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GBL001-WorldsLargestWrapParty_BeforeAndAfters-Green Background-1Ever since I had the boys my life has been a busy whirl wind, between them and my career and I barely have a moment to breath!  I know that I have taken no time to take care of myself and my PCOS the way I need to.  I set out on a mission to research products that could help me not only with weight loss but to live the healthy life style that I desire.  During my research efforts I stumbled across a fabulous woman in a twin group who turned me on to these products, I’m telling you girls-they are great!  Now, I don’t want it to seem like I am peddling and don’t want my blog to turn in to that but I have found a natural solution to many of my ailments!  The wraps are just the beginning!  I use the fat fighters which help block fats and carbs, something PCOS turns in to sugar in our bodies messing up our insulin.  Greens provide a good boost of healthy antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, I can go on…..

PLEASE check out my site:  evol.myitworks.com  Let me know if you have any questions!  You can also email me at thepcosandinfertilityjourney@gmail.com

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IVM-A New Option for PCOS Sufferers?

This is a fabulous (yet heart-wrenching) article.  But maybe I consider it so because it hits so close to home for me.  Having suffered OHSS (Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome) after every IUI round and my IVF round landing me in the hospital for a week, and on bed rest for another two, this would definitely be something I would have considered.  It’s refreshing to see that medical professionals are looking for options that will specifically help PCOS patients.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/02/20/new-fertility-procedure-helps-pcos-patients-get-pregnant-without-hormone/

I’m Back!!!

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I have not posted on my blog since October 5, 2012, wow how time flies.  I miss my blog and the community but had troubles putting my energies into it for a number of reasons.  Shortly after my last post my pregnancy started getting very complicated and I was focusing all of energies on keeping my babies healthy and growing (not to mention being in and out of the hospital).  They ended up being born on December 28, 2012 at 31 weeks + 1 day.  We spent 5 weeks in the NICU and the first year in and out of doctor’s appointments and Michael had two heart catheterization surgeries.  On top of all this I took a large promotion at work and we bought a new home (our cozy condo quickly become tiny after we brought the twins home!)

I have recently been thinking a lot about getting back on track with things especially since my PCOS has flared back up since the boys were born and I have also recently had a number of people reaching out to me for help with PCOS and infertility related issues.  I love helping people which is a large part of the reason I started this blog and Facebook page.  So, as I said, I’m back!  It’s time to break the silence and get down to the nitty gritty, help myself, and help others.  Stay tuned!!!

Here is a 12 month pic of Patrick and Michael, our little blessings🙂

More Information About Chemicals and Fertility

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Here is this week’s Health Byte from the PCOSA.

Are Chemicals Messing with Your Fertility?

Infertility can be devastating for any couple trying to have a baby. Roughly 10% of couples in the U.S. are affected by the condition.

 

PCOS plays a major role in the heartache. But a growing body of evidence suggests that all manner of chemicals in our environment are interfering with both men’s and women’s ability to have a child. Most of the chemicals implicated are known as hormone disruptors. They act like sex hormones and can interfere with bodily levels of estrogen and testosterone.

 

These chemicals are used to make nonstick pans, pesticides and other common household goods. The latest culprit is phthalates, which are found in plastics, synthetic fragrances and building materials.

 

For a new study published in the journal Toxicology Letters, Italian researchers zeroed in on the most common phthalate, DEHP – used in plastics to keep them soft and flexible. The research team also looked at the second most common, called DEP, which prevents fragrances fading from personal care products as well as scented candles, laundry detergents and the like. In addition, two other phthalates, DBP (which keeps nail polishes and paints pliable) and BBzP (a phthalate used in vinyl floor tiles), were also tested.

 

The authors measured urine samples from 56 couples who were seeking fertility treatments and an equal number of couples who had successfully had children. Both the men and the women in the couples seeking fertility treatments had higher levels of phthalates in their urine than the couples with children.

 

A number of previous studies have linked phthalates to infertility in men and women separately. But this is the first study of its kind showing that the combined levels in both men and women could be to blame. In women, phthalates can trigger endometriosis, a condition common in women who can’t get pregnant. In men, phthalates lower testosterone levels, which impairs sperm quality.

 

Phthalates are ubiquitous in the environment so they can be difficult to avoid. But steering clear of as many as possible may improve the chances of becoming pregnant. Other sources include:

  • Vinyl products, such as shower curtains and faux leather. Certain plastic food containers and cling wraps. Coatings on medications and supplements.
  • Scented products like cologne, perfume, air fresheners, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, and fabric softeners.
  • Shampoo, soap, hairspray, body spray and lotion, deodorant and other personal care items that have a fragrance.
  • Paints and furniture finishes. Non-organic foods grown with sewage sludge and pesticides

2 Healthy Boys!

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We had our OB appointment on Wednesday, and I must admit the entire day was one of the best I had in a long time.

First was our appointment, two healthy little boys!  The placenta previa is gone (and hopefully stays that way) and my cervix is still looking really good.  The only problem is that they are both breach, but that is okay because they will most likely still move a lot.  The only downside to that is Baby A (Patrick) is literally standing right on my bladder!  The ultrasound tech said, “look, it’s cute, here’s your bladder and here are the feet!”  LOL-I’ll show you cute!  I had been wondering why I was having to go ALL the time because I was told it would let up in the second trimester but has only gotten worse, now I know why!  We are so thankful that both babies appear to be very healthy and are weighing in at 7 oz each.  Shockingly enough my right ovary is still 7cm as well.  I can’t believe it hasn’t gone down yet but I can’t really tell anymore.  There’s so much going on in there making me uncomfortable an ovary a few centimeters too big is nothing!

