•HSG September 2019• My tactic was to not overthink! I went home with the little piece of paper the Dr. gave me, and avoided reading online in fear of the horror stories I’d find. I’m glad I did this, as I think us women tend to overthink as it is, so without the need of added stress, I was mentally kinder on myself for shifting my focus to other things to occupy my mind while leading up to my HSG test. Everyone is different and I think it’s important to do what works for you. #ttc #ttccommunity #ttcjourney #ttcsupport #ttcsisters #ttctribe #ttczone #unexplainedinfertility #hsgtest #hsg #infertilitysucks #infertilityawareness #infertilitywarrior #infertilityjourney #infertilitysupport
Beautiful post by the always spot on @bymariandrew Christmas time can often be seen as a time of taking stock and connecting with your family but the societal pressure around what makes a perfect family (straight married own their own home 2.5 kids no trauma histories or chronic illnesses) can mean Christmas can have a lonely edge if you don't quite fit the mould. Watch out for those negative self-comparisons, look out for those who celebrate those who don't always fit the mould, and be kind to yourself 💖 #infertilityjourney #endometriosis #endo #chronicpelvicpain #chronicillness #endometriosisawareness #nosuchthingasaperfectfamily
Why don’t you just adopt? I would LOVE to adopt! Please sign me up! I’ve gotten that question more than I’d like to admit. I would love to adopt. However, it costs anywhere from $40,000 to $55,000. It is not easy. It is not guaranteed. It is not as simple as the question. I have spoken with several agencies/facilitators, including a new one this past week. This one seems like a good fit. Wait time after your home study and acceptance is 4 1/2 months. I’m confident I could have a little one by the end of next year, but it’s not cheap. The foster adopt is much more affordable, but comes with a higher chance of heartbreak. The CPS system is geared toward reunification. We are not against this route, nor is it crossed off our list. I DO feel a calling for adoption, to care for a child in need. I am looking into it, but please know that it is not as easy as it seems. So for now, we will move forward with IVF, since we’ve invested in this, and hold our breaths during this fragile time. We will pray for our rainbow and hope to grow our family with the sound of two more little feet and the sweet snuggles of a new baby in 2020. Whatever road we travel❤️ . . #miscarriage #miscarriageawareness #miscarriagesupport #pregnancyandinfantlossawareness #pregnancyloss #recurrentmiscarriage #recurrentpregnancyloss #mthfr #mthfrawareness #mthfrpregnancy #mthfrpregnancyjourney #takingachance #bloggerlife #blogger #adoption #depressionhelp #1in4 #1in4pregnanciesendinloss #1in8couplesbattleinfertility #1in8 #iam1in8 #iam1in4 #ttc #ttcaftermiscarriage #ttcjourney #infertility #infertilityjourney #ivfjourney #ivf #donoreggs
What seasons of waiting have you endured to find out that God had the very best in mind for you from the beginning? . . . . . #christianwriter #christianwriters #christianblogger #faithwriters #christianauthor #christianauthors #christianauthorsofinstagram #amwriting #hopewriters #faithcommunity #infertilityblogger #infertilityjourney #infertilityawareness #infertilitysucks #infertilitysupport #infertilitywarrior #ttcsupport #ttcjourney #ttcsupport #ttcsisters #adoptivemama #adoptionrocks #adoptiveparents #adoptionjourney #surrogacyjourney #surrogacy #authors #writersblock #worshipleader #highschoolteacher
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Hypothalamic dysfunction, part 2 . My typical work-up: Thorough history, physical, ultrasound and the following labs: Check: E2, P4, LH (this one is the most valuable), FSH, PRL, TSH, A1c and hCG I consider MRI of the brain (pituitary gland, specifically), if there is not a clear etiology for the hypothalamic dysfunction. . An LH of < 2 in a post pubertal female (corroborated by a low E2 and P4) is highly concerning for hypothalamic dysfunction. . . So, with that, what are my recommendations? . If you are underweight (BMI < 18), I recommend increasing and maintaining a BMI of at least 19-20; please understand that each woman’s threshold is different. . If you are a normal weight but run > 20 miles per week, I recommend reducing your miles to < 10 and finding alternatives (fyi, it’s not just running, HIIT workouts, cross fit and other high intensity exercises can also play a roll, discuss your routines with your doctor). Now this doesn’t mean eliminating exercise (you know I wouldn’t be able to subscribe to that), just modifying. Consider swimming, yoga, pilates, barre, etc. . If you have chronic medical conditions that have been placed on the back burner, regroup on those, working to optimize your body as best as possible. . If you have significant elevations in stress, start to work on stress management: identify your stressors and work with your partner (or therapist, MD, etc) to reduce your stress as much as possible. . Reduce your exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (follow @drlorashanine and @nataliagrindler for more information on environmental toxins). Treatment options after testing and making lifestyle adjustments depend on whether or not one desires pregnancy. If you do not desire pregnancy, it is important for your bone and cardiac health to have supplemental estrogen, which can come in many forms. . If you desire pregnancy, the typical approach is to speak directly to the ovary by giving exogenous FSH/LH (gonadotropins) in the form of injections. Doing so requires close surveillance, an ability to convert to IVF, or willingness to cancel, in the event of an overly robust ovarian response. . Have more questions, DM me more comment below!
