Have you ever done a handstand while reciting the alphabet backwards?
That is pretty much the only thing that I haven’t tried in the name of fertility, so far. It’s not that I am against that, it’s that I am not sure that I can hold a handstand for that long.
Since we started trying to conceive in 2015, we have received a lot of different methods and suggestions from family and friends on how to get pregnant. We have also encountered a lot of unsolicited advice. I once had a complete stranger in the grocery store overhear my phone conversation with my fertility clinic and then offer me advice. This person had no idea what my issue or situation was, but there, in the cereal aisle, they seemed very determined to solve it.
It seems that everyone “knows” someone who ate seeds from a gypsy, went on an all banana diet, or even twirled counter clockwise on a full moon and then they were magically pregnant. Understandably everyone wants us to be successful and have a baby, but some of the advice we have received is pretty crazy. I have been told to start wheat grass as it promotes egg health in livestock, to only sleep on my stomach, and even to go on a paleo diet. The paleo diet seems like an option, as cave people didn’t seem to have reproductive issues, and they for sure didn’t have any sort of treatment methods. However, anyone that knows me knows that I will never give up cheese, even in the name of fertility.
I have been told to relax and that it will just happen, which is the most frustrating advice to receive.
Until we started our fertility journey I had no idea that everyone that we knew also knew someone that had just relaxed and gotten pregnant. When someone tells me about this relaxing method, I always picture a person in a recliner waking up from a nap to find out they’re pregnant.
Before our first round of IVF last October, we did nothing to really prepare. I was even drinking wine right up until we began injections. We were so sure going in that it was all going to work out. I started taking CoQ10 a month before, as well as my prenatal vitamin and some vitamin D. But other than that I was still doing everything the same.
We completed our round of IVF and things were looking great, we had 27 eggs retrieved.
A few days later we had 13 embryos fertilized and ready to grow. A day later we had 11 embryos, we were still elated and pretty much planning the colours of the nursery. Two days later I received a phone call from my clinic, it was the doctor, and not the embryologist. When I heard his voice my stomach dropped. I knew that it was not going to be good news. We had gone from 11 embryos to 4.
My voice cracked as I asked what happened, hoping that there was some sort of mistake. Maybe someone had put some into a shaving cream can and snuck them out like in Jurassic Park. However, that wasn’t the case and it was my egg quality that was the issue.
We had finally solved the mystery of why we couldn’t get pregnant.
We knew right after Ryan was tested in 2015 that it wasn’t him, but we just couldn’t figure out what the issue was with me. I had a hysterogram, about 20 blood tests, and still we couldn’t determine the issue. While I was devastated to find out that it was my egg quality, I was somewhat relieved to finally know what is going on.
We transferred the single embryo that we had left in December, but our pregnancy ended around 3 weeks. It was then that I decided that this time around we were doing things differently. I was, and still am, determined to get my egg quality back to a healthy level. I was already doing acupuncture for fertility, but knew that wasn’t enough. So, I changed my diet and started a serious weight loss plan. You see, I have been trying to lose the same weight for about four years now. I was on the trampoline of weight loss plans, I would go down 5lbs, and then spring back up 8lbs. So pretty much I have been losing the same 12lbs for four years now.
This past Friday was my first IV therapy treatment.
When I first heard about IV therapy treatment I thought it was another “fad” for the wealthy. Who would ever need that many vitamins injected into them through IV?! I read about all of the benefits this treatment brings to you and your egg health before your IVF cycle. So, I gave it a go.
Last Friday I entered my acupuncturist’s office to get acupuncture and IV therapy at the same time. I felt like my Jeep when I take it in for service. There I was in a treatment room with an IV hooked into my arm and needles in my body. I felt great after my treatment. I plan to continue this treatment until my IVF cycle begins in May.
During the change to my diet, I have also started cold press juicing. There is a lady in my office block that makes cold pressed juice. I sat down with her last month to talk to her about my egg issue and see if there was something that she would recommend. She informed me that she had a serious cancer scare four years ago and started cold press juicing. Her cancer scare went away, was gone and she attributed it all to juicing. It turns out that she is a dietitian. She gave me helpful nutritional tips on what I should be avoiding, or adding into my diet to complement all of the treatments I am currently doing.
Currently I am taking 10 supplements every morning and one at night. I have cut soy, flax, and a variety of other foods out of my diet. I rarely eat anything processed, and I am tracking my fat and sugar intake. I have cut my caffeine intake down to one cup a day and cut out alcohol in January.
I don’t know if any of this will be helpful in improving my egg quality or whether we will have the same deflating results at the end of this round. I do know that I have seen a vast improvement in my health, appearance, and mind since I started this more holistic approach. Even if our next round of IVF doesn’t go as planned, I plan to keep living a more enriched life.