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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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.