How a Pregnancy Test Changed Everything - Overnight.

My pregnancy with Deborah was traumatic for me. Oh not the delivery – it was so amazing that we don’t even have pictures of me holding Deborah right after she was born. My sister and husband were so stunned that I had quietly delivered a baby so quickly that nobody grabbed the camera!

But the first trimester was hard. Very hard. As in I finally texted my midwife that I needed help after I had lost 10 pounds from throwing up several times a day and had been in bed for a month. Did I mention I also had strep throat on top of all the morning sickness? My blood sugar was a mess, and I mentally felt like I was losing it a little.

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It was not pretty. She gave me zofran to help with the nausea and that seemed to pull me out of it.

Having Deborah in our life is totally worth everything I went through. She makes me laugh and smile every day, and is a true blessing from God. But between the difficult first trimester, Sean being in college, and me trying to keep up with Deborah & Co. and homeschooling while he was in college, I wanted a small break from the normal “have a baby every two years” that is our pattern. Two different children have been born exactly 2 years apart, and 1 child was born 21 months after the older one. I wanted some time for me to regain some energy.

So in between questions and teasing about “when is the next baby coming?” we naturally took a break, and for the most part kept pretty quiet about it. After all, fertility and having babies is a private thing.

But then the baby bug set in with me. I thought we had arrived a point with Sean’s college that we could handle it. (Actually I don’t think we could have, because neither of us realized how extremely difficult the last semester of college was going to be on both of us).

Month after month passed, and before long I realized quite a few months had passed and I had still wasn’t pregnant. By now all the hints and questions about “when are you going to have another baby” were not funny. They made me wince because nobody realized I just wasn’t able to yet. Β Finally I went and saw my naturally minded MD that treats me for my thyroid. He tested my progesterone and said I was on the low end, and told me to try some natural progesterone cream.

Three months passed.

Guess what?Β I finally got a positive test!!! Yes, we are expecting baby number 6 in March!!! I’m in my first trimester, but like last time, I have another traumatic first trimester experience that I won’t soon forget.

My doctor had told me to get my progesterone tested as soon as I saw a positive pregnancy test. He needed to know if I needed to be supported with progesterone during the first trimester. I quickly went and did that, and as soon as I saw the results I figured I would need some progesterone.

What I wasn’t expecting was for the office to email me immediately, and tell me I needed to come in the very next day for progesterone shots. I was a little worried, but made the appointment and tried to stay off of Google. That is a very scary place to research progesterone shots. πŸ™

Sean took me to the appointment, and while I figured I would have some sort of reaction to getting a bunch of progesterone at once, I wasn’t prepared for how bad the shots hurt to get (the needles are big!), and that I would hysterically be laughing and crying on the way home. I could barely walk in the house. Sean had to almost carry me in.

I started out getting 2 shots once a week, but my progesterone just wouldn’t go up. One week it went up a little, and then dropped down again 3 days later. They couldn’t make me any promises that I wouldn’t have a miscarriage still, and I was told that if I wasn’t taking these shots I would have miscarriaged already.

After trying once a week, the doctor had me start getting 2 shots twice a week. So for the past month we have been driving 45 minutes to my doctor’s office twice a week to spend 5 minutes there getting the shots. I then spend several days in bed recovering (the fatigue has been the worst I’ve ever experienced in my life), and then we go do it all over again.

I’ve been so thankful that my husband has been working from home right now, or else I don’t know what we would have done! He has been a huge help, and I feel so blessed to have him here! My sister has started having us come over to her house for dinner this week. Between fatigue and morning sickness I just don’t feel like cooking dinner.

We tried backing down to one shot twice a week, and the hope was to transition to pills at the end of this week. I got a call from the nurse that my progesterone levels have gone way down though, so I have to go back up to 2 shots twice a week and possibly keep this up the whole pregnancy.

We would appreciate prayers. I’m just going to put this out there-I’m not asking for advice. We have found asking for prayers over this situation has brought a lot of unasked for advice that has only been stressful, not helpful. I feel incredibly blessed to be seeing the doctor that I have. He used to be an OBGYN, but now has a family practice and uses herbs, supplements and medicine. I love the balance he has, and the knowledge he has of fertility and pregnancy. So I trust what he tells me, and we just keep praying that the baby will be strong and healthy!

I look forward to doing weekly pregnancy updates on the blog, and have had a blast getting some maternity clothes from ThredUP ordered! A girl has to do something fun while she is laying in bed all the time. πŸ™‚

 

57 Comments on How a Pregnancy Test Changed Everything

  1. Hang in there I will be praying for you and your family.Know that God is with you no matter what happens and He will give you the grace and strength to get though this pregnancy.

