First comes trigger shot and then comes egg retrieval! I always tried to think of my IVF process in four steps. I’ve already shared the first which is get through STIMS. The second was make it to egg retrieval. Not all cycles result in egg retrieval but once you get there you’re one step closer to making embabies! #NIAW
This week is National Infertility Awareness week, and it comes at such a crazy time in my own life – having just gone through my #eggretrieval last week. 1 in 8 are dealing with infertility, 7.4 million. I am 1 in 8 – chances are you know someone near and dear to you in your life that is 1 in 8. She may be your sister, your friend, your co-worker. She may be someone you sit next to on the bus or bump into shopping at the grocery store. You may not even know or recognize the sadness in her face – or maybe you do. She is you, she is me.
Infertility is only now being brought into the light. It is a sadness hidden by joy, it is tears behind a smile, fear behind hope. It is dark, lonely and filled with anxiety. It is an emptiness where there should be a baby. It is hope, anger, joy, expectations and let downs mixed into one.
I hope that you know you are not alone, you have #infertilitysisters , you do not have to hide in the dark. There is hope, there is light, there is a whole sisterhood out there to support you. We know how it feels to hope and pray and have faith each month to be left with an emptiness, to be left with a “why am I not good enough”, to be left with a “why is this happening to me”. We know how it feels to cry over a stick, to walk down the aisle filled with baby items to get feminine products. We know. We are here and we are stong, beautiful and brave. We are #infertilitywarriors and we can do hard things.
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Egg retrieval day 4/24/18. *PLEASE NOTE this picture is anything but pretty & was very hard for me to share. 🤦♀️
After waking up with little to no sleep due to nerves I took a shower and basically did nothing with myself, headed to the hospital where we had our 2nd egg retrieval. This ugly picture was taken afterwards with sedation in me and a huge cocktail of pain meds (which don’t sit well with me 🤢) I was in extreme discomfort, all scrunched up (love my double chin), and going in & out of cold sweats. My vitals are all good and was getting ready to be discharged to go home. Even though this day was anything but “pretty” I would still do it again. Maybe that is why #ttccouples are called #warriors because even though this process is anything but pretty the most beautiful gift(s) can result from it and we continue to do it over & over again until our dreams come true #givingupisnotanoption I pray that at least 1 of the 19 EGGS they retrieved from me becomes my most beautiful gift. I find out today 4/25 how many fertilized & so on.. the next couple of days are tough but then again I have to remember so are we and we will get through it no matter what. Thank you ALL for your love & support. I will keep you updated. #nationalinfertilityawarenessweek#niaw2018#niaw#eggretrieval#ivfjourney#ivfjourney2018#ivf#ivfcommunity#ttccommunity#ttc#ttcjourney#ttcsupport#flipthescript#endthestigma#weare1in8#prayers#warriors
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It’s National Infertility Awareness Week...I was going to have my online conference this week but decided not too. No real reason except for the fact that I didn’t want it to be rushed. —
I notice that when there is a lot of attention on infertility I tend to be quiet. And I know why. I don’t subscribe to the overall infertility norm of a woman being sorrowful. —
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve had my fair share of tears, doubt and moments of anguish. But something happens to you when you grasp hold of faith and begin to believe that this is the beginning of your story and not the end. —
One day I decided to receive what God was trying to tell me the entire time. It doesn’t end with infertility. Life is in His hands. Miracles happen when we believe and receive. —
You read more about my story and how I learned to live out my infertility season with confidence in God in my book, Faith and Fertility. bit.ly/fertilitybook
Words cannot explain the happiness I felt today when my nurse called me with updates of our eggs. Out of the 10 eggs retrieved all were mature and all 10 fertilized properly. I cried ugly happy tears today while at work. We will get another update Wednesday letting us know how many have still made it . This journey has been a blessing and I just feel like it's the right time and moment for us. It's so crazy to think one of these little growing embryos is about to be inside me and become our child. Not an easy journey but so worth it. #ivfjourney#eggretrieval#embabies#blessed#futuremom
After close to 5 weeks of not working out - I won’t lie - I am just not so patiently waiting to get back to it. I have given myself a huge amount of grace during this time of my life but I truly wasn’t eating well or taking the time to keep myself moving - and it shows.
This is what a month of fertility meds does - the bloating - the fatigue - the mental fogginess - it took a toll both mentally and physically.
