On January 16 2014, my husband and I started our first round of fertility treatments with our RE. Due to insurance requirements we did an IUI or Intrauterine insemination. Our cycle was medicated which means that I was taking fertility drugs to help our chances. We decided not to tell anyone that we were starting the cycle, because we felt it would be less stressful and less pressure. So on the 3rd day of my period or CD3 I went into the Dr’s office for monitoring. They did an ultrasound, which confirmed that I wasn’t already pregnant and to check my uterine lining. I also had my blood drawn to check my hormone levels. Everything came back in the normal range so I began taking the Letrozole that night. Letrozole is a pill usually taken for 5 days. It is taken to help stimulate ovulation which will cause a woman to produce more that one mature egg during a cycle in order to increase her chances for pregnancy. I took Letrozole CDs 3-7 and then on CD 7 I started taking a daily injection of Follistim which helps to suppress ovulation and allow the eggs to mature more. I went back to the Dr’s office after 3 days of injections for monitoring. This time it was just an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed I had 2 mature follicles (eggs) on my left side and my lining was developing perfectly. I was instructed to take one more injection that evening and my IUI was scheduled for Sunday January 26. But there in one more injection I had to take. On Friday night, 36 hours before my scheduled insemination, I needed to take an injection of Novarel or the “trigger injection” that would trigger or cause ovulation in 36 hours. The night before the insemination we had been getting weather alerts about a snowstorm and bad road conditions. So since we live about 30 minutes from the clinic we decided to stay at one of the hotels across the street from the clinic. We made it a date night to help us relax since we were both extremely nervous. We went to Joe’s Crab Shack and then to the hotel. We just watched tv until bedtime. We had to be at the clinic the next day at 7am for my husband to provide a sperm sample. Then we went back to the hotel because it would be another 2 hours before the sperm was ready for insemination. The sperm needed to be separated from the semen first, then they spun it in a centrifuge, and whatever sperm was still remaining would be inseminated into my uterus. Meanwhile, we went back to the hotel, had breakfast, chilled out for a while and then checked out of the hotel and went back to the clinic. The insemination normally takes about 5 minutes. They put the sperm into syringe with a catheter and use a tool to slightly open your cervix and then they “inject” the sperm into the uterus. However, for me, I have a tilted uterus so the nurse and doctor both had trouble finding my cervix. Finally they found it, it was facing straight up towards the ceiling when it should have been pointing straight ahead. But the insemination was done!!! They told me to lay there for 10 minutes but I think I laid there closer to 20 minutes. Then we left. I stayed on bed-rest for the next 2 days and then just waited. My husband and I didn’t pray that the IUI would work, but instead prayed that God would give us the strength to accept His will. My husbands count was really good, 80 million, and I had 2 eggs. So to me there was no reason why it shouldn’t work, but I knew the final say wasn’t mine but God’s
February 6 2014. 3 days before I was supposed to take a home pregnancy test, I caved and took one…it came back very positive!! I was to scared to get excited. The injection that triggered ovulation contains HCG the same hormone that a pregnancy test detects, so I didn’t know if I still had traces of the trigger injection in my system. But after talking to the nurse she said that they injection should have been out of my system days ago, I was 100% pregnant. But I still had to go for a beta blood draw which tells you the amount of HCG that is in your blood stream. This number should double every 24 hours if the pregnancy is viable. My first beta was done on February 8, which was 13 days post IUI or 13dpiui. My level was 258, I was definitely pregnant. But I was nervous because I ovulated on the side where my tubes are blocked and I didn’t want this to be a tubal pregnancy. But 2 days later my beta levels were 855. They had more than tripled!!! I scheduled my first ultrasound for Feb 25.
February 25, 2014. My husband and I get up and get ready to see our baby on the ultrasound. We are both excited and nervous. I am praying the baby is developing how and where it should be. At this point I am 6 weeks 2 days pregnant, so I’m trying to make out what’s on the screen, but I am so early in the pregnancy and the baby is so tiny, I really have no idea what I am looking for or at. Then the doctor says, “I see one sac…I see 2 sacs” OMG!!!!!!!!!! I am having fraternal twins!!!!!! This means that both eggs ovulated and had fertilized. I was in complete shock, but in a good way. But then the doctor said he couldn’t get a heartbeat on Baby B, he didn’t seem concerned because the sacs were the same size meaning they were both developing at the same rate, he said Baby B was probably just too small at this point to get a good heart rate and told us to come back in a week. One week later Baby B had a strong heartbeat, and we had officially graduated from the fertility clinic.
I am currently 18 weeks pregnant with 2 perfect and healthy baby boys who are due the end of September. I believe that this pregnancy is nothing but God. And for those of you going through treatments or anything else to achieve your dreams of being a mother or father…don’t give up and keep God in everything. If it is His will, then it will happen, only He knows when. I pray for your patience and strength until it does happen.