 - Back to OFC
Jan 16 - ER 11 eggs - 3 mature, 2 fertilized (OFC f**ked up again - triggered me too soon)
Jan 18 - Emergency Day 2 ET - 2 4 cell embryo's transferred
Feb 2 - Beta - BFN
5th & Final IVF - July 2012 - 3rd opinion - Hannam Fertility
Satelitte monitoring at OFC
ER - July 24
ET - July 27
Beta - Aug 10
Transferred 3 perfect embryos - 1 blast frozen
Aug 6 - HPT ++++++
Aug 8th Beta - 225 BFP
Aug 10th Beta - 445
Aug 27th US ~ 1 perfect little bean HB 120
Sept 10th US - all good HB 162
Due Date: April 16th, 2013 It's a GIRL!!!
Born April 9th, 2013 - Amelia Danica

#8 maybebaby

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 06:18 PM

'Sandibeach'
I keep posting here anyways, so I hope you ladies don't mind me joining this board... I'm close to 35 and you have interesting threads going on.

Hi Sandi,
I don't think this is an exclusive club, I dip into the DH section once in a while, and everyone turns 35 at some point so you're more than welcome to join us more 'mature' women. lol

Let us know how it goes with the pricey vitamins! Hope you find that they are worth it.
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Posted 08 July 2008 - 06:38 PM

Hi Maybebaby

This must be the study I remember reading and hearing about in the media. I believe in moderation. I think caffeine and alcohol are the 2 big no-nos no matter who you ask. I believe in eating a well balanced diet.



Good! I'm going to have a moderate amount of ice cream right now...te he he.
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#10 sweetredpepper

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 07:04 PM

My acupuncturist told me to avoid cold things at first, but since then I seem to have too much heat, so it's the opposite of before. Randine Lewis (the TCM fertility guru) gives a number of diet recommendations and a few of them are the same as in the article. I personally do the best I can, but I don't stress if I slip up or have a day that's not perfect. After all, I see a hell of a lot of women out there who don't take care of themselves whatsoever having babies. It's just one of those things that can't be reduced to whether or not you eat ice cream...
Me: 38 DH: 40
TTC since Sept 2004
Unexplained
2 x IUI w/ Clomid BFN
IVF May 2007 Cancelled (poor response)
Surprise natural preg. June 2007
M/C July 2007
Took a break after m/c
Repeat HSG June 2008 found large polyp
Operative Hysteroscopy and D&C Aug 2008
IVF #2 Nov 2008 Converted to IUI (4 follies)
Beta Dec. 1st. BFN :(
Another surprise natural BFP Feb 2009.
Mar 09: 9-week u/s- foetus stopped developing.
Mar 09: D&C :(
Aug 09: IVF "conversion cycle" cancelled. Worst response ever- 2 follicles. Last chance at ART, so we're done.

#11 maybebaby

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 10:13 AM

You said it! Well, I did have a bad day yesterday, last night I slipped and had ice cream, chocolate (okay, that's normal for me), liquorice, Swedish berries, and a beer! *sigh* But I'm back on the wagon today.

My cat is normally very independent, but he is sticking by my side -- I'm grateful for the extra tlc.
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Posted 11 July 2008 - 11:04 AM

Makes me think I should just quit reading, quit asking for expert and follow my mum's advice since childhood: "Everything in Moderation".... yes, mama really does know best!! I think I am going to take into consideration all of the recommendations and then do my own thing and not stress too much (unfortunately, I'm a natural stresspot)....

Interesting info!

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 12:32 PM

Hello Ladies,

I have been on an IF break for the last little while, and have not been checking in. I've been lurking the past couple of days, and was so happy to find this new 35 and over forum. It's nice to have a place to come to for support, where everyone may relate a bit better with older women's issues.

