Well Well Well.. as we entered round 2 I must say I thought I had a better handle on things knowing that we had done it before. My mind was in a better place and I was able to have sometime to grieve after losing baby in June. For those of you that don’t know much about our journey take a look at our story from the beginning in my first blog post.
We began another round of shots in my stomach on August 20th after being on the pill from 7/31 through 8/16. We did our shots or stems they like to call it in the stomach from August 20th all the way up to our trigger shot which took place on September 10th. Our retrieval was set and took place on September 12th.
Y’all, I am not going to lie, I thought recovering from my egg retrieval was going to be easy. I planned to be at work the next day. In my mind I was going to rock it. I woke up from retrieval feeling terrible and in lots of pain. We collected 30 eggs so that was exciting for me! I thought to myself, going to work is going to be so easy, I GOT THIS! I mean I was able to go back after my first one. : )
When I woke up the day after transfer, I was not ready to tackle anything except my cell phone to cancel going into work because I felt like a stuffed sausage!
By this day we had 22 mature eggs and 19 of the eggs fertilized with ICSI. This was something we did different this time. ICSI is where Intracytoplasmic sperm injection is an in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure in which a single sperm is injected directly into an egg. It was painful to walk and painful to sit down. My ovaries were swollen and I was bloated. My mind was a little wonky. If your thinking about going to work the next.. Y’all, just take the day off! Can you push through the day if you have to? Sure, but if you have the option, take the day and rest up. There is still drugs in your body from the procedure, you are bloated and uncomfortable and pants? Don’t even try to wear them. Just an utter waste of trying to get them to button, even with an waist expanding button or the old hair tie trick…nope, none of my efforts to fit pants worked.
What other tips can I give you?
- You will be bloated; it will not be pretty and in fact, I looked pregnant…what a cruel trick! Drink lots of fluids and electrolytes to help move all that extra fluid built up in your ovaries out of your body. You can drink coconut water, green tea, and even Pedialyte. You can drink Gatorade too…whatever you drink, drink copious amounts!! You should always be drinking something. Bear in mind, this is a key to avoiding Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome (OHSS) as well. So read it, write it down, take a picture….just remember to DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS!
- Going to the bathroom is a real pain. No doubt its because they used your lady bits as a collection tray, but also because drugs make you constipated. There, I put it out there y’all, I’ve broken the barrier, we are discussing this right now! Take a laxative. Eat prunes. Drink prune juice. Do whatever the remedy is for that sort of thing and start it THE DAY OF YOUR TRIGGER SHOT and do it for a full week after the transfer. Yes, it took a full week and I was not prepared for it…so you should heed my advice and eat your fiber! You will thank me for that advice! I struggled and after ending up back at the doctors to pump me with the fluid, the doctor just said go ahead and drink magneisum citrate and clean it out -That did the trick : )
- A heating pad will be your best friend post-ER. I stayed really close to an outlet for a few days. This really helped relieve the achiness I was feeling so I suggest you post up close to an outlet and get to know your friend the heating pad!
- Don’t over-exert yourself! Your ovaries are swollen, guess what, you can get ovarian torsion…what? That means your ovaries can get twisted! We don’t want any of that, so while it is OK to walk, don’t run a marathon or lift any cars for two weeks just to be safe! Speaking of walking…start small. By day 4 I was still struggling but I wanted to move…I decided to go for a walk big mistake because I found myself having trouble breathing. Thats when I knew something was wrong. I went to the doctor that Saturday and they found fluid around my lungs and pelvic area. I was also a bit dehydrated so the pumped me with fluids. Very scary but felt much better afterwards.
- Reduce your sugars and carbs. These yummy goodies actually increase your risk for OHSS so be sure you consider that before you eat a loaf of bread or an entire cheesecake. Your leggings will thank you.
- Speaking of leggings, wear comfortable clothes. Don’t worry about being on point with your style, just be thankful to find something that actually fits. You know what fit me? Leggings, yoga pants whatever works!
- Oh and don’t even think about practicing to make a baby the old fashioned way. Again, this ties back to ovarian torsion and twisting up your lady bits as well as avoiding infection! Don’t get those pretty little eggs out only to fight an infection because you thought it was safe to practice! Would you believe they FORGOT to tell me this information and I had to call to ask! “Yes hello, I was just calling to make sure it was OK to have sex with my husband…why are you laughing?” Haha
I think the really important thing to remember is that you’ve just given your ovaries a triathlon run with no training…so embrace even the struggles because you worked hard for this part!
I survived my retrieval and while it was uncomfortable and painful we are hopeful that I never have to experience that again. We have 8 beautiful looking embryos in the freezer as we prepare for a FET (Frozen Embryo Transfer) As of now I have been taking estrogen shots every three days followed by recently adding in daily es-trace vaginal suppository that I take twice a day. SO fun I know : )
. Our transfer originally scheduled for 10/17 has been pushed back as my lining is not quite thick enough yet. Crossing our fingers for next week but in the mean time we wait, pray, stay positive and hope for the best!!