Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Ordinary Miracle

Wow, it's been 6 months since I've last written anything on this blog. I'm happy to report that I've had a very successful pregnancy and am now just over 37 weeks with my twins. In less than a week I will likely be induced and I'll finally get to meet my babies... the end of a very long journey and the beginning of an even longer one.

I have to admit that infertility hasn't been on my mind that much since I've been in this new place. But I don't want to forget about it and where we came from. In cleaning out my emails yesterday I came across several updates I would send family and close friends and it reminded me of the many challenges and disappointments we faced in our two years of trying to get pregnant. I don't want to forget the many who are still struggling but also want to celebrate those who have had success through treatment or adoption. It can be such a long road for many.

At the risk of being cheesey, this song was playing in my clinic one day during a procedure that led to our BFP. It got me a little teary at the time. Conception is definitely an ordinary miracle... one that happens all the time, whether by accident or after years of trying, but it is always a miracle. I can't wait to meet mine!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

What Was Different

We'll never really know why we ended up conceiving on this try rather than the many others before it, but I do know that I did some thigs differently...

- Because of cysts I took several months off from treatment and with time, was able to get back to a good place emotionally.

- I started doing yoga to help relax and deal with stress.

- My husband and I went on a wonderful vacation right before this cycle, where we reconnected with friends and spent lots of quality time with each other. I hardly thought about infertility at all.

- I did 2 months of acupuncture treatment leading up to and during treatment. I went to a naturopath who specializes in infertility.

- I did 2 months of chiropractic treatment to work on my lower back and make sure everything was open and working.

- I had more than 2 follicles/eggs which naturally increased my chances.

- I was very relaxed, thanks to a friend's visualization techniques, right before and during my procedure. I made sure to stay positive.

In the end, my BFP was still a complete shock. I felt exactly like I usually do when my period is about to come. I thought for sure I would "just know" I was pregnant but it wasn't that way. I think the most important thing was that I took care of myself and did everything I could to be in the best place emotionally and physically when I started treatment again. Being forced to take time off treatment is one of the most frustrating things, but once I accepted it, I used it for good. Who knows if I'd be where I am today without it!