Thank You Nicole

28 09 2012

024. Regularly visit a Naturopath over a twelve-month period [more info]

Nicole, my naturopath, has been wonderful to me over the course of the past 2.5 years. Her speciality is in women’s health and fertility, and she really helped me to get a handle on my body, make positive changes and to understand my menstrual cycles in a way that I’ll never be able to forget this information again (it’s all about tuning into your body and understanding your fertile signs).

While I didn’t become pregnant as a result of the hormonal changes that we tried to bring  about (with liquid herb preparations), when Matt and I decided to go down the IVF route following the tests confirming my fallopian tube blockages she assisted in preparing my eggs for stimulation cycles.

When I discovered I was pregnant after our first IVF cycle (!) after having had so many usable eggs for the fertilisation process (and with four additional embryos frozen), I think it is in part testament to the wonderful work that Nicole did.

If pregnancy does not happen for us easily the next time around, I will be going back to see Nicole again (she went on maternity leave shortly before the birth of our son Rowan, and he was a few months old by the time she returned; I have not been back to her clinic since his birth).

So thank you Nicole, every day I look at my son and know that you played a part in bringing him into being. 🙂

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The Day Spa

21 06 2012

025. Get a professional massage [more info]
038. Visit a day spa [more info]

My husband’s family bought me a voucher for a hot stone massage from a day spa in the Yarra Valley for Christmas and I only got around to using it recently. From a Mission101 perspective, this was good for two reasons:

1. I had never been to a day spa before and it was on my list
2. I also made the goal of having a professional massage

On a personal note, I was thrilled because the relaxation part of this was perfect! (so it wasn’t obviously just goal-related glee :P).

Hot stone massage is exactly how it sounds… warm smooth stones (palm-sized) are dipped in essential oils and rubbed on your skin, it was brilliant and the masseuse did a wonderful job (she was fantastic!). I would gladly do this again, so relaxing and afterwards I got to have a solo shower – ie, no toddlers! – at the resort… bliss!

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(no photo opportunities inside the resort so this stealthy picture will have to do!)





Moar Sleep

2 09 2010

021. Get an hour’s extra sleep per night for a month [more info]
022. Drink 1.5L of water daily for three months (1/3) [more info]

You have to love those goals that seem to complete themselves without much effort or thought involved!

It feels almost too easy to cross this goal off my list, it’s come about after discovering I was pregnant in early August and being hit by OMG-must-sleep-now-or-else!! symptoms, courtesy of the first trimester (although I seem to have lucked in with little-to-no morning sickness so far). So something I have been definitely doing is sleeping more.

I suppose that some list items were always going to be more difficult than others. 😉

P.S. – Also occuring as a symptom has been the consumption of water, which is making Goal #022 easier to complete as well.





On Natural Therapies

28 03 2010

023. Use a Mooncup for three complete menstrual cycles (3/3) [more info]

Sorry to any males reading this blog, this entry’s mainly for the women.

Well… I did it. I used a MoonCup for three full menstrual cycles (I wrote more about it last month). For those of you unaware of what a Mooncup is, it’s a natural silicone cup designed to hold mentsrual blood instead of using a tampon or sanitary pad. I have endometriosis (a condition where the uterine lining – normally shed each month through a period – grows in areas outside the uterus and remains in the body, causing pain and other symptoms). When using tampons – which is convenient for a lot of women, myself included – they plug up the flow of blood and make that ‘time of the month’  less messy and more manageable.

In the case of having endometriosis, tampons cause the very real risk of forcing menstrual blood outside of the uterus (for exanple, out past the fallopian tubes and ovaries, and onto the back of the uterus, bladder and bowel. This is what surgery found in my situation (January 2008), and the removal of the ‘nodules’ has caused scar tissue building up within my reproductive system that has lead (or so my specialists think) to infertility.

In a nut-shell, seeking natural therapies (seeing a naturopath, cleansing my body of toxins by eating a healthy diet, shunning commercial deoderants, using a MoonCup etc) is more than a simple seachange, it’s a preparation for the journey my body is taking in being pregnancy-ready. Being a mother is one of my life’s dreams – and writing about babies/pregnancy when goal-setting was something I thought long and hard about. By putting a potentially ‘unrealistic’ goal on my list, I was perhaps setting myself up for failure… so I chose not to (NB: instead I chose the goal of “holding a newborn baby” – which could be my own or someone else’s).

Using the MoonCup encompasses just one of the changes that I have been making in my life, and something I will continue to do (ie, not stopping just because I have crossed the goal off my list). Who knows, maybe some time in the next two years I will have the opportunity to write those words I have been longing for in my last ten years of internet blogging… that I am pregnant.