Today’s success story is about a woman named Leah. She is a 42-year-old coach and author who enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her family. At only 16, Leah was told that her likelihood of becoming pregnant spontaneously was low. Her periods were irregular, so she went on birth control. She stopped taking the pill once she married her husband. However, they didn’t actively start trying to conceive until a few years later. Through charting and tracking her cervical mucus, she became concerned that her fertile window was either very short or nonexistent. Because she was only 25, her doctor encouraged her to just keep trying. After some research, she added herbs to her regimen to balance her hormones. She got pregnant but miscarried at 8 weeks. A new doctor diagnosed her with low progesterone. She chose to use a natural progesterone cream to maintain pregnancy. She went on to have 2 successful pregnancies. Join us to hear how Leah and her husband opted to adopt their third child due to both of her pregnancies being extremely difficult.
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What you’ll hear in this episode:
- Before infertility, Leah was outgoing with a strong personality, but she had a clouded view of a life with kids because of her teenage experience with a doctor
- How she met her husband when he walked into the restaurant where she was; a friend told him to come over to their table, and phone numbers were exchanged before the end of the evening
- As a couple, they are an incredibly strong team, and they’ve been through a lot to get to the good place where they are now
- After having had to help raise her siblings, Leah didn’t think she wanted to have kids, but everything changed when she met her husband
- After a few years working in politics in DC, Leah decided to try to get pregnant, but she knew she wanted to be at home with her babies; this led her to change jobs and eventually start a home daycare
- How irregular periods led Leah into research about holistically supporting her body in better ways
- How charting cycles and cervical mucus led her to question her fertile window
- What it was like when the doctor kept dismissing her concerns because she was “young”
- How Leah finally got pregnant but miscarried
- When a new doctor ordered a hormone panel, it showed progesterone level issues
- Why Leah chose to use progesterone cream, started trying again, and got pregnant with her son, J.R.
- A few years later, she started fertility herbal blends and got pregnant
- Her midwife, and then an Ob-gyn confirmed a large ovarian cyst that was monitored with weekly ultrasounds
- A fairly easy pregnancy and home birth delivered her newest son, Joshua
- Leah and her husband knew they wanted more children, but she knew she couldn’t carry another child; since they had always considered adoption, they chose a local agency and requested a child of color
- Miraculously, the adoption process only took about a year, and they brought home their newborn daughter, Jada
- What Leah wishes she knew before the transracial adoption, and what has led her to advocate for change
- What Leah says to others who may consider transracial adoption
- Connect with Leah, who is always willing to share her knowledge and answer questions; find her on Facebook or Instagram, or visit www.burstingwithblessings.com
- How infertility changed Leah: “Infertility made me understand the deep gnawing that women with infertility experience. I’m glad I can walk alongside other women and let them know that I see them and feel their pain.”
- Leah’s advice to her past self: “I wouldn’t change anything. Fighting and learning grew me and changed me, so I needed to experience everything I went through.”