Looking for encouragement from anyone who has experienced a late-onset of OHSS…
I had no OHSS symptoms after retrieval and before transfer, but 5dp5dt (coincidentally the same day I got my BFP) it hit me. In the course of a few hours, my abdomen swelled and I looked like I was 4 months pregnant. I had an ultrasound and labs done the next day. Labs came back normal, but ultrasound revealed swollen ovaries and quite a bit of fluid. Drove 3 hours to see the RE the next day who repeated the ultrasound and labs. Again, labs were normal and ultrasound was the same. They decided against draining because he said that there really wasn’t that much fluid and he didn’t want to risk it just yet. I was sent home and told to call them if it gets worse. They said I would just KNOW if it was worse (i.e. I would be miserable).
So, here we are almost a week later, and I know I should be thankful that I’m not very sick (after reading many horror stories online) and in the hospital, but my abdomen is huge. I’ve gained 5 lbs. in 6 days. Fortunately, the gain seems to have stabilized a bit, or at least I didn’t gain anything from yesterday to today… But I’m so self-conscious about my already very pregnant looking stomach. I have a very public job and I’m having a very hard time figuring out how I am going to go to work and not have questions asked. We haven’t told many people about our journey, and we are not ready to tell the world that we are pregnant.
I don’t feel horrible, just extremely uncomfortable. Sleeping is very difficult, it hurts to laugh, sneeze and cough, and I get short of breath very easily. When I talked to RE over the phone Friday he was encouraged by the fact that it hadn’t gotten any worse. What he couldn’t tell me was how long this would last.
For those of you that suffered from late OHSS (after transfer), how long did it last? And, does it just suddenly go away or is it more of a gradual thing?
Of course if I wake up tomorrow and it’s totally gone, I’ll most likely become worried about the pregnancy, knowing that OHSS tends to get worse as HCG goes up.
Just looking for encouragement…
Thanks to you all!