With my daughter coming up to her first birthday, I have been reflecting on the past two years, how far we have come and how we have evolved. As a fertility acupuncturist, I had so many tools at my disposal to give me the best chance of conceiving. Interestingly enough, despite all of my medical knowledge, I am quite sure that making a baby meant that I experienced the same anxiety/hope/disappointment ridden emotional roller coaster ride that every other woman gets on when trying to get pregnant. Here are five interesting facts about my fertility journey.

1. My daughter was conceived on vacation: My husband and I received a wedding gift from my father in law – a luxurious vacation to Jamaica! We spend the entire time relaxing, eating good food, swimming and sunbathing on the clothing optional beach and (of course) making babies. My father in law considers that vacation to have had an excellent return on investment! I knew I was pregnant when I started having insatiable cravings for mashed potatoes. It actually began on our vacation – which would have been only a few days into my pregnancy. I suppose the sudden need for an 8pm bed time every night should have tipped me off as well.

2. I learned about a side of sex that I had never experienced before – doing it, just for the sake of making a baby. In the past, I had only ever made love when I felt like making love – not because the fertility app on my phone told me it was the right day (in addition to a few days before and a few days after, just to be safe). In the end, I realized that the recommended “every other day(ish) from day 10-18” was just fine – and much less tiring!

3. We conceived on our third month of trying: which felt like the longest three months of my life…

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4. I only have one Fallopian tube: In my early 20’s, I experienced an unexpected ectopic (tubal) pregnancy. Unfortunately, my tube ruptured and I had to have life saving surgery, where the tube was removed. This meant that when I actually wanted to have a baby, my chances of conceiving were lower than the average women. I was only able to get pregnant when I ovulated on the side where my Fallopian tube was still intact.

5. I spent 3 months actively preparing my body for pregnancy before we even started trying: I followed my own preconception care program which included – eating a clean and nutritionally dense diet – this also meant cutting way back on sugar and alcohol and cutting out coffee, exercising regularly but moderately, weekly acupuncture treatments and herbal remedies to balance my hormones.

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Michelle Kapler
Michelle Kapler
When I’m not working, you can find me knitting socks, writing for my blog, eating oysters that my husband has lovingly shucked, creating and co-creating meals for loved ones or hanging out with my Herbal Medicine Textbooks and and a very specifically pulled espresso.
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