I’ve been trying to get pregnant for a few months and not having success. Did you have to cope with infertility?
Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: Getting pregnant was challenging for me. My husband and I decided we would start trying after our medical internship year was over. I was still two to three years away from taking my boards, so I thought it would be a good time to get pregnant.
I went off of the pill, and it wasn’t happening. We went through the hoops of starting with the lowest level of infertility treatment. I went to see my ob-gyn, and she put me on fertility pills, which didn’t work. She referred me to a fertility specialist, and I went through three rounds of invitro fertilization.
On my first try, I developed a complication of IVF called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. (This happens when the drugs stimulate the ovaries too much. The ovaries can suddenly become very swollen, and fluid can leak into the belly and chest area.) It was horrible! I was extremely sick for a month and a half. The only thing I recall from that time is severe abdominal pain. It was much worse than labor would be! I spent my nights throwing up in the bathroom. I did get pregnant, but I lost the pregnancy at eight weeks.
After two more tries in town, my husband and I decided to give it one more try and to find the best place we could go to. We figured if we never had a baby, at least we could say we tried as hard as we could.
We researched it, and decided to go to Weill-Cornell University. I got pregnant. I had some complications: I started out with three embryos, but one died at eight weeks and another at ten weeks. Until my 28th week, we were on pins and needles whether the third baby would survive or not.
At week 28, my ob-gyn said, “It looks like we’re going to have a baby!” Our beautiful daughter was born at a healthy 7 pounds, 11 ounces. She is my miracle child!
—Sadaf T. Bhutta M.B.,B.S., a mom of a three-year-old daughter and 18-month-old triplets and an assistant professor and the fellowship director of pediatric radiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital, both in Little Rock