Monday, 15 April 2013

Operation Big Belly

There are many ways to get pregnant; IUI, IVF, ICSI, IMSI or, as some people still do, use a good old fashioned turkey baster. Even though are so many high tech options available, according to a study published by The Guttmacher Institute in 2010, it has been estimated that 41 percent of pregnancies in 2008 were unintended. Yes, you read that right, 41-flaming-percent! Which means that, assuming not much has changed in the last five years, of all the pregnant ladies walking around the world, nearly half of them didn’t even mean to get knocked up. These women didn’t take supplements, eat more veg, cut out the booze, or the cancer-sticks and they certainly didn’t have a whole team of people working behind the scenes to get a sluggish sperm to penetrate an evasive egg. Unfortunately, I am not those one of those lucky ladies, maybe you aren’t either, and I need all the help and advice I can get.

Let me welcome you to Operation Big Belly. Over the next few weeks, whilst waiting for my IVF stims to start, I will be researching, reading and sharing all the information I can get my desperate little hands on to super-charge the following transformation:

From this:
To this:

Let the journey begin and, if you are starting your own journey, supporting someone who is, or are just plain curious, why don't you come along for the ride? Hold on tight now, here we go!

Note: this blog post was edited on 21 Apr 2013 to include links.


  1. I love your pictures! :-)
    It really is astounding how many unplanned pregnancies there are! I cannot believe it! It can feel discouraging, since we do SO much to try to get pregnant. But let me tell you, the hard work can pay off! I never thought it would finally happen for us, but we persisted, and it did. :-)

  2. Thank you Lisa. You are providing great encouragement for me and I am really thankful of your comments.
    It is amazing how many unplanned pregnancies there are. Although, the study did include areas like sub-saharan Africa, where sex-education isn't commonplace and contraception almost non-exsistant.
    Your story does give me,and I am sure many others, hope. It is a great reminder that even when all seems to be lost fate/God/the univerise can through you a lifeline. Here's hoping that mine isn't too far way.