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yay Joy! That must have felt GREAT to hear the heartbeat!!! I am so happy for you.

My u/s is next Thursday - they moved it up a little bit because of the spotting but they still say not to worry about it. So I'm trying not too...

Good luck tomorrow Pookie!! Keep up posted.
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I posted to the other thread, but not this one. I got my BFP yesterday! Beta level was 150, they were looking for at least 50 and preferably at least 100. I go back for a second test on Monday. Let's hope the numbers go up. From the betabase.info site, it looks like a single pregnancy, which is what I figured.
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Congratulations Pookietooth!!
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I posted to the other thread, but not this one. I got my BFP yesterday! Beta level was 150, they were looking for at least 50 and preferably at least 100. I go back for a second test on Monday. Let's hope the numbers go up. From the betabase.info site, it looks like a single pregnancy, which is what I figured.
: Congratulations Pookietooth :

p.s. I had a beta level of 150 with the twins (lost at 12 wks), so you never know
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AFM - I had my first u/s today: 6 weeks and 3 days. We saw the heartbeat - 125 bpm, and the fetal pole measured 6mm. Just one - no twins or triplets
So things look like they are progressing well so far. Please keep your fingers crossed!

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Joy - when you went for your 1st u/s did you expect to see the heartbeat or was it just a nice surprise? My u/s will be 6w4d and I'm told not to expect to see it. But I'm really hoping to!
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Pookie - CONGRATS!!! I had a feeling! :::
good luck with your 2nd beta!

Snow - I believe the heartbeat can be detected in week 5. I was told to expect to see the HB at my u/s. You need to have a good u/s tech and a clear image on the screen though. I couldn't see anything on the little screen they had turned towards me, but it was clear as day on the big screen. But I think it's common not to see it at that point too. Don't worry too much if you don't see one yet. Keep us posted! Good luck :
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Joy - when you went for your 1st u/s did you expect to see the heartbeat or was it just a nice surprise? My u/s will be 6w4d and I'm told not to expect to see it. But I'm really hoping to!
I don't know if you've had your u/s yet, but here's what I learned after my first ivf...At 5 weeks they expected to see the sac, at 6 weeks a fetal pole and at 7 weeks hb. I was told there was a possibility of seeing it at 6 weeks, but not to get my hopes up.

The first scan at 6 weeks showed sacs, but no fetal pole or hb. The 2nd scan, later in the day because I was freaking out :, showed two fetal poles with hb. It depends on the u/s tech and their ability. If you're not satisfied, you have the right to ask for someone else. I wish I had in the morning before crying all day and deciding to come back in the afternoon for a repeat scan.
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Hm, maybe I had a 7 week u/s with ds, I distinctly remember seeing the heartbeat.
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7 weeks 2 days today and we have a heartbeat I was honestly surprised...I set myself up to expect nothing. Had some heavy spotting yesterday and today but hopefully it means nothing. Time to turn on happy mama and leave the OHSS behind! Ovaries still measuring enormous, and now have low blood pressure. The low blood pressure explains a lot of how I've been feeling - major fatigue, dizziness, can't concentrate, nausea. Anyone have any tips for low blood pressure besides eating salty?
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7 weeks 2 days today and we have a heartbeat I was honestly surprised...I set myself up to expect nothing. Had some heavy spotting yesterday and today but hopefully it means nothing. Time to turn on happy mama and leave the OHSS behind! Ovaries still measuring enormous, and now have low blood pressure. The low blood pressure explains a lot of how I've been feeling - major fatigue, dizziness, can't concentrate, nausea. Anyone have any tips for low blood pressure besides eating salty?
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Sorry, I don't have any tips for the blood pressure.

So...where's snowbell?
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Congrats on seeing the HB, jaz! As far as low blood pressure, yes, salt your food liberally (use a natural sea salt like Celtic Sea Salt to get the trace minerals), and also get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Avoid things high in potassium like potatoes and bananas, since potassium can lower your blood pressure.
post #412 of 422
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We saw and heard a heartbeat today (I'm pregnant with a singleton)!! : Thank goodness! As you all know I had brown spotting a few weeks ago. Well on Sunday I had red blood that became brown blood. I have been terrified all week about the u/s today. This morning I though I was going to throw up and pass out because of my nerves. I was definitely expecting the worse. But I am SO happy and relieved that everything looks great. I am ready to be happy about being pregnant.

