The Backstory of Getting Pregnant (minus the juicy details)

A few days ago I announced that I am pregnant, and those who have been loyal readers of my blog know it wasn't a walk in the park getting here. My husband and I started trying April of 2010, but soon I realized my cycle was amiss and I was not ovulating as a should be. In December 2010, I was diagnosed with PCOS, and from November to March I was not allowed to get pregnant due to receiving the rubella vaccine.

March 2011 was the first time I met with an infertility endocrinologist. He prescribed me a dosage of 1500 ml. of metformin, which would help with my PCOS symptoms. He told me to take it for 3 months, and he was hopeful I could get pregnant on that alone considering my age, health and Nathan's "healthy little guys." He said that if I do not conceive by then, we will discuss hormone therapy options. I also had the HSG x-ray done in April to make sure my tubes were open and everything was all good in that department, which thankfully it was. People had told me that this procedure sometimes increases the chances of getting pregnant because it kind of clears and flushes everything out down there. But after I received this procedure, I got my period and was feeling discouraged, so I made an appointment for June 6th to discuss hormone therapy.

In the meantime, we kept trying and I decide to try ovulation test during May to find out when I would ovulate. I took the tests the week I thought it would happen, but everyday that week the test came out negative. Cue discouragement. I was confused and frustrated; my body still did not have a set cycle. So I looked forward to my June 6th appointment.

Nathan had requested that I stop taking so many EPT tests because they are expensive, and I was sad after each one failed me. It was hard, but I followed his request. As the June 6th appointment approached, I discussed with Nathan how I should maybe take a EPT test just in case I am pregnant, and we could save ourselves the money and time on the infertility treatments. He told me a sale was coming up on tests, buy one box get the second 1/2 off, and that I should wait until then. I did. I took a test on June 3rd.

I honestly had no expectations or high hopes while taking the test this time (I thought I had not ovulated, and I had no pregnancy symptoms although looking back, I realize I had been dead tired). It was a just in case I can save myself $120 and not have to go the infertility appointment test. When the test came up positive, I sadly had no rush of emotion or excitement. I think I had become numb to it all and wouldn't, or couldn't, feel anything--not yet. I took the test out to Nathan and coolly said, "It says it's positive." He looked at it and had a reaction very similar to mine. We agreed I should take another one. I did. Positive again.

I called Kaiser and went in for a HCG test. Still no real excited feelings. It was not until the nurse called me with the results and said, "Your test came back positive, you are definitely pregnant, congratulations" that I felt the excitement and happiness. Nathan and I both tried to understand when this would have happened since I did not ovulate when we thought I would. We were stumped.

I then flew to Texas for 10 days on June 8th, and it was not until I got back that I had my first ultrasound. By then I was 6 weeks 6 days pregnant. We heard the heartbeat at that time and it finally became so real.

It has been hard to keep this secret in. I wanted to tell people at 10 weeks, but we decided to wait until after our second ultrasound. My second trimester begins on Sunday, and so far this pregnancy has been super easy. I haven't had any morning sickness, I only had 2 days of nausea. I have been tired though, and I pee all the time (so annoying). I seem to get hungry sooner after each meal, but I get full quickly. I've had food aversion at times, mostly to meat. I haven't had any craving really, for a while it was gummy candy like gummy bears or sour patch kids, but that passed. At my second ultrasound on Tuesday, I had gained 3 lbs, but it looks more like 7 or so. My belly is starting to protrude a little, but it doesn't look like a pregnant belly. I am still in that, is she fat or pregnant stage.

I feel so lucky to have been blessed with our little miracle, and I love him or her so much already.


{Little baby at first ultrasound. Just a little blueberry}

**I know many of my readers also struggle with infertility, and I continue to be sensitive to you. I understand the frustration when finding out yet another person is pregnant and you are not. I don't have any answers for you, but I share my story so you can hear of an option that worked. I know that in relation to others, my journey turned out to be much shorter and I got pregnant much sooner than I thought I would. All I can say is please continue living a happy and fulfilling life and when that baby comes along you will be even more ready and prepared. I know words like these are so cliche. But that's what helped me. BTW, anyone need EPT tests? I have a whole box left over.**

12 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing!! Congratulations again. :)

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  2. I love reading about it all!

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  3. I love hearing the story. You are blessed.

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  4. Melody... I'm so glad to hear that it worked out for you WITHOUT hormone therapy! What a blessing! :)

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  5. So amazing :) What a true blessing!

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  6. Hi I stumbled upon your blog...you are just darling. I am so happy to hear you are blessed to become a mother. What a lucky babe to be able to call you mom. I recently started a blog for inspired mommies. I post ideas to do with children of all ages, ways to take good care of yourself....being a mommie is hard work. I would love for you to take a peak at petiteelan.blogspot.com


    I will be following you along your happy journey!

    XO
    Brooke!

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  7. Congratulations!! I have a suspicion based on a few comments you made these past few weeks - and I am so happy for you! I'll be continuing to read...

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  8. I have loved you sharing your journey of concieving. I know it might of been hard for you, but I have been inspired by your words. We are going to try next year and there is always that fear of how long will it takes? Your story constantly gives me hope it will all be ok. I love your blog and all you share. I am truly so happy for you and your hubby;)

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  9. Melody! You're so inspiring. Congratulations. I wish I could give you a hug!!

    xoxo
    Katie

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  10. I am on my iPod and don't have your email address . I just wanted to remind you being a guest next Sunday, the 21 st, on my blog for my getting to know you segment. Thanks girlie! ;)

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  11. Wow! Where have I been?! Congratulations are definitely in order! Thanks for sharing your story, too. We struggled, too. It sure helps to know how common it is when it appears so easy for everyone else. Hmm...just another reason for me to adore the talented wonderful you!

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