Luckilylenny is a personal blog that encourages and brings positivity to its readers. It’s a compilation of random thoughts sort up to travel, food, fashion and lifestyle set up in the Middle of Dessert of Doha Qatar.
To begin with, please understand that I am not medically expert on PCOS and Pregnancy and thus, I can not supplement you further with any medical advice. I am sharing you today what worked for me to help me conceived and hoping that this blog post will be a great help for you in your journey.
I am married to a wonderful man about four years ago (Dec 2013) and during that time, having a baby was not yet our priority. We planned to have it after 1 year of marriage, after all plans were sorted out.
We are seeing our plans being sorted out. From savings, careers, travels but not the baby.
I knew in myself that I have problems with my hormones since I do not have my menstrual cycle every month. It would be normal for me not to have a period for a 2 or 3 months even I am already married. Therefore, each missed period is a false hope to achieving pregnancy.
Even before in my homecountry, I got myself checked with an Obgyne and confirmed that I am having PCOS. She then prescrbed me with vitamins such as Folic Acid, Vitamin E supplements and a hormonal pill to induce my menstruation. I followed her medical instructions and just go on with my life. My mantra before? If it’s for me, then it will be for me.
Fast forward, we managed ourselves to secure a job here in Qatar and made me eagerly build our family.
It just came to a point when I realized that I just can’t sit back, work, travel, be patient and wait for it to happen. I remember the times when I would be searching and reading all articles in the web on how to get pregnant while PCOS, what to eat, what to do and all that stuffs that revolves on how will I work out myself. I know that conceiving a baby is ultimately not up to us, but with PCOS, I have to increase my chances of having a baby. I need to do something and I need to focus on it.
First thing first, I told my husband that I should be seeing a Doctor that will take care of me every month of cycle. My husband who has been supportive since from the beginning help me with all that I need. I believe in this kind of journey, your husband should be ALWAYS on your side emotionally and physically. You know that it takes a wife and a husband to make a baby!
July 2017 when we first consulted our OBGyne. Back then, I chose a Filipino ObGyne Doctor because it would be easier for me to be comfortable with my fellow nationality. Communication will get easier, so I thought of having her. By August 2017, she left for good and I transferred to another OBgyne. A Female Indian Doctor.
The first meeting with her turned out to be my best decision I ever made, and that is to stick with her as my OBGyne. Choosing your Doctor is also your responsibility to make. You have to be sure if you are comfortable with her and to see yourself if you trust her. I am with Dr. Sagnika Dash and she is working at this moment at Atlas Medical Center, located in Barwa Village if you may ask.
I was given a Folic Acid for the whole treatment eversince from the beginning. It’s a general vitamin for all women. Then Metformin to control the blood sugar level of my body. Duphaston to induce my menstrual cycle. Clomid to stimulate my ovulation, and lastly Gonal F a follicle stimulating hormone.
Those medications mentioned above are with proper guidance and administration of Dr. Sagnika. Each month, she would then advise me to have an ultrasound to check the growth of my follicles and to see the size of my endometrium.
It was like a routinary check up with her. I would visit her 3 to 5 times a month to report body changes and to see my follicles as well if they are growing. My husband who’s with me every single consultation is such a big help. She even advises to have a check on him, so he did some laboratories to see if everything’s okay with him. Thankfully, all is fine with him.
Every month was an emotionally excruciating feeling with a high positive of hope. You do the baby dance most of the time – night and day, and see if something will work out. We didn’t gave up or felt that we’re being exhausted of all of these rather we just enjoyed the whole process.
To be honest, this part was the hardest! Since high sugar level reduce the chance of having a healthy follicle that will eventually turn to egg cells. I have to refrain myself to all sugary food and products. Name it all! I stop eating at my favorite restaurants because I have to cook food for myself. I stopped drinking cofffee, eating chocolates, ice cream and all heaven delights that I was indulging myself before. I stopped all of them and it was all worth it!
Aside from it, I started being physically active. I started brisk walking every night with my husband who does the jogging. I started dancing in front of my laptop. Do fun activities and opted to use stairs as much as I can.
Eating vegetables and fruit was never a hard task for me. As a matter of fact, I enjoyed a lot of it. Most fruits that I ussually buy are those fruits that are rich in colors! According to my Doctor, those fruits will contribute a lot in stimulating my follicles. Of course, do not forget the presence of all green vegetables. My favorite was the spinach!
