#24weekspregnant with baby boy. Can’t wait to meet you 🍯 💙! I do want to note something—this being my second pregnancy after having unexplained infertility for 2.5 years (my first natural pregnancy!) brings with it some complicated feelings. Of course, I am happy, but I always struggle with how much to share about my pregnancy as many of my connections are in the midst of their own #ttcjourney. I think there is this quiet but present guilt that comes with pregnancy after infertility because so so many are still waiting and so deserving. I do share though, because I want every single one of my #ttcsisters to know that it is possible. I know that for some of you, these pictures can be very painful—know I don’t intend it to be so. Know that I understand that some days, you think if you see one more pregnant woman or one more BFP, you might lose it. I know sometimes you do. But I also know that some days—maybe far fewer days—you just want to look at the other side and know if it’s worth it. You need a reminder of what you are fighting so hard for. I hope that I can provide that. I hope that I, along with my family, can be a source of encouragement and a reminder that yes, sometimes there are happy endings to even the most difficult stories. I am still forever an infertility warrior and frequently chat with different women in this community about their infertility journeys. I may have my children now, but I will never forget or dismiss what it took to get them. Know I’m here if you ever just need an ear or someone who can relate to what you are going through. Don’t stay alone in your grief—there are so many incredible people out there with similar stories and I’d love to connect you with them or listen to you personally. Thank you for your continued support of our growing family and for sticking with us during the hard times—I’m so grateful for this community! #infertilityawareness #infertilityadvocate #infertility #infertilitycommunity #ttc #ttccommunity #ivf #ivfsuccess #iui #iuifail #ivfmom #ivftwins #momoftwins #newmom #ttcjourney #ivfjourney #miraclebabies #momofthree #twounderone #bloggersofinstagram #motherhoodunplugged #doubleblessed
This evening I’ve gone out to a business workshop which has turned out to be a difficult event, emotionally. While here a friend who I haven’t seen in a while is now pregnant. Admittedly she doesn’t know my story, I’ve never explained and I know she’ll be more courteous if she knew, but I’m counting how many times a baby reference is mentioned, if I was drinking I’d now be close to drunk. . It hurts, not because she’s pregnant, I’m truly happy for her, but that I remember that feeling before we miscarried. That feeling were I wanted to tell the world, the subtle hints I dropped and smile I consistently had, I remember how great it made me feel, how I can see she feels. It also reminds me of the worry I have that we’ll never be there again. . My wife sent me this quote which I love. Not because I deserve it more than she does, she does deserve to be happy, but because my wife and I, and I know all of you, have worked so hard and deserve the right to become pregnant but yet we’re still here, infertile. . . . #ivfsupport #ivficsi #ivfcommunity #ivfcouple #ttcwithivf #infertilitysupport #infertilityawareness #infertilitycommunity #ivfstrongertogether #ttc #ttccommunity #ttccommunitysupport #ttcsupport #infertilitysucks #ivfmale #maleinfertility #infertilityhurts #ivfsupport #menwellbeing #menwellness #infertilidad #mentalhealth
Motherhood💕 . . These are the real moments of motherhood, the ones not always on social media. The picture of you in sweats and pajamas just trying to make it through the day. . . It’s sometimes hard getting up knowing that so many little ones depend on you for just about everything. . . Sometimes as a mom, the world feels small! You are in the house cleaning, folding laundry, cleaning toilets, and making meals. . . When you do leave the house, it’s off to soccer practice, grocery shopping, and carpool pickup. . . The world may seem small to you but to your kids, you are the world! You are their rock, their home, their comfort. . . Moms you are doing so much better than you think you are! There is no perfect way to be a mom, but you are the perfect mom for those kids. #teachertribe #teachersofinstagram #teacherlife #iteachfirst #firstgradetribe #teachermom #firsthradeteacher #workingmomlife #teachersofig #elementaryteacher #eledteacher #infertilitycommunity #infertilitywarrior #fertilityjourney #miscarriagesupport #rainbowbaby #infertilitysucks #angelbaby #ihadamiscarriage #miscarriagesurvivor #pprommom #ppromsurvivor #pprombaby #ppromjourney #sharegoodness #ldsmomma #ldschurch #toddlerlife #letthembelittle #childhoodunplugged