Anyway, when I first started acupuncture 1 1/2 years ago, my doctor told me I had cold energy and that my uterus was cold, so not a good environment for a baby to grow. He too said not to drink or eat anything cold, and put me on herbs to increase my "heat" and "young" energy. I was pretty skeptical at first, but after a couple of months, I have to say, I felt amazing. I have been going on and off this whole time, and he thought I was ready to conceive before my first IVF cycle in May. Unfortunately, it was canceled due to poor response, and we are about to start a new cycle (just waiting for AF). I am not sure what benefit acupuncture will have, but I do it more for an overall feeling of wellbeing, which I think can't possibly hurt with the whole IVF process. As far as everything else is concerned, I do my best to eat as healthy as possible, but I try not to stress too much about things I could do better. I just think about my SIL who just had twins (boy and girl) conceived through IVF #1, and they are perfect. She is 40, smoked up until she started her cycle, and was quite overweight. Never did acupuncture, and probably didn't watch her diet either. AND she only went to decaf when she developed some heart palpitations during her pregnancy. On the other hand, she had a very difficult pregnancy and was on modified bed rest for most of it, which might have been different if she had been a bit healthier in the first place.

I think Stillhoping's mom has it right. Everything in moderation...

Edited by val42, 11 July 2008 - 12:45 PM.

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May, 2008-first IVF cycle canceled on day 11
July-Antagonist protocol
ER July 30th, 2008
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2ww-hoping for the most wonderful birthday gift ever...
BFN

#14 maybebaby

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 04:12 PM

My TCM said that the acupuncture will relieve all the 'dampness' in my uterus. What the hell does that mean? Mumbo jumbo.

I said, "okay then, give it your best shot". lol

Needle naps, that's about all it is for me.

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m/c - September 2004 & October 2005 (both natural) / furbaby - December 2005
HSC to 'have a look' - January 2006 / HSC to remove uterine polyp - November 2007
BFN after IUI - April 2008 (puregon & ovidrel) / BFN after IUI - June 2008 (puregon & ovidrel)
Cancelled proposed IVF for August 2008. Have decided not to pursue aggressive means of conception.
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Posted 11 July 2008 - 07:39 PM

It's hard to know what to do when it comes to increasing chances for conception. I believe all the contradictory info is due to the fact that no one really knows what diet is best. They're still studying it, and the TCM doctors have one viewpoint, traditional medicine another. It seems to me there is a ton they don't know about human fertility. If the doctors had all the answers we wouldn 't have to go through multiple rounds of IVF to get pregnant, it would happen right away. They don't know why an embryo implants and why another doesn't, but they seem to believe it's due to the quality of the genetic mateiral.

I eat very well, salads every day and a good balanced diet.

I think our inability to conceive is more due to genetics and how much ovarian reserve we have left, as well as how DH's sperm is.

And at my age, I think it's a matter of dumb luck when my ovaries will produce a good quality egg! I have stopped obsessing about how I can change things....there is little I feel I have control over in this process, other than to be as healthy as I can be.

