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2018 will be unlike any other year.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Hello Sparkpeople,

Mood: cautiously optimistic

I hope you all have had a great holiday season and are looking towards 2018 with optimism.

I have been a part of the Spark community since August 2010, and a few years ago I wrote some really intense blog posts here. Mainly about the conditions at the job I was at for my first two and half years in Germany and about my family. Some of those entries, upon re-read, were so intense I decided to delete them.

Yet, I feel today’s entry is not only the most vulnerable I will make myself to date but my rekindling with the people that make this website the wonder that it is. I hope to…realistically speaking...write here once a month in the new year. Our goal is other than a number on a scale, or number of inches on my waist or even fitting into a wedding dress (which went fantastic!)

I want to become a Mother. My Husband and I want to become parents.

In July I had my annual visit with the Gynecologist. I expressed my future hopes to bear a child. I am not sure if it is standard in the US yet but in Germany I was able to see with an internal ultra sound camera my internal situation. Perfect: a well-lined Uterus, unblocked Fallopian Tubes and well stocked Ovaries. I am thankful that as far as menstruation is concerned I have never experienced complications.
My yearly physical and blood check came back in November also perfect. Blood Sugar, Cholesterol and Thyroid…even better than last year! 😊
From a physicality standpoint what concerns me: I am 34 years old (as of October.) Will I struggle based on that alone?

Women of Sparkpeople…. Speaking as a hopeful Mom-to-be, professional, expat (no family around) and someone who is a ‘later in life’ mother I would love to have your advice and support. I hope to journal how the process goes at least once a month.

This is the second month I have tracked my ovulation using the calendar and stick tests, everything happened (and was done: P) on time. I have continued taking the 800 mg of Folic Acid and Multi-Vitamin recommended by my Gynecologist. As of holiday break I began doing fertility positive meditations/visualations and prenatal yoga in addition to my normal treadmill based cardio workouts.

I am struggling with the idea of having to give up coffee, I know I need to reduce my intake to less than 200 mg per day but I am finding that difficult to take onboard as I am not confirmed pregnant. I am trying to vary my diet and eat a wide range of nutritious foods. I am finding myself more drawn to topics/practices drawn from Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine…but not sure where to start. Since I have dealt with Hip Bursitis and inflammation in the past (when I was still eating wheat products) I am curious to know if Acupuncture might be worth taking on in the future.

Otherwise physically I feel great... that is to say completely asymptomatic.
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    1313 days ago
  • RD03875
    I have no advice on late in life mommies but I wish you the best of luck and a smooth pregnancy!
    I see you like to travel, We loved Thailand and Cambodia, truly different and very friendly.
    1315 days ago
    1315 days ago
    I had my last baby at 35 with no problems at all. It will all turn out fine!
    1315 days ago
    First of all, de-stress! Many people become pregnant at 34.That's not old. My sister had her first at 35 and I had my last at 34. Many many women have postponed motherhood and developed careers first. You sound as though you are totally focused. It might help to simply relax just a bit and enjoy the journey. Your thinking about wellness is perfect. Do it for you. Stay with the nutrition and great eating aspects as that will create the perfect environment for a wee one! Best of luck to you!
    1315 days ago
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