I am still bloated and recovering but I am back to feeling myself and spent the day grocery shopping and meal prepping to get ready for the upcoming week. I know a lot of the way I am feeling is because I haven’t been eating good, nutritious, clean foods and taking care of myself the way I should have so I am getting back to my 80/20 lifestyle and my healthy ways!
I have another week or so until I can get back into my workouts - which is perfect timing because I have a new group starting on the 4/30. Knowing that I have the knowledge and tools to get back on track is seriously the most amazing feeling - the old me would have let a photo like this get me down - but the new me knows that this is a circumstance of life and that I can move forward and keep going.
If you’re looking to feel better - to eat healthier- to start some better habits going into summer - I would love to have you join in my upcoming group. We start on the 30th and we provide meal plans that are based on a balanced nutritional lifestyle that are easily customized to you, a super food shake, at home workouts (most of them are 30 minutes! Who doesn’t love that) and support and love from the other amazing men and women in the group working on their own healthy lifestyle.
If you would like more info DM me or drop a “ME” below!! #infertilitysucks#ivfjourney#eggretrieval#fitnesslove#fitnessgirl#cleaneating#iloveeating#gettingbacktome#findingmyself#infertilityjourney
This is going to be our miracle month guys. They retrieved 10 eggs. 🙌. Doctor says they all looked mature. Now we just wait till tomorrow and find out how many actually fertilize. As you can tell the previous post picture was Pre operation this one is after when we found out the number and I was crying happy tears. So happy that they were able to retrieve eggs from all 10 follicles. So many ups and downs of emotions through this whole process. We are feeling so blessed and grateful today for this journey to parenthood . Keep our little Eggies in your thoughts for successful fertilization and healthy embryos within this next week. On a side note look at that handsome man I get to call my husband . He has seriously been my rock through this whole process. He's been there for me every step of the way. #ivfjourney#ourstruggle#thejourney#eggretrieval#april#miraclemonth#prayersneeded
I have so many drafts of blog posts saved on my site about our IVF journey. And I’ll get around to publishing them all sometime when my attention span is longer than a couple of minutes. These 5 pics are just a few snapshots of my time in South Africa last year. Feels so surreal that we are less than 2 weeks out from meeting our twins now. Our fertility treatments weren’t covered by our health insurance in the US, and the costs were enormous. It seemed like a no brainer to go back to SA, and be treated at a facility where several of my friends had had successful results, as well as be surrounded by dear family and friends through the process. It was a tough process deciding to go through IVF but knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t change a thing. When you are praying for those little embryos from their first day, and having seen them grow and develop into precious babies, you can’t help but appreciate the miracle of life. #ivf#ivfsuccess#ivfjourney#eggretrieval#vitalab
Welcome to the kick-off of National Infertility Awareness Week! This is my husband Josh and I and we are 1 in 8. 1 in 8 couples in the US struggle with infertility at some point in their lives. Isn't that heartbreaking? Over the course of nearly a decade, we went through 6 clomid cycles, several IUI's (I lost count), 3 egg retrievals, 2 fresh embryo transfers, 3 frozen embryo transfers, experienced 3 miscarriages, a d&c, a laparoscopy, got a PCOS and Factor V Leiden diagnosis and finally after almost ten years, welcomed our boy girl twins Kirsten and Logan this past May. Our journey cost us more than I care to count - at least 6 figures worth of treatments - as insurance didn't cover any of it. Infertility is a disease, a disease that needs to be talked about more to crush the shame of it and a disease the companies and insurance need to start recognizing and covering. We are humbled that at the end of it all, we were successful on our last attempt, however for many that success never comes and all they are left with is debt and heartbreak.
This year for #NIAW , the theme is #FliptheScript . We need to start having more productive conversations about infertility, both our own and also, for those not struggling, increasing the support and care. There is so much carelessness around this topic and this needs to stop. Join me and MANY others (@resolveorg ) this week as we continue to advocate for ourselves and also, educate others. ---
If this is something you struggle with but have been to ashamed or embarrassed to talk about it, know you aren't alone. I am 1 in 8 too.