APPROACH IN LIFE
While being taken care of my OB and under these certain medications, I refrain myself talking about my condition – all to my friends and family. Not that I wanted to keep it as a secret but to have a conversation about this is so emotional. I’d rather keep it with me and my husband, plus my doctor and live the life as normal as possible. Except with the absence of coffee and chocolates!
We managed to keep distant to all stressful matters as much as possible. I do not know how we did it but it’s how you handle the stress. Keep yourself always happy and positive.
Ultimately, keep reminding yourself that all women who struggle to get pregnant while PCOS has now their families of their own. Keep believing and work hard on it! Remember that in addition to medicine, weight loss combined with healthy lifestyle has also been shown to help women with PCOS to get pregnant.
I can not guarantee that all these approaches will work for you but I’d like to quote what Dr. Sagnika told me about my PCOS journey, ”Not all patients have the same outcome with similar treatment… it’s the positivity and your approach towards life makes all the difference.”
Believe that it will be given to you while practicing self care. Every woman, every body, and everyone’s experience will totally be different from one another. But I do hope that this article somehow help, guide and inspire you.
If you would to ask me what is my favorite social media platform then I will happily say, Instagram. I have been using it ever since I started blogging and the inspiration for creativity brings me a boost, specially in content creation in photography. Instagram is so pleasing to the eye specially that it allows you to see and share photos while building a connection to different creative like minded people around the world.
If you have been following me on Instagram, (@luckilylenny) you have probably seen that I edit every photos on my feed that includes adjustment to brightness, saturation, cropping, cloning and etc. I don’t have much time spending an hour or so on my laptop that is why 99.9% of my Instagram photos were edited in FREE APPS. In fact, I use four editing free apps to edit them.
Of course, the first thing that you should consider is that you wanna start with a nice and with a quality photo. I am not a photographer so to speak, so I am leaving the task for you to learn and practice shooting photos every chances you can get. Remember that no amount of editing will fix a photo that wasn’t good in the first place.
Free apps that I use are both available in Android and IOS. Now here are the logos of them and download it now if you haven’t.
The first thing I do is to select the photo that I wanted to share on my feed. For minimal adjustment, I use Snapseed then Lightroom CC. Mostly, I use Lightroom because I can manipulate the colors that I wanted to diffuse or restrict then add a little extra drama with other editing tool such as Lens Distortion and/or PicsArt.
TUTORIAL 1: EDITING WITH LIGHTROOM AND LENS DISTORTION (LD)
Once I selected the photo, I will begin editing it by cropping it according to the size that I wanted. The choice is up to you weather it’s portrait or landscape. I’d like to keep my photos always on a portrait style because it gives a whole sense of drama to me. Once I cropped it out already, I will proceed on to straightening the photo. You know the basic of photography, such alignments, balance and etc.
Now proceed with the adjustment of light. Start with exposure, contrast, highlights and so forth. As you can see, most of my photos on mygrid are with high exposure and battling with contrast. So it’s up to you how will you play the light. Do not also forget the highlights because it gives extra boom* on your photo.
For the fun part, this is where I manipulate the colors. As you can see, I don’t really much like striking green on my Instagram grid so I lessen everything from Hue to Luminance the color green. You can choose which color you want to increase or decrease. These are all basically according to your preference and style.
So now, this is the finished product. Ooops! Not yet! The color green is already somehow a little bit muted, the lighting is already adjusted. For the final touch, we will use Lens Distortion!
For the extra drama that I am talking about, I used this Lens Distortion (LD) to give additional effect on the photo. You can choose which ever light hits you want just be sure that it must be close to reality. You wanted to place where the light usually will strike in the photo. So if the photo looks taken in the morning, place it on the upper part as if it is a sunlight hitting your face.
NOW THIS! Our final photo and ready to be uploaded on my Instagram!
TUTORIAL 2: EDITING WITH SNAPSEED AND PICSART
Starting from the selection of photo and import it on Snapseed, begin with the tuning the image by brightness, contrast, and etc. The tuning of image always depends on the photo taken. Some photos that has bad lighting can be fix by brightness and contrast, and some are not. Remember to play with it and keep it natural. Then always keep in mind the cropping and straightening of your photo. Then SAVE IT.
