*Photo by our amazing birth photographer who was also our fantastic realtor
|Check Out the Matching Green Curtains|
|1st day of Lupron|
On November 7th I began my Lupron injections for 10 consecutive days. Lupron is used to quiet my ovaries so I don't ovulate. I was a little freaked out about the first one because no one really wants to give themselves a shot in the belly, but the first week wasn't really as bad as I had led myself to believe. Days 8, 9, and 10 were a little rough. I don't know why, but my pain receptors in my stomach must have increased in their sensitivity. Those last few injections hurt and left me with a couple burses. I was totally relieved to have those 10 days over and done with.
On November 12th I started my Estrace oral tabs. Estrace thickens my uterine lining, which is where the embryo will be placed through a catheter on the day of the IVF transfer. I had to ask my surrogate support group and my coordinator at IARC if it was common to have an obscene amount of discharge from the Estrace. I didn't remember that side effect when I got pregnant with Spencer. I learned from experienced women who have done this many many times that each medication protocol can be extremely different. This made me happy because I'm terrified of the side effects I had from the Progesterone last time.
On November 13th I had to get follow-up blood work to make sure my rubella booster worked and to verify that my hemoglobin was up. I had to start taking iron supplements this fall to boost my levels. I was cleared to keep on track with my protocol! Everything looks great.
|IP-A doesn't like needles so I'm pretending this is painful just to be funny|
*I was in the middle of painting when I ran to this appointment. Normally I don' leave with paint all over me.
|My Beautiful Uterine Lining is on the Monitor|
|A Must Have for Progesterone Suppositories|
|SCARRIEST PART OF SURROGACY!...PROGESTERONE|