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Thursday, May 25, 2017


Having A Baby Over 40, Persistence Pays Off

I've often said that a couple may be impatient, not infertile - even though some couples get pregnant by surprise, it's not that way for everyone. I was surprised at how persistent you may have to be to get pregnant.  Yes, some couples get pregnant on the first try, but certainly not all.  Older couples may have to try longer but that doesn't mean they're infertile, they may just be a little "subfertile".

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Half of couples at one treatment center really weren't infertile, they just didn't have their timing right.

 Getting Pregnant Requires Patience and Timing

 This article talks about how a couple has to have intercourse 104 times before getting pregnant. So
patience and timing may be two very important factors - the problem is, most of us want quick results and the wait can be agonizing. Read more:
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The study, carried out among 3,000 mothers was commissioned by family planning brand First Response.

Yesterday Dr. Mike Smith of First Response said: 'Having sex 104 times before falling pregnant does sound rather a lot, but as they say practice makes perfect.

'However, for those not trying to conceive it's very important to remember that many couples may also fall pregnant first time so if you are not trying for a baby please still use the necessary precautions.

'Trying for a baby is a very exciting time for a couple and many try to have sex at every opportunity in order to get pregnant.'

The study also found two thirds of women conceived much quicker than they expect to.

But while plenty of women were happy to wait for nature to take its course, others were intent on
forcing the issue when the need arose.

In fact 10 per cent said they then jumped on their other half as soon as he walked through the door when they felt the time was right.


Monday, May 22, 2017


Hand Sanitizers May Hurt Fertility

I talk in my book about how you should avoid some hand sanitizers if you are trying to conceive - especially those with triclosan. Triclosan can be quite dangerous and it is in a number of consumer products, not just hand sanitizers. Please read the labels and do your research! I was surprised to find out that triclosan isn't just a hormone disruptor, it's also a carcinogen. Yikes!

From the article:

The EPA considers triclosan a high risk for human health and the environment. When introduced in 1972, triclosan was confined to health care settings in a surgical scrub.1-4

Triclosan may not be a familiar term to most consumers, though it is now ubiquitous in most American households, masquerading under the unassuming term, "antimicrobial." In the United States, "antimicrobial" has become synonymous with cleanliness and good health.
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The chemical industry has fostered a fear of germs among American consumers and developed a lucrative market selling products designed to protect us from germs. The EPA estimates sales of antimicrobial products now constitute a billion dollar per year industry...

...The chemical structure of triclosan resembles certain estrogens. One study on a species of Japanese fish did not indicate any estrogenic effects, but found androgenic effects resulting in changes in fin length and sex ratios.2

Triclosan is lipophilic, attaching to fatty tissue. It can accumulate in the liver, lungs, and kidneys, reaching toxic levels. As a chlorophenol, it is categorized as a persistent organic pollutant, along with dioxins and PCBs. These chemicals persist in the environment and bioaccumulate up the food chain. Being at the top of the food chain, humans harbor the most concentrated amounts of these toxic chemicals.2-4

Triclosan's use is already so widespread it has made its way into the human body. Studies show triclosan residues in the umbilical cord blood of infants and in the breast milk of nursing mothers.9 Triclosan has not been thoroughly tested nor evaluated for potential risks to human health and the
environment though it is in a category of very toxic and carcinogenic chemicals. It is chemically similar to Agent Orange.

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Friday, May 19, 2017


I try to have a variety of articles on my blogs...I know not everyone can relate to all my posts, but I thought I'd go in a different direction today and talk about fertility spells, dieties and rituals.  Here is an interesting article that explains how these may help.  Read more:

...fertility is linked with the feminine aspects of the universe, which are related to night time and the moon. This is why fertility spells are usually cast on a full moon, as this is when divine feminine energies are most present, and your words are more personified or heard. As part of the spell, ask that within the next full moon cycle, you will become pregnant, and meditate on the days in which you are most fertile in your menstrual cycle. When you are aware of these aspects of your menstrual cycle and how it is linked with the moon phases, this will make the spell more accurate.
Daily Blessings
Before or after conception, drink charged water as a daily blessing to the universe and yourself that
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you experience healthy pregnancy. Daily blessings are a way of thanking deity or the universe for your success, but also encouraging this process to reach your end goal - child birth. In the morning, drink this water or anoint over your lower stomach.
To create charged water, leave purified water in a glass container outside during night. Allow the moons energies to absorb into the water. You may also leave gemstones in the water, as vibrational energies from these gemstones will also be absorbed into the water. For example, you may want to include Moonstone, Amethyst or Agate, as these gemstones are related to fertility and health. When we consume this water, we are taking in those energies. This can be useful to you, as this could aid with maintaining health and fertility thought the pregnancy. Alternatively, you could find jewellery with these gemstones or symbols relating to pregnancy to wear often.
Help from Deity
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You may also connect with deity, and ask that they ensure a healthy and successful pregnancy. Goddesses you may want to do some research on are: Astarte, Freya and Ishtar. These are only a few of the many Goddesses you could call upon in regards to fertility. Once you have found a Goddess which you feel a connection to and are most familiar with, you may include them in spell work or ritual, or attempt to speak with them and ask for their blessings. Following a guided meditation may help with trying to communicate with deity.
To further strengthen this connection, you may also want to display images of deity you chose to work with. This could be a picture on an altar, placed on a desk, or kept in your pocket to take with you often.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Here is an interesting article about some of the new advances in science.  It looks like menopausal women may have hope to have a baby from their own eggs.  Read more:

“It offers hope that menopausal women will be able to get pregnant using their own genetic material“
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To turn back the fertility clock for women who have experienced early menopause, Sfakianoudis and his colleagues have turned to a blood treatment that is used to help wounds heal faster.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is made by centrifuging a sample of a person’s blood to isolate growth factors – molecules that trigger the growth of tissue and blood vessels. It is widely used to speed the repair of damaged bones and muscles, although its effectiveness is unclear. The treatment may work by stimulating tissue regeneration.



