Sub-Chronic Hematoma at 13 Weeks Pregnant

It has been a scary week!  It all started a week from this past Sunday.  I discovered that I was spotting pretty bad. Then came along the cramping.  I immediately freaked out having had a loss in the past. Thank God I had my home heart monitor see here. It took me a little bit to find it, but she was still there. I called the Dr. on call and she basically said to keep my feet up.  If it got any worse like actual bleeding more than a pad an hour to call.  Wow.. I was not even close to bleeding like that so I felt better.  The next day I was asked to go into my Dr.'s office for a Rhogam shot.  I am O-  Rh-.

Fast forward to this past Sunday. I was hosting an open house and it was a complete zoo! Talking with a couple I felt a sudden gush.  I soon went to the bathroom, dreading the worst, and it was about 1/3 or less a cup of clear and a little blood fluid? Uneasy I called my husband for the heart monitor. By the time he had gotten it over to me it happened again, like a water balloon had exploded in my pants, this time it was all blood and about 1/2  a cup. Luckely I had something there to catch it! The heartbeat was still there and my cramps were very mild.  About 30 minutes later a few teaspoons came out again.  A gush not over time. All at once.

I called the Dr. on call and was told to come into the office first thing for an ultrasound.
I did and they can not tell me for sure but did see the small remanence of a Sub-chronic Hematoma.  A fancy term for blood clot.  I am told that it will either dissolve itself or it could collect more blood where I would likely bleed again.

The baby was not effected at all!  After all the stress I got to enjoy seeing the baby on an ultrasound for the first time since the IVF office - 8 weeks.  She was moving all around and literally jumping!  So cute.  I only wished my husband was with me. She did give me a few pictures after reassuring me that she looked sting and healthy.  Great heart rate of 158 and measuring on time.

I guess she is just causing drama already!  :)


12 and 3 Weeks It is A Girl!

Well it's a girl!  
We had the downs bloodwork done at 10 weeks with the option for finding out the gender. 2 weeks later I got the call. It's a girl! 
I told my step daughter first. She quickly made a cake with pink inside to surprise her dad and brothers. 

How far along:  13 weeks 3 days

Size of baby: peach

Nausea: just in the morning but if I keep my belly full I'm ok. 

Mood: optimistic. 

Best moment of the week:  finding out she is a girl!!

Looking forward to: planning a vacation for me and my husband 

11 Weeks Pregnant

11 Weeks Pregnant
I can't believe I am 11 weeks pregnant!  But in the same breath it seems like forever ...where is my bump!   lol!  I have a natural "pouch" I call it so I really don't have much of a bump other than my "pouch " is getting harder. 12 weeks is almost here and I just can't wait to start the planning! 

How far along: 11 weeks 3 days

Size of the baby: The size of a Lime

Total weigh gain:   I'm not sure any

Exercise:  Just a lot of house work. Trying to get back at it this week

Stretch marks: Nope

Sleep: Waking up a lot! 

Movement: None but at night if a lightly touch my stomach I can feel fluttering

Food cravings: Sweets!

Nausea and Symptoms: Gone! I went off progesterone this week and have been cured of my nausea!  Yay!  

Mood: Happy,  how can I not be..  right!!

Moment to Remember of the week: I bought my own heartbeat doppler see here Now I can check on my little nugget when ever I like!  

Most looking forward to:  Finding out the babies sex this week!  

sorry for the crappy pics
not much of a bump but trying to stay accountable

AngelSounds Fetal Doppler Review with Video

Going through IVF is hard enough not to mention the scare of a possible reoccurring miscarriage.  I have been going into my Dr.'s office every week to hear the heartbeat of my now 11 week old nugget.

There are so many home dopplers available to buy and the prices vary HUGE!  
I don't buy anything without research and I did not want to waste money on a cheap doppler that did not work.

I ended up choosing this one.  One of the cheapest!  

I ordered it on Ebay, being cheap and I wish I had used Amazon or another source as it took 3 extra days than stated to get to me.  Torture!  I paid $20 on ebay it is about $28 currently on Amazon.  It came with a battery in it.  

There are twos sockets which I used headphones at first but quickly grabbed my iPod station and used that as speakers.  It took my about 30-50 seconds to find the heartbeat!!  I have read you can hear it as early as 9 weeks by some reviews.

I have quoted one review here:
There are some tricks to it
* Lie down slightly reclined.
* Start low by the pubic bone, you might need to aim downwards slightly. Slowly move from side to side, and then gradually further up. At around 10 weeks we would often find the baby to one side, such as near the area where my ovaries were.
* Use a good amount of gel and push in quite firmly.
* Have a full bladder.
* If you don't have any luck, try again first thing the next day with an empty stomach and a full bladder.
* Be patient! If you don't find the heartbeat, it could just be that the baby's heart is a small target and the baby can move around in there too.

Drumroll...  my short video! 

I counted 42 beats in 15 seconds x 4 = 174 beats per minute!  
In the end I would highly recommend!  :)

14 Things I Tried During IVF to Get Pregnant

14 things I tried this successful round of IVF!

This was my 5th round of IVF. I am currently 10 weeks pregnant!
This is my personal list of the things I did this round that led

1.)  Quit Caffeine: All Together this included Tea and Soda.  I had quit coffee around time of transfer every other round, this round I decided to quit weeks prior.  I also quit drinking tea as well.  I had serious side effects mostly being headaches for days.  It was worth it!

2.)  Reducing Stress: This is tricky as stress is not always in your control.  Big props to my husband as he took most everything off my shoulders and really backed up the "No Stress Zone" I wanted.  I even drastically stopped communication with certain family members of my husbands who had voiced unsupportive opinions.  This went a LONG way with my stress.

