How I Got Pregnant Quickly – Lifestyle, Mindset, and Supplements I Took

How I Got Pregnant Quickly (Despite Previous Thyroid Issues) - Supplements, Lifestyle, Mindset

Since my husband and I conceived our first baby back in August, so many of you have been asking how we did it and if there was anything I did differently around that time. I’ve been answering to individual comments and messages, but then I thought that talking about it in a separate blog post and video would probably more helpful and would reach more of you. So here we go!

I Experienced a Phantom Pregnancy

The first cycle we tried to conceive, I was so convinced I was pregnant. The symptoms started just a few days after the ovulation and they lasted and lasted. I had no doubts that there was a little baby growing inside me.

However, pregnancy tests kept being negative. I was so shocked and disappointed! My periods continued normally as well.

However, I continued feeling pregnant.

Now I know that I was experiencing something called Phantom Pregnancy, or a fake pregnancy, imaginary pregnancy – however you want to call it. It usually happens to ladies who have previously had a miscarriage or have been trying to get pregnant for a long time. It’s crazy that it happened to me after the first cycle of trying, but I think I know why it happened.

At the time we started trying to conceive our first baby, I was weaning myself off the Vitex herb slowly. It helped lighten up my periods, but the follicular phase was too short on it, I kept experiencing low estrogen symptoms, and my estrogen levels were actually on the low side in the first half of the cycle. So I wanted to stop Vitex gradually and try something else.

Weaning off Vitex is never easy for my body. I struggle with all kinds of symptoms for a couple of months, regardless how slow I go with the weaning. This time wasn’t an exception.

What I believe happened is that the corpus luteum that got released in our first cycle of trying didn’t actually go away before my period and kept producing extra hormones. That was the cause of my pregnancy symptoms.

Interestingly, when I went for an ultrasound scan the following month, there was a corpus luteum in each ovary. The doctor was completely confused and thought one of them might be an endometrioma (endometriosis tissue in the ovary). However, they both looked exactly identical – the same size, the same shape, etc. Endometriomas can often be confused with old corpus luteum.

Needless to say, the doctor freaked me out when she started talking about possible difficulties to conceive and follow up scans in six months, then a possible surgery, etc. Definitely not something you want to hear when you’re trying to conceive.

When I had another scan a month later, the “endometrioma” wasn’t there anymore, the pregnancy symptoms had gone away by then, and that was actually the day of my ovulation.

It was the day when we conceived our baby, but I didn’t know it yet until around 14 days later when my period didn’t turn up.

Thickening My Uterine Lining and Raising Estrogen

When I went for that first scan, I was told that my uterine lining was only 6.8mm, which is really thin. Not really good enough for welcoming a fertilised egg. I had also been experiencing low estrogen symptoms for a while, and blood tests actually showed low estrogen levels in the first half of the cycle.

Uterine lining is thickened by healthy amounts of estrogen, so I knew that my next step should be focusing on optimising my levels. (here’s an article about all the different ways you can raise estrogen levels).

By then I was completely done with weaning myself off Vitex, so I reached for my trusted Shatavari. It’s an Ayurvedic herb well known for tonifying women’s reproductive system, balancing hormones, nourishing adrenal glands, etc. And I had already tried it with success in the past, so I knew it would be a great thing to add.

The first cycle I started taking it, I noticed more energy, better moods, softer skin and hair, as well as more cervical mucus around my fertile days. In fact, that was the cycle when we conceived our baby. Shatavari worked right away.

I think at the time I was also taking some extra copper, but other than that nothing else. I do take copper for a couple of weeks from time to time, just to keep my levels replenished. I usually don’t need more than a couple of weeks, and I need it less and less often these days.

No More Overexercising

I realised that once again I was overexercising. Being a Type A person, it’s too easy to start pushing myself too hard when it comes to training and I have to continuously remind myself to slow down and take it easy.

Overexercising is so detrimental for fertility and female hormones. I know it, yet I keep doing it.

I scaled down a little on the intensity and frequency of my workouts, took more breaks, and started focusing more on yoga and light bodyweight exercises.

Abundant Real Foods Diet

I’d been eating a very varied and abundant real foods diet with no restrictions for over two years. But around the time of conceiving our kid, I made sure I ate plenty of healthy fats, great quality meats, fish, and seafood, lots of healthy starches and carbs, fruit, nuts, etc. Basically my regular diet but even more abundant.

