Journey to Baby Berry | IVF + KETO Vol. 2

I have never been the girl who wanted to be a mom. You know those girls, the ones that feel like motherhood is what they were born to do. It was never on the top of my to do lists, or even in the forefront of my mind! But, I think that’s because I had never found someone that met any of my criteria for making another human. I had always thought most people don’t take making a baby as seriously as they should. People put more thought and planning into buying a car or a house with someone. Having a child with someone is a LIFETIME CONTRACT!!!! I mean, you literally will be looking at a 50% replica of someone who you could potentially loathe. Lots of people loathe their baby momma or baby daddy. I’ve seen it first hand. I on the other hand have always put a lot of thought into binding myself to another person in probably the most permanent way possible. I finally found someone who I could do this with in Ken and so that really changed the game for me. Ken and I aren’t just married, we are literally best friends. We are best friends before we are anything else! I think that’s why we don’t fight. ( I’m not saying we are perfect but fighting over the fact that he won’t stop putting his shoes on the furniture isn’t really fighting ) So when we got married, we began trying to have a baby right off the bat. I have never been one of those people who get to do things the easy way, so when we didn’t get pregnant immediately, I wasn’t really shocked. My grandparents had to try for 10 years to have my mom and one of my cousins had also had problems getting pregnant. I wasn’t devastated or even sad, I was just ready to do what needed to be done in order to get what I wanted. So there is where our journey started with infertility.

Like I said, Ken and I have been trying for a baby since we got married 3 years ago. We tried for a year as is customary before going to see a specialist. It was at this time that I was diagnosed with “unexplained infertility “and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. For those of us who are having fertility issues it is commonly PCOS, or thyroid issues that are the root cause. It was at this time that I also started the KETO diet, hoping it would help us on the journey to baby. While keto brought down my antibodies SUBSTANTIALLY, it did not help us conceive. We did a few rounds of IUI that were unsuccessful, after doing those we decided to try again on our own for a year while eating a clean ketogenic diet as well as doing acupuncture. I saw many benefits but no pregnancy. Keto helps with PCOS infertility much more than thyroid apparently. However, I am now the healthiest I have ever been and in a great place to undergo this hard process of IVF, which brings us to October of 2018 and our first round of IVF.

The above picture is only part of the medications that I was put on. I started my injections on October 23 after having my first appointment of many to monitor my ovaries and the progression of follicle stimulation. These follicles would hopefully produce a good amount of healthy eggs. I started with one injection a day and immediately felt the effects. I  LITERALLY cried every day for the first 3 days. Oh the joys of hormones. I drove the hour and fifteen minute drive to Nashville every other day to have labs drawn and an internal ultrasound to view my ovaries and to count and measure the follicles.  On that Sunday Oct 28, they started me on 2 more injections for a grand total of 3 injections a day. I was also taking many supplements including Vitamin D3 5000 IU, folate, coq10, Prenatal Vitamins, DHEA, along with dexamethasone, and an antibiotic. Finally on November 2 @ 1 AM (yes, 1 am) I was given the ok to pull the “trigger” which is a shot that promotes ovulation. I was then scheduled to have my egg retrieval on Nov 3rd.

We got up that morning very excited, but also nervous. They go in with a very long needle to take out the eggs… kind of scary but I had heard it was no big deal and I would be put to sleep and only have mild period type cramps after so I wasn’t too worried.

