Pregnant at last, but a big surprise was growing inside me.
It took six IVF, two miscarriages and 2½ years before we fell pregnant, and stayed pregnant. It was the most painful and costly 2½ years of our lives, as IVF does not come cheap and the medical aids do not pay for fertility treatments. We have heard of cases where the IVF works first time round and others who were 11 years and 13 IVF later still not pregnant. We’ve heard of many woman who lost their babies half way through pregnancies due to complications. There are so many terribly sad stories out there.
The morning we were contacted by the doctor and told we were pregnant, even though he said the HCG (pregnancy hormone) count was very high, we were still quite skeptical. We had been here before, though not with such a high count, but even so, I barely moved for the next two days, checking every time I went to the loo for blood. The second blood result came back, and the count had trebled -- finally my pregnancy was confirmed.
I started to relax a little more when the morning sickness kicked in, boy it was all day sickness, I was constantly starving, but could not stomach anything, I lost 4 kg in my first 8 weeks of pregnancy, all the smells around me became 100 times more intense, I could no longer cook, I could not even open the fridge!
Then came the day of our first sonar, I was convinced it was twins, what with the high blood count, the very icky and intense all day sickness, but nothing prepared me, as the doctor moved the sonar and there were three little bubbles. I looked over at my hubby - he was half in shock and half in awe!
Three little heartbeats; it was, is, and always will be the most beautiful song of life our ears have ever been blessed with.
We had barely walked out the doctor’s office when we both jumped on the phone to family and friends with the amazing news.
Near the end of the first trimester I found to my delight that none of my pants or skirts would close round my waist. I was ecstatic; at last it was time to start shopping for maternity wear. This was a bit confusing, as I was carrying triplets, how big would I get? We had seen pictures of a friend who carried her three to 35 weeks and she was ginormous.
On our second visit the Doctor sat us down and explained what the complications of a multiple pregnancy could be. The doctor also gave us the option to abort one or more foetus, we did not even think twice about this, I would carry all three and I was really not concerned about complications, in fact I was at my most relaxed while pregnant. It was the best 32 weeks of my life. I felt more beautiful than I ever have, and how I loved flaunting my round belly!Our IVF journey 1: Egg harvest Our IVF journey 2: First tries Our IVF journey 4: Carrying triplets