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After six years, five miscarriages, and two failed rounds of IVF, I thought it would be easier to write this post. I thought that the moment it happened for us, that there would be a sense of relief and the feeling that all of our dreams were about to come true. I thought I would be on Cloud 9, and that the pain and trauma of the past 6 year would start to fade. But that has not been the case… . With the help of our amazing gestational surrogate, we are expecting a baby girl in January (I couldn’t think of a better place to make this announcement than where we got married seven years ago, the Seattle Aquarium. I mean, how cute are these little seals?!). And yes, we are very excited about it all! But, it’s not without the flow of many other complicated (and at times, unexpected) emotions. . I have thought about this often… If we found out we (or our surrogate) were pregnant, would I even post on social media about it? But then I also remembered that as an infertility advocate, I have been posting updates on social media for the past few years to help inform and educate you all on this thing called infertility. In keeping with the theme of informing and educating, I decided to post. But I’m very sorry if this post is triggering to someone reading it. That is not my intent, at all. . We have also been processing a lot of survivor’s guilt. I wasn’t able to have it happen for me, but because we had the money to pay for a surrogate (by selling our rental property), we are able to have a child who is 100% biologically ours. Processing the “Why are we this lucky?” has been a challenge. This is extremely common in infertility, when you struggle for so many years and then it finally happens. There’s a lot of guilt associated with it. . Processing that someone else is carrying our child and is feeling our baby kick, that it won’t ever be me, and that we are “lucky” for it to happen at all are such strange contradicting emotions, and it has been hard to manage at times. I am so happy to have such amazing people in my life. My family, friends, and coworkers have made this process easier for me… And for that I am so thankful.
To the woman in wait, I see you. I see you blink back tears as you walk past another adorable mom/baby duo. I see you trying so hard to muster up the courage to go the baby shower. I see you longingly staring at baby clothes in Wal-Mart, wondering when it’ll be your turn. I see you crying yourself to sleep, night after night, feeling like a terrible wife because all you want to do is give your husband a child. I see your guilt, shame, frustration as you try not to blame yourself for things you could’ve done/should’ve done. I see your heart break with every well, and not so well-meaning comment. I see your pain. Your longing. Your fear. Your tears. Your broken heart. But I also see your strength. Your courage. Your willpower. Your determination. Your fight. Your heart. Your brave spirit that is willing to fight and fight and then fight some more. So, to the woman in waiting, know I am you and I am right beside you all the way. You’ve got this. #infertility #infertilitysucks #infertilitysupport #infertilityawareness #infertilitycommunity #ttc #tryingtoconceive #1in8 #1in4 #miscarriage #miscarriageawareness #angelmom #miscarriagesupport #pcos #pcosawareness #endometriosis #endo #endoawareness #infertile #infertilegirl #hopemom
Taking a moment to work on my infertility tome before I catch my train. I heard the first version of a book referred to as the ‘vomit draft’ - I fear even that is a complimentary description. And yet, I carry on. First ‘vom’ draft due with Husband for Christmas. He won’t like it, given he is the butt of most of the jokes...
Meet one of our 2020 Spring For Hope Event Co-Chairs, Crystal Dunn. Crystal, a resident of Foster, Kentucky, is a paralegal by trade, and a wife and mother of two busy kids. She enjoys reading, baking, volunteering in the local 4-H Chapter, watching her daughter in gymnastics, and chasing after her son! Crystal has been a member of Parental Hope’s Event Planning Committee since 2016! Crystal and her husband, Kelly, struggled with infertility for almost a year before seeking out the help of Institute of Reproductive Health in early 2010. It was then that they found out Crystal has PCOS. After years of struggling, thousands of tears, over 10 failed IUI’s, and two losses, their family was completed with the help of IRH in March 2018 with the birth of their son. “I am so grateful that @davebross1 and @jenlbross founded Parental Hope. My favorite part of the mission