Oct 19, 2014
I'm 4w3d today. Positive HPT on dollar tree test strip last Sunday 10/12 @12dpo. I went in for b/w on 10/13 and it came back at 34 confirming positive pregnancy. Tuesday, I started to feel constant lower left back pain and intermittent sharp pelvic pain.
I had to get up at 5am to take the train for the 3hr commute again since I left my car at my office and took train home on Monday. I wasn't able to sleep until 2:30am the night before. I was scheduled for 7 hours of back-to-back meetings. Luckily, the morning meeting was canceled at the last minute. So I left my office to stop by urgent care - a place I haven't been to since 2008. The doctor Dr. Y I saw in 2008 still remembered me (we connected on LinkedIn and we gave each other professional endorsements). I told him about my IVF history and pregnancy concerns. My BP was 147/82 and HR 120 when tested at the urgent care clinic - not good numbers at this stage of pregnancy when embryo needs blood supply to uterus in order to implant properly. He did a physical examination and felt that my pains could be signs for ectopic pregnancy. He ordered a hcg STAT for me. I couldn't really wait for the result and rushed back to the office for my afternoon meetings. He said he'd call me if my hcg is high enough for an ultrasound. I didn't have time to wait for the lab result to come back and rushed back to my office for my afternoon meetings. After a long day, I found out that my bHCG was 147, which has been more than doubled for the past 48 hours.
Later in the same evening, my RE wrote to me and asked me to recheck bHCG on Friday 10/17, but my work was so incredibly busy with my colleague leaving the company, leaving me as the only person with the practice license in our company. My new boss was quite understanding and concerned about my health. She helped me push back the work to the leaving co-worker, but I doubt he'd be able to do them anyway. At the end of the day, I may still need to suck up everything.
I'm also feeling very nauseous very early on with this pregnancy. I usually don't start morning sickness until 7th or 8th week, but I definitely am feeling the nausea coming on and getting worse especially every night. I keep reminding myself that feeling sick is reassuring that the baby is growing okay. But I've also heard that nausea can be a symptom of ectopic pregnancy. My back pain and pelvic pain have been persisting on and off for 5 days now. I am too afraid to do anymore beta testings. I have my first prenatal appointment on 10/24 with the nurse at the high risk OB clinic and my first ultrasound appointment scheduled on 10/31 (6w2d) with my MFM. Hope all will go well...