Everybody has a story . . .
They do say that struggles are dealt to families that are built to handle them
Being told that you could be experiencing Secondary Infertility at the ripe age of 24
This is our story.
Something that you never expect to hear after conceiving and carrying a healthy baby boy to term with with no troubles at all.
Starting a family can be one of the most exciting and terrifying times that a couple will go through all wrapped up in one emotional bubble.
What should be a fairly simple and ‘fun’ task when making a baby, for the most part its the complete opposite and most people don’t always share those struggles.
For us, we have had extremely high highs and extremely low lows and if we can share our story with you all we might just resonate with one couple that may be experiencing similar times and to know that there can be light at the end of the tunnel that can feel quite dark. You will be surprised how many women go through similar circumstances, its just not spoken about often.
You don’t read too many stories behind a pregnancy on how they came to be blessed with a baby, you see the beautiful curated pregnancy belly photos and styled announcements and for someone who is struggling to get to this stage you can feel quite deflated. I am going to share with you all how we came to conceive our newest addition and the long road that lead us here. This blog is very DETAILED which outlays some pretty raw details on our fertility struggle so if your not comfortable hearing big words on the womens cycle and how a baby is conceived then exit now NOW haha.
Our Little boy Noah was a rainbow baby – he was conceived after we suffered a miscarriage at 9 weeks gestation. . We were going through a complete whirlwind of emotions but were so grateful for our healthy baby boy to be conceived the following month after suffering a loss.
We have experienced pain. We know it all too well
Our current Fertility Journey – September 2017
Please bare in mind that every journey is different and no ones is more significant than the other – everyone deals with their pain and struggles in different lights. And what did and didn’t work for us will vary with every person reading this. We don’t believe our pain is more significant then others that are still struggling in their fertility, this is just our journey
We ‘planned’ our wedding for the month that Noah would have been 2.5years old and decided to then try for the next one. Todd and I tied the knot FINALLY after 3years of being engaged and we went on an amazing honeymoon to Hawaii deciding then that we were very much ready to grow our family and give Noah a sibling.
We took the leap and decided to just ‘go with it’ and see what happens. We weren’t lucky enough to conceive during this month and I think because of our past history of conceiving during a ‘1 nighter’ with our first pregnancy, and then Noah, I was a little taken back you could say ? Dare I say we had considered ourselves to be ‘Fertile’ people considering our history in conceiving.
2nd Cycle of Trying – Negative – We were not pregnant.
3rd Cycle of Trying – Negative – We were not pregnant.
4th Cycle of Trying – Negative – We were not pregnant.
I have to admit I started to feel like something was wrong. We have been actively trying to conceive for 4 cycles now and it hasn’t ‘just happened’ like we had planned. We decided to Investigate further into my Thyroid Function to ensure that my levels were still perfect and that my hormones were at the levels they should be to conceive a healthy pregnancy and my thyroid levels came back perfect . . (4 months post surgery)
If your not aware of my Thyroid Medical History – I had half of my thyroid surgically removed after a tumor had started to grow – Click Here To Read Blog
5th Cycle of Trying –
The week leading up to my monthly friends to be due I had the following symptoms
‘Implantation Spotting’ and Cramping, Tenderness, Headaches, EMOTIONAL!
2 days until I was due for my monthly lady friends and I was soooo eager that I took a test – I had a gut feeling, and I was right!
BIG FAT POSITIVE ! We are Pregnant! Hooray for the praying and hoping and wishing for this day to be finally here, we had 2 big fat positive lines – the lines started off faint, and I tested again every few hours and it was getting darker and darker!
SO MUCH EXCITEMENT for what was about to come of this.
I would of been extremely early and I didn’t think anything of it when the 2 lines on the test were faint, they were still there! So I booked my doctors appoint immediately as I wanted to keep on top of my Thyroid Levels to ensure they don’t change at any time during this pregnancy and we had a blood test done….
