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A Story of Fertility: What Worked for Us
When my husband and I married we were in our late thirties and were looking forward to starting our family. We knew that my fertility would be an issue and decided to begin fertility treatment.
|Our sweet daughter, 5 days old - tiny and cute!|
Several fertility treatments over the course of more than 1 year, made me realize that I needed to do whatever I could, at 40 years old, to improve my chances as fast as possible.
I began seeing an acupuncturist and, on the advice of my doctor, lost weight as well (using the 'My Plate' function on Livestrong.com). As usual, I avoided any alcohol, caffeine (chocolate, tea or coffee) and fatty foods. My body felt better, but my fertility was not where it needed to be.
I poured all of my extra time into investigating anything that pointed to improving older women's fertility, especially in the 38-40 age range. What I found was that many women, at different age ranges, managed to improve their fertility by using certain supplements and natural products. I investigated these supplements and natural products and found that they would definitely help to improve my overall health and help my nervous system - fertility treatment of any kind can be very stressful and there are not enough support groups out there, with the exception of the few that I found online. Here are the two websites that I found most helpful:
I became pregnant with my own egg with a healthy baby girl. Our daughter was not born premature and has not had any health issues besides one recent common cold.
I wanted to point out that DHEA can be dangerous if taken over a very long period of time and not under a doctor's supervision. Overexposure to DHEA is related to certain cancers, that is why the patients in the 2007 study were under DOCTOR SUPERVISION. Here is the link to the 2007 DHEA study: http://www.centerforhumanreprod.com/dhea-research.html
Most of the supplements that I used can be found at your local pharmacy in the vitamin aisle:
1. Micronized DHEA: I took 50 mg per day in the morning for 2 months and stopped before I had to take any medications for my treatment. You can purchase these online here: http://www.drugstore.com/mrm-dhea-25mg-vegetarian-capsules/qxp321771?catid=288228
2. Baby Aspirin: I took one 81 mg per day. I took this in conjunction with the DHEA (I read that baby aspirin helps with the effectiveness of DHEA) I stopped taking baby aspirin before I had to take any medications for my treatment.
3. Melatonin: I took 5 ml every night and stopped the day before ovulation. I used one in a liquid form from Vitamin World here: http://www.vitaminworld.com/melatonin-728/liquid-melatonin-cherry-flavored-050380
4. Co Q 10 (Coenzyme Q 10): I took 200 mg per day (100 mg in morning, 100 mg at night) and stopped the day before ovulation.
5. Fish Oil Omega-3: I took 2000mg per day (1000 mg in the morning and 1000 mg in the evening) and stopped the day before ovulation.
6. Prenatal vitamin (Folic Acid): I took 1 pill per day
I had to buy the following products online:
Here is the link to the one I used: http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/store/en/browse/sku_detail.jsp?id=RJ-1034
I wanted to point out that during my fertility treatment, I stopped taking all of these supplements with the exception of the prenatal vitamin and the Wheat grass powder. During my pregnancy, I took a prenatal vitamin, the Wheat grass powder and a DHA Prenatal fish oil supplement to help with brain development: (http://www.drugstore.com/nordic-naturals-prenatal-dha-500mg-fish-oil/qxp223742?catid=183230).
|Me at our baby shower!|
I had a normal, healthy pregnancy and
our daughter was born perfect when
I was just over 41 1/2 years old.
One year later we celebrated with our daughter at the Massachusetts General Hospital IVF 20th Anniversary Event hosted by the hospital in the Bulfinch Tent!
|IVF party, MGH Bulfinch Tent with Mommy 9-22-12|
|IVF party, MGH Bulfinch Tent hugging Daddy 9-22-12|
|IVF-MGH party, MGH Fertility Center staff|
|IVF-MGH party, Dr. Thomas Toth speech|
|Our daughter, 1 day old.|
This is my story about my journey to become a mother of a beautiful, sweet, smart and darling daughter! It took a lot of research, discipline and patience to create this recipe of supplements in order to temporarily 'turn back the clock' in terms of my fertility. However, I was very driven in my pursuit to have our daughter and consider this work to have been worth every minute of my time since the result was a very healthy pregnancy and a beautiful baby! I want my story to give other potential mothers hope in their journey to motherhood, that is why I am sharing this information with my audience. I know exactly what it is like to struggle with infertility in your 40s, but I also know the feeling of winning the battle against infertility!
Happy winning the battle everyone!
Posted March 16, 2014
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Brookline Moms Club Play date at the Museum of Science
|With my play date at the Museum of Science, 2-27-14.|
|Our friend and former Isis graduate, Frank, with his daughter at the Brookline Moms Club Museum of Science, play date 2-27-14.|
|Our friend/former Isis graduate, Laura, with her daughter and son at the Brookline Moms Club Museum of Science, play date 2-27-14.|
|Our friend /former Isis graduate and Brookline Moms Club organizer, Melissa, with her daughter at the Museum of Science play date 2-27-14.|
Mike's Gym Children's Daycare Center, Boston, MA
|Having my herbal tea with milk 3-1-14.|
|Playing at Mikes Gym Daycare 3-1-14.|
|Finishing my snack at Mikes Gym daycare 3-1-14.|
|Snack time at Mikes Gym Daycare 3-1-14.|
MFA Play dates!
|Arriving at MFA Play dates 3-3-14.|
|Waiting for class at MFA Play dates 3-3-14.|
|Arriving at MFA Play date class 3-3-14.|
|Looking at bracelets at the MFA 3-3-14.|
|My drawing at MFA Play dates 3-3-14.|
Fun times at My Gym
|Climbing at My Gym 3-5-14.|
|Climbing the circle at My Gym. 3-5-14.|
|Crawling at My Gym 2-27-14.|
|Rolling gym equipment at My Gym. 3-5-14.|
|In sensory ball pit 3-3-14.|
|Playing with soccerball at My Gym 3-3-14.|
|Hanging out in the sensory ball pit 3-12-14.|
|Crawling with my ball at My Gym 3-3-14.|
|Playing with basketball net, 3-12-14.|
|Swimming in the sensory ball pit at My Gym, 3-10-14.|
|Swinging on dolphin, 3-12-14.|
|On the balance beam, 3-10-14.|
|Playing at My Gym, 3-3-14.|
Lunch at the Four's Restaurant with GrandDad!
|Mom and me at the Fours restaurant 3-8-14.|
|Dad and me at the Fours restaurant 3-8-14.|
|Me, Dad and GrandDad at lunch at the Fours restaurant 3-8-14.|
|Me and Mommy at the Peabody Essex Art and Nature Center 3-8-14.|
|Me and Daddy at the Peabody Essex Museum 3-8-14|
|Moving the videos at the Peabody Essex Museum 3-8-14.|
|Playing the wrench xylophone.3-8-14.|
|Building an animal at PEM. 3-8-14.|
|Me and Daddy exploring Level 2 at the Peabody Essex Museum. 3-8-14.|
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