I ate to my heart’s desire. But there was no processed sugar or processed foods involved. I never really eat those things anyway.

There was plenty of real Italian pizza though. It’s a superfood in my books! And it’s very good for fertility. 😉

Letting Go and Surrendering

When I found out I wasn’t pregnant, that all my symptoms were just an imaginary pregnancy, I decided to stop obsessing about getting pregnant. It was getting really unhealthy for my mind.

I made up my mind to enjoy my non-pregnant life while I could. I could still engage in any sports that I wanted. I could still drink beer and wine. There were so many things that I could still enjoy! That’s what I decided to focus on instead of obsessing about pregnancy all day long.

I also swore that I would arrange something special for my husband and I to do every single weekend. We went for a super cool tour of the Windy Cave, we went hiking, etc. and suddenly we completely forgot about our unhealthy obsession with having a baby.

We really took the time to enjoy us, our relationship, and to really relax in the nature.

I surrendered and accepted that it’s not up to me how long it’s going to take to get pregnant. It’s not rocket science but when you’re stuck in the controlling mindset, it’s so easy to forget it.

The first month we tried, I put so much pressure on myself. I took it as a race or a competition. I was determined to get pregnant at the first try as if it would somehow prove to me and the rest of the world that I was super healthy. That my healing journey was truly complete.

The thing is there is so much more involved in conceiving a baby than perfect health. There’s a lot of luck involved as well.

It sounds so silly now. But at the time, that’s how it looked to me. Like the ultimate test of my health.

I really hate my extremely competitive spirit sometimes.

One thing that pregnancy has taught me so far is that I’m not in control of anything at all. I’ve had to learn to surrender and let go. And the first lesson happened right at the beginning when trying to conceive.

Getting pregnant is certainly not something that we could plan or control in any way, shape, or form.

Focus on the Process Rather than End Result

I realised that the only way forward was to truly enjoy the process rather than obsessing about the end result. I started enjoying the time spent with my husband and the fun we had between the sheets. It completely took away the pressure and stress.

I always say that life is a game, and it’s important not to take it too seriously. Yet somehow I forgot it somewhere along the way on my TTC journey.

When my period didn’t come, I was genuinely surprised because pregnancy wasn’t even on my mind. I was truly just enjoying the process. It’s proven to me once again that being desperate doesn’t help.

It’s when you completely forget about the end result and just enjoy the process that the best things happen.

Using the Fertility Awareness Method

My husband and I had been using the Fertility Awareness Method for around 7 years by the time we decided to try for a baby. It was brilliant for birth control, but it was equally brilliant for trying to conceive.

Knowing my body so well and knowing exactly when I was fertile, allowed me to time our love making perfectly.

In fact, we conceived the night before my ovulation. I knew I was very close to ovulating because of the abundant fertile cervical mucus.

I would highly recommend learning about the Fertility Awareness Methodh, whether you’re trying to prevent or achieve pregnancy.

Thyroid Function and Fertility

Before we started trying for a baby, I made sure that my Hashimoto’s was in remission and that my thyroid function was good because thyroid is extremely important for conception and healthy pregnancy.

If you’re dealing with thyroid issues right now, don’t forget that it’s very important to optimise thyroid hormones, whether naturally or with thyroid medication.

It’s worth waiting if it means that you’re going to have a stronger and healthier foundation for your pregnancy.

Improving my Husband’s Fertility

Well, there isn’t really much I can say here. In addition to the same real foods diet, exercising, and frequent walks that I took, my husband also took a tablespoon of black Maca root every single morning for a few months.

It gave him extra energy, improved libido, and helped in his workout routines. Maca boosts fertility in both men and women, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it improved his sperm quality as well. Definitely something to keep in mind for anyone who is trying to conceive.

Here’s a video version of this blog post

That’s all we did! I hope this helps if you’re trying to conceive yourself. Just surrender, enjoy the process, and remember that no matter how long it takes, it’s the babies that choose their families and the timing. You will succeed when the time is right!

Lots of baby dust to you!

Simply yours,
Vita xx

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a licensed practitioner. My blog posts and videos aren’t here to give medical advice, treat, cure or diagnose. All I do is share everything I learn during my own healing and self-improvement journey. Please do your own research before trying anything, talk to your health practitioner, especially if you take medications or are pregnant, and remember to always make well informed decisions because knowledge is power. The post also contains affiliate links to Amazon. Thank you so much for supporting my work!

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