Post workout meal sooo good!!
Ezekiel bread with one teaspoon butter, carrots 🥕, grapes 🍇 and eggs 🥚🥚.
Semi-precious Howlite for providing peace and tranquility to self. Aquamarine 💎for inspiring trust and letting go.
Stretchable bracelet with solid 925 silver Elephant charm ~ longevity, luck and perseverance ✨✨✨✨✨
Day 43/80!!!! Arms abs and booty!!
Thank goodness it’s the freakin weekend!!!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
3 years ago today... I was in the hospital recovering from my first ectopic pregnancy . I remember Big Daddy being so scared that it would happen to me again and I was always just like naaaah.... what are the chances ! My positive outlook on life is a gift & a curse (although I see it mostly as a gift 🤷🏽♀️) Today...here we are ... making our way towards our dream due to that nearly fatal 2nd EP and despite the ups and downs & no longer being able to conceive naturally.. we are so thankful to have so much support and love following us through this journey. The money we have raised in 2 weeks is unbelievable . With the beyond generous donation of all the fertility medications I will need, we are so close to goal. Our plan is to start treatment within the next few weeks & I know without a doubt, God will get us there . Thank you all so much for supporting Big Daddy & I. I can’t wait till #BabyBright
is a part of this world so I can remind he or she every single day of their life what we all did to make them a reality 😂🤷🏽♀️🙌🏽
If you would like to donate, the link is in the bio! Thank you for your love & prayers !! ❤️
I know there's no exact answer, but looking for feedback, experience etc...
After aunt flo shows up, when did you start progesterone suppositories and how long after were able to do a FET? I have 5 day embryos frozen and currently waiting for the old lady to show up. I won't see my dr until next Friday to find out about my progesterone start. TIA 🍍🤗 #ivfcanada #ivfgotthis #ivfontario #ttc2 #ivfjourney #ivfwarrior #ivf
Today is the day we all have been praying and waiting for, the embryo transfer day. We transferred one healthy embaby this morning at 11 am. Please stick and stay and grow to be a healthy little baby “my little peanut” 🥜. We are technically pregnant or the technical term for IVF-ers is PUPO, Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise. There is nothing left to do but to wait and pray 🙏. We should be able to detect pregnancy in two weeks and of course we will let y’all know the result. We are so blessed with you all amazing people who have been praying for us. I cannot tell you enough how big the difference it makes to us when you send us love and support. We are honored to be able to share our journey with you all. Thank you for being a part of our journey. ❤️ Love, The Lee Famiy 🤰
As I sit here sleep deprived I can’t help but think how @dukesmith10
and I are amongst the lucky ones. These two will never fully understand just how much they were wanted and what we went through to have them.
Two rounds of IVF
120 days of injections and medication
Two surgical procedures
Only 4 genetically normal embryos
Bedrest at 23 weeks
Two hospital admissions
And finally an emergency c-section.
There were times I wanted to give up, the stress it played on Austin and I was really hard and at times I wasn’t sure if we would make it. We kept believing and we trusted that what was meant to be would be. I hope everyone that desires to be a parent is as lucky as we are. .
#ivfsuccess #ivf #ivfwarrior #blessed #twins #multiples
I’ve been a little MIA lately but it’s been for a good reason! I’m excited to announce that baby BotanicGal (emphasis on the gal🎀) is due December 2018!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The road to get here was long and winding but after 4.5 years, 2 losses, countless shots, meds, appointments, dollars and hours committed, we found success with science. The journey was full of a lot of heartache and pain but was absolutely worth every bit of it.
I have overwhelming gratitude for all the drs nurses, therapists, accupuncuists, friends, family and especially all of you for following along and giving me something to focus on that provided distraction and something constant when things were the exact opposite of that.
Regardless of the fact that I’ve found success, infertility will always be a part of me, so I don’t plan on changing anything about this blog in the near future- except I might be a bit more MIA time to just soak in this experience while I can. I’ll pop in occasionally in the meantime and I hope to share more about what I’ve been through soon.
To anyone out there still struggling or who has struggled- I see you and feel for you. It’s not easy. There are times when you want to give up and don’t know what to do, and the effects of infertility can stay with you long after the process ends (however long that may be), but you are courageous and brave and an inspiration. And however awful it is that we’ve all had to go through this, I’m glad to have had others to share the experience with.❤️
I’ve had a few new faces pop over recently so I just wanted to say thank you for coming to join the crazy 😍
Here’s a little update of my story so far 👇🏻
Started clomid after 3 years of ttc,
Hycosy in November 2015, all clear but referred for ivf at Care Tunbridge Wells because I wasn’t ovulating.
Fell pregnant in March 2016 naturally, a week before we were due to start ivf.
Baby due 21st November.
