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Birth Story - Marietta Rosina Patricia, born 25 June 2012

Jul 28, 2012 - 5 comments

I finally gave birth to my beautiful daughter safe & sound at 39weeks!!! My beautiful little MARIETTA ROSINA PATRICIA was born Monday, 25 June at exactly 6:00am, & I am so, so happy & in love with her, plus so content my family of three gorgeous children is now complete!

I awoke around 2:45am with really bad intense low pelvic pain. The pain was constant, not at all like contractions, but I knew this was IT - there's no mistaking real labour pain! I was at the hospital by 3:45am & upon examination was fully dilated & ready to go!!! I was feeling really bad & filled up on entonox (gas), which for the first time during labour, I actually felt relief from, mainly because I was taking it all the time (I couldn't feel contractions still, only constant pain, pain, pain)! So, the gas made me feel out of it, which was great!!! Then my OB arrived. I still couldn't feel the separate contractions, only pain. My OB then asked if my waters had broken. They hadn't, so he broke them, & that made a difference with the contractions. Once I started pushing he told me I couldn't take the gas anymore :0(. I must have been pushing for about 30 or 40mins & felt like I'd never push her out!!! I felt awful & got that out of body feeling. I tried pushing on all fours but went back to the position I used for my other kids, sat on the bed with each leg pushed against my Dr & midwife during the contractions. I'd read that standing up, squatting etc works best as baby makes the downward journey easier with gravity, but this never works for me, so just go with what goes best for you! As baby's crown showed, I needed to have an episiotomy which was painful later as I could feel the stitches being done. Anyway, she finally made her journey & was born 6am on the dot. I feel so lucky to have acheived my dream of a firstborn son, & then two beautiful daughters, the family I always wanted!! Marietta was my heaviest baby, being 6lbs 15ozs, but today she was weighed in at 5lbs 8ozs, so she has lost more than 10% of her birthweight, mainly due to her being jaundiced, so I'm feeding, feeding, feeding!!! But, all is perfect, my kids were & remain totally excited & in love with their sweet wee sister. I stayed two nights in hospital, & am now home, enjoying my family.

Successful with my own eggs after 2 1/2 yrs of treatment.  Did these help??

Jan 18, 2012 - 10 comments

After having three failed IUIs, two failed IVFs, and one IVF resulting in a miscarriage I really felt I had nothing to lose in my endeavours to get pregnant and complete my family with a much wanted third child.  

Here is a list of what I added to my IVF (ICSI) cycle last October.  I am now going on 17weeks pregnant, and pray eveything turns out fine finally.  I am not recommending any of these things, as it is important for every individual to research on their own and decided what they are willing to add to their cycle, but, I want to list them so others can choose to look into them if they wish.  

Of all the medicines, supplements and procedures I added, MELATONIN, MYO-INOSITOL, VITAMIN E,  VITAMIN D3, SAIZEN, INTRALIPID, and the HYSTEROSCOPY were the ones which were added for the first time to this last successful cycle and one of them could be the answer to my ongoing BFP!

There is a lot being written up about melatonin in conjunction with Vitamin E.  Also a lot of research and positive findings regarding Myo-inositol.  The other supplements all seem to have properties thought to improve egg/embryo quality.  DHEA is quite a big one being used by many women, and some fertility clinics prescribe it to older women.  The pycnogenol and Trans-Resveratrol are supplements that I notice quite a few doctors actually recommend.  As with most remedies, you will find positive research and then you'll find negative research, so before you start taking any of these, please look into them yourself, as I'd hate to recommend anything you think has an adverse effect.  I also started weekly acupuncture with a fertility expert about three months prior to my cycle.  I continued it through the cycle and also 13 weeks into my pregnancy.  

The other thing I did was ask my RE to perform a HYSTEROSCOPY prior to my last successful IVF cycle.  This is a quick procedure where a camera is inserted so your uterus can be seen.  I knew there was nothing wrong with my uterus, but the reason for me having it done was so that my RE could scrap away a piece of the endometrium so that a scar formed.  There have been statistics showing that the procedure can increase pregnancy rates, as the scarred endometrium makes implantation more successful.  

I also asked my RE to prescribe SAIZEN last cycle when I started the stimulation drugs for IVF.  (I used the micro-dose flare protocol, with 225iu of puregon, plus 2 x daily shots of buserelin).  Saizen is a human growth hormone, and is often used in older women or women with egg quality issues.  Also, this last cycle, I was prescribed with prednisone.  I started on this a day after egg collection, and kept taking it up to 7 weeks gestation.  

All this time, I've kept off caffeine and I think it's best to keep off alcohol.  I don't drink alcohol, and think maybe it's not great for fertility, although there's nothing documented about it.  

The other BIG thing I tried this successful cycle was INTRALIPID.   I was worried about the possibility of my having an auto-immune problem, as my ANA was high when it was tested in 2008.  Intralipid was given to me the day I started stimulation drugs.  It was also administered  the week I received my BFP, and then at 5 - 6 week intervals after that.  Now I'm almost 17 weeks, I won't be having anymore intralipid as my RE thinks the risk of a reaction may outweigh the benefits at this stage.  

Fish oil - Omega 3, with EPA and DHA
Myo-Inositol (must be myo-inositol, not just inositol)
Melatonin (3mg)
Vitamin E (600mg)
Vitamin D3 (1,000 IU)
Wheatgrass in powder form
Royal Jelly, liquid form best, but capsules still OK
Bee propolis
CQ10 (800mg)
DHEA (75mg - 3 x 25mg daily)  
Trans-Resveratrol (some RE's actually recommend this in conjunction with Pycnogenol)
Green tea (one cup per day)
Low dose aspirin

I used vitex for my third cycle from memory, but cut it out after reading some not so good reports on it.  

Now, I'm not necessarily saying any of these things contributed to my now being pregnant, but after 2 1/2 years of heartache,  in my heart, I do feel that something did help me this time.  Maybe the intralipid, maybe the hysteroscopy, or even the saizen or myo-inositol?  Who knows?  

Please don't start taking these things without looking into them yourself.  All I want to do is to list them, and let people know that after using them, I did get pregnant.  

The one last important thing is to have a specialist who realistically believes in you.  My first RE unreasonably gave up on me after my first IVF failure.  He thought I should be happy with two children, and after my miscarriage last May, went on to say the only way I'd achieve another pregnancy was if I used a young egg donor.  I wasn't willing to do this, as I had two young children and wasn't ready to give up on my own eggs.  I changed to another RE at the same clinic who believed another pregnancy was indeed possible and that donated eggs should be Plan 'D'.  His confidence in my ability to have another genetic child gave me extra confidence.  And this is very, very important in this game.  

Good Luck everyone!!!!  Patience, perserverance and a fair amount of money (if you're like me and had to pay out of pocket) are often the key to getting pregnant with your own eggs!!!  Especially once you're over 35!  



Aug 26, 2010 - 1 comments

Had ET Wednesday 25 August.  
Cramps Friday 27 August.  Too early for implantation cramping, so assuming it's the embryos falling apart!!!!  The cramps started pretty much the same time for my other IVF failure.  NOT GOOD!!!  


Aug 24, 2010 - 0 comments

ET done today, of one 8-cell with minimal fragmentation, and one 12-cell, no fragmentation.  Three other embies fragmented, one other 8-cell with minimal fragmentation, hoping to get to blastocyst.  

Test 5 Sept.