Thursday, July 12, 2012

Enroll Now: Purposeful Conception Online Course!

I'm hoping that the worst of my miscarriage is over. I woke up yesterday morning, and Matt and I decided to get out of the house with Henry. His parents' housekeepers were going to be in the house for several hours, and we didn't want to get in their way. I was sitting on the porch with Henry while we were getting ready to go, and I felt a sudden gush of warm blood. I ran to the restroom. Afterwards, I suggested that we go get a really good breakfast, so I could nourish my body. 

On the car ride there, I could feel more blood gushing. I'll spare you all the details, but I will say I had to go the restroom many times during breakfast, and at one point I even got a little blood on the floor (which I cleaned up). I probably would have freaked out about the amount of blood, except that I had watched The Help the day before, and there was a scene involving a normal miscarriage with a lot of blood.

I asked Matt to rush me home, and I spent about 45 minutes just sitting on the toilet (I'm sorry this post is getting so graphic). I passed a lot of tissue, and the cramping started to get uncomfortable. In total, I suppose the intense parts lasted a couple hours. After that, my bleeding slowed to a medium flow. I spent the day watching On Demand movies on the comfortable couch. 

I still have sad moments, and I cry when I need to, but I am also eager to move forward. I'm excited to work through the next Purposeful Conception course with a community of kindred spirits who are working through their own journeys. I want to get my body, mind, and life back into a place where I feel ready to nurture a new life again. 

For those of you who are thinking about conception or are actively trying, this online course will help you position your mind, body, and life for pregnancy. From July 30 through August 24, a new lesson will be uploaded each weekday. The lessons will address a comprehensive range of topics, such as preparing your body through solid nutrition and exercise, finding balance between what you can and cannot control, making space in your life for pregnancy, deciding whether to track your cycle, building a solid partnership as a foundation for your future family, and much, much more. As a participant in the course, you'll receive information, tips, reflection exercises and prompts, and a community of like-minded kindred spirits who are on a journey similar to your own.

The course doesn't presume that doing x, y, and z will lead to pregnancy. Instead, the idea is to focus on the things we can control in order to create a solid foundation (e.g., nutrition, stress levels, relationships, finances, etc.) and to make peace with the things we cannot control about the process.

Interested in learning more? Visit the Course Overview or About the Author. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The total cost is $99 USD. Register Now! Or e-mail me with more questions. Happy Conceiving!


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Ellen said...

Sharing this is very courageous. I know someday a woman who has miscarried will find your post and breathe a sigh of relief to find such honest information.

Sara E. Cotner said...

Thanks, Ellen! I'm sure my sharing this information makes some members of my family uncomfortable, but it's worth it imagining that it might help someone else get through the same thing. We shouldn't have to suffer in silence.

Irishker said...

I am so sorry that you have to go through this but I really appreciate you sharing. When I had my first miscarriage, the thing that shocked me most was the amount of blood/tissue. I am glad you're prepared because I certainly wasn't. I also just wanted to thank you for talking openly about your miscarriage. There is so much stigma attached to this situation that it's hardly ever discussed!

Anonymous said...

Sara, I have been following your blog for many months and got pregnant just 4 weeks after you. I was so sad reading about your miscarriage, but I ended up in the ER yesterday with a miscarriage myself, and I feel like reading your posts has somehow prepared me to deal with this. Thank you so much for sharing your experience!

Justine said...

Thank you for sharing, Sara. I'm not pregnant nor have kids right now, but it's one of those things that happens more frequently in our society than is mentioned, as you've said previously. I hope I'll never experience it, but it makes me feel better to hear from strong women like yourself.

Bless you, Matt, Henry, and Hoss.

p.s. you also have a right to grieve and share as you see fit, so don't let your family intimidate you otherwise.

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