Finding the Missing (Genetic) Piece for Infertile Women

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“I’m infertile.”

When you say those words out loud, whether it’s for the first time or one-hundredth time, they no doubt sound surreal.

No woman believes they’ll face this challenge. After all, giving birth is one of the most natural things you can do, isn’t it?

Sadly, so many of us – too many of us – face the heartbreaking news of infertility.

Fortunately, thanks to modern medicine many of us will find the hope we need in fertility treatment, via donor egg IVF.

Whether you’re looking into the qualifications for egg donor candidacy or you’re wondering whether donor eggs are right for you to grow your family, we want to highlight how donor egg IVF can provide the pregnancy and birth experience you’re looking for.


Good. Let’s get started!

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Will My Baby Look Like Me? The Questions You Face at the Start of Your Journey

When you begin looking into egg donation, you’ll have a whole host of questions that need answers:

Will my baby look like me?

What if the baby look looks like the egg donor?

Will I share a bond with my baby?

All of these questions are completely normal because this isn’t the usual route you expect to create your dream family.

It’s important to work through these questions and find the answers you’re looking for, perhaps even talking through your goals and concerns with a counselor.

Over time, and with the right research, you’ll gain an understanding of what connections you can expect to have with your baby.


Choosing the Genetics of Your Baby

When you start searching for an egg donor, you have two choices – using someone you know or using an anonymous donor from a donor program.

The first option may initially appeal to you, as you can opt for a family member whose genes you share. But, always consider how this will work in the future; will the donor want your baby to know who they are?

On the other hand, with an anonymous donor, you won’t know the donor’s full name and details, but you’ll know their educational, professional, and medical backgrounds. You’ll know what they look like, what academic achievements they have, what type of personality they have, and other information.

This gives insight into the potential genetics your baby will have, allowing you to choose a candidate similar to yourself, if you desire.


Passing on Your Own Genetic Material?

As well as having the ability to influence your baby’s genes through your choice of donor, recent research demonstrates how women using donor eggs may still influence how their baby’s genes are expressed.


Tiny molecules containing genetic material (microRNAs) may pass from the endometrial fluid to the baby, acting as an information system. This can potentially influence your baby’s genes, thus adding to the unbreakable connection you’re already creating with your baby.


Weaving Your Own Unique Bond

Genetics aside, egg donation gives you the unique and heartwarming ability to carry and give birth to your baby – something adoption is unable to offer.

Whether it’s feeling their first kick or simply placing your hand on your stomach with the knowledge that they’re growing inside you, these experiences help forge a bond only a mother and child can enjoy.

You, and only you, are this child’s mother – and genetics alone cannot forge this irrevocable connection.


Remember – Genetics Aren’t Everything

Not sharing a genetic connection with your child is often one of the hardest hurdles to overcome about egg donation. Understandably so, as it’s a significant concern.

But don’t forget – no mother, whether she gives birth to her baby naturally or through traditional IVF, can guarantee her genes will make her baby look like her, act like her, or resemble those all-important family traits.

As you can see, you – the donor egg recipient – have more control over the genetics of your baby than most others. You’re the one who’ll bring them into this world, help them grow, and develop their own personality and individual traits, which goes way beyond genetics.


Calming Driving Nerves

For those of you who have been reading the blog for a good few years, you would know all about my struggle to pass my driving test. I have been taking driving lessons for almost 10 years on and off. I took my first driving test while I was pregnant with the kiddies and I failed that and just didn’t bother for about 5 years. Although, I took my driving theory test and passed it first time, I still had to to take it again last year because the last one had expired.


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The Current Situation

I have recently started taking driving lessons again and I am currently enjoying them. I sacked the driving instructor I started with last year after 2 sessions. He was a screamer and he made me even more nervous so I got rid of him quickly. The new driving instructor I am using is a lot better. He is more patient and more thorough. I am learning many new driving skills at every lesson and I am happy with the way the lessons are currently going. The only issue I am still dealing with is my driving nerves.

Looking back, I have always been a nervous driver, and I became a lot worse after the accident we had a few years ago. I need to calm my driving nerves if I intend to pass my driving test. Being so nervous behind the wheel is not helping me at all, so I have starting looking at ways to help me deal with the nerves. Meditating and having some quiet time before I drive does help. Writing about it should help as well. I am hoping it does anyway, which is why you are reading this post.

Someone advised me to try some calming herbal medicine. I will be trying it in the next few days and will report back if it works. Driving my own car also outside of the lessons also help. I am usually a bit more relaxed when driving in my car with M.


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Tried and Tested Tips?

I have booked my driving test and I need to get it over and done with it, so no room for nerves here. I am eager to read about your experience when learning to drive. Were you a nervous driver? How did you deal with it? Please share your tried and tested tips in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading. Have a lovely day.


5 Benefits to Hiring Electricians in San Diego

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Every home in San Diego is bound to experience some electrical problems at some point. For many DIY enthusiasts, their interest and curiosity will eventually lead them to try to perform electrical repairs at home. Even though DIY projects have a lower upfront cost, shoddy, DIY work could cost you much more in the long run including your family, your property and your life.  This is why it is important to call in experienced electricians San Diego to carry out all your electrical work.


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Here are 5 benefits to hiring electricians in San Diego.


  1. Knowledge and Experience

Hiring an electrician with vast knowledge and experience will give you peace of mind knowing that you can trust their work. Remember, when it comes to electrical repairs YouTube tutorials cannot provide you with sufficient knowledge or experience to diagnose electrical problems and fix them. Electricians in San Diego go through a series of training, tests, and inspections before they can acquire the state license to offer electrical services.


  1. Keep Your Family Safe

As a parent, you want to keep your family safe at all times including when they are at home. The Electrical Safety Foundation International estimates that about 51,000 home electric fires occur every year leaving behind a trail of death, injuries and property damage. Faulty wiring and poor workmanship cause many of these fires. Hiring a professional electrician will ensure that safety issues in your wiring are addressed. Protect yourself and your family from electric shock and electrocution by hiring a qualified electrician to handle the dangerous stuff.


  1. Your Property Is Protected

Fires are not only dangerous to your family but to your property as well. If you are away from home when a fire starts, it could destroy all your property and the cherished memories you have made in your home. Secondly, poor equipment installation could reduce your home’s efficiency by up to 30%. This means that you will spend more on your electricity bills.

If your home has weak or faulty wiring, the best thing would be to hire an electrician to upgrade your wiring and protect your property from damage.


  1. Your Electrical Job Is Done Right the First Time

DIY electrical projects can be very costly in the long run especially if you have not been trained to work with electricity. Work done by an inexperienced individual is not only dangerous but also expensive. You may have to bring in a professional to redo the work later. However, when you hire an electrician to do the job for the first time, you can be sure that he will detect the problem and fix it permanently.


  1. Liability When Something Goes Wrong

In the event, the electrician gets injured on the job, who would be responsible for all the damages on the property? Who would bear the medical costs of the electrician? Who would be liable for compensation? This is why you should always work with an insured, certified and licensed electrician in San Diego.  With a licensed electrician, you do not have to worry about unexpected expenditure.


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