Yay my insurance got approved

I am so exited to announce that my insurance went through for my next round of IVF.   This means my hypothyroidism is under control!   I am more exited than I thought I would be.   Next week I will be injecting.  
Waaawhooo.....!

Feeling VERY Fortunate to live in a state where IVF is covered by insurance.   





5 Tips for Conceiving Successfully

Now that I am close to TTC again, I have been searching the internet for tips on how to conceive a baby.  I guess I have some time on my hands waiting for my next round of IVF.  No lie..  will try pretty much anything!

These are the 5 most important things to concentrate on for a successful healthy conception  

Meditation / Relaxation:  Nothing is more harmful to your body, mind and soul than stress.  Stress can manifest and hide in deep dark places.  You don't have to turn into a guru or even sit in complete silence if you don't want to.  It's up to you!  I personally like youtube and affirmations.   I can get lost for an hour and at the end I feel so fresh and relax.

Positivity:  Having a good attitude can go a long way.  No one needs to tell you that though right!  Living with a good attitude is a better way of being.  When you let negativity in it seems to take over.  If you think "I'll never be able to conceive "  you probably won't.  Chin up lady!  Anything is possible!

Diet:  The right nutrients are necessary for a healthy body.  Folic Acid with a well balanced diet cutting out fast, fried and man made foods.  I won't get to deep here as this could be a novel.

Drink Plenty of Water:  This sounds obvious but is very important.  Water keeps our bodies running smoothly.  It flushes out the bad toxins and carries nutrients to all ends of our bodies.  Water is even known to be a mood and hormone stabilizer!  So... Drink up!

Get a Good Nights Rest:  Get your Z's ladies because it is impotent for your body to get an adequate amount of sleep each night!  Rest up.



IVF Update 2/25

I am so happy to announce that my Thyroid levels have come back to normal 
and I will be able to go ahead with my 3rd round of In Vitro soon!  
My Doctor thinks I could be injecting as early as next week.  Now I am just waiting on insurance.  I am so exited as I had no expectations for the meds to work so fast. 
Having hypothyroidism was not a surprise. I was very symptomatic.
What was surprising is how fast the meds worked.  I feel awake!   All the time.  I don't need a nap to get through the day and 8 hours is enough.  (not the 12 I needed just weeks ago)


I can't believe how exited I am.  Not nervous at all.  

Time to stop drinking!  
Wish me luck!   
I'll keep you posted


Me Very Happy! 

14 Reasons to Drink Water for Conception

Hi Guys today I have made a list of 14 reasons to drink plenty of water each day for conception, pregnant and beyond.  It is important to understand how water effects our well being.  Getting enough water each day is import and wether you are trying to conceive or not.  Dehydration will act as a barrier to achieving your goal.  Getting enough water will help wash out toxins and level all nutritional benefits throughout your body.  
Aim for 8 eight once cups a day 64 fluid ounces


Water for Conception, Pregnancy and Beyond

1. Helps hormone levels

2. Flushes out toxins

3. Helps circulation

4. Improves egg quality 

5. Helps Cervical Mucus

6. Gives adequate breast milk production and flow

7. Helps Liver and kidney function (both can threaten a pregnancy)

8. Prevent dehydration

9. Prevents mood fluctuations 

10. Prevents miscarriage 

11. Prevents preterm labor

12. Keeps constipation at bay 

13. Keeps skin fresh and hydrated

14. Will Keep you from swelling up




My Full Time Job Being A Stepmother



Vacation is over so back to being a chauffeur it is!  I am feeling a tad under appreciated these days.  People say being a mother is the hardest most under appreciated job in the world.   I have to disagree and say Stepmother-ing is. The expectations of love and care with the unspoken code of silence when it comes to matters of importance is a lot for any strong woman to keep up.  To take care of children who are not my own - that if it were up to them, would want their parents together...  Sometimes I feel as if because I am a second wife to my husband that not only does my husbands family not want to get to know me but they do not care for my feelings.  They do not see me as a close tie to the children or as the love of my husbands life but as someone unwanted in the middle.  No I was not the "other" woman but it is how I feel I can be treated at times (wether they mean to or not) especially when the kids mom is there.  

My reward is my husband!  He gives me the love and appreciation to keep me going!  I never dreamed as a child I would grow up to be a stepmom.  I certainly never hoped I could share my Christmas card space with another woman's children.   Coming into this situation I dreamed we would set the bar for others, show them how it was done - become close allies and 1 unit for the kids.  I was wrong and there is nothing I can do to change this.  

