Trying to Conceive, Pregnancy and COVID-19

Posted by Colleen Young, Connect Director @colleenyoung, Wed, Mar 18 5:01pm

I’m wondering how COVID-19 is affecting you?
I know you’re putting your best efforts into staying healthy. These are challenging times, but what does COVID-19 mean if you’re currently in an IVF round or possibly pregnant?

COVID-19 means that we have been cancelled on our FET cycle 10 days into lupron shots. Then a few hours later my husband gets laid off from his job. This was just another blow to our IVF journey. I understand why REI is doing this, but it is so frustrating and really hard not to be mad and blame whoever or whatever started this virus.

To gain back some control, I have made some hand sanitizer for when my husband and I go out to the store or get gas. I made it using 91% rubbing alcohol, so it's pretty strong stuff and will most likely last until 2030 :D. We also have been practicing social distancing. I hoping that we'll have some nice warm sunny days here soon, because if love to go for a hike and get some outside exercise.

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I am currently 16w6d pregnant. I work construction and have been laid off since 2/5. We are trying to not get to stressed and are staying home to be as safe as possible. I really don’t think I’ll be back to work before giving birth in the end of August and so money is also a stressor. I am scared for my old coworkers that work at the hospital in the ICUs. But I try to focus on how lucky we are to be expecting and so far healthy.

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Congrats on pregnancy so far! I have been thinking about you and I know it’s been quite a tough road for you as well. I’m so glad to hear you are doing well and you are both healthy so far. I will be keeping you in my prayers and thoughts! Sending more good vibes your way!

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@paddingtonk @loren12 I thought you might appreciate seeing this segment of Mayo Clinic Radio. Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist, discusses COVID-19 and pregnancy.

https://youtu.be/Mkwj4qmO4vA

How are you doing? Staying home? Staying safe? Going crazy or are you deep in nesting mode?

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Hello all! For the most part I have really made an effort to stay informed but also to shy away from constant news coverage, media etc. The closer I get to my due date (July 2nd) my nerves have gotten a bit more worked up. This isn't exactly the way that I saw my pregnancy going or the last few months for that matter. I am beyond thankful that no one in my family or close friend group has been infected with the virus and I know that is what is most important but it's been tough to be positive all the time. My baby shower was canceled, the fun shopping for a new baby stuff has all moved online, I go to my appointments alone and with the virus still so much a part of our lives the possibility of my birthing situation changing is also a bit scary. I am thankful for a wonderful medical team at Mayo who is doing all they can to keep us all safe but sometimes it is hard to keep that positive attitude! Thinking of each of you as you walk this path.

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How are all of you expecting or trying to conceive doing with this COVID situation?

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We have been trying to conceive (our 2nd) and though we are not at the point of IVF yet, we have been on medication. Since everything else has been in "stand-by mode" we decided to put trying to conceive on hold too when all of this started. But as time goes on that is becoming harder for me. I am anxious to start trying again (as you all know, time is precious) but I'm also fearful of being pregnant during a pandemic. *sigh*
Anyone else?

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@randiapr

We have been trying to conceive (our 2nd) and though we are not at the point of IVF yet, we have been on medication. Since everything else has been in "stand-by mode" we decided to put trying to conceive on hold too when all of this started. But as time goes on that is becoming harder for me. I am anxious to start trying again (as you all know, time is precious) but I'm also fearful of being pregnant during a pandemic. *sigh*
Anyone else?

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@randiapr, I can understand both your decision to put trying to conceive on hold and feeling the pressure of time. How long is one prepared to wait when time ticks, right? I gave birth at the height of SARS in the city that was the epi-center. It was scary for sure, but I had full confidence in the safety protocols followed by the hospital. The isolation at home turned out to be a silver lining and allowed our little family of three to bond without obligations of hosting visitors (or germs).

I'm tagging @loren12 @phoenixzip @paddingtonk and @bl2018 on this discussion to see if their plans to try have changed as COVID protocols become a part of life and what it's like to be expecting with all this.

Randi, how do you feel about going into a medical facility at this time? Are you thinking of starting to try again?

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@colleenyoung

@randiapr, I can understand both your decision to put trying to conceive on hold and feeling the pressure of time. How long is one prepared to wait when time ticks, right? I gave birth at the height of SARS in the city that was the epi-center. It was scary for sure, but I had full confidence in the safety protocols followed by the hospital. The isolation at home turned out to be a silver lining and allowed our little family of three to bond without obligations of hosting visitors (or germs).

I'm tagging @loren12 @phoenixzip @paddingtonk and @bl2018 on this discussion to see if their plans to try have changed as COVID protocols become a part of life and what it's like to be expecting with all this.

Randi, how do you feel about going into a medical facility at this time? Are you thinking of starting to try again?

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We are going to be scheduled for a c-section so our birth plan isn’t changed due to Covid. It is weird not going to the doctor as much. Just sending in stats every 4 weeks. I can say it is difficult not to see family in such a joyous time for us but it is safer for me and the baby. I have started keeping a journal so I can share what we were up to during the pandemic and how it has effected us. I am very grateful that we are all healthy. I hope everyone else is doing well.

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@colleenyoung

@randiapr, I can understand both your decision to put trying to conceive on hold and feeling the pressure of time. How long is one prepared to wait when time ticks, right? I gave birth at the height of SARS in the city that was the epi-center. It was scary for sure, but I had full confidence in the safety protocols followed by the hospital. The isolation at home turned out to be a silver lining and allowed our little family of three to bond without obligations of hosting visitors (or germs).