Sfakianoudis’s team has found that PRP also seems to rejuvenate older ovaries, and presented some of their results at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology annual meeting in Helsinki, Finland, this month. When they injected PRP into the ovaries of menopausal women, they say it restarted their menstrual cycles, and enabled them to collect and fertilise the eggs that were released.
“I had a patient whose menopause had established five years ago, at the age of 40,” says Sfakianoudis. Six months after the team injected PRP into her ovaries, she experienced her first period since menopause.

Sunday, May 14, 2017


Well, this "holiday" coming up may be the worst one of them all if you're trying to conceive. What could be harder than watching the rest of the country celebrate the joys of motherhood while you sit there stuck in infertility  quicksand.

I know much has been written by myself and others about surviving holidays while you're trying to conceive. Mother's day is a big how do you get through it? Many years ago, I started the tradition of hosting a mother's day brunch at my house. I actually started this before I was even married and I continued it while I was struggling with infertility and miscarriage. Even though it seems counter-intuitive, it actually was a great thing to do. I love a good project and planning and
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organizing a big get-together was just enough to keep my mind off my woes.

Even if you decide not to host a big get-together at your house, try to find something that's going to keep you busy over the mother's day weekend. Since the weather's finally getting nicer, plan some outdoor activities. Work in your yard or garden, or plan a home improvement project. I can't tell you how many projects I completed during the six years I was trying to conceive. In retrospect, I'm glad I used my time productively...not only was it good for my mental health, but it was nice to get so many projects out of the way that I don't have time for now. It will be your turn one day...don't put your life on hold while you're waiting.

When I was trying to get pregant, I watched many mothers' days come and go. I remember thinking, wouldn't it be neat if I got pregnant right before mother's day and I could announce it to everyone on mother's day? never happens like that unless you're reading a romance novel or watching made-for-TV movie.
My advice? Don't ever put dates or deadlines on when you're going to get pregnant. You really will be setting yourself up for failure. Every pregnancy I had always came as a total shock (even though I was actively trying). I realize that when you're trying to conceive, every month is an opportunity for success, but it's when you start trying to force things into place that you get into trouble. If you're not pregnant this month, it doesn't mean that you're doomed. It simply means that you're not pregnant this month. When I really want something, I make my intentions known to the universe through visualization and meditation, and then I try to divert my attention elsewhere. That way I don't try too hard which essentially acts as a roadblock to my success.

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Getting Pregnant:  Prayer For Fertility

Although I wasn't a particularly religious person, I grew up Catholic and fell back on my faith during the traumatic times while going through fertility treatments and miscarriage.  I said many prayers on the road to parenthood...and eventually they were answered.  Would I have liked to get pregnant sooner than 6 years of trying?  Yes!  But I also realize that babies come when they're ready, not when you demand they come.
I found an interesting article about how prayer can help increase the rate of pregnancy success.
 Although the study deals with women going through IVF, I found the results encouraging:

"According to a double blind study in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine, intercessory prayer can double the success rate of in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments.

A team of U.S. researchers asked groups of people around the world to pray for pregnancy in one half of almost 200 women undergoing the fertility treatment in South Korea. The prayers continued throughout the three-week course of IVF treatment. The prayer groups were given only photographs of the women. The participants in the study were asked to either pray directly for an increased
pregnancy rate in these women, or to pray that these prayers would be effective. 

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This was a double-blind study, meaning that neither the women nor their doctors were aware of the study.

The 199 women were treated at the Cha General Hospital in Seoul. Members of various Christian denominations in the U.S., Canada and Australia were given photographs of half the women, in batches of five at a time. An independent statistician had randomized the women into the two groups.

Researchers controlled for age, length of infertility, type of infertility and number of prior attempts to become pregnant following IVF.
Fifty percent of the women who were prayed for became pregnant.
Only 26 percent of women in the control group became pregnant.
The fertilization rates in each group of women were similar. But the embryo implantation rate was significantly higher in the prayer group. The number of multiple pregnancies was also higher in this group."