My HCG level was only at 11 – so the doctor couldn’t confirm or deny the pregnancy, and I went in for a check up. He sent me for more bloods and assured me that because I am so so early levels will always start out low but the HCG is there so as long as it is doubling every couple of days we are on track to baby forming!
I would have been 5 weeks and I started spotting blood. . . . Here is the feeling that I oh so clearly remember – Instantly my heart sinks and I just knew where this was heading. I cried one hundred tears that night and prayed so hard for this baby – Please let this be okay!
Ultrasound at 5.5weeks to show no sack, no yolk and no heart beat. Swollen Ovaries from the release of the egg so at this point they were concerned that we were experiencing an Eptopic Pregnancy (growing in the tubes) because I still had HCG in my system.
2 Days later we checked the bloods again and they had only risen to 15 and the miscarriage had already taken place. We had passed our much hoped for future baby and were grieving like we had lost a part of ourselves, we were grieving our future baby that felt so many miles away.
They classed this pregnancy as a ‘Chemical Pregnancy’ – it started to form, but did not stick firmly enough into the uterus wall.
6th Cycle of trying – This month I had high optimism and I was extremely hopeful that we would have a re-occurrence of Noah and conceive the month after miscarrying but we unfortunately weren’t so lucky.
I have started to experience anxiety and I had never known this feeling well before, I would feel nervous but never anxiety. In the lead up to my throat surgery I started to experience tightening in my chest and loss of breath I would feel so overwhelmed that my heart would race what felt like x1000 times an hour I thought I was about to have a heart attack, the feeling is scary! After my surgery the feeling subsided and started to go away and I wasn’t feeling this anywhere near as often until we started trying for baby #2 and I realised what was happening and the situation around me when the feelings would come on and its Stress, Stressful situations and feelings of being overwhelmed. And now I know my triggers. I have been trying so hard to work on them, and knock it down as soon as I feel it coming on. A lot of self talks and breathing techniques and I can control the feeling.
I realised that the main reason I was so ‘anxious’ was that I was feeling Guilty. Guilty that It had been 6 months and time was getting away from us, we want nothing more then to give Noah a sibling close in age and at this point this feels like its a world away. I just knew that this was the start of a long journey, I could just feel it.
I switched my frame of mind at this point and decided to work on myself and my inner health and happiness and try to focus on other things apart from making a baby as it was starting to consume me. I booked in to see a naturopath and we went over all my history and what we can be doing to improve hormones and my immune system and to clear out my gut to give me the best start possible when we are lucky enough to be pregnant and I have changed my entire diet and have included some home remedy’s and herbal teas to improve my inner health naturally. I am feeling extremely cleansed and lighter and like I am strong enough to keep pushing through this journey whatever it may bring. I feel in control of my own body now and that I am being pro-active . .
7th Cycle of trying – After taking some steps to clean myself out and ensure I was healthy first, we also decided to book in to see our ‘lady’ specialist and have all hormone levels checked and ensure we are on the right path to keep trying, if something isn’t right then we would like to know sooner rather than later if it is something that can be prevented and I had the following hormones checked.
She performed a complete workup on me to check for reasoning behind multiple miscarriages and we also had these specific 2 Hormones tested –
*Progesterone and Estrogen*
- My Progesterone was extremely Low ( it should have be sitting at 10+ the day that I had the bloods taken, mine was sitting at 3 )
- Estrogen was extremely High around the high 700 mark ( which can mean that its dominating your progesterone and you aren’t going to be able to fall pregnant )
I was really heartbroken to hear these results – I was so so hopeful that I was on the right track and I could feel it in my body and self that I was so cleansed, so why were my levels in such a bad state.
While all of these tests were going on we were still in baby making mode which in hindsight looking back on now, I should have known that with these kind of levels we needed to stop it all to try and get them back on track before we tried again, but we had this desperate feeling that held us back and so we continued our usual ‘routines’ and this month we were even more diligent in ensuring we had the days surrounding ovulation and were right smack bang on to utilise every chance we had – I didn’t have much optimism this month though, I was down and emotionally disconnected.
Fast Forward to due date of the monthly friends and it came and went, no signs of a cycle! 2 days had passed and still no visitors so we pulled out the old faithful home test and TWO BIG FAT POSITIVE LINES! We were pregnant! It was Easter Sunday and we couldn’t of asked for a better gift for our family.
Beyond happy and over the moon was an understatement – This is meant to be! Our second rainbow baby and long awaited sibling for Noah.
Sadly the happiness didn’t last too long, 5 days later I experienced another miscarriage . . .
I had my HCG levels tested the day of miscarriage and we had a number of 7 – even lower than the last pregnancy and loss. WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO US ? I was asking myself over and over again. Are we not destined to have another child, is there a bigger reasoning behind why my body is rejecting a baby . . .
I sat on the floor of the steaming hot shower and quite literally weeped tears of pain until I couldn’t hear myself crying anymore, I felt so empty. I have had heartbreak in my life I have seen pain physically in front of me and Ive witnessed loss yet this pain felt different. I would sit in my car on my lunch breaks at work and cry my eyes out untill they were so puffy I had none left in me. I would lay with my son as he fell asleep each night and hug him so tight I didn’t want to let go and id realise that tears were streaming down my face. I knew that this was emotionally hard on me and I couldn’t see past anything other then the pain I was feeling in those moments which I thought would never leave me.
I was genuinely sad, I was with my family and I would feel sad, I was with friends and I would feel sad. I just felt complete sadness all of the time and It was starting to scare me . . .
The time frame wasn’t my main worry through this entire process, yes it had been 7 months of trying which was hard in itself, until we took our mind to the fact that we had lost 2 babies in that time. You can try and try and try to conceive and still hold that ‘hope’ that next month will be the month. After seeing my body reject pregnancies in this time, I started to lose hope that we would be blessed with another baby, at all.
When i finally dragged myself out of an emotional breakdown and got grips of what we were going through I booked in to see our specialist again, someone please help us get some much wanted answers.
We again had my progesterone levels tested to see what kind of increase they had while pregnant this time and they came in at this point to find that it was dangerously low – Progesterone prepares your uterus to sustain a pregnancy and my uterus wouldn’t hold a pregnancy with this low of a number . .
Progesterone levels during your 1st trimester of pregnancy to sustain a viable pregnancy needs to be between 36 – 286 . . . . Mine was 2 !!!!!! Barely there at all . .
After having my thyroid removed I was told that trying to conceive a baby may be harder, and that we may experience a high risk pregnancy because we will be monitoring my hormone levels through the entirety of the pregnancy to make sure they don’t drop off. I just wasn’t expecting this kind of High Risk where at this point we cant even sustain a pregnancy let alone grow one to full term. The past 7 months have been the hardest 7months as a family we have had to endure, our first year of marriage and we were thrown this! Little did we know how much longer it would be before we got any kind of good news . . .
After having my thyroid levels check initially, and they came back perfect I thought that was all we needed to see. How wrong were we! I further researched into the thyroid to find that the thyroid nearly completely controls the body. It controls all of your hormones, your stomach, and your brain to ovary connections. The thyroid level can be at a great number yet it can throw out your other hormones in the meantime which is what has happened with my Progesterone.
We immediately started on ‘Progesterone’ Hormone Replacements to give my body what it wasn’t making and what it needed . This style of Progesterone is highly expensive and usually subsidised during rounds of IVF however it is full price through a specialist and general patients not having fertility treatment . . Because they are passeries they dissolve close to your cervix for best results so we were going to try anything at this point to try and sustain a healthy pregnancy.
8th Cycle Of Trying – We have now started the Progesterone Hormones and have a new strategy to give us hope, if we fall pregnant again we have hope that this will help my body sustain the pregnancy. We are both feeling quite emotionally drained at this point, it has been 8 long months and 2 horrendous miscarriages all while still trying to remain hopeful – each month has come and gone and we are both left feeling a little bit more empty. You realise that you want another child, you just don’t realise how badly you want another child untill it feels like its out of reach.
