The Ultimate Journey to Motherhood!
So at this time in my life I am completely dedicating myself to finally becoming the mommy I’ve always wanted to be. Like everything in life, the journey to mommyhood is a long, complex process resulting in nothing less than an absolute miracle. For us, this journey includes In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) because I am unable to naturallly conceive due disrupted anatomy from numerous lower abdominal surgeries. The IVF process involves painful, emotional, and often times violating procedures and protocols. To explain IVF in sum, basically I take or inject an array of drugs which will cause me to grow many more eggs on my ovaries than humanly possible, usually 7-14 of them. This is what I will be doing (and complaining about) for the next 5 weeks.
At the end of these 5 weeks, they will inject me with a hormone which will tell my body to release all of these eggs. But instead of being released, the Dr will put me under light sedation an insert a needle into me and remove each egg from my ovaries. They will take the eggs and drown them in sperm in a dish to be fertilized. They will incubate them for 3 days as these eggs begin to divide into several cells and become embryos. Finally, on December 2nd, the Dr will choose 2 of the best embryos and mechanically insert them high in my uterus through a special catheter.
The coolest part is that we will actually have PICTURES of our babies when they are just a few cells old!
I will have a pregnancy test on December 16th to see if any of the embryos “took” (implanted). If I am indeed pregnant, I will know by mid January if it is with 1 baby or twins! (AHHH! J/K- twins are wonderful).
So, If this “cycle” is successful, then these are my due dates:
If 1 baby: Due date is August 25th…If twins: Due date is August 4th
Also, these are the fetal developmental stages:
First heartbeat(s): December 25th
Limb buds began forming: Dec 29th
Considered to be a fetus and not an embryo by Jan 13.
First brainwaves: Jan 19
Essential structures complete: Jan 27
First baby movements: February 24
Starts to suck his/her thumb April 21
Baby(s) can recognize my voice and heartbeat May 5th
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