Tuesday, May 09, 2017


How I Became Pregnant With Holistic Health Treatments

By Carolan B Deacon

Barefoot to Baby- How Reflexology Helped a Childless Couple Become Parents
When I first heard the tick-tock of my biological clock turn into a clang, I had been married to Dennis exactly one day. One day was all it took for me to decide it was time to get pregnant. My sweet, handsome husband is the man that I dreamed of marrying for years before actually meeting him. I couldn't wait to have our child to cherish together! We began trying to become pregnant. Wait, let me be honest here... I began trying to become pregnant. I armed myself with ovulation kits, charts and a digital thermometer. At the beginning of each menstrual cycle, I would calculate the dates of my fertile window. Then I would devise creative ways to seduce Dennis on those days. Gradually, Dennis realized my lusty and insatiable need for him occurred only on days 12 through 16 of each month. If he wasn't in the mood, I became a little militant. I needed seed for my egg, NOW! He began to wear a look a fear when he saw me appear in his office wearing nothing but a determined look. Month after
month, I was not pregnant. To make matters worse, it felt like everywhere I went I saw happy women with their pregnant bellies. How my heart ached!
We decided to go for fertility testing. Both of us tested normal except for test results that showed
some abnormal sperm motility. His doctor's comment was "The motility could be a problem but I doubt it- this is unexplained infertility". Infertility! Us? We made an appointment with a reproductive endocrinologist and he suggested we try intrauterine insemination with hormone drugs. When the eggs were ready to be fertilized, we would race to the clinic for the insemination. We both found this to be extremely stressful. I had read somewhere that caffeine stimulates sperm so I would ask Dennis to drink extra coffee in hopes that his little tadpoles would swim harder and faster to my waiting egg. He felt pressured and I was very emotional from the hormones. Is this the way trying to conceive our baby should feel? Our last cycle of IUI, the doctor came in with the prepared sample, shook his head and said "if this doesn't work, I think you guys would be better off with invitro fertilization." Looking back, I never had the strong feeling these treatments were going to be successful, even while undergoing them. And they weren't. I still felt somehow we would be parents one day. My intuition was whispering guidance to me and I ignored it, determined to do the treatments anyway. We put ourselves through this process four times in six months before quitting the intrauterine insemination. My body and mind needed a chance to recuperate if we were going to try invitro fertilization.
The words "invitro fertilization" triggered a sense of foreboding in me. I knew there must be alternatives. I was doing acupuncture with an amazing healer and friend and I was still using kits so I knew our best time for conception each month. What else was out there to help us? I actively researched this online and through health practitioners and couldn't find anything on conception treatments that we had not done. But one thought kept coming to my mind: I wondered if the anti-inflammatory medications Dennis had been taking for several years for his spinal stenosis played a part in the abnormal sperm motility. Referred by our talented and wise acupuncturist, he began working with a functional medicine doctor who was able to help him reduce his need for medications significantly. This change was important because the drugs taken long term were dangerous for his health.
Still no baby... every month when I got my period, I cried. In the meantime, I asked that God remove this desire for children from me if I was not meant for motherhood as it was too painful. Even while I asked this, I knew in my heart that God put the desire for children in my heart for a reason. I prayed for patience and guidance.
Several months went by with no baby and we agreed to give invitro fertilization a try. Nothing and no one prepared me for the horrible effect of the drug Lupron on my body and mind. Lupron is a drug used for prostate cancer and is also used in invitro fertilization to shut down the female reproductive system before overstimulating it with fertility drugs. One night I stepped out of the shower about two thirds of the way through the cycle and felt like I could not breathe. I stood dripping water and literally felt like I was dying. I knew there was no way a healthy baby was going to come to me feeling like this. I talked to Dennis and stopped the medications the next day. I felt like I had just dodged a very big bullet. Again, I continued to pray for patience and guidance.
Throughout my life, I have had moments of intuitive inspiration. I know that they are a communion with God and I think of them as God's guiding grace for my life. I began to spend more time with morning prayer and returned to habits of self-nurturing and meditation. That was when I felt led to explore holistic healing on a deeper level and decided to become a certified reflexologist. Reflexology is a healing art in which the feet are maps of reflex points that correspond to the entire body system. Healing occurs when these points are worked to correct balance in the body. I went to the best reflexology class I could find taught by a dynamic healer. My teacher had a kind graceful demeanor and I was impressed with her grounded healing methods. She had a crowded class and taught effectively and efficiently. She shared with us the importance of a reflexologist's intention when working with clients. This was a new concept to me and a profound one. I became certified as a reflexologist and began using this amazing healing art to help people.
Six months later Dennis and I decided to pursue domestic adoption. We started the process of completing our home study and then joined an online adoption site. Shortly after posting our profile we were contacted by a young birthmother who had just given birth to an adorable baby girl. The birthmother had seen our adoption profile online and was interested in us as adoptive parents! I still remember the joy and excitement we felt of finally having found our child. Dennis was as excited as I was! We fell in love with the mother and her baby and made plans to meet her. Then, just as we were getting ready to fly out to see her, we lost contact. No phone calls, no email... nothing. For three weeks we tried to reach her. We were crushed. About a month went by when I checked my email and saw a message from her in my box! Oh Joy! I read the email and stood up, stunned. The message was from the young birthmother's mother. The mother was writing to let us know that her daughter had suffered a massive stroke due to a congenital heart defect and had been in a coma for weeks and was not expected to live. Her mother let us know that if her daughter died she would be adopting the baby, her grandaughter. She stopped all contact with us. After a month of trying to reach her, we knew that our sweet birthmother had passed on.
We gingerly picked up the pieces of our grieving hearts. Other birthmothers contacted us as adoptive parents but nothing clicked and we were still grieving. Adoption is a beautiful way to start a family and I always encourage people to pursue it wholeheartedly. I have no doubt that it does work well. It just wasn't the right time or situation for us.
Life moved along.Then I began having these intuitive thoughts to contact my reflexology teacher. At first, I ignored the impulse as Dennis and I had enough of the effort of trying to conceive our child. But the thought turned into a gentle urging so I called her and asked her if she treated people for infertility. Her response was "Yes, I have had great results with conception, the key is treating the man and woman together". Really? Energetically, this made perfect sense to me and over the past year, I had seen amazing results with my own reflexology clients so I knew firsthand how powerful these treatments were. We had to wait until the first past of January for our appointment. The first treatment was in a warm low-lit room with candles burning. It was such a change from the fluorescent lighting and stark white reality of the hospital treatment rooms. We each took our turn melting into a warm bed while she worked on our feet. I felt comforted and hopeful as a deep relaxation overcame me. As she worked on Dennis, she allowed me to observe and take notes. She actually incorporated reflexology with Chinese medical massage and moxibustion, paying special attention to Dennis' kidney acupressure points 1, 2 and 3 and she worked all his reproductive reflexology points. One me, she worked the reproductive reflexology points and made sure my fallopian tubes were clear by dragging her knuckles from the ovary points over and across my ankle to the uterine point. During the week I would repeat these treatments on Dennis. We had two sessions in January 2010 and one session in February before celebrating our 5th year anniversary.
After five hard years of trying to become parents, my husband and I were more than ready to go someplace fabulous to celebrate our anniversary. Why not Italy? We had our third reflexology treatment on Sunday February 21 and then hopped on a plane to Rome on Friday February 26, 2010, our 5 year anniversary. I loved Italy! Eating in Rome was an incredible experience until I got greedy with cream pastries and got food poisoning. A week later (and ten pounds lighter), I returned home. Two weeks passed and my period never arrived. Maybe it was the food poisoning that threw my cycle off. Or maybe....Nope, I was not even going to think about it.
A few days later, I decided to take a pregnancy test. I watched in disbelief as two pink lines appeared in the window! Pregnant at last! Excitement and gratitude swelled up inside me. I sprinted down the hall to tell my husband Dennis with the pregnancy test hidden behind my back. He was on the phone so I slapped the stick with two bright pink lines on his desk in front of him and waited for his reaction. A split second of confusion, then huge joy spread across his face. He jumped up and hugged me with tears of happiness while I stood there smiling and wondering who we were going to call first!
It's now one year from that day. I am writing this with my daughter on my lap and my heart is full of loving gratitude. We journeyed through 5 years of unsuccessful fertility treatments and a heartwrenching adoption attempt while trying to bring our child to us. We had become healthier during this process, but I felt that intuitive urging to use the art of reflexology to help us conceive.There is amazing power in holistic health to change, overcome and thrive.
Then, three reflexology sessions put us into a state of balance that allowed us to conceive. This was divine wisdom. This was following my intuition. I feel truly blessed to be able to share our story in faith that it will help others who are struggling. I know there is amazing power in holistic healing. I know intuition is God's guiding grace for my life, for everyone's life.
When I learned to trust that intuition,
it changed everything. Everything!
by Carolan Deacon
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Sunday, May 07, 2017