  2. Congratulations Caroline and Sean!!!!! So happy for you!
    My wishes that you begin to have a wonderful, healthy pregnancy.

  3. Congratulations on your pregnancy!

    I too experienced low progesterone, which we didn’t know about and caused me 2 miscarriages and infertility for a year. They gave me progesterone pills (400 mg / day) and after 3 months I was pregnant; They helped sustain the pregnancy – I had to take the pills every day until I was 37 weeks pregnant as my progesterone levels had never got up passed low/borderline line the entire pregnancy.

    I thanked God for all the medical advances that have been made which made it possible for the doctor to know my progesterone levels were low and a way to fix it/help it so I could have our second baby.

    Hope you start getting some energy back soon and start feeling better quickly!

  4. Congratulations on your new little one! I’ve dealt with low progesterone in both of my pregnancies, and it can be hard. During the first trimester I had to use daily progesterone vaginal suppositories, and they’re as disgusting as it sound, but was worth it in the end for my wonderful little girls. I’ll be keeping you and your family in my prayers.

  5. Congratulations! Praying for you! I’m expecting #5 in March-ish as well and I spent the whole day on the couch yesterday… That is the plan today if I feel like I did then. Again, praying for you!

  6. Congrats!! I’ll be praying for you all!

    Personally, I agree, it’s no one’s business when (or if) the next baby will come. I find it rude that ANYONE would ask you! I know a few women who had a child or two and could no longer have anymore for whatever reason. They desired more children but it didn’t happen.

    People need to mind their own business.

  7. Hey there! I also have to get those shots. I have been able to have a nationwide company come to administer them at my home. They even sent someone to a friends house when we went to another state for vacation! The name of the company is Matria. They were formerly called Alere. I don’t know your insurance situation, but we do have insurance and samaritan. It has always been covered for us. It is soo much easier and cheaper than driving and spending time at the doctors office. And believe it or not, compared to getting the shots at a pharmacy and bringing them to the doctors for them to be given, Matria bundles the price and it is actually cheaper! Their number is: 888-628-7421. Not sure if this is the main number, but I’m sure they could redirect you. They have been a wonderful company to work with and take care of everything. We have even had the same Christian nurse for the last 3 pregnancies! And obviously, with a growing family of littles, it is much easier to have them come to you! Hope this helps! And feel free to contact me if you have more questions. Nancy

  8. Congratulations to you in expecting a baby. You are in my prayers. Would you pray for my youngest, aged 4 months? Her name is Annie, and we just found out that she has urinary reflux. It is not life threatening, but it has to be monitored for now. Thank you! Even though I have not met you, your blog has been a blessing!

  9. Congrats on your pregnancy I pray you have a happy and healthy 9mths, my husband and I have been TTC also for the last almost 3 mths for for baby 5 and still no POSTIVE pregnancy test

  10. Congratulations! I’m also expecting in the March/April time frame. It’s my third, a complete surprise (been 9 years since I had my last child). I’m praying for you.

  11. I threw up over 20 times a day for 9 months with all five babies so I know exactly how hard it can be! It’s like having the flu that won’t go away and you still have a family to take care of. You’ll make it through, but it’s rough. Praying for you!!

  12. Congratulations and best wishes! My prayers are with you.
    I agree, having children is a private thing, and even the most innocent questions can cause heartache. I remember being asked by a friend if I was pregnant the day after finding out I was having a miscarriage. I was devastated and hurt, although I know she meant no harm.
    After the miscarriage and my last baby coming unexpectedly at 35 weeks, I am nervous for what the next pregnancy might bring. But I’m feeling that baby itch, and hopeful for the best! Best wishes and strength to mommy and baby!

  13. Prayers being sent up from me! It’s hard to ask for prayer support publicly, and it’s even harder to boldly ask people to refrain from advice. I admire your strength in doing that. Sometimes we want to help so badly that we think our prayers to the Physician aren’t enough! But they are, and He will keep you and your family in His care.

  14. Praying for you, your new little one and your family!

    Congratulations and prayers for a healthy little one and healthy mama too.

    Lea

  15. Congratulations! I will definitely be praying for you and the precious bundle God has allowed you to carry. He/she is in His hands and loved very much!

  16. I am praying for you. I went through the same thing. My progesterone never improved but I still had a successful pregnancy. I know have my 20 month old miracle baby! I hope that gives you encouragement. Btw, the exhaustion I felt was horrific! The Lord is with you.

  17. Congratulations Caroline! I have actually been saying a few prayers for you about future pregnancies already. I will continue praying for you and your family and the new precious baby. I am always so happy to say prayers for others.

