Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Updates at 6 weeks

So my RE called yesterday to discuss my ultrasound with me and to answer any questions. The conversation ended up lasting about 25 minutes, but like I have said before he is always extremely thorough and a big talker. The only thing I can say negative about him is that he is never overly optimistic about anything. He always plays the cautious role, but it doesn't always make me feel great. He said the heart beat was in fact a little slow at 101, but that many things can affect it and he didn't think it was "clinically significant." He said if it had been 50 he would be concerned. He also said the most important thing is that they were able to detect a heart beat and that it is there.
We also talked about progesterone and he said as long as the cost isn't too high for me, he wants me to continue until 12 weeks. He would have the nurse call in more of the Endometrin since I ran out this week. I have to say, I'm pretty used to it at this point and the "leakage" doesn't make me nervous anymore. I am not thrilled about taking it until 12 weeks, but whatever I can do to help the baby I am willing to do. It's no big deal at this point. I will have even more to celebrate at 12 weeks!
He also was going to write a script to get my beta and progesterone levels done locally. He said the beta levels weren't that important at this point and he just wants to make sure they are going up. With the heartbeat he seemed pretty confident they were going up.

 I went yesterday and called the clinic this afternoon to get the results. I spoke with the nurse and found out my beta was 3,972 and my progesterone was 14.99. She said an average range for the beta at this point is about 10,000 to 100,000 but when I looked in my "What to Expect" book it said a normal amount at 6 weeks is 1,080 to 56,500. I'm not sure if the nurse was looking at the wrong thing or what, but I'm hoping the levels are fine. I think like the doctor said, as long as they are going up that is what is important. The nurse also said at this point they rely more on the ultrasounds and measuring growth to make sure everything is fine. Next Friday is getting close and the days are passing faster. Seeing fewer kids per day makes life much easier and less stressful.

The nurse also said that the vaginal progesterone doesn't enter your bloodstream and that my levels could be higher "down there" but not detectable in my blood. I'm not sure what to make of that. I know the level is also up from last time.

In other news, I have had headaches the past two days. Nothing I do seems to help except exercise. I find that while I am exercising, this is the only time I don't really feel the headache. I have tried drinking lots of water, eating more snacks and more frequently, upping my protein, etc. but haven't tried Tylenol. I'm the type of person that tries to avoid medicine whenever possible. Most people seem to say that the Tylenol doesn't help. I also had some pretty bad heartburn today which was fun. I had a training meeting for work and was sitting there with a headache, heartburn, and feeling exhausted. Not the greatest since I wasn't even getting paid for it.
I went to the gym with my pregnant co-worker after the meeting and we walked on the track. It was nice to talk and get to know her more. I am making more of an effort to get to know her since our babies will be 4 months apart and she lives about 5 minutes down the road. The funny thing is she bought one of the houses we looked it. She is really nice and we share some kids that we work with in common. She doesn't know I'm pregnant and I would love to tell her, but we have decided not to tell anyone until we are at least 12 weeks along.

I have to make another appointment for the 18th for another ultrasound. I think the RE said at this point as long as everything looks good, he will send me on to a OB/GYN.

I went to David's Bridal to look at Matron of Honor dresses last night and I remember why I don't like that place. The woman who was helping me was helping about 3 other people, so wasn't much help. She also said I need to order my dress ASAP. How am I supposed to know what size I will be in July? When I told her I was pregnant but haven't told people yet, she didn't respond at all. I guess I was kinda expecting a "Congratulations." I think I will look elsewhere since my sister said I can pick my own dress.

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