I don't even know where to start! I want to tell you so much but if it did it would end up being a book! This pregnancy planner was a long time coming. There were a lot of things in my life that lead to its creation and I want to share my story and how I came to creating this planner with you! To start off lets start at the beginning back in 2010. I was struggling with very painful periods, cramps and I would be in so much pain all of the time. After 3 years of being in constant pain and a lot of research later. I discovered that I might have endometriosis. I went to see a doctor but he told me I was to young to have it. However, I was so sick and tired of being in pain that I demanded that he check me out. We had many doctors appointments and by the 4th or 5th appointment he was confident that I did have endometriosis.
I was schedule for surgery and they discovered that I did indeed have a moderate amount of endometriosis gunk. Once I woke up from my surgery they told me the good news which was that they removed all the endometriosis out. But the bad news was I had a lot of scaring in my fallopian tubes and that It will be difficult for me to get pregnant or I would not be able to get pregnant at all. I was crushed! All my life I wanted was to have my own children. I went on with my life open to the idea of adoption but I knew that when I got married we would try everything before adoption.
In 2014 I met my hunk and we were married in January of 2015. In 2016 my amazing husband and I got pregnant after 10 long months of trying! I am so shocked!!! We actually got pregnant when I thought it would be impossible. I was so happy to finally see two lines on a pregnancy stick. Since the 20 other ones were always negative. After the initial shock and excitement of finally getting pregnant (and 4 positive pregnancy tests latter) I became very overwhelming, stressed and nervous.
I was going to have a BABY! we were going to be PARENTS! holy crap this just became real. We struggled to find the right OB, hospital ( then at 20 weeks I switched to a midwife) everything just seemed to much! I would search and search on Pinterest and Google to find checklists so that I would have everything prepared before our baby came. I didn't feel like I ever found the perfect checklist. When i hit 40 weeks I was so ready to be done being pregnant and I really hoped we got everything we needed (truth is....we didn't) I had to get so many items for myself and our baby AFTER she came! Ug it was so stressful.
I wished I was way more prepared for birth, for recovery, and added more must have items to our baby registry. Months later after having our baby I heard of other expecting mamas who felt and struggled with the same things as I did! I was shocked! I wasn't alone but there was nothing out there to help moms not go through what myself and so many other moms did.
That is when I had a huge "aha" moment! I wanted to create a planner that would help first time moms be prepared to become a parent! I spent months and months putting together the ULTIMATE planner. I am so excited to finally be able to share it with you! I don't want you to feel so unprepared like I was. Enjoy this planner and I hope it helps you as much as it has helped other expecting mamas!