I woke up in recovery with Ken at my side, and felt ok for about 10 minutes. They told us they had recovered 8 eggs, which was a lower number than expected but still good. We would find out how many fertilized the following morning. And then the pain began. I’d like to think of myself as a pretty tough cookie, but I had tears rolling down my face from the pain. I had apparently had some bleeding during the procedure and that was what was causing me pain. They gave me more pain meds and it helped for a while, then I almost fainted when they got me up to go to the bathroom because my blood pressure was low. I finally stabilized enough for them to send me home. I felt like a bag of t-total shit. I was nauseous and still in pain. I woke up that night in tears again and thought I was going to have to be taken to the ER.  I finally had some relief the next day but was still so uncomfortable I couldn’t stand to be touched. Now… this is not typical!! So if you are going to go through this please don’t get scared ! I am not trying to freak anyone out. I just want to make sure that my story is out there. There is a risk for this type of thing to happen when you go sticking needles inside your body. The doctor and nurses did everything they were supposed to do and took amazing care of me. I am just one of those people who, like I said earlier, don’t get to do anything the easy way. Honestly I wasn’t surprised at all that I had complications. The next morning we found out that 6 eggs had fertilized!!! That was a great number! Knowing we could potentially have 6 eggs made all the pain worth it. These 6 eggs will sit in an incubator until Friday Nov 9. On this day the embryologist will call and let us know how many have made it to the blastocyst stage. Usually it’s 50% of your beginning number. Of the ones that make it, those will then be tested to make sure they are good quality which will increase the chance of my carrying to full term and reduce risk of miscarriage.

The next day I was so bloated… I had a little bloating before because of the hormones but after!! Ugh, I was in sweat pants for the next 3 days. I am writing this on Wednesday (4 days after the egg retrieval ) and I am finally so much better. Up until yesterday I was still very bloated and very uncomfortable. As I mentioned, we are now in the waiting game to see how many of the fertilized eggs turn into blastocysts! This will be how many eggs we have to option to freeze and make sure that they are quality eggs for implantation. We will start more meds in the next few weeks… and then hopefully, we will be able to share some very exciting and happy news.

I hope you all enjoy sharing this journey with me and will continue to send all your thoughts and prayers to us and our eggs as the weeks progress. I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to our Patrons and Facebook supporters. You gave me the power to be able to work from home which is making this process 100 times easier on us. I don’t know how to thank you all for your support. But if we are successful in this pregnancy, you can know that you absolutely had a hand in the process by cutting our stress down by 100 folds. You are loved and we thank God for you every night and ask his blessings for you all.

Read previous IVF post here : https://neishalovesit.blog/ivf-we-went-to-class/

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48 COMMENTS

  • Ursula Eissner

    Neisha and Dr. Ken , May the Lord watch over you in your journey and give you the baby you want so badly . You are going to be wonderful parents !
    Best wishes from one of your patrons , Ursula Eissner

    • Debbie jackson

      Neisha God has you and Dr,Kenin his hands. Your in our thoughts and prayers. Love debbie jackson

  • Deborah Herren

    Prayers continued ( Twins but I won’t be disappointed at all with one healthy baby!) I have twin grands now 7 and they are fun! Hope you get to feeling better.

  • cindy masters.

    Hi. I am praying for you and Dr B to have all the eggs develop so you can add as many children to your family as you wish. God bless this process. Psalm 127:3. Cindy Masters.

  • Nancy Smith

    I have no experience with this at all Neisha and Ken but I do know that God in heaven hears your prayers. Andy and I will pray for you. Love you both and all you do. Nanci

  • Sylvie Roy

    Thank you for sharing all this with us! All my prayers and my positive thoughts are with both of you. Love you! Sylvie

  • Betsy Andrus

    Good luck, guys. Takes guts to go through that. Keep the faith.

  • Annie Bakaleinikoff

    Holding your family in my prayers…can’t wait to hear good news!!

  • Tricia Martin

    Thank you for sharing! May God Bless you and your family!

    Romans 12:12
    Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

    Psalm 113:9
    He gives the childless woman a family, making her a happy mother. Praise the LORD!

  • Robert Bob Schindler

    So happy for you both, and I will be praying for you and the successful baby Berry. I had a great evisit with Dr Berry yesterday and we had a great chat. Keep the good news coming. Supporter and Patreon Bob

  • Tracy

    Prayers lifted up and surrounding you both! I always wanted twins, so I’m happy when someone I know has them. Healthy is all the truly matters!! So excited to see what happens next!
    Best wishes!

