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God has blessed me tremendously with an amazing husband, Doug, and two gorgeous little boys, Gavin and Joey. It has always been a dream of mine to have a large family but God may have other plans. I had a series of 6 consecutive early miscarriages when trying for baby #2. We are currently trying for baby #3 after our 7th miscarriage. I am faithful that God's plan is perfect, even when I am not happy about it. I love comments and meeting new followers so please don't be shy!

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Welcome Womb- Carrie's Experience

Maria asked me to share my experiences with pregnancy loss and how Welcome Womb has helped me.

We welcomed our daughter Lily into our family in August of 2006. We knew we wanted to have more children, and had hoped to space them a few years apart. Life always has other plans for you though, and our 2 year spacing quickly turned into 4 before we were ready to try for our second child. We had such an easy time getting pregnant the first time, that we thought the second time would be just as simple.

We started our journey in January this year. By the end of February, our second cycle of trying, we had that longed for two lines on the stick. I was stunned and heartbroken to lose that baby at 5 weeks and 2 days.

We were determined to try again, and again had success on our second cycle after the miscarriage. In June, at 9 weeks and 2 days, I lost that baby as well. It was explained to me that most of the time, we never really know why an early miscarriage happens. Testing can only offer so many answers. I went through a battery of blood tests, only to have them come back “Normal”. How can anyone feel normal again, after losing a baby?

After some time spent grieving, I hit the internet for support. I chart my cycles, following the method from Taking Charge of Your Fertility. I knew from reading about the experiences of other women that charting for fertility is something doctors are not always familiar with. It’s something that is usually suggested to women who are experiencing infertility.

I knew I wasn’t infertile. I had normal cycles; I ovulated without fail every month. We had no problem getting pregnant. It was the staying pregnant that was the issue. There had to be something I could do. Vitamins, minerals, herbs – anything was worth a try.

On the TCOYF site, I found a post talking about an herbal product called Welcome Womb. I was already drinking Red Raspberry Leaf tea daily, as a uterine tonic. It was in this thread that I read Maria’s story, and learned that after 6 losses she used Welcome Womb during her pregnancy with her youngest son.

I was intrigued, and did some more reading. I had read enough about the individual herbs in Welcome Womb to know that they have been used for centuries to help women maintain a pregnancy. I ordered it and waited for my charts to line up. I started the WW the same day as ovulation. I have never had a positive pregnancy test earlier than 16 days past ovulation. On a whim, I tested at 11 days and was stunned to see those two lines. My doctor had already prescribed progesterone supplements, so I started taking them immediately after getting the positive result.

My first two beta tests came back with fantastic numbers, and an early ultrasound showed a good strong heartbeat. I am now 12 weeks along, and doing well. My Obstetrician was pleased to hear that I was experiencing morning sickness, only because it meant I had strong HCG levels. I’m not sure I share her enthusiasm for the morning sickness, but I know it means that I AM pregnant and that my body is doing what it needs to do. To me, the Welcome Womb was the difference.

It was a leap of faith to try the Welcome Womb, but when you have lost a baby or two or more, anything is worth a try. I am so glad I did.

If you want to try it too, it is now available through our herb site, Chapter One Herbs.

Congratulations, Carrie! Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy!

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