In this episode we hold space for a dear friend to share her fertility journey. Too many times women push other women into silence while in the middle of a fertility struggle. Everyone wants hope, and everyone wants a happy ending. Here, we discuss what life is like in the middle of the struggle when a healthy pregnancy has yet to be achieved. 40% of couples struggling to get pregnant have something called “unexplained infertility”. WHile not a diagnosis in itself, it’s basically the category people fall into when there really is no identifiable reason why a spontaneous pregnancy has not occurred. This can be especially challenging because when nothing is “wrong”, there is nothing that can be done to “fix” the problem. When nobody knows what’s wrong, yet there is still a problem, it can be beyond frustrating.
This episode is a lesson in empathy, community, and triumph. Jess talks about the boundaries she has built to stay sane during the madness of IVF, and she shares what it’s like to sit in the middle of the story, yet to have a happy ending… or an ending at all.
Also here is a link to Caitlin’s Protein Waffles: http://www.caitlinjohnsonrd.com/blog/high-protein-gluten-free-waffle-recipe
And to our favorite prenatal vitamin, Garden of Life!