I just have to know that even though I may be under appreciated that I am the one who sees clearly, untainted by past hurt,  jealousy and anger.  I am definitely untainted and am the one who truly sees and wants what is best for the kids ...so I continue on.  I put myself after them and who ever they hold dear.   Maybe my new family will warm up to me over time - maybe they won't.  I am content with my life and happy I am able to separate reality from emotion.  

Sending out positive vibes to all you stepmothers out there!   
There are more of us than you know..

5 Foods to Stimulate Hair Growth



Hey Guys!  Ever wonder what foods you can eat to help hair growth and prevent hair loss. As some of you know I have suffered from great hair loss and damage recently. Hair Loss and Damage due to Hypothyroidism.  I have created a list of 5 foods for to help anyone looking for healthy hair.  I hope this helps

1. Mango:  Rich in vitamin E improves circulation to Scalp

2. Honeydew Melons:  Rich in Folic Acid.  Folic acid is needed to prevent hair loss.  It is vital for hair growth to consume folic acid.

3. Collard Greens:  Rich in vitamin C, Fiber, Iron, Copper and Calcium this green will give your body a boost to help hair growth

4. Broccoli:  Contains more vitamin C than an Orange.  Rich in vitamin A and C.  Aids in circulation to the scalp.

5. Asparagus:  Rich in vitamin C, A , E Iron, Fiber, Protein and Folic Acid this Veggie is a source of Silicon for healthy hair.

Another tip:  Take a multi vitamin everyday!  Make sure there is folic acid in it!



Going Grey While Wanting A Baby

So toady I have a common topic to talk about...
I'm Going Grey!  It's true I can not deny it. 
It's there in the morning staring back at me in the bathroom mirror.  It's there in the sunlight reflecting back at me in the rear view.  




I remember thinking about when the time would come that I would go grey.   I thought I'd have a few kids, maybe in high school.   I'd be on the verge of being an empty nestor - not trying to conceive!

What went wrong?  Why did I wait so long?  Do I really want to be an old mom?
I start to get hard on myself and judge the entire story of me!
The happiest, most grateful, loved, inspired and appreciated version of myself seems to fade as I drift off into grey and silver dreams.  Remembering when my mom got her first grey hair.  I was in high school - she must have been 40 years old.  

Lucky..  I am 35.  I am lucky!  I have a girlfriend who started turning in her 20s.

While these streaks of experience should be a badge of honor showing that there are stories behind the strands I still choose to cover them up.  I am not ready to turn the page.  
I want a baby.  The next phase of life for me is meant to have an addition to it  ..right?

How such a small thing at times can make me feel like hope is slipping.


Pre IVF Mediterranean Diet for Success

Hey everyone!   Today I would like to share with you some studies that 
have been done on Fats and IVF Success! Worth a serious effort as this is a healthy way of eating and creates good habits!  This diet is not only limited to IVF patients but all woman trying to conceive.

Studies have shown a higher success rate with eating a Mediterranean Diet prior to IVF to enhance 
egg / embryo quality 




Woman who eat monounsaturated fat found in Olive Oils, Nuts, Seeds and Avocados in high amounts were 3.4 times more likely to have a successful round of IVF.  

Woman who ate mostly saturated fats found in Butter and Red Meat produced fewer good quality eggs used for fertility treatment.  

Polyunsaturated fat consumption produced the poorest quality embryos


My Valentine's Day Surprise!

Not what I expected as the best Valentine's Day surprise ever!

Look at what we found!


















There is a little heart inside my husbands wedding ring!
I couldn't have planned it better myself!
Now he had lost his original ring we bought him 1 month after our wedding (no surprise as he always takes it off at the gym) We had bought him this temporary replacement ring.  Maybe it's a sign to keep this one?

Are You Really Happy?


Happiness to many is measured by success, money, career choice, the car you drive,  the school your child goes to, the clothes you wear....  Bragging rights to your next vacation or maybe a pictures of yourself on Facebook portraying smiling facing somewhere really fun looking.


To understand true happiness 
you have to be able to see deep within yourself.

I am one of those lucky people who have been fortunate enough to hit rock bottom.  Sounds like a joke right!  It is true.  A person will appreciate the highs easier that have hit a real low.  Some people have a near death experience, suicidal thoughts, bankruptcy, pure desperation, heartbreak or like me a huge loss.  It is in these times that teach us who we really are and what we are made of, what truly matters and what we offer ourselves, our loved ones and the world.  What we truly want in life and want to offer the world.

How "happy" are you moment to moment and what is impacting your happiness?

Did your neighbor get a new car?  Receive a bigger diamond? Go on an expensive vacation?  Get another babysitter?  Did you get jealous, or judge their "happiness"?  Do you look at another persons fit body and think "well they do nothing but workout"  "she doesn't enjoy life"  Is your happiness always being justified or compared to others around you?
For many people happiness is in direct correlation to making others feel envious! For others it is in comparing your choices verse another persons.   Facebook has come in handy to many people sporting the best versions of themselves only with pictures of cookie cutter homemaking and kids who seem so loving, a night out with a beautiful girl captured in a picture.  


                                                          Ask yourself these simple questions
If I was to pass away this moment could I say I have no regrets?

Did I show unconditional love to my family and friends?

Did I love to the fullest?  In the moment was I present?

Did I touch anyones life?  Make a difference? 

Did I change anyones life for the better?

Was my company desired by others?

Did I breath in the little moments with a loved one, spouse, child?

Did I tell them I love them that I appreciate them.  That they are wonderful!  

Listen to there wants, their dreams and fears?

Did I complain a lot?  Was I envious of others? Materialistic? 

Did I respect my spouse and myself?  Did I offer forgiveness?  Was I selfish more than not?

The list goes on.
The truth about happiness in within us all.  We all know inside what happiness really is.  It is in us all waiting to explode out.  We all have the life we want or the capability to easily change what it is into something greater.  Instead of looking over the fence be grateful for what is within your own yard!  Nurture it, spend time growing and caring for it.  Don't worry about anyone else's. It is true that the grass is greener where you water it.  Spend less time looking at everyone else's life and what you don't have and more time on what you do have and you are on your way!



Live in the moment.
Inspire yourself to be an example to kindness!
You already are the person you want to be!

Take that weekend away with your mother/child.
Go for a long walk alone!
Surprise your loved one with flowers.
Take a picnic.
Go for a drive with no destination.
Leave your phone at home.
Spend more time in the garden.

Opportunities are endless.
Say a sincere thank you to the cashier. Smile at a stranger or open the door for an elder.   Be the person you dreamed you would be today!

How the IVF Process Has Changed Me

6 things I never knew would happen during the IVF process

1.  I am Patient -  I waited for insurance to be approved.  I waited to be told to trigger.  I waited to find out if it was a success.  I still waited to see if the numbers would rise.  I waited to watch the numbers fall. I waited to be told I could do another round to wait all over again.
There is no defining moment of Yes even if it comes.

2.  I would be an expert at getting my blood drawn - I have had my blood drawn probably close to 100 times!  Watching HCG Rise and fall along with various other reasons I have become strangely ok with the whole needle blood drawing thing.

3. That I would not think twice about injecting myself with needles - I will admit when the box first arrives and I open it up I still want to puke at the look of all the meds and needles. The thought of injecting myself was inconceivable.  Who knew after my complete melt down the first night, I would become such and expert 1 year later!  I much rather do it myself than have anyone else do it.  I can do it just about anywhere now.

4. How positive I can actually be - After 2 losses I was still able to have such hope that it will still work!  Saying things like "I might be pregnant then" It so nice to know I can be so positive.

5. That I would distance myself from friends and family a bit -  I never thought I would be that person to slip out of a shower or birthday party early but low and behold I am guilty of this.  Being asked if we are thinking about kids feels like a bullet to the chest.  I dodge situations like crazy.  I feel uncomfortable around sympathetic eyes.  I wish this wasn't the case but..  

5. That it would bring me and my husband closer - Going through the emotional ups and downs together I have such love for my husband and know he will always be here for me.  No matter what!

6. I would find myself so grateful of life - A journey down the road of in vitro will make anyone question the meaning of life.  Why some people accidentally get pregnant were others even with the most assistance will never.  Finding happiness without a child of our own is hard to think about but somewhere along the way I realized how lucky I am no matter what happens.


Hypothyroidism and Hair Loss and Damage

It was 2 years ago my journey to being diagnosed with hypothyroidism started.  My hair was not only falling out in clumps but it was dry, brittle and damaged beyond repairing.  I sadly took the plunge at the hairdresser and got unwanted layers.   She had to admit herself that it was my only choice to try and continue with long hair.

It happened so suddenly.  This was the scariest part.   
I have decided to share my pictures of before and now to show the major difference.
There is really nothing I can do but be healthy and wait for it to grow back in.


Before

 Now







           

I am happy to report that since I have been on meds for a hypo thyroid that my hair is growing back in as you can see the layer of fuzz in this picture! Click to enlarge. This gives me hope that in a few years it will thicken back up!   