Very poorly 2 weeks before due date with a TIA, minor stroke, kept in hospital to be monitored, doctors wanted to do a C-section but let me go home to rest.
2 weeks later on 2nd December induced, 17 hours active labour, ventouse, forceps, episiotomy and fourth degree tear! Cord round neck twice. Ophelia born 3rd December 2016.
Started ttc Jan 2018, nothing happening, went back to Care, seeing same consultant.
Re did all tests and have been told we need to have icsi with ivf,
Starting 24th September 🤞🏻🍍
We’re at 7 weeks 2 days & the little bean is the size of a bumble bee 🐝
I haven’t been able to get off google 😬 (I’m such a typical anxious #ivfpregnancy
) but I did see that miscarriage risk drops from 1 in 4 to 1 in 10 when you’ve had a 7 week scan & seen the heartbeat 🤞🏼 .
🐝 however my anxiety & worry isn’t going anywhere so we’re booked in for a 9 & half week scan in 2 weeks time. I’m still spending so much money on pregnancy tests 😬 really no idea when I’ll just believe it & stop testing?? When did you all stop testing? Have I lost it? 😂 .
👓 Saw my GP today to get referred to a midwife. This was scary.... I did ask if it was ok if all I could face to eat was toast... she confirmed that something was better than nothing 👍🏼😂 .
🧠 So this is a major development point for the baby, apparently the brain is starting to form the folds. Also the lungs & other vital organs start to form this week. This has motivated me to really focus on diet & overcome the #nausea
in the evenings. Time for lots of brain food little 21. .
🙏🏻 I talk to 21 everyday. I tell my little bean how much love there is waiting for him/ her. Hold on tight my little honey bee 💞
#honeybee #babydust #7weekspregnant #ivfbaby #ivfjourney #ivfupdate #ttccommunity #ttcsisters #ivfwarrior #babydevelopment #ivfanxiety #toogoodtobetrue
Can you tell who is who? This should be fun 😂.
This couldn’t be more true. My favourite thing that runs around my head lately is why can’t it be me? 😭
We don’t get to control the things that happen to us in our lives, but we are fully in control of how we choose to respond to them. We can’t always find a “reason” for our heartaches but everything can have purpose and meaning. We can let that purpose and meaning drive us and make something positive come out of something negative. I don’t feel like I’m moving my mountain right now, but I believe there is purpose in it and part of that is sharing my story with other women. Breaking the silence. Showing them that they are not alone. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1 in 8 couples face infertility. 1 in 4 will experience pregnancy loss. You are not alone. And you can climb this mountain. We can do it together 🤝
#infertility #infertilitysucks #infertilityawareness #ttccommunity #ivf #ivfmama #ivfjourney #pregnancyloss #brave #ivfwarrior #together #movingmountains
Surround yourself with a tribe who speaks life over you, encourages you, and motivates you to keep pushing forward 💞
Forhåbentlig sidste Menupur sprøjte i denne omgang. Scanning i morgen💚 #ivfwarrior
Look at that beautiful little face 👆🏻and with eyes just like her daddy ❤️
We had such a lovely morning catching up with our pals and having a lovely play in the park 🌿
These days go so fast, make the most of every moment ❤️
UTE UPDATE: Beta #3
came back at 209! Our goal was 148, so this little embryo an overachiever. First ultrasound is next Wednesday. We should (hopefully) be able to see a gestational sac by then.
Photo of babby at a rest stop from our day trip to Harrisburg yesterday. I went out there to do some filming with Prevent Suicide PA!
