Ok, so I couldn’t handle the waiting – I cheated! Three days before our blood test I got a courtesy call from our lovely nurse at Genea. I had to ask, “Would a home urine test show positive anyway because of all the hormones?” “No, you’d be clear by now”. I barely hung up the phone before I started pulling out our bathroom draws – surely from all the years that we had been trying I had a spare home pregnancy test! Got one! I nervously went through the motions that I had gone through many times before with late periods, waiting, and watching as the first pink line appeared. Then accompanied with a squeal, a second pink line appeared! We’ve got double bars!! I knew this wasn’t a guarantee that we were pregnant, but it felt so good!
The morning of the blood test I was at the clinic before the doors opened. Three hours later our nurse from Genea called; I’m sure I was sweating! “How are you?” I asked our nurse, to which she replied, “I’m fabulous, and so are YOU!” I couldn’t help the screams of excitement that followed. What a great result from a procedure that has less than a 30% success rate. Of course, we’re not out of the woods yet. We’re about half way through our first trimester. My tips – get the flu shot before starting IVF, and really look after yourself with rest & staying away from germs. I did get the flu shot, but for the past week I’ve been in bed with an awful flu, and there’s not much I could do about it.
Do I worry about getting through this next stage? Of course I do. But, apart from having a good diet and getting enough sleep, there’s nothing I can do to guarantee the success of our little one. Giving up control is hard, but in the words of Bob Marley, “everything’s gonna be alright”, and I’m sure it will be.