Since I spoke to my mom this summer, I have learned that two of my aunts experienced infertility. My father’s sister experienced 5 years of infertility after getting married, and she and my uncle were never able to conceive. They eventually used IVF to have my two cousins. This aunt’s fertility journey was not an easy one, and her words of advice for me have been to just try to enjoy my time with Husband and for us to make an effort to take trips and be busy together.
My Godmother, one of my mother’s sisters, pulled me aside after Thanksgiving dinner last night (yes, we have several Thanksgiving celebrations!) and told me that my mom hadn’t known at the time, but she had had trouble conceiving her first child. After 18 months of trying, her doctor started the routine tests. They hadn’t figured out what was wrong yet, but a couple of months after her HSG she did conceive a baby!
I was really glad that she opened up to me. I don’t know if my story will be similar to hers, but I’m finding myself comforted to know that there is someone in my family who didn’t conceive a child quickly, but eventually did give birth to three sons. It gives me hope!