Tuesday, February 24, 2015

How We Got Here

This weekend seriously kicked my butt, probably into next week!  If I ever thought I was tired, or my feet hurt after one of our all day dance events before, well it's a whole other ball game when you're pregnant!  I feel like I could sleep for 3 days, and well since that isn't a reality, hopefully I'll be able to catch up some over the week.

Speaking of being pregnant I wanted to share a little bit about how we finally got there.  A few times over the last year I've shared a few bits and pieces of our story and our journey.  Martin and I have been trying for a baby since we first got married nearly 2.5 years ago in September of 2012.  So it feels a little surreal this time around when people ask if we were trying, or it just happened.

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I always had a feeling that it would be hard for me to get pregnant, so I was surprised to find out I was pregnant in December of 2012.  Unfortunately that pregnancy ended in a miscarriage in March of 2013, which I shared here.  After that it took us a little while to get back on the bank wagon and actively start trying again.  I would say we officially started trying again in August of 2013 and by the Spring of 2014 when nothing had happened you could say I was beyond frustrated. 

After being told multiple times by my own doctor that everything was fine and we'd see you once you were pregnant I decided to switch clinics.  I saw my new doctor and finally I felt like I was getting somewhere, it was then that I got diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.  In short typically in a woman's ovaries you produce 2 to 3 follicles each month and eventually one of them grows large enough to rupture and release an egg causing ovulation.  In polycystic ovaries I can produce anywhere from 15 to 20 follicles each month making it very difficult for one to grow large enough to rupture, no rupture means no ovulation.  Or it can take longer for one to grow large enough to rupture, meaning it's near impossible to track when you'd ovulate because you have no idea if you are or when you are going to.

I saw the fertility specialist at my new clinic and per there recommendation started infertility treatment.  Having that diagnosis of infertility is one of the most depressing things ever, they really do need to call it something else.  We went through 3 IUI's (inter uterine insemination) which consisted of 3 cycles of clomid to grow my follicles, a trigger shot I had to give myself to induce ovulation, and more hormones to take after the IUI to support a pregnancy if it were to work.  None of them worked and it was beyond frustrating to say the least.

We had decided to try the infertility treatment for 3 cycles and if it didn't work we'd take a break, August 2014 is when we found out that last cycle didn't work for us.  I was relived to be off all of those medications, and I always kinda felt that wasn't the route for us, I mean I knew I could get pregnant I had before.  After seeing how frustrated and let down I was Martin scheduled an appointment for us with an acupuncturist that specialized in fertility.

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The acupuncturist  made me feel like we could do this, that it would happen for us and it could happen naturally, which was a big relief since I was coming from the fertility specialist that was telling us most likely our only hope was IVF.  The acupuncture concentrated on helping to get my ovaries functioning in a healthy manner, a more regular cycle, with more healthy eggs, and to help reduce the overall stress I was experiencing with this whole process.

During this time I tried to focus on getting myself as healthy as possible.  I paid a ton of attention to what I was putting into my body and how I could help control my PCOS through diet and exercise, which I learned a ton about from discovering the PCOS Diva.

Then December 5th I finally got that positive pregnancy test, but I think I kinda already knew.  You really start to get to know your body through this whole process, and I knew something was different.  In fact I had a suspicion and took the test probably earlier then I should have and got the faintest line ever, so faint that I requested a blood test at my doctors office just to confirm that I was in fact pregnant.

I feel so excited to finally be in this place that we've hoped, dreamed and wished for so many times over the last 2.5 years.  I almost do an internal eye roll every time some one asks me do you want a boy or a girl, because frankly at the end of all this all I want is a healthy baby.

10 comments:

  1. So glad your story has such a great ending - excited for you to meet your sweet healthy baby, boy or girl :)

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  2. Congrats again, lady! SO many women seem to struggle, that it almost seems everyone has issues at least once. I'm so sorry you had to struggle for so long, but am sooooo glad you found you're way to getting pregnant. My acupuncturist treats tons of patients for pregnancy issues, so once we decide to try and if things aren't working, she'll be my first stop. So happy for your lil miracle.

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  3. This personal journey is yet another testament to your strength and character, and I am SO HAPPY that you and Martin are being blessed with this baby. And you were a ROCKSTAR on Sunday at Showcase...I can't believe how beautiful you looked and danced while you were cooking that bambino!! We all love you.

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  4. Thanks so much Christina, I'm so excited for that day to be here!

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  5. Totally utilize your acupuncturist, that is one thing I wish I wouldn't have waited so long to discover. I had a friend suggesting it to me for awhile, and I kept putting it off for fear, and there is so nothing to be afraid of!

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  6. I love when women like you share their experiences with trying to get pregnant because you are a testament that medicine and drugs aren't always the way to go and if you've suffered a miscarriage, there is still hope for a normal, healthy pregnancy. I am still over the moon for you and Martin!

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  7. Thanks Karly! I was so happy we were able to conceive naturally. It's crazy to me how quickly now the doctors start pushing fertility treatment and IVF before really diving in and figuring whats out of balance, it's truly amazing the impact we can have on our own bodies without medicine and drugs!

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  8. I am so happy that you shared this! I had no idea that you had done any IUIs! How amazing that you were able to use a lifestyle change, diet, and exercise to overcome your infertility! Beyond excited for you!

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  9. It's so amazing what we're able to change with our bodies on our own, I had no idea and unfortunately we live in one of the hardest countries to really know what is in all of our food we are putting in our body with all the added chemicals and hormones that everyone is using now. Excited for your next step of the journey!

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