Women has baby at 47 Naturally

My website has a number of articles about women conceiving naturally after failed fertility treatments or after having children through IVF.  I personally know quite a few couples who either adopted, had children through IVF or gave up trying to have children after fertility treatments only to get pregnant naturally.  We know a number of families who have adopted children nearly the same age as their biological children because of this (i.e. they get pregnant during the adoption process). Of course, I myself got pregnant naturally against all odds.  Here is another story of a women who got pregnant naturally at the age of 47 after having children through IVF.  It's amazing and encouraging story!  It makes you wonder if the
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IVF was really necessary since a natural pregnancy was obviously possible all along!

Susan and Ambrose Samulski used fertility treatments to help conceive their three children. So it was a bit of a surprise when, 12 years later, they found out they were pregnant with a fourth.

"I thought I'd gone through menopause," says Susan, who was 47 at the time. "I went to the doctor and had a list of all the things that were bothering me. He said, `Could you be pregnant?' and I said, `No way.'

"I made him test me twice – I just didn't believe it.


Thursday, May 04, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40, Fertility Problems and Delayed Childbearing

Many of us see plenty of extended family throughout the year. Sometimes it makes you revert back to old childhood behaviors and those old memories come flooding back. This article (link below) really hit the nail on the head for me. My mother openly admitted that I was an "accident" (probably not something I would ever admit to a child...) and as I got older I realized this is probably why I felt quite isolated and somewhat neglected when I was growing up. When I came along, the last thing my mother wanted was another baby. As a result, I think she subconsciously had this attitude like she was doing me a favor by caring for me and the least I could do is be quiet and stay out of her way. My mother did all the "right" things, she fed me, clothed me, educated me, and brought me to church - but I always knew I was the "outsider" - my sisters definitely had higher standing in the family. So self esteem. I threw myself into my career where I finally received some much needed positive feedback. Unfortunately, the stress of my job took a toll on my body. Couple that with marrying at an older age and what you have is a recipe for infertility.
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what did this have to do with my fertility? Well...because of my lack of parenting, the last thing I wanted was my own child (until I was older) and, for much of my adult life, I suffered from very low self esteem.


From the article:

The study, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, was conducted by sociologists William G. Axinn, Jennifer S. Barber and Arland Thornton, all researchers at the Institute for Social Research.

Based on interviews conducted over 23 years, first with a random, population-based sample of 800 married women, and later with their children, the study is among the first to show that unintended pregnancies have negative, long-term social consequences for the children themselves.

“Being born unwanted probably reduces parental support and participation, as well as the quality of the parent-child relationship,” says Axinn, first author of the study report. “Women who didn’t want to have a child when they got pregnant may be less likely to invest time and emotional resources in that child, which may result in lower self-esteem for the child years later.”


Monday, May 01, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40, The Mediterranean Diet Can Help

I've heard about how the Mediterranean diet can help with weight loss, but it can also help with fertility.  This type of diet is rich in good fats with help regulate hormones.
 This article talks about how it can clear sugar out of the bloodstream and help balance hormones. Read more:

Rich in so many of the vitamins and minerals you (and your baby-to-be) will need to stay nourished during pregnancy, foods commonly consumed as part of a Mediterranean diet include tomatoes, spinach, olive oil, chickpeas, whole grain pasta, rice, fish, and chicken. These foods are less sugary than processed foods, notes Dr. Chavarro, but certain ingredients in these foods also play a special
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role in keeping hormone levels balanced and healthy.



"The Mediterranean diet contains nutrients that help your body clear sugar from the bloodstream while using less insulin to do this job. This makes it easier for the body to keep the balance of reproductive hormones," says Dr. Chavarro.
The Research

To track the effects of a Mediterranean-style diet on fertility, Spanish researchers looked at over 2,000 women, some with fertility problems and others who had already become pregnant and given birth. When women's fertility and eating habits were matched up, only 17 percent women who meticulously followed a Mediterranean-style diet said they'd experienced trouble getting pregnant, while 26 percent of women who followed the diet least closely—and instead ate more processed foods and fatty meats—ended up with fertility problems. 


Friday, April 28, 2017


I know it's very tempting to put your life on hold while you are trying to conceive. Afterall, how much time is left after you eat, drink and sleep getting pregnant?

Here are some things I did to add balance to my life:

-Don't skip that vacation: I recall worrying that I might get pregnant and be too sick to go on vacation (many of the pregnancies I miscarried started with terrible morning sickness). If you're going through fertility treatments, I know taking a month off feels like a huge waste of your precious egg quality, but in the big scheme of things, a month isn't going to make that big of a difference (and if you are going through fertility treatments, your fertility clinic will be there when you get back). Besides, even though this is probably annoying to hear, many people really do get pregnant naturally on vacation.

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-Don't skip social gatherings because you're feeling like the only one without kids. My experience is that yes, some people bring their kids to social events, but the kids are usually off playing away from the grownups. You won't necessarily feel like the odd one out.

-My husband and I always buy season passes to our favorite ski area. I always wondered if I was going to get pregnant and not be able to use it. Well, five out of six years I was able to ski...the year I got pregnant with my daughter I didn't ski once since we bought the pass right before I conceived - but buying it with the intent to use somehow made me feel like I had the upper hand on my infertility and my life.

