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#26 Cotton3

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Posted 18 September 2021 - 05:25 PM

Congrats Jewel. Sincerely wishing it is not a chemical. Do you have morning sickness? That seems to be my most reliable PG symptom.



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Posted 18 September 2021 - 06:55 PM

Congrats Jewel. Sincerely wishing it is not a chemical. Do you have morning sickness? That seems to be my most reliable PG symptom.

Thank you so much! biggrin.png  

I have no morning sickness. I also didnt get it last year. I remember some girls friends asking me last year if I had morning sickness but I said no. I just sleep and walk up as per normal. The only sign I have is mild cramps. The back ache is now over.   


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Posted 19 September 2021 - 03:39 PM

It's early. No morning sickness doesn't necessarily mean anything. Some women never get it. I thought coffee aversion was part of my morning sickness package but it is not happening this time.



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Posted 20 September 2021 - 07:47 PM

Jewel did you test again?



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Posted 21 September 2021 - 12:56 PM

Hallo Cotton - I decided to wait until today before testing again. I guess due to eagerness, I woke up in the middle of the night/early morning to pee and thought I might as well open my eyes, switch on the lights & do this test! So yes I tested again, the second line is still there and is darker. I'm still testing positive. My beta is on Monday 27th so we will have to wait until then before getting HCG numbers.

 

And how are you? Are you getting the ultrasound rebooked? Are you still on progesterone in oil?


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Posted 21 September 2021 - 03:03 PM

Pregnancy sleep is *not* restful sleep. :o

 

Congrats on the darker line. What do you have to keep you occupied for a week?

 

I just left an ultrasound. It was a location near a fertility clinic so the techs should be experienced. They seemed to take longer than my old clinic and it is read by a radiologist, I'm nearly 100% sure my clinic's ultrasounds are NOT read by a radiologist. Anyway, she showed me a heart beat. I managed to chat her up and got her to say she saw something that could be an isthmocele or could be a nabothian cyst but she wouldn't tell me the heart rate or if there was a SCH. I think I saw one so we might be repeating history. I have a phone appointment with the new doctor tomorrow. He's giving me the blood result (I know they're all normal) and my highly anticipated ultrasound report.

 

I am in Toronto. I forgot to answer your question.



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Posted 21 September 2021 - 07:35 PM

I'm so excited about that heart beat. Such wonderful news... congratulations to you too. I'm glad your clinic issues are somewhat sorted and that you are meeting the new doctor. Hopefully the doctor will be perfect! 

I haven't been to Toronto in such a long long time! Next time I show up there it will feel so different I may even get lost!

 

About my week - yesterday was elections so kept busy with that. I went out to vote. But on a normal day I work fulltime from home (you were correct to send me that link with the cycling gadget from Amazon). When I'm not working I'm listening to music via youtube or checking out my plants. And I have a novel.

 

The weekend will be hard though but I maybe I shall keep myself busy cooking. 


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Posted 22 September 2021 - 06:58 PM

It is the perfect excuse to indulge in guilt pleasures now.

 

The doctor did not have the ultrasound report. I hope they're just behind and there wasn't something weird slowing it down. Never had a report not ready in 24 hours before.

 

There is always something, isn't there?



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Posted 23 September 2021 - 01:58 PM

I read the ultrasound report through the online portal. The baby is measuring 2 days ahead and has a good heart beat. The radiologist didn't make the call between cyst vs. isthmocele. There is a SCH 40% the size of the gestational sack, which is medium sized from memory. Not good news but not devastating. It is pretty much impossible for me to not pick up my 24lb 15 month old, so not much I can do there. I will try to jump through my old clinic's record release obstacle course (first fax already apparently went into the garbage can) to get images for the saline sonohistogram for the radiologist to look at while interpreting the nuchal translucency ultrasound.

 

I asked for a referral to a OB people were raving about in a message board. His staff called me back and said they might be able to take me. Another doctor was recommended to me from this forum but he is down town and I'm trying to lower my stress levels this pregnancy. I was under the care of midwives before but I felt like I was left twisting in the wind after the C section. No follow up care with OB. Was forced to go to the RE for the saline sonohistogram. I don't know if it is a Toronto thing or a quirk of my family doctor, but she would not refer me to an OB non pregnant and the surgeon who did my section didn't want to see me either.

 

I guess I am a high maintenance patient. I'll call myself a VIP. :)



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Posted 23 September 2021 - 08:24 PM

Cotton I am really happy for you. So glad the baby is doing well and is strong.

 

There is always something biggrin.png I agree but I believe that placenta issue will be sorted out.

 

We are all high maintenance - this process takes a lot from us!


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Posted 26 September 2021 - 03:02 PM

How are you feeling Jewels?



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Posted 26 September 2021 - 10:24 PM

How are you feeling Jewels?

Hi! I survived the weekend without testing again. Yesterday I almost bought another home test kit but stopped myself. My blood test is tomorrow and I am a bit nervous. But tomorrow will come soon enough.

Otherwise I am well. I have heart burn especially if I stay for a long time without eating. I am finding I have to take a spoon of plain yoghurt before I go to bed. 

 

And you how are you?


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Posted 27 September 2021 - 08:35 AM

Oooh heart burn is good news! You can eat calcium carbonate tablets by the gallon. They're just extra calcium.

 

Good luck today!

 

More aches this pregnancy than previous. Trying to not over analyze. Could be the c section scar stretching and mean nothing.



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Posted 27 September 2021 - 12:54 PM

Hope the aches and pains dont become unmanageable. Thanks for the tip on calcium carbonate tables - I will get those.

