Beta Results Are In

Beta rising!

Beta rising!

I was delighted when I saw my Clearblue test show up as 2-3 weeks on Sunday because I knew that meant my HCG was over 200 well before my first beta. I was scheduled to go in on Tuesday (18 days past egg retrieval) for beta #1, but I woke up with what felt like the beginning of a urinary tract infection on Monday morning. No!! My nurse suggested that I come in to give a urine sample, and while I was there said it was ok to do my beta one day early, on 17 days past egg retrieval.

I got the call later on Monday afternoon to let me know that my beta was 610! THIS IS SO VERY EXCITING! All the positive tests were wonderful to see, but hearing this nice strong number really made everything seem a little more real. I know there are many more hurdles to jump, but we definitely did some celebrating last night.

Because we did IVF, our families knew ahead of time when we were scheduled to have the beta and there was no point in waiting to tell them the news. We still got to have a bit of a surprise by telling them one day early, when they weren’t yet expecting it. In an ideal world, we would get to surprise everyone by sharing this happy news when we’re a little further along and confident that we have a healthy pregnancy. But after seeing the looks on everyone’s faces and hearing their reactions (my mother-in-law actually squealed!), I don’t think I would change a thing. This will be the first grandchild and niece/nephew on both sides, so it was a very special announcement to share. And I’m comforted knowing that if something were to go wrong, we have so much support and love around us. What a great night!

Right after we Facetimed our families to tell them the good news!

Right after our Facetime with our families to tell them the good news!

Now back to reality, including this undiagnosed UTI and beta #2 tomorrow. They are doing a culture on my urine sample, so we won’t know until tomorrow if I need antibiotics or not. In the meantime, I’m chugging an insane amount cranberry juice and water, hanging close to the toilet for my fire pee every 10 minutes, and praying for a beta that is rising appropriately. I would be lying if I didn’t acknowledge that I’m both elated and terrified at the same time.

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34 thoughts on “Beta Results Are In

  1. Congrats! It seems that this cycle was destined for success from day 1! Everything seemed perfectly regulated & under control and, for some reason, I had no doubt that this round would be your ticket to motherhood. Enjoy every moment! I’ll bet you can kick this UTI’s butt — no problem! You’ve dealt with way worse on this road of IF! 🙂

    • Thank you! I hope you’re right! It is challenging to be so excited but also still so worried. I think I will feel a good deal better after our ultrasound tomorrow, as long as everything looks good. 🙂

  2. Congratulations!!!! I am so very excited for you! I just stumbled across your blog. My husband and I are in the middle of the IVF with ICSI process right now (for male factor infertility). I am on day 6 of stim meds (Gonal-F and Menopur). Tonight I start my antagonist. We are in Montana so we do not have a clinic close to us. We are working remotely with SRM in Seattle. Our 1st appointment there is Saturday. We will be in Seattle all next week. I am so excited about this, but also very anxious and nervous. Your blog has given me hope and inspiration! I will add you to my prayers!! I look forward to following your blog and hearing updates on your amazing journey!!

      • You are so sweet to ask….things are really great so far! We got to Seattle last Saturday and I did my trigger shot Monday night. The retrieval was Wed morning. We had 15 eggs. They called today and said that 11 were mature and 10 of those fertilized. We are so excited! We are praying that they make it! I am anxious for the next updates! This whole process….just the ability to pursue something we feared was hopeless…is such a blessing in and of itself. We are thankful for every step of this journey.
        I am also thankful for blogs like this….sharing you experience gives others hope and encouragement. So thank you for sharing with us so that we can celebrate this time with you!

      • That’s amazing! Your numbers are very similar to ours. Please keep me updated on your cycle, I’m thinking of you and sending lots of positive vibes!

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