Fertility · Health · Texas Life

Pregnancy

So during my years of fertility and trying to get pregnant I did a ton of research on how to get pregnant and things a long those lines. I never actually read about being pregnant because it was such a far off dream and so unobtainable for so long. Well now that I am pregnant I am surprised by many things. I think even if you read about it you are still surprised but every pregnancy and person are different so what I am experiencing may not be what you or anyone you know did. I am sometimes embarrassed to talk about what I am going through. Then I think to myself why? I am so open about fertility why not this so here I am back to share with you what I am going through.

Since my pregnancy is through IVF for the first 10 weeks (and weeks prior to) I had to give myself a shot every night along with taking a medication 3 times a day. These were both to ensure and help keep my baby attached to my uterus. I had bruising, lumps, bleeding and pain from the injections. I also have a terrible fear of needles so this really was a difficult thing for me. (Just as it was when I did the injections for the egg retrieval)

The next thing that surprised me was the bleeding gums. I had a regular dental cleaning scheduled early on in my pregnancy and prior to me telling the hygienist she said oh you must be pregnant. I was shocked, what? She said your gums, you have pregnancy gingivitis. Until this moment I didn’t know that was a thing. I asked what I could do and she said just keep flossing and brushing your teeth after your pregnancy the hormones will reduce and the bleeding will end. So yes I do still have the bleeding and it isn’t fun. It flares up on and off.

The exhaustion in the first trimester was very surprising. I am a very scheduled person and about 2pm everyday I really thought I was going to pass out from exhaustion in the middle of my work day. I couldn’t just have a burst of caffeine so I would just push through. So most days after my work was over I would just lay on the couch unable to do much more. This was really hard for me because I like to be on the move.

My morning sickness was not in the morning, typical for many women, so randomly I would just have to run away from what I was doing. This was hard during work and if we wanted to go out and do something. I am happy to say that in the second trimester it has subsided but still occasionally happens!

I also have sharp pains in my back in the ribs. I spoke with my doctor about it and she said I am popping out my ribs. It doesn’t happen to everyone but guess what yep me. So that is really painful but she said once they are done it will go away. Here’s to hoping that is soon!

I could go on but this is what I will share for now! I just want to say that I absolutely LOVE 100% of everyone of these. I smiled every time I threw up and I get so excited by each new symptom because after all this time it makes it real.

Fertility · Health · McKinney · Texas Life

Transfer

So to go back to the beginning of this baby’s journey….I shared with you in January I was having surgery to remove my Fallopian tubes after they were too damaged from Endometriosis. My RE (Reproductive Endocrinologist) was confident this would make the change we needed to carry our child. I was terrified because to conceive naturally you must have these tubes, this would take away any slim chance I had to conceive on our own. With my husbands support everything with the surgery went well and as of January 25 I was diagnosed sterile.

After recovering from surgery we were able to start the medication to prepare for an embryo transfer on February 14. Valentine’s day is my favorite holiday so I thought this was a great sign. We transferred our embryo on March 7 and this is a day I will never forget. It was very different then the last transfer we did (that was not successful). We were both much calmer, we were laughing in the room waiting for our procedure and the staff made us stay calm and were so excited. During the procedure I squeezed my husbands hand so hard and he was telling jokes (if you know him this is all he does) I was laughing and the doctor was also.

We could see our embryo before it was placed in the needle and could see it was already hatching out of the shell which was an amazing sign. During the first transfer I shook uncontrollably the entire time from nerves and this time I didn’t. Which made me feel so much better. It is so amazing to be able to have your partner in the room with you and we were able to see the embryo being placed into my uterus.

The next 10 days are the hardest! We didn’t take any tests at all during this time, some people do, but we wanted to wait for the definitive blood test done at the RE’s office. After the blood test I did do an at home test and it was the first time I had ever seen a positive result. I was elated and immediately called my husband at work!

 

Fertility · McKinney · Texas Life

Announcement

If you follow me on social media you know I have some news and that is why I haven’t been posting recently. I am very excited to say that after 6+ years, many surgeries, medications, countless tests and too many shots to count we are expecting our first child! I cannot explain how amazing this is and how literally since the news it has changed me in so many ways.

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I was so extremely excited but after about five minutes I was overcome with fear. Fear of what would happen next, would I be able to carry the baby long enough to birth a sweet new baby? I still have this sense of fear that can be debilitating at times. After everything we have gone through I am almost waiting for the bad news. We are now in our second trimester and all the test have shown a healthy baby. I could not be more grateful to the team of doctors who have gotten me to this point and who will continue to care for us through the next months and years to come.

Over the next months I will continue to share our journey and I will go back to the beginning and share how it all started and when we did our embryo transfer. I have enjoyed sharing our fertility struggles and all the questions I get. So many people have struggles and getting through it is scary and lonely.

I am so happy to share with you and feel free to ask questions.

Products · Review

Identity Lingerie

I really want to share with you about these great pieces. I am not really into lingerie but I love my pajama sets and the material is everything to me. Identity Lingerie has amazing quality and material. So soft and comfortable. The details on each piece make them gorgeous too, so you can’t beat that.

This company is based in Europe and one thing I love about the website is that on the left hand side you can select USD and the site switches to show you the US price. I mean this is amazing because that is the one thing I cannot stand about so many overseas sites is that I really have no clue what I am paying in the end.

Everything is very well made so these pieces will last and stay looking great. Bridal Parties, you must check out their matching robes and sets for bachelorette parties you have coming up.

I would say that I am normally a small and the tops fit great but the bottoms were a little tighter in my booty than I like so I would go up to a medium. Check their sizing chart before ordering but they do have a 30 day return policy.