-Think back to what you did for fun before trying to get pregnant. Doing things you enjoy will put you in the proper mindset to attract what you want in your life.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


 Even if you did not grow up Catholic, you may still find some comfort in prayer to saints who are
associated with certain causes and conditions.  One of these is Saint Rita. 

Among the other areas, Rita is well-known as a patron of desperate, seemingly impossible causes and situations. This is because she has been involved in so many stages of life – wife, mother, widow, and nun.  Those who are trying to conceive or experiencing miscarriage may truly feel that getting pregnant and having a heathly pregnancy is truly an impossible cause.  But, sometimes the things that
we think are out of our reach can come easily.  I have done many blog posts on women who went through fertility treatments only to fail time and time again.  Then, miraculously, they get pregnancy by surprise.

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Monday, April 24, 2017


Are Fibroids Preventing You From Having Children?

Guest Post By Vladimir Troche, M.D.

Fibroids are sometimes found during an infertility evaluation when tests such as a pelvic ultrasound, hysterosonogram or hysterosalpingogram are ordered. Fibroids or leiomyomas are benign smooth muscle tumors of the uterus. They are classified according to their location in three types: (1) subserosal - when the fibroid grows under the outer layer or serosa of the uterus; (2) intramural - when the fibroid grows within the muscular wall of the uterus (myometrium), and (3) submucosal or intracavitary- when the fibroid grows just under the lining of the uterine cavity (mucosa) or it occupies the inside of the uterine cavity. Submucosal or intracavitary fibroids can change the shape of the uterine cavity. Large intramural fibroids may alter the blood flow to the uterine lining and may
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also alter the shape of the uterine cavity. Subserosal fibroids usually don't alter the shape of the uterine cavity, but when large can cause discomfort.

SEE ALSO: TRYING TO CONCEIVE WITH AN ARCUATE UTERUS ( fibroids are usually small, asymptomatic, and don't require treatment. These benign tumors only need close gynecological observation to document changes in size or the early onset of symptoms. Common symptoms associated to fibroids are back pain, abdominal pressure or discomfort, urinary frequency, rectal pressure or discomfort, and periods that can be painful, heavy and prolonged.
Fibroids are associated with infertility in 5 to 10% of cases. Nevertheless, when all other causes of infertility are excluded fibroids may account for only 2 to 3% of infertility cases. Fibroids may cause reduced fertility or infertility by:
1. Creating an abnormal uterine cavity. An enlarged or elongated cavity could interfere with the sperm transport, and a cavity with an abnormal contour could prevent normal implantation.

2. Fibroids can result in a markedly distorted uterus and cervix. The distortion could result in decreased access to the cervix by the ejaculated sperm preventing its effective transport to the uterus.

3. The uterine segments of the fallopian tubes could be obstructed or distorted by fibroids.
When infertile women present with uterine fibroids every effort should be made to exclude any other possible causes of infertility. A standard infertility evaluation should take place and an assessment of the uterine cavity should be performed by hysterosalpingogram (HSG) or "fluid" ultrasound (hysterosonogram). Only then a decision should be made regarding the management of the fibroids.
Most uterine fibroids don't need to be removed except in select cases. The medical literature suggests that removal can be beneficial when the uterine cavity is distorted by the fibroids. In addition, some reports suggest that their removal may also be indicated when they are 5 centimeters or more in diameter and are located within the wall of the uterus (intramural). Otherwise, expectant management is recommended when the uterine cavity is normal, the fibroids are small, or when they are located on the surface of the uterus.
Fibroids are removed in a surgical procedure called a "myomectomy". Three types of myomectomy can be performed: abdominal myomectomy, laparoscopic myomectomy, and hysteroscopic myomectomy. The abdominal myomectomy requires an abdominal incision usually of the "bikini" type, and through the incision the fibroids are removed from the uterus. This abdominal approach is the best procedure when fibroids are large, numerous, and or located deep within the muscle of the uterus. Fibroids can also be removed by laparoscopy, and this type of myomectomy is best when fibroids are few in number, superficial in location and small in size. Hysteroscopic myomectomy is recommended when most of the fibroid is located within the cavity of the uterus. Through the uterine cervix an operative hysteroscope is inserted and the myomectomy is then performed. Endoscopic scissors, laser or electrocautery are employed to perform this type of myomectomy.
A myomectomy is a relatively safe procedure that results in few serious complications. Postoperative adhesion formation is a common complication and good surgical technique combined with adhesion-prevention barriers should be routinely used at myomectomy.
There are other options for the treatment of uterine fibroids, but these alternatives are not recommended for women who desire fertility. Some of these options are:
1. Uterine artery embolization (UAE) - results in the obstruction of blood flow to the fibroids, which then causes them to shrink. This procedure is quite successful in reducing tumor size and decreasing symptoms. Pregnancies have been reported after UAE but the safety of this procedure in women who want to get pregnant has not been established.
2. Medical therapies with agents such as GnRH agonists, progestational agents, and RU486 (mifepristone). These agents can decrease uterine size and symptoms, but once the treatment is discontinued the fibroids can grow back to their initial size. The use of these drugs is not effective in promoting fertility and is not recommended when women are attempting pregnancy.
3. New techniques are being developed for the treatment of uterine fibroids. One of these new techniques is laparoscopic myolysis in which a needle is used to apply electric current directly to fibroids. The goal is to disrupt the blood flow of fibroids and cause them to shrink over time. A similar laparoscopic procedure uses super cooled cryoprobes to destroy the fibroids. Another technique uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to target a high intensity ultrasound waves to destroy the fibroids. Again, the safety of these procedures in women who want to get pregnant has not been established.
Educating yourself about your options and your physician treating you for fibroids is essential. Go to Dr. Troche's West Valley Fertility Center Arizona and get more information and knowledge.
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Friday, April 21, 2017


 Stress Hormones and Fertility:  Stress May Prevent Release Of GnRH

We all know that stress can impact fertility. Fight or flight responses affect hormones and so on. But another hormone, GnRH is also affected and a lack of this hormone prevents other hormones from releasing at the right time.
 Gonadotropin-Inhibitory Hormone can prevent the release of GNRH and it has a connection with stress.  We've all probably heard of cortisol as the stress hormone, but this article talks about GNIH and how it can cause hormonal imbalance.

