The crunchiest hippiest thing I have EVER done

I had a birth healing ceremony the other day.

Now THERE is a sentence I thought I’d never say, write, utter, you get it.

Not that I have anything against healing ceremonies or hippy things, I’m just not normally that way inclined. You don’t look at me and think I’d be all about that sort of thing. But infertility encourages you to do navigate a road less traveled by you in so many ways and hey, I am all for exploring new paths if that is where the journey leads me. Continue reading

Turn the Two Week Wait into a Two Week Thrive

Once again I am bringing you some wisdom from my new lover boy, Russell. Russell is the dude behind the hypnosis I listen to. His website, The Fertile Mind, really is a minefield of information and I highly recommend his newsletters. I usually don’t open newsletters because who has the time? But Russell’s are great and speak to me in way that sees me shouting “Of course!” often.

Like this.

Most patients find that the two week wait is the most stressful element of the whole IVF treatment. This is usually because they feel isolated and alone. The clinic has done all they can and it is now down to the patient. Has it worked? So much energy, time and money has gone in to this moment, but you won’t know for a couple of weeks.

This is the time when the uterus interacts with the embryo. Your uterus literally embraces the embryo, shifting the stromal cells to envelop it. If you are stressed, your body will prioritise ‘fight or flight’ survival mode over welcoming new life.

Stress is all future thinking. Has the IVF treatment been successful? Am I pregnant? Stress means believing that our state of wellbeing is dependent on something in the future. Our thoughts go in to overdrive, working out what we need to do to make it happen, or what we’ll do if it doesn’t. All future thinking. The only moment that exists is the present moment. Nothing can predict the pregnancy test result and whether the IVF has been successful or not.

We are designed to live in the moment,  [continue reading]

You guys, this is great stuff even for those of us not in a TWW. I can easily see how I can apply this across many areas of my life and I am so grateful for the perspective.

I also stumbled across another awesome page of his titled “The Truth About Affirmations”. Check that out too if you get the chance.

I have purchased his package of fertility hypnosis sessions for IVF and it was quite affordable and I am so impressed with his content I am going to check out what else he has on offer. If you think you could benefit from anything like this I highly recommend checking him out.

Keep on thriving friends.

~Ems~ x

IVF #3 – the stats, the lowdown and where it’s all at

I have made a conscious decision this cycle NOT to blog about it as I go. Mainly as I find that blogging about what is happening puts me in a position where my brain needs to entertain all the options – the ones were the outcome sucks as well as the ones where the outcome is great. So I decided to just stick with keeping only the positive outcomes in my brain.

I am keeping this post as a record of my stats as they are useful for myself to look back on and also for others going through a cycle and wanting to know what’s up. I will publish it when the cycle itself reaches an end. Whether that is before PGD or after I’m not sure yet.

(PGD is chromosme testing of embryos).

Now: if you don’t want a blow by blow account of what went down then feel free to scroll to the bottom and just see my stats. There is a heading with the word Summary in it. This is the one your want.

Ok, off we go.  Continue reading

Don’t ask me questions, don’t offer me advice

As we make our way through this third cycle of IVF I have found myself becoming very private about how I am and our progress. For some people this is the norm from the beginning but for me this is a shift. I have always been pretty open with my friends and family about our journey, mainly because I never expected it would take us that long once we got on the IVF train. And hell, sometimes I’m just an oversharer. 😉 Continue reading

The role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in solving infertility

I have been doing a lot of research lately about all the different types of “alternative” treatments available to help with infertility. There are literally a plethora out there and making decisions about which to choose and what to do was doing my head in. Continue reading

What’s going on?

Love me a bit of Don but this show needs to finish already

Love me a bit of Don but this show needs to finish already

First of all, before I completely get my RANT on, I just want to say a big thank you to you all for all the love on my last post. I truly did start to feel better after posting and reading all your comments. While I don’t feel fabulous I feel the surface is now well within reach and for this I am forever grateful. Pretty soon I will have my whole head above water again I’m sure, if my own body doesn’t make me completely crazy that is. Continue reading