I wasn’t sure I could get pregnant after a scary diagnosis at 35!
Along my path I have gone from disordered eating, hormonal birth control for over a decade, amenorrhea, cervical cancer, extreme mold illness, fibroids, major gynecological surgery and being over 38 years old to living my dream of becoming a mom confidently and with ease. I am now 41 and pregnant with my second!
I was 35 and living with my fiancé when I started experiencing spotting and then quickly my period vanished. Strange things with my cycle had happened in the past but I really didn’t think much about them because, well, I wasn’t thinking about a family at the time. I was merely trying to NOT get pregnant. I was quickly tossed from doctor to doctor and each one had a different diagnosis and in my gut I knew none of them were on the right track with what I was experiencing. Not only had my period gone MIA, I felt like I had the flu for months on end and my stomach had this strange pressure in it, I was beat down -mentally, emotionally, physically – and didn’t have the energy to persevere, at this rate, at least.
Luckily for me I had a background in functional nutrition and holistic health so after a couple months of being thrown brutally back to square one again and again, I took matters into my own hands. I sought out a naturopathic doctor and paid big bucks out of pocket but it gave me a glimmer of hope so it seemed worth it. I had been exposed to mold and didn’t know much about it at the time. It threw my hormones completely out of whack and caused me to require a major gynecological surgery before I could even think about having a family in the near future. I was heartbroken at the thought of not being able to experience becoming a mother – and to top it all of I was “clearly going to have issues due to my age of almost 37 at this point”. I was so lonely and scared and overwhelmed. I had no one who could relate to what this felt like. But I was determined to rewrite my story.
It took me over a year after this to gain back control of my hormonal health. I decided to take control and make changes to my diet and lifestyle to support my future fertility. I started by working with my naturopathic doctor and an acupuncturist who helped me learn so much more about healing my hormones in ways that were not mainstream. For the first time on this journey I felt a sense of hope, support, and community. Like I had a team in my court and where failing was not an option. After years of work on both my (and my husband’s) diet and lifestyle and gaining a deeper understanding of my overall reproductive health, I got pregnant with my daughter on my 39th birthday after only a couple cycles of trying.
I decided no other woman or couple should have to struggle with fertility and I committed to changing the landscape of women’s reproductive care and making a radical disruption on infertility rates.
Through all of this I created The Optimal Fertility Blueprint. This is the program that I followed and I am pregnant with my second at the age of 41!