EMBRYO TRANSFER. . Between day 2-5 of a frozen embryo transfer, the blastocyst nestles into the uterine lining. Implantation is the stage of pregnancy at which the embryo adheres to the wall of the uterus. It is by this adhesion that the embryo receives oxygen and nutrients from the mother to be able to grow. There is a lot happening in the 2WW. So be kind to your body. #ivf #ivfcommunity #ivfsupport #ivfsuccess #transfer #ttc #ttccommunity #ttcaftermiscarriage #ttcafterloss #infertility #infertilityjourney #pregnant #pregnancy #transfer #embryotransfer #implantation #2ww #kindness #calm #relaxation #love
What an incredible feeling to get to hang another stocking this Christmas as we await the arrival of our little guy. Our journey to baby inspired our husband and wife partnership in this company and that will always be at the heart of what we love most about it ❤️ #infertility #infertilityjourney #infertilityawareness #allnaturalskincare #iui #ivf #ttc #ttcafterloss #miscarriageawareness #miscarriagesupport #organic #fertilityjourney #fertility #fertilitytreatment #secondaryinfertility #secondaryinfertilityawareness #warrior #warriors #mom #mama #mommy
Masterclass worksheet ready. . If you have already signed up the worksheets landed in your inbox last night. . if you signed up today or are just about to then I will email it over to you tomorrow ready for Sunday‘s masterclass. . Comfort. Empower. Uplift. These are the intentions behind this free online class. Learn simple yet powerful techniques to stop repetitive negative thinking in its tracks and calm your mind and body during the festive season. . Sunday 8th December at 8pm GMT. . Hit link in bio @embracefertility to learn more or go to www.embracefertility.co.uk/mindbodysecrets
Whoopi. Worksheet finalised for Sunday‘s workshop. If you have already signed up you will have received the email last night to download and either print or save on your phone. . If you would like to join us then hit the link in bio and sign up and I will send a copy of the worksheet over to you. . Comfort. Empower. Uplift. These are the intentions behind this free online class. Learn simple yet powerful techniques to stop repetitive negative thinking in its tracks and calm your mind and body during the festive season. . Sunday 8th December at 8pm GMT. . Hit link in bio @embracefertility to learn more or go to www.embracefertility.co.uk/mindbodysecrets
“I never thought we would get to see this.”❤️ . Kerry said these exact words to me last night as we laid in bed and watched my stomach move. Rainbow was in there doing gymnastics, like actual gymnastics to the point where Kerry asked me if it was painful for me, lol. I replied, “I know, I didn’t either.” And he put his hand on my stomach before saying goodnight. Then I took this photo and I will always remember that moment we had. Even though our journey to get here did include getting pregnant a total of three times, and the infertility part of our story wasn’t as long as it may be for others, there was a point where we were afraid that no pregnancy would make it far. It was almost like we got used to the silence of our doctor while he desperately looked for a heartbeat and for a while, recovering from miscarriage was almost my “norm.” I remember many conversations where one of us asked the other “what if this never happens for us?" In a few days, I’ll be 30 weeks pregnant. My app tells me that I have 72 days until my due date and I still don’t think it’s really hit me that we are probably going to be bringing home a baby this time. That Kerry and I created a life that was meant for this world with us. It’s surreal and I don’t know if I’ll ever really accept that we’ve gotten so incredibly lucky. I have less than 72 days to enjoy these kicks, you can bet that I’m going to soak up every single second. P.S: Pregnancy is weird and has done odd things to my belly button and gave me a coat of belly hair that I often pretend is invisible. Despite these aspects of the photo, I love the sentiment. Don't judge this belly, lol.