Admittedly, I can feel that this month was a bit different to the past 7 – we aren’t as ‘excited’ for the baby making stage, I could feel my anxiety getting higher and higher as it neared ovulating dates and even more so when my ‘monthly friends’ were due . . . How am I going to feel if I see 2 pink lines again ? Cant we just skip the first 6weeks and head straight in for the ultrasound that gives you that amazing sound of a babys heartbeat ! Wouldn’t that be a nice start to your pregnancy journey . . The entire situation felt ‘negative’ . . . . Making another child felt Negative.
And that’s when I realised that This month we needed to relax a bit more on the ‘tracking’ dates, temperature checking and analysing each symptom! I drank more coffee, We laughed more and I could feel that our prioritys shifted a bit, we were focusing more on the amazing little boy we have in front of us and are so god damn thankful for! We got stuck into more renovations in our home and we didn’t talk about being pregnant – making a baby – nursarys or siblings for Noah – we straight out didn’t mention anything about it. We were distracted and not fixated on making a baby – it wasn’t consuming us this month. AND I FELT FREE from the stress
The settling in of this new hormone had terrible side effects on my body . . Maybe due to the fact that I had nearly no progesterone at all and it took some time for my hormones to balance out but I did experience
EMOTIONAL!!!! Wow, some tears were shed this month.
And, I had gained 2kg in 2 weeks!
I noticed a difference within 4days of being on this hormone and that my body was adjusting to the dosage . . It was defiantly soaking into my body, So it was working – that’s a win in my books!
After initially starting the capsules I went in for a blood test to ensure that the dosage I am on is the right amount for my body and that I was absorbing it all, and to ensure I didn’t need to boost the amount I was taking each day.
My levels of progesterone from the first 1st test (miscarriage) was only at a 2 . .
My levels from this month they came in at a HUGE 76 !
I was very taken back by this number to be honest, the time that these bloods were drawn I should have been in a range of 10 or more and I have the right amount of progesterone and mine came in at a staggering 76! I was mind blown and so very happy that my body had absorbed this hormone. I had peace of mind that when a pregnancy occurs I will have the ability to sustain it. So I was to keep doing what we were doing and wait it out
Another 3 months came and went . . . . .
By this stage I am feeling so numb to all of the information and to see another negative test it just gives you that feeling that it might be time to give up. How many times does one couple need to be knocked down time after time again before it becomes all to consuming. All of the negativity surrounding this time in our lives is a horrible pill to swallow. When wanting to expand your family and bring another baby into the world means all of the tears and heartache and emotions that it starts to impact on the little family that you’ve already created, maybe its time to draw the line.
I decided to make an appointment to see what my options were for Hormones Replacements, the progesterone that I’m currently taking has to be taken the day of ovulation which means you must track your cycle to ensure you pinpoint that day exactly, and then your monthly visitors wont show their face unless you stop the pills . . so each month I have to take a pregnancy test and when its negative I stop the pills and obviously if its a positive I remain on the meds, If i stop them when there is a pregnancy involved I would miscarry. This has been one of the most draining processes and for someone who is trying to ‘forget’ about trying for a baby, this makes it quite hard. So at this point I had made the decision that my mental health needed to come first . . .
During this Doctors appointment is where it all came crashing down for me and reality slapped me straight in the face. I was asked realistically, what are my best options here! I need help
He handed me a referral to the IVF Specialist Clinic and advised I make an appointment within the next 1-2months which will bring us to 12months of trying for a baby. I walked to my car feeling numb and out of my own body, I phoned the clinic and booked in and I don’t even recall most of the conversation because I was feeling shocked that we are even here . . . How did we get to this point
This is when I knew that I was too consumed in this stage of our lives and creating another baby that I made myself take a step back. I forced myself to take a step back because I could see the impact it was having on my mental state.
