Sorry it has been awhile since I last posted. I have been relaxing and enjoying early pregnancy! I had a second beta on Monday, February 8th. My result came back at 1488! They were looking for a minimum of a 50% increase over two days. According to a lot of websites, an initial doubling time of 48-72 hours is ideal. My doubling time was more like 37 hr. A couple of people on the fertility boards (Fertile Thoughts) commented that they think it may be twins. My nurse said you really can’t tell from the numbers, and have to wait for an ultrasound. Honestly, one or two, we are thrilled! I was really happy to hear that high beta numbers indicate a healthy pregnancy, and result in a lower rate of miscarriage. Dr. S called me on Saturday, Feb 6th, and mentioned those things.
I went in for a third beta yesterday. I really had no idea what was expected of the number over a week period, but my number came back 16,817 (well, my local RE office, which is where I had the blood drawn, said 16,817.20 but the clinic called and said 16,816). She told me that was a very good number, and we won’t need to do any more betas since the hcg is increasing as it is supposed to do. I asked her if the numbers gave any indication of how many babies, but again she said no. She has seen low numbers result in multiples, and high numbers result in just one. I read somewhere that a faster doubling time can mean multiples. We are just so excited to be pregnant that we want to know (and I am ready to start shopping)! 🙂 I plugged my numbers into this beta calculator website (though I know they say to be careful of using beta calculators online): http://www.wantbaby.info/calculators/beta-hcg-levels. I tried my first two betas, and it came back “high chance of multiples” and when I put use my latest beta number (along with either the first or second), it comes back “very high chance of multiples”.
One of the reasons they say you really can’t count on the numbers, is that you may have had an early implanter. This will make the numbers higher 9dp5dt, since typically, a 5 day embryo does not start implanting until 3 days after transfer. If it starts implanting on day 2, the numbers will be higher than they would have if it implanted on day 3. Here is a link to a chart of what typically happens after 3 and 5 day transfers:
What Happens in 3 and 5 Day Transfers
It is possible that we have one, and it was an early implanter. The two embryos we transferred were great quality (5BB) partially hatching blasts. Or, we could have two!
The clinic scheduled us for an ultrasound on Friday, Feb 19th. After speaking with my nurse yesterday, she said we could have it done locally, if we would prefer to do that. Normally, Dr. S likes to do the first ultrasound, but since I have been seeing my local RE for years, they said he could do it. It will be cheaper overall if we can do it locally, not to mention the savings on the tank of gas. I am going to call today, and see if they have any openings for Friday. If not, though, we will be driving to Charleston. I don’t want to wait until Monday to find out how many babies we have in there! 🙂 My husband is excited, and told me this morning he will be fine with twins. But then he added, “if it is triplets…” and made a scared face. Ha ha I would be VERY surprised if there were three! At the transfer, Dr. S told us there was a 50-60% chance of a singleton, 20-30% chance of twins and 1-2% chance of triplets. This, of course, is based on my age and the fact that we transferred two.
Some other good news, we may have found a house. If all works out, we will be moving out of this 2 bedroom apartment and into a 3 bedroom house (instead of into a larger apartment). It does need some work, and also an added bathroom (it only has 1, and with 3 of us getting ready in the morning, this will be challenging!). My husband’s parents bought it at auction, and we are in the 10 day waiting period now. If all goes well, we will be able to see the inside of the house this weekend. We went by last weekend and looked inside some of the windows. If we like it, his parents will sell it to us. The house is cute, and I think I can get used to the 30 or so minute drive. And it would be nice to be own something! 🙂
How wonderful it is to know that God sees a big picture and takes care of us. He knows what we need, and the desires of our hearts. It may not always be in our timing, but I have faith that He does know what He is doing!