Homozygous MTHFR: Nina’s Story [SUCCESS]

May 6, 2019

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Today’s success story of a woman named Nina. She is a 45-year-old writer who enjoys traveling, skiing, and zumba. After about a year and a half of trying to conceive without success, she underwent testing. Scar tissue was discovered by her fallopian tubes and subsequently removed. During three rounds of IUI, she became pregnant once, but it was ectopic. She began experimenting with a more natural approach — changing her diet, adding in acupuncture, and other Traditional Chinese Medicine. The following year, they decided to try IVF. The first transfer failed and the second resulted in another miscarriage. Shortly thereafter, they began exploring adoption in China. Unfortunately, once she and her husband turned 40, they became ineligible as adoptive parents, which she writes about in her book, Spirit Baby. Join us to hear how Nina ultimately returned to IVF following a MTHFR diagnosis and became pregnant with her twins.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Nina was extroverted and adventurous, despite a troubled childhood; infertility made her more introverted and self-conscious
  • How she met her husband through Match.com because a friend who was employed there convinced her to be a “guinea pig”
  • As a couple, they are determined, they share the same goals, and make a solid and stubborn team
  • How growing up as a misfit made Nina determined to create a cohesive family with strong connections to her children
  • How she became an elementary teacher and bought a big house in the suburbs to prepare for children—and then suffered a string of miscarriages
  • When they started trying to conceive, male factor infertility was the initial concern because of questionable morphology
  • Nina had tubal cannulation to remove a blockage and then saw a fertility doctor who assured them they were “an easy case”
  • They turned to IUI with Clomid and completed three rounds with only one chemical pregnancy with an early miscarriage
  • How Nina fought severe depression and sought help through alternatives to Western medicine, like the fertility diet, acupuncture, Feng Shui, crystals, meditation, massage, yoga, salt therapy, hypnosis therapy, and intrauterine massage
  • The first IVF with one embryo was unsuccessful, but the second IVF with two embryos resulted in a singleton pregnancy, which Nina miscarried at 8 weeks, followed by a traumatic D & C
  • How beginning the adoption process in China helped pull Nina from her depression and gave her hope and an obsession for all things Chinese
  • How a month-long trip to China gave them pleasure, happiness, and hope that they would soon have a child
  • They gave fertility treatments one more try while continuing the adoption process; her doctor tested her for the MTHFR genetic mutation and diagnosed her with homozygous MTHFR
  • How an easy remedy of blood thinners might have helped Nina’s chances to conceive
  • On the third IVF, Nina became pregnant with twins and delivered them via emergency C-section at 37 weeks
  • How Nina knew she needed help in the beginning and saw her Ob for help
  • The initial impression of the fertility clinic was that Nina liked the doctor, but was left with no faith in them when the nurse made a serious error with the calendar and medications
  • When she changed to a new clinic after their return from China, the doctor tested her for MTHFR on her very first visit; even though he was condescending and abrasive, he handled her case brilliantly and helped her conceive her twins
  • How Nin felt when she received the MTHFR diagnosis and what she’s learned about it
  • How Nina considered the different paths to motherhood that were available to her
  • How writing Spirit Baby helped Nina deal with infertility, and her book has been called the “Eat, Pray, Love of Infertility”
  • The challenges of being a stay-at-home mother of twins
  • The lowest point for Nina: having the D & C after the 2nd IVF round; it was the trip to China that brought her back to life and gave her hope
  • A positive moment: when they found out they were having twins, while at the ER in Santa Fe, NM
  • How Nina got a new part-time teaching position with a flexible schedule during her infertility journey
  • How her husband’s insurance didn’t pay for fertility treatments, and they saved and scraped to afford treatment
  • How travel allowed Nina and her husband to relax and reconnect and kept them sane
  • How relationships with friends were hard when others were having children
  • In advocating for herself, Nina tried many alternatives and didn’t listen to the critics
  • How infertility changed Nina: “Infertility has made me stronger. Beating infertility gave me greater respect and appreciation for motherhood. I celebrate the fact that I’m a mother.”
  • Nina’s advice to her past self: “Don’t let infertility take away your ability to actively engage in life.”

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