@cspi_nutritionaction has requested the FDA and FTC take enforcement action against dietary supplements marketed as fertility aids for women because "there is no evidence that they help women become pregnant." . . You can read more on the news section of their website here: https://cspinet.org/news/manufacturers-fertility-supplements-false-hope-20191118 . . What are your thoughts? . . #infertility #infertilitysucks #infertilityhurts #infertilityjourney #infertilityawareness #infertilitysisters #infertilitywarrior #infertilitysupport #infertilitycommunity #infertilityblogger #infertilityblog #infertilityhope #infertilitystruggles #infertilitysurvivor #infertilitywarriors #infertilityproblems #ivfjourney #ttc #ttccommunity #ttcsisters #ttcjourney #saythefword #talkabouttrying #HandsUpForInfertility #InfertilityUncovered #NIAW #NationalInfertilityAwarenessWeek
Trying to get pregnant can be an emotional roller-coaster. From ovulation tests to basal body temperature tests or cervical mucus tests, the process can be overwhelming. When it comes to at-home pregnancy tests, it’s not uncommon to take more than one to make sure you didn’t receive a false positive (or false negative). But, it’s important to note that early, constant testing can be misleading. While at-home pregnancy tests are more precise than ever, false positives immediately after ovulation can show up. Make sure you’re checking in with your provider or specialist to test HCG levels for a more accurate testing method.
Nothing will be impossible for you. Big words from an even bigger God. Do you believe your mountain is insurmountable? Lay it all at the feet of Jesus Christ and wait, with faith. The mountain will he moved. I’ve seen him do it, and I will see him do it again and again. #iveseenyoumovethemountains #christianliving #matthew1720 #movemountains #faith #faithmovesmountains #infertility #infertilityjourney #bibleverse #ttc
This is how we spend our Friday nights! Relaxing!💕 Watching telly and having cuddles with our fur babies!😍 . . So we got the paperwork for stage one Wednesday and we’ve sent it back today!😎 We are definitely feeling organised 🤣 . . Still waiting for someone to contact us to book in for medicals!😒 I’ll be chasing them up next week!😆 Id love to know what they tend to do in the medical assessment?! . . #adoptionuk #adoption #adoptionjourney #adoptionstory #adoptionislove #adoptionstories #adoptionukcommunity #adoptionsupport #fertilityjourney #adoptiveparents #adoptee #ourstory #becomingparents #infertility #infertilityjourney #followourjourney #ukadoptioncommunity #ukadoption
I’ve followed along quietly in the background for some time now, insecure to share my story. I need the community, the support and connection. Anyone who understands the emotional rollercoaster that is infertility, understands the need to be understood- no unwarranted advice (as stress doesn’t create a negative pregnancy test!) or judgement. I hope you can follow along with me, share your stories, feel welcome and supported. I’m no expert but hope if I can help at least one family struggling to feel even a moment of comfort during a ridiculously challenging time, it’s worth it. I hope you find value in following my journey and share with me, yours ❤️ #ttc #ttccommunity #ttcjourney #ttcsupport #ttcsisters #ttctribe #ttczone #unexplainedinfertility #hsgtest #hsg #infertilitysucks #infertilityawareness #infertilitywarrior #infertilityjourney #infertilitysupport
Infertility is something we should talk about. . . . . #believe #positivevibe #infertilityjourney #surrogacy #internationalsurrogacy #surrogacyinukraine #surrogacycost #surrogacyagency #genderselection #eggdonation #fertility #affordablesurrogacy #deliveringdreams #infertility #gestationalcarrier #surrogacyireland #surrogacyUK #fertilityclinic #surrogacySwitzerland #ukrainiansurrogacy #intendedparents #fertilityjourney #infertility #journeytobaby #infertilitycommunity #infertilitywarrior #fertilitytreatment #fertilitysupport #IVF #IVFtreatment.
