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“For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him” 1 Samuel 1:27

… And boy did we.  Many of you may remember around this time last year when I posted about our struggles with infertility.  Well, it has been a long road but we overcame every obstacle and ended up with the best news ever the week of Christmas.  Yes, we found out 5 days before Christmas that I was indeed 5 weeks pregnant and I can’t even begin to tell you what a relief it was.  In the past year I have had the pleasure of corresponding with many of you who read my infertility post.  We have shared stories of decisions we have had to make with our doctors, heartaches, and success stories and I can honestly say “thank you” from the bottom of my heart to those of you who have reached out to me with love and kind words.  I have spoken to many of you since the day I found out that I was pregnant and explained what we went through as well as what to expect for those who have been having the same infertility issues.  There are women all over that struggle with infertility and for that, I wanted to share a quick story on what we went through as well as what to expect once you become pregnant.

As many of you know, my husband and I had our first child March 25, 2013.  It only took about 2 months for us to get pregnant with our baby boy.  I always wanted children closer in age because my brother and I were 21 months apart and even as brother and sister, I felt we had a solid relationship that grew into a friendship as we grew older.  All of that to say, Michael and I decided to get rid of the birth control and began trying to get pregnant in August of 2014…

Once about 5 months went by, I began to wonder what was going on.  {You can refer back to my post titled “A Little Something I Wanted To Share” if you are curious about my thought process at that time.}  I called my doctor probably around month 6-7 to try and schedule an appointment with her so she could begin running tests.  I was told that they wouldn’t even consider looking at this as an issue until we had been actively trying for at least one year.  At around month 8 of trying to get pregnant, I began having continuous bleeding for about 2 1/2 weeks.  This got me a doctor’s appointment, which is what I wanted so it was pretty much a blessing in disguise.

The doctor’s appointment consisted of an ultrasound of my ovaries and uterus, all of which looked perfectly fine.  They also did bloodwork to check my hormones, which also looked 100% normal.  We talked it out with my doctor and went back and forth about my everyday lifestyle and habits.  The only problem my doctor saw at the time was that I was slightly underweight for my height, and that perhaps I didn’t have enough body fat to maintain a pregnancy which is why it had not yet happened.  After all of this, we talked about changing up my workout routine and incorporating more healthy fats into my diet.  She also told me that if it still had not happened in a few more months, we would come back in to begin looking into further testing.

Before we knew it, it was August of 2015, AKA one year and still no pregnancy.  So, we made our doctor’s appointment and came back in for a conversation with my doctor.  Little did I know there was so much more testing to be done!  At this point, they needed to test Michael.  I won’t go into detail,  but you all probably know what that consisted of.  His results were perfectly normal.  I honestly can’t remember if we did more blood testing or not on myself, but what I do remember is that I was not comfortable with the test that she wanted to do on me.  I cannot for the life of me remember what it was called, but the test consists of inserting radioactive dye into my uterus and looking to see if the fallopian tubes were open.  I actually just looked up the term and I believe it’s called a Hysterosalpingography“.  Well, I was not comfortable with this test especially after talking with a good friend of mine about it.  I understand that it would be a very small dose of radiation, but any radiation can increase the chances of cancer significantly.  The problem was, my doctor (at the time) would not prescribe Clomid to me until she made sure that my fallopian tubes were open and everything in my uterus looked fine.  Needless to say, I was devastated.  Long story short, after a few more months of back and forth with my doctor, my husband saved the day by talking them into prescribing Clomid without having the testing done and she agreed to prescribe me the medicine at the beginning of my next cycle.  Keep in mind, my cycles are anywhere from about 33-60 days long, so now we are at 14 months of trying to get pregnant.

So here we are in December 2015 with my period supposed to start at any time so that I can begin Clomid.  During this time I really toned down my workout routine.  I went from intense p90X workouts everyday, to working out just 5 days a week.  I also changed up my diet and incorporated more good, well actually and bad fats into my diet in order to gain more body fat.  One or two days were p90X, the rest were light, 3 mile jogs throughout my neighborhood.  Well, I woke up at the end of December one morning and began feeling nauseous at the site of food, the garbage, pretty much everything.  We took a pregnancy test (or maybe 3 haha) and sure enough, I was 5 weeks pregnant and didn’t even have to begin my first dose of Clomid.  What made it even more special was that my sweet parents were coming into town to stay the week for Christmas!  I was ecstatic to say the least.

We went to my doctor’s appointment, confirmed the pregnancy, and I was put on progesterone suppositories to help my body sustain the pregnancy.  For those of you that it took over 1 year to conceive, your doctor will probably do something similar for you.  If they don’t, I would bring up the topic because we are at greater risk for miscarriage.  The progesterone has honestly left me feeling like complete crap with a whirlwind of side effects, which is why I haven’t done much with my beauty blog lately.  However, I will say that working out regularly (5 days/week)  has kept me from going completely over the edge!  All of this will be a blog post for a later date.

Many of you won’t really care to read this post, and that’s fine.  This one isn’t for you right now.  Many people said throughout the entire time I was trying to get pregnant, “It’s just not meant to be right now”, and that honestly annoyed the you know what out of me.  When you see a future for your family and it keeps being pushed off and delayed, it’s a very frustrating feeling.  However, I can honestly say that it probably, in fact, DID happen at the best time that it could have because of different changes occurring in our lives for the better.

I am an open book on subjects that I believe may help or inspire people in some way, which is why I decided to put my story out there when it comes to this topic.  The response I received after my first post on infertility back in April of 2014 was one for the books.  Because I put my story out there, I have met others via the internet going through the same thing.  Some continue to go through it and some, like myself, finally had their dreams come true.  Whatever your story  be, I hope that you too continue to push until you find some answers.  I was not going to stop until I found some.

Be looking for some fun and exciting posts coming up on pregnancy workouts, as well as feeling beautiful throughout your entire pregnancy!  I am so excited to be able to share my journey will all of the new moms and moms-to-be out there!

**Muah!**

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