I wasn’t sure if I was going to share this next chapter in our lives. I was so open and honest when we were trying for Alaska, I loved how a lot of you could relate to our journey, but it certainly opened it up for an open shit-storm for my “obsessed trolls”. I am always pretty proud with how I deal with any type of negativity, but I was tossing up whether it was going to be healthy for me to share trying for baby #2 and also deal with the negativity that might come with it.
I have decided that the positives outweigh the shit-storms and a lot of people take comfort and gain knowledge and power, in reading other peoples trying to conceive stories. We are a FIFO family (Fly in Fly Out) so Trying To conceive (TTC) is hard anyway. Lining up our fertile window when Ben is home is near on impossible some months. But i’ve decided to focus on getting my body ready instead of festering over the actual trying part.
This first chapter isn’t about actually trying for a baby. It’s focus is on getting my body ready and healthy and making sure i’m 100% ready physically and mentally, before we dive back into pregnancy.
DISCLAIMER: I’m obviously not a Dr.- This is MY JOURNEY and MY EXPERIENCE only. Please take what you want from this blog and do your own research before you make any decisions.
Hormone Dr- Getting my body back in check
Since having Alaska, my body hasn’t been the same. I don’t mean my physical appearance, i’m talking about my frame of mind, my emotions and my periods. We just know our bodies, don’t we? I’m no Dr #obviously but i’m so in tune with my body that I just “know” when somethings a miss. For months i’ve been saying to Ben “something just isn’t right”.
- My periods were regular and lasted 3 days max for 15 years, but since Alaska’s birth they last for 9 days plus, even though still regular
- I cramp at any stage throughout the month
- Periods are clot like
- My boobs ache all month, every day
- I literally have ZERO patience now, I get stressed very easily over the smallest of things
- Bad night sweats, almost every night
- Irritability- About everything
- I get so moody, I know i’m in a mood but just can’t shake it
- All of these symptoms could literally be diagnosed as anything, this is why I chose to speak to a hormone Dr to see what underlying issue there was before I got slapped with another diagnosis
I’ve been wanting to see a Dr about my symptoms for a good 9 months but never really knew how to go about it (the fear of the Dr looking at me and laughing as i’m once again over reacting). I watched my friend George’s video about the Hormone Dr she’s been seeing since she was a teenager and it made me so excited to actually go for it and make contact. I spoke with Dr Graeme on the phone for over an hour, it was like a magical lightbulb listening to him. I was in awe, everything he was saying resonated so clearly that it just all seemed to make so much sense! What i’d been experiencing wasn’t made up in my head. Understanding that child birth can cause imbalances with in our bodies that sometimes we just need a little bit of help ( for instance a hormone cream) to get back to our normal selves.
Dr Graeme Wilson: Phone & Email consultations only so available Australia wide (possibly world wide). www.drgraemewilliams.com It’s a $300 fee which includes your phone consultations as well as your cream he may prescribe to you.
Other Things To Try To Feel Less Stressed
Naturopath- I saw a Naturopath for months when TTC with Alaska. I didn’t feel that this was a great fit for me personally, however I know lots of friends who have successful stories with their experiences.
Acupuncture- I saw a Chinese Herbalists Dr who worked wonders with my stress levels. He used accupuncture on my ears and I also took the suggested Chinese medicine/ herbs to flush out my body. I do feel this helped our TTC journey with Alaska.
DETAILS: Dr Wang 9455 3988 255 Bannister Rd, Canning Vale
Massage- I would love to have the time to get a weekly massage, but realistically this isn’t possible. But massage is an amazing way to relieve the body of unwanted tension and bad energy. I got a massage here the month we conceived Alaska, I truly believe this was a contributing factor to my reduced stress levels that month.
DETAILS: Nest Day Spa
Chiropractor- I briefly saw an amazing Chiro after Alaska was born. I wish I maintained my visits as I did see results after each visit but I got lazy and stopped going. He noticed my posture is ridiculously BAD and this of course created stress and tension throughout my body.
DETAILS: Adam in Cockburn see write up HERE
Essential Oils- I’ve noticed a HUGE difference with using oils in our every day life. I’ve recently been using oils in our defuser, spraying our pillows each night, using rollers on my wrists when feeling stressed. I’ve also been using a fertility roller on my stomach twice a day.
DETAILS: Dani Loxton Oils
Smoothies- Gut health is one of the most important factors to feeling happy, healthy and less stressed. I make a bunch of pre packed smoothie bags every fortnight, freeze them and get one out daily. I jam pack them with greens and fruit so that I know i’m getting my daily intake of goodness. I always feel so balanced and emotionally different after i’ve had my daily smoothie. Whether it’s mind over matter, it works for me.
DETAILS: My smoothie recipe HERE
Sleep- It’s a no brainer that sleeps promotes a healthy mindset and reduces stress levels. If you’re already a parent, i’m just going to go ahead and assume you haven’t slept well since your first childs birth. I find going to bed early, not allowing a TV in your bedroom, reducing screen time in your room really helps me. I try to wake up earlier than Alaska and have a coffee on my own for some down time.
I have been to get my bloods done for Dr Graeme to see what my hormone levels are. If I am in fact lacking in progesterone (what he suspects) then he will supply a cream which I can use daily. I will keep you posted how this goes.
I posted a video on my Instagram stories this week about Dr Graeme, I was flooded with peoples advice on what I should be doing instead. Mental Health issues run in my family. My Mummy has bipolar and an under-active thyroid, so I’ve always been extremely conscious of possibly having these also. Both of these have been ruled out to date. POCS has also been ruled out.
I’m not asking for advice, I’m just explaining my journey in case it helps someone, anyone at all. Please remember every journey is different, no two women are the same.
As explained above, this is my journey and i’m happy to share this with you following along.
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