Why did I start this shop? Well, long story short, my two miracle babies are my world and my heart hurts for anyone who struggles with finding answers for why they can't have children.
When we got married in 2008 we wanted to start a family right away. After 6 months I discovered I didn't ovulate each month. We visited a family physician who prescribed me progesterone to kick-start a period and hopefully ovulation. After 6 months and still no ovulation we knew we needed to try something different. In November 2010 I started on the lowest dose of Clomid and we found out it was successful on Christmas 2010 and we were pregnant with our first.
The pregnancy began with intense cramping and there was a large cyst that eventually went away and we didn't think anything of it since it's not that uncommon. At 30 weeks they discovered I was no longer increasing in my external measurements so they did a quick measurement ultrasound and baby girl was measuring behind schedule. I was put on immediate bedrest and we started visiting with the perinatologist who discovered my placenta was not delivering adequate nutrition to the baby. After 2 weeks of bedrest we did another ultrasound and she was improving so they decided to go another 2 weeks. I was not able to even push a vacuum!! Twice a week I had Non-Stress Tests to make sure she was still kicking. I made it to 39 weeks and then they induced my labor. Eliza Kaye was born on August 31, 2010, healthy and happy.
Fast forward to the fall of 2011 and I had a painful cyst rupture. I visited the ER and they confirmed the rupture and sent me home after helping me feel comfortable until the pain passed. My OBGYN suggested I stop taking my current oral birth control since it wasn't preventing cysts and we were okay if we got pregnant since we were planning to try Clomid again the following April. I had another painful cyst rupture in March and when I called my prescription for Clomid in they reminded me to take a pregnancy test before starting and it was positive! I was induced again and after a very easy and quick labor Jens Edward was born on December 5, 2013.
We felt like our family wasn't complete so we tried Clomid one more time in October 2015. Unfortunately I had existing cysts that caused the hyperstimulation to cause an ovarian apoplexy (my ovaries ruptured and I was bleeding internally) and I had an emergency laparoscopy. They saved my ovaries but they continue to produce cysts at a dangerous rate making any more stimulation a much higher risk of another apoplexy. From all the cysts rupturing and my surgery, my Fallopian tubes are blocked by scar tissue so natural conception is no longer a feasible option. Our plan is to try in-vitro fertilization in the future!
I know there are many who struggle silently and I hope to help anyone who has been through this struggle. I partnered with Footsteps For Fertility in August 2016 and sponsor the National Footsteps for Fertility Grant; which is awarded to couples who require fertility treatments to have children. 100% of my shop's proceeds go towards funding this grant. Find more information and submit an application HERE.