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Pregnancy Story: Our Journey to Baby #3

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We began trying for our third baby this spring. I have never struggled to get pregnant. I don’t share that to be insensitive, I’m sharing that so you can understand the context from where I am starting this story.

We conceived both our boys the first month, one of them was planned, one was very unexpected.

A family of four announcing they are having a baby.So, when we began to try this spring, I had the upmost confidence I would get pregnant the first month. No one in my family (that I am aware of) has ever had to  really “try”. Even my sister has identical twins with no fertility treatments and little family history of multiples.

God changed my story this time.

After our first month of trying I swore I was pregnant, after all, that’s how it happened the last 3 times. (I had a miscarriage in 2010 prior to having my first son.)  Even though multiple at home tests came out negative… I just knew I was.

I even had the doctor do a blood draw and told them “I know I’m pregnant, I never struggle to get pregnant… it’s just not showing up on a home pregnancy test which is what happened with our first baby that we miscarried.” The blood test was negative and I swallowed my pride and felt pretty humiliated.

After a few months of trying and a lot of negative tests I began to feel defeated.

This is something that feels so selfish to say because I have friends who tried for years to get pregnant. This was never a place I’d been though… it was brand new territory of ovulation test strips, doing the “deed” whenever it was “time” and the hope of a positive test, only to see “not pregnant”… again.

During this time was also when I was struggling with my weight loss journey. For over 2 years I’d spent my days focused on getting as healthy as I could, dropping weight, exercising and doing whatever I could to achieve “optimal health” to prepare me for this day. The day we decided we were ready to have a third baby.

A few months after reaching my “goal weight” though, I had slowly put on a little bit of weight and had requested my goal weight be raised 6 pounds because I was exhausted trying to maintain it. My doctor wouldn’t raise it, which meant at the time I had to pay to go to Weight Watchers even though I was a Lifetime member who felt healthy, but because it wasn’t in the range it needed to be I lost the privilege of a “free” membership that Lifetime members in their goal weight range receive.

My definition of healthy didn’t matter to the program I’d chosen to lose weight or my doctor. It was all sadly based on the mere fact that MY healthy number didn’t fit on the BMI scale in the “normal” category.

I was under a ton of stress because of my very small weight gain and trying to get pregnant.

My cycles were not normal. I wasn’t sleeping much. I was exercising a lot to try to get my weight back where it “needed to be” because I was also terrified of getting pregnant “bigger” than I wanted to be.

Looking back now all the signs are so clear to me.

Everything I was doing was wrapped up in a lot of fear.

During our third month of trying I really began to question if this was the plan. I was getting ready to turn 36 and we had made a deal that if we couldn’t get pregnant on our own, we wouldn’t do any fertility treatments and take it as a sign that we were supposed to be done after our 2 boys.

We also both knew we weren’t going to try for an extended amount of time because honestly, it was stressful and emotional and I didn’t want to spend months on end feeling that way. I knew that as long as we tried I’d be able to shut the door to a 3rd baby if that’s what we felt God was saying to us.

While driving one day I got really emotional about what in the world I was supposed to be doing. I felt very confused in many different areas of my life. I prayed in that moment, God I don’t know what to do about my weight and whether to leave Weight Watchers. I’d made my journey so public and to turn away just felt scary as hell. I also asked if we were supposed to be trying to have a baby? Was this not in His plan? Why couldn’t we get pregnant this time?

In that moment I heard a whisper in my heart that told me,

“Amy, I’m not done with this part of your journey yet. When you allow me to finish it, then we can move forward”

I knew what He was calling me to do.

  • I had to walk away from Weight Watchers.
  • I had to walk away from the scale.
  • I had to leave diet culture and allow my body to JUST BE.

I was putting it under far too much stress that a baby just wasn’t possible at that time.

I left Weight Watchers that week.

I began sleeping more.

I began eating more intuitively and ignoring calories and points and just listened to what my body wanted.

I cut back some on my workouts, though I went (and still do) to Bar Method 3-4 days a week.

I prayed.

I had a horrible menstrual cycle the next month, the worst I’ve had in years. Then, when I was due for my menstrual cycle the following month I began spotting and felt angry and confused.

I called my husband on a Wednesday and told him once again, we weren’t pregnant. But then I never fully started… so 4 days later I took a test just to confirm I wasn’t pregnant, because after all… I had been spotting just days earlier.

black and white photo of a positive pregnancy testThe test was positive.

I’ve never been happier to see the words, “pregnant”.

I was in a state of shock that when I gave up ALL control, over everything I’d worked so hard TO control… God gave us a gift that was worth everything I gave up.

I am not a doctor, but I am a survivor from an eating disorder and I have a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion. My theory is that my body was hungry.

Hungry for more food, more rest and less stress and it wouldn’t allow me to get pregnant until I let go of control.

It was not easy.

One of the scariest things I’ve ever done is leave Weight Watchers. I’ve been judged, I’ve felt like an outsider and I’ve had develop a tougher skin. But where I am today is in a place of total understanding. I had to go through ALL OF IT to get here.

Why did I want to share this with you?

I wanted to share this with you because you never know the battle others are fighting. I didn’t want to share this part of my journey while we were trying to conceive. It’s honestly very scary for me to share even now because I don’t want it to be misunderstood that I am claiming infertility… I am not. It took us a fairly “normal” time for most people to get pregnant, it just wasn’t “normal for us”. I also needed the perspective of getting through it before I wanted to share it.

I assure you the last several months have not been easy.