Food for Healthier Hair

Salmon, Walnuts, Sweet Potatoes, Eggs, Spinach,  Greek Yogurt, Blueberries, Poultry, Omega 3





Hate to Say it but ..I will miss the Snow!

I definitely have a love hate relationship with snow.  
There is nothing more romantic and beautiful than a snowy night in with my family.  
At the same time there is nothing worse than dealing with this snow for the days following.   
Extended school,  shoveling,  parking and driving in it. 


This past week we got a foot here in MA.  
I took the cutest pictures of my youngest step son Hunter below!  



6 Things I've Learned About Myself Because of IVF

What the IVF Process 

Has Taught Me About Myself


6 things I have learned about myself during the IVF process

1.  I am Patient -  I waited for insurance to be approved.  I waited to be told to trigger.  I waited to find out if it was a success.  I still waited watch the numbers rise.  I waited to watch the numbers fall. I waited to be told I could do another round to wait all over again.
There is no defining moment of Yes even if it comes and I have learned to be ok with this.

2.  I'm great with needles - I have had my blood drawn probably close to 100 times!  Watching HCG Rise and fall along with various other reasons I have become strangely ok with the whole needle blood drawing thing.

3. Even better with injecting myself - I will admit when the box first arrives and I open it up I still want to puke at the look of all the meds and needles. The thought of injecting myself was inconceivable.  Who knew after my complete melt down the first night, I would become such and expert 1 year later!  I much rather do it myself than have anyone else do it.  I can do it just about anywhere now and in a flash!

4. How positive I actually am - After 2 losses I was still able to have such hope that this will all still work!  Saying things like "I might be pregnant then" It so nice to know I can be so positive.

5. I can be a bit of a loner -  I never thought I would be that person to slip out of a shower or birthday party early but low and behold I am guilty of this.  Being asked if we are thinking about kids feels like a bullet to the chest.  I dodge situations like crazy.  I feel uncomfortable around sympathetic eyes.  I wish this wasn't the case but most of the time I rather be home with my husband than at an event.

5. How much my husband loves me - Going through the emotional ups and downs together I have such love for my husband and know he will always be here for me.  No matter what!  HE has showed me love and support at my craziest hormonal moments.  I have no doubt in the world of his love for me and appreciate him and us more than ever.

6. I love my life no matter what happens! - A journey down the road of in vitro will make anyone question the meaning of life.  Why some people accidentally get pregnant were others even with the most assistance will never.  Finding happiness without a child of our own is hard to think about but somewhere along the way I realized how lucky I am no matter what happens.  A child will not bring me the happiness - I have found this happiness already!

How to Avoid Gatorade and Replenish Electrolytes Naturally


Great Article on getting electrolytes Naturally without 
Artificial ingredients, refined sugars and carcinogens.


Snowy Night In MA


Thank You For Following Me!  
I could have smiled ..right! 

Just finished reading a great email from a reader.  I thought I would post a thank you as it truly makes me feel great about what I choose to post!   I can't wait to share all the things coming up for me. 
Health, IVF, Travel  

It is a cold snowy night here in MA.  Good night for a fire!  


The Truth About Pineapple and Implantation

Who Knew..  Pineapple helps Implantation!  


Yes it is true pineapple contains bromelain which is known to be an anti-inflammatory.  It also seems to increase cervical mucus making the uterus more "sticky" which leads to good implantation

The bromelain is located most prominently in the core of the pineapple.  Yes the harder core that most everyone discards when cutting a pineapple.  There are small traces in the rest of the pineapple as well.

Pineapple is a great source for Vitamin C and Fiber
100g of pineapple flesh = 43 calories



IVF In Vitro Fertilization: One Whole Pineapple divided into 5 portions.  Begin on the day of transfer for 5 days

IUI Intra-uterine Insemination:  One Whole Pineapple divided into 5 portions.  Begin on the day of your IUI for 5 days

Timed Intercourse:  One Whole Pineapple divided into 5 portions.  Begin on the day after ovulation for 5 days.

Tip:  Do not start early.  The pineapple will effect the vaginal and cervical mucus PH, making it more acidic.

Tip:  Also works better on an empty stomach


How To Cut A Pineapple 

Twist or cut off the head of the pineapple
If you twist it off still cut a portion of both top and bottom off
 Cut around the pineapple just deep enough


 Once around you will have to trim a bit
 Cut into 5 pieces
 Depending on how you are consuming you can cut out core

 Or dice the whole slice

 Bag and store.  I choses to freeze and blend in a smoothie!




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