  • Pam Miller

    Prayers are sent your way that everything goes well and your little family will be complete soon!

  • Stephanie

    Dr. Berry and Neisha, I have continued to pray for you to have success in creating another beautiful human 💗. Thank you for sharing this with us, I know it will help others too.

  • Vickie Register

    Prayers, Love and Hugs to you both💕 Let’s go babyberry you got this🎊 Patron Vickie

  • Debbie Mattatall

    Dear Neisha and Dr Ken, I am praying that your IVF is successful. You are both such good people and deserve the blessing of a little Baby Berry. It will definitely be pretty cute. (I have 6 precious grandbabies and so can’t, in good conscience, say the cutest, LOL) Seriously though, may God be with you both and I can’t wait to hear your wonderful news. I too am a patron.

  • Tish Pollock

    Wishing you both the very best and thanks so much for sharing. I hope all goes well with your blastocysts.

  • Vickie

    My heart goes out to you, for all you have been thru. I pray yours and Kens dream comes true. May God bless y’all with a beautiful healthy baby. Thank you for sharing your story and all y’all do to help others get healthy.

  • Michelle Goldsmith

    So very happy for you and Dr Ken and praying that your journey is a smooth one!

  • Melissa Costa

    Oh Nurse Neisha, I can only imaging an inkling of what you and Dr Ken are going through! I’m sending prayers that your IVF is successful and big virtual hugs to you both. I really appreciate everything you and Dr. Ken do. I especially love the FB Lives. So, thank you for thanking us!

    I suffer from Endometriosis and have for over 25 years among other issues. I have had 10 laparoscopies, a hysterectomy and an oophorectomy. The latter two surgeries were way after my two gorgeous boys were born. We tried for two years to get pregnant with my first baby. (He’s almost 13 now, how time flies!) We were all set to start clomid when we found out about our little miracle. I didn’t eat Keto back then, but I do remember buying several books about the best diet for Endo which is basically keto without nightshades. I really believe that helped me to become pregnant!

    I just know in my heart of hearts you will get great news on the 9th!!!! XOXO from a Patreon and Facebook Supporter.

  • Molly Kavanagh

    Darling girl , you are so brave! This is all very poignant for me because my darling Daughter Valerie is going through IVF as well at present! Please God it will work out for the both of you! You and Dr Berry have given us such an amazing gift in leading us down the wonderful Keto Road! You will be blessed. Much love Molly.xx

  • Joyce

    May our very good God continue to Bless this journey for “all” of you.

  • John Coffman

    Our granddaughter Dallayce was a miracle baby. May God bless you guys. Are hearts are with you. Gods speed for health and happy child. Hugs.

  • Christy Rowell

    Oh sweet Neisha! I’m so sorry for the complications you experienced. You are a tough cookie! You and Dr. Ken will make amazing parents to a new baby Berry! I’m sitting her all teared up typing this reply. You deserve this so much! Prayers and love to all of you and I look forward to your next installment!

  • Lisa Hayes

    Sweet Neisha, you and Dr. B are in my prayers. I am honored to be a patron and Facebook supporter. The help you give me is more than I deserve! I am praying for you to have a healthy and easy pregnancy! I look forward to watching you and Ken raise your child(ren) in true “Neisha loves it” style!!

  • Sherry

    Miracles happen. I know this for a fact because I have personally had more than one and two of them are the children I got after being told for many years that I would never carry one to term. So I am praying so hard for you to have the same. God bless you little eggs.

  • Joe Abate

    Prayers and positive thoughts going out as I type. Best wishes from a grateful follower.

  • Dianne Harris

    Thank you for sharing your journey- I feel very privileged to be allowed into your personal life. I am praying for all of you. May God bless you and grant you a most blessed child who I know will be cherished. You are both beautiful not only on the outside but inside as well. Praying for wonderful results!