This isn’t really much of an update. It’s just to let you guys know that I’m still waiting and hoping that my little peanut’s heart ❤️ started beating! The only symptoms I’ve had so far are mild cramping especially at night, exhaustion, sore boobs and having to pee more. No morning sickness yet, which actually makes me a little worried, but my mom said she didn’t have any morning sickness with pregnancy so I’m hoping I’m following in her footsteps! My next ultrasound is on Monday and that’s to confirm that the baby is growing. Last Monday we just saw the gestational sac, but it was still very early (especially since I measured 3 days behind). I’m hoping to have great news to share with you guys then! 🤞🏻👶🏻💕 #ivf #pregnant #6weeks2days #infertility
I just wanted to do a post/shoutout to see if anyone has had additional NHS funding granted for Round 2 ?? 👏🏼Due to postcode lottery in Southampton you only get one fresh and one frozen cycle funded, instead of the national guideline of 3, so as we didn’t get any frosties it’s over for now unless we appeal or go private! Im really deflated as I feel like what if my body has been kick started now and would actually accept an embryo next time etc but we haven’t been given that same chance without it costing thousands -so may never know 🌈
Medically I have a blocked tube, previous endo, signs of PCOS and a low egg reserve and the MF is poor motility, hence ICSI so really it is virtually hopeless naturally without help...... 🤷🏽♀️ I really want another chance..... It has to be worth pursuing an appeal right ?!! 🍀 #ivf #ivfwarrior #ivfsupport #ttc #journey #dontgiveup #keepgoing #hope #secondchance #round2 #life #infertility #infertilitysucks #nhs #appeal #please #medical #help #struggle #babydust #potluck #funding #icsi #fail #bfn #southampton
Feeling happy and confident in your choice of a clinic is hugely important during your IVF treatment, and some research indicates that how you feel about your clinic, can influence your IVF success. To help make the right choice of clinic it is important to take the time to ask the right questions and do your own research. Here are the top 10 questions to ask when choosing your fertility clinic.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1. What treatments are offered at your clinic?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Not all clinics offer a full range of treatments and this may be important to you depending on the treatment process you require. For example, not all clinics offer egg freezing, ICSI or surgical sperm retrieval. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2. What are the costs for private treatment?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you are not eligible for treatment on the NHS, it is important to get a good understanding of the treatment costs as all clinics will differ slightly. Also, don’t forget to ask about any hidden/extra costs.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3. Clinic success rates⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In the UK, all fertility clinics are regulated by the HFEA and IVF success rates for individual clinics are published frequently. It is important however, to find out about the live birth rate as well as the IVF success rate. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
4. The HFEA Inspection rating⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Part of their role as a regulator, the HFEA inspect all fertility clinics every two years. They do this against a number of important standards which, as a patient, may not be at the forefront of your mind when you’re researching clinics. These include whether the clinic stores patients’ eggs, sperm and embryos safely, whether they have the appropriate equipment and facilities to deliver safe, effective treatment and whether they have suitably qualified staff.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The next 5 questions to ask when choosing a clinic in tomorrows Insta post! ..⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#ivf #ivfjourney #ivfsuccess #ivfsupport
#ivfsisters #ivfpregnancy #ivfcycle #ivfprep #ivfjourney2018 #ivf2018 #ivfclinic
#ivfhope #ivfdiet #ivffirsttimer #ivfwarrior
If you want something, pursue it with every ounce of passion. Don’t let the doubt and fear take hold of what really matters. .
And it’s ...... TWINS!!!!!!! Baby A is measuring 6 weeks 1 day with a heartbeat of 101 and Baby B is measuring 6 weeks 2 days with a heartbeat of 115. I had an earlier scan due to some pelvic pain I was having. I’m feeling so blessed right now. Thank you Lord!! #ivfsuccess #ivftwins #ivfwarrior #ivfsisters #6weeks1day
Blood test confirms results of all 45 sticks I’ve peed on. My HCG level is 44 today—lower than I expected, but still within normal range. I have another blood test (called a repeat beta) on Wednesday morning. For a good prognosis, my HCG levels should double by then.
I’m hesitant to share this, because it’s stirred up all kinds of feelings in me, and they’re difficult ones. There will never again be a time where a positive pregnancy test elicits joy; instead, I feel trepidation. A positive pregnancy test is just the beginning. Now, I have to get regular bloodwork to confirm that the embryo is growing appropriately (it won’t be visible on an ultrasound until 5-6 weeks), starting tomorrow. This is when things started to go bad last time, so I’m just trying to stay calm. #IVF
On transfer day, there were 3 or 4 embryos that looked like they might be freezable with another day to grow. The embryologist called yesterday to let me know that none of them made it. So, even though this cycle looked great on its face, the outcome was no different than past cycles. If it doesn’t work, I have to stim again and do another retrieval, etc, and I was really looking forward to a much simpler and less intensive frozen cycle. I’m getting really tired of this—it’s exhausting and invasive and eats up all your time and brain space—and I think my ability to do it is nearing its natural end.
PS: We transferred #2
. That’s the horse we’re betting on. #IVF
The deed is done. If you watch the area just under the big black blob (which is my very full bladder), you’ll see a little line snake up under there (the catheter with the embryo in it) from the right side. Then the doctor will count down, and you’ll see the embryo shoot out! #IVF
It’s transfer day, bitches! Extra pink in my hair, strong lady on my shirt, pink undies, and pink shoes for luck.
UPDATE! Dr. Glassner retrieved 8 eggs from my ute yesterday and, as of this morning, 6 fertilized! Now, we watch and wait. Assuming they all grow as expected, it’s possible there might be a transfer on Thursday, but Saturday is more likely. Send juju for good growth and genetically “normal” embryos, plz. Also, here is an extremely bloated post-retrieval belly. #IVF
The time is nigh! Wish me luck. 🥚 🥚🥚 #IVF
My third installment for @romperdotcom
’s Trying project published today. In it: adoption ridiculousness and my frustration at our societal inability to talk when things go wrong in women’s wombs. Link in profile.