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    keziah is offline I am thankful to the Universe for this lesson of patience and know that our child is on its way....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nelly1 View Post
    Hiiiiiii Lovelies

    I have to tell you I logged on especially the other night to send you all a hello message and was typing for so long I must have timed out of the site or something.... because when I tried to post it I lost everything I wrote and then it was too late to start again! Hopeless!

    Kez I have everything crossed for you honey and just wish that you are about to receive the most amazing news of your life.
    I am a few days into the long down reg protocol for my first cycle. I started on synarel nasal spray and my hayfever has been really bad so they switched me after a few days to Lucrin injection just in case I wasn’t absorbing the spray. I used to have an absolute phobia of needles so it’s such a spin out to be injecting myself daily....I am so lucky that I got over my fear of needles after labour with my DS...otherwise I would have been passing out each time, truly! The first few days I felt so strange on these meds, really wacked and still really emotional. I am so embarrassed as I burst into sobbing tears at work the other day when I gathered my team around to break the news that I decided to resign. I couldn’t stop crying, a lot of emotions came out. But it was a good (but scary) decision for me. I have decided to take 6 months off work and even if it doesn’t make a difference to my ivf/TTC journey at least I can spend every day with my little munchkin DS as I have realised even more than ever that this time is so so precious. Gosh I could just keep typing and typing!

    Jen....how’s that beautiful belly of yours going mummy J Wow you are going to be an amazingly super mummy with the strength you have

    Sarah dear, how’s the property purchase coming along? So so soooo exciting. When do you settle on it? I suppose you have a bit to do before then...or the conveyancers do anyway.
    Those unwanted AFs....they always hit me hard but it is really fantastic you are so regular, that's the first thing all the doctors always ask

    Feebs I know how you feel being worried about test results as I just got mine back not long ago and I am such a worrier anyway. I hope very much for you that you get some nice news. My FS also said I had a 3-4% chance of falling pregnant naturally but for me he said he doesnt know what my response will be to ivf so I was floored that day....just started the ivf meds so learning lots about it at the moment

    Hi Chew, I am really sorry to hear what you have gone through. I just joined in with this gorgeous group of girls recently too and it’s really helped so it’s great you popped in.

    Well girls I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend ...off to the inlaws to fill up my hungry belly, I love having Sunday nights off cooking..although I cant complain as my hubby does lots of the cooking anyway, he is better at it than me I am glad to say!

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    Hey Nelly

    How are you babes? Go the Lucrin, much better I reckon. No sniffing hassles and jab jab n it's done. How are you feeling now? I bet your workplace is going to miss you like mad but it sounds like a great plan. Give your body the best chance. I am chilling with a big ol' fat chill pill. Cancelled a lot of pre xmas work. Had transfer yest and have precious cargo on board - 2 embies. Hoping they take....keeping calm. Don't worry about your 'response' to IVF - it's all rubbish in my eyes now, I am in a private IVF forum on FB and the amt of girls with 1 egg stimmed and retrieved that are now happily preggers is AMAZING so hold faith that - here comes the clique - it really does only take one precious egg. Let us know how ya get on and have a fantabulous Chrissy xmwahx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theresa68 View Post
    Hi Ladies
    I used to post here for a couple of years until I decided to bow out. My message is for all of you but especially for you Keziah being the same age! I hope you remember me...
    Firstly - good luck with your FET - everything crossed that it is a BFP. I sincerely mean that.
    Secondly - and this could be something for all to think about....have you thought about an egg donor? Here is a bit of my story and what I am talking about..
    My last miscarriage was in 2009. My last FET was in 2010. I needed a break so hubby and I decided to just let things be. Within 9 months I had lost the 10 kgs I had put on from doing IVF and from 4 failed pregnancies. I was feeling back to normal. We forgot about trying to fall pregnant when I was ovulating and just got back to being us! We built our dream house down south on the ocean with the view to it being our holiday home and ultimately the place we would retire to. We took many trips to Bali and just enjoyed ourselves. I became me again - the woman he fell in love with - my hormones were all back to normal - life was great! In June this year, after suffering around 8 months of irregular periods, I decided I better go and get it checked out. I was referred to my Ob/Gyno specialist and he decided that some exploratory surgery was required. He did the surgery and found a cyst on my ovary - which he removed. When I went back for my results I broached the subject of IVF again - hubby and I had decided that we may as well give it one more shot considering I had now had a break for 18 months. He sent me off for a test which would indicate my ovarian reserve and of course this would result in whether it was worth spending more money on IVF.

