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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.

Intrigued?

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.

How?

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.

 

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How I Got my Pre Pregnancy Body Back

I have spoken a few times about my pregnancy weight and post pregnancy body. I didn’t add on too much weight whilst pregnant with my twins, but I wanted to get rid of the extra pounds. It was not difficult to lose the weight. It just fell off after some months but I needed to tone my body back to shape, especially my tummy. A question I always asked myself is “how many pushups should I be able to do?” I needed to get my body back into shape quick and I was not sure how to go about it.

 

 

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The toning bit was hard and it took ages. I tried all sorts to get my tummy and body back to what it was pre pregnancy. It is not quite where it used to be but it is almost there. I feel I can (kind of) say I got my pre pregnancy body back. You never really get your body back after having a baby. It is one of those things that I don’t see ever really get back to normal. Not the inside or the outside. Bringing life to the world takes a lot out of us mothers, whether we see it or not. Forget the good jokes about how easy celebrities snap back into their pre baby body, with their abs and all weeks after delivery, that is not the reality for majority of us.

So how did I do it? Here are some changes I made in the pursuit of my pre pregnancy body.

 

I stayed active

I must confess, this was easily done with twins. I had no choice but to stay active. Being alone with the twins for majority of the day meant I had to be up and about, which left me feeling drained but helped to drop the extra pounds. Fitness workout videos on YouTube was my friend. All I had to do was pop a sports bra and some shorts and trainers, and I was ready to exercise from the comfort of my home.

 

 

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Fitness kept me energised and sane. It also helped me stay fit and active which was good for my physical and mental wellbeing. I would have been lost without those fitness videos and I am thankful they exist. Going to the gym was not impossible for me, so this was the only way I could workout. And I could do almost every type of workout. From lifting straps to pushups to tone my tummy.

 

I walked

Prior to having my kids, I was not a huge fan of walking. That changed as soon as I had them. I found it easier to walk to many places. Pushing the pram on long walks also helped me get some fresh air and get some steps on my Fitbit. The twins loved it too so it was a win-win really. Going for walks wearing a pair of leggings with side pockets, meant I was able to listen to some of my favourite tunes too, with my iPhone tucked away safe.

 

I watched the calories

I have never needed to be on a. diet before, since I never put on weight easily. But I had to keep a watchful eye on my calories intake once I became a mother. I noticed I added weight a lot easier since pregnancy, so I had to cut down on the ice cream and the junk food. I found this easy to do because I knew I didn’t want to be overweight. Having the extra pounds on didn’t feel healthy at all. So it was a no brainer for me. The weight had to go, which meant there was no room for junk. It may sound vain, but I had a wardrobe filled with cute fancy outfits I needed to keep wearing.

 

 

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I drank more water

I have never been a fan of drinking water. I know all about the benefits of drinking water but before my pregnancy, I rather drank Coke to be honest. However, once I got pregnant, all I wanted to do was drink water. I drank more water in my 9 months of pregnancy than I have ever done in my life, for as long as I can remember.

After having my kids, I decided to continue to drink as much water as I can and cut down on the fizzy drinks, and I have done exactly that. This has definitely helped me lose the extra pounds.

 

Are you struggling to get your pre pregnancy body back? Or have you snapped back already?

 

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Pregnant in the Summer

This time, 4 years ago, I was heavily pregnant with my twins. I remember the summer being very hot, and me being very uncomfortable. I was unable to sleep for most part of my pregnancy and my general discomfort increased in the warm summer months.

 

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I had no issues at all with my twin pregnancy. I was not on bed rest or any sort of medication, and I continued working until the very end. When I say work, I mean me living in Cheshire and working in Manchester, which was over 2 hours commute every day. I was working long hours and all, but I managed to pull through somehow.

 

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I bet you are wondering where I am going to with this post. Well, lets just I have been seeing a lot of pregnant women around this summer, both online and offline, and all I can think off now is being dead warm and pregnant. With babies being popped front, back and centre, it is hard not to get broody. 2017 seems to be the year of pregnancies and babies. I saw a picture of Beyonce’s twins the other day, and I couldn’t stop looking at them. They are so cute!

I enjoyed the most part of my pregnancy. I found the whole experience fascinating. The one thing I hated though, apart from the discomfort and lack of sleep, was the intense heartburn. I suffered from very bad heartburn for most of my pregnancy, it made eating and drinking very difficult. It was tough because I couldn’t take any medication for it. I just had to deal with it naturally. If I were to do the whole pregnancy thing again, I would love so much for my body to skip the uncomfortable heartburn bit.

I know many people suffer from Acid Reflux/Heartburn generally, even when not pregnant. I use to even before my pregnancy, and I still struggle with it every now and again, depending on what I eat. Which is why I am glad to now know about Acid Reflux/Heartburn drugs like Omeprazole. It is good to know that there are many shops to buy Omeprazole capsules online. Many of us don’t have to suffer anymore.

I am a huge fan of online shopping. I am always very into products I can shop online, so this drug is a favourite of mine, and it does the job excellently for my heartburn!

Do you suffer from heartburn/acid reflux? How do you deal with it? Please sound off in the comments section below. Thanks for reading.

 

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