Transfer day!

Well………it’s done.

I’m at home watching movies and snuggled up on the couch with Arnold our toy poodle. He seems unimpressed by the fact he is no longer allowed to lick my face by way of greeting. Doug insisted that once the embryo transfer took place Arnold and his licky tongue had to keep their distance from me. I had an immunity to his doggy germs, but a little bubby certainly wouldn’t.

But I’m sure you want to hear all about my transfer, right?

First of all, let me start by introducing my Nemo. What a good looking embryo!

Nemo

This photo was taken by the embryologist prior to freeze about a month ago. The “baby” is the dark mass in the middle of the larger bubble. The placenta is around the outside of that bubble. The smaller bubble is the shell, which Nemo was almost completely hatched out of right before freeze took place.

By the time we arrived at the clinic this morning and the transfer took place, Nemo had re-expanded nicely, was looking strong and remained AA graded. He/she had also hatched completely and this is great news. Hatched embryos have a heaps better chance of successfully implanting, and often implant straight away or within the first 24 hours after transfer.

I have blocked Fallopian tubes, and embryos that move around looking for a nice place to set up camp can often end up traveling towards blocked tubes and then get stuck. We do not want an ectopic pregnancy. That would be awful.

After I was given the photo of Nemo and taken through to the room where I would have the transfer, I had a chat to the nurse who told me “Don’t be afraid to pee and poop! The embryo won’t fall out!” Oddly enough, I think that’s the best advice I have received so far because I think that’s honestly something I would have stressed about, given I was worried about eggs falling out when I went to the toilet prior to my egg pick-up in February.

The nurse also told me that even though the official beta test date, where I’ll have blood drawn to tell if I’m pregnant, isn’t for two weeks I can take a home pregnancy test (HPT) after 10 days and it will almost certainly be accurate. This isn’t the case for women doing fresh transfers because the trigger shot used during egg collection has pregnancy hormone in it and will give a fall positive on a HPT.

They then showed me another image of a now-hatched Nemo (which unfortunately I couldn’t keep) and the embryologist came into the room with my little one in a syringe attached to a catheter. After the doctor inserted the catheter and released the contents of syringe, the embryologist went back to the lab to check that Nemo wasn’t still hiding out in the fluid left in the dish sitting in the incubator but luckily it was all good.

And that was it! All over! All the nurses hugged me and wished me good luck. I was in such high spirits as I left and headed to get my acupuncture. I spent the 45 minutes of acupuncture with my hand on my abdomen, just silently willing my embryo to implant. I wanted so badly for Nemo to stay with me today and for the rest of my life.

I sent a copy of Nemo’s photo to Doug and his parents. His mum Kate responded “Welcome Nemo! Hope you decide to stick around!” and as usual, his dad cried tears of joy. That man……………

I’ve done research (I’m studying a masters degree, research is kind of my thing) and I know that because my Nemo was a hatched 6 day blastocyst at transfer I should be able to tell if I’m pregnant 5 days after transfer.

I just know I’m not going to handle this well. I just know I’m  going to test every day.

But I’m going to limit myself to just ONCE per day. I’m not going to be one of those crazy ladies carrying 300 cheap internet pee sticks around in her handbag so she can test every time she gets the urge to pee.

Tomorrow is my last day at my current job and then it’s a four day long weekend for Easter. It’ll be easier to keep my mind off whether or not I’m pregnant over those four days, then it’ll be a long wait until beta day I think.

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