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New research from the University of California Berkeley is also showing that stress can also impact fertility by causing the increase of another reproductive hormone called Gonadotropin-Inhibitory Hormone (GnIH). This hormone further impedes procreation by preventing the GnRH hormone from being released.

"Stress had already been shown to affect all those other more traditional players in the sex hormone cascade but no one had looked at GnIH yet," says Elizabeth Kirby, a member of the research team. "So, our research basically adds a new piece to the puzzle of sex and reproduction - a new hormone known to suppress reproduction is also now known to increase in response to stress."

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Trying To Get Pregnant?  Know When You're Ovulating

If you've been trying to conceive, you're probably already an expert on predicting ovulation.
It seems like there are so many factors that come into play when you're trying to conceive, but ovulation is one of the major ones. 
Here is an article which talks about some methods you've already heard before, but it has some new ones as well. Read more:

The "Regular" Menstrual Cycle– Generally speaking, ovulation occurs 14 days prior to the first day of the next menstrual cycle. For women that have no physical signs of ovulation, ovulation predictor kits, which test the urine for a hormone (LH) secreted prior to ovulation, can be used.
Changes in Cervical Mucous – Cervical mucous becomes copious, clear and stretchy.
Mid-cycle Cramps – This may signal that ovulation is occurring or has occurred.
Basal Body Temperature (BBT) – This is only good to signal that ovulation has already occurred. The
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general rule is that you have ovulated when your temperature rises 0.2 degrees higher than any temperature from the previous 6 days, and it stays elevated for at least 3 consecutive days after ovulation. 

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  Changes in the Cervix – During the beginning of your cycle, your cervix is low, hard and closed. As ovulation takes place, it pulls up, softens and opens just a bit. You can check with two fingers and track what it feels like. Along with the other clues, this can be a good indicator of ovulation.
Changes in Emotions – Because of the shift in hormones, many women become moody during ovulation. If you get moody during the middle of your cycle, you may be such a woman.
Breast Tenderness – Many women get breast tenderness and pain during ovulation. Again, this is caused by the hormone shift.
Increased Sex Drive – An amplified libido is often a sign of ovulation.
Swollen Vulva – Some women experience a swollen vagina or labia during ovulation.
Bloating – Some signs of ovulation mimic the signs of PMS, and many women feel bloated during this time.


Monday, April 17, 2017


Getting Pregnant With The Help Of Inositol

I've been hearing more and more about inositol for female fertility. Inositol or sometimes called myo-inositol can help with insulin resistance and it is one of the B vitamins. It can help with ovulatory disorders and help women who have stopped getting their periods as a result. Here is an

excerpt from a study done on women who took myo-inositol
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"the number of mature oocytes was significantly increased in the myo-inositol group compared to D-chiro-inositol. Concurrently, the number of immature oocytes decreased in myo-inositol treated patients. Furthermore, the myo-inositol-treated group showed an increase in the mean number of top quality embryos and in the total number of pregnancies compared to the D-chiro-inositol-treated group.
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Friday, April 14, 2017


I always find it interesting how certain traditions and customs get started.
With Easter here on Sunday. I thought I would post this article about Easter, Easter Eggs, the Easter Bunny and fertility.
For those you who celebrate it, Happy Easter!


From the article:

In the British Isles and Germany, the spring fertility festival involved eggs and bunnies, because they
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are natural symbols of fertility, and it also involved worshipping trees. The Christian missionaries who brought Christianity to the British Isles and to Germany suffered quite a lot of grief at the hands of our ancestors when they chopped down the sacred trees to demonstrate that they weren’t gods. Since the people did not actually worship the bunnies and eggs, the missionaries figured they could just Christianize them. So the custom began of painting Christian art on eggshells and they just tolerated the bunnies. I guess they would be greatly saddened if they could see that the eggs and the bunnies once again overshadow the cross.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Mind-body Connection For Conception and Pregnancy

I found this great article written by Teresa Robertson who lives in my area. A friend of mine actually went to her for counseling while she was trying to conceive (and she did!)
This insightful article quotes Christianne Northrup and others who take a more natural approach to getting pregnant. I think this article hits the nail on the head in terms of identifying some of the underlying challenges women have within themselves when trying to conceive. Read more:


From the article:

We live in a time in which a commonly held belief is that our fertility is diminished and that we need outside help to conceive. This belief has become very evident for women in the "baby boomer generation" who have embraced and mastered the male aspect qualities of doing and making it happen - yet conceiving eludes them. Creating a baby is a receptive act that requires embracing and using our female aspect. For many women, there exists an inner conflict and imbalance between their inner female and male aspects. As many women have learned to accomplish success by relying strongly on utilizing their male aspect, many have forsaken, forgotten and invalidated their female side. This female side includes qualities and abilities such as to be vulnerable, open and to receive.

The all too common picture I witness, is the career woman who is creating, doing, and nurturing
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everyone else and has no time to receive or give to herself because to do so would be perceived as a weakness. Instead of interpreting their bodies' not conceiving as a message or cry for help, often these women further invalidate their bodies as being "non-productive" and "an infertile failure," and often force their bodies to create from an empty well. As Christianne Northrup, MD writes: "Many infertile women are working 60-80 hours a week and are exhausted; then they pursue having a child as though they were writing a PhD dissertation. Conceiving a child is a receptive act, not a marathon event that can be programmed into your Day Timer."\


Monday, April 10, 2017


Don't label yourself infertile. Don't say you can't have a baby. And, select your healthcare professionals wisely. This very interesting article talks about something called the "nocebo" affect.
Basically this means that when you receive a diagnosis, even if its wrong, you may actually manifest that condition. I finally gave up working with doctors when I was trying to conceive. It was too depressing to be constantly labeled "infertile" and there was a piece of me that knew pumping myself full of hormones and chemicals just wasn't the best way to go. Maybe that's why I had my best
success following an all natural route. Read more:


Though the mechanism remains a mystery, but at least now this kind of phenomenon has a name. The
"nocebo effect" is the lesser-known opposite number of the placebo effect, and describes any case where putting someone in a negative frame of mind has an adverse effect on their health or well-being. Tell people a medical procedure will be extremely painful, for example, and they will experience more pain than if you had kept the bad news to yourself. Similarly, experiences of side effects within the placebo groups of drug trials have shown that a doctor's warning about the possible side effects of a medicine makes it much more likely that the patient will report experiencing those effects.

