Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: PNW island, in the woods
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Yes LB, there are three embyos growing in me. For anyone wondering if donor egg/donor sperm IVF works, I'm here to tell you it does!! I went through early menopause and it was my only option. The RE was floored when he saw my 12 days post transfer hormone levels. He called the doctor in Israel who runs the donor egg program to tell him about it. When we did the u/s at 30 days we knew there'd be more than one with the hormone levels what they were, but when we saw three we all took a deep breath in. I called my BF afterwards and he just kept saying "wow" over and over. I'm still saying "wow".
The reality check: there's every possibility that all three will not make it to the end of the first trimester. This is common, your body isn't designed to have that many babies (you have 2 breasts for a reason). If by some odd chance all three are still there I will have to have a selective reduction down to 2. It's a lousy thing to have to do but I'm a double high risk with one baby, triple high risk with 2, "shop for a casket" level of risk with 3 or more - and I'd like to survive this with all babies making it as close to term and alive as possible. It was a risk I accepted when we transferred more than one embryo. Everyone has to decide what they can live with, and it's a personal decision based on a lot of factors.
On the lighter side, 3 means more nausea, more abdominal pain, more fatigue (and of course this means that now is when we're having a government compliance inspection at work on MY work), I'm showing already (good thing I lost 30 lbs before I got pregnant, my old pants fit but are getting snug), more than half of my hair has fallen out and my poor, patient BF has to deal with an exhausted, nauseous lump most of the time and is being an absolute doll about it. I guess I'd better start sewing diapers now (or as soon as I can, when I feel less like puking all of the time - at least I only feel like it, not puking YET).