For the FUN part (again), I am using PicsArt to add drama to the photo. This time, I downloaded a free sunset photo from google and save it on my phone. I imported these photos on PicsArt. Now, you can do so much things in PicsArt but I mainly use it to add extra photos such as birds or clouds on my boring photos.
For all we know, trying to get pregnant is a journey that requires with a fully equip emotionally stable capacity and a lots of pregnancy tests. It has been discussed all over the web about the things to know to get pregnant by all means through science and some healing processes, I have a fair share of my experience as I battled silently with PCOS while trying to get pregnant.
If my memory serves me right, I have been diagnosed with PCOS since I was in my early 20s. I could still remember the confusion why I was not having my menstruation for more than five months and not being aware what is happening in my body. I suffered as well in acne and fast forward, having a hard time conceiving.
I gathered today a simple information based on the past researches I’ve done.
Struggling with PCOS while striving to get pregnant is indeed a crazy ride. Most of the times, I break down to silence and cry at night thinking of all the reasons why of all women; I am the one who is having a hard time conceiving a child. I was so distant to discuss this matter to my family because it makes me even more emotional and worried. Somehow, it feels so comfortable to discuss it with my partner and to all ladies who fight the same battle with me.
For the record, four awesome years of marriage is an absolutely adventurous happy ride. But it always feels that the ride wouldn’t complete without the arrival of our little one. We occupied ourselves with different things for us to get busy but still, the thought of having a cute little kid cuddling around us would be as always a perfect scene for a family.
There’s a light at the end of the tunnel! With a very optimistic attitude, never in my occurrences did I end up giving up. Although with a lot of pressure happening in and out of the circles, (you know, those insensitive people asking about what happened in your four years of marriage not having a child) I remained faithful to God and worked my way to get pregnant.
And it did! I got pregnant!
The good news in PCOS is that there are a lot of women still got pregnant despite the fact of inability to ovulate or release a healthy egg cell. I am one clear evidence that there is HOPE in PCOS.
What did I do to get me pregnant and fight PCOS?
Having a baby after one year of marriage was our solid plan but with different arising circumstances it led me to the year 2017 when I was so eager and enthusiastic to conceive. It made me so faithful and loyal to the ObGyne I have consulted and trust her ways of medication and instructions. With the help of active lifestyle and refrained myself to all sugary and fatty foods, I ended up getting pregnant in a span of 7 months!
In fact, what ever ways or methods we resort to, the good thing is it is possible for us women, with PCOS to have kids. The experiences and all hopes I had during the days when I couldn’t get a two lines in every pregnancy kit I had, made me appreciate my pregnancy and being a mother even more.
The fact that you are here, reading this post; I know in your heart that you truly desire to be a mother and to grow your family.
Trust me when I say, it will be given to you.
”Do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything by prayer and supplication
let your requests
be made known
– Philippians 4:6
It’s been 2 years since I launched Luckilylenny.com and it feels so good to be writing on my year 2 anniversary post!
Life lately has been a series of surprise and changes. From being a full-time working in HR to now being a full-time housewife and a mum to be. Things may have changed a bit, but surely we are still keeping on the right track as we move forward to our goals.
Looking back during the past blogging year of 2017, In all honesty, I slowed down a lot because I felt that I am losing the sole purpose of the blog. I cautiously turned down invitations for social media events, I suddenly made certain excuses about not writing, and lose my connection and interest in creating contents for Instagram and such.
To recap, there is something about 2017 that makes it extra special. Highlighting the few points are the following:
L Projects was launched. A creative videography solution that helped few brands in Qatar to produce a quality multimedia for their clients.
Exclusive invitations for certain brands
Collaborations and getting paid for projects
and a lot of learning
I finally figured out that there will be a few people who will really appreciates your craft regardless of anything that revolves around the requirement to be a so-called “blogger“. I slowed down not because I am almost giving up but I am regaining my creativity and reflecting if I am really giving the right message for my readers.
I did encountered a few messages asking when I am going to publish another blog post again, it feels flattering though to know that someone is waiting for your work to be read and inspired. Alas, I am getting my purpose of this blog once again! ¬ to inspire at least one person.
