FSH, AMH, and/or E2 test results:None. Had 3 ectopics and 2 miscarriages leaving me with only 1 messed up tube. Onto IVF.
How long TTC: Baby#1 we tried for 4 years, Babies #2 and #3 (twins!) we tried for 6 months
Infertility diagnosis: Messed up tubes, MTHFR homo
Did your Dr. mention issues with age and TTC: No
How many IVF’s:5 fresh, 2 frozen
How many IUI’s?: none, skipped straight to IVF due to bad tubes
Any natural or herbal remedies used: Everything. Acupuncture, vitamins, blood thinner shots (lovenox), husband took fish oil like crazy and I stopped exercising.
Why do YOU think that you were successful this time? Honestly, exercise, eating less meat, and God. I had completely stopped exercising during IVF treatments and got out of the habit. After my twins were born, I hit the gym every day and SURPRISE! I’m pregnant naturally. I am still in MAJOR shock. NEVER in my 7 years of TTC did I EVER have a non-ectopic pregnancy naturally. I think the blood flowing might be a contributor. To show how out of the blue this was, I signed up for a 10k thinking I was getting lazy on the treadmill when in fact I was pregnant. CRAZINESS. The only diet change was that I decreased my meat intake significantly. I felt a nudge to limit my meat intake about 1 year ago. So, I did. Not sure if that has anything to do with it, but I eat meat half as much as I used to. And, first and foremost, this is God’s miracle to me. COMPLETELY and UTTERLY shocked and blessed. God is Good. (note: I even ovulated from the side where I don’t have a tube. My OB said my other tube floated on over to catch the egg. NEVER before.)
Anything else you would have wanted to know before you started this process!
It’s easy to look back. But, in the midst of things, I felt so incredibly desperate and alone and miserable. I don’t think ANYONE can understand the heart of a yearning woman for a child. Looking back, I wish I had given myself more “pampering” in the form of time with friends, mani/pedis, and just time to get away in my mind. Infertility encompasses your entire world. In the end, after IVF #3 failure, I knew I did EVERYTHING I could to have a baby. I just wanted to try “one more time”.
At the end of the day, the rest was up to God. And you have to come to the point, regardless of the outcome, that that is good enough. You giving it your whole heart and soul.
SO SHOCKED this came naturally. I can’t even tell you. So grateful!!!:cheer: :cheer: