Caitlin C: Getting pregnant naturally after major lifestyle changes
After receiving some negative test results, our doctor told us about a year into our journey that we would probably have to resort to IVF to get pregnant. He wanted us to get tested again four months later before sending us to a fertility clinic.
For the next four months, my husband and I prioritized our health, and went on a journey to eat as healthy as possible and cut out as many toxins as we could from our lives. We ate organic, ditched our Teflon pots and pans, threw out all of the plastic in our kitchen, and much, MUCH more (check out this post for ALL the details). When we got re-tested four months later, we received amazing news and then found out we were pregnant a few weeks later. I am 1,000% convinced that prioritizing our health helped us to get pregnant. Although this isn’t the “magic solution” for getting pregnant in every couple’s situation, I certainly don’t see any negatives of trying to live a healthy lifestyle. No matter how you conceive, living a healthy lifestyle only benefits you and your future baby.
During my TTC journey, I discovered the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. I will be forever grateful for this book because I learned so much about my body and cycle, and I really felt so empowered as a woman after reading it. Early on, I started tracking my cycle according to FAM – the Fertility Awareness Method. I ordered a basal thermometer and used an app called Kindara to track everything. I woke up every morning at 6 a.m. to take my temperature, recorded my cervical mucus, and peed on ovulation strips. The FAM method is really cool because it’s so accurate – I could determine the exact day I was ovulating every month! Ultimately, this helped us to conceive because we were able to time everything perfectly.
Lastly, I want to say that everyone’s journey to pregnancy and motherhood looks different, and I can only speak for myself and my husband, and what worked for us. What worked for us may not work for everyone else… but even so, I highly recommend that you do your own research and advocate for your health. Nobody knows your body better than you do. Listen to your doctor, but also stand up for yourself if you feel that there’s a need to. And, sorry if this makes anyone mad, but doctors don’t know everything. When our doctor delivered the news that we would probably have to resort to IVF, I asked if there was anything, anything at all that we could do on our own to help improve our chances of conceiving naturally. He said no!
Sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands. I am a strong believer that small changes we make for our health can have a huge impact. So… do your own research and advocate for yourself and your partner.
To see how Caitlin used Kindara to help her conceive check out her blog here.