A couple of weeks ago I began the baby-prep process which involves a lot doctor’s appointments, ultrasounds, blood tests and a ridiculously in-depth look at family medical history. This is something that Georgia has been going through for the past 16 months and it can get pretty exhausting. We began to talk about trying with me a few months ago following Georgia’s 6th insemination. She was feeling drained both physically and emotionally and was getting sick all the time. My poor lady, every couple of weeks she had a cold or the flu, stomach issues, sudden food allergies, pink eye… I could go on and on. We talked to our specialist about it and he said that it is something he sees when someone has been under stress for long periods of time while taking medications that they don’t normally take. More than anything, I think we both began to recognize that her body was telling us she needed to take a break. With this in mind, we decided that we would try twice more with her and if unsuccessful give it a go with me.
It’s not standard practice for someone to have to do as much testing as I’ve done when preparing to inseminate. The reason that it’s been such a process for me is that since High School I’ve been irregular (TMI, you were warned). I’m lucky if AF comes to town 4-5 times a year. I knew that there had to be a reason for this and I had a feeling it was going to present certain challenges. Following a TON of blood tests, we found out that I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. PCOS is a condition in which there is an imbalance of hormones including estrogen and progesterone and insulin resistance, which are all contributors to infertility. Although it was pretty devastating to get the news that I have a genetic disorder and that I’ll have it for the rest of my life, I was glad to finally know what’s up with my body. For years I’ve thought that I just had stomach issues. I had become so used to going through bottles of Pepto Bismo, popping Tums daily and drinking Maalox like it’s water that it wasn’t even a big deal. The great news is that my symptoms are minimal and can be managed with diet and exercise, which is something I’ve been working on since March anyway! Now that I’ve cut dairy, complex carbs and most sugars out of my diet, the weigh is coming off even faster and I feel so much better! As of last week I’ve lost 40 pounds since March 1st and my goal is to loose 20 more by my 30th birthday in October!
All of my other tests came back great! We found out that I do ovulate which is something people with PCOS often don’t do and after following my new diet for only a few weeks AF made an appearance! I’m probably the only woman who actually gets excited by this ;) Our doctor checked my fallopian tubes to make sure there were clear and they were! The test hurt like hell but I was so happy to hear the doctor say, “they look great” that I powered through the pain.
I’m so grateful that we decided to be pro-active in preparing me. There was so much I didn’t know about myself and so much I now have to work on before we even think about knocking me up! It was hard to hear that I will likely have challenges getting pregnant given the fact that we’ve already been working on starting a family and waiting for so long to be mamas – but the news could have been much worse. My mom is a huge believer in the power of the mind and positive thinking and has been a great support to me these past couple of weeks (and every other day of my life). Every time I’ve called her recently to cry or just feel sorry for myself, she has given me some love and talked me off the ledge. She doesn’t allow me to loose my faith or think negative thoughts. She is so optimistic and positive about our fertility that I sometimes get annoyed but thank GOD for her. I’m definitely a pessimist and can be a Negative Nancy at times. I think that’s why I’m drawn to optimistic people. Georgia, my mom, Anthony, Elena, Dean… pretty much everyone I’m super close with are ridiculously positive, happy people. These are the folks that keep me going!
In the meantime, we’re still working hard to get G pregnant. Any prayers you can send our way would be greatly appreciated :)
Fallopian tube check-up
Because I know you all are dying to see a picture of my fallopian tubes – here you go. I thought this picture was pretty cool… all clear!
On a side note, this is my 100th POST!
Apparently I have a lot to say… who knew ;)
I love this new hobby I’ve taken on and I have Elena to thank for that. She was the one to introduce me to the world of blogging when she started her blog Blair Affair back in 2008. She is a very talented photographer, a great writer and a wonderful mom! She really has been there for us on this journey to motherhood and I know she will be my go-to person for mothering advice when we have a little one. Go check out her blog when you have a chance!