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Calculate weeks, mild cramps & constipation


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#1 Mum2TwoDSs

Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:02 AM

Hi everyone,

I just got my first BFP with IVF cycle #4 and have a few questions, hoping someone can help me.

1. How do I calculate how many weeks I am? My last AF was on 15 Jan. Is IVF calculation same as normal TTC?

2. I have been feeling twitchy at one specific spot on my abdomen and have some mild cramping in my 2ww and they are on and off still. Is this normal?

3. I am a bit constipated which makes me feel miserable, can I take something like Fibregel?

Thanks!



#2 BJBubbles

Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:20 AM

Hi!

Firstly, congratulations!!!!!

1. Don't go off your LMP as IVF cycles can be longer and EPU isn't necessarily on day 14 of your cycle.  My clinic I think used my BT day as  the 4 week mark, so their EDD was a few days later than I had calculated (I was using EPU day as "O" day), and that my early scans showed (by 2 or 3 days...). I'm assuming you'll have a scan at about 7 weeks (?) so I'd take that as the best EDD... They'll all be in within a couple of days, and as we all know it's only an estimate anyway!

2. The crampy/twitchy is completely normal! I did a HPT because I thought I wasn't PG and I was about get my AF... The nurses assured me that it was fine - and 3 scans later I almost believed them!

3. Call your clinic - the nurses are probably the best ones to ask... otherwise check with the pharmacist.

Congrats again!
xoxox

#3 Mum2TwoDSs

Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:26 AM

Thank you BJBubbles. Praying that it is a sticky one!

Can I ask what LMP mean?

I hope you get your success soon.



QUOTE (BJBubbles @ 14/02/2012, 09:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi!

Firstly, congratulations!!!!!

1. Don't go off your LMP as IVF cycles can be longer and EPU isn't necessarily on day 14 of your cycle.  My clinic I think used my BT day as  the 4 week mark, so their EDD was a few days later than I had calculated (I was using EPU day as "O" day), and that my early scans showed (by 2 or 3 days...). I'm assuming you'll have a scan at about 7 weeks (?) so I'd take that as the best EDD... They'll all be in within a couple of days, and as we all know it's only an estimate anyway!

2. The crampy/twitchy is completely normal! I did a HPT because I thought I wasn't PG and I was about get my AF... The nurses assured me that it was fine - and 3 scans later I almost believed them!

3. Call your clinic - the nurses are probably the best ones to ask... otherwise check with the pharmacist.

Congrats again!
xoxox



#4 BJBubbles

Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:49 AM

Sorry - LMP = Last Menstrual Period.

Have you had a BT yet?  I really hope cycle #4 is you last one!

xoxo


#5 Mum2TwoDSs

Posted 14 February 2012 - 09:01 AM

Oh thank you. original.gif

Yes I had my BT yesterday HCG was 508 p4 was 282. Will have another BT next tues...feel so long...I am cautiouosly happy esp after a natural miscarriage some time back with a natural conception. Seriously wish I can be happy without any tinge of worry or anxiety. Got to believe that this is the one!

#6 CountryFeral

Posted 14 February 2012 - 09:04 AM

My FS told me... the exact words were "Well congratulations you are x weeks and x days pregnant!"

Ask the clinic..

And CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

#7 Forum Moderator

Posted 14 February 2012 - 09:04 AM

OP I've moved this to the "Pregnancy after problems" forum.

Thank you,

~Minte~

#8 BJBubbles

Posted 14 February 2012 - 10:10 AM

That HCG is GREAT! My clinic likes to see anything over 100 for your first BT.  Hang in there - I know how hard it is to feel happy. I think all you can do is believe it WILL WORK until you are told otherwise.


xox

#9 Mum2TwoDSs

Posted 14 February 2012 - 11:58 AM

Thanks girls. It's nice to absorb some positive energy from you. original.gif

Countrymel, congratulations too! original.gif

#10 CountryFeral

Posted 14 February 2012 - 12:03 PM

QUOTE (Mum2OneDS @ 14/02/2012, 12:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks girls. It's nice to absorb some positive energy from you. original.gif

Countrymel, congratulations too! original.gif


Ah... no congratulations for me alas.

#11 indigo~

Posted 14 February 2012 - 05:49 PM

Mum2oneds, I use this web site to calculate estimated due date based on date of EPU:

http://www.ivf-infertility.com/calc_preg.php

Cramps on their own seem to be quite normal. Cramps with spotting or bleeding, I would be more concerned about.

The constipation is likely to be due to the progesterone, and it will probably get worse! Best to speak to your clinic, but something like metamucil is helpful. And I wouldn't wait until it gets really bad to get on top of it.

#12 Mum2TwoDSs

Posted 14 February 2012 - 07:20 PM

Thanks Indigo hun! Yes I asked my nurse and she said ok to take fybogel. I know how bad constipation can be...it almost killed me when I was in my 3rd trimester with DS.

I am feeling uncomfortable about it esp when it sends confusing signals to me...sometimes I cannot differentiate if it is bowel or womb giving me feelings. I didnt know P4 can make me constipate, that is a new thing. Thanks so much for the link too! original.gif

#13 k10

Posted 14 February 2012 - 07:30 PM

Congrats again mum2one original.gif

My due date has 'changed' so many times that it seems ridiculous for an ivf bub!  I have convinced everyone to go with the date from the 7 week dating scan I had which matches the transfer date when using the link indigo sent.  At my last obs appt the midwife suggested my dates are 'wrong' as I'm measuring 2 weeks bigger than I should be ... I told her no, its an ivf bub and I'm just enormous original.gif

Re the constipation, I had it so bad early on too.  I tried metamucil but what worked best for me was pear juice.


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