I know it’s been a bit since I’ve posted so I thought I’d give an update. As I said before, my OHSS came back after I found out I was pregnant. I had been pretty uncomfortable and I felt that it was getting worse on Sunday. I called my OB and my RE’s offices on Monday to find out a if there’s anything I should be doing differently, anything I should be looking out for and when I should be concerned about my symptoms. I had been having some moderate discomfort and shortness of breath. I wasn’t able to eat or drink much because it felt like there was no room for it to go. My belly was huge and I had gained 10+ lbs. in a fairly short amount of time. After much back and forth between the physicians, it was decided that I should be admitted to the hospital overnight for observation and to have some tests run. (I thought this was unnecessary. I gave myself the better safe than sorry and at least I would get some answers pep talk.) I had a chest X-ray, labs and an ultrasound to measure the free fluid. **Of course this happens when W is in Finland again for work! He always misses the exciting stuff. Thank God my mom was here to drive me around, keep me company and take care of me!
The OB on call came to talk to me the following morning and confirmed that I did have moderate OHSS with free fluid. Chest X-ray and labs looked good. She recommended bed rest as much as possible and to drown myself in Gatorade and that eventually it would self resolve and I would start peeing off the fluid. I had been having these awful cramps specifically in the middle of my upper quadrants and the US confirmed that I had some perihepatic ascites. Hopefully that was the culprit! Here’s a timeline of belly pictures..
This was during the beginning of my IVF cycle on meds…
This was the day of my egg retrieval, swollen from all of the follicles that had grown!
This was a couple of days after my retrieval when the OHSS started to kick in the first time!
This was the day I decided to call the office and see how big I was supposed to let this belly get because that’s a whole lot of fluid!!
This was taken during my night in the hospital. Ouch!
After coming home from the hospital on Tuesday, my mom stocked my fridge with Gatorade (Thanks, Mom!!!) and left me to rest. I have had two wonderful bed rest buddies. This is one of them. She’s my old gal, Gigi!
I had a follow up appointment with the nurse practitioner at my OB’s office on Thursday. She just happens to be my lovely cousin without whom I’d be a mess right now. She answers my crazy questions and calms my nerves! My belly had improved, and labs looked good! She ordered one more beta and it was right on track! First U/S and official OB appointment still set for April 2nd.
Okay, now to the fun stuff…..
Official Due Date: November 20, 2014
How far along: 5 weeks + 1 day
Total weight gain: SO funny! About 10lbs. of fluid, which I hope my body rids itself of before I really start gaining!
Maternity clothes: Thanks to the fluid, lots of non-maternity leggings and long shirts.
Sleep: Was cramping a lot last week in the middle of the night and waking up between 3-5am daily. Cramps are better, sleep is better between potty breaks but I’m still waking up early!
Best moment of this week: Seeing my beta hcG doing what it should!!
Miss anything: Exercising, lifting things, and most of all, hot bubble baths.
Food cravings: No crazy craving or aversions yet. My appetite is returning as my belly goes down.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not consistently. I feel sick some mornings if I don’t eat something quickly enough.
Have you started to show yet: Just my 10lbs. of fluid!
Happy or moody most of the time: I feel happy! I’ve only had a few emotional moments and it was mostly around being scared about the hospital and not having my husband there.
Looking forward to: W coming home next week and our first US to see how many there are and a little heartbeat(s)!!!!