is the emotional support provided to the infertility community. When Kelly and I started our journey, we didn’t have that. No one I knew had gone through infertility treatments, so we felt alone and isolated with no one to talk to." Since Crystal and Kelly's infertility journey has since ended, they've had the opportunity to be a sounding board for several friends who have or are currently on their journey. "While on one hand it saddens me that infertility is such a widespread issue, on the other hand, I’m truly grateful that there are resources available for people that are struggling with infertility, so hopefully we can end the isolation that comes with infertility," states Crystal. "It is truly an honor to be a part of this organization!” 👏👏THANK YOU, Crystal, for your years of service and dedication to Parental Hope and the infertility community💜 @cdunn06
We're getting back to the basics with some Key Questions from our website. Follow along or check out the Key Questions page under the "Considering Surrogacy" tab at Surrogacy360.org (link in bio). . . . Q7. What questions do intended parents need to ask when considering an international commercial surrogacy? (Part I of III). 🤔 The process of setting up an international surrogacy arrangement involves uncertain legal outcomes and limited access to dependable, unbiased information. For example, it is particularly hard for intended parents to ascertain how potential surrogates will be informed, treated, and compensated. Surrogacy360 suggests that intended parents take time to investigate, ask questions, and fill in the details necessary to make a decision that fits their values and priorities. If intended parents decide to enter into an international surrogacy arrangement, they can be part of shaping a contract that safeguards all parties. . . . Stay tuned for parts II and III where we list some recommended questions. . . . Surrogacy360 provides factual information and resources about the health, legal, and ethical issues surrounding international commercial surrogacy. We want to hear about your surrogacy journey. Leave a comment or send us a DM! . . . #surrogate #surrogacy #surrogacyjourney #surrogacyagency #infertility #fertility #fertilitytreatment #ethicalsurrogacy #adoption #singleparent #surrogacyincanda #infertilityjourney #internationalsurrogacy #surrogacycost #surrogacyagency #affordablesurrogacy #internationalsurrogacy #intendedparents #infertilityawareness #infertilitycommunity #infertilitywarrior #infertilitysupport #fertilityjourney #ethicalsurrogacy
Infertility impacts all areas of our lives but especially our relationships. ⠀ With our partners...it can be challenging to empathize with each other. Each person is experiencing this journey differently. Connecting with each other and supporting each other is HARD. ⠀ ⠀ With our friends and family...they want to be supportive but most of the time they don’t truly understand what we are going through. ⠀ ⠀ With co-workers and acquaintances...innocent comments can be devastating. ⠀ ⠀ I have learned tools to help navigate all these relationships during this journey and I want to share them with you. Here are the details: ⠀ - 3-month program⠀ - $500 for all three months. This is the lowest price it will ever be!⠀ - No more than 6 people - this is to ensure I can work with you personally and keep the program tailored to what my participants need. ⠀ -Join us! Fill out the questionnaire in my bio.⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ #infertility #hopeafterinfertility #infertilityawareness #thirdpartyreproduction #infertilitysupport #infertilitycommunity #fertilityjourney #fertilitysupport #fertilitystruggles #donoreggs #donoreggivf #donorsperm #donorembryos #ttccommunity #ttc #ttcjourney #infertilitysucks #babydust
Over the past 3.5 years of trying to expand our family, most of our friends have welcomed babies into their arms and homes. With each sweet milestone, it has been a dedicated effort to truly celebrate with them. I want to attend their birthdays and baby showers and the first day of school etc. These kids, after all, are a reminder of God’s miracle-ability. Miracability? Whatever - He is able. • Although we rejoice with them, we are not in that season. But our friends have wept with us. They have stepped into our wait and pain and loss and disappointment. They have sent prayers, gifts, flowers, and even POG juice when all I wanted to do was pick up my life and move to Hawaii… [because everything is better in Hawaii]. They have made me feel less forgotten and less lonely in this season.. • “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” I want these words to be woven into my essence.
