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If you’ve been following along our IVF stories (here is part one and part two) you’ll know that Rachel Geeser had a successful round of IVF and is now pregnant! With our most recent pregnant blogger Elizabeth Ries at home glowing with her new baby boy, it’s time to introduce Rachel as our next pregnant blogger! Join her as she chronicles the good, bad and ugly of her pregnancy.
I’m now 18 weeks, which means I’m almost halfway through this pregnancy. How did that happen?!? If it weren’t for my rapidly changing body there are days I probably would forget that I am pregnant. I keep waiting for the dreaded symptoms you hear about – morning sickness, cravings, heartburn etc, but so far it’s been smooth sailing for the most part. I said to my husband the other night it wasn’t easy getting pregnant, but being pregnant hasn’t been so bad.
In my first trimester and in the beginning of my second trimester I was so worried about miscarrying. Every twitch and unusual pain sent me into a panic. I think this would have been a concern no matter how we got pregnant, but because we had to do IVF, I knew I didn’t want to have to start the process over again. My doctor also said that when you don’t have many symptoms it can make you more nervous. Just knowing my personality though, symptoms or not, IVF or the old fashioned way, I think I would have been nervous no matter what!
Although I said this pregnancy has been smooth sailing, we did have one scare at around 6 or 7 weeks. I started getting really intense pain in my pelvic area. It was Easter weekend and we were at my parents house. It started late Friday afternoon and by late Saturday morning it still hadn’t gone away so I decided to call the on-call doctor at my fertility center. Unfortunately the doctor seemed very distracted on the phone and the only thing she could tell me was that it could be a sign of the start of a miscarriage. Of course this did nothing to calm my nerves, but I followed the doctor’s instructions to just take it easy the rest of the weekend. Luckily we had a doctor’s appointment scheduled for Monday morning so I knew we’d have answers soon enough. I can’t begin to tell you how relieved I was to see the heartbeat on the ultrasound screen Monday morning! I later learned that the pelvic pain was likely caused by my still swollen ovaries from the IVF treatments in combination with my petite frame. One thing I’m learning is that when you’re petite, there just isn’t much room for baby or anything else! I continued to have this pain throughout my first trimester and into my second. Although it still made me nervous, I just had to tell myself it was normal!
Now that we’re in our second trimester and we’ve been able to tell our friends and family it feels so much more real. I started feeling the baby “flutter” around 16 weeks and that has eased my nerves so much. I’m looking forward to our babymoon in Bermuda, finding out the gender and starting to shop for all things baby!