@looloo711 our ob is Dr Oliver brown too!!
On a slightly new topic of conversation, my workplace is made up of about half strict Catholics. I've read that Catholics are totally against IVF, but am wondering if anyone has thought about or had any real experiences of telling Catholic friends / colleagues about being pregnant from IVF, let alone donor sperm (or for some of you, donor eggs)? Maybe some of you are Catholic, and can weigh in with your thoughts.
DH and myself are catholic. Same as some of my family and friends and my IL's. Although we are not strict Catholics.
We have never had anyone have any problems with us doing IVF neither have we had any problems with any comments.
We obviously didn't mention it to the priest when we christened DS nor will we when we enrol and interview for DS to go to a Catholic school but I think that if is our business.
To be perfectly honest, when we started to have fertility issues, we both said we would do anything to have a child so a lot of those old fashioned religious ideas about conceiving that we had been brought up on went out the window and our focus was purely on becoming parents. No matter what it took.
I think these days with 1 in 6 couples needing some sort of fertility treatment, it's more 'acceptable' and so common that people have no choice but to be supportive or indifferent to some degree.
@MGC Bertie DH & I are both Catholic. Same as @TeamCarts, we've never had any issues or received any comments about it.
When we had a pre-wedding meeting with our priest, he talked about how the Catholic Church isn't how it used to be in that traditional sense. That he's had many couples speak to him about their TTC issues, how he's referred them on to FS's, counsellors etc, & worked with/supported couples on their fertility/IVF journeys.
So I think the 'view' that IVF etc is a big no-no to Catholics, is definitely not reflective/correct. Maybe back in the days yes, but certainly not now, and certainly not from our experience
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@Luckyme1 - how are you doing Hun? I've been there Hun and I know what's it's like, I hope you get your miracle and that you're doing ok xxx
Congratulations and welcome @Beeanksta , @looloo711 , @mushy
Congrats @gingermillie - I'm hearing you on the Progesterone support! I'm on pessaries , Provera and Progesterone intra-muscular daily injections into my butt......I'm 8+4 so I've still got a bit to go....think I can start coming off stuff around 12 weeks. Can't wait!!! How exciting to be so close to your NT scan! Those 3D ones are amazing, enjoy
@MGC Bertie - I take my 25mg of Prednisolone in the morning but I still get a bit of insomnia at night. I'm usually awake for about one to two hours at around 2/3am I guess it could be a bit of anxiety with my bleeding/past losses but, I'm pretty sure the Pred can have that side affect too BUT...as you said, if it works, it's totally worth it! And hey, it might make for a smooth transition into midnight feeds
@apolly - I had a big first bubba too so even though I've toyed with the idea of a VBAC, I think I'll stick to a c-sec also as I ended up with a not-very-emergency, "emergency c-sec" last time anyway.....sounds painful but you did great to get your 9.6 pounder out! Wowzers! What gorgeous scan pictures!!!! Can't WAIT for my 12 week 3D ones! Bed rest sucks BUT I think it's working....I didn't have a drop of blood yesterday and just a teeny bit with my pessary excess the day before Haven't had a scary gush since Monday morning. My mom and MIL have been awesome in helping out with dinners, entertaining my DD and a little housework to keep us going as my DH has been working from dark til dark....he's flat out at the moment....but we sure do need the money for all of these drugs so that's a good thing! I'm attempting work next week for half a day.
@KayzB - I too have drug-weaning envy. It must mean that everything is going great for you though so well done. Yeah, bed rest sucks but I think it's working so I'll keep it up until attempting a half day at work next week....a little nervous!
@lileitak - gorgeous scan pic, congratulations I'm definitely thinking I want to do one of those Harmony/ Verify tests....I thought they were 99% accurate, the same as an amnio?? Hmmm....I might have to do a bit of Dr Googling myself!