Sunday's service was about suffering. It really impacted me and I'm sharing what I learned in hopes that it may help you! ♡ God didn't intend for us to live in pain. He wanted us to be in peace and harmony, but sin changed our earthly course, creating a life of many tribulations. ♡ Pain can be a strange gift. It exposes your heart and shows you what/where your faith is. Jesus suffered in order to save us from our sin. If our hardships had also been taken away, we would never choose to place our faith in Him. Meaning we'd never experience his mercy or have the opportunity to show others His glory. ♡ IVF is a form of suffering. It's an emotional roller coaster, a financial burden, it includes physical risk, and dosen't guarentee a single thing when all is done. Yet, I feel so honored because I now know God is using my journey to serve others and strengthen my faith. ♡ I realize some people are enduring much more than I am. I also realize this post is too simplified and may bring skepticism. However, I want to convey that there can be purpose in pain. It may not be in the way you want it, but your suffering could be someone's change of heart, someone's hope, or someone's new found faith. What a blessing that would be. ♡ Swipe to see more bible versus and special mesaages I've recently received ❤
Conceivability by Liz Katkin is truly thought provoking in a number of ways. In this book, Liz details her nearly decade long journey to become a mother, a journey including 6 countries, 10 doctors, 8 IVF cycles, recurrent miscarriage and surrogacy. Fascinating to read about her experiences with doctors around the world, their beliefs on egg quality and varying approaches to IVF. The discussion around western versus eastern medicine is always one I enjoy. There are many lessons that can be learned through Liz’s story, namely to be your own advocate. . In addition to her personal journey and those of a dozen others, Conceivability includes a tremendous amount of facts, details and views relating to the ethical, financial, legal, and scientific issues at stake. Many sections on the various perspectives of fertility clinics, surrogacy and third party reproduction. There are several sections of the book I’ve marked to read a second time. . Sadly, as the result of most states not mandating infertility coverage, many women or couples are unable to pay out of pocket for such extreme costs as Liz and her husband did during their journey. . . Insightful and valuable read! #access2care #infertilityuncovered #infertilityawareness #infertilitysupport #infertilitywarrior #infertility #infertilitycommunity #ttccommunity #ttc #ivf #ivfsupport #youarenotalone #infertilitybooks #surrogacy #reproductivehealth #pcos #womenshealth #conceivability
welcome back to the party, progesterone cream! I feel super indifferent about this stuff. I don’t hate it, but I definitely don’t love it. I always start the day after IUI through the TWW. let’s hope this time around I can continue it after receiving good news 🤞🏻 _ do you have any experience using this specific progesterone cream? or are you a suppository girl? _ . . . #fertility #infertility #infertilitysucks #infertilityawareness #infertilityjourney #infertilitysisters #infertilitycommunity #ttccommunity #ttcjourney #ttcsupport #tryingtoconceive #tryingforababy #waitingforbaby #unapologeticallyinfertile #thisiswhatinfertilitylookslike #babydust #1in8 #iam1in8 #infertilecouple #letrozole #femara #metformin #weare1in8 #gonalf #plussizefertility #tww #twoweekwait #progesterone
So I’ve been having a battle. We went for our second ultrasound after those great betas. The technician located the heartbeat. The heartbeat is pretty low for what is expected at the gestational age (6weeks 0days, 80 beats per minute). I got my HCG results, hoping that a great number would give me some hope). The number itself sounds good, 28,500, but considering the last draw 11 days prior was 14,791, it hasn’t even fully doubled in that large span of time. I’m scared and sad and still doing my best to be optimistic, but I’m also a realist. My next ultrasound is 9/23. Hoping for a miracle, but doing my best to get myself ready for whatever happens. #Fertility #Infertility #TTC #TTCSisters #TTCJourney #TTCCommunity #InfertilitySucks #InfertilityCommunity #InfertilitySupport #InfertilityWarrior #PCOS #BlockedTubes #GetPregnant #sonogram #hydrosalpinx #ivfjourney #ivf #ivfsupport #ivfstims #ivfsuccess
It’s been a while since I’ve shamelessly plugged my blog and I’ve got a few new followers now. If you haven’t seen it and fancy a read, please do. Let me know what you think! .. . #infertilityblogger #infertility #infertilitysucks #malefactorinfertility #maleinfertilitysucks #maleinfertility #maleinfertilityawareness #infertilitysisters #infertilitywarrior #infertilitycommunity #ttctribe #subfertility #ttcsister #ttcsupport #tryingtoconcieve #twoweekwait #fertilityjourney #infertilitysupport #infertility #ttc #ttccommunity #infertilityawareness #infertilityuncovered #ttcbaby1 #infertilitysurvivor #iam1in8 #infertilityhope #maleinfertility #ttcwarrior #infertilitystruggles
At 12:00am I started a 72 hour fast. Let’s see if I can last throughout the full 72 hours. #weightloss #weightlossjourney #infertility #infertilitycommunity #keto #ketodiet #ketoweightloss #ketotransformation #ketogenicfood #ketoeating #fasting #intermittentfasting #fastingforweightloss #fastinglife
So that’s our story up to now. Why am I sharing this? To be honest, I’m not 100% sure. I’ve never been very good at talking about my emotions even to those very close to me, so there is something about saying all this from behind a phone and remaining anonymous that feels quite therapeutic. I have also been following so many TTC accounts on my personal account for quite some time and they do genuinely help me. Hearing stories, advice and tips from others in the same situations really has picked me up on some bad days, so if me doing the same helps even one person with this terrifying journey then it’s been worthwhile. But for now, I will stop waffling on and leave it there by wishing everyone a happy Tuesday!