Every decision you make is either going to Betray yourself or Enhance yourself.
We wont be attending the appointment, we have more fight in us, we are just not there yet!
Is having another baby that important to us, are we not happy enough with the 3 of us ? I was asking myself this question most days trying to reflect on the reason I feel so emotionally drained and physically sick at the thought that we wont fall pregnant again and it wasn’t untill I received those referal papers that I realised that this SHOULDN’T be the most important thing to us. My feelings and thoughts were stemming from our ‘plan’ of having more kids, and it not happening straight away. Because we initially imagined having more than 1 child, does this mean that we wouldn’t be happy with the baby we already have ? When I said it out loud it I felt Guilt . . . Would it be so bad that we bring up a healthy and happy baby boy and be consumed in the love we already have in our home ? Why do we feel the need to have more children to feel complete? Is it because society are hounding you to ‘go for another’ and for anyone with an only child they are looked at as if that child will be a ‘spoilt brat’ or ‘needs a sibling’
We thought we wanted a baby so badly that we would do ‘anything’ to get one, and get one now! But when it came down to dedicating the next 6months-12months of going through IVF processes it dawned on me that once we start this process there is no turning back, this is the last resort and what if it doesn’t work ? The thought of what this was going to do to my mental state at this point brought us to the decision of no, no we are not at that desperate stage in our lives where this is our only option and I hope to god we never have to reach that road.
It was like a light bulb switch and I felt calm, I woke up and I was in this place where everything felt still, I felt like I was at peace and my heart was calm. I wasn’t ‘trying’ to not worry about it all, It was like it literally left my body and the worries faded and my vision was clearer. You could say I came to the realisation that I would be happy to stop trying for another baby
It shouldn’t come down to the ‘perfect age gap’ and I realised I needed to let this theory go . . . . 3, 5 or 7 years apart shouldn’t matter at all. If we can be blessed at all with another baby in our family and sibling for Noah then it would be a miracle no matter the age difference…. And it took me a very long time to come to terms with that, and let that thought settle in and be completely content with it.
I threw out all of the temperature charts, I hid the Ovulation Kits and I deleted the phone tracking app. We are going to enjoy the little boy that we created and have right in front of us and focus on what we have already created and I can assure you there is endless amounts of love here regardless of what future children we are blessed with.
My main priority and focus was balancing out my hormones throughout this entire process, which was the main reason we were having trouble falling pregnant – from what I believe, the only reason.
So I worked my arse off to try and work on my hormones Naturally without the medication and the month that I turned the corner I could just feel the shift, I felt so at ease with my emotions and my hormones seemed to have shifted I had energy and my sleep was more deep, my body hair and skin was feeling and looking healthier, my face cleared up . . . . And for the first time in 11 months, I felt Happy.
This particular month I had run out of Progesterone Tablets and the Pharmacy can take 2-3days to order them in so my body went without Progesterone Hormone Replacements for 4days, and this was during PEAK time that I should be on the pills – the only week that it matters most for baby to stick. My first reaction wasn’t even to panic, surprisingly! I had this feeling that everything would be okay, if a miracle baby is to enter our family then it will happen when its meant to. We will just count this month as a write off, and move forward
So I headed into the Pathology and had my blood taken to check what my levels were sitting at whilst not on the pills, out of curiosity. In previous months they were dropping to a number of 2 on the day I would stop the tablets, and this particular day after not being on the replacements for 4 days my levels were up to 37
MY BODY IS DOING ITS JOB! I cried happy tears this day. My only focus was trying to sustain my hormones naturally and all of the hard work I had put in after researching so deep into natural remedies, it was working and It felt like the biggest win!
I didn’t even let my mind go down the path of thinking, could this be a sign that a pregnancy has taken place because I was protecting myself emotionally ready for another let down if it wasn’t a ‘symptom’ or ‘sign’ so we just celebrated the little win that my body was doing its job.
