HELLO, FRIENDS :)
I was born on a cold winter night many moons ago. Cut ahead 30 or so years and here I am. I am a long time vegan and yoga practitioner turned yoga teacher. I met my husband, got married and we decided to try for a baby. I grew up with a big family so it took me some time to make this choice. But once we did, we went all in.
Husband had a previous vasectomy so that needed to be reversed. 7 months into trying we realized, the reversal didn't work. We visited an IVF clinic just to talk options. Turns out my eggs were dusty and the number was few all at the age of 33, yippee! So IVF would be a great option. We dove head first in starting right away for fear that I wouldn't have any eggs left. In retrospect, had I known, I would have waited. I would have taken the supplements, cleaned up my habits and really prepared my body right. But we did it anyways and a month later got a big fat positive on the pee stick, we were pregnant. I danced to the song, Having my Baby, Baby Got Back really anything with baby in it. After 2 days our HCG numbers weren't rising, it was a very early loss. We tried again 2 months later, this time not telling anyone. I could tell this time, I was pregnant. I didn't need a test. But I took one and it confirmed. That was it, those were all of the embryos we had made. We decided to do it again. This time we did a multi-cycle. Basically, we did 3 back to back IVF stimulation, retrievals, fertilization - straight to freeze. No transfer. From February thru August my body was strung out on hormones. My stomach was bruised and swollen. But we were making embryos! The hormones causes me to develop endometrial polyps. Sexy. Multiple times I have gone in to have them removed. As I write this, just yesterday we were told this cycle, the one where we FINALLY after 9 months get to put the embryos back in, would be cancelled due to a, you guessed it, polyp! Turns out I've taken such good care of my body that it's ultra sensitive to the estrogen used to build the lining. And so we wait again. Tomorrow I will have it removed and we will try again next month. We have officially been patients at the Fertility Clinic for 15 months. We would like to graduate.
While on this journey I have become a research junkie. Truly, I've had to be my own advocate, which we all should be. My doctors are great but I know my body best. I have also found my passion for women's reproductive health.
I have earned my yoga teaching certifications in prenatal yoga, postnatal yoga, fertility yoga, and ART yoga in additional to having my 200 hour RYT certification. I wanted more still, so I have taken an additional 85 hour certification for prenatal to become a RPYT (registered prenatal yoga teacher).
I have been willing to try everything to bring this baby into our lives. Truly we have only tried twice the other 10 months have been prep work. I am here to share the knowledge, tips and tricks I've used and learned along the way.
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