National Infertility Awareness Week (Day 3): Infertility doesn't always have a happy ending wrapped in a pretty bow. Whenever I'm at a bookstore, I read the back jacket on any given book and make up my mind. I don't think I've ever come across a book on infertility written by an author who never had kids. They always seem to be written by so-and-so who struggled through the pits of hell for years but then had a miracle baby (or adopted a kid from China). How often are we made to feel like our stories are incomplete or not good enough until the stork arrives? We need to give our stories validity by sharing them now rather than waiting to share them when the miracle ending has occurred (because it might not). #NIAW#infertility#pcos#endometriosis#ivf#iui#icsi#fet#frozenembryos#ivfwarrior#ivfjourney#ivfsisters
This picture was taken a day late on the 21st. We also had her 4month appointment that day. She's growing like a weed. You'd never think she was a NICU baby.
Head: 41cm (62%)
Weight: 13lb 14oz (43%)
Height: 24" (29%)
BMI: 16.94 (57%)
She once again took the 1st shot like a big girl. Eyes got wide open and she looked at Dad like "what was that, I know something just happened". The nurse couldn't fool her twice. She cried on the 2nd shot, but only for like less than 30sec. She's one tough 🍪
National Infertility Week is only a few days away. Angea is passionate to bring awareness to a subject that is often spoken behind closed doors. Our vision is to create conversation & to normalise infertility. #letsstarttheconversation
Infertility is fast becoming a modern epidemic. Conversation becomes a platform that provides support, solutions and community.
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I have no doubt that this special little guy was created and reserved for our family and sent to us at the exact right moment making these past 5 years worth every tear. You make our hearts explode with love, Knox. ❤️
🅸🅽🅵🅴🆁🆃🅸🅻🅸🆃🆈 🅰🆆🅰🆁🅴🅽🅴🆂🆂 • What an important topic, am I RIGHT? 🙋🏼♀️ We need to get the conversation of #infertility started. We need to make sure to educate and help those who don’t know what it is like to go through infertility (and, I pray that they won’t have to know what it is like..) to understand the complete sadness it brings to our daily lives. I was a part of spreading awareness with @carissabarzee and the video is up on her YouTube Channel! Check it out! Plus, she will be posting another video tomorrow! ✨I love connecting with women in this community, and just helping each other lift up off the ground. I love the friendships that I have now with all of you. I love how I have seen so many miracle babes created after rooting them on in their darkest moments. We may doubt our paths. We may doubt if we will ever be parents. We may doubt if we can keep going. But, stay strong because the end of this super dark & fuzzy tunnel... there’s a bright sun + beauty. We cannot let infertility define us. We WILL BEAT THIS! 🍍 “In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth. Each of you is an original. Each of you has a distinctive voice. When you find it, your story will be told. You will be heard.” ― John Grisham
In honor of #NIAW 🍍This is an open follow loop. Everyone struggling to grow their family, diagnosed with infertility, going through treatments like IUI, IVF, embryo adoption, dealing with secondary infertility and raising a family created through fertility treatments, raising infertility awareness or any way connected to the infertility community is welcome to join! 🍍To join, post this picture, hashtag and text to your profile. You can DM me for the picture and text or use a repost app. 🍍Click on the hashtag #infertilityfollowloop and follow any account that interests you. If you follow someone, like their photo and comment with 🍍 and the state/country you live in if you're comfortable sharing. 🍍You are not obligated to follow anyone. I just wanted to create a place to go and find people to connect with. 🍍🍍🍍🍍🍍🍍🍍
Over a year ago standing by this big blue ocean, we had no idea WHY we STILL weren't getting pregnant! We had been trying for several months and nope, nada, nothing!🚫 But we counted it as a blessing back then, because we were living in American Samoa with limited to zero healthcare!🌴
"Just keep trying!" That's what everyone says, right? "Relax & it will happen when you least expect it!"
But did you know that a woman in her early 30s --- I'm not early 30s anymore --- has a 15-20% chance of pregnancy per month and about 60% of couples WILL get pregnant within the first 4-5 months! BUT after 1 year of trying the chances of pregnancy decline to 1-2% per month? Yup!! Wow huh?💥
I am so grateful that my OBGYN here in Virginia was not at all lax about getting my infertility diagnosed as immediate as possible! Within just a few months of arriving stateside I was having surgery to remove endometriosis and referred to a reproductive endocrinologist!🤰
➡️Seeking help from a fertility specialist sooner rather than waiting will provide a much better chance of a favorable outcome! & trust me, I know this is a hard decision to make, especially when you have faith and trust that God will provide! But I believe God DID provide when he landed me in the Dr office of the most amazing OBGYN! A doctor who had only my best interest in mind!!👨⚕️
Today I finally made the call to the clinic I used before and booked myself to do IVF round 4 next month....eeekkkk....
