Unexplained Infertility: Kela’s Story [SUCCESS]

June 22, 2020

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Kela. She is a 42-year-old health and wellness coach who enjoys exercising, reading, and cooking. Kela and her husband began trying to conceive immediately after they got married. After 2 unsuccessful cycles, her OB/GYN ran some tests and told her everything was fine. They tried 3 Clomid cycles, which were also unsuccessful. They were referred to a fertility clinic for additional testing on both of them, and again, everything was normal. Her tubes were also open. Her doctor suggested IUI, but they ultimately decided it wasn’t the right choice for them. Instead, she wanted to take a holistic approach. She examined her lifestyle and eating habits and made changes to put her body in the optimal state for conception. Sure enough, 2 months later, she was spontaneously pregnant with her first son. Join us to hear how Kela and her husband began trying to conceive immediately after he was born and quickly became pregnant with their second son when she was 39 years old.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Kela was a type-A planner who was impatient and full of masculine energy
  • How she met her husband when they were introduced by her best friend; it was love at first sight for Kela, but there was no connection and little conversation between them for a long time
  • As a couple, they are strong and more in love than ever after 11 years of marriage
  • How Kela always wanted to be a mom even when she was a little girl playing with dolls and Barbies
  • How Kela spent her 20’s looking for the right partner and didn’t find him until she was 32
  • When they married, they started trying to conceive right away; after no success, they saw her doctor, but tests showed no cause for concern
  • With no success, they saw the doctor again a few months later and then tried several rounds with Clomid before being referred to a fertility clinic with unexplained infertility
  • When IUI was recommended, Kela and her husband decided that weren’t ready and wanted to investigate a holistic approach to infertility
  • How Kela became intentional about eating and supplements to optimize her fertility–and even cut back on her workouts
  • After a few months of trying to conceive, Kela became pregnant spontaneously and had a son, now seven years old
  • After trying only a couple of times for a second child, Kela got pregnant again and had another son, now four years old
  • Why Kela started with seeing her OB/GYN instead of going to a fertility clinic
  • Kela’s first impression of the clinic was feeling regimented with their prescription medication protocol and the fact that no one ever questioned her lifestyle or supplements
  • Why Kela decided against IUI and set a six-month timeline to try holistic measures
  • What drew Kela to trying to make changes to her diet specifically for fertility
  • Why Kela changed her exercise habits and eating habits to “cycle sync” and optimize her fertility
  • Top foods for fertility, as identified by Kela: avocados, fatty fish, oils, nuts, seeds, leafy greens, berries, citrus fruits, whole grains, garlic, onions, celery, cucumbers, and lemons
  • Top foods that harm fertility, as identified by Kela: sugar, processed foods, and hydrogenated oils
  • Lifestyle hacks to boost fertility: cycle syncing, seed cycling, and stress management; Kela also includes journaling, gratitude, and choosing products that lead to a toxin-free life
  • Kela’s books: The Complete Hormone Puzzle Cookbook: Your Guide to Decoding Hormones and Infertility Naturally and The Hormone Puzzle
  • How Kela partners with her cycle and listens to her body for her current exercise routines
  • The frustration Kela felt at having no diagnosis
  • The lowest point for Kela was a moment that left her feeling defeated, but it became the turning point that led her to take control and do research
  • A positive moment when Kela figured out what she needed to do and how she started seeing positive changes
  • The benefits of a positive mindset shift
  • Kela’s first pregnancy was at age 37, and her second pregnancy occurred when she was almost 40
  • How her relationship with her husband grew stronger because of the traumatic experiences they went through
  • How relationships with friends and family also grew stronger and gave them a good support systems
  • Kela’s tips for self-advocacy: “Partner with a doctor or a clinic, do your own research, understand what the doctor is suggesting, and figure out if that’s the right choice for you. Consider hiring a health coach or doula to support you.”
  • The differences in Kela’s two pregnancies and two birth experiences
  • How infertility has changed Kela: “Infertility has made me a stronger person and made me realize that I can accomplish anything that I put my mind to. I’ve learned not to take a diagnosis or a NO from anyone as the only answer.”
  • Kela’s advice to her past self: “Do your research and figure out a way to make it happen. Start sooner.”

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