MY PCOS PREGNANCY JOURNEY: PART TWO

I always knew I wanted two or more kids and I loved the idea of having a small age gap between them. I asked around and decided that two years would be the perfect number. After doing some maths I worked out I needed to fall pregnant in the Sep/Oct to have baby number 2 around the time my first born turned 2. So off I went to my fertility doctor to start ovulation induction again. Slight problem though I had only just given up breastfeeding..so he sent me off. You see I needed to have stopped breastfeeding for at least 8 weeks before I could start treatment again.

Fast forward to November I returned to see him and Ovulation Induction began swiftly. Slightly more difficult to get a toddler to mums in the morning, get bloods done and get to work on time though but I managed because I knew all of the stress and sacrifice would be worth it.

Here’s how it went second time around:

Round 1

  • Blood Test 1: Start a course of Letrozole for 5 days , no unprotected sex, return in 7 days
  • Blood Test 2 : Estrogen still baseline, no unprotected sex, return in 3 days
  • Blood Test 3: Estrogen rising, no unprotected sex, return in 2 days
  • Blood Test 4: Estrogen rising, attend an internal ultrasound, no unprotected sex, return in 2 days
  • Blood Test 5 : Administer Ovidrel Pen tonight. Do booster injections of a reduced dose 3 more times this week. Start trying to conceive that night, the next day and the day after, return in 10 days
  • Blood Test 6 : Good levels, return in 9 days
  • PERIOD 😦

This time I was emotional. The toll of doing this treatment whilst raising a toddler and working was full on. What added to it was that my parents knew because I needed their help so I could get to bloods on time. For some reason I felt like I’d let them down not being pregnant which is so silly but its just how I felt.

Round 2

  • Blood Test 1: Commence Letrozole for 5 days, no unprotected sex, return in 7 days
  • Blood Test 2 : No estrogen rise yet, no unprotected sex, return in 4 days
  • Blood Test 3: Estrogen starting to rise, no unprotected sex, return in 2 days
  • Blood Test 4: Estrogen rising nicely, attend an internal ultrasound, no unprotected sex, return in 1 days.
  • Blood Test 5 : Administer Ovidrel Pen tonight. Do booster injections of a reduced dose 3 more times this week.Start trying to conceive that night, the next day and the day after. Commence progesterone TWICE daily, return in 8 days.
  • Blood Test 6 : Continue progesterone, return in 9 days.
  • Blood Test 7 : Good pregnancy levels, continue progesterone, return in 3 days.
  • Blood Test 8 : Good rise in levels, continue progesterone, return in 4 days.
  • Blood Test 9 : Good pregnancy levels, continue progesterone, return in 4 days.
  • Blood Test 10 : Good pregnancy levels, continue progesterone, return in 3 days.
  • Blood Test 11: : Good pregnancy levels, continue progesterone, NO MORE BLOODS!

Again it worked on the second month of treatment YAY! and 8 months later we welcomed our second baby boy.

Treatment isn’t a fun process and it wears you out emotionally and physically. But there is hope and it does happen so please hold onto that on the hardest of days.

Mumma Z xxx

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