This is not just in the mind: it is also about physical effects. The stress created by the nocebo effect can have a long-lasting impact on the heart, for example – perhaps serious enough to cause fatal damage.

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Thursday, April 06, 2017


I was very surprised to hear the number of infertile women who have some type of infection going on.  Before you embark on expensive and sometimes dangerous fertility procedures, you may want to find out if there is some type of infection that should be treated with antibiotics.  That alone could improve your chances of pregnancy.  Read more:



Of women being evaluated for infertility, 40 percent are infected with chlamydia, mycoplasma or
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ureaplasma, as are 36 percent of those with a previous history of uterine infection and 50 percent of those with tubal blockage. More than 60 percent had evidence of a past infection (9). The more partners you have, the more likely you are to be infected (10), although you can be infected by one contact (11). An infection can prevent pregnancy by blocking the uterine tubes (12,13,14). It can damage sperm (14A), so they can't swim toward the egg (15), and it can cause abortions, premature birth and low birth weight (16,26,27,28,29). Infected people may have burning on urination, discomfort when the bladder is full or an urgency to void. Women may have only spotting between periods (17).

Monday, April 03, 2017


How To Treat A Thin Uterine Lining To Improve Fertility

Guest Post By Dr. Spence Pentland

One of the major causes of infertility and IVF failure is a thin uterine lining, inadequate blood flow to the uterus, i.e. low uterine artery pulsatility index. Treatment to increase blood flow is essential to improving fertility and reducing chances of miscarriage. It should be noted that stress, lack of exercise, not enough rest, lack of joy, and certain foods all can inhibit blood flow to the uterus and ovaries. The following are effective treatments for a thin endometrial lining...
Acupuncture. An area of research, as well as my own experience, has shown extreme effectiveness with acupuncture and its affect on the increase of blood flow to the reproductive organs (uterus, ovaries, testis). This may very well be a primary reason that acupuncture displays benefit to women going through IVF fertility treatments in Vancouver. Simply, blood bring the medications to the ovaries and uterus, and if the flow is unimpeded, then more IVF medications arrive at their intended destination which results in better responses and positive outcomes.
Chinese herbal medicine. Many of the herbals in the Chinese medicine pharmacy have the effect of increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs. Many are said to 'quicken and invigorate blood'. Others 'nourish and build blood'. Science is now showing that many of these herbs have the identical physiological effects of Viagra (Sildenafil), a drug well known for its effect on erectile health. This drug, and the mentioned herbs, simply increase blood flow to the uterus, ovaries, and penis (causing erections) via the increase of Nitric Oxide release, a substance that dilates blood vessels.
Femoral massage. Perform from end of menses to ovulation or retrieval date if undergoing IVF. Do 2-3 times each leg (separately), 1-2 times per day. This massage increases the blood flow to the pelvic organs, providing more nourishment to the uterus and ovaries, testes and penis. Compress the femoral artery with your fingers, fairly heavy pressure will be required. When you feel the flow has ceased, hold for 30 seconds. The femoral artery can be located level with your pubic bone, just beneath the crease in your groin between your thigh and lower abdomen. The blood will then back up and increase the pressure gradient in the iliac arteries which forces more blood into the pelvic arteries. This floods the pelvic organs and genitals with more blood. When the hold is released, you should feel a sensation of warmth rushing down your legs as the blood supply returns to the lower extremities. Do not perform this exercise if you: are pregnant, are post-transfer during an IVF cycle, have high blood pressure, have heart disease or circulatory problems (aneurisms, varicose veins, phlebitis, thrombosis), have a history of strokes, or detached retinas.


Castor Oil Packs. A castor oil pack is placed on the skin to increase circulation and to promote elimination and healing of the tissues and organs underneath the skin. It is used to stimulate the liver, relieve pain, increase lymphatic circulation, reduce inflammation, and improve digestion. Castor oil packs are made by soaking a piece of flannel in castor oil and placing it on the skin. The flannel is covered with a sheet of plastic, and then a hot water bottle is placed over the plastic to heat the pack. Castor oil should not be taken internally. It should not be applied to broken skin, or used during pregnancy and breastfeeding. METHOD: Place the flannel in the container. Soak it in castor oil so that it is saturated, but not dripping. Place the pack over the lower abdomen, above the uterus. Cover with plastic. Place the hot water bottle over the pack. Leave it on for 45-60 minutes. Rest while the pack is in place. After removing the pack, cleanse the area with a dilute solution of water and baking soda. Store the pack in the covered container in the refrigerator. Each pack may be reused up to 25- 30 times. NOTE: It is generally recommended that a castor oil pack be used for 3 to 7 days in a week to treat a health condition or for detox. best if the packs are used on alternating days for the first week. After that, usually the packs may be used on consecutive days from that point on. 30-60 min per use.


Food. Here are a few dietary principles you can implement to help create a thick uterine lining; Avoid sour food when bleeding (yogurt, vinegar, pickles, grapefruit, currants, and green apples. Eat more blood nourishing foods when bleeding such as eggs, carrots, spinach, dates, & goji berries. Consume more blood invigorating foods when bleeding such as fish, ginger, cinnamon, and turmeric.



