Moms Who Beat Infertility Share Their Stories

When you struggle with infertility and the months of waiting for a pregnancy turn into years, it can be difficult to imagine ever holding your baby. We spoke with more than a dozen moms who bravely battled infertility and won and we’re honored to share their powerful stories with you.

Nichole Beaudry, shown with her first child, Katherine

It never occurred to me that I’d ever have a problem getting pregnant.

My husband and I were married in August and immediately began trying for our first baby. My type A tendencies had me temping and charting from the very beginning. I wanted a baby and didn’t want to waste a single cycle. I was sure we’d get pregnant within a month with all of my careful charting and controlling.

Months went by and I felt concern creeping in. My OB-GYN was incredibly proactive and referred us to our reproductive endocrinologist once we tried for six months on our own.

"It was on our third unmedicated cycle that I thought my heart might finally break."

We began a Clomid/IUI/Trigger shot combination only to learn that the HCG shots were causing cysts, which forced us to take a break from the drugs after each round. It was on our third unmedicated cycle that I thought my heart might finally break.

I sat there in the RE’s office and listened to her tell me that I wouldn’t ovulate that month and for the first time, I began to truly consider the idea that I might never get pregnant. She advised me to go home, enjoy my husband and some martinis and get some rest.

And that’s exactly what I did. I think I drank more that month than I did in college. For the first time since we were married, I truly lived in the moment with my husband. I had spent the first year of our marriage focused on what we didn’t have, instead of all that we did and it was an amazing month.

Then, 40 weeks later, when they placed my daughter onto my chest in the delivery room, I still could not believe she was there. I will never forget the way her sticky body melted into mine as I nursed her for the first time.

Looking back, I don’t know if I would change things. Those long months of waiting for her made me appreciate her even more. They made me soak up every minute of my pregnancy and try to etch it into my memory.

It’s those moments with her and with her brother who came along two and a half years later that help us to cope now, as we try for just one more baby.

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Tegaryusup August 09, 2012 | 10:15 AM

Hi! I stumbled arcsos your blog by complete accident, but now I am beginning to think was it? An accident? I thought I would chime in with my 2 cents (or lack there-of) on the question you've given... :)As a fellow IF'r, I don't know if I would go as far as to say its taboo, but the world needs more IF'rs like you and I--who aren't afraid to share their experiences in what can be such an isolating experience for some women. It was for me. I felt completely alone and ashamed while going through infertility procedures. So, Thank you for not being ashamed. I think people fail to embrace what they don't understand; unfortunately, this is one of those "you need to be there" to fully understand how emotional IF can be. Secondly, good luck on your IUI! I will say a prayer for it to be successful!

Akwagner36 July 14, 2012 | 9:29 AM

Thank you so very much! This is exactly how I feel. We are still waiting to get pregnant with our second child! You give me hope!

Tonya June 19, 2012 | 10:16 AM

Beautiful is the only word I have after reading these stories. Thank you for compiling this, Nichole. I am overwhelmed.

Laura June 18, 2012 | 8:35 AM

Great, inspiring stories with happy endings. Thank you so much to these moms for sharing their struggles.

Jennifer June 18, 2012 | 5:43 AM

Of all of these stories, including mine, this one made me cry. Miracles really do happen.

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