On a side note, I was put on dostinex a few months ago and I have now had a normal cycle. I'm ovulating today. I thought it was "age" related, but I had an endocrine problem and now that I am on medication, my cycle is back to normal again. I feel so relieved!
Me 45, DH 41
TTC 3 years
Uterine polyps, high prolactin levels and tested positive for anti-cardio lipin
5 failed IUI's
IVF #1 July 2007, 32 eggs retrieved (many immature), 12 fertilzed, 9 made it to day 3, transferred 3 embbies, BFN
FET #1 - 3 embryos Oct 07, beta Nov 2nd, another BFN
IVF #2 - Nov 2007, on Lupron and birth control pill, 11 days of stims 225 Gonal F plus 75 Repronex and 150 Gonal F at night, retrieved 18 eggs Dec 11th, 8 fertilized through ICSI and 4 naturally
Transfer - 3, 8 cell embryos Dec 14th, BETA Dec 28th, BFN
7 frozen
FET #2 - June 5/08, BFN
hysteroscopy and polypectomy on Sept 25/08, removed 1 polyp
FET #3 - used up my last 4 frosties Oct 27/08
Beta Nov 9/08 125 BFP 13dp3dt
Beta Nov 11/08 315 15dp3dt
Beta Nov 15/08 over 2000 19dp3dt
Beta Nov 18/08 7365 22dp3dt
U/S date Nov 29/08, a singleton, heart beat 131 beats per minute
U/S date Dec 7/08, heart beat 160 beats per minute, growth good 8 w 2 days
U/S date Dec 13/08, heart beat 157 beats per minute, growth good at 9 w 1 day, baby moving around
U/S date Dec 27/08, heart beat 165 beats per minute, growth good at 11 weeks 1 day, baby moving around, now has arms and legs and was kicking
nuchal test US Jan 2/08 TEXTBOOK NORMAL Thank you God!
IPS pregnancy test results NORMAL, risk is 1/800 of Down's Syndrome and 1/1,100 for spina bifida
anatomical u/s NORMAL, it's a girl!
Due date July 18, 2009 in the home stretch

Sophia Anne born July 22, 2009 at 12:41 AM via emergency C-Section.

Fell down the stairs Aug 4, 2010, fractured C7, T1, T3 and 4 ribs (neck and upper spine). Still healing and hoping bones fuse on their own.

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 07:55 PM

Hey Y'all, one thing I'll add........the scientific communtiy knows more about fertility, or lack thereof, in cattle, than they do in humans. There's still more to made off the cattle! :think:
ttc 3+ yrs
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(14eggs)-13 fertilized
ET July 14(transferred 2 blasts/froze 3 blasts)
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6dp5dt-hpt bfp?!?!?

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EDD April 1st
It's a boy!

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 08:11 PM

Hey Y'all, one thing I'll add........the scientific communtiy knows more about fertility, or lack thereof, in cattle, than they do in humans. There's still more to made off the cattle! :think:


Ain't it the truth?!!

I googled "dampness" and "cold uterus":
http://www.ontcm.com...e/100830732.htm

So it looks like my acupuncture doctor based her assumptions on the fact that I have light periods (hello, that's been consistent from age 13), and twice when I went to see her I happened to have cotton mouth (not any time in the weeks leading up to the appointment, in between appointments or after the last appointment). Give me a break!

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m/c - September 2004 & October 2005 (both natural) / furbaby - December 2005
HSC to 'have a look' - January 2006 / HSC to remove uterine polyp - November 2007
BFN after IUI - April 2008 (puregon & ovidrel) / BFN after IUI - June 2008 (puregon & ovidrel)
Cancelled proposed IVF for August 2008. Have decided not to pursue aggressive means of conception.
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Posted 11 July 2008 - 09:48 PM

Rosa,

Thank goodness the endocrine problem was finally diagnosed -- that is a big relief!

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 08:53 AM

I personally do the best I can, but I don't stress if I slip up or have a day that's not perfect. After all, I see a hell of a lot of women out there who don't take care of themselves whatsoever having babies. It's just one of those things that can't be reduced to whether or not you eat ice cream...


I totally agree!
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In my case, I've tried acupucture and diet changes along with supplements and some herbs. I've seen resulting small improvements and do believe that you can influence your health and response for IVF. That said, no positive fo rme yet. I guess it takes time, a few kicks at the can and trying different things for some people. I don't believe in the silver bullet cure for IF, even though we hear these stories of "I tried pineapple and it finally worked this cycle" (no offence to those who are tying pineapple, but not sure it alone will do the trick).
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Our darling daughter, Charlotte, born Jan 19, 2010
Furbaby: Lily the dog


