Fertility & IVF Health Coach, Educator, Guide, Speaker
Hey there! I am a Fertility Health Coach, Fertility Outreach Manager, Wellness Educator, a Proud Mama of one adorable kiddo, and Wife to one Cool Drink of Water (cue Brooks and Dunn)!
Currently, I work and live in Connecticut, and I guide women who are trying to get pregnant. I work with patients at the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services, who want to know “what else can I do?” to optimize their health and treatment plan. I do this by taking a look at what they are already doing and adding small steps that create BIG results.
During my personal fertility journey and pregnancy, I learned all about getting my body to an optimal state to get my BFP and have a healthy pregnancy.
I studied holistic health at Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I trained as a Weight Loss Coach, gained an expertise in supplementation, and I am currently working towards a certification in Functional Nutrition.
My experience as a fertility patient and Infertility Support leader with RESOLVE, my intimate knowledge of working within a fertility practice, and my training as a holistic and integrative health allows me to not only coach women through their journey to optimal health but also support them through this stressful time.
I know how sad, scary, and frustrating this journey can be, but I also know how rewarding it can be. I am here to let you know that you are NOT alone.
My Journey to Motherhood
I always knew I wanted a to be a mom and have a family to love and care for. My sister had 3 kids when I was in my twenties, and I immediately fell in love with them. It was just a matter of time.
And then I waited because I was focused on my career.
When I was 29, my father, who typically leaves these “female” topics to my mother to handle (we are Indian and don’t talk about these things normally), shared that I was in my prime to have children. He said I needed to have kids sooner than later (which was so awkward to hear from your conservative dad)! But it stuck in my head.
And then I waited because I wasn’t married.
My boyfriend, AKA Cool Drink of Water, and I finally tied the knot, and a couple of years later, we started trying to conceive (aka TTC). We expected this to be a breeze, but it was far from that. We tried on our own for a year. It was month after month of disappointment, sadness, stress, and fear of not having my precious family that I dreamed about. I enlisted the help of a reproductive endocrinologist and found out the heartbreaking news that I had a very little chance of getting pregnant on my own. But we persisted. I had diagnostic surgery the next year and then spent a few months of trying in hopes that the surgery would change our fate. It didn’t, and the next step would be to get fertility treatment.
And then we waited because my insurance would not cover IVF.
Our next step was to change our insurance plan to one that would offer infertility coverage. Luckily my state has a mandate for fertility coverage, but the insurance I was carrying did not cover fertility treatments. I got creative, and I was able to purchase what I needed to get the coverage I wanted, and I began my first cycle.
We started with IUI#1 – BFN (Big Fat Negative).
Then we tried for IUI#2 – BFN again.
We were going to have to get more aggressive. I was approaching 38, and my doctor implored us to not wait any longer. It was time to try IVF, which I never thought I would need.
People don’t realize what women go through with IVF. The box of medications and injections alone was crazy, not to mention the emotional and financial anxiety that is part of the process.
And, there are no guarantees of success.
But, having a child was an innate desire that I was not willing to easily relinquish. We were willing to try IVF, so we moved forward.
My first IVF was cancelled mid cycle, which was super tough to understand and deal with. But, we persisted.
Our stellar doctors changed the protocol to better accommodate my body’s response (or lack thereof), and IVF#2 was a success (woo hoo – BFP!!)!
After almost 36 months of BFNs, I finally saw a positive pregnancy test (yes, I know IVF team, I wasn’t supposed to test early…but I did). And, HOLY COW were we ELATED!
And then we waited…
For 9 more months…
For our sweet baby boy
My success can be yours too…
I attribute my success not only to my stellar medical team, but also to my persistence in creating the right condition, body and mind. My chances to conceive were slim, and I recognized the need to be proactive in my wellness too.
So, here I am now. I have dedicated myself to paying wisdom forward and to empowering women to take charge of their health and fertility.
Let me help you move into this, so you can move through this.