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November 11th, 2011, 12:02 AM
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Mom to twins + 1
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Hard to say. We did so much. My twins were conceived with IVF + PGD + multiple drugs for me. I thought the PGD was the reason we had success.

Then, I had Ben, when we weren't even trying, I'd only had one period since the twins were born (due to breastfeeding), and doctors said I had only a 1% chance of ever conceiving on my own. Just think how mathematically astronomical those odds are. So much so that logically speaking, I must have conceived Ben for one of three reasons:

1. I was eating healthy. Sounds strange I know, but your body's hormones are greatly affected by your immune system and stress hormones, and a healthy diet does wonders for stabilizing your immune system and decreasing stress hormones. I was breastfeeding, and I ate really well, no sweets, the healthiest foods, organic as often as I could. I also ate a lot, because I wasn't making enough milk for the twins, not sure if that would make a difference.

2. I wasn't drinking. Studies show that alcohol, ANY alcohol, even MONTHS before you TTC, can affect your egg quality. I gave up drinking 4 months prior to my IVF, my RE said it should have been 6, and I wasn't a heavy drinker, just a glass of wine every other day or so. And of course I stayed off drinking while I was bf-ing, and therefore when I conceived.

3. I tried a procedure called lymphocyte immune therapy (LIT). It is not available in the U.S., therefore I had to cross the border to Mexico to have it done. Yes I was desperate. It wasn't expensive, around $400, and all it is is having a little of your husband's white blood cells injected just under the skin of your forearm. Like an allergy shot, which is basically what it is. This was under the suggestion of the reproductive immunologist I saw. My RE thought he was a quack. I have no idea, but the procedure was harmless enough so I went ahead and did it. It's supposedly a permanent fix, so maybe that's why Ben came along.

Me: Lisa, Mommy to twins +1
8/5/08 Beautiful twin girls Leigh and Lucy born after 4-year struggle with RPL & 6 losses
12/10/09 Surprise! Baby #3 is on the way, EDD 6/22/10

12/29/09 2nd ultrasound - joining team blue

6/16/10 Baby Ben is born!

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