IN HER OWN WORDS
Four years ago my husband I started talking about having a family. You never think you are going to have difficulties in this area, but looking back, I had very irregular cycles and that was my first hint that I might have challenges down the road.
About six months after we decided to take the plunge, I still was not pregnant, and we were getting concerned. I visited my ob/gyn, who told me that it was not unusual for it to take up to a year to conceive. We continued to try and I did get pregnant, but had a miscarriage. It was a very difficult and devastating experience.
I ended up having two more miscarriages – a total of three in about a year. By that time, the doctors were concerned; they consider three miscarriages a sign of significant infertility.
During this time, no one talked to me about diet at all. But I decided to do my own homework because that is the type of person I am. I researched as much as I could about infertility and miscarriages and I did find some things that indicated diet and lifestyle were important. But when I brought it up to a reproductive endocrinologist he looked me right in the eye and told me that diet had nothing to do with my problem. My husband was sitting right there and heard it too.
The endocrinologist wanted us to begin IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatment. That was the first suggestion he made, even before we had a conversation. I wanted to get to the root cause of these miscarriages. I was not ready for that step, so we didn’t do it.
Shortly after this conversation, I mentioned to him that based on my research, I might be experiencing some insulin resistance. He didn’t agree but I pleaded with him to run some tests and sure enough, I did show some signs of insulin resistance. This did not surprise me since diabetes runs in my family.
At this point I was really discouraged. I felt like I needed a good team of people who could guide me. I did not know where to turn – I thought the nutrition piece was key, but no one wanted to talk to me about it.
I was frustrated, and after three miscarriages I decided I did not want to put my body through any more. And I needed an emotional break, too. I started thinking about how we were approaching getting pregnant; the more I thought about fertility treatments and drugs the more I was convinced I wanted a more natural approach.
I had heard about Dr. Pam Popper through a friend and recommended that my mother see her because she had an autoimmune disease. One day when I was talking to my mom, she said that she had had such good results with Dr. Pam she could not understand why I hadn’t called her myself. I thought to myself, “that’s right!” And I made an appointment right away.
Right after I talked to Dr. Pam, my husband and I took a vacation, and I had the Wellness 101 book on the plane. I kept interrupting him to tell him the things I was learning. He really got that this was something important to me, and he ended up reading the book and jumping on board with me.
At this time, I was excited because I felt like “Aha! I have the answer!” I felt empowered; I was getting some control back, and I had a plan.
Within a couple of months, my body started to change. All the puffiness in my face, acne, and belly fat – it all went away. I felt like a new person. I started to think that what I was trying to do was to create a healthy home for this baby that would be coming soon. I was thinking positively again and I could visualize having a baby and my dream coming true.
I was still a little nervous about getting pregnant but after a few months, my cycles were becoming normal and I thought my body was ready. We got pregnant in April – six months after I saw Dr. Pam, and had a very healthy pregnancy. We were very blessed and everything went perfectly.
Being a mom is better than I could even imagine. Things happen for a reason. When I made the shift from “if” to “when” we would have a family, I started thinking about how much healthier our whole family was going to be because of the things I went through that resulted in my new diet and lifestyle.
The pediatrician says my son Ben is the picture of health!