Journey to Pregnancy

Since my last post, which was around the time that I conceived with out little bundle of joy, which we have nicknamed Pooky, and I thought that I would share with you my journey. I am 25+4 weeks along, in my 2nd trimester, and I can no longer hide it.

I will start from about 2 years ago, when my GP suspected that I had PCOS, and sent me to have a blood test and ultrasound to confirm it. Once it was confirmed, my GP suggested that I try to lose weight and get healthier, to see if my PCOS was obesity related or if my obesity was related to my PCOS.

I had worked hard for that first year and a half, having lost a total of about 16kg, which I am quite proud of. Andrew and I had been trying for about 6 months, and then my GP suggested that we should go see a fertility specialist, to get everything checked out. So at the beginning of this year we decided to visit a fertility specialist. He was confident that he would get my pregnant by the end of the year. So after the first visit, we were happy, that we were embarking on the next chapter of our lives and starting a family.

So I had to have a HyCoSy test, to check that there were no blockages in my fallopian tubes, the severity of my ovaries and the polycyst and for any abnormalities in my uterus. The results came back promising, that there were no blockages in my fallopian tubes, I did have quite a few polycysts in my ovaries but nothing to worry too much about, and my uterus was in tip top shape to carry to term.

Andrew had to complete an andrology test, and we were told that the result showed that he was AOK.

The issue that I had is that my body does not regularly dispense an egg from my ovary every month, and thus no baby.  We went back to see the specialist and he advised to opt for ovulation induction treatment first, and to try for at least 3 months and up to 9 months, before trying IVF. He advised that I would most likely conceive after the first cycle of IVF as with my condition my chances of carrying is approximately 80%.

So with prescription in hand and details for the fertility lab details to track my ovulation induction treatment, we left in high spirits. Not yet realising that, that week I had conceived during my forced period cycle required for the HyCoSy. We went to the chemist and picked up the ovulation medication required for the treatment, and all that was left to do was to contact the fertility clinic to start the tracking.

Due to the requirement of a number of blood tests in the middle of the month, a blood test every 2 days, we decided to put it off until things were sorted with my work roster, which was constantly changing on a weekly basis. After about 2 months, things weren’t any better with my roster at work, and we figured that if we kept waiting it would never happen. So at the end of April, I organised with the fertility lab the tracking and started the course of Provera, to force my period to start so that I could start the ovulation induction treatment.

With Provera, I was to take this medication for 5 days and then within a week of finishing the last pill my period should start. but it was two weeks later, and still my period was a no show. So I contacted my specialist, and he advised that he would get the lab to organise with me a blood test, and that he would be able to contact me with the results the following day. So they called me that Tuesday, and I went in straight away for the blood test, the nurse asked if maybe I was pregnant, and the thought didn’t even cross my mind, and I had told her no.

The next day at work my specialist calls me to inform me of my test results, and tells me that I am “very pregnant”. I was in total disbelief, and all I could respond with was “what?!?”. And organised to book to see him on Friday for a scan to see how far along I was, as the blood test showed too much pregnancy hormone and showed that I was passed 6 weeks. I hardly was able to contain myself that I called Andrew straight away to tell him the news. He too didn’t believe me, he too could only say “what?!?”. I had a spare pregnancy test at home, which hadn’t expired yet, and I decided to pee on the stick for the sake of it. and within 2 seconds, two red lines appeared, I was pregnant.

Friday afternoon couldn’t come sooner, we saw our specialist, all excited to see our baby for the very first time. So we had our dating scan and found that I was over 9 weeks pregnant. Wow!

Between then and now, I know that I have been lucky, not having got any morning sickness or weird funky cravings. Though now my belly is showing so much that I can’t hide it, though my belly button has barely flattened out or popped.