But today, as I sit here at 17 weeks pregnant with a growing belly in a larger body than I was a year ago, I am thankful.

A woman in all black showing her pregnant bellyI am thankful I stopped dieting and listened to my body.

I am thankful I trusted my body to take care of itself and God for the plan He had for us all along.

I am thankful for my sweet baby girl, yes, A GIRL!

A family of four and their labrador announcing they are having a girl.I am thankful for the perspective that I have now on diet culture and how I hope and pray that I will raise my children to never again see me on a diet, rather a woman who has a healthy relationship with food and her body regardless of the number on the scale.

I no longer want to let the scale determine my self worth.

I am thankful for the perspective this gave me for the women who struggle with infertility. I SEE you. I won’t claim to have struggled with infertility but seeing negative results for 3 months was an eye opening experience for me to have a new and deeper appreciation for women who yearn for a child and have not conceived. You are warriors. My prayer is that God grants you the desires of your heart.

This is my last pregnancy, and I’m enjoying it. God gave me this precious gift that I will not take for granted.

I will not shame my body because it is growing, I will celebrate it because it’s creating a life just a few short months ago we didn’t know if we would be blessed with.

His plan is always right on time, and it’s always more perfect than we can imagine.

Our journey to baby number three. #pregnancy #thirdchild

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  1. We actually had a VERY similar story. We never had to ‘try’ to get pregnant. God’s plan was so different than ours and 2 yrs later he surprised us with our sweet Claire. I walked away from my career because of a major tug on my heart. I just wasn’t where God and my family needed me to be. Literally months after resigning I was pregnant. God has great plans for you and your family! I love you friend

    1. Thank you for this blog entry. I feel like I have “dieted” my entire life. I weigh myself daily on not one but two scales. I hate family gatherings benighted the food fuss. I am scared to death of being fat. It’s no way to live. Your blog really spoke to me. Life is too short for this stress and negativity. I too need to pray listen and let go of the control.

  2. I have a very similar story as well. I got pregnant very quickly the first two times. When I miscarried that second pregnancy, it took 8 months to become pregnant again…but I can say it was totally worth the wait. God knew what I could and couldn’t handle. I needed that time to grieve our loss and put myself in a position to be ready for another child. These struggles are not easy to go through, let alone share with the world. Proud of you. And so dang happy for you, friend!

    1. I’m so sorry for your loss, Christina, but so happy your found the silver lining in the story God had planned for you! Thanks for your support friend.

  3. This was beyond beautiful. Love you girl and thank you for being you. You’re an amazing friend and even more amazing for being so open. I’m in awe of your courage and bravery.

  4. I am awake at 3am with morning sickness and broke my rule of not looking at my phone during the night but I am so glad I did! What a beautiful story you have! I love the freedom that you have now. Sometimes things don’t look exactly how we might like them to but God is so good to give us growth in our faith and strength in our convictions, and ultimately peace and understanding (usually once he explains himself haha). I can’t wait for this sweet baby girl!!!!!!

    1. I love you friend. SO much. And so excited to be on this journey, though many miles apart, together! I hope that darn morning sickness subsides very soon!

  5. You are an amazing woman, Amy! Beautiful story: honest, heart felt and all glory was given to God. His plan is always best; His timing always perfect. So glad you are blessed with a little girl. Her two big brothers will love her and protect her! I too have quit WW. The scale had too much power over me despite the fact that they always preach “beyond the scale.” Stay strong. Stay focused on Jesus. He is the author and perfecter of our faith. God has big plans for you!
    Thank you for sharing your heart.

  6. Ah what a beautifull story! Congratulations on your pregnancy. And your yourney in letting go of body shaming. I threw out the scale many years ago since it didn’t serve me. After 3 pregnancies, 2 children, an auto immune disease and 10 years later i’m only 4-6 pounds heavier and so much more beautifull.
    I hope to pass the wisdom on to my daughter, and son. I hope you will too for your children.

    1. I am glad you figured this out so many years ago! I’m sure you are passing the wisdom along! I hope I do as well 🙂

  7. Thanks for sharing your story. I know how personal it can be to share! I had a similar experience with my third pregnancy (I’m 26 weeks along now). We didn’t try for long with my son and daughter, but this baby took 9 months to conceive for no reason! During that time, I was so stressed over it, I gained 20 pounds… and then I finally got pregnant! Such a blessing, of course, but now, I’m struggling with gaining even more weight for the pregnancy. I’ve never been this heavy before, and it has been difficult… I keep telling myself that we’re lucky and I’m trying my best. That’s all we can do, after all!

    1. I often have to remind myself that this pregnancy is such a small blip of time in my life. As long as I am taking care of my body and my baby right now, that is all I can ask of myself. I’m really hungry so I’m eating more, but I know it’s about my baby… and that makes the extra weight a little easier to bear. I’m so happy you are being blessed with another little one. Wishing you a healthy pregnancy!

  8. I’m so glad you found a new peace with your weight loss journey and with a new baby in the way! If you don’t mind me asking…..did you find a new doctor after the 6lb disagreement?

    1. No, I didn’t. I don’t agree with her on that, but she has delivered both my boys and been a great doctor for 7 years. Someday I’m going to share with her my thoughts and feelings about it, just haven’t had that opportunity yet. Probably will after my daughter is born.

    1. I’m laughing. This is a stock photo, so those aren’t my legs, and I didn’t even notice the hair on them until you pointed it out. ??‍♀️??‍♀️

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