Beta #2 + Sexy Time?

First of all, woah.  You guys blow me away.  Thank you so much for the overwhelming response to my last post.  I never would have guessed there would be so many warm and heartfelt congratulations on our good news.

I had a message from my clinic yesterday afternoon regarding hormone levels.  Cue freak-out.

I called back and was told my estrogen and progesterone are fine, but my TSH has gone up slightly to 2.94, which is well within normal limits for an un-pregnant person, but because I no longer fall into that category (still so weird!), they want me to take medication.  I’m now on 25 mcg Levothyroxine.  I was warned this medication could cause heart palpitations, so I’ll be looking forward to that.  I did my best to stay away from Dr. Google, but did find myself going to the keyboard during the 3-hour wait for my labs today.

Beta #2 is 350.  So I can breathe yet another sigh of relief.

While I had a nurse on the phone, I asked about sex.

Hubby’s been dying to get some sexy time for weeks.  We haven’t come anywhere close since I started stims (except for that one time when I was starting to feel really bad for him, but there was no reciprocation because I was way too scared).

During IVF, it was off-limits, but now?  Logically, I know it’s fine, but emotionally?  I’m terrified this little embryo(s?) will somehow be jostled loose, and that will be the end of my one and only short-lived pregnancy.  Crazy?  Probably.

So I asked the nurse who had just told me my beta had doubled nicely, and she confirmed that it’s just fine.  Which, of course, I knew.

But then we have the added problem that I don’t feel sexy.  Like, at all.  I’m bloated and gassy.  My boobs hurt.  And I haven’t been sleeping well, so I’m kind of exhausted.

Maybe this weekend I’ll rest up and find my mojo.


23 thoughts on “Beta #2 + Sexy Time?

  1. What great beta numbers! I’m on levothyroxine, too, so I know it can be scary to see that TSH higher than you want it. But as long as you are treating it, and continue to monitor it, things should be just fine. As for sexy time – no advice here. Mo declared many years ago that he didn’t feel comfortable having intercourse while I’m knocked up, no matter what the docs say. I’d argue with him, but frankly, I’m feeling kind of eh about it lately. 😉 Blame the nerves and the hormones maybe?

  2. Thanks for the update! Great number! As for sexy time, my crazy RE said absolutely NO intercourse during the first trimester. Isn’t that insane? She said something about rupturing the corpus luteum and infection. She’s EXTREMELY cautious though. As long as your doc says it’s a go, I say do just that 🙂

  3. Very excited about that number! 😀 Enjoy every little sigh of relief you can get! I totally understand the sexy time issue. Hubby and I tried 2 times in the early days, but neither went well. We were so nervous, even though we knew logically that it was physically safe. The second time, we just gave up and stopped half-way through. Then, we got put on pelvic rest and didn’t get to get down to business again the whole pregnancy. So, I’d say if you can handle it, get it in now! 😛

  4. Great second beta!!! As far as sex, give yourself a little time to get back into it. Some women find they enjoy sex more while others basically are happy to be left alone. Do what feels best.

    Congratulations again!!!

  5. Yay beta 2! As for sexy time, can you find something…um…creative to do instead? I’d be paranoid too, even though I’m sure it’s totally ok!

  6. I’ve been waiting for this post from you. What a fabulous second beta! I know there are a million milestones yet to hit, but this is just one step closer for you. Yay! And don’t worry, friend — you are not alone in being afraid to have some sexy time. My hubs and I didn’t get busy until I was at least 8 weeks and, really, we maybe did it 3 times in the first trimester. I was just too afraid and felt too gross. If you find your mojo, that’s great! But if not? I hope your hubby will understand and that you both know it will come back sometime in the future. Congrats again, Daryl! I couldn’t be happier for you guys!

  7. So glad to see this update! And about the sex, well, do what feels best for you right now and hubby will hopefully understand if you want to wait a little. I found it scary and was very tense in the first weeks which I think is normal.

  8. I take levothyroxine and I’ve never been told about heart palpitations. Although now that you mention sometimes my heart does feel like it beats too fast. I was running when I started it though so maybe the Cardio helped regulate my heart rate. Strange.

    • I haven’t had any problems so far, but the nurse told me it can happen while your body is adjusting to the medication and then should go away after a couple of weeks.

  9. I too asked about sex after I found out I was pregnant. While the doctor said we could go for it, I just so wasn’t into it! The progesterone made me feel so unsexy (how can leaking white crud be sexy?) and it felt like sandpaper during sex. Ouch! And then, I was one of the unfortunate ladies who had no sex drive what-so-ever during pregnancy! AT all! I did “cave in” a couple of times because I felt bad for hubby, but it wasn’t the best and towards the end of the pregnancy, we stopped halfway through and didn’t have sex again until our little guy was several months old.
    Do what you feel up to.

    • I’m getting PIO injections, so I can’t even blame the suppositories for making me feel unsexy! We did go for it, but the sandpaper feeling? Uh, yeah. Not great. Hopefully it improves.

  10. Great second beta! Congrats!

    As for not feeling sexy… well, welcome to parenthood! Lol… My one and only daughter is four years old, and I’m still trying to get my mojo working again. Some women are sex machines during pregnancy… not me! Poor hubby- I can count the number of times we had sex during pregnancy and the first six months of our daughter’s life on one hand! The only time I was in the mood, believe it or not, was in the month after my c-section. I don’t know what they did to my nether regions, but all I thought about was sex during that time…. yeah, when I couldn’t have any! Figures…

    Whatever the case- this is just the first of many reality shifts you’re going to face. It’s tough, but sooooo worth it! Congrats again!

  11. OMG OMG OMG, Daryl! I missed the First beta post!!! I logged in just to see how you and your embie were doing. I’m crying tears of joy for you!!!!!!

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