  • Francie Epperson

    I am so happy and excited for you both! I appreciate you sharing the process with us. And I appreciate your love for each other and your strong faith in God as you go through it all. I will pray for you all and can’t wait to see your berry babies! Blessings and Hugs

  • Christine Phillips

    Thankyou for sharing your journey, it will help others who are in the same situation.
    It has brought back a lot of memories for me as I had IVF too.
    I was 37 and 10 years married when I had my lovely son, Jonathan.
    He is now 27 years old.
    I hope all goes well for you, it’s a very nerve wracking but exciting time.
    Take good care of yourself and hopefully you will have good news soon.
    Thinking of you 💕

  • Judi Smith

    sending prayers for a successful pregnancy

  • Mae

    Thank you for sharing your amazing journey with all of us! we feel honored you’ve allowed us into a very private personal journey! Both you and Dr. are wonderful caring people, praying things go smoothly from this point on and BABYBERRY begins to grow strong! Patron Mae and Pierre sending all the love and support from NH

  • Erin Esposito

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. We are cheering you on and sending prayers for a beautiful, happy, healthy baby Berry! 💙❤️💙❤️💙

  • DeeDee Lopes

    I’m pretty sure y’all are gonna need someone to watch the baby(ies) when you and Doc do your live videos.
    Judy and I would LOVE to be surrogate grandparents.
    We Love You both,
    DeeDee & Judy

  • Heather

    Praying over y’all during this exciting and exhausting time. Keep your chin up and trust His perfect plan for your life. 😘

  • Catrina Farmer

    God Bless you both on this nervous but exciting journey for baby B!!! You both are in my thoughts and prayers! POSITIVE VIBES ONLY! Praying you get some great news today!!!!!

  • Jodie Tyson

    I’m literally sitting here ugly crying right now! I’m so excited for you two!! I understand all too well the struggles. I had twins in my early 20’s with someone that just wasn’t right for me and ended in divorce. When I finally found the person that was my best friend and the other half of my soul we wanted to have a child so badly. It wasn’t easy. At all. I became obsessed with it. I lost three babies and it was earth shattering to me. Thankful I had my best friend by my side. We finally got blessed with our little bundle of energy three years later. I can’t say I understand the struggles of IVF but I’m here to say never give up because when you look into the face of your baby you will understand why it never worked out until that very moment. Good luck and baby dust to you!!

  • Lori

    God bless you both!!! You are in my prayers for a successful pregnancy❤❤❤. Thanks for sharing your life with us!

  • Susan Maier

    I feel such compassion for you and your story. Joining in agreement and setting my intention with compassion and love for the manifestation of the BabyBerry/s. Great comfort, peace and good vibes to you and Dr K, and family.

  • Liz Terrazas-Raimo

    Neisha, I will keep you, Dr Ken and your journey in my prayers.. May the Lord provide comfort, patience, and strength as your journey progresses.. Thank you for your transparency. May each day bring you closer to your success..

  • Dana

    I hope that all goes well tomorrow.

  • Mel

    Prayers for good news tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!! ❤️

  • Joy Postell

    Today is the day for the good news – 11/9/2018! Praying and believing your hopes and desires will come to fruition! Can’t wait to hear all about it! God bless you both as you are such a blessing to me and so many others! <3

  • Jennifer

    Sending love and prayers.

  • Deborah Butler

    Neisha, I wish you and Dr. Berry the best. I can’t wait to see the pictures of you and Dr. Berry holding a little bundle of joy. You are both in my prayers

  • Shea

    Hi NursevNeisha & Dr Ken, I’m Sending much love & many prayers for you to have a successful full term pregnancy xo much love, Shea Ricica 💗

  • Kathleen Moore

    Absolutely praying for health and wellness and Gods blessing over this. Can’t wait to hear the wonderful news! Stay positive and don’t sweat it! You’ve got this!

  • CASSANDRA DUGAN

    Praying for the best for you two! Much love and support. Xoxo

  • Peggy May

    Prayers for the Both of you !!!

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