**Not sure what happened with WordPress. But a very garbled version of this post went up. Reposting and hopefully, this makes more sense now!
Had our embryo transfer on Saturday and here she (he??) is…
We ended up transferring a Day 4 compacting morula, which our embryologist was fairly convinced was on its way into becoming a pretty kickass embryo. It was the best of all that had fertilised. In fact, both my doc and my embryologist said it was the best embryo we’ve ever had. #proudparentmoment
In case you wondered, my doc’s not a two-embryo kinda guy.
Anyway, we’re now in the dreaded two-week wait to see if she likes her new digs (although because I have been so busy, it’s already 4dpt (as of 30/05). My heart has taken up residence in my mouth.
It’s been a strange and somewhat distressing cycle. Despite starting with 23 eggs retrieved and 14 fertilised (a new record), we had a pretty steep drop off. Four remained on transfer day, and of the three left, just one went on to become a Day 6 blastocyst (we only got the news an hour ago). Anyway, she/he is now a little frostie (Graded 4BC, we have been assured does have a chance of becoming a perfectly healthy baby, even if the embryo is considered less than brilliant). It’s reassuring to have a backup plan, especially given that our first two cycles left us with nothing to freeze.
And the odd ups and downs and first-time occurrences continued straight through to transfer day, for which I had absolutely no sleep because I was dealing with a bit of a crisis the night before. Then I completely forgot about drinking water and having a half-full bladder, which led to a bit of a chugging contest at the hospital. And then the OT changing room was being used so someone gave me my hospital gown and told me to change in her office. And then the Man and I completely forgot to take a photo together. And then we had almost an entirely different nursing crew (which included a very funny and very pregnant 46-year-old nurse whose unplanned pregnancy went undetected until she was 2.5 months along. Her two children are teens. Go figure).
But again, if this is the upside-down cycle, then it will also be the one that leads to a normal, healthy, happy pregnancy… so….
Anyway, in case you’re curious as to what happens after a transfer/during the TWW, here are some pretty useful calendars. Have extracted the one for the 3-day transfer here, and am guessing I am hovering between day 4/5 now:
1dpt ..embryo is growing and developing
2dpt… Embryo is now a blastocyst
3dpt….Blastocyst hatches out of shell on this day
4dpt.. Blastocyst attaches to a site on the uterine lining
5dpt.. Implantation begins,as the blastocyst begins to bury in the lining
6dpt.. Implantation process continues and morula buries deeper in the lining
7dpt.. Morula is completely implanted in the lining and has placenta cells & fetal cells
8dpt…Placenta cells begin to secret HCG in the blood
9dpt…More HCG is produced as fetus develops
10dpt…More HCG is produced as fetus develops
11dpt…HCG levels are now high enough to be immediately detected on HPT
Anyway, now all I can do is hope and pray like crazy while resisting the urge to pee on things.
Easy peasy. 😖😖😖