It was the week of the monthly visitors and I did everything I could to distract myself leading up to the day. I had planned to take the test, give it to hubby and let him throw it in the bin when it was negative so that I didn’t even have to look at it and be disappointed again. I was trying everything I could this month to protect my emotional state just to try and get through it, I felt like I was starting to get grips on some coping mechanisms.
Due date of the cycle came and went and it was the following day and I thought to myself, just do it! Just take the test and as soon as I see the result throw it in the bin and get dressed and organised for the day – You do this every month, your stronger then you think! We had a big day planned so I thought it was a great time to be distracted and I wouldn’t sit at home pondering on the negative lines.
So I quickly ran to the bathroom first thing in the morning so it was nice and fresh! As you do . . .
And it started to load, before the loading had even reached the end a massive dark line started to show, followed by the second dark pink line.
THE TEARS FLOWED!
We had a positive pregnancy test, with 2 DARK pink lines . . . . . WE ARE PREGNANT!
I cried and cried and cried, it was like an instant reaction because I just had this inner calm feeling like my soul was so at peace with it all that I knew this one was strong! I knew it . .
I rang my doctors office to get my progesterone levels from the blood test the day before, to be even more relieved to hear the number came in at 118 !!!!!
I could not wait for hubby to arrive home from work to show him the test and the first thing he said to me was ‘I had a feeling I knew this was our month’
The stars had aligned and our baby was forming. Our double rainbow baby was well and truly on their way into our lives and had already made such a massive impact on our hearts.
It didn’t take long before the anxiety started to kick in and the fast heat beats were feeling stronger then ever, I spent the entire next day sweating and feeling foggy waiting for the blood test results of my HCG (Pregnancy Hormone) just praying to my husband that it would be okay. Telling myself that Nothing I do can will change the outcome, I have to ride it out.
They will confirm your pregnancy with a HCG of 25 or more.
A level of 59 is average for 4weeks pregnant.
A level of 100 or more is a strong fetus.
And the phone call came in from the doctors office with our number . . . . . . . . . . .
Here come those tears again, instantly flowing to hear that we had a beautifully high number of 405
I couldn’t believe it. I have spent the past 11months wondering what it would feel like to be pregnant again, if ill ever have that feeling and trying to remember back to what it was like having Noah rolling around in my tummy and the overwhelming feeling I was getting was sadness , because I couldn’t remember that feeling. And I felt so desperate to feel it again
Because I have had multiple miscarriages and am on hormone replacements with only half a thyroid, this pregnancy is being closely monitored.
I had more blood work taken 2 days after the initial HCG test and then again 2 days after that.
HCG Is to double every 48hrs which will show a healthy growing fetus. Our numbers came in at . . . .
1st Test at 4weeks – 405
2nd Test (48hrs Later) at 4weeks 2days – 1130 . . . We nearly tripled our number !!!!
3rd Test (48hrs Later Again) at 4weeks 4days – 3830 We MORE than tripled our number !!!
4th Test (48hrs Later Again) at 4weeks 6days – 10,650
The things that we did/used differently in the 3+ months leading up to conceiving that boosted my Progesterone Naturally.
1. Acupuncture – We incorporated Acupuncture for 3 sessions in the one month – The first session was during Menstruation, Second Session was right before Ovulation and the last session was right after ovulation. She worked on my Spleen to control the bleeding and amount during my cycle, she worked on my lower stomach/uterus to stimulate my ovaries and she worked on my wrists to control the heart rate and cortisol stress levels. I highly recommend this type of treatment and Chinese medicine for Fertility. The month after I had this treatment was the first month my cycle was nice and short, I had no pain during my cycle and I started to feel ovulation pain and patterns in my temperature to signal ovulation
2. I incorporated Herbs. I drank them morning and night and they were blended by my Acupuncturist who explained that the ingredients were targeting Blood Hormones through the HPA Axis which is your brain to your ovaries.
