How I’m Feeling
Well, in short, I am feeling utterly exhausted. As in, it is all I can do to keep my eyes open to type this. It’s crazy! I am wondering if it’s more emotional than anything else. I feel at peace for the first time in so long. I feel such a huge relief that we’ve gotten this far… like I can finally relax a little. And that is exactly what I’ve been doing! I have taken naps every day for the past three days, gone to bed early, and slept in. None of that is normal, but it has been so nice! I just cannot explain the total sense of peace that I feel. Apart from feeling exhausted, I feel better than I have in a year and a half. So hopeful. Pregnant until proven otherwise! (:
What’s Going on in My Body:
Since our embryos were frozen on day 5 after the retrieval, here is what our embryos have been up to and will be up to for the next several days (“dpt” stands for “days past transfer”):
- 1dpt….Blastocyst hatches out of shell
- 2dpt.. Blastocyst attaches to a site on the uterine lining
- 3dpt.. Implantation begins as the blastocyst begins to bury in the lining
- 4dpt.. Implantation process continues and morula buries deeper in the lining
- 5dpt.. Morula is completely inmplanted in the lining and has placenta cells & fetal cells
- 6dpt…Placenta cells begin to secret HCG in the blood
- 7dpt…More HCG is produced as fetus develops
- 8dpt…More HCG is produced as fetus develops
- 9dpt…HCG levels are now high enough to be immediately detected on HPT!!!
- 1dpt .. Embryo is growing and developing
- 2dpt… Embryo is now a blastocyst
- 3dpt….Blastocyst hatches out of shell
- 4dpt.. Blastocyst attaches to a site on the uterine lining
- 5dpt.. Implantation begins,as the blastocyst begins to bury in the lining –> I’m prolly here today!
- 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
- The doctor explained to me that, although adequate rest is important, it is also important to remain active after a frozen embryo transfer. This helps prevent blood clots (which are a side-effect of many fertility meds) and promotes blood flow to the uterus. So I’ve done quite a bit of walking since our transfer on Friday. I’ve not walked as much as I normally would each day (due to being sooooo tired), but Andrew and I have made an effort to get out and about each day. We walked around Kroger Friday night, and went to lots of yard sales on Saturday, which involved quite a bit of walking. I also went on a short (maybe a mile and a half) walk Saturday night, but I felt completely wiped out afterward.
- I am still taking the estrogen suppositories, using estrogen patches, and taking Progesterone injections, as well as taking some supplements, including baby aspirin and a prenatal vitamin. I am also taking Metformin.
- I am keeping my feet bundled up, or at least in socks, all the time! Warm feet=warm uterus!
- I am very focused on eating lots and lots of protein, some healthy fats (lots of nuts and avocado), and complex carbs. I am trying to take it easy on the carbs, since I know I have a tendency to overdo it. Since imbalanced insulin levels can make it difficult for the embryos to attach to
the uterus, I am really watching what I eat.
- I am eating only warm foods, and drinking beverages that are warm or at room temperature. Honestly, I am not drinking much other than water. I am not eating raw veggies, as they take a lot of blood and energy to digest. I do not want to take blood away from my uterus. I am eating only warming foods: cooked veggies, soups, etc.
- And of course, I am eating pineapple!
They say that pineapple is an implantation aid, and the rule of thumb after an embryo transfer is to cut the pineapple into 5 pieces, and eat a piece of pineapple, including the core, for five days, counting transfer day as Day 1.
So what is it about pineapple that makes it so special? Apparently, there are indications that the bromelain in pineapple increases cervical mucous. This increase in cervical mucous can make the uterus “stickier,” which can lead to increased rates of implantation. Most of the bromelain in the pineapple is found in the core, so it is important to eat that part along with the meat.
Here’s how to use it:
- For IVF: one pineapple, divided into 5 pieces. Consume one piece each day for 5 days, beginning on the day of embryo transfer.
- For IUI: one pineapple, divided into 5 pieces. Consume one piece each day for 5 days, beginning on the day of IUI.
- Time intercourse cycle: one pineapple, divided into 5 pieces. Consume one piece each day for 5 days, beginning on the day after ovulation.
Here’s how to cut it:
I was intimidated by the thought of tackling a whole pineapple. I’ve always bought them already sliced! Their hard, pointy skin is a bit daunting, and I was not quite sure where to begin when it came to cutting my pineapple.
As it turned out, it was not as difficult as I’d thought it would be. I used this lovely tutorial, which helped make the process pretty simple!
1) Grab all of the leaves, twist them, and pull hard. They will sort of pop off the pineapple.
2) Cut about an inch off of both ends of the pineapple, maybe a little less.
3) Stand the pineapple up. Using a large knife, remove the skin from the pineapple by slicing about 1/4 of an inch from the edge. Do this all around the pineapple.
4) Set the pineapple back down on its side, and cut it into 5 pieces. There is no need to separate the core from the meat, since you will be eating both!
*** It is important that, when you eat the pineapple, you only do so after it has warmed to room temperature. Better yet, try grilling the pineapple. It is best to eat and drink only warm foods and beverages following the transfer.
***I’ve also read that the pineapple works best if eaten on an empty stomach.