Yesterday was retrieval #2. It is crazy how much less anxiety I felt with this one since I knew what to expect. I even feel better today than I did the day after retrieval #1. I guess my body is just getting used to things. Here are our IVF stats so far.
17 eggs retrieved
13 fertilized with ICSI
I know that people get pregnant with few eggs and numbers do not mean everything, but I am still ticked pink with this outcome so far :). So what is next for me?
In 4 days I will get a 5 day blastocyst call. After that, my frosties are biopsied and one cell from each one takes a trip to Detroit for PGS. My RE said we will get the results before Genesis Genetics closes for Christmas. If you are doing PGS anytime soon, it may be helpful to know that they close for a few weeks in December. Once AF starts in January, we start transfers, horray!
Since retrievals are done, my new objective is getting as healthy as possible for my January transfer. I have been eating healthy but I do not feel very healthy right now. One reason might be because I have cut down on the intensity of my workouts for the last few months. I did not want to overdo it during retrievals. I think this has also led to a little bit of stress build up as well.
I got weighed yesterday before my surgery and I was 139 (I am 5’4”). I was surprised at how much weight I have gained. I am probably weigh more today because all I did yesterday and most of today was rest on the couch, recover, and eat. Vanity aside, I feel healthiest between 125 and 130 with a little more muscle than I have right now. I know some of the weight will naturally go away as I recover from stims and my retrieval, but I still got a ways to go.
I am going to try to not focus on what the scale says but over the next 6-7 weeks, I am going to focus on getting back into shape as much as I can. It is hard to identify how much I want to lose each week since I will also be gaining some weight as I build muscle. Overall, it would nice to get back in my healthy range at a steady pace.
Since I have never done a transfer before (I can’t believe it is getting so close!) I appreciate any tips, suggestions, etc to best prepare for it. Sometimes I feel I may go a bit overboard with all of this but I feel incredibly lucky to even have the chance to do IVF and I do not want to screw things up. xoxox – Jennie