Today’s success story is about a woman named Abbey. Her journey is slightly different than many of the women I talk to because she was diagnosed with PCOS when she was 15 and therefore knew getting pregnant might be difficult. However, after making an appointment with her doctor because she felt a bit off, she and her husband learned that she was not only unexpectedly pregnant, but also carrying twins. Unfortunately, shortly thereafter they learned the twins had Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, and she eventually lost them around 12 weeks. Join us to hear how she grieved by throwing herself into life and ultimately became pregnant again via a very simple fix.
What you’ll hear in this episode:
- At age 23, Abbey is a preschool teacher who loves books, cats, and being a nerdy homebody
- Before infertility, Abbey was a carefree student who met her husband on a college tour
- As a couple, Abbey and Trevor are laid-back best friends
- Abbey knew she wanted to be a mom when she first held her newborn twin sisters when she was 14
- How wanting to be a mother has impacted Abbey’s career choices
- From a PCOS diagnosis at age 15 to the unexpected pregnancy with identical twins
- The ultrasound showed twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, which occurs 5-15% of the time with identical twins
- The pain of losing both babies at 12 weeks along
- More diagnoses: low sperm count and endometriosis
- How Abbey lost some weight to prepare for IVF, but then tried Clomid at the urging of her doctor: unexpected success!
- Going through the holidays after losing the twins, but a positive pregnancy test on Dec. 26
- How infertility has changed Abbey: “I appreciated other people’s stories more than I ever did before. I genuinely care.”
- Abbey’s advice to herself back then: “At the end of your journey, however you become a mother, it is worth it. Just worry about the now, and take one cycle at a time.”