family, parenting, TTC

TTC Journey

Hello all! Thank you for stopping by. I thought I would do a long overdue update on our journey with trying to conceive.

We decided within the last year that we wanted to add to our family. Something that I was initially against due to my experience with out first daughter. After almost 4 years, I finally decided that I would be mentally okay with having another labor experience.

I immediately started doing research on repeat C-Sections, or a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). I started a few Pinterest boards as well, and was so excited for everything. We had conceived our first baby that ended in a miscarriage after one month of trying, and the same with our daughter. I didn’t think it would take more than a couple of months of trying before we were expecting again. Oh how wrong I was.

We have been trying since August 2018, and are still not expecting. I know in the grand scheme of things, this is not a very long time. Especially compared to others I have seen who have tried for years. This is definitely an internal struggle I have in regards to this journey.

I have been taking prenatal vitamins every day, I’ve switched up my diet per my OBGYN’s instructions. I’ve been going for walks to make sure I’m not too sedentary. And still, no positive pregnancy test.

My daughter keeps asking about babies, and when she’s going to be a big sister. Her favorite thing to talk about is “When our baby gets here…” and it hurts my heart more each month. She’s only four years old, and doesn’t understand of course so I usually smile and join in on her excitement.

Of course because I’ve been looking things up, and visiting certain Facebook pages, my ads on Facebook are all geared towards being pregnant, or trying to conceive.

I recently came across the Ava Bracelet. I looked up some reviews of users on Youtube, as well as some blog posts that had been written about it. There were mixed reviews depending on what it was being used for. The women that were in a similar circumstance to me, were giving amazing reviews.

There is a section of their website that explains the science behind it, as well as the clinical trial that was done. It tracks multiple things, and is only worn during sleep. It tracks skin temperature, resting pulse rate, breathing rate, perfusion, movement, sleep, and heart rate variability ratio (the time from one heartbeat to the next). After tracking fertility, once you are pregnant it doubles as a pregnancy tracker as well.

It’s quite a spendy product at $299 for the Basic, and $399 for the Plus. I ordered the Basic option a few days, and have already set up the app. I’m hoping that it will give me some peace of mind, and help me relax a little. I’m a natural planner, and it’s definitely difficult to try and plan for something that is not happening.

So that is where we are now. I’m continuing my lifestyle change to make myself a healthier woman, and excitedly waiting for my bracelet to get here.

If you have any experiences with the Ava bracelet, please let me know! I would love to learn more about others experiences.

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