Brittany recently appeared on the Babies and Babies podcast where she opened up about her experience with endometriosis and her journey to pregnancy.
“It was the longest process,” Brittany said of her IVF treatments. “It was such a roller coaster and I ended up, through it all, having endometriosis. After a year and a half of trying, they’re finally like, ‘We think you might have endometriosis.’ I’m like, ‘Uh … after all that, are you kidding me?’”
She went on to share that she had a laparoscopy that found she had stage 2 endometriosis.
“I had to go and have a procedure done called a laparoscopy, which is basically where they go in and they check for endometriosis or any cysts or anything,” she added. “I had stage 2, out of stage 4. So they got rid of that, and then I ended up getting pregnant.”
After getting pregnant, Brittany realized the toll IVF had taken on her.
“The IVF was probably harder than the actual pregnancy, for me, because it was just such a roller coaster and so difficult,” she said. “It’s such high highs and such low lows, and no one really knows that you’re going through it all so you have to just put on a game face and pretend that you’re not giving yourself shots in your stomach every day, all day.”
She detailed further how the process works: “We would do a transfer, which is basically where they would implant an embryo, and then it wouldn’t take. So for a 10-day period, think, ‘Oh, I think I might be pregnant,’ ” she explains. “They give you a blood test at the end of the 10-day period and you’re not.”
She related this to the feelings of having a miscarriage.
“So in your mind, it’s almost as though you’ve had a little bit of a miscarriage because you expect to be pregnant and then you’re not, and that happened to us multiple times,” she said. “So then when we finally ended up getting pregnant, it was the most exciting thing ever because we had tried for so long.”
At one point, they even considered surrogacy.
“I was considering a surrogate– we were thinking about all the options, which is sad because you want to be able to carry your own child, but then you’re thinking, ‘What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I? Why is it not implanting? I don’t understand.’”
Now that baby Memphis is here, Brittany says she wants to try for another “sooner” rather than later.
“The sooner the better,” she said. “You’re already doing the diaper thing, you’re already doing everything. Why don’t we just knock it out instead of getting out of that time frame, and then having to start all over again?”