I must admit I was a bit disappointed for a minute that there is no little princess in there, especially since there was so much pressure from my husband’s side because the 4 current grandchildren are all boys and we are the last hope.  (I guess we will just have to use some of those frozen embryos :P)  But I can not be more happier than to have two healthy babies.  We tried so hard and for so long to have a baby at all that these precious little cupcakes could not mean more, I love them so much already.  It truly is amazing how I love someone I have never even met before.  I’m already worrying about when they start driving!  lol

After our appointment we went a bought an awesome Nikon camera/video camera in one.  We had been researching them and it is also an early birthday present to me. :)  We are all set to take beautiful pictures and video of our two munchkins!  Then we went to Babies R Us to start our first registry.  How exciting!  It was so much fun to watch how excited my husband was to help pick out everything (and even picked a few things he liked i.e. bib that says “if you think I’m cute you should see my dad”-hehe).  Since Wednesday I have just been on a shopping spree; not too crazy but it’s hard not to.  When I think of my baby boys it makes me just so happy and shopping for them while thinking of them makes me soooo happy.  They are already the joy of my life.

17 Weeks, 5 Days

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Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  I had a doctor’s appointment on Friday and after describing some symptoms to my doctor including severe headaches still (he was waiting to see if they would clear up after 16 weeks), trouble breathing at times, and black flashed in my eyes when I’m stressed, he said I need to watch my blood pressure.  He said my blood pressure that day was borderline so he wanted me to get a cuff and measure it on my own at home.  I am supposed to let him know right away if I get over 140 or 90.  If it starts getting high then he wants to talk about taking me off work.  I guess we will see.  It was pretty good all weekend and got a little higher today but nothing crazy.  I am trying to do my best to stay calm and handle things as best I can.  It is so hard because not only is work so stressful right now I am crazy hormonal on top of it!  I can’t win! lol

Other than developing Preelampsia everything else is going really well.  They heard both heart beats; 146 and 155!  Very strong :)  We go for our anatomy ultrasound on Wednesday, are sooooo excited!  I can not wait to find out exactly what we are having so I can really start shopping and planning.  Our goal is to get the nursery done by December 1 since my husband gets so busy in December (as do I with all the holiday happenings and to-dos), plus it will get harder and harder for me to do much.  So after Wednesday, game on!  I will be sure to let you all know what the results are!  Until then, baby dust to all! xoxo

It’s Been a While

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So, I feel so incredibly guilty for not posting or checking in for so long.  Work kicked in to full swing for the school year and I have been working an incredible amount of hours (way more than I probably should be) and by the time I get home I am so burned out I have no energy.  Then on the weekends I waver between no energy and trying to get done what I haven’t throughout the week.  I miss the outlet that my blog provides me and just can’t take it anymore!  I decided that I just need to buck up and get back on the horse!

The babies are doing really well so far.  17 Weeks and 1 Day and counting.  I can’t believe the way time is going by.  We still have a long way to go but as more time goes the better I feel about everything.  We are working on the office-to-nursery transformation and are about ready to paint.  We have just about everything moved out and packed up, closet doors installed, and it’s looking good.  We also picked up the cribs a couple of weeks ago on a good sale!  They are really pretty and I can’t wait to put them up after the painting is done.  I have slowly been picking things up, a few outfits, some decorations and toys, and things we need like mattress pads.  I always go shopping every two weeks after my doctor’s appointment to celebrate another milestone.  It’s a little treat to myself.🙂

Unfortunately, I have been incredibly stressed out lately.  Work has been just awful and cry daily, sometimes even more than once.  This is not me (at least not at or about work that is).  I am always tough and can handle anything and get through anything (heck, I made it through infertility so far, right!?  We are strong women!).  I sometimes even cry in the morning when I am getting ready for work just thinking about everything I have to do and deal with.  My gums have even started just randomly bleeding a few times and I believe it is stress related along with the whole swollen gums when pregnant thing.  I have no choice but to talk to my doctor about everything tomorrow at my bi-weekly appointment so I will see what he says.  I hope he doesn’t want me off of work because then I will feel like a failure but at the same time if anything goes wrong with my pregnancy or my babies I will feel like a bigger failure.  It is so difficult.  My husband actually wants me off of work very badly.  He thinks this is too much for me and hates seeing me in such distress.  This is really surprising coming from him because he is normally the one to keep me going when I need it and Mr. “you’ll get through it, tough it out”.  I know that my blood pressure has been elevated a lot.  My hands and feet are swollen and sometimes my eyes throb and have black flashing spots when I’m stressed.  I guess we will see what the doctor says, I know that I have to do whatever it takes for my babies.  We have come such a long way to get here I don’t want to mess it up.

Well, I think that’s it for tonight.  Boy do I feel better getting on here again!  I promise not to be a stranger again!  I hope everyone is doing well in his or her journey through infertility, have a wonderful evening! xoxo