Thanks @MrsSG - I've had my scan (moved it forward to Tuesday) and all is still going well with bub! SO relieved!!! So my head space has been a little better since then apart from the occasional...but what if?!!! But I can't imagine getting over that until I have my screaming bub in my arms ....there's some positive thinking for you!. How did you choose between the Harmony/ Verify tests?? I'm wanting to get one of those too. Love love love your scan pic, just too adorable x
Hello to anyone I've missed this time in this mammoth post
AFM - moved my scan forward to Tuesday because of another scary gush of blood on Monday morning....bub is still doing great with perfect growth (one day ahead) and heartbeat .....such a relief!!!
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hope you're all well and plotting along nicely. It's grat to read everyone's updates.
Ladydee your scan looks gorgeous. How exciting. You must be feeling so relieved.
Hang in there with the bed rest. Do you like cricket. If so at least that's on. If not then I hope you have a good Dvd's collection.
Sally I had my scan today. Feeling much better about everything.
Mgc bertie. I didn't realise you were on so many meds Hun... Blimey I bet your hanging til that parts over.
MrsSG. Your scan looks awesome. I too just had the discussion about the harmony test. I have decided to do bloods first then the nuclar scan at 12 weeks and if there are any abnormalities I will have the harmony test. I got quoted $525 for just that test alone.
AFM I had my first OB appointment today. I really gelled with the doctor. He was pretty cool and funny. I like that. image.jpg
they checked hear rate and it was 160bpm and I could see the little blob. Got a bit teary as I went alone and the relief just washed over me. Anyway I hope it attached ok. Dr also said there is now only a 2% chance of miscarriage so I was thrilled to hear that. I didn't think they said things like that. But it makes me happy to think I'm at the safer end of the first Trimester.
ok well that's it for me. Glad all the beautiful mum to be's and mums again are doing great.
Lovely scan pic @bubs4kylee !
I also had my first scan today. It was meant to be on monday but I was woken up by the most horrible back pain in the middle of the night so went to see the GP today and she got the ultrasound place to change my appointment to today just to make sure everything was ok.
Bub was measuring spot on at 6w6d and had a heartbeat of 120bpm which we were told was good.
This is our little bub
Thanks everyone for putting what I read about Catholic's views of IVF to rest. I guess I'll find out soon enough with my workmates.
Wonderful to see all those scans of all your little bubs xx
AFM.... I went for another BT today, but couldn't find out the results, which I'm a bit annoyed about. I had rung my specialist twice to get the results, but it just went to message bank, and they didn't call back. I'll call again in the morning, but being a Saturday, I kind of don't hold out much hope. A copy of the result went to my GP, but I know that she's still away for another week, and I'm sure the only way I could get it, would be to pay and see another doctor at the same practice (as I'd phoned to try to get results like that some other time). Does anyone know if I ring Laverty direct that they will give it to me over the phone? Probably not :-(
Need some advice ladies. I went to have my first scan on Tuesday at 6 weeks 3 days and Obstetrician said bub is measuring small for this time in the pregnancy there was a yolk sac and measuring 1.9mm but should be more like 3mm but dates could be off however it is an IVF 2 day transfer so not sure how dates would be off I guess if it implanted late or something. He said we should check hcg levels first to make sure doubling every 48hrs so Tuesday afternoon at 4pm had test and was 19,200 and then Thursday morning at 8am a little less than the 48 hours and level was only 24,900 so he said its not doubling which is not good but its under 48 hours then I read that after it gets to a certain level it only doubles every 72 - 96 hours. And on Tuesday when he did the scan there was no heart beat I have had a little brown bleed but its not really anything much and has stopped now he said that is not a concern unless cramping and bright red blood etc...so its quiet normal. Anyway have to wait 2 more weeks for another scan to check for heart beat again and if there is nothing he recommends terminating or will let me have choice for it to finish naturally but didn't recommend that. So there is a yolk sac and it all looks normal otherwise just no heart beat. Has anyone had the heart beat later ? Ive heard it can be as late as 9 - 10 weeks before seeing a heart beat? If so how much later and maybe its just slow growing? I really don't know what to think about any of it. Im praying there is a heart beat in 2 weeks. Anyone had anything similar happen? Really trying to remain positive but obsetrician was all doom and gloom and not very reassuring it was like he thinks it is going to end badly. Has anyone had anything similar happen? Could the 6 week 3 days be a little too early?
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