While scientific research can be a helpful way of assessing a treatment course, ultimately every woman and every couple trying to conceive are unique in terms of their challenges and their lifestyle so what works for some may not work for others and vice versa. The real test of any treatment is: does it work for the individual?
This is also important to remember as many Western doctors are educated and very supportive of Chinese medicine while others don’t have a lot…Continue
Added by Bridge To Baby on May 10, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
(Sale Has Expired) Don't miss out! $450 worth of fertility health and lifestyle information for the insanely low price of $34.95! Start your fertility on the right foot by educating yourself and learning how to set the best stage for baby-to-be. Along with the ebooks you'll get 12 recipe ebooks, 2 ebooks that speak to the heart of infertility, and 6 ebooks on pregnancy and birth. This is something not to miss and this amazing sale ends May…Continue
(Sale Closed) Our friend Donielle over at Naturally Knocked Up graciously us to participate in this exciting Natural Fertility eBook bundle. What is an ebook you ask? Well it's basically an electronic book you read through any electronic device. You don't need an iPad or Kindle for this one. As long as you have Acrobat to read a PDF you can easily view tons of amazing ebooks filled with information related to a natural approach to fertility.
Bridge To Baby's ebook…Continue
So last I left you, I was vacuuming my living room, wondering how I would ever become a mother. It was a time without Internet, so I couldn't just find people like you online, people who had already been through this or who were going through this right now. It was just me and my husband. At least, it felt that way.
We started really talking that afternoon about what we wanted. We knew we would not remain child-free, which is, of course, a perfectly good choice…Continue
Added by Judy on May 1, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments
Hi everyone! Prepare yourself for a LOT of reading :)
Part one – Getting pregnant!
So its been a while and boy have I been busy :) So when I posted my story I had joined a trial for women with PCOS trying to get pregnant and I was only my last round.
Well miracle of miracles, despite the clomid having thinned my lining to 5.4mm I got pregnant! I however lost the pregnancy to Trisomy 16 @ 6 weeks.
My doctor performed…Continue
Thanks to modern day technology and huge advancements in medicine, a woman dealing with infertility issues does not have to give up on the dream of having a baby of her own. Methods such as ovulation drugs, artificial insemination and assisted reproductive technologies allow women to realize the dream of becoming…Continue
Added by Key To Conceive on April 24, 2013 at 10:21am — No Comments
It was a sultry July day in 1993 that we found out we would have to go to extraordinary means to have our family. It was eight in the morning, and we had both dressed for work, ready to leave after our exam. But I was so shocked by the doctor's pronouncement -- even though, really, I shouldn't have been shocked, if you think about it --that I insisted we call out of work and go home to digest the news. My husband thought I was nuts. He wanted to go to work, like usual. But he called his…Continue
Added by Judy on April 22, 2013 at 8:40pm — No Comments
Last I left you, my husband and I had to decide how we were going to build our family: through donor sperm, through adoption (either domestic or foreign) or through ICSI.
I need to back up now for a moment. (Sorry.) About six months into trying to conceive on our own, my husband and I had already sorta/kinda had this conversation. By then, I was pretty sure there was a problem, and I calculated it must be male factor, given my age and obvious ovulation, and given…Continue
You've waited an eternity to see those two red lines. Or get that positive HcG result. You are pregnant! Anxiously, you get through the first trimester, unsure of where this part of the journey will lead you. You arrive at 12 weeks, and the first-trimester screen (known as the nuchal-fold translucency). Things seem good.
There's a sigh of relief, and you start to share your exciting news! Your pregnancy progresses. There's another screen around 16 weeks, a blood…Continue
Added by Dr Julie on March 8, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Most of us are at least a little insecure about how much we weigh. So it can be hard to speak frankly when issues about BMI come up in the surrogate application process. But it's a conversation that needs to take place, for good reasons.
BMI stands for “body mass index” and it's one of the things…Continue
Added by Stacie C. Getgood on March 6, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Bridge To Baby's My Fertile Food app for iPhone and iPad has gone through a few upgrades recently. We've had a lot of great feedback about how useful the app is but that there were a few features missing. I've been working hard these last few months to create these features and release a new updated version of that app. Those of you who already have it don't have to worry about paying for it again. Just be sure to…Continue
Added by Marni (BTB Creator) on March 4, 2013 at 1:17pm — No Comments
It's been a remarkably stressful few months, personally and professionally. This year is finally coming to a close, and for me, that's a really good thing. It's been a year of tragedy with the preterm loss of our daughter and tragedy of trying to find the answers as to why it went down this horrible path. But out of this tragedy came a lot of amazing perspective and hope, drive and validation that I want to continue to help others dealing with infertility and loss and raise…Continue
Added by Marni (BTB Creator) on December 20, 2012 at 9:42pm — No Comments
I do know that walnuts have some serious fertility powers; I made surprisingly delicious walnut, spinach, apple juice and banana smoothies for breakfast every morning during my second IVF treatment. 80,000 pounds of walnuts were very recently stolen in two installments, from Northern California. It's a crazy story, read it…Continue
Added by Bridge To Baby on November 3, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Emotional range is an expected by-product of fertility treatments. After all, when you are getting dosed with hormones, there is a little leeway for "moodiness." Krissy McVicker blogged about some of these aspects quite nicely with her metaphor to riding a Roller…Continue
Added by Dr Julie on May 29, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments
No matter how hard you might try to turn off your ears this week, it's hard to escape the Hallmark holiday that will occur on Sunday: Mother's Day. The most difficult thing about the day is that most of us have mother's to attend to and honor.
It's a reminder that this goal that you are…Continue
Added by Dr Julie on May 7, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments
After a bleeding scare our surrogate has been released from bed rest! Woohoo! The bleeding had stopped and she rested and followed up with her doctor for a checkup and a heartbeat check. Heartbeat was 160. Does that mean girl? Or boy?
We don't know and we aren't finding out. Some of you must think it's crazy not to find out the sex of the baby in a surrogacy pregnancy. Some people probably think it would help intended parents bond with the baby. The reality of it is that…
I've noticed a lot more woman joining the DOR sub group. As a fellow groupie, I wanted to update everyone on my story. There is absolutely hope for DOR women...they may be able to say you don't have a lot of eggs, but they can't tell you the quality of those eggs!
Almost a year ago to date, I had my final RE meeting. After being diagnosed with DOR (31 years old, an FSH of 42 and anti-mullerian of <0.1, 3 full rounds of Follistim at 450 each day (and several cancelled…Continue
Check out the cute feet to the left! You can also see the circle of the yolk sac on the right. They baby gets it's nutrients from the yolk sac until the placenta is fully developed.
The baby is 10 weeks and making its surrogate mother sick as hell with morning sickness. He/she is also making its genetic mother sick as hell with anxiety and worry and anticipation! Is it 40 weeks yet??
There was something found on ultrasound called a…Continue
Added by Marni (BTB Creator) on March 5, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments
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Ive been ignoring a lot that's been going on with me this week and just figured i had too much on my plate and things were building up to a peak and that was my problem. Until last night when i discovered colostrum leaking from my boobies and the old brain started to tick…Continue
I am learning now that expecting IVF to work the first time was an unrealistic hope. In my case, I was certain borrowing a uterus to grow our baby was the biggest obstacle. But it wasn't. It now makes sense why doctors offer either shared risk programs or 3-try packages. From the mothers at my son's preschool and other women out there whose IVF brains I have so boldly picked, not one of them had…Continue
Added by Marni (BTB Creator) on September 15, 2011 at 5:04pm — No Comments