Originally Posted by labortrials
Jayme, you have a great blog. I loved the little video you uploaded.
I'm PAL and somewhere between 5-6w. I have symptoms following my progesterone shots, but they're subsiding which makes me nervous. I am pretty darned tired.
I have an u/s on 12/31 to look for twins or a molar pregnancy. My hormone levels are too high. I had a blood draw last Friday before we left town, and my levels were 367 and 51 (before I had any supplementation). On Wednesday they were over 6100 and 53! So, that's kind of wacky. Luckily I had seen an RE here in Denver where my in-laws live, and so they're keeping watch over me while I'm here for the holidays.
I'm trying to be confident and believe in this, but it's hard after 3 consecutive losses.
It looks like some of you need to update the thread with new details - texaspeach, famille_huggins. Anyone else??
Sorry I've not updated. We found out on our second scan (12/22) that I was indeed pregnant with twins, but I had a rare pregnancy disorder called a heterotopic pregnancy. A heterotopic pregnancy is a combination intrauterine and ectopic pregnancy.
A spontaneous heterotopic pregnancy in itself is fairly rare -- maybe 1/20,000 women. My situation was even more rare though, with my ectopic pregnancy on my left ovary. My OB was beside himself with a combination of concern and excitement, having never experienced a heterotopic pregnancy in his career. He was pressing for surgery, but knew the general anesthesia would risk the growing pregnancy in my uterus. Instead, he agreed to a "wait and watch" approach, and sent me to see my MFM on Christmas Eve.
Two days later, on Christmas Eve, my MFM and two of his colleagues agreed to the "wait and watch" approach. They couldn't find a fetal pole, and my HCg level (which had been increasing at a rate to indicate multiples) had slowed to a point that it appeared the twin on my ovary had died. He took meaurements, and sent me back to my OB this past Tuesday.
My OB called me at home on Saturday morning to check in (weird!)
. I began spotting over the weekend, light but still worrisome. On Tuesday, I saw the OB for another scan and he confirmed the baby on the ovary was gone and deteriorating. He could see where the fetal pole had been and was no longer. He could also see that the edges of the gestational sac was hazy with blood (likely explaining my spotting)
and that it was folding in on itself, growing smaller. The baby in the uterus has a strong heartbeat, and is growing well, now three days ahead of schedule.
At this point, surgery is not recommended, though because there's still a risk of ovarian rupture, I'll continue to be monitored via sonogram. I follow up with the MFM on Monday.
We're disappointed to be in another unusual, high-risk situation, but I guess it's the norm for us. And despite the loss of the twin, we know for sure that this pregnancy has benefitted from the two implantations. I normally struggle with and miscarry because of low progesterone levels. This pregnancy, though -- because of the two corpora lutea -- has been fantastic on paper, with progesterone levels nearly triple what I'm used to.
Thanks for thinking of me, and for asking after me. I appreciate the concern. I'll update more often from now on.