    My results arrived in - he gave me the bad news - I was a 1 - basically my ovarian reserve was so low that there was no possible chance of me being successful in doing any more egg retrievals through IVF. He asked had we considered the egg donor path as this would be the only way to realise our dream of having a baby. Of course we had talked about it, but everyone knows how near impossible it is to get an egg donor. He asked had we considered an egg donor from overseas and specifically Cape Town where they have like an agreement with a Cape Fertility Clinic. No we hadnt thought about it but we most certainly were now. This was mid July.

    In August after receiving all the facts about it, we went online and searched for our egg donor through various websites that had been recommended to us by the fertility clinic here. We kept on going back to the same donor profile and decided she was our lady. Once chosen, and once she had accepted...things moved really quickly! By mid October we were flying to South Africa for two weeks - the trip of our lifetime! After my checks over there and hubbys deposit done, we basically had the entire time just sightseeing and enjoying our holiday. The day before we were due to fly home, I went in and had two very good 5 day blast embies transferred. I have 4 fertilised and frozen in Cape Town. My donor had actually had a very successful stimulation cycle and they retreived 21 eggs in total!

    Off we flew home 36 hours later with the dates that we were to have our blood test. I am on a truckload of progesterone, estradial and clexane, and so any thoughts of what may be pregnancy symptoms cant be relied upon due to all this medication.

    The day arrives...off I go for the blood test...and then the wait...finally the phone call we had been waiting for...i was pregnant! OMG - tears of pure joy, loads of anxiousness and just so damn happy. I have to go for bloods again in 2 days, and then every week thereafter until I am 8 weeks pregnant. Which I do. However on week 6, I experience bleeding - bright red blood. My stomach plummets, I am devastated - another miscarriage - no way, just so not fair. I ring the fertility clinic after hours contact(it happened after 5.30pm!!) who advise me to come in for a scan the very next day - I was due for a scan in 3 days, but with this new development, it was to be the next day. It was a sleepless night for hubby and I and with a heavy heart we went for our scan. We saw the blood filled sac, and also saw another sac, one that seemed to have a heartbeat! What the? Yes we were pregnant - initially with twins, so both embies had taken...my bleeding was one of my little embies that didnt make it. Hubby and I couldnt believe it. Our ultrasound lady toook measurements and checked the heartbeat - all was okay - all on track. So very happy...sad too that one didnt make it, but so very happy that we still have a chance of having a baby!

    So I am now over 9 weeks pregnant. I still have some spotting but according to my ob, this is quite common in IVF pregnancies. I had my first appointment with my new ob on Thursday, and he did a scan and there was my little treasure, all squashed against the side of his big sac, heart beating away! Could not wipe the smile of my face. I still have a long way to go obviously but to put things in to perspective my ob advised me this...I may be 43 years old but 90% of my pregnancy is that of a 32 year old (the age of my egg donor). He also advised that I am now down to around 5% of miscarrying...very reassuring for me who has been so worried. He knows that I wont believe it or be 100% happy until I am holding our baby in my arms...given my history, he can understand that. He is happy to see me every 3 weeks to reassure me with scans and words of encouragement, as we take this long awaited, much wanted journey of having a family.

    So I guess my whole post to you guys (and you Keziah), is dont give up hope. There are options for older people like me...I am almost kicking myself I didnt get the chance to explore this option earlier...but maybe I wasnt ready then - maybe I needed to deal with everything first and have some closure.

    Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and dreams come true to you all in the New Year. I am happy to answer any questions you have, or if you dont want to ask on here - just PM me.
    OMG OMG OMG this is just the BEST news, a new house - tick! lotsa holidays and downtime - tick! and a fresh new perspective on trying Egg Donation which resulted in your wee miracle. So sorry your wee twin didn't survive but this new Angel will watch over your growing baby I am sure!!! I remember when you left us and I respected your feelings and the need to withdraw and focus on life. I am so very thrilled to hear this, it's almost like a Chrissy pressie to me. You often wonder, "what happened to that wonderful spirit I met online" and here you are in all your pregnant glory. Sending loads of sticky dust - this is one groovy Chrissy for you eh babes?!? We transferred two precious embies yest so currently PUPO and yes, if this doesn't work you have indeed planted a seed.... xmwahx
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    Quote Originally Posted by keziah View Post
    OMG OMG OMG this is just the BEST news, a new house - tick! lotsa holidays and downtime - tick! and a fresh new perspective on trying Egg Donation which resulted in your wee miracle. So sorry your wee twin didn't survive but this new Angel will watch over your growing baby I am sure!!! I remember when you left us and I respected your feelings and the need to withdraw and focus on life. I am so very thrilled to hear this, it's almost like a Chrissy pressie to me. You often wonder, "what happened to that wonderful spirit I met online" and here you are in all your pregnant glory. Sending loads of sticky dust - this is one groovy Chrissy for you eh babes?!? We transferred two precious embies yest so currently PUPO and yes, if this doesn't work you have indeed planted a seed.... xmwahx
    Excellent news Kez - they must be pretty damn good embies otherwise they wouldnt have bothered. everything crossed that they are sticky little embies. Have a fantastic Christmas - can't wait to read the news that you are pregnant!!

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    Go Keziah, i'm keeping my fingers crossed for you. I'm in the two week wait too, AF is due Tuesday so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for me too.

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    Hi all,
    Thought I'd join in here - and wow, just read some of your stories!! Makes me realise I've not been through very much compared to some of you!! First of all, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all... although, if you're like me, I am just counting down these days till my AF is due to find out if we've been lucky this month!
    I had fertility testing done last year and found out I was very low for my age, so my partner and I went about getting ready to TTC. I came off the pill and started charting my cycle - watching for ferns. We lived 9 hours apart at the time, and every time we were together, it was the wrong time in my cycle... but I believe it gave my body time to get rid of the pill hormones - about 4 months, and then we moved in together (we are both teachers, so had to wait till the end of the school year). Then, the first month we were together at the "right time" we conceived a baby girl, Lexie. We were so excited and did everything we needed to to prepare for her arrival: got a new car, renovated a room to become a 'baby's room', renovated our bathroom as we didn't have a bath in our house. I had an excellent pregnancy, with low risk factors in all tests, despite being 36, and the only problem at the end of the pregnancy was a low placenta. We had been presented with different options regarding delivery and decided it would be safest for the baby to have a caesarian at 38 weeks. Unfortunately at 37.4 weeks, we discovered Lexie had passed away, despite an excellent scan 4 days earlier. Giving birth to her revealed the cord looped tightly around her neck twice, which was listed as her cause of death. It was absolutely heartbreaking and I still struggle not to be angry with the world at the cruel blow we were dealt.
    My immediate reaction to losing her was to want to get pregnant again straight away... and I was absolutely devastated when our first attempt failed, as we were successful first time last time. Now as each month passes, I think of my low fertility result and stress that Lexie was the only chance we had.
    Today is the one year anniversary of conceiving Lexie and it is a bit of a hard day. I am also one week away from my period due date and I feel like I am just wishing the days away, hoping for some good news! How does everyone else get through this time? I usually enjoy a lot of wine to cope with stress, although I have been trying to have as little as possible in order to help with the process. Any hints or tips?
    Hope everyone else is having a good day!

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    AngelLexie's Mum - wow you have really had an awful time. I am so sorry for the loss of your little girl. It really brings home how fragile pregnancy is...everyone thinks the first 12 weeks are the danger period, but in reality the whole pregnancy is fraught with worry. You were so close to giving birth to your little one, only for her wee life to be snatched away. I am so sorry.

    I dont think there is any right or wrong way to deal with anniversary's so to speak...its a matter of what gets us through. I truly hope though that you and your DP are blessed with another baby. I am sure Lexie will be watching over you all.

    Go have a glass of wine if it relaxes you - I am sure one or two won't hurt at all.

