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Well, where to begin!! I'm happy to be here, and a little nervous! But I thought this would be more positive and life-affirming than posting in the "pregnancy after loss" section!
Today I am 5 weeks pregnant, and boy am I jealous of those who are past the 8 week mark. Time seems to slow down during these first weeks, doesn't it? I'm still peeing on a stick every other day just for the reward of seeing a positive after so many negatives!
Some quick background about me! I had a miscarriage at 8 weeks last year in May. My HCG and progesterone numbers were never great, so it was probably weak from the start. Months and months of trying afterwards, with IUI and fertility drugs, and nothing stuck. Two months ago we started to see a fertility specialist and started to seriously consider IVF. The thing holding us back was the money. This past cycle, we were truly at a cross-roads. Make the plunge or accept our fate. Here is a twilight zone moment: last month we took a trip to St. Augustine Florida to go to the Ripley Museum. They have a fertility idol that is reputed to get women pregnant. Well, what can it hurt, right? I touched the statue's belly. Right afterwards, I felt mild cramping that lasted for a few hours. It was strange! I'm a scientist, so I was cautious about reading too much into it (but I was open to it being a sign too!). AF visited a few days later, and I thought that was that.
Okay, this is getting too long for an intro post! Fast forward to my next cycle, and after 17 or so months of trying and a m/c one year ago, I find myself pregnant! The best part is, this was totally unmedicated, and that makes me SO happy! My numbers are great! 53 at CD27 and 1288 on CD33! Progesterone is actually on the high end of normal! Cautiously optimistic at this point! I was spotting my first several days (my AF comes really early), so I figured it was going to be a loss. But I'm good now! I'm having PG symptoms like I never had first time around. Right now, I'm coming out of a weird dizzy spell that made me feel like I was out-of-body and floating.
The oddest part is that I got pregnant within 3 days of getting pregnant last year! What's that all about? I don't know, but it's pretty cool! By my calculations, my due date is January 3, 2013. I need to get over that 8 week (2011 miscarriage) hurdle and I'll rest much easier!
My husband is just as thrilled as I am, but he is making me promise that we won't tell anyone until the 1st Tri + 2 weeks is over. It's very difficult, but I understand. Last time I told immediate family like right away, and the rest of the world (including work!) at 6 weeks.
I'm here so that I have an outlet to share and celebrate with people and not feel so..I don't know..isolated?
Welcome! And I totally understand the feeling! We had several losses, and I am second-guessing every little thing. We don't want to tell anyone, really, but that's what JM is for! Sharing the crazy with others until you're willing to unleash it on the people you know well. Your numbers look great! I'll stay cautiously optimistic with you!
I LOVE that story!!! Congrats and welcome! I'm Michelle and I'm 37 expecting our 3rd. Its amazing how things work! We were getting ready to start IUI and our fertility dr said it wasn't likely to happen for us without it. We asked about tussin to help with DH's viscosity and the dr said it can help for some but we didn't seem to be candidates but if we wanted to give it a go for a month or 2 go ahead. So DH and I decided to try it for one month then do IUI in May.....well since I'm on this board you can see Dr's don't always know that we can't get pregnant on our own.