Posted Feb 7, 2006 (Last updated
March 26, 2007)
Hello. My name is Angelina. My husband
and I have been trying to conceive for almost 3 years
now. We went through 3 miscarriages and quite a few
different doctors. When I was pregnant the first time,
I caught the pregnancy at about 2 weeks according to
my calculation. The baby didn't even last 1 month, so
I never did go to a clinic.
The second pregnancy, they didn't even
do a blood test to confirm the pregnancy and to check
the hormone levels. I had two visits with the nurse
and both times I requested a blood test to make sure
everything was going fine. On the third visit, we had
an ultrasound only to confirm my worst fear that we
were no longer pregnant. The ultrasound tech didn't
even have the professionalism to tell us we were not
pregnant. Instead, he told us that there was something
going on in the uterus, the walls were getting very
thick, and we could be a few weeks pregnant. We should
have been over 12 weeks pregnant. I think the least
we expected was honesty that we miscarried. The regular
doctor was suppose to review the ultrasound pictures
and get back to us about what was going on. Nothing....not
even one call from our doctor and we even left him a
message when we didn't hear from him and still no call
The third pregnancy, we switched to another
doctor. I had bleeding for almost 1 month straight.
They couldn't give me answers about the bleeding and
just did the routine blood work to make sure I didn't
lose too much blood and an internal exam where they
put a glove on to check for any abnormalities. Shortly
after, we ended up miscarrying that one as well (the
last week of September 2005).
I was referred to a specialist by a friend. It's about
a 45 minute drive, but it seems like we finally found
a good doctor. October and November went by with no
cycle, which is normal for me since my typical cycle
is 60 days long. He ran the first batch of tests and
there will be another set of hormone tests after I get
a cycle. There's the possibility that I don't produce
enough progesterone to stay pregnant as well as some
other miscarriage possibilities like the shape of my
uterus since I had cervical cancer removed at 21 and
they scraped out the uterus. He is the first doctor
who is putting us as a priority. He didn't just tell
us that we're young, to relax, try again, there's
nothing to worry about. For once, he confirmed that
something is going wrong and that repeated miscarriages
are not normal.
It is now December 2005 and I am still waiting to have
a cycle so the doctor can run the second set of tests.
So far they've only confirmed that my prolactin (which
produces breast milk) is slightly elevated. If I don't
get a cycle in another few weeks, I need to go in for
a pregnancy test via blood work. I keep telling myself
not to get my hopes up, but it's hard not to. My husband
and I started getting the baby room ready a year ago.
Now all we need is a baby.
Update from April 13, 2006
To update everyone who has read my story.....I have
taken 3 months of Clomid (50mg, 100mg, 150mg) but with
no luck since I didn't ovulate, according to the dr
and my BBT chart. I was referred to a fertility clinic
in the same hospital. I am almost finished with my fourth
month of Clomid at 150mg and the fertility clinic ordered
the hCG shot to get me to ovulate on schedule and then
insemination the following day. My DH has 6-7% normal
form sperm, which we just found out. We have an appointment
on April 18 to have an ultrasound done to find out how
my eggs are developing and to determine when I should
get the hCG shot. My husband and I are very excited
at the possibility of becoming pregnant in a few weeks.
The other thing I wanted to mention to those of you
who take Clomid and track your BBT. The fertility clinic
said my dr was the only one in that hospital
who still takes BBT to determine ovulation.
Most doctors no longer use that method because it is
not reliable since many things affect your temperature.
Just because you don't see a temperature spike, doesn't
mean you haven't ovulated. I fought with my previous
dr on this because I was 100% for certain that I ovulated
on 100mg of Clomid due to the other indicators that
ovulation had taken place, but he said my BBT told otherwise.
I asked him if he would do an ultrasound so we'd know
for certain if I ovulated on the next rounds of Clomid
and he didn't want to do that either. He said it wasn't
necessary. He also said that the women who complain
on these sites about BBT chart not working are bitter
because they did not get pregnant on Clomid. And to
think I initially believed him...
So ladies, follow your gut instinct if something doesn't
seem right and get a second opinion. I will keep you
all updated if I get a positive preg test.
Update from May 31, 2006
On May 26th, I went in for an ultrasound to see how
my eggs were doing (cycle day 14). When I do ovulate,
it is always late (cycle day 21 or much longer). My
husband and I continued to receive bad news, and thought
the 200 mg of Clomid wouldn't work in May, because I
only ovulated on Clomid once in the previous 4 months.
But, to my surprise, I had 7 eggs (4 on one ovary and
3 on the other) that were ready for ovulation. I was
ordered to give the HcG shot that night and then on
May 28th, we did the insemination. The fertility nurse
asked which side was hurting more and I told her that
both sides were extremely sore, which meant I released
eggs from both ovaries.
We are waiting to do a home pregnancy test June 11
(14 days after the insemination). Our chances of getting
multiples is pretty high, so we are hoping for it. My
husband and I only want 2-3 children to complete our
family, so receiving multiples would mean I would never
have to go through this emotional roller coaster again
(if we didn't want to).
I will keep everyone updated on the results of my pregnancy
test. Two weeks after the pregnancy test, an ultrasound
can be done to see if there are multiples, so I will
update everyone later on in the month as well.
Update from June 9, 2006
I took a pregnancy test today and it was positive.
I called the clinic to set up an appointment for blood
work, etc. My dr. is on vacation until July 11th and
they scheduled me for July 14th. After talking it over
with my husband, we'd feel a lot better if we could
see a dr. now to get the initial blood tests done and
to get a blood pregnancy test so they know where the
hormones are at. I talked to a local clinic and she
said my dr. should have a replacement dr. when he is
gone. So I called the clinic again and left them a message
to get me in sooner with someone else.
I'm pretty sure I have multiples because my lower abdomen,
where the uterus is, is very protruded and firm. I never
had this in my other pregnancies. I get hungry every
2-3 hours. But maybe it's because before we had the
insemination procedure, I was really sick for 4 days
and lost 10 lbs.
Updated July 29, 2006
Another update....did a home pregnancy test and it
was positive. I went into another clinic while my dr.
was on vacation and they did two rounds of blood work
in one week to make sure the pregnancy hormones were
doubling. When I got the results, she said they more
than doubled. I asked if she could tell me if that meant
multiples, but she said we'd have to wait until our
ultrasound on July 14th with my regular dr.
July 14th, the dr. did all the routine prenatal exams,
more blood work, and an ultrasound. The ultrasound revealed
triplets !!! My husband was so surprised and very excited.
I knew there were 2 or possibly 3, but my husband didn't
believe me. The dr. informed us about the high risk
of triplets and said I'd need to have a c-section, which
is a procedure I don't believe in unless your life or
your child's life is in danger. I've done my research
online and found many ladies who delivered triplets
via natural delivery. So I'm going to talk to my dr.
when I have my next appt. August 10th.
Other than that, the babies are all the same size and
heart rates are all within the normal range. I told
my husband that we're going to have all girls, but again
he doesn't believe me. They said 120-180 beats per minute
are normal and they were at 173, 175, and 179. My friend
who recently had twin girls told me that females have
a faster heart rate in the womb.
I've been going to garage sales, buying baby clothes,
bottles, etc. We are getting two more used cribs this
weekend. I'm already getting the baby room ready for
the extra space and made a new cleaning schedule that
I can do while the babies are sleeping (after they're
born). Our friends hired a cleaning lady, but my husband
and I figure why not save any extra money we can. And
besides, I'm a clean freak and I'd rather do it myself.
Everyone cross your fingers that I carry all three
full-term. I will continue to keep you updated.
Updated Sept 12, 2006
Just saw the doctor September 7th and had another ultrasound.
This ultrasound was to check the cervix and the doctor
said it was very low, which is what he wanted to see
(that it was stretching). We were told that next month's
visit, we would know the sex of the babies at that ultrasound,
but the ultrasound tech told us what she thought they
were. She thought two were girls and one was a boy,
but the doctor said we'd know for sure at our next ultrasound,
since everything will be more developed. All three babies
were doing great (despite all the negative things I
hear from worried family members). It's funny when you
need to most support, it seems like you get the least.
But heck, what do I care. These babies will be held
full-term and will all be healthy. On Sept. 11, I will
be 4 months 1 week pregnant.
For everyone else out there who is trying to conceive,
always be positive because things will always work out
one way or another....just don't give up.
Updated Dec 27, 2006
I just had another appointment with the doctor on December
22 to check the fetal heart beats and the cervical length.
The cervix is a little less than half the normal thickness.
But, like the doctor said, I am carrying triplets so
it's not like they're expecting the cervix to be normal
thickness. And the cervix is still closed, which is
good. At the previous ultrasound appointment, all 3
babies were around 3 lbs each. I'm hoping they continue
to gain 1 lb per month. The doctor changed my due date
from the 20th to the 22nd, since my birthday is on the
22nd. By their due date, I'd like them all to be 5 lbs.
My doctor is not exactly an optimist. He first told
me that the goal was to carry them to 32 weeks, which
he thought would be a challenge to me. Well, needless
to say, I've had such an easy pregnancy. December 25th
was 32 weeks and all 4 of us are doing great. I plan
on delivering them via c-section on my birthday, but
my doctor said that he doesn't think I'll be able to
Updated March 26, 2007
On January 8, 2007, I delivered my triplets at 8:30
a.m. My water broke at 5 a.m. when I got out of bed
to use the bathroom. At first I questioned it and kept
telling myself that it must be a weak bladder and not
the water breaking, but when I stood up from using the
bathroom, the water started coming out again. I checked
with my finger and sure enough it was coming from my
birth canal. My lower abdomen had been sore for the
past 3 nights and I had contractions for over a month,
but they weren't timed. I questioned the doctor and
he said there was nothing to worry about unless the
contractions became timed. Well, now I know that my
body was telling me I'd go into labor soon. Anyone else
out there who is pregnant with multiples.....if you
are getting a lot of contractions, even if they are
not timed, take it as a warning that labor might not
be too much farther down the road.
I named them Erika, Alysia, and Zachory. Erika was
our lightest (just over 4 lbs) and Zachory was our heaviest
(almost 5 lbs). Erika's lungs were developed (her water
broke and she was ready to be delivered). Zachory and
Alysia's lungs were not as developed, so they were on
oxygen for a while. They stayed in the NICU for 3 weeks
and we seen them every day. It was a little frustrating
seeing them so healthy, but we couldn't bring them home
until they could drink enough on their own (they were
getting fed with a tube down their nose at first). Our
two girls came home first and Zachory came home 3 days
There are a lot of sleepless nights...getting up every
2-3 hours. My husband just went to work, so I am learning
a lot of little tricks to make it easier. We keep them
on the same feeding schedule so we're not feeding them
all day. They're getting better at using the hands-free
bottle feeder, but sometimes they want to be held and
fed. It's hard giving them hands-on attention, but I'm
getting strong arms holding two babies at the same time.
I'm thinking out getting the triplet carrier, but I
think that might be a little heavy to carry 3 babies
around at the same time.
Well, I won't take any more time writing about the
little stuff. Everything is going very well and they're
gaining a lot of weight. I'll try to keep everyone updated.
Good luck to all those wishing upon a star. I know your
dreams will come true.