It took nearly 11 hours to get the results of my bloodwork this morning! I can't complain since I wasn't even supposed to have my HCG checked, the purpose of the draw was to check my estradiol and progesterone levels. But every hour after 3pm I got a little more anxious.
Beta#3 is 2561. I was hoping for something above 3300 so I was a little concerned with the number. My nurse told me the number is good. When I questioned her about doubling she assured me the number is good and that after a period of time the HCG doubling time slows.
I consulted Dr. Goo.gle and he confirmed that the number is good. The doubling time is fine as long as it doubles within 72 hours (mine doubled in 52 hours).
My nurse told me that next week at my ultrasound that we should see a sac, fetal pole and heartbeat. Oh, I hope and pray we do!
I continue in my cautiously happy state-of-mind. I met up with some of the other local SMC girls this weekend and it was so nice to finally be able to be pregnant... moving beyond the long, difficult TTC stage. It made it feel a little more real.
This morning at my blood draw, when no other patients were in the lab, I whispered to my phlebotomist who has drawn my blood dozens upon dozens of times "I'm finally pregnant". She was so excited and started to tear up... which made me start to tear up.
My local IVF nurse walked by when I was in the RE office today. She stopped, did a double take and said "I'm so excited for you". And she really meant it!
I also got a call from my CC.RM doctor tonight (he said he was out last week). He congratulated me on my success.
All of these moments add up and continue to make it a little more real for me.
Thanks to each of you who commented on my 11.11.11 post about my BFP! I know that you are happy to see me reach this milestone... even as I'm trying to accept it as real.
And for my IF friends still in the trenches, you have my absolute support. I have truly found a cause that I will continue to carry with me and support. I will do my best to be respectful of the IF community as I move into the next stage of "pregnant after infertility".
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