• T R U T H • Drop me a 💩 if you agree! . . . . . . . . . . #fertilityhealthmatters #ttc #ivf #infertilitysucks #infertility #unexplainedinfertility #positivethinking #mindfulness #fertilityjourney #ttcsisters #ttcjourney #ivfjourney #fertilitydiet #ivfdiet #thisiswhatinfertilitylookslike #thisiswhatinfertilityfeelslike #secondaryinfertility #infertilitycommunity #keto #paleo #whole30 #slimmingworld #mentalhealthmatters #mindfulnesscoach #infertilitysupport #fertilitytreatments #weightlossinspiration #mentalhealth #ttcwithendo #lowcarblifestyle
Balance Hormones, Boost Fertility. Tonight at 7pm EST. Who is joining us?! 🙋🏼♀️🙋🏼♀️ #fertility #infertility #infertilitysucks #infertilityawareness #infertilitywarrior #infertilitysupport #infertilitysisters #infertilitycommunity #infertilityjourney #fertilityfood #fertilityjourney #hormones #hormoneimbalance #hormonebalance #ttc #ttccommunity #ttcjourney #miscarriage #recurrentmiscarriage #miscarriageawareness #ttcaftermiscarriage #ivf #iui #ivfjourney #pcos #mknutritionsolutions
Another year went by and we finally had our funding approved for our NHS IVF. Due to my low AMH levels we were told to only ever expect a maximum of 4-5 eggs. At the first tracking scan things were looking great with a group of 3 follicles then a group of 6 just behind, so potentially 9 eggs! However at the second scan the lower group hadn’t advanced at all so we were advised to trigger with the 3 we had so as not to risk losing those. At egg collection we were over the moon to come out with 8 eggs! Sadly we received the shattering call the next day that none of our eggs had successfully fertilised. 4 were immature, 1 fertilised abnormally and 3 didn’t fertilise at all. So all of a sudden, after months and months of waiting for this moment, we were left with nothing and were back to square one. No babies, no embryos and no more NHS funding. Our funded shot was over before it really began. 💔
Hola chicas ya vamos teniendo más resultados. No soy Kir AA. Lo de Bx no sé muy bien lo q significa. Mañana llamaré al laboratorio para que se definan más, si es posible! Eso sí Hlac soy C2C2 y mi chico C2C1, además de que tengo las células NK tan elevadas (post anterior). Todas estas combinaciones no se cómo van en el caso de no ser Kir AA. En cualquier caso saldremos de dudas consultando a los médicos Yo me lo hice laboratorio Citogen, son de Zaragoza pero tienen convenio en casi todas las Comunidades y precios muy competitivos (mucho más barato que el presupuesto que me daban en cualquier laboral de mi ciudad). En total estás pruebas (mi Kir y Hlac y Hlac de mi pareja) nos ha costado 325 euros. Muchas gracias a @futuramamaenapuros por la recomendación. #infertilitycommunity
𝐌𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐉𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐚 𝐇𝐞𝐩𝐛𝐮𝐫𝐧 : 𝗪𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝗪𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐢𝐨𝐧 I was somehow guided to her book 𝟐𝟏 𝐌𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐒𝐰𝐢𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐝. A book that changed my life. In this, she discusses her decision to swim the English channel after 11 unsuccessful IVF cycles. Along the way she decides to interview women by asking the question does motherhood make you happy? She then uses their answers as inspiration to help her swim the channel. A few other facts about Jessica Hepburn: She is the UK’s leading voice on infertility, fertility & childlessness. She is a huge advocate for raising awareness and how to keep on living when life doesn’t go as planned. Founder of the Fertility Fest, one of the worlds largest festivals dedicated to infertility and science of making babies. She is author of the poem The Pain of Never. You can listen to it on the link in bio. Most recently you can listen to Hepburn on The Fertility Podcast(@fertilitypoddy) where she discusses how the challenge of Mount Everest Compares with dealing with Infertility.
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just a little reminder 🍍