 

I got my results. My number is close to yours:

 

Yours was 653 at 13dp5dt 

Mine is 777 at 14/15dp6dt (my transfer was on 13th and I felt implantation on the same 13th at night)

 

Second blood test on Wednesday AM.


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Posted 27 September 2021 - 01:46 PM

Congratulations Jewel! Fingers crossed for doubling.

 

FYI calcium carbonate is just tums.

 

When is your next beta? When's your ultrasound?



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Posted 27 September 2021 - 02:03 PM

Thank you - I am very happy but I know the journey is still long. I have my next test on Wednesday then Friday then after that they will tell me about an ultra sound. It wasnt mentioned today. I also forgot to ask about my progesterone levels.

 

And what are next steps for you? Are you still going to meet with your doctor on SCH issues?


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Posted 27 September 2021 - 02:04 PM

Congratulations Jewel! Fingers crossed for doubling.

 

FYI calcium carbonate is just tums.

 

When is your next beta? When's your ultrasound?

OK tums - I know those. Are they safe to take during pregnancy?


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Posted 27 September 2021 - 02:46 PM

 

Congratulations Jewel! Fingers crossed for doubling.

 

FYI calcium carbonate is just tums.

 

When is your next beta? When's your ultrasound?

OK tums - I know those. Are they safe to take during pregnancy?

 

https://www.healthli...gnancy#takeaway

 

Another site said not to take more than 1200mg a day. I took way more than that :o

 

Do you have an OB lined up? I have heard they fill up quickly.

 

I have an appointment Wednesday. I am thinking about declining any ultrasound to follow the SCH to save myself the stress and because there is not much to do if it is getting worse. There isn't good evidence on bedrest and for me to truly bedrest my husband would have to go on leave from his job. There is no medical treatment for SCHs. I had a moderate sized one last pregnancy and it was gone by the nuchal translucency ultrasound (11 weeks) so hopefully the same will happen again.

 

I don't know if my progesterone was tested, now that you mention it. The only told me about the beta. I think the shots are the most effective form of progesterone.



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Posted 28 September 2021 - 09:30 AM

I have an OB! He is a maternal fetal health doc and a specialist in ultrasounds. Huge weight off my shoulders!


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Posted 28 September 2021 - 11:38 AM

 

 

Congratulations Jewel! Fingers crossed for doubling.

 

FYI calcium carbonate is just tums.

 

When is your next beta? When's your ultrasound?

OK tums - I know those. Are they safe to take during pregnancy?

 

https://www.healthli...gnancy#takeaway

 

Another site said not to take more than 1200mg a day. I took way more than that ohmy.png

 

Do you have an OB lined up? I have heard they fill up quickly.

 

I have an appointment Wednesday. I am thinking about declining any ultrasound to follow the SCH to save myself the stress and because there is not much to do if it is getting worse. There isn't good evidence on bedrest and for me to truly bedrest my husband would have to go on leave from his job. There is no medical treatment for SCHs. I had a moderate sized one last pregnancy and it was gone by the nuchal translucency ultrasound (11 weeks) so hopefully the same will happen again.

 

I don't know if my progesterone was tested, now that you mention it. The only told me about the beta. I think the shots are the most effective form of progesterone.

 

 

So I think what we are going to do is take all the concerns about SCH and "cast them into the sea." We shall not mention them again.

 

Before my transfer I believe the clinic tested my progesterone level and told me it was 43. They usually monitor it to ensure there is enough being absorbed into the body. Which reminds me - I stopped my experiment. Twice I developed a tingling sensation on the outside of my thigh right up to the knee so I realised I was hitting nerve when doing the thigh injections. So I am back to the bum!

 

OB - I didnt even know I was supposed to look for one! 


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Posted 28 September 2021 - 03:01 PM

You're right about the SCH. I don't know why I'm worrying so much, I don't remember being worried so much last time. The kid I was picking up that time was bigger too.

 

It's probably premature to get an OB now. Ask at your ultrasound. I do know the popular ones fill up around 6-8 weeks. I would tell you to ask your girlfriends for recommendations but that is basically equivalent to telling them you're PG, so I don't know if you want to go there right now (!). If you have a choice of more than one hospital you could research that because often OBs only have privileges at one.

 

Here is a good website on betas:

https://expectingsci...er-miscarriage/



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Posted 29 September 2021 - 03:51 PM

How are you today Cotton? Hopefully aches and pains are manageable.

 

AFM - had my 2nd beta/blood test done today. 

 

Beta 1 Mon. Sept 27: 777 at 14/15dp6dt. Progesterone 37.3

Beta 2 Wed. Sept 29: 1916; Progesterone was 43

 

The HCG number has doubled. I will do one more test on Friday/or Saturday.


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#48 Cotton3

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Posted 29 September 2021 - 06:48 PM

That's great Jewels. It more than doubled.

 

I am extremely cold lately. I assume it is hormonal. Aches and pains are not bad, just me being hyper aware. I notice the bump steadily growing especially when I bend over.

 

Do you have any PG symptoms?



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Posted 30 September 2021 - 12:00 PM

No I dont - just mood swings. From all the hormones I guess.

Stay warm - the cold season is here. I got my winter duvet out of the archives this week. 


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Posted 01 October 2021 - 08:26 AM

It's hormones and the high stakes.

 

How is your progesterone? Mine has been itching lately. I have read you don't have to go to 12 weeks but my clinic does and I'm not brave enough to mess with what worked last time.

 

Good luck today or tomorrow. I hope you get more good news.