Check them out at the link https://identitylingerie.com/

This link will take you to the white set pictured above. https://identitylingerie.com/product/babydolls-bridal-white-silky-satin-lace

Fitness · Health · Products · Review · Texas Life

FabFitFun – Spring 2019

I was so excited for my FabFitFun box to arrive! Every time I open a box I get so excited to try the new products and see what fun surprises are in store. The boxes have introduced me to so many brands and products that have become staples in my home.

Here’s what was in my box!

Unplug Meditation Aromatherapy Diffuser: I love the egg shape and the fun wave of light colors as it’s on. It puts off a great amount of scent throughout a large space. Currently it’s working perfect in my home office because it uses a USB plug so very portable and easy to use anywhere.

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Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Facial: The smell of this cream is divine. I also love the glass container, perfect for recycling. The product is used to even out skin, repairs fine lines, moisturizes and reduces black spots/discolorations. I love a night cream because who doesn’t want to wake up with better skin. The company also really cares about the ingredients in their products.

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Giadzy Copper Plated Measuring Spoons: I was so excited about these. I have been wanting new measuring spoons. I love the copper look and the quality is great. The ring is very easy to take a spoon on and off for use BUT they are hand wash only!

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THE2BANDITS Athens Necklace: I have really been in to simple necklaces I can layer with others in my collection and this will fit in perfectly. The bar has an iridescent color changing piece that makes it match any outfit you could want to wear this with.

Tula Purifying Face Cleanser: Washing my face is one of my favorites parts of the morning and I am very intrigued by the use of probiotics. This is a cruelty free product and is ingredient conscious. The probiotics are said to help gently remove dirt and lock in moisture. I can’t wait to find out

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Manna Kadar Champagne Body Scrub: This is a huge jar of body scrub first of all! It has charcoal and dead sea minerals to give a gently body scrub removing dead skin cells. This will give your body a refreshed skin glow.

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Ouai Leave in Conditioner: The smell of this product is also amazing. The first think I always do is smell my stuff, who knows why. This is to smooth, soften, detangle hair and protect against heat damage. I am also a huge fan of Jen Atkin.

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Over the next few weeks as I use the products more and more I will share additional thoughts on how they work and what I will keep using. Let me know what you are most excited about.

 

Health · Products · Texas Life

Blue Light

Do you know what Blue Light is? Do you know it is staring you in the face right now? Blue light comes from our computers, cell phones, tablets and TVs. So all that screen time is producing this blue light right into your eyes.

Blue light is a color in the visible light spectrum that can be seen by human eyes. Blue light is a short wavelength, which means it produces higher amounts of energy.

Some of the effects of blue light are needed for our health

  • Boots alertness
  • Helps memory and cognitive function
  • Elevates mood
  • It regulates circadian rhythm – the body’s natural wake and sleep cycle
  • Early studies show a deficiency in blue light exposure could contribute to the recent increase in myopia/nearsightedness.

It’s not all good though, here are some of the negative effects

  • Too much exposure to blue light late at night (through smart phones, tablets, and computers) can disturb the wake and sleep cycle, leading to problems sleeping and daytime tiredness
  • Can decrease contrast leading to digital eye strain
  • Dry eyes
  • Headaches
  • Retina Damage

I work all day at a computer screen and am on the phone in the evenings so I am exposing my eyes to blue light a majority of the day. I have noticed my eyes get very irritated in the afternoon and evenings. My contacts dry out quickly and my headaches are increasing. I can’t really reduce my computer time since it is my job but I am trying to take breaks to look away from the screen and reduce surfing on my phone.

I also got some blue light glasses. These lenses are not prescription and are yellow tinted to block the blue light. I got mine from Diff Eye Wear, but you can get them from many companies or have it added to your prescription lenses. I chose Diff because for each pair of glasses purchased they donate a pair of reading glasses to someone in need. The quality is great and the styles are super cute.

Think about your blue light exposure!

Food · Health · Products · Texas Life

Serving Size

I want to talk about serving size and nutrition labels on food. Do you read the label before you eat the food? Do you look on the front for labels or “low this”, “no that” wording?

Serving Size is defined as a standard amount of food. So in reality all of us have a different serving size for different foods. BUT when we are shopping these packages are providing nutrition information for a specific serving size for that food. Don’t just skip to the numbers or percentages because you are missing the most important part of the label.

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One of the big tricks you will see is that the front of the package will say 50% less fat, or 50% less sodium and so on. Well guess what they did, they simply changed the serving size. They cut it in half and bam 50% less whatever it says! Don’t fall for this. Look at the serving size and think to yourself when I eat this am I going to eat a cup, 10 pieces or more? This will help you understand really how much sugar, protein, sodium, calcium etc you are getting in that food.

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(Not saying this product did that just an example of the attraction on the front)

Next I always go from serving size to ingredients list. Are the ingredients real food or chemicals, dyes or things I just don’t know what they are. This lets me decide if I want to purchase it or not. I am not perfect in anyway and I purchase processed foods but I try to limit them and I choose the option that works best for me based on the ingredients. You will also learn a lot about companies and which brands you feel more comfortable putting in your body.

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After looking through the ingredients list I then go back up to the top and focus on sugar and sodium first, then the other nutrients from the item. I want foods that are low in synthetic sugar and safe amounts of sodium. I want foods high in vitamins and minerals.

Next time you are  in the grocery store read the labels before you buy and you make just make some different choices. Compare the front claims to the nutrition label and ingredients to see if that clever marketing is fooling you.