FROM DISAPPOINTMENT TO FEELING MORE CONNECTED
In June of 2017 we tried to use our one remaining frozen embryo, but it did not take. This was an emotional disappointment given the success of our first cycle in 2015. We took the summer off to focus on our son and summer fun, and in October of 2017 completed our second full IVF cycle, complete with egg retrieval, etc.
I am now pregnant with a son, due in July 2018! The fertility process has led to an incredible appreciation for my mind-body connection, a new approach to health, and an incredible circle of friends.
It also led to a better understanding of healthy personal boundaries, some unhealthy relationships and family dynamics that needed “house cleaning” and a fierce desire to help other women who are trying to become parents.
BALANCING MIND, BODY AND SOUL ON YOUR ENTIRE FERTILITY JOURNEY
The mindset plays such a big part in helping the body through this process. I knew what I had to do for my mind, body and soul and the Fertile Hope Yoga program truly brought it all to surface.
Now I’m a mother of twins and I still use what I learned in the program. It’s important to have a healthy balance of mind, body and soul, and Erin’s fertility program brought this to life for all of us.
AFTER STARTING FERTILE HOPE YOGA, MY JOURNEY WAS MUCH LESS SCARY
If you are on the fence about joining, please do it for yourself. This is a stressful time for you, and it will help you to cope.
Fertile Hope Yoga helped to make me more present and able to deal with my roller coaster of emotions. It gave me a tribe to celebrate and grieve with. After starting yoga, my journey was much less scary because I knew other couples that were dealing with similar issues.
As a new mom, I’m able to use breathing and yoga to help me to relax and stay present. And I now have a huge support system.
I LEARNED I WAS STRONG AND COULD SURVIVE THINGS THAT I USED TO THINK WOULD KILL ME
Fertile Hope yoga was a life saver for me. The support was incredible. Being able to share my innermost feelings helped lessen the pain I was feeling. And the focus on gratitude helped me keep perspective on a journey that can easily swallow you whole and consume your identity at times.
I learned that I was strong and could survive things that I used to think would kill me. While strength is inherent in this process it’s equally important to welcome fear, sorrow and whatever else comes up… feeling the grief and being vulnerable (not always feeling positive or strong) is essential in welcoming and inviting miracles and keeping hope alive. Often when you’re at rock bottom and ready to give up a miracle appears.
Knowing I was not alone and witnessing the strength and determination of my fellow womb warriors multiplied my power and helped me carry on.
FROM FEELING LONELY TO BEING SURROUNDED WITH SUPPORT
I felt lonely until I started this class because I didn’t know anyone I could share with other than my husband and close family. I’ve met some amazing women through yoga that I am now very close with.
I learned that no journey is the same but there are so many women wanting and hoping for the same thing – to be a mom.
A SISTERHOOD OF PERFECT STRANGERS BECAME MY BIGGEST ADVOCATES
Joining Fertile Hope Yoga was an escape for my mind. I needed to be in a safe environment where I could laugh at the absurd and cry at the life that fertility treatments create for you. It helped me learn the importance of self care— yoga was a must for me on my fertility journey and now in life.
When we started doing basic treatments with our OBGYN, they’re best advice was to “relax and not think about it” (which to me now is the most laughable advice). Yoga and support through Fertile Hope Yoga were key to balancing the non medical side of my journey.
The biggest insights/breakthroughs I experienced during the yoga for fertility program was the realization that I am not alone, that you can be scared and it’s okay, and that a group of women who are perfect strangers can end up being your strongest advocates on this journey.