My friends @___hannahmoore gorgeous Little sausi Ollie. I haven’t posted for a while.. I’m not sure why 🤷🏻♀️ anyway, my bump has doubled in size as I’m about to enter my 3rd trimester this weekend. Whaaaat, where has that time gone?! We’ve also been very busy trying to get work done in the house before New Year!! Time is flying and we’re only 11-13 weeks away from meeting our little miracle 💗💙 I’m also still very convinced it’s a boy in there..!
I posted this in my stories the other day as a response to the Pitlyk situation, but honestly, I was still so heated that I went to write out my hurt in a separate post. Then I saw other infertility warriors like @expectinganything perfectly articulate how I felt. 𝐒𝐨 𝐈’𝐥𝐥 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐭 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬: 𝐢𝐟 𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚 𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐨 𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐌.. 𝐨𝐫 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐚 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐲 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐛𝐲 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬, ..𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐛𝐞𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐮𝐥, ..𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐦 𝐢𝐬𝐧’𝐭 𝐮𝐬.✌🏻
so thankful there are so many wonderful ladies out there that have decided to follow along on our journey. . . . . . . #ttc #ttctribe #ttcwithpcos #ttcwarrior #ttcsupport #ttccommunity #ttcsisters #ttcjourney #infertilityawareness #infertilitywarrior #infertilityjourney #infertility #infertilitysupport #infertile #infertilitysucks #instagood #insta #instadaily #instalike #instagram #likeforlikes #like #follow #follow4like #followme #pcoscommunity #pcosawareness #pcossupport #pcos #pcoswarrior
Trying to conceive can be challenging, but it seems the holidays bring an extra level of difficulty. Many couples dread this time of year, and even dealing with family and friends can be tough at times. Follow along for are 5 tips for getting through it. #ttc_holidaytips . . . #holidaytips #ivfsuccess #weareolivefertility #ivfjourney #ivfsupport #fertilitytreatment #infertilityjourney #ttcjourney #ttccommunity #vancouver #ttc #infertility #fertility #reproductivehealth #womenshealth #caringforyourself #vancouverclinic #fertilityclinic #ivf #vancity #vancouver
2 days have passed since our day 5 transfer.. I've spent the days keeping super cosy, nice and warm, eating all the good foods that seemingly boost implantation and hoping for the best. . . . #infertility #infertilityjourney #ivf #ivfjourney #ivfcommunity #fertilityfood #fertility #fertilityjourney #fertilitydiet #2dp3dt
Well 2019 is almost over and every year I always tell myself that I should be pregnant by next year December, but here we are again not pregnant. This year has been a rough one with 4 IUI's attempted, 3 of those rounds were with injections I had to give myself, I had 2 rounds of medications only. Many many endovaginal ultrasounds, tons of labs done. When all that failed we then decided to have our consultation appointment with an IVF Dr. at the end of last month. Lots of information and of course the big decision to spend approximately $22K for an attempt(no guarantee) at trying to conceive. We made the decision to move forward and begin our IVF journey. Yesterday I had to do a saline sonogram, I'm doing this because at that IVF consultation I got diagnosed with Endometriosis and have a ovarian cyst on my right ovary. I also have had a fairly large fibroid that is on the outiside of my uterus that I've had for approx 3 years now, and was told by another doctor that it is not affecting my fertility and I don't need to remove it unless I wanted to. The IVF doctor said we would be good candidates for IVF, and basically because of the Edometriosis I have a low ovarian reserve which is partly why I cannot get pregnant.My Dr wanted to do the saline sonogram because he wanted to get a better look at my fibriod and see exactly where it is at. Turns out my fibriod is on the outside and is also in my uterus as well. He recommended that I need to have surgery in order to continue with IVF. So here I am having to put everything on hold to now address this issue, in the mean time he recommended I also go back on birth control for the surgery which felt like a gut punch because now I know for sure I will not be getting pregnant for possibly half of next year. Sorry for the long post but this is where my husband and I are at going into the new year. My husband has really helped give me hope because lately it has been slim to none, and has been so amazing every step of the way. I feel like an emotional train wreck most of the time, but all we can do is take things day by day right? 