Dr. Spence Pentland is a board licensed Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and certified Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. Since 2004 Spence has focused exclusively on the treatment of reproductive disorders in both men and women in Vancouver Canada. To book an appointment or for a free 15 minute phone consultation visit He and his wife are also 'bringing sexy back to baby-making' with their new line of 'fertility friendly' men's underwear!
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Saturday, April 01, 2017


If you've never heard of a "chakra", it is a Sanskrit word and it means wheel or vortex. A chakra is thought to be part of the non-physical body through which energy moves. Although there are many more than 7, typically the following represents the main chakras of the body:

You can see that each chakra has a name and is associated with a particular color and stone.  The sacral chakra governs both female and male fertility.  I have created a new page on my website with
much more.  If you are trying to conceive, you will probably be most interested in the Sacral Chakra which controls the reproductive system.  The stone associated with the sacral chakra is Carnelian which is said to improve blood flow and circulation which is important for all aspects of health but especially for the menstrual cycle and the pelvic organs.
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Now this is an interesting study conducted by "Netmums" and reported by the Daily Mail (UK).   The study showed that women over 40 really didn't experience the long hard road to pregnancy that we're led to believe will happen at older ages.  From the article:


Despite fears that fertility levels plummet for women over the age of 35, the new research has shown
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women over the age of 40 have the same chance of conceiving within six months, as younger women.

A quarter of 40-somethings became pregnant in the first month, a further fifth conceived after three months and by six months more than half were carrying a child.
And more than twice as many women over 40 have surprise pregnancies than younger women in their teens and 20s 


Sunday, March 26, 2017


Treating Infertility With Yoga Practice

Guest Post By Chris Ramos and Lucas Rockwood

You can obtain a fit and fertile body with yoga. Following a sequence of recommended poses, you can minimize the natural aging and malfunctioning of all organs, including eggs, uterus and ovaries. Yoga also makes it possible to increase your reproductive time. Exercise will improve performance of the glands, balance production of hormones in the body and stimulate the eggs to ripen and the ovaries to discharge them. Anxiety and worries, in a woman, disturb her hormones negatively and
result in infertility. Pranamaya (breathing exercises) replenish oxygen to the brain; this soothes the mind and body. Meditation on a regular basis unifies the body, mind and the spirit. With these techniques positive thinking can be induced; a woman stops feeling that her own body has betrayed her. Her focus shifts from mental tensions towards the stability and robustness of her body. This decreases stress level and facilitates conception. In this way yoga not only heals physically but prepares the mind to deal with the emotional trauma of infertility.

The reproductive area in the body is known as the second chakra, or seat of creation. Certain fertility-enhancing asanas concentrate on the reproductive organs and the pelvic area. Flow of blood to these parts is enhanced and energy is stirred. The abdominal region is softened and pressure from the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes is relieved. You can begin the series with Supported Headstand and Bridge postures. This workout will stimulate the reproductive hormones in your body. To revitalize the whole body, Child, Cobbler and Bound Angle poses can be performed. Wide-angle seated forward bend also holistically invigorates your body. Reclining Bound Angle, Lotus and Reclining Hero postures excite and unwind the second chakra, the abode for the reproductive organs. In the beginning if you feel that these poses make you uncomfortable, you can use props like a pillow or a folded towel. This will help you perform easily. An appropriate way to end this yoga session will be by relaxing with Legs on the Wall pose. You will make a 90 degree angle with the wall by stretching your legs up the wall, while your torso lies flat on the floor. Breathe and hold the position for a few minutes then lower your legs to the ground at a slow pace. Adopting this posture right after intercourse enables the body to allow sperm to penetrate the uterus and results in pregnancy.
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With the right attitude and constructive views generated by yoga, you will feel stronger and more certain of your body. You will be more attentive towards your wellness. You will be encouraged to take up a healthy and meaningful lifestyle; your diet will improve. Good eating habits and improved way of living also enhance the probability of conception. Yoga practice is helpful even to women in their mid-thirties, who have failed to get pregnant earlier, as it sparks the balanced release of reproductive hormones and promotes the overall restoration of the body. Fertility positions will also widen the pelvis and hip joints, improve blood circulation in the pelvic region, and even stimulate the
ovaries. A success rate of 50% has been observed in such cases; endorsing the fact that in many individuals infertility was the outcome of hormone imbalances only.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017


Over the years, I've seen this scenario play out many times.  An infertile couple decides to discontinue fertility treatments and completes the adoption process (sometimes adopting two children over a number of years).  Then, out of nowhere, they get pregnant.  They're happy right?  Well, not always.  This can cause some mixed feelings.  Raising children is a very life consuming job...whether you've been infertile or not.  One of my daughter's friends has an adopted sister, but they are both the same age.  I've never wanted to pry, but this appears to be a couple who started the adoption process and then got pregnant.  
I think people don't always realize that fertility is a fleeting thing.  Sometimes, the orchestration of events that leads to pregnancy involves not only luck, but the right body chemistry that comes about in ways related to lifestyle, sleep, diet and so on. 
Here is the article about a 42 year old woman who gets pregnant by surprise:



I finally screw up the courage to see my gynecologist, a lovely, warm Italian woman, who saw me through the infertility treatments. She's ecstatic and can't contain herself: "This is a miracle! Let's drink champagne!"
I sob uncontrollably in her office, feeling guilty that I can't share even a tiny bit of her joy.
At times, I know what my doctor means. Miracle or not, there is a strong sense of fate here. And I don't want to mess with fate. I'm a religious person and believe that God has a plan, and it usually works out if we just ride with it. In rare moments I can imagine this will all be okay, that I'll be able to handle three children and even like it. But most of the time I want to scream, What kind of sick joke is God playing on me? I'm a weary mother of two with a high-pressure job and a house that's falling apart! I can't raise another child.
And what about my two gorgeous, hilarious girls, the lights of my life? Roma, who is 5, is just beginning to understand adoption and has heartbreaking talks with me. They go something like this:
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"Mommy, I didn't grow in your belly, did I?"
"No, you didn't, sweetie."
"But I wish I had grown in your belly."
"I wish you had, too."
"How come I didn't grow in your belly?"
"Well, I guess God just didn't want it that way. Sometimes women can't grow babies in their tummies and so they adopt."
What do I tell her now? God changed his mind? (Evidently he did.)


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