All 11 are still thriving!! They are all between 6 and 10 cells now and the nurse said that 7 of them are currently compacting which means that they are about to divide again! Because of this, my doctor cannot yet tell which two are the best quality so we are waiting until Monday morning to do the transfer. By then the embryos will be blastocysts and the nurse told me that by transferring blasts we are increasing the likelihood of implantation (pregnancy) by about 17%. We are feeling so blessed to continue to receive such positive news. Here are some pictures to give an idea of what our embryos are looking like now:
This is what our blastocysts they transfer on Monday should look like:
Blastocyst: A thin-walled hollow structure in early embryonic development that contains a cluster of cells called the inner cell mass from which the fetus arises. The outer layer of cells gives rise to the placenta and other supporting tissues needed for fetal development within the uterus during pregnancy.
We are just in awe because last IVF round we did a day 2 transfer because we only had two embryos so there was no point in watching them grow to determine which were the best quality. At the transfer they were only 2 and 6 cells respectively. Its hard to believe that ALL eleven of our current embryos are surpassing those of last round. WOW! This time is a whole new ball game and we can't believe our good fortune so far.