Green Light // TTC

>> Monday, June 29, 2015

So, all my blood work (CD3, CD21, etc.) turned up completely normal in my first round of infertility testing. I spoke with my doctor’s assistant last week and -- unless I don’t get pregnant in the next six months -- we're free to just try and wait and see. It’s been over a year with a chemical pregnancy and missed miscarriage, so I would be lying if I said I’m 100 percent cool with this advice. At the same time, we did get pregnant on our own (which is a huge hurdle in itself) and . . . since nothing is glaringly wrong, we could just be victims of really bad luck.

I’m trying hard to start this first cycle of trying again with a relaxed attitude. It’s not easy with my personality and everything we’ve now been through. I want nothing more than to be pregnant again. I’m happy we waited a few months, because now it isn’t about replacing what we lost . . . it’s just moving forward with the process. And who knows how long it might take. Or if it will stick. I’m trying not to lose my mind because I realize many people have been trying much longer. Still, I guess I had hoped that something would have stuck out as a problem so we could fix it.

Since that’s not the case, I’m doing what I can do. I’m trying to help my body and our chances the best I can, though I know and truly now believe so much of the fertility and baby-making process is pure luck. I mean, have you guys seen The Great Sperm Race? It’s incredible babies are conceived successfully at all!

Anyway, I did a little self-research. I looked into the habits I had when I got pregnant with Ada. And a couple things surprised me. First, I had been “detoxing” for a few weeks and eating really clean, lots of fruits and veggies, and drinking tons of water. Second, I was coming off my double marathon training season where I ended up getting a horrible IT-band injury that had limited my running for almost three months. I was swimming, aqua jogging, and cycling a lot -- low impact with a few short runs as I healed.

Naturally, I’m wondering if trying this stuff out again might help. So, I have been stuffing myself to the gills with fruits and vegetables for the last couple weeks. It’s not that I don’t normally eat this stuff. It’s the volume that’s changed. You guys know I typically rely on lots of bread and sugar to power me through, well, life. Obviously my diet hasn’t always been ideal, but it’s a work in progress. With exercise, I’ve been keeping it short and light since my 10K race last week. I’m planning to do around four or five runs of 3 to 4 slow miles a week. Walking and cycling otherwise. If we were members of a gym, I’d do swimming.

I may have mentioned in another TTC post that when we got pregnant in late January, I had drastically changed my diet as well. I cut back on all processed carbohydrates, shunned crazy sugar high desserts, and drank a green smoothie each day. Not only that, but I also made exercise a priority, but I was doing a lot of Barre, cross-country skiing, and running when the weather was OK (which wasn’t a lot). Coincidence? Probably . . . but maybe not.

I’m not going to go on a limb and credit my diet change with getting pregnant, because we all know how that turned out anyway. But I have read a couple studies (1, 2) about blood sugar/carbs/lifestyle and fertility. The information is compelling, and at this point I’m willing to try anything. At the same time, I don’t think I’ll be able to wait another six months without checking in with the doctor again. So, I’m trying to take this one day at a time. Whether or not I’ll write many updates -- I’m not sure. Sometimes writing helps, but I also realize that this journey could be a long one . . . so I don’t want to turn this space into my personal rant zone.

Thanks for reading and for your well wishes.

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