I will stop from here. Not about my blogging journey…
But let us welcome another year for Luckilylenny.com with a new chapter…
I was often asked by many people why have I named my blog as Luckily then my name. Aside that it sounds “cool” I considered myself lucky ever since I step my foot in Doha. Out of an empty pocket and a hand carry baggage we flew all the way from Manila to Doha with nothing but pure determination that we will get a job. The rest is history, and now we are here.
A lot of people considered themselves as well as lucky, or often blessed. I do understand that both words are in different content and meaning but I believe they served the same purpose on one’s person life.
For me, lucky is not just a point of your life where you wanted something and eventually it will be given to you. It’s more than just wishing you could have this. I think it’s quite the opposite.
Lucky is a kind of positive behavior or an attitude towards a certain thing that you want. It’s about putting an effort on it. You don’t just sit there and wanting to have a good job and magically you’ll have it. You work pretty hard for your goals. Slowly, surely and luckily.
I have to remind myself that everything that I wanted in this life takes a lot of determination and hard work. While I am top of enjoying the slow process, it means that in all this slow pacing we are still walking on the right track.
So determination and hard work attracts luck.The greater the chances of getting what you desire!
It makes a lot of sense to me right now. I hope you do, too!
Two years had passed and once again shall I say, time flies really so fast?
I am here today with a new beginning and excited to share all about the experiences that I have surpassed particularly with the new chapter in my life. Pregnancy and (soon) Motherhood.
I had a lot of things to share about this and let me extract all those occurrences that will help some other women (somehow) in battling TTC. (Trying to get Pregnant)
I am here today because I had been silently fighting this thing called PCOS and successfully got pregnant. I put a lot of determination in all sorts of ways to get pregnant and finally I am here today for all women who just like me, wanting to have a baby of her own.
I am here today because just like any other soon to be mum, I am very much excited on the following days ahead with my little sweet peach arriving very soon. I will definitely compiled this blog with a lot about her milestones and a fair share of development on her. I will be definitely reaching out to all mums as well, to seek help and raise questions on this new lovely journey.
A new purpose has been placed on Luckilylenny.com and I wish all of us can learn a thing or two with this new chapter and a new gift of LIFE.
Hello! I know it’s been a while since the last blog post update and I am taking advantage of the current life situation I am right now. Well, I am pregnant! And if you happened following my Instagram, I guess you already know about that and how big my tummy is right now.
Sure it is, everything happens fast. The moment I knew I was pregnant, weeks later I received the memo from my manager about my last working day at work. I thought of it as a good timing considering that I have waited long enough for us to get pregnant and finally I could give myself and my baby pampering days ahead.
So bottom line, I stay at home. Ended my service at work by 3 months pregnant and every day I got to embrace this beautiful pregnancy journey.
That said, the reality is I indulge myself to all certain TV series all day to get me occupied, stay in the bed until 10AM, wear my pajamas 24/7, chat my families and friends, do some house chores and what else? Ohh, by weekends we take long walks at the mall.
Just keeping it real guys!
Thought it would be easy!
Well, I consider myself the lucky one. I think of it that I am ace-ing this pregnancy as I do not experience severe sensitivity as what others underwent during theirs. I had my adjustment period during my first trimester but that wasn’t much hard for me. I guess my body has waited long enough for this and it’s so ready for being pregnant!
Everything now feels normal except that I have a growing tummy and a little one that kicks from time to time!
Now that I feel normal and do not experience some issues in pregnancy (Thank God!) I feel that I am getting bored at home and getting un-entertained by all these things that I do. My body and my brain are looking for something that I used to do before. Like working (under pressure – I love that!), getting dress up every day and putting on make-up, and to say the least, blogging.
Don’t get me wrong!
I am enjoying and loving this pregnancy more than you could imagine. I prayed and waited for this and I am eternally thanking God for giving this to me.
Things were just different. I hope if anyone reading this can actually understand what I am trying to say…
Your life changes the moment you become a MOTHER.
Everything in my perspective is about the baby and the family we are building. The parenting styles we wish to have, the kind of job I’d like to have in the future, the fears; and everything turned on a different angle when this great bundle of joy arrives.
It feels like everything falls into the right moment.
During this kind of moment, when I looked back the way my life before I thought of it as a preparation for this thing happening to me…