Hi there, it has been a hot minute. I didn’t mean to completely ignore this little corner of the internet but life got hard and I felt like I had nothing interesting to write about.
My husband and I have been dealing with unexplained infertility and going through fertility treatments for a while now and it has been completely consuming. This week, we are starting our first round of IVF and hoping and praying for the best.
With that said, IVF isn’t a walk in the park nor is it for the faint of heart. I’ve never fought so hard to advocate for myself and make sure my doctors and insurance provider hold up their end of the deal. This shit is expensive (even with insurance) and time-consuming and doesn’t come with sacrifices.
Temporary sacrifices for the most part but sacrifices nonetheless.
My Current Temporary Sacrifices
During my first IUI, I asked the doctor about working out. She casually mentioned that working out is fine then immediately took it back and asked what type of workouts I do. Oh you know, Orangetheory, indoor cycle, weekly long runs and some shorter speed work runs.
The doctor’s eyes widened and she didn’t say no but she did drop a huge truth bomb on me.
She said, “Take the path of least regret.”
She meant I could keep to my cardio-heavy workout regime if I wanted but if I was going to regret doing if bad results should come, then I should ease up. If my Sunday morning 9-miler has to be put on hold for now, I am going to do it. For me, getting pregnant is more important.
My lovely acupuncturist, who specializes in fertility (hey girl!), said “No Dairy.” I am 87% cool with this because I don’t like cheese (except for on pizza), yogurt or milk. I’m even apathetic about ice cream [instantly loses readers].
But pizza is my favorite food. I love love love it and could eat it every single day. In a few weeks, I can indulge again but for now, no pizza.
Wine (and cider)
So technically there is no conclusive evidence on drinking alcohol while trying to get pregnant but there are heaps of studies suggesting that it’s not the best idea. If abstaining (I’m not good with moderation) means that my chance goes up even the slightest bit, then I am going to temporarily sacrifice my beloved glass (or glasses) of wine (or cider).
(That picture is making my mouth water)
Coffee is in the same boat as alcohol when you are trying to get pregnant. It’s not a hard no but it’s a probably not. So right now, I am coffee free – and it is awful.
I don’t want to talk about it anymore. Moving on.
Whole Foods Salad/Hot Bar/Sushi Lunches
I got in a fun little habit of heading to Whole Foods to grab lunch a couple times a week. The fact of the matter is, I always ended up leaving with a super healthy lunch. So why am I having to sacrifice that?
Because I would leave with a healthy lunch, enough kombucha to last a week, a new-to-me something or other and some dark chocolate almond butter cups. My total was regularly coming to over $40 per trip. I simply cannot be trusted at Whole Foods!
IVF is expensive and lucky for us, insurance is picking up the tab for this round but that might not be the case in the future. I would much rather be padding my savings account for possible future medical expense than dropping $40 at Whole Foods.
Phew. Diving right in with a 600+ word post today. If anyone has any IVF/unexplained infertility questions or just questions on why I decided to temporarily sacrifice any of the above things, let me know in the comments or slide into my Insta DMs.
Linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud.