So, remember that last post when I mentioned that I thought I might be having a reaction to the PIO? Well, I was right. The rash wasn’t making me miserable, but it was spreading. So I called the clinic. They pushed my beta hCG test up a day! (quick definition for you: Beta hCG test: A blood test used to detect human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone produced in pregnant women.) The thinking was that if I’m pregnant, I’ll need a medication change. If I’m not pregnant, I’ll be stopping PIO anyway. So rather than having the blood test on Thursday, I had it TODAY!
That’s right, just this morning I went in and got my blood tested for baby-makin’ hormones and this afternoon the clinic called me back with the results. GUESS WHAT! I have 249 units of hCG in each milliliter of my blood. That is a nice STRONG positive. The average hCG for a singleton pregnancy at this point is about 100 units. So we are looking at a pretty high likelihood of twins! I’ll go back for another beta on Friday, and then another a week after that. If the numbers grow exponentially each time, I’ll have an ultrasound at the beginning of April. It’s pretty amazing to think that at this moment, I am four weeks pregnant. And there is definitely at least one baby growing in there. Amazing!!
I am SO excited and relieved, though not too surprised; by last night I had taken five (!!) pregnancy tests, all of them positive. I got a very sweet, ecstatic email from Urs this afternoon (the clinic actually called him before they called me) as he was on his way to share the news with Ingmar. He was overjoyed, and I can’t stop smiling! What a beautiful day!
One more added bonus, thanks to my apparent allergy: I’ll be switching medications. As of Friday I’ll be off the PIO and taking the progesterone orally and vaginally. Yeah… kinda weirded out by the latter. But I’m very happy to be near the end of the injections. You should see my poor tuchus. No you shouldn’t. But really, it’s gross.
p.s. – I just spent way too much time trying to find a good image for this post, and I didn’t come up with anything. Do yourself a favor and DO NOT do a google search for anything involving the word “fetus.”