Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Getting Ready for FET

We have approximately one week until our FET cycle starts. There are a few things I've been doing to get ready for the cycle. The kids are weaned which was the biggest thing we had to cross off the list. I've also cut way back on my caffeine intake. I was drinking three cups each morning, and now I'm down to just one. When I hit up Starbucks I've been doing half-caf. Occasionally if I feel a headache coming on, I'll have an iced coffee or diet soda in the afternoon. 

There are no shots to take this time around, praise The Lord. I just have estrogen pills to take each day, and I've had those for over a month now. When I was pregnant with the twins I took gummy vitamins, which don't have iron, and my hemoglobin levels were lower than their usual low. I want to try and avoid that this time, so I've been taking Up and Up prenatal vitamins. They don't make me sick like most other prenatals do. Has anyone had luck with them holding up to morning sickness?

Twin pregnancy wreaked havoc on my body. The twin skin, wider hips and stretch marks I've come to terms with.  The complete loss of muscule definition I have not. I was not able to exercise from the start of our IVF cycle until we were released to my OB at 10 weeks. By that time it had been two and a half months since I had done any exercising, so walking was about the only thing I could safely do without getting my heart rate up too high. A few weeks of bed rest plus gaining 80 lbs meant I wasn't moving at all toward the end. My butt and legs paid for it. 

I am determined not to let that happen this time around. While weight wise, I weigh ten pounds less than I did at the start of the last pregnancy, I am still not in as good of shape. The kids are finally comfortable going to child watch at The Y, and they thankfully haven't had colds in over two weeks. That means we've been hitting the gym on an almost daily basis. In approximately 3 weeks, I'll be put on limited activity, pretty much no heavy exercise, until we potentially have a successful ultrasound. I want to make sure I'm in good enough shape that I can ease back into working out three or four days a week. That means weights and cardio 5 or 6 days a week for the next 3 weeks.  

Our RE's office recommends no alcohol from cycle day. That means I need to finish off all the beer in the house in a week. Thanks to a couple girlfriends, the wine is already gone. I have 8-12 random beers that need to be consumed.  This is a task I am looking forward too! Beer and season 1 of Veronica Mars tonight after the kids go to bed. 

That's how I am prepping for our FET. Nothing too fancy, but making sure all my ducks are in a row. The kids and I pray for their potential future brother or sister each night, and I of course pray for a successful transfer and pregnancy.  And that's it.  Now I need to wrap my mind around the fact that go time is a week away. 

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