Mother-of-two shares her story of determination at overcoming fertility diagnosis to start a family
PUBLISHED: 09:16 27 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:16 27 October 2016
Going teetotal, doing reflexology and yoga, sleeping eight hours every night, eating lots of vitamin-E, and working out every day - it's safe to say Lucy McCormack did everything she could to get pregant.
The 35-year old from Dereham had wanted children for as long as she could remember, but was given an enormous shock aged just 18, when she was diagnosed with a fertility condition that made conceiving naturally extremely unlikely.
Fast forward 17 years and Mrs McCormack is now mother to two healthy boys - but the journey has been anything but easy.
Her problems began in her teens when she went long spells without having periods, culminating in being diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome - which impacts on fertility and can cause miscarriages.
If left untreated the condition can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and even cancer of the uterus.
“I remained determined that one day I would have a family,” Mrs McCormack said.
Having struggled with weight problems during her teens, Mrs McCormack decided to focus on losing weight to help control her condition and increase her chance of becoming pregnant.
After meeting and marrying her husband Gerry, now 34, Mrs McCormack stepped up her body-work in an all-out attempt to conceive.
“If obsessed brides are called e’brizezillas’ then I was a ‘mumzilla’,” Mrs McCormack said.
“My body was my temple. I drank no alcohol, worked out every day, drank loads of water, ate loads of Vitamin E-rich foods, slept eight hours every night, and did reflexology and yoga.”
But her efforts went unrewarded and the couple then turned to IVF - only for Mrs McCormack to discover she was pregnant the day before she was due to embark on a course of fertility drugs.
Their son Finn was born in July 2013.
Just before his second birthday Mrs McCormack was ecstatic when she found out she was pregnant again naturally, but her joy turned to misery when she suffered a miscarriage.
“I was absolutely devastated,” she said.
“I took the miscarriage really badly and ended up being on anti-depressants for a while.
“I had been lucky to fall pregnant twice naturally but because I was only ovulating twice a year it was anyone’s guess whether I would fall pregnant again after my miscarriage.”
But after having IVF treatment at Bourn Hall Clinic , the couple were blessed with their second son Rory.
“I have two miracle sons, one conceived naturally and one as a result of IVF, and I am just so grateful,” she said.
Mrs McCormack is sharing her story ahead of Fertility Awareness Week, a national campaign about fertility that runs from next Monday to November 6.
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