Congratulations on your healthy pregnancy, Lauren! And I'm so sorry for your losses. Thank you for starting this conversation.
When I was 19 years old I was diagnosed with PCOS and infertility and was told that if I wanted to get pregnant, it would require extensive fertility treatment. I saw lots of doctors and spent every month in pain with terrible cysts. My cycles were irregular. I wasnt ovulating. At that point I discontinued birth control. And nothing happened.
And it was so hard, especially the first few years after being married, to see others growing their families, and continuing to suffer from infertility.
And finally in May 2015, after 7 years, we got pregnant. It was the greatest surprise of my life.
My pregnancy was as normal as pregnancy can be.
But the birth, I was unprepared for. I had decided that I wanted ALL the drugs in a hospital. I was admitted on a Sunday evening. Monday morning, I had an epidural. My labor was not progressing. I wasnt dilating like I should. After 24 hours, my dr asked if I wanted to have a c-section. I said no and continued my labor. At hour 36, I had only dilated 4 cm. The new on-call OB was able to let me know, then, that I had extensive scar tissue on my cervix, from a previous procedure,that was preventing me from dilating. I was told I needed an emergency csection. Thankfully, it wasn't nearly as bad as I anticipated, and am so lucky that we were both healthy.
After his successful pregnancy, I was so lucky that I never had symptoms of PCOS again. No cysts or pain. Regular cycles. So I got an IUD. I thought, after having it removed, we would be able to conceive quickly. But we are 6 months into ttc and so far 6 negative tests.
Womens health is so important. Thank you for sharing your story and giving others the opportunity to share.