This is my FET #2 cycle at 42 and half years old with donor eggs!! I decided to document this one a little more in detail, including numbers from the test results. The 6-week Sonogram Appointment was on November 21, 2023 despite the date this was published.
This post is the 6th one in this series: I’ve shared my Baseline Appointment, Endometrium Appointment, the transfer appointment, the Beta Appointment 1, and the Beta Appointment 2. This is the 6-week sonogram appointment fifteen days after the Beta appointment 2.
I’ve basically been feeling like I’ve been on my cycle for the last few weeks. You know that amazing feeling of cramping, bloating, tiredness and overall grossness? (maybe that’s just how I feel…) All of that but more extreme is how I’ve been feeling for the last few weeks. The cramping is not extreme but constant. I guess things are growing and stretching that causes this. I’m so exhausted most of the time. At work, I could take a nap under my desk. Lunch time, I’m trying not to throw up with all of the smells. When I don’t want to throw up, I try to eat a good amount. When I’m nauseous, I want carbs and plain things like soup and crackers. It’s usually better after I eat. I’ve also been having brown spotting. It’s not much, but boy does my mind go straight to the worst case. It really hasn’t been much which eases my mind but only somewhat.
The day of the appointment I was 6 weeks 4 days pregnant. Between the cramps and the spotting, I was preparing myself for the worst. My husband picked me up, and we headed to the appointment in almost silence. I was tired and napped, but I was also just so worried to get bad news. The drive is a little over a half an hour away. We didn’t have to wait long until they called us back. “Confirm your name, date of birth, and then you can undress from the waist down.” As we waited for the doctor, I had to put my coat on. Why do they make the rooms so cold?
Dr. Kathy came in and my eyes were locked on the screen from then on. My husband recorded it on his phone. She said everything looked great and measured on time. Relief. Without her saying a word, there it was. I saw the heartbeat beating so strong and obvious. The tears were inevitable. Then she switched to the sound, so we HEARD the heartbeat. It was perfect. I couldn’t believe it. Everything was just as it should be. She even switched to a 3-D view. Not a ton to see but wow, that’s a baby!
I first thought this is the first sonogram we’ve gotten to see a heartbeat. The second thought was this was the only good sonogram we’ve seen. Which I had to stop myself because the lining appointment was also good news and we’ve had other good sonograms that just didn’t include a baby. My mind loves to prove itself right!
She said the next appointment is on December 14, 2023 which will be my last appointment: Graduation Day. The next appointment I’ll be shy one day of 10-weeks pregnant. I voiced my sadness of how long we’ve been seeing her and the concern of stopping the medication cold turkey. She said there are others who have been with her longer, and she’s always happy to see us graduate to prenatal care. For the medication, she said I don’t need it. At 10-weeks, the pregnancy has taken over to produce enough hormones.
What a surreal experience. It’s taken me a few days for this to really sink in. Wow, so we really might get our baby. I really might be giving birth this summer. Ok… Let’s enjoy every moment until then.
Thoughts I’ve been thinking: “It can better than I imagined,” and “This is happening for me!”