Mom’s Mondays: My Infertility Story (Guest Blogger)

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It is my delight to introduce first guest blogger Priscilla of Finding Pure Happiness.  Priscilla has been married for almost 11 years and have two beautiful children, Jase who is 2.5 yrs. old and Savannah who is 6 months old. Before conceiving her children, Priscilla struggled with infertility for 7 years. Since then, she has been on a mission to inspire and bring hope to other women suffering from infertility. She currently blog over at findingpurehappiness.com where she share everything from motherhood, healthy living and all things in between! She is also a Health & Fitness coach with a passion for helping others learn how to love their bodies so they can flourish in their lives and the lives of the one’s they love. You can follow her on facebook + instagram!

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Here is Priscilla’s (Infertility) Story:

Sharing my (Infertility) Story 

I struggled with infertility for 7 years before conceiving my son. For a little over 6 of those years, I went undiagnosed and was told I had “unexplained infertility”. I saw numerous doctors & specialist’s, I went to naturopath doctors, took natural supplements, went through treatments and still could not conceive.

As you can imagine, this was a very stressful and dark time. I was really into working out during this time and would turn my stress into hours at the gym. I also counted every calorie I ate and rarely indulged…and when I did, that would just mean more hours at the gym the next day. I needed to feel in control of something, and since having a baby was completely out of my control, watching what I ate and pushing myself at the gym was my way of coping.

Little did I know that my restrictive diet {1000-1200 calories a day} and intense workouts were to blame for my infertility. It wasn’t until April of 2012 that I realized the way I was living was keeping me from my dream of becoming a momma. I knew that changing my lifestyle and the way I viewed food & exercise wasn’t going to be easy, but it was my last shot and I had to do whatever I could to get better.

So I gave up working out and doubled my caloric intake. At first it was nerve wracking, but it didn’t take long for me to feel that sense of being “free”. Free from the restriction, free from the guilt and free from the voices in my head telling me I had to look a certain way or be a certain size. I ate full fat dairy, lots of nut butters, avocado, olive oil, whole grains, red meat, veggies & fruit and I felt AMAZING! I was starting to see food in a totally different way…it was no longer calories in, now it was delicious and enjoyable.

Not long after I started living my new lifestyle I became pregnant. I was elated and couldn’t believe that all it took was giving my body rest and gaining weight to finally see those two pink lines. Unfortunately we lost our first baby. It was the day after our 7 year anniversary and our first doctors appointment…we saw our little one on the screen, but there was no heartbeat. I was heartbroken and devastated but knew that I couldn’t give up. I could get pregnant again and I would.

Twenty pounds and 6 months later, I conceived my sweet Jase. This came almost exactly 7 years after we first made the decision to start trying for a baby. In that moment all the memories of those 7 years flooded over me and I couldn’t believe it was finally over. The day I met my son is a day that will be etched in my memory forever. It still brings tears to my eyes when I think about the moment I first laid eyes on him…

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For so long my journey with infertility was something I was ashamed of. It wasn’t until I was able to get healthy and see what an impact sharing my story could have on others. My hope is to inspire as many women as I can that are struggling in the way I once did. If you or anyone you know may be suffering from Infertility {HA}, please don’t hesitate to reach out <3

P.S. You can read my full infertility story here.

Did you ever sufer from infertility? Or do you know anyone who has? We would love to hear your story.

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  • Rachel Quenzer

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    Thank you for sharing. We struggled as well. After 7 pregnancies, we finally have two beautiful children.

  • Nina from Millions of Peaches

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    Wow. I’m glad you figured it out and had your babies.

  • tineke - workingmommyabroad

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    Great post with a very strong message in it for all those ladies struggling with getting pregnant, don´t give up!

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