I received an email yesterday from the clinic: the donor has 20 antral follicles!! That's 2 more than she had last month. My understanding is that that the more antral follicles (up to 26) the better the IVF outcome--meaning more usable eggs. Does that mean that we're looking at retrieving around 20 eggs? More? Less? Would anyone out there share her experience on antral follicles and retreival? In any case, we're pretty excited about that number.
And yes, I have gained weight since starting this whole process a year ago. I was blaming myself and the wine I've been drinking until my regular OB suggested that the prednisone I'm taking for 10 days to 2 weeks per month (after ovulation, when we were trying on our own) wasn't helping any. I still think I need to be very careful of everything I eat and also how much I exercise so I won't blow up before we actually get pregnant.
And speaking of weight, I've been really surprised at how fat I've thought I was and how apparently, I'm not nearly as fat as I thought. All the donors we've seen are very, very cute and normal looking in their weight. Even our donor, who I'd say is quite "normal" as far as weight goes has a slightly higher BMI than I do. Actually, I'm not sure that means I'm thinner than she is--I am a tall woman with a tiny frame with tiny bones and this donor is normal height and it looks like she has a wonderful bone structure (it's one of the reasons we picked her---she actually has "cheeks" and a "jawline" unlike my husband and me whose horse faces simply fade into our necks).
There's not a lot to feel positive in the DE process, but finding out I'm not as fat as I thought I was---priceless. Well, that and having more children---winning the lottery.