Trying to Conceive? A Comprehensive List of Everything I Did

…besides the obvious…

1. The Better Baby Book by Lana Asprey. I also followed her Bullet Proof husband, Dave Asprey’s diet. Sean and I joke about making a Bulletproof Baby.

I made an exact list of EVERYTHING she suggested, and checked them off as I went along. I got pregnant within a month, so I didn’t finish the list:)

2. CVS Sperm Count Over the Counter Test. Both sides of my family have a significant amount of illegitimate children, and I wasn’t particularly concerned about my fertility. I myself, am a result of a one night fling. Both sides of my family are baby making machines. So my husband took an at home test, and saw his count was really low. I would have done more invasive testing on myself if we had different results.

My husband is quite the go getter, so he bought an anti-radiation phone cover. It has a gold plate in it. It both reduces frying your little swimmers AND increases your phone reception. Win-win.

He also purchased a computer stand so he’d never place the laptop on his lap. As a novel writer, his laptop was practically welded to his lap. Once I was pregnant- he bought me one as well. He wanted it to be a Mother’s Day gift, but who wants useful stuff for Mother’s Day? So it was a “Thursday” present.

We also googled fertility boosting herbs. We bought everything, and took them (for both of us.)

He also uses his Heart Math EM Wave product to lower his stress level. Stress, particularly cortisol, wreaks havoc on fertility.

3. Period Tracker App. After trying to get pregnant for almost a full year, I was quite discouraged. My doctor lady friend suggested the phone app. The very first month of having the app, I became pregnant. I had more confidence to wake up Sean at four in the morning to demand we get to business, having a full day of work out of state. We got in on, I hopped on a plane, and was unknowingly pregnant.

4. Massage and Reiki by Jennifer Morgan. She has been hired as a Reiki Practitioner to women getting in vitro, with much success. I happened to have scheduled a massage the day of conception- and I can’t deny that being relaxed and sent good energy could help set a good environment for conception to occur.

5. Raspberry Leaf Tea, suggested by Lacey Keller Smith. Sean and I had been drinking it for six months.

6. I asked my buddies to pray for me. I’m in a Facebook group of people who pray for each other. After trying for SO LONG to get pregnant, I finally asked to be prayed for to get pregnant. I was pregnant that month.

As you might notice, I can’t attribute my pregnancy to ONE right thing, but many right things. I think diet, prayer, energy work, massage, and technology were all important aspects to the conception.

Unnecessary but fun details: Sean, my daughter, and I had bought plane tickets for a six week trip to England. As the plane descended, I felt nausea. I fly almost every other weekend, and haven’t really ever been nauseous before, or any other signs of motion sickness. It didn’t even cross my mind that I might be pregnant.

Once we had landed, a couple days of missing my period really didn’t clue me into that I might be pregnant. I had taken too many tests, and as all women know in my situation, taking tests becomes really painful emotionally. Getting a “no” starts to sting, until you become numb to the fact you might be pregnant.

Sean took me to a drug store to stealthily buy a pregnancy test without anyone seeing. Having relatives being disappointed doesn’t help one to feel good. As I stood up from the car seat, I almost passed out, and Sean caught me.

After buying the British pregnancy test, I was afraid to use it. I left it in a drawer for a while.

Waking up on Christmas Eve, I finally peed on it. It INSTANTLY made a plus sign. It didn’t take three minutes: as though I were EXTRA pregnant.

We told my mother in law that night. She was very excited, but we weren’t ready to tell everyone yet. My 13 year old daughter, who was supposed to be sleeping, opened her door and exclaimed, “You’re pregnant?” The three of us had a laugh at the sitcom-like timing.

So I spent the majority of my first trimester in a foreign country, in the cold winter, in bed. Sure, England doesn’t sound that foreign, but I couldn’t get any Kosher dills. They have different pickles than I’m used to. And all my American comfort foods (I’d never usually eat, but suddenly craved) weren’t available.

Now I’m about 6 months pregnant with a healthy baby girl. She measures perfectly, and has passed all the genetic tests with flying colors. I can’t wait to meet my baby girl.

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