Lol!! 😂 this has been me the past couple of days! I was worrying about OHSS because of how swollen, sore and uncomfortable I was feeling. But tonight, I'm finally feeling the first signs of relief! Yay! I know so many of you can relate. These past few days have been the hardest out of the cycle so far for me. I am so glad to be deflating finally and very thankful to have so far avoided OHSS 🙏🏻 for those that don't know OHSS stands for ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, where the follicles that contained the retrieved eggs leak sodium into your abdominal cavity and this causes fluid to follow and fill up in the wrong places. The most severe cases can be very dangerous, as this fluid can stop your diaphragm from being able to move and so affecting breathing. To prevent it I have been drinking lots of electrolyte drinks, coconut water and protein shakes and eating a salty, high protein diet. We do this to prevent fluid being drawn into the abdominal cavity. So I will celebrate feeling better tonight! It hopefully means, I'll be good to go for our embryo transfer on Tuesday!! 🎉🙌🏼🙏🏻💖 #eggretrieval#eggcollection#embryotransfer#ohss#ivf#ivfjourney#ivfwarrior#ivfsupport#icsi#infertility#infertilityawareness#unexplainedinfertility#ttccommunity#ttcsisters#ttcsupport
Repost - @georgiewileman - a behind the scene shot by @deonskye - from her upcoming project & series on endometriosis. The first man she has shot for the project, and I'm honored. Thank you for all that you are doing Georgie.
More to come, and if you like her work, give her a follow😘 she's worth it.🖤
Tonight we pull the trigger shot. Egg retrieval is officially set for Sunday April 22nd,2018. I can't believe this moment is finally here. Keep us in your thoughts for a successful retrieval and fertilization of these little Eggies. Crazy to think one of these little guys is going to become our baby soon #ivfjourney#thestruggleisreal#keepingthefaith#eggretrieval
It’s been awhile since I’ve really posted on Facebook. Almost close to a month - at the beginning of our journey into IVF I had every intention of documenting and sharing it, but the reality is, I was tired and most days it took everything I had just to get through the work day so I took some time to myself.
The smell of alcohol wipes makes me anxious - 3 shots a day in my stomach was easy at first, but as time went on I had days where I cried because I didn’t want to be poked anymore - days where I was exhausted, days where I was so crabby because my life had so drastically changed and I didn’t feel good in my own body. The roller coaster of infertility is one of anxiety and stress but I had the most amazing support system. Mike has been my rock through this entire process - he is now a pro at administering infertility drugs and was a huge comfort to me on the days when I didn’t feel like doing anything. He cooked, he cleaned, he rubbed my back and he made me laugh on the days I just couldn’t anymore.
Going into this I wanted to walk on the treadmill, continue eating healthy and keep my life as normal as possible - but when I got home from work all I wanted to do was cuddle on the couch, it was a miracle if I cooked dinner and the treadmill wasn’t even a thought in my mind - and you know what? That’s ok. I had to give myself and my body some grace -
It was a long month of meds and this whole process has been absolutely worth it - on Wednesday we had our Egg Retrieval! I was nervous and scared but so excited to create some little embryos - we got 18 eggs, 14 mature and then 12 that fertilized and here we are waiting to hear how they’re doing!
I am finally feeling back to myself mentally, physically - that’s another story but I will get back there too! We are super excited about where this journey is taking us! #ivfjourney#infertilityjourney#infertilitysucks#ivfcommunity#eggretrieval#dogmom#fitnesslove#myovarieshurt
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OK- so this is me! Gowned up and feeling oh so glam ready for egg retrieval.
I’m being brave today for not only going through the retrieval but for showing you who I am.
I think I’m more nervous about that latter. So hey 👋🏼 I’m home and resting after the Easter egg hunt in my ovaries and boy do I know they been digging around in there. I feel very sore and still having some bleeding, which they said was normal. So how many eggs did they get. A perfect 12! I mean any number is great, but I am pretty chuffed with that.
Now to rest (sunbathe) and pray that the little eggies fertilise with the swimmers!
Have a lovely day ladies! 🌟
The day had arrived and I feel nervous and excited all at once. Up at 5 even though the appointment isn’t until 8! Nothing like being prepared.
The Nurse called me yesterday and said my Oestrogen results had come back as quite high which meant I am at risk of OHSS. So I feel pretty anxious about this. 😬
Sending prayerS and baby dust to everyone going through a procedure today. 🌟💗🌟
WE GOT THIS 💪🏼