You’ve had six weeks to heal and become a “normal” person again, which is super easy with all those restful nights of consistent shut-eye you're bound to be getting. Your partner has waited six loooooooooong weeks for your postpartum appointment and for permission from your OBGYN that you’re ready for sex again. He will ask with bated breath: “What did she say? Are we good?” But you're not. You're not even close.
Pregnancy is beautiful, but it isn't always sexy. With internal organs in new locations, a protruding abdomen, and a soccer player using your womb like an arena, it's difficult to get your head in the game. Pregnant sex requires creativity, patience, and a little flexibility. And if you've ever been pregnant, you know such things are no easy feat.
I have no idea how people go through the hope/despair cycle without losing their minds. But many people close to me have endured it for years. Watching people I love struggle with infertility has reshaped how I think and communicate about my own pregnancies and my children.
Fast-forward 15 years, and the irony of my college worries sets in. I’m on edge again. Waiting impatiently every month. But this time, I’m hoping and praying that my period DOESN’T come. Did we have sex on the right day at the right time? Did I actually ovulate this time? Did his sperm find my egg? Did the Clomid and the hormone shots work?
In-vitro fertilization (IVF) sounds daunting at first, the staff at Fort Worth Fertility knows, but it also helps about a quarter of patients achieve the families of their dreams.
When I had to get out of the tub, I was given a choice: to have my amniotic sac artificially ruptured, or to continue on dilated at seven and a half centimeters. I didn't know what to do. My birthing plan was known to all in the room. This was not a part of the plan.
The fact that we now have the technology to isolate this fetal DNA from a blood sample from mom and reliably test for common genetic issues is even more fascinating. The implications of this are very personal to me, not just as an obstetrician, but as a mother who has utilized this testing myself.