3.)  Acupuncture:  Just before my 4th round I decided to try acupuncture.  I made a whopping 15 eggs in comparison to the 5 or 6 I had been making.  Sadly my husband frozen sperm was no good but this gave me a huge incentive to continue.  I kept going about 6 months prior to round 5.

4.)  Eating Pineapple:   See here  I ate pineapple everyday AFTER transfer for 5 days including the rind.

5.)  Eating Walnuts:  I've read the benefits of eating walnuts for successful implantation and pregnancy.  I still eat walnuts most days.

6.)  Sleeping More:  I listened to my body which told me I was tired.  VERY tired!  So I slept.

7.)  Spell Yup..:   See Here  I can't leave this out as I did do it!

8.)  Shooting Stars:  I prayed, hoped and dreamed!   I tried to never give up and keep a good attitude. After 5 rounds my heart was heavy and sad so keeping positive was important.  Looking back I am sure I just came across miserable to people but..  I tried :)

9.)  Therapy:  After a lost pregnancy my first round of IVF I put myself in therapy straight away.  I was depressed! Therapy lasted about 6 months until I started feeling better.  One of the things recommended was meditation.

10.) Meditation:  I found my mind going crazy, wether it be over an insensitive comment someone made, obsessing over what phase I was in or not being invited to another family event because God forbid I be around kids!  Although I do not do it regularly I found taking time each day to sit quiet and appreciate the positives.

11.) Yoga pose: Prior to IVF until egg retrieval I would lay, butt up against a wall and under a pillow. My legs straight up in the air. This pose increases circulation in the ovaries and uterus.  It is known as a fertility pose.  Drape arms back to the side and feel the blood fall from your feet and pool at your uterus.

12.)  Resting After Transfer: I had resumed normal right after transfer most of my rounds.  Vacuuming, shopping, going for walks etc..  This is not what I felt was normal..  the retrieval hurt and I felt like I needed time to recover.  My husbands moto was "I want us to have no regrets"  "all in". I didn't necessarily lay down but I certainly took it easy and listened to my body.

13.)  Eat Healthier:  I am not going to say I didn't eat pizza ever but I was very conscious about eating a balanced meal.

14.) Embryoscope:  see here  We rented an embryoscope. Boston IVF offered us to pay to use this machine that works as an incubator.  Normally the embryos are taken out once a day to review.  With the embryoscope the embryos stay in the safe environment and are monitored the full 24 hours a day, not just the one look.

3 other things I've tried.  Just not this round.  

1.) Gluten Free:  This was too challenging for me

2.) Resuming "Normal" After Transfer: Most round I tried to continue normal with my life, working out going for walks, vacuuming, cleaning and grocery shopping.

3.) Fertility Sand: My sister did a few rounds of IVF and was given fertility sand from some desert.  She gave it to me.  I used it every round except the one that worked?  Hmmmm....

10 Weeks Pregnant

Yay I've made it to week 10.  I am feeling great and starting to look a little chubby.  

How far along: 10 weeks 3 days

Size of the baby: The size of a Prune

Total weigh gain:   pound or so..

Exercise:  Just a lot of house work. 

Stretch marks: Nope

Sleep: Yes!  

Movement: None but at night if a lightly touch my stomach I can feel fluttering

Food cravings: Salt and vinegar chips

Nausea and Symptoms: Gone! I went off progesterone this week and have been cured of my nausea!  Yay!  

Mood: GREAT!  I am feeling great and so happy I am not nauseous any more!

Moment to Remember of the week: My sisters twin 3 year olds birthday party!  I told some family members the good news. I also took my niece to her first dance class.  Adorable! 

Looking forward to:  The phone call next week telling us the sex of the baby!   

9 Weeks Pregnant Update


Still sick as a dog so it has been difficult getting to this post.  

Picture: Hell no!  I feel awful and am not showing much anyway!  Enjoy the view of my fridge

How far along: 9 weeks 5 days

Size of the baby: The size of a grape

Total weigh gain: 1/2 a pound

Exercise:  Sadly just one visit to the gym this week. I am NOT doing my 10,000 steps a day due to being under the weather.  

Stretch marks: Nope

Sleep: I sleep due to nausea, better to be sleeping than be sick

Movement: None but at night if a lightly touch my stomach I can feel fluttering

Food cravings: French Fries once this week!  

Nausea: I have not been able to eat much of a variety due to this still!  I did have 3 days in a row this week that I was not sick and it was amazing!! I wish I got more done than I did since it is back and in force! :(

Mood: Exited and nervous!  I feel pregnant but still can't help worry if it is still there! So last week and this week I have appointments to see the babies heartbeat in the office.  My nurse has been very kind and understanding! 

Moment to Remember of the week: Throwing up in the car :( 
Telling my two step sons. (my step daughter has knows all along)  They are so exited and cute about it! 

Looking forward to:  Again, my Thursday appointment to see the heartbeat!  

Giving up Facebook for Lent

Today marks the 6th day of Lent.  40 days of which we are suppose to sacrifice something in which we enjoy as pentance as Jesus Christ did for us.

As a family we always share with each other what we will be giving up.  Normally the kids pick something they know they can stick to like cookies or chips.  This year after much thought I am giving up Facebook. It will be so good for me, and so far it has been.

I sit here at my stepsons dentist appointment staring out the window at the beautiful snow falling.  Pondering upon life and what the day will bring. With Facebook in my hand at all times aka: my cell phone. I am never dazing out the window.   I am checking in with random aquantences I never talk to in my real life because i am bored.  Without this option, so far, I have found myself happier!  I think about life, memories and things I need to do today.

No I am also not giving up laundry!  LOL!  My family got nervous.  
I am making a promise to be better and more efficient at it.  

Wether you are Catholic or not, sometimes taking a break on things that seem difficult to give up can give you the most gratification and joy! 

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