3. For the 3 months leading up to conception Hubby invested in some more loose fitting underwear, to prevent the jewels from getting too warm
4. Hubby also took Menevit which is a supplement used to boost the male fertility for 3 months before conception.
5. A huge factor that both my naturopath and Acupuncturist suggested can effect your fertility is Chemicals – Chemicals are known to drastically rise your estrogen levels so I made a couple of changes to products that I use every single day including my Shampoos and Deodorants using natural based products only. I also made the switch of our daily cleaning products so we weren’t breathing them in either
6. I used a blend of Fertility Tea daily, morning and night. I purchased from the brand Mama Body Tea
The things that we did/used differently on CONCEPTION month that boosted my Progesterone Naturally
1. Number one massive change I made the month we conceived was Essential Oils – Diffusing and Directly on the skin. I used a mixture of oils but the main ingredients were Clary Sage, Fennel, Lavender, Wild Yam and Magnesium Oil. I also used the Moon Time Tonic blend that I sourced through a beautiful company that does their own blends called Motherwort Apothecary – Click Here to Buy and I applied this directly to my lower stomach and massaged it in during my menstruation cycle. This blend is is used to regulate your cycles and balance our hormones. Once my cycle stopped I continued to use a blend of Clary Sage and Fennel on my Lower stomach and inner ankles every single night for the entire month.
2. I cut the caffeine ! GAME CHANGER. I love my coffee, but when it came to my hormones it wasn’t helping so I replaced coffee with Organic CHAI Tea which contains Ginger, Cinnamon, Clove, Cardamon and pure tea. The main reasons I switched to this particular tea was for the antioxidant properties, it improves your digestion, it heightens your immune system and fights off inflammation which can be a main cause for miscarriage and hormone imbalance.
3. I invested in Supplements. The main reasons were to build my immune system, clear out my gut health and for the Inflammation treatment, which all combined was going to help my uterus prepare for a pregnancy – Flax Seed Oil, Fish Oil, Vitamin C, Probiotics, Magnesium, Glutamine, Maca Powder.
4. I changed my diet drastically! Every morning I was filling up my 2.5L water bottle with fresh lemon and warm water to kick start my gut and help my immune system. I cut Diary and Gluten and mainly only consumed Plant Based Foods with no saturated foods at all! This is when I noticed a drastic change in my hormone levels
5. Detox Baths – To reduce Cortisol stress levels I was incorporating Detox baths the month we conceived which included – Lavender Essential Oil, Baking Soda and Epsom Magnesium Salts
We worked hard. We worked damn hard to get to where we are and the best thing that has come from this entire ordeal is the knowledge we now have to live and breathe a healthier lifestyle for ourselves and our children.
Knowledge is Power.
Looking back on the past 11 months in our lives it still feels so fresh and raw emotionally, yet also feels like a distant memory. Now that we are through that dark time we can see that this was our path to walk as a family and things happen in the time frame they were destined to happen.
During our 11months of trying for a baby I endured 3 Ultrasounds, 4 Examinations, over 50 blood tests !!!! 2 Hormone Tests, 9 Thyroid Tests, 13 Home Pregnancy Tests and 2 Miscarriages . . . .
This was a season in our life, a negative season that we hope never intrudes our family again and as all seasons do . . . they pass. I do believe that no experience is wasted and when horrible events are happening in your life that its to grow you up and this is forming the person that you were meant to be.
For anyone who quite openly asks a friend or family member the question ‘Trying for another one yet” or “About time you popped another one out” or better yet “Your ‘only’ child needs a sibling” please be mindful of these very invasive questions – everyone has a story that they may not have told.
Stay Tuned for Part 2 as we take you on the second hurdle in our Fertility Journey – Growing Bump safely past 12weeks, Subchorionic Hemorrhaging, Ovary Issues, The horrendous ‘All Day Sickness’ and our ANNOUNCEMENT to family and friends.
This is our story . . .