When can We Do a Home Pregnancy Test?

October 9, 2009

2WW (2 week waiting) is really tough for us – so much anticipation and so much stress! We want to know if we are pregnant or not as early as possible. So, when is the right time to do a home pregnancy test (HPT) ?

One of my FET buddies, Alex posted a list of day-by-day developing steps of embryos for IVF or FET. I would like to share with you here. We will have a better idea how embryos grow inside our uterus, and hence when we can do HPT.

For 3-Day Embryo Transfer:
1dpt ..embryo is growing and developing
2dpt… Embryo is now a blastocyst
3dpt….Blastocyst hatches out of shell on this day
4dpt.. Blastocyst attaches to a site on the uterine lining
5dpt.. Implantation begins,as the blastocyst begins to bury in the lining
6dpt.. Implantation process continues and morula buries deeper in the lining
7dpt.. Morula is completely inmplanted in the lining and has placenta cells & fetal cells
8dpt…Placenta cells begin to secret HCG in the blood
9dpt…More HCG is produced as fetus develops
10dpt…More HCG is produced as fetus develops
11dpt…HCG levels are now high enough to be immediately detected on HPT

For 5-Day Embryo Transfer:

-1dpt ..embryo is growing and developing
0dpt… Embryo is now a blastocyst
1dpt….Blastocyst hatches out of shell on this day
2dpt.. Blastocyst attaches to a site on the uterine lining
3dpt.. Implantation begins,as the blastocyst begins to bury in the lining
4dpt.. Implantation process continues and morula buries deeper in the lining
5dpt.. Morula is completely inmplanted in the lining and has placenta cells & fetal cells
6dpt…Placenta cells begin to secret HCG in the blood
7dpt…More HCG is produced as fetus develops
8dpt…More HCG is produced as fetus develops
9dpt…HCG levels are now high enough to be immediately detected on HPT

Here is what I am going to do this time. I currently have 3 HPT sticks at home.  So I plan to do HPT on 11dpt, 12dpt and 13dpt (Oct 13, 14, 15) regardless the outcome of HPT – anyways I will do beta on 14dpt Oct16 to find out the acurate result.

How about you? On what day did/will you start HPT?

Signs of Early Pregnancy – Breast Tenderness

August 11, 2009

Today it’s 11dp3dt. My boots and nipple started to feel sore and sensitive. Is it a good sign? Hopefully.

One of the very noticeable early signs of pregnancy is tender, swollen, somewhat sore breasts. You may notice this pregnancy sign at bedtime when you are trying to get comfortable and go to sleep, when exercising or showering, or when getting dressed.

When you become pregnant, your body begins preparing your breasts for producing milk and breastfeeding. Hormones start increasing. In addition to breast tenderness and swelling, your nipples may feel sore or extra sensitive. Some women notice their nipples darken in color.

Your breasts play an important role in childbirth. They are naturally sensitive and become far more so when pregnant. This is one of the most obvious early symptoms of pregnancy.