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Life Is Not On Pause Waiting For Me To Get Pregnant!

We all have moments where we are reminded that life is short.

Sometimes these can be big moments, and others it can be a simple little thing.

I love when it’s simple little thing. It means your world hasn’t been rocked by a tragedy; instead you’ve been hit by a light bulb moment, like a cattle prod in the backside spurring you into action.

I’ve had quite a few of these cattle prods over the last 18 months!!

I was thinking again recently about of them as it had such an impact on my outlook towards trying to conceive (TTC)….

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Does Infertility Define You?

At our last appointment our Doctor dictated a ‘please explain’ letter to the head embryologist in front of us (our last three rounds have tanked, but all for different reasons) and he described me like this:

“I have a patient with long-term fertility issues, who is a poor responder to medications, has a history of repeated miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy along with immune issues that impact implantation. She has difficulty producing eggs and the couple has recently had difficulty producing embryos with repeated 100% failure to fertilise on ICSI and low numbers from natural fertilisation methods despite normal sperm sample…..”

My hubby and I had a laugh about it on the way out – our Doctor is brilliant, which is why we see him, but sometimes lacks ‘bedside touch’.

Part of what made me chuckle was is this is how I’m defined, how I’m known, in the IVF world.

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Christmas, baby…or should I say no baby??

Christmas has always been one of my most favourite special events in the year. Christmas for me is filled with memories of too much food, horrible Christmas-cracker paper hats and bad jokes, summer, sunshine, playing games after lunch and lying out in the sun with too-full bellies.

But trying to conceive (TTC) has put a new slant on it.

Sadly one of the tough things about having trouble TTC can be that previously anticipated and enjoyable events during the year become hard to face…

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Best Laid Plans….and TTC

Six months ago we hatched a plan. It seemed like a sensible, well thought out plan. We diligently followed all the steps towards our expected result…but then science and nature intervened!!

After three years trying to conceive (TTC) you would think we would have learnt about best laid plans and TTC by now….!

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Path to Birth December Newsletter

Hi Everyone!

I’m super excited to share this month’s edition of Path to Birth’s Newletter with you!

This month we are all about supporting the 2WW and that final cycle for the TTC year!

Including:

  • Fertility tips and Advice from Dr Amanda Waaldyk – a fertility acupuncture, yoga and traditional Chinese medicine guru!
  • Tips to survive the 2WW
  • Yoga postures for the 2WW

Click here to check it out!

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**Guest Post** Watching Jess Grow – TTC through a hopeful Grandparents eyes!

Today it is my honour to share Path to Birth’s blog with a guest writer – my mum!

Mum and I got to talking not long ago about the ripple effects infertility has on your family around you. As a parent, a friend, a partner it is an incredibly hard thing to watch someone go through. 

For my mum, I sometimes forget that I am her baby – even still at 35. I’ve been guilty at times of not realising how what I am experiencing might be impacting those I love as well- its incredibly hard to support someone going through fertility challenges!

Mum and I thought it might be good to share some referred experiences of infertility, to invite discussion and hopefully provide some support to all that trying to conceive (TTC) touches! 

I hope you enjoy, and share with your mum’s too!!

 

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Monday Musing

Two things that define us are – our patience when we have nothing and our attitude when we have everything.

I love this.

It works across life in general but it can be reflected so well in our fertility struggles.

I don’t know about you but mastering the art of patience has been such a big lesson for me during my time trying to conceive (TTC). When we get impatient it can bring out the worst in ourselves.

For me its manifested in at different times in being obsessive, controlling, envious, unkind, upset and unhappy….

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3 Ways to Overcome Fear While TTC

We are all afraid of something. Fear is a constant in life. And if you are looking for a guaranteed way to turn that fear dial up Trying to Conceive (TTC) and IVF can be just the ticket!!

In TTC and IVF some are fears for the now – needles, treatments, operations and physical reactions. 

Some are fears for the future – what if I don’t ever get to become a mother?

Both now and future fears can bring up fears that tap down into your very core – am I good enough??

 

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Monday Musing

Letting go is a bit of a theme for me this week. I spoke about it yesterday in my blog post about the anniversary of our second pregnancy loss.

Its been coming up for me a lot lately – it seems to be a message in or from the people I am speaking with or the way I am viewing life.

I don’t know about you but I get sick of feeling so heavy. I want to feel light and fun and carefree!

Now I know it can’t all be roses and skipping in the park….but who says it needs to be so serious and hard all the time either?

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The Anniversary Of A Miscarriage

Today is the anniversary of our second, and hopefully final, pregnancy loss.

I’ve been aware that it was coming up and I’ve felt a bit unsure of what to do with it. Do we mark it? Do we do nothing? What am I meant to be feeling?

I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it. I didn’t feel great earlier this year when the anniversary of our first loss came and went.

Quite honestly though today I’m just not feeling it on that level.

It makes me sad, yes…but I don’t feel the need to spend the day on the couch with pjs, chocolate, Sex and the City and my cats (my default I-need-to-wallow scenario!)

I’ve spent the week wondering if this makes me cold. Trying to tap into what the emotion is I felt I should be feeling… But I realised that is crazy….

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