the thing I was most anxious about with the egg retrieval is what could have happened afterword- developing ohss.
ohss (ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome) is a condition that sometimes occurs after an egg retrieval in which the ovaries become overly enlarged and fluid builds up in the abdominal cavity.
I can’t even tell you the amount of horror stories I read online about women getting moderate to severe cases of ohss after their retrieval, and the idea of potentially ending up in the hospital for days was not something I wanted to experience.
one of the major ways from preventing ohss to escalate is by going on a very specific diet: high protein, high salt, low carb, low sugar, as well as a minimum of 3 liters of electrolyte rich liquid every day. the notion behind this diet is to help the body expel the excess liquid that is being produced in the body in response to the retrieval.
so for the last 4 days, I have been guzzling propel, coconut water, and sparkling water infused with nuun tablets. 3-5 liters a day. it’s a crazy sensation to feel the pressure leaving my abdomen every time I’d hobble to the bathroom to pee. my diet has mostly consisted of bone broth with extra salt added, pretzels, olives, smoked almonds, beef jerky, and this concoction that is pictured. evidently pickles and cheese is a thing? I had no idea. but when my husband presented me with this plate for the first time, I was in awe. it’s wrong, but for this diet- it’s so right!
truthfully, I’m not quite sure when I can go off this regimen- when I’ll officially be “in the clear”. I’ve read some stories that women developed ohss several days after the retrieval. ….I should really get off those message boards….
the last time I took any pain medication was yesterday morning, which is a huge victory. I’m truthfully feeling 95% normal again, and as always- this whole process wasn’t as bad as I pictured it in my head. the first few days were definitely rough, but it feels good to know that I am capable of handling these kinds of situations when faced with them, even though they can give me so much anxiety. that said, I wouldn’t have been able to do this on my own, or without someone who was there for me 110%. my husband was and is truly incredible, doing absolutely everything for me. for the first three days, the only time I had to move was to get up to the use the bathroom. he literally did everything else. I know, without a doubt, that I wouldn’t feel as good as I do today if it weren’t for the fact that my body was truly allowed to rest and heal. I thank the universe that he’s mine, and we’re doing this together.
tomorrow is a big day….the day we find out how our 3 embryos are doing. I’m feeling neutral honestly. a little excited to have more information…but definitely protecting myself emotionally from total disappointment. I’m hopeful…. but realistic. and realistically…we have to expect the unexpected!