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Sunday, 28 February 2010


The hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (better known as hCG) is produced during pregnancy. It is made by cells that form the placenta, which nourishes the egg after it has been fertilized and becomes attached to the uterine wall. Levels can first be detected by a blood test about 11 days after conception and about 12 - 14 days after conception by a urine test. In general the hCG levels will double every 72 hours. The level will reach its peak in the first 8 - 11 weeks of pregnancy and then will decline and level off for the remainder of the pregnancy.

  • In a bout 85% of normal pregnancies, the hCG level will double every 48 - 72 hours. As you get further along in pregnancy and the hCG level gets higher, the time it takes to double can increase to about every 96 hours.
  • An hCG level of less than 5mIU/ml is considered negative for pregnancy, and anything above 25mIU/ml is considered positive for pregnancy.
  • A single hCG reading is not enough information for most diagnoses. When there is a question regarding the health of the pregnancy, multiple testings of hCG done a couple of days apart give a more accurate assessment of the situation.

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Beep Beep....Update Time!

So we have managed to get back on track............

The ED is going through her cycle and reached the stage of follicle growth.......however the follicles are growing slowly.....

Therefore as soon as they have reached about 20mm in growth, we can have that all important egg retrieval.


Hopefully next week sometime this will happen.....

Stay tuned!

Congrats to Shannon & Geoff who are now pregnant!

Monday, 15 February 2010

TRUST is Slipping!

I have this niggle of mis-trust of SI at the back of my head which I am trying to work around.......

In January, there was a problem with both my Egg Donor and Surrogate.....both had to be changed...... I put this down to human nature taking its toll.

Of course the planned trip to Mumbai went ahead......as basically all I needed to do was the paperwork formalities, meet the surrogate and leave a donation.

Seems easy right......so from that point I expect that the Doctor will update the surrogacy cycle schedule.

No, I had to repeatedly ask for this! A bit odd!

I get the schedule and it all seems ok, so I follow along with the dates where things are happening with the Surrogates and ED.

Then today, I ask for an update and the Doctor tells me that they are waiting for things to happen that should have happened 3 or 4 days ago......then he is vague on everything else.

I ask for dates and he cannot give!

This is rocking the 50/50 trust that I have had......and my gut instinct is leading the way.

This just doesn't feel good! What do we do?

Thursday, 11 February 2010

The Four......YES FOUR! Week Wait.

If all goes well, in four weeks time, we should know whether or not we have a successful pregnancy. March 10th 2010.

But, I have to say it is an emotional roller coaster of a journey that takes its toll. One minute you're on a high (particularly when you read of all the successful pregnancies & births that are happening)

Then it comes crashing down from simply being impatient!

Oh well......what can we do....but wait!

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Back At Home! Stay tuned!

It feels so good to be back at home..............SO SO GOOD!

There won't be any further baby news until March! Unless the Egg Donor or Surrogate interrupt the journey.....

Stay Tuned!