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Stork Stories: My TTC Journey

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You already know how baby crazy I was before getting pregnant…. before getting married even, lol. I’ve always wanted to be a mom, and I was ready for the hard work it entailed because of how much I helped out with my little bro. I was excited to start a family after John and I got married.

I wrote a post years ago that was a journal entry about my TTC Journey with Rohan. I honestly thought it was just a fluke getting pregnant, and that IF we made it to the birth, he’d be an only child. If you haven’t read that old post (or don’t want to because it’s crazy long, and has no pictures lol) here’s the short version:

We stopped birth control and started trying to conceive our first child in January 2011. By August I got a bit worried and went to the doctor who suggested I have a histerosalpingogram done to check the health of my uterus and faloppean tubes. The test showed that my fallopean tubes were damaged and likely hindering pregnancy. I was referred to a specialist who told me I would never be able to conceive a child naturally, and that I would need In Vitro Fertilization. IVF is expensive, stressful and not guaranteed. I was so worried and stressed out, yet I started saving and planning for the procedure because John and I more than anything wanted to be parents.

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I was still doing the do with John throughout all of this stress in August and September, and when my period was late, I took a test. It showed positive! I called my doctor who asked me in right away. She tested me there and it was negative. I couldn’t believe it. I was like a sad zombie in her office and she suggested a blood test just to be sure. The next day she emailed me with the subject line “Pregnant” and I was officially the happiest girl in the world. We had to do frequent tests to make sure we were still trending in the right direction with my (and babys) hormones. But…After a scary, high risk, semi-bed rest pregnancy, I gave birth to my son Rohan and have never been the same. Almost 2 years later I gave birth to my daughter Kaya and our birth family is now complete.

My experience with TTC had a happy ending, and I’m so grateful. My heart truly goes out to the women dealing with longer term issues with infertility, complications with IVF, and those who simply are taking a bit longer than expected to conceive.

I know as women who want to be mothers it’s a scary feeling thinking “what if I can’t?” It’s scary to feel like you may be “broken” or have a partner who’s not able to create a family with you.

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This post is sponsored by the Stork OTC device which may be able to help other women have a happy ending to their TTC journey as well. The device is a one-time-use cup that holds your partner’s semen up to your cervix to improve the chance of his swimmers reaching the finish line. You know how we’ve all heard about people who go all upside down in crazy yoga poses when trying to conceive to up their chances..?.. Well..  yeah… this is a more elegant way of doing things.

I showed it to John and his first response was “we’re NOT having any more kids” ha!! But he agreed that it was a really cool device that he would welcome if we were trying for baby number 3. I am not ashamed to admit that I was the girl who put her legs up in the air after making love juuuuust in case the old wives tales were true. I figured, hey, gravity has got to be on my side! I would totally use the Stork OTC device. (I kinda wish it was around back in 2011, it would have saved me a few cricks in my neck…but that’s neither here nor there)

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Anything we can do to help our fertility, we do it. We take the vitamins, we get healthy before conceiving, avoid the “bad” foods, drink water. We chart, do our temps. When we’re serious about getting pregnant, we do what’s necessary, and anything we think will help up our chances. I’m glad this is on the market now. The more we’re able to do, the more empowered we feel and more confident (read: less stressed out!) we are about the baby making process over all.

I don’t know where you are in your family planning but this may be a really good option for you or someone you know. I’m really into this stuff so I’m participating on a Twitter chat on 4/21 at 9pm, join me there! #storkstories.

You can also follow The Stork OTC (Stork OTC Site) on Facebook and/or Twitter to keep up with what they’re doing.

How was your TTC Journey?


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Brandy Dawson

Monday 30th of May 2022

Thank you for sharing your TTC journey and story with us!! Looking for more...


Thursday 28th of April 2016

Interesting. When I was TTC this last one I took extra measures. I found on some blog the idea to use those menstruation cups for this same thing. I thought it was crazy but I went with it anyway. I'm not sure if that is what did the trick but right when we had given up trying and decided to be ok with having just one kid we found out we were preggers with my little fireball. Good times!


Friday 29th of April 2016

That's awesome!! What a nice surprise.


Thursday 21st of April 2016

We used Astroglide and that helped those little swimmers hit the mark. LOL But luckily I didn't have any issues get preggers but that last pregnancy totally jacked me up and I ended up being put on bedrest at 33 weeks and induced at 35. So I don't want to go through that again!

And can I just say that your booty and silhouette look the bomb on that pic! ;)

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