Jaz, I hope the spotting goes away soon. Mine usually sticks around for 3 days and then it is gone. The Doctors and nurses keep telling me it is completely normal. Since you've seen the hb, I am sure it's nothing to worry about.
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: : : Snowbell : : :
I'm so glad everything is ok!
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We saw and heard a heartbeat today (I'm pregnant with a singleton)!! : Thank goodness! As you all know I had brown spotting a few weeks ago. Well on Sunday I had red blood that became brown blood. I have been terrified all week about the u/s today. This morning I though I was going to throw up and pass out because of my nerves. I was definitely expecting the worse. But I am SO happy and relieved that everything looks great. I am ready to be happy about being pregnant.

Jaz, I hope the spotting goes away soon. Mine usually sticks around for 3 days and then it is gone. The Doctors and nurses keep telling me it is completely normal. Since you've seen the hb, I am sure it's nothing to worry about.
Congrats on your heartbeat! Yeah, I'm feeling pretty good about it now. The spotting is gone. It was there Tuesday morning, disappeared Tuesday night, back Wednesday morning, gone Wednesday night and haven't seen it since. The RE yesterday said once you see a heartbeat, there's a 95% chance it's a keeper. But I don't know about that...I hear about so many miscarriages at 7-12 weeks, ya know? Gotta find something to worry about
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Congrats on seeing the HB, jaz! As far as low blood pressure, yes, salt your food liberally (use a natural sea salt like Celtic Sea Salt to get the trace minerals), and also get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Avoid things high in potassium like potatoes and bananas, since potassium can lower your blood pressure.
Thank you so much Pookie, very helpful stuff. We have Trader Joes sea salt. But what to put it on? Not eating much, which is probably adding to the problem. As for rest, just can't seem to get enough! I swear, if I didn't have any responsibilities, I would be a total couch potato, taking naps all day long. I wonder if my electrolytes are low and that's causing the low blood pressure. I'll see if I can get that tested soon.
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Can you drink smoothies? Yes, lack of eating would definitely contribute to the low blood pressure. I have had low blood pressure on and off for several years, so I have a lot of experience. One thing that helps is B vitamins, with extra Pantothenic Acid and Biotin. Supporting the adrenals is important, because they produce aldosterone (sp?), which helps maintain the sodium in your body.
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Congrats Snowbell & Jazz on the HB!!:

Jaz - I also have low BP & CONSTANT nausea for 2 weeks. I've felt SO crappy. I finally got some seltzer water and lemonade and am mixing them. There's some sodium in the seltzer which helps a bit. I couldn't drink plain water b/c of the constant nausea and am sick of the sugar in soda, so I wasn't drinking enough. I've also had a hard time eating but I tell ya, I had the most amazing baguette & mozzarella and now I'm living on those & fruit leather. You can only live on saltines for so long
the low BP is from the arteries relaxing and the increased blood volume for the baby's circulatory system. it'll also make you cold & depressed & nauseas. Make sure to eat something every 2 hours. You have to drink extra to help increase blood volume for baby too.
I'm feeling better today, not sure if it's from the change in fluid intake or just a natural shift.

Oh, btw- I had my 8 week u/s on Friday. HB is 171 and the baby is 19mm long! I've officially graduated from the fertility clinic and am now looking for an OB.
Continued luck everyone for happy & healthy 9 months! I'm still cautious of course for another few weeks and then through the initial screening tests. :
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Hey Joy, good to see you again. And congrats on 19mm! So amazing, what's growing in there, still so tiny.

That is so interesting about what's causing the low blood pressure. I am trying to eat and drink as much as I can, buying any foods that sound remotely palatable....you should see what I've bought I actually had some bread and cheese tonight....I thought, hmmm, that sounds rather good, and it was. Actually, evenings feel tons better than mornings and afternoons, like everything takes all day to balance out. Then we start out freshly nauseas and exhausted in the morning Can't complain too much tho, I know it could be much much worse. Some women can't keep anything down and lose quite a bit of weight. Can't imagine.
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Congrats on the great u/s, joy!
post #420 of 422
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great u/s news joy! : you graduated!!

yogi, haven't heard from you in awhile...how are you doing?

are the ohss symptoms gone jaz?
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