Thank you everyone for all the amazing comments, tweets, facebook and instagram messages, text messages and emails about my special news of being pregnant!! Gary and I are so thrilled to be sharing this journey with all of you. So again, thank you soooo much you truly know how to make a girl feel so special 🙂
My story of finding out that I was pregnant is no magical story. Simple in a way. Though is ever finding out you are pregnant really simple?
My journey of getting pregnant was not easy due to having PCOS and other hormonal issues.
I knew that getting pregnant was NOT going to be an easy thing for me. Boy was I right. Funny (and frustrating) how when you want to have a baby you can’t seem to get pregnant.
Some of this might be a little TMI, sorry if it is but I feel sharing my honest story is important as it might help someone in some way. Please feel free to skip over this post. I know baby stuff is not for everyone.
Brief history of my struggle to get pregnant:
Gary and I started to really ‘try’ early last year. What I mean by that is that a few years before we would only briefly discuss having kids. We were both unsure if we wanted any. But after a lot of time and deep thought (and after having a niece) we decided we wanted a family!
And my journey to get pregnant begins.
Gary and I decided not to tell anyone that we were trying as we knew it was going to be difficult for me. I did not want the extra stress of others knowing we were trying and being unsuccessful.
After months and months of tracking my morning body temperature, keeping track of my cervical fluid to know when I was most fertile to make a baby and still dealing with irregular periods (thanks PCOS) nothing was happening. Month after month with several negative pregnancy tests I was starting to think maybe I wouldn’t be able to get pregnant.
I started to prepare myself emotionally. Thinking to myself that I would be okay if I did not have kids as many people don’t.
During this time I started to realize what a magical blessing it is to be able to have a baby even more.
Even though I have PCOS I knew that I could still get pregnant because several of you mentioned to me that you were able to have kids while having PCOS.
That right there gave me hope, so thank you!
I was starting to get frustrated. Sad. Depressed. Scared. I knew that getting pregnant was going to be emotional… but I had no idea how emotional it was going to be.
I knew I had to try something else. My body needed some extra push to work better. Just like with my acne, sometimes you have to do a mix of natural and medicine.
So off I went to schedule a doctors appointment to discuss my next option. We probably tried for 8-9 months before I decided to take another route. Yes I know that really is not that long compared to several other mothers out there who tried for years. I just felt like it was the right time for me to try. My journey was long and scary at times, but I feel so blessed to be able to finally be able to get pregnant. Keep in mind that each person is different and different things work out for some and not for others. Just don’t give up or lose hope! I prayed a lot during this past year.
What was my next step?
Clomid was it.
I decided on trying Clomid after talking with Gary, Michelle, my mom and a few close friends. I made my decision to give it a try. I felt like if I didn’t at least try I would be upset with myself and time isn’t slowing down for me.
I took my first round of Clomid at the end of December time frame. Luckily for me, I only had to take one round of it for it to work. Guess my body finally got the message of how to properly do what it’s made to do. I feel very blessed. I also did not get any side effects from taking it. Again feel very lucky! I also bought ovulation trackers to keep track of when I was ovulating along with keeping up with taking my body temperature and watching my cervical fluid. It was like I was a little scientist or something, having all the tools and things to watch and monitor all the time.
Since I knew I was wanting to get pregnant, the first two weeks of January I did no real hard-core intense workouts. I took it upon myself to allow my body to rest some.
I only walked, did some push-ups and planks. Besides that I did no real hardcore physical activity. Now, I am not saying that by me taking 2 weeks off from my regular workouts helped me get pregnant, but maybe it helped. We will never know. I just knew that I wanted to get pregnant and I was willing to stop doing whatever needed to make it happen.
How did I know I was pregnant?
This part is a little difficult to explain. How did I know? Well it was hard to know if I missed a period since my periods are irregular. I had to rely on other signals from my body to let me know.
Overall I felt normal, my energy and sleep were about the same. The biggest thing that I felt was my boobs. How sore they were! My breast usually would get a little sore right before my period, but this time around they were sore for days and days. That was one sign. I just kept thinking to myself this is really weird… maybe I am pregnant?
Second sign was I was still tracking my morning body temperature. And it kept increasing. Ding, ding ding! I started to have these deep feelings that something was different. That I might be pregnant. I kept on with my low key fitness routine and ate my normal eats.
And once Michelle got home from traveling I knew I wanted to take a test to see if I WAS pregnant?!
How did I tell Gary? ( we found out together at the same time, so I don’t have a cute story of how I told him)
I woke up one morning (late January) and decided I was going to take a pregnancy test. I just had to know.
So off I went to pee on a stick and wait. Got Gary up out of bed to wait with me. After 3 minutes past…
The biggest smile on my face at this moment! Looked at Gary and said you are going to be a dad. It’s positive!!
I could not believe it.
After taking a few minutes to take it all in. It was time to tell Michelle as I had to tell my twin.
How did I tell Michelle?
After seeing the positive test, I grabbed my phone and called her. She was still in bed. After she said hello I said, “sis are you ready to be an aunt again? As I am pregnant”!!! Screaming in excitement. And half asleep Michelle said,” really… congrats sis. So happy for you”. I said thanks!! And told her I’d see her soon.
After getting off the phone with her she texted me saying how happy and excited she was. And that she would be over shortly.
Once Michelle arrived we just could not stop smiling and talking baby things. I told her that I wanted to take another pregnancy test to just make sure. Since I was trying for so long and were having issues… I just wanted to double check. So off I went to take another test.
And behold the second test said that I was pregnant!!! Now my fears and worries went away. An even bigger SMILE came to my face.
I could not believe it. I was finally pregnant! My dreams of being a mom were coming true.
When are you due? How far along are you?
My doctor says I am due September 27, 2014. My first ultrasound said more like Oct. 4 or 5th but my doctor kept my due date as September 27. Therefore, I am on week 13.
My baby bump progress. Not much of a bump yet. But slowly seeing some changes 🙂
I will be back with more highlights soon.
Do you like hearing about other peoples stories of how they got pregnant? How they found out?
For other moms out there, how did you find out? When did you start to see your belly changing?