I'm tagging @loren12 @phoenixzip @paddingtonk and @bl2018 on this discussion to see if their plans to try have changed as COVID protocols become a part of life and what it's like to be expecting with all this.

Randi, how do you feel about going into a medical facility at this time? Are you thinking of starting to try again?

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Well I work at a hospital so I am fine with going into a medical facility. But I am fearful that working in this setting increases my risk of exposure and there are so many unknowns if I were to become sick while pregnant.
We are thinking of starting to try again simply because we don't know how long this will last and I anticipate it will last a quite a while…

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I know it's been a while since the pandemic started, and many states have reopened, but here's how the Covid-19 virus has impacted our journey to start our family.. We had to postpone a surgery I needed to remove a fibroid impinging my uterus cavity. Something we needed to address before beginning IVF.

I had a laparoscopic myomectomy scheduled for March 19 that we postponed when the virus began to spread and as hospitals shut down elective surgeries. I still would have been able to have it done, but we felt uncertain of the situation at the time.

When restrictions loosened and cases went down, we rescheduled the surgery for May 18 (last Mon). I'm now a week into recovery, and moving around much better. I found tidbits from this group's previous posts really helpful! I've mentioned these at the end 🙂

Here's an update on how the procedure went, findings, and our future plans.

I went to the hospital 48 hours before surgery to be tested for the virus. It came back negative for the virus and anti-bodies.

Dr Khan requested I have an MRI prior to the surgery so he could see for sure what we were dealing with. This was good because he found what could be an adenomyoma, something like a fibroid, but that differs in structure and consistency.

With this in mind, he braced us for the potential of an abdominal myomectomy (open surgery/c-section), but he would first try to perform the procedure laparoscopically, which is what we had hoped for.

Dr Khan and Dr Kim were able to complete the surgery laparoscopically. They removed a 6 cm fibroid, an adenomyoma, and even endometriosis, which we didn't even know I had. With these findings, we're choosing to take a more aggressive approach to our IVF plan.

In one month, I have my post-op visit and will start on Lupron for two months. Then, we will do IVF in Sept.

I didn't know anything about endometriosis before this.

I wanted to thank @airey2 for sharing advice on using a pillow while you cough or sneeze following surgery. That helped! And thanks to @karenolac for bringing up the topic on laparoscopic for endometriosis.

Thanks to @loren12 for sharing that there is an Endometriosis Awareness Month and @colleenyoung for bringing up this topic as well.

Also, congrats to @loren12 and family! Praying everything goes well in July!

Also, congrats to @paddingtonk and family! Praying for you as well!

As for endo, I had no indications I had it during any of my exams, ultrasounds, or MRI. I wasn't even aware it could be a possibility for my severe cramps. We're hoping this surgery will have helped. I would like to help create more awareness of this disease for more women in the future.

Thanks for letting me share my story!
Happy Memorial Day to everyone.

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@kellycattell

I know it's been a while since the pandemic started, and many states have reopened, but here's how the Covid-19 virus has impacted our journey to start our family.. We had to postpone a surgery I needed to remove a fibroid impinging my uterus cavity. Something we needed to address before beginning IVF.

I had a laparoscopic myomectomy scheduled for March 19 that we postponed when the virus began to spread and as hospitals shut down elective surgeries. I still would have been able to have it done, but we felt uncertain of the situation at the time.

When restrictions loosened and cases went down, we rescheduled the surgery for May 18 (last Mon). I'm now a week into recovery, and moving around much better. I found tidbits from this group's previous posts really helpful! I've mentioned these at the end 🙂

Here's an update on how the procedure went, findings, and our future plans.

I went to the hospital 48 hours before surgery to be tested for the virus. It came back negative for the virus and anti-bodies.

Dr Khan requested I have an MRI prior to the surgery so he could see for sure what we were dealing with. This was good because he found what could be an adenomyoma, something like a fibroid, but that differs in structure and consistency.

With this in mind, he braced us for the potential of an abdominal myomectomy (open surgery/c-section), but he would first try to perform the procedure laparoscopically, which is what we had hoped for.

Dr Khan and Dr Kim were able to complete the surgery laparoscopically. They removed a 6 cm fibroid, an adenomyoma, and even endometriosis, which we didn't even know I had. With these findings, we're choosing to take a more aggressive approach to our IVF plan.

In one month, I have my post-op visit and will start on Lupron for two months. Then, we will do IVF in Sept.

I didn't know anything about endometriosis before this.

I wanted to thank @airey2 for sharing advice on using a pillow while you cough or sneeze following surgery. That helped! And thanks to @karenolac for bringing up the topic on laparoscopic for endometriosis.

Thanks to @loren12 for sharing that there is an Endometriosis Awareness Month and @colleenyoung for bringing up this topic as well.

Also, congrats to @loren12 and family! Praying everything goes well in July!

Also, congrats to @paddingtonk and family! Praying for you as well!

As for endo, I had no indications I had it during any of my exams, ultrasounds, or MRI. I wasn't even aware it could be a possibility for my severe cramps. We're hoping this surgery will have helped. I would like to help create more awareness of this disease for more women in the future.

Thanks for letting me share my story!
Happy Memorial Day to everyone.

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Thank you!!! Best of luck with your recovery and procedure in September.

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