😕 #infertilityjourney #ivfjourney #infertilitysucks #infertility #infertilitycommunity #1in8
Here’s my experience with blood sugar monitoring for those with Gestational Diabetes or, like myself, elevated test results. Swipe for videos! • My specialist asked me to monitor my blood sugar 4 times per day: fasting, 2hrs after breakfast, 2hrs after lunch and 2hrs after dinner. This is due to my elevated blood sugar levels following the 3 hour glucose screening test coupled with Paloma’s growth and my high amniotic fluid levels; both signs of gestational diabetes. • What I’ve learned: when sticking to my regular diet of lots of vegetables, fruit and protein, my blood sugar levels are within the normal ranges. However, before monitoring I would indulge in a glass of orange juice almost daily since it was my replacement for not drinking caffeine. I would also have my fair share of chocolate covered almonds a few times per week and ice cream/cookies every now and then. Testing my blood sugar showed me that those seemingly harmless desserts & morning OJ are not good for me nor my baby and that I need to cut sugar and limit carbs, in order to keep baby’s blood sugar level and not have her grow bigger than normal. • #ttc #ttccommunity #ttctribe #ttcjourney #ttcsupport #ttcsisters #infertility #infertilitysucks #infertilitywarrior #infertilityawareness #infertilityjourney #infertilitysupport #unexplainedinfertility #pcos #ttcwithpcos #pcossucks #pcosawareness #ivf #ivfcommunity #ivfjourney #ivfsupport #ivfsuccess #mthfr #gestationaldiabetes #ivfstrong #bfp #ivfpregnancy
7 Tips for Getting Through Loss⠀ ⠀ 1. Allow yourself to grieve. Miscarriage is downplayed so much in our culture and because of this, we can feel ashamed for grieving (since, after all, "it's no big deal"). It IS a big deal. Grieve. And if you have lost an infant that you have held in your arms- you HAVE to grieve. You've suffered a tremendous loss. The most horrible loss. Don't allow anyone to make you feel like it's stupid, dramatic, or ridiculous to be hurting, crying, and grieving. ⠀ 2. Don't rush your grief or put a time frame on it. ⠀ 3. Try not to compare your grief, sadness, spouse, or situation with anyone else's. Comparison is dangerous business. Your situation is not exactly like anyone else's... your healing won't be either. ⠀ 4. Seek help from a counselor, doctor, or mental health professional if you need it! There's NO shame in this! In fact, I commend you, dear friend!⠀ 5. Let this struggle bring you closer to your spouse and not push you away. Communicate! Tell him what you need, specifically. Need to scream your lungs out on a roller coaster? Let him know you need a date night. If you want to be held, he may not know that. Need to be alone and cry? Don't be afraid to tell him. ⠀ 6. Receive support from friends and family. When they offer, say yes. If they ask what you need, give them ideas. Even if it's doing your laundry or bringing you Starbucks.⠀ ⠀ 7. Don't lose hope in God or your promise!! God is good, and He is faithful! There are plenty of resources for this at our site. ⠀ ⠀ Pictured is our #hopebox and if you are interested in this resource for those grieving infant loss or miscarriage. Link in Bio! ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #iamfruitful #ttccommunity #ttc #ttcsisters #ttcjourney #ttcafterloss #ttcsupport #infertility #infertilityjourney #secondaryinfertility #infertilitycommunity #adoptionrocks #faithoverfear #miscarriagesupport #miscarriageawareness #babyloss #babylossawareness #futuremom #delayedfertility #miscarriage #infantloss #adoptionrocks #paperpregnancy #pregnancyjourney #faithquotes #identityinhim #hopeboxes #christianinspiration #Christianblog