Our loooooong journey to parenthood (I keep this to remind me of all the steps along the way and hope it helps others):
  • TTC #1 since 06/01 & charting since 03/02
  • Oct/02: Spontaneous ectopic pregnancy & right tube removed with emerg surgery
  • April 17/04: 1st IVF consult
  • June/04: IVF #1 - 21 retrieved, 2 grade A, 8-cell embryos transferred, 13 frozen: BFN
  • Aug 16/04: FET - 3 transferred & 8/18 - 1 transferred: BFN
  • Nov/04: IVF #2 - 11 retrieved, 9 fertilized, 4 transferred, none to freeze & another BFN
  • June/05: completed home study for China adoption, but put file on hold to pursue IVF at SIRM Las Vegas. In hindsight, not our best decision.
  • Aug/05: Immune testing results: Heterozygous MTHFR, borderline APAs, high ATAs & TSH.
  • Sept/05: IVF #3 at SIRM: worst cycle ever! 7 retrieved, 6 fertilized, none to transfer due to embies arresting by day 3
  • Oct/05: Moving forward with adoption from China.
  • April/06: Adoption file sent for gov't approval
  • July/06: gov't approval for adoption
  • Aug 15/06: DTC! We're Group 273! :)
  • Sept 13/06: LID!! Waiting for our China referral which we now expect in 2012 or later. Meanwhile.....
  • Jan 25/07 & Mar 16/07: Consult at MFC with Dr. V.
  • May 23/07: Lap surgery - remaining tube drained & clipped.
  • Started Natural IVF at MFC in Aug/07 & completed 6 cycles with good embryos but all BFN. 6th NIVF in July, 2008 - transferred 8-cell embryo with IVIG: BFN
  • Oct/08: IVF with injections. 7 eggs, 6 fertilized. IVIG infusion on ER day. Two 5-day blasts transferred & 2 frozen. BFN
  • Nov/08: Additional testing thru Alan Beer Cntr for immune issues showed low LADS (blocking antibodies) & high cytokines, in addition to already known immune issues. LIT & Humira recommended treatment.
  • Feb 13/09: Surgery removed remaining tube & small uterine septum.
  • Mar & April/ 09: Two LIT treatments in Mexico. LADS increased from 4 to 71%! BTW, that's really good!
  • May - June /09 - IVF: ER May 25 - 10 eggs, 9 fertilized; IVIG; transferred 2 5-day blasts & 4 to freeze.
  • Beta test: June 11th>>> Finally a BFP at 518!!!!
  • July 2nd - 1st ultrasound: 2 heartbeats, but only one measuring strong and at expected size.
  • Jul 16th - 2nd u/s: 1 strong heartbeat & our little bean did a dance for us.
  • Aug 5th: 3rd u/s & OB consult - our little bean is looking more like a baby and everything is on target.
  • Sept 23: 18 week check-up (in my 19th week) - We're expecting a baby girl and everything is looking perfect!!
  • EDD: Feb 17/10
  • Our beautiful baby girl arrived early on Tues, Jan 19, 2010.
  • April/10: Withdrew adoption file for China adoption due to extending wait times.
  • Dec /11: Follow-up AEB testing completed. Feb /12: AEB test results: super high cytokines, high TSH, high NKs and borderline MTHFR. Recommended treatment is increase thyroid meds, IVIG, Humira, lovenox, BA and extra folic acid.
  • 2 doses Humira 2 wks apart (June 14 & June 28)
  • Natural FET: Aug 22: CD1. Aug 29th: monitoring starts. Sept 7: IVIG; Sept 8th: transfer 2 frozen blasts. Sept 20th - 1st beta: 66. Sept 24th - repeat beta: 174. Sept 26th - 3rd beta: 284. Sept 28th - 4th beta 457: Oct 1st - 5th beta: 716. Not doubling as expected with a normal pregnancy. Oct 3rd- beta: 1033; u/s to confirm location/ viability: a 6 wk gestational sac in the right place with a flicker of a heartbeat. Oct 9: u/s showed bean with heart rate of 122 and right size. Oct 19th - u/s: We are so sad that there is no heartbeat and embryo stopped growing. :(