Our IVF embryo transfer was one of the most amazing special days! It is a miracle getting the opportunity to carry a life inside of you. We pray that this embryo has snuggled in tight tight tight these last few days and I am still carrying this precious life.
To watch our beautiful, perfect transfer day...go check out the link in our profile to watch our latest vlog. You WONT be disappointed!
You will also get a RARE explanation directly from our doctor AND the embryologist of exactly what is happening throughout the transfer. Leave in the comments what you thought and if you have any questions!
These are the moments. The kind where you block everything else from the periphery and you believe with intense faith regardless of past disappointments. You choose to only speak words of assurance and think only positive thoughts. This is it. I know it. I believe it! We’re Pregnant. #PUPO
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Family Friday Feature: Samantha Gilbert, ARI Rockstar Embryologist • What is your favorite part about working for ARI?
My favorite part about working for ARI is the cutting edge science that we get to do every day. It’s remarkable to be a part of some of the most fascinating scientific procedures, and to watch those procedures succeed and grow both in and out of our lab. The complex cellular events of fertilization and embryonic growth never cease to amaze me, and it is an honor to be able to perform them for our patients. • Favorite travel spot/best vacation ever?
My favorite travel spot right now is back home to Minnesota. There I get to visit my family, enjoy the changing seasons, and spend time at the lake with old friends. • What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Growing up I thought I would be involved in oncological research, but I feel very lucky to have found Embryology instead. • What do you like doing in your spare time?
When I’m not in the lab or studying for my Master’s degree I like to enjoy the sights (and tastes) of Tucson by going on a new hike, checking out a local brewery, or going to a Roadrunners game. • What is your hidden talent?
My hidden talent is that I know how to ice skate, and played hockey for almost 10 years. • What is one thing you can’t live without?
It pains me to say it, but I can’t live without my phone. My family is very important to me, and when I live far away from them I don’t know what I would do without a way to call or text them at any moment. • What’s on your bucket list?
My dream goal is to visit every National Park. It’s a long list, but there’s so many beautiful sights to see!
Got the call today that we can proceed!! I'm so excited 😁 the meds will be here in a few days and my first appointment will be next Friday! First injection that night 😬 Since I am a teacher it'll work out where the retrieval will be over Spring Break, yaay! #effortlessivf#ivf#ivfjourney#bringiton#babydust
Welcome to another entry in my Symptoms Spotting Diary!! 🎺🎺 This evening I have been flawed by a wave of nausea! The best sign yet, some might say, and I am unusually excited for someone who feels sick as a dog. But I’m still trying not to get my hopes up because it happened during the drive home and I have been prone to bouts of motion sickness in the past 😭🤔 In other news, there’s still a bit of bloating going on and the odd cramp occasionally. Also noticed an increase in milky white cm, not sure if that means anything. It happened last cycle as well and obviously wasn’t a sign so 🤷♀️ #ttc#ttccommunity#ttcjourney#ttcsisters#ttcwithendo#fertility#fertilityjourney#symptomspotting#diary#babydust#prayingforababy
Oh AMH you’re one of those quite confusing HoRmOnEs! Nurse Suzie here weighing in for #letstalkthursday - AMH, or anti mullerian hormone is a hormone that is produced by the granulosa cells of the ovarian follicles (premature eggs). It’s often used as a marker of fertility status for women in conjunction with other tests.
Earlier this week I was on a phone call with a friend and she mentioned that she just got her results back from a fertility testing kit (blood test for hormone panel). This friend stated she was a little concerned because her AMH came back as “low” at 2 ng/mL. This is where the waters get murky in the world of at home testing kits. First, it’s best to go over blood work results with a licensed and trained health professional who can give an accurate understanding of what the result means. In most fertility clinics an AMH level > 1 is normal. < 1 is low and “could” indicate diminished ovarian reserve. > 5 might mean a woman has something called PCOS. All of these ranges are subjective and AMH levels and results can vary over time. It’s not the end-all when it comes to figuring out your fertility status. Get the right facts friends! We’re here to keep giving them to you 💥 #takebackyourfemininity
The night before our 3rd IVF Transfer, I sat down with my wife @Alexcongelliere to ask her some of the most common and pointed questions we receive regarding what she learned through the years of infertility. The conversation became so honest & powerful, that I am convinced her wisdom and experience will help SO MANY others in their infertility journeys. What she said was captured in our latest video called, “Day Before IVF TRANSFER: Alex Tells All” on #YouTube 🔴(LINK IN BIO)🔴 Here are the questions I asked Alex:
1. How would you explain the difficulty that infertility has been in your life?
2.What would you say was the hardest part of infertility?
3.Would you say there is a difference between your maturity then and your maturity now?
4.If someone were to say now, “Alex be grateful for your two kids and move on” how would you respond?
5.Would you say your desire to have and want more kids is a selfish desire?
6.Take me on this journey from infertility, to Kinsley’s adoption, to Callie’s adoption, and how did we get to IVF now?
7.Do you feel stressed that IVF is tomorrow?
8.How did you get to the place to get so public with this private conversation on infertility?
9.Were you surprised that people said, “Alex I look up to you” and “Alex, you are a role model”? How do you react when you hear those compliments?
10.What is your hope for tomorrow going into IVF?
11.What would be the advice you would give to someone going through the pit of infertility right now? 🔜 If you or anyone you know is struggling with #infertility , please share this video & our channel with them. I believe there are powerful tools and wisdom to be found in what Alex shared today.
Seriously, this cycle has been SO HORRIBLE AND CONFUSING! Anyone know anything about this? Swipe and see the OPK and BFN on the pregnancy test. My doctor said it’s possible I am pregnant but may be too early to tell. My spotting happened 7 days before AF was expected. Today was supposed to be her arrival date - it’s still possible that she comes, I guess. I’m starting to get a hormonal headache and cramping but I’m not sure if it’s in my head because of all of this going on. Anyone experience this before a BFP? HELP! 😂🤞💕 EDIT: This is my first month using this brand of OPK.
The look you make when you’re the youngest (by at least 40 years!) in the Rheumatologist office 😂 As I sat in the office, I realized I haven’t done an update lately, sorry! Everything is going nice smooth, almost too smooth. Like something could go wrong at any moment. But I’m trying to be positive. I’m doing a shot everyday and taking an estrogen pill twice a day. Next week, while we’re in Disney World, I’ll be taking the estrogen three times a day and we’ll be adding a second shot. Not looking forward to that part at all. BUT, things are moving well!! In fact, we’ve been given a date for when our transfer will happen! (I’ll share soon!) Ekkk! It’s crazy how fast everything is happening!
I’m ALL about healthy food but...🤣. Can someone suggest to Grammy a different snack?
I think she’s making me a juice now. 🤣🤣🤣
You know what she’s actually doing?! She’s nourishing my body but also treating me with laughter. Oh my gosh this is so funny to me.
Snack update: I ate the carrots before this picture and the broccoli is now in my tummy. Went down smooth with some good hummus. Oh my gosh why is this so funny to me?!