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Surviving the two week wait

Without a doubt, one of the hardest parts of the infertility journey for me was the dreaded two week wait. For those who accidentally became pregnant or who became pregnant quickly and easily, you might not be familiar with this time from hell. The two week wait – or “2WW” – is the time in […]

Being your own advocate

This being National Infertilty Awareness Week, I thought I would share my thoughts on one of the greatest lessons I learned through my infertility journey: the importance of being your own advocate. Being aware of your treatment plan, educating yourself on it, asking informed questions about what is happening and why, and pushing back on […]

National Infertility Awareness Week April 24-30: How to Support a Friend Going Through Infertility

When we were first diagnosed with infertility my world crumbled. I know that sounds dramatic, but from the time I was a little girl the majority of my hopes and dreams revolved around motherhood. I remember in 4th grade when our teacher asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up, and I […]

The fallacy of “Just Relax”

I feel so incredibly lucky that my infertility journey is quickly approaching its long-awaited conclusion, as we approach the due dates for our little girls in just a few short weeks. I don’t want to imply in any way that I am not grateful for the fortunate change in events that Mr. Starfish and I […]

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And baby makes four

I never realized how intense seeking help for infertility was until we went to meet with a reproductive endocrinologist. Once we decided that we were going to move forward with testing to try to figure out why we’d had so much trouble getting and staying pregnant, things happened fast. My husband and I were both […]

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Turning to a Reproductive Endocrinologist

A few months after my chemical pregnancy, I went for my yearly physical. My primary care physician asked if we were planning to have any more children and I gave her a brief overview of our story so far – three years of trying to conceive and two miscarriages before we had my son, ten […]

The Importance of Support Groups for Infertility

I recently relinquished my leadership position for an infertility support group which I had started with the support of the national infertility association, RESOLVE. The conclusion of this group spurred me to think about how important support groups were for me in my infertility journey, and I thought I would share some of these thoughts […]

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