Two things happened this past week, both on the same day.
On 4 January, I was 10 weeks exactly. I celebrated the day with my last dose of progesterone! Thank goodness that is O-V-E-R!
For 7 of the 10 weeks, I self-administered progesterone injections intramuscularly into my gluteus. Someone on Twitter had told me that it would not hurt at all. Pish posh. This was not true. It DID hurt. I had such an ordeal with self-injection. Several times I hit a nerve and one of those times it numbed my whole lateral side of my right thigh for weeks. My bum was often sore, I had lots of knots under my skin that I rubbed fervently to break up, and several times I hit a blood vessel which spurted blood all over the place once I removed the needle. NEVER have I had any of these things happen when I have given someone else an injection, but it is a whole other story when you have to try and give it to yourself.
|the dreaded progesterone injection|
|22G needle, 1 1/2 inches long|
At 7 weeks, I switched to Crinone 8% progesterone gel. I thought it would be like using Monistat - insert it in the evening and have cream dripping out of you all day, but luckily this was not the case. I did insert the gel in the evening, but had no irritating side effects during the day. No drippage or leaking. No itching, redness or irritation. Overall, it was much nicer than giving myself daily injections. However, on the last day of using Crinone, I felt some vaginal pressure. I rushed to the toilet thinking it was going to be a blood clot or fetal tissue, but it was just 2 huge golf ball size formations of the Crinone gel. Sorry, I know, not a pretty picture, but I want to share the full story since no one tells you these things! Even I was a bit grossed out, but on the other hand, so glad it all came out! I am not sure if that is typical or why it gathered into golf ball size rounds, but I am assuming that it was the residual part of the gel. Here, I was thinking all of it was absorbing into my tissues, but no, the majority of the gel was just collecting into balls!
Having the 10 weeks of exogenous progesterone administration be over with was enough reason to elicit a party, but also on the same day, I had my first new OB appointment. Yay! I feel like my pregnancy is all grown up now.
I am seeing my midwife for my OB provider and it was nice to see her again after having a long holiday break. We caught up on all midwifery things and then got down to business. She asked lots of questions regarding my medical past and we discussed which labs I wanted. I declined the early glucose testing as I hardly eat any sugar or processed foods, and do not want to take a sugar laden drink that is made of artificial flavors and colors. I think that drink alone would put me over! I did agree to an A1C hemoglobin and a fasting glucose. We are also going to test my vitamin levels (D, B-12, Folic Acid, Ca, etc.) due to being a vegetarian. I also asked to have my first trimester screening set up. I want to know sooner rather than later if there are any problems such as Down's (my biggest worry). We then looked from above at the baby and she was just bouncing up and down and waving her arms. It was so adorable. The bedside US at our clinic is not as good (not as high of a resolution) as the RE's office, so I did not get as good of a picture, but you can see the fetus lying head down with her back to the left. We also observed the heart flicker and heard the heartbeat by doppler from above at 165 bpm.
All seems to be going well. I gave about 10 tubes of blood that afternoon and should have my 1st trimester screening (blood/US) next week. Looking forward to all good news so I can relax and plan for a healthy baby.