So since the end of Feb when we found out round 3 didn't work, both Hubbie and I have been eating rubbish and drinking!I told the nurse on the phone today and she was laughing...it is normal!!!sometimes you need to let your hair down...
Anyway now call has been made so time to focus...luckily all our bloods are still up to date..so I just need a thyroid check up as I have an under active thyroid and Hubbie needs his swimmers checked again but then that is it..eeekkkk round 4 is getting real! #ivfjourney#ivf#ivfsisters#ivfround4#ivfcommunity#ivfsupport#shitgotreal
Without the pain of #Infertility , I don't think I'd ever fully grasp the magnitude of being a Mother!
1 in 8 couples battle infertility - this week is National Infertility Awareness Week, a topic near and dear to my heart! Struggling with years of unexplained infertility, including: 3 rounds of IUI, 3 rounds of IVF and loss along the way is one of the hardest, darkest, loneliest places I have ever been in. But now, out of this sadness has come the happiest of joys... our baby girl Arran Emelie! 💗💗💗💗💗
It wasn’t until I started opening up and sharing our journey that I was able to heal! I started this IG account in the hopes of inspiring my fellow pineapple warriors who may still be in the wait. This fight isn’t easy, but know that you aren’t alone! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
My hope is that after this week, those who are unaware of this awful illness may be more educated about what so many are going through. 🍍💪🏼💋
I saw this at a sports store in Ireland. Okay well of course you can be happy no matter what. But this kind of struck me in respect to IVF. Our insurance doesn’t cover anything. So I guess in respect to the happiness found in building a family through IVF (for us) this type of happiness has been expensive!!! But we also know it is with it 💙
If you haven't heard, I'm doing mother's day sessions this year! 100% of profit will go towards a couple trying to have a child. My goal is to book 10 sessions this year for them! Book your session today and help a couple receive their child!
:Birth Story: This picture captures the exact moment I met my sweet miracle, rainbow baby.
For weeks, the doctors were monitoring me. 1- he was an IVF baby and they knew how hard we fought for him so they were taking extra care at the end. 2- because of his size that was predicted through ultrasounds. Once I hit 40 Weeks, we scheduled an induction for 40w3d. I was warned about a possible c-section but was determined to try and give birth naturally, especially with the encouragement of SO many people.
Sunday, April 1st at 9 am... I was induced using a Foley Catheter. This is basically a balloon inserted in your uterus then filled with water. It puts pressure on your cervix acting as the babies head would to thin and help dilate. It was extremely painful getting it out in but within 30 minutes, back labor had begun. Ouch! I was then released to go home and labor there until the balloon fell out. If the balloon had not fallen out after 24 hours, it would be removed and they would move on to option 2. Luckily, the balloon fell out on its own on Monday morning at 7:30 am. Of course, I was worried about it all night so I didn’t get any sleep as I kept getting up to go check if it was ready to come out. Once it fell out, I woke up Mase, jumped in the shower, and back to the hospital we went.
Monday, April 2 at 8:45 am, I was admitted back into the hospital. I was dilated to a 3, 70% thinned, and he was at a -3 so still very high up. They started an IV and pitocin. We were now on 24 hrs of labor and intense back labor but I was so excited for the progress. They continued to check me throughout the day and we thought for sure we’d have a baby that night. Nope.
I got my epidural around 3 pm. The epidural was placed crooked so my whole right side was completely number but it had hardly any effect on my left side.
Night came with little progress of him moving down. We settled in for the night. By 4 am contractions were strong and they decided to break my water in hopes of that helping him move down. This decision was carefully made as yes it can help them move down, but it can also cause issues like the cord getting wrapped around them. So he (continue in comments)
Happy 2 weeks sweet boy. He loves to sleep, eat, and looooves being talked to. He’s the most alert little newborn I ever did see. He locks eyes with you and listens to everything you’re saying. He already follows me around the room (I thought I had a month or two before I had to sneak past him! Haha). He loves to smile! I sure do love this little man... he has both Mase and I wrapped around his little long fingers. ❤️#knoxdavidua