  18. Congratulations!! Praying for you Caroline! With my last pregnancy I had to get those shots. I know the pain and the aftermath of those shots. Oh the things we do as moms – we begin serving our children even before they are born. Praying for you continually. {hugs}

  19. Congratulations! Your sixth child – what a blessing! I will be keeping you, your family and the baby in my prayers. I will also be praying for you to feel better… I also received weekly progesterone shots when I was pregnant, and they do make you more fatigued than you already are. But, I am glad I did receive them or I wouldn’t have carried her as long as I did. I believe God works through the modern medicine and doctors that we are blessed to have nowadays. What a joy to hold your newborn baby! Blessings!

  20. Congratulations! Your sixth child – what a blessing! I will be keeping you, your family and the baby in my prayers. I will also be praying for you to feel better… I also received weekly progesterone shots when I was pregnant, and they do make you more fatigued than you already are. But, I am glad I did receive them or I wouldn’t have carried her as long as I did. I believe God works through the modern medicine and doctors that we are blessed to have nowadays. What a joy to look forward to – to hold your newborn baby! Blessings!

  21. Congratulations Sean and Caroline!! My prayers will be with you throught this pregnancy. I know God would never give you anything that you couldn’t handle. This precious baby will be a very special blessing for you!
    God’s Peace,
    Kelsey

  22. so happy for you!! Try Sea Bands for the nausea… and also Magnesium Chloride flakes in a foot bath or a whole bathtub! It’s supposed to help tremendously with nausea! Worth a try! πŸ™‚

  23. Congratulations. You are so blessed to be carrying another little baby. I will be praying for you as the Lord brings you to my mind.

  24. Congratulations to you and Sean what wonderful news! I will pray for you and your family that God will give them all the health and strength to look after you at this very special time. I will also ask God for his Angels to be at your side healing and soothing you all the while. I am sure you know this but will remind you just the same, as soon as you hold this blessed little one in your arms all the problems of the pregnancy will fade away and all you will see and feel is love. God Bless you and your precious little cargo. Love Gill X

  25. I am so happy for you and your family.I have already said a prayer for you and your baby.
    Thank-you for letting us in on your news!
    Linda

  26. Congratulations! I hope things improve for you and you feel better soon! Six children is very exciting and I look forward to reading about your family and ideas!

  27. I have had those shots too. Yes they hurt!!! When I was working with an infertility doctor, he had my husband do them at home. Every day. Ouch. Then in a later pregnancy, the ob would only let me get them at the office once a week. I tried to convince them to let my husband do them at home but they didn’t listen.

  28. Congratulations Caroline! I have had EXACTLY the same situation in my four pregnancies: low progesterone that needed to be supplemented and debilitating first trimesters because of it. God is faithful to bring you through, but physically and emotionally it is very hard! Sending my prayers and great big hugs to you and your family!

  29. God bless you and your little one!! God has His precious hands on both of you!! You will have our prayers for sure!! Keep looking up and praising God!! Thank you for your ministry on here. Now we can all do something for you!!

  30. Awww congratulations how exciting! I just had baby number 6 on July 28th. I will pray you have a healthy and safe pregnancy.

  31. So sorry you’ve had such a difficult time and that people must give their advise! I had two terrible pregnancies- 9 months of what you describe plus mental health issues and no relief from any meds :P. Everyone seems to think that if you would just eat Saltines before you get up or eat garlic or something you’ll feel better like they did. And hearing “it’ll be worth it” never seemed to help either. Yes, it’s a baby, not cancer, but it was awful and no one seemed to really understand that. So I’ll say this for you; Stop giving advise and “help” by sending food or a restaurant gift card or taking children on an outing or something useful!!! Praying helps too and I’ll now get off my soap box and say a prayer for you. πŸ™‚

  32. First of all, congratulations! I am so happy to hear that you will be expecting another beautiful child soon! I hope that God will bless your pregnancy and keep both you and the baby healthy! Have a wonderful week…

  33. Congratulations on your wonderful news! I frequent your blog, and want to thank you for what you do to encourage all of us fellow Christian wives, moms, and homeschoolers! I wanted to ask a couple of questions regarding your progesterone cream, as I’m currently “in the same boat”….I believe I’m low in progesterone, and am using the cream, but have yet to conceive (although, we also have 6 kiddos on board). First of all….what kind of progesterone cream did you use? Secondly, how much of it were you using? I’m just curious, as a person can find so many varying opinions on types and amounts. πŸ™‚ Thank you!!

  34. Congrats! Just found out our third will be born in march too! I look forward to sharing in ur joys and challenges over the next seven months. Love, Jennifer from Florida

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