The Fertility Diaries: Friends and Mothers
Jody: "I went in at 6:15 a.m. I'd already taken Valium and
Vicodin at 5:30 a.m. like the doctor's office told me to, because although it's
minor, egg retrieval is a surgical procedure. They say you're usually not
completely out during the procedure, but you don't remember anything. I could
hear voices and I remember them saying, "We got one egg!" Then around
10 or 10:30, my husband, Scott, had to give his sperm. Because not all of
Scott's sperm are normal, the doctor used a process called ICSI —
intracytoplasmic sperm injection. He selected the best sperm to inject into the
eggs. They fertilized three good eggs using ICSI, and we had to wait five days
while the fertilized eggs developed enough so that the doctor was sure that
they were viable. Some clinics will put the eggs back in at three days, but
five days gives a higher success rate. I was afraid they'd tell me that none of
the eggs made it. That was my nightmare. But all three made it until day five —
the day they transferred them back into my uterus."
After the egg transfer, Jody was sent home with instructions to stay on bed
rest for two days — no showering, getting up only to go to the bathroom, and
sitting up only to eat. Twelve days later, her doctor would do a pregnancy
test. Until then, all Jody could do was wait.
Jody wasn't the only one waiting. While she was getting her hCG shot on New
Year's Eve, her pal Carrie was taking a nap to make sure that she'd be awake at
midnight — she was just over seven months pregnant and due on February 21.
Carrie, a marketing manager, and her husband, John, 32, planned to spend the
first weeks of January decorating the baby's nursery. Her pregnancy had been
remarkably easy, but time was starting to drag as she eagerly awaited her
Carrie: "Toward the end of January, I was so tired and so busy at
work that I think my body just blew up in protest. I literally gained about 6
pounds of water weight. Thankfully, due to a relaxing weekend, most of that
went away quickly, but it did freak me out — and it taught me that I couldn't
work long hours anymore."