1. How many eggs and embryos did you produce in 1 cycle?
11 eggs, all fertilized but only 6 embryos survived to Day 5. Later genetic testing revealed that only 2 of the embryos were viable.
2. Were you nauseous during the egg stimulation process?
Stimulation, no; down regulation, yes. I was very nauseated and vomited several times during down regulation, i.e. the month of birth control pills prior to stimulation. This is hardly surprising for an HG-prone woman, as birth control pills mimic pregnancy, but it was still shocking to me that a common little birth control pill could make me so sick--yep, our bodies really do react differently to hormones than most women's bodies. It was confirmation that surrogacy was the right way for us to go instead of trying pregnancy again.
During the actual stimulation I felt fine. I got really nauseated again with the HCG trigger shot, though, and then the nausea was really bad right after the egg retrieval (I assume because of the anesthesia). It lasted about 3 days. They talk about women being able to return to work the day after egg retrieval but I was still tired, weak, and nauseated for a couple more days. I watched TV and lived on soda and potato chips--these are not normal things for me.
3. How was your surrogate's pregnancy with respect to nausea (please state whether with singleton or multiples?
Singleton pregnancy--she is currently 8.5 weeks along and she feels great, which seems so bizarre, but also great!
A bit more info about us: I am 32 years old, we had one child through an HG pregnancy, lost the next pregnancy to HG, and then turned to surrogacy. It was hard to get used to the idea, but once I began to think of surrogacy as a way to keep my babies safe, I felt good about it, and much more so when we met our truly ideal surrogate. We chose to implant only one embryo at a time to reduce the risk of pregnancy complications. The first implantation did not result in a pregnancy so we did genetic testing on the remaining embryos and implanted one that was viable, and it took! Fingers crossed now at 8.5 weeks.