Secondary Infertility & Recurrent Loss: Megan’s Story [SUCCESS]

August 5, 2019

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Megan. She is a 37-year-old teacher who enjoys spending time with her family. After about six months of trying to conceive their second child, she sought the advice of a reproductive endocrinologist. She was told to change her thyroid medication and keep trying. Although she was able to bring her thyroid level down with some diet changes, she had her first miscarriage three months later. She became pregnant again several months after that, but again, it ended in a miscarriage. At that point, they decided to stop trying for a year. After their break, she got pregnant again but experienced her third miscarriage. She was devastated that she could get pregnant but not carry the pregnancy. Joins us to hear how Megan decided to take matters into her own hands, change her lifestyle, and ultimately gave birth to her son.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Megan was a carefree, positive, “live in the moment” person
  • How she met her husband while trying to learn the language in Spain
  • As a couple, they are strong and “very good together”
  • How Megan always knew she wanted to be a mom someday
  • She became a teacher because the schedule fit well with the demands of motherhood
  • How she conceived her daughter quickly but then struggled with secondary infertility
  • When nothing happened, Megan felt that something was wrong, but her doctor didn’t seem concerned
  • How she saw her first RE, changed her thyroid medication, and made lifestyle changes
  • After 8-9 months, she became pregnant but miscarried early
  • How Megan felt like she needed help, but couldn’t get it from her doctors
  • Her second pregnancy resulted in a miscarriage at 12 weeks
  • How they took a break and resolved to be happy with their one child
  • When they decided to try again, Megan became pregnant, but there was no heartbeat at six weeks
  • After the third miscarriage, Megan became cynical about everything and underwent extensive exams and analysis
  • How she read and researched, looking for answers and trying to figure things out
  • Why Megan made diet changes and started acupuncture and therapy, but still felt desperate
  • When she found an OB/GYN that she liked, she became pregnant again with her son
  • The BI podcast episode that inspired Megan’s lifestyle changes
  • How infertility is treated differently with Spain’s public healthcare system
  • What Megan did differently with her diet and lifestyle after her third miscarriage
  • How taking care of herself and her body and learning more gave her hope
  • What the Whole 30 diet is and how Megan used it
  • The role mental health played in Megan’s success and how she changed the negative into the positive
  • How Megan’s first RE was helpful, but she ended up with three different ones–each with pros and cons
  • The lowest point was how she struggled after each of her three miscarriages
  • The positive memory of how her husband stayed with her in the hospital after each miscarriage
  • How her relationship with her husband became stronger because he was always there with her
  • How Megan had to distance herself from some friends who didn’t understand, but how she made new friends along the journey
  • How Megan took infertility into her own hands and advocated for herself
  • How infertility changed Megan: “I became a more compassionate person who can understand other people’s pain better.”
  • Megan’s advice to herself back then: “You’re smarter than you think. Go with your gut feeling.”

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