    God bless and all the best of luck.

    You have found a good support group in here...so keep checking in! Here is hoping 2012 is a much happier year for you both.

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    Hi gorgeous gals

    Ohhhh Kez, I am praying for you honey and bless you bless you bless you that those 2 little embies are so happy in there and you are pregnant mumma already. I have been thinking of you heaps, also having gone through this process with you at the same time

    I did end up going the Lucrin and it was heaps better although my poor tummy which doesnt have much padding got a belting as I ended up on 3 injections a day in the end (they put me on Luveris as well as the Lucrin and Puregon as the clinic say they have had good results with this drug boosting egg quality)

    And I have some awesome news to kickstart the new year....the ivf worked!!!!!! it's very early days but I got a big fat positive on my test and still in shock! my tummy instantly ballooned out...I look 3 months pregnant because of the bloating.
    It’s amazing because I didn’t get many eggs, and one ovary was completely shut down when they did the scans after all the drug stimulation, which was the most terrifying part of this whole process for me...but my doctor kept saying he believes the evidence points towards quality, not quantity and he was spot on.

    I started going to a new acupunturist who really helped me through as I find her much more relaxing than the guy I used to go to. I was so anxious on the day of the transfer and she really calmed me down which is a huge challenge for me, having genealised anxiety normally anwyay

    I have the early dating scan in a week or so, so I cant wait for that for a bit of piece of mind.

    Enough of me. I hope you all have had a lovely Christmas break and fun new years

    Sarah, so glad to hear you are having an amazing hol, enjoy hon you deserve it

    Hi AngelLexiesmum. I am very sorry to hear about your dear Lexie. I am praying for you that this is your time this month and all your wishes come true very soon.

    Hugs to all of you and looking forward to hearing from you soon

    Happy wishes for the new year

    Nelly xo

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    Hi Ladies,

    Looks like a lot of you are using IVF... and it's an option we may have to take, so I just wanted to know - how long did you try to conceive naturally before you went down that path? I already have a low fertility test result, and although we conceived naturally first time, I just worry that the longer we try and fail, the less chance we will have with any option. It will be our 3rd unsuccessful cycle if I get my period on Saturday.
    Excellent new Keziah and Nelly!!! How did you go LuckyMe1?

    Thanks all for your well wishes to !!!

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    Angellexies mum, I am so sorry for your loss, unimaginably sad. I understand that getting pregnant again will ease the loss.

    I got a low amh result, before I got preggers with my son, the result I got was a five, so that stresses me too.

    I got af on christmas day, big sucks, back to it. My gp reckons me fertility hasn't returned since breastfeeding stopped four months ago, it's so frustrating. She's running some tests on my hormones to see if that is the case. I have some Chinese herbs as well and vitex to help the cycle. Since it came back it's been 26 days instead of what it used to be, which was 28.

    I will see a fertility specialist after trying for six months, we saw one after the two miscarriages, he was at Ivf Australia. But angellexiesmum, why don't you go back to the doc who ran the test on you which got you the low result, they may be able to tell you how long to try for naturally before going to Ivf, it may help ease your mind to have a plan of attack. Good luck.

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    Luckyme1, sorry to hear you weren't successful, fingers crossed for next month!

    I got a 4.9 amh result before getting pregnant with Lexie, so I guess we are pretty much on the same page. I have been charting 'ferns' since we lost Lexie and this cycle was the first time I got any - not sure if that means I didn't ovulate the last two cycles or not as I have googled this OPK and it seems lots of people find it hard to use/inaccurate.

    The amh test and initial consult I had was with a gyno in another town and have since moved. He is attached to a clinic that has an office in the nearest big town to me, but to be honest, I wasn't that impressed with him and would rather find someone new. I was shocked with my low result, so had heaps of questions for him and he actually laughed at me with some of them. Needless to say, I'm not in a hurry to go back to him, but we thought we'd try for 6 months, then seek someone out.

    I have an appointment next week back at the hospital where I gave birth to Lexie (just a check up I think?), so I was going to ask them, but thought I'd rather get info from people who've been there, done that.

    Thanks for your response though, and good luck!! Four days till I'm due...


 

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