It’s no secret that folks who struggle with infertility go through a lot of heartache. And to call the IVF treatment process “emotional” is an understatement. For many couples as well as women trying to get pregnant on their own, it can take years of pitfalls before they finally get the good news: a positive pregnancy test. So when it’s time to share that moment they’ve been hoping and praying for, why not go all out?
Just try not to tear up at some of these pregnancy announcements from IVF parents-to-be — most of which were years in the making. But as you can see, it’s all well worth the wait.
A painful process
To hear about IVF is one thing, but when you see a photo of every injection and medication that goes into the treatment process, it really paints the picture. This mom, known as @martinisandmedicine on Instagram, was diagnosed with stage-4 endometriosis and tried to conceive for four long years before she got pregnant with her son. On her blog, she wrote about the pain of infertility, saying, “The baby in my belly, soon in my arms, will not dull the pain of the next pregnancy announcement or baby shower or birth. They will always remind me of my struggle. Past and future, because I know this struggle doesn’t end. But to every single one of my babies, the one who made it and the ones who didn’t; you were worth it.”
A wish worth the wait
This stunning twosome’s pregnancy announcement could be that of any couple, right? Except @hatching_Baby_Siegel and her husband tried to have a baby for over two years before she became pregnant with their daughter-to-be. Still, she was quick to acknowledge they were luckier than some. “It’s not the length of your suffering, but also the depth of your sorrow,” she wrote on her post. “For two years, we were overcome with fear and grief, and it is not something that we will ever forget. This little girl will always know how deeply longed for she was.”
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Every second of waiting for you will be worth it 💕 I know my struggle was shorter than so many of yours, sisters, but believe me, it is not only the length of your suffering, but also the depth of your sorrow. For two years, we were overcome with fear and grief and it is not something that we will ever forget. This little girl will always know how deeply longed for she was. Blessed to have this man by my side every step of the way. These pictures speak to our journey and I pray you will ALL get your miracles speedily! 📷: @zhazha #ivfpregnancy #ivfsuccess #34weekspregnant #ivftribe #ttctribe #ttcsisters #invisibleillness #maternityphotos #maternityphotoshoot #maternityshoot #descansogardens #wish
Ryan Strzelecki’s relief at hearing his baby-to-be’s heartbeat for the first time is contagious. He and his wife, Annette, tried to have a kid for 1,041 days (that’s almost three years). And his advice for other couples experiencing infertility is sweet, albeit a mixed metaphor: “For anyone who may be going through the emotional roller coaster of trying to start a family, have faith and lean into your partner as you navigate this river,” he wrote.
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It is with extremely full hearts, a ton of joy, and great humbleness that Annette and I can officially share our big news! We have laughed a lot, cried a little, and grown closer as a family over those 1,041 days of waiting. For anyone who may be going through the emotional roller coaster of trying to start a family, have faith and lean into your partner as you navigate this river! Lots of love!
Miles & miles to baby
Talk about a journey! This adorable family has been through a cancer diagnosis, six rounds of IVF and four devastating miscarriages. So 60 fertility appointments later, getting pregnant felt like a true miracle. Their video pregnancy announcement will likely give you goose bumps. Plus, look how excited their son is to be a big brother.
There’s a lot of love and struggle that goes into an IVF pregnancy journey. But when it came time to announce her pregnancy, @capturedbycourt also wanted to give a shoutout to the unsung hero of the process: science. “The last few years have been full of so many wonderful adventures,” she wrote. “However, I would be lying if I didn’t say those years were also filled with challenging trials and heartache. I am so excited for a new adventure this February!” Congratulations on finally reaching your next chapter. P.S.: The onesie is available on Etsy.
Menopur, blastocyst, retrieval… IVF parents get to know all the infertility lingo. And it was all too familiar-sounding for @thescientificstork, who was TTC (trying to conceive) for three-and-a-half years before she got a BFP (big fat positive) pregnancy result. And you can see the happiness and disbelief on her and her husband’s faces when they finally got the news. Her post sums it up perfectly: “Three and a half years, 66 shots (in 39 days respectively), over 100 pills, one surgery, two procedures, almost 20K, and countless tears… all for this moment,” she wrote. Now her adorable twins are a year old and proof that dreams really do come true — with the help of science, that is.
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3.5 years, 66 shots (in 39 days respectively), over 100 pills, one surgery, two procedures, almost 20K, and countless tears…all for this moment. Beta today was 446.8! I don't know what else to say besides I feel like I'm in a dream. It's surreal. It's also incredibly important to me to recognize that while I'm the happiest I have ever felt in my life, a part of me aches for anyone who sees this and feels pained. It was difficult for me to even post our news knowing it might hurt even one person. I am in limbo now, caught between two worlds. My whole heart longs for every single person desiring this dream to achieve it…and I'll never give up trying to make it easier for those going through these struggles. And so that means if you're still in the fight, you can't give up either! Thank you endlessly for all of your support. 😘 #infertility #infertilityawareness #ttc #ttccommunity #ivf #icsi #fet #frozenembryotransfer #ivfsuccess #webeatinfertility #bfp #dream #nevergiveup #teambfp2016 #9dp5dt #infertilitypregnancyannouncement