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Journey into Motherhood: With Confidence and First Response + Givaway

Some would look at our family and assume the journey into motherhood for me must be so quick, easy, and simple. I must be fertile, and my husband must just look at me, and I get pregnant. Well, that assumption would be 110% wrong. I’ve had people tell me how fertile I must be, or ask if we know how babies are made. Of course, we do and believe me; it hasn’t always been easy.

People always think you need to watch what you say in front of those who are dealing with infertility, and those people must be those who have no children but desperately long for them. This too is wrong.  You need to watch what you say to any mother, and any parent. You don’t know their journey. You don’t know how they became parents or what struggles they had to deal with.

Seven. I have seven babies yes. But, what you may not know is that I have been pregnant ten times. I’ve lost three babies. Two of those babies were lost before I got pregnant with Hanna. First Response helped me with that. I was able to keep track of my cycle using the First Response Advanced Digital Ovulation Tests It’s easy to use and indicates your most fertile days based on your unique hormone levels- which was super helpful as this is something unique for every woman. They provided me with ease of mind, and because I’ve known and used First Response products for 14 years now, I knew I could trust what the tests told me and my body and it would be accurate.

With Hanna, it was a struggle we didn’t want to try again after we had miscarried a baby in early November, but I decided to track my ovulation anyways. I took a test on the 28th of November just three weeks after the bleeding had stopped for my miscarriage and it said YES! We decided to try one time just for fun because the test told us I would be ovulating within 24-36 hours so that night we tried. Two weeks later I felt very odd. Just exhausted and although I was still nursing Justin at the time, my breasts were sore, and they hadn’t been the whole time. So, of course, I dropped my kids off at school and ran to the store , where I got a pack of two First Response Early Result Pregnancy Tests. They are convenient, easy to use and can detect the typical pregnancy hormone 6 days sooner than a woman’s missed period! These are the most trusted tests in the TTC (trying to conceive) community (in my opinion). I took the test, and within a few seconds, there was the second line. It was faint, but it was there.

I waited a few days and took the 2nd one, and the test line was darker. We were thrilled, nervous, excited and I was very much terrified. After two back-to-back miscarriages, it’s hard not to be. I went and bought another pack of two First Response Early Result Pregnancy tests and took them two days later, and then again two days after that. All got darker. I was still scared.

I started taking prenatal vitamins and went to my doctor right away to be started on progesterone supplements. Luckily the pregnancy stuck and was strong, and we now have Hanna here with us, who is such a joy in every single way.

Prenatal Vitamins

As I mentioned, I started taking prenatal vitamins. These are hard for me when pregnant because I get pretty sick, and nauseated every single pregnancy without fail. It’s often bad. So I’d have to have my husband break the vitamins apart for me even to be able to take them. Even then, I’d gag. Sometimes I’d throw up trying to swallow them, and this isn’t good for anyone, definitely not the baby. So, of course, First Response has taken care of this for us with the launch of their new prenatal multivitamin. They are in a gummy format so very easy to take for women experiencing morning sickness or have trouble swallowing pills. Plus, they taste delicious!

If I were to have another child, due to my challenges with taking the normal pill pre-natal vitamins, I’d be turning to your trusted First Response brand and their Prenatal Gummies to ensure I’m getting the nutrients I need for mine and my baby’s health

First Response has new prenatal vitamins! Easy-to-take, naturally sourced lemon-orange flavour makes remembering to take your prenatal multivitamins easy! No more horse pills, no more gagging and no more having to break them in half! These First Response prenatal vitamins are in gummy form and actually have a flavour, lemon-orange, that isn’t hard to taste, I actually quite enjoy it.

How it works:

  • Contains essential nutrients women need pre-conception and during prenatal and postnatal periods Provides 800 mcg folic acid per day to help prevent neural tube defects.
  •  Provides 800 mcg folic acid per day to help prevent neural tube defects1

How to use:

  •  Take 2 First Response Prenatal Multivitamin Gummies per day prior to conception, during pregnancy and when breastfeeding
  •  Take with food a few hours before or after taking other medications or natural health products

Product benefits:

  •  Helps prevent neural tube defects
  •  Helps maintain bone health and immune function
  •  Provides calcium for nursing moms
  •  Easy-to-take gummy format is perfect for women who have difficulty swallowing pills or may by experiencing morning sickness
  •  No water required

Price: $14.99

Next month will be 11 months exclusively breastfeeding Hanna so I started taking these vitamins and stopped taking my others. I can say with extreme confidence that I haven’t gagged or thrown up or had to avoid taking a vitamin a single day I’ve been taking them. I look forward to being able to take them in the future if I am blessed with any more pregnancies and being able to keep them down. Nothing feels worse than trying to do everything right for your

Nothing feels worse than trying to do everything right for your baby and make sure you are doing everything you can and taking everything you can to ensure a smooth healthy pregnancy, but if you can’t handle the vitamins it really does make you feel awful, guilty and like you a failing. So, that doesn’t have to happen anymore and I for one look forward to guilt-free and easy vitamin taking from here on out!

Trying to conceive can be emotional, stressful and a long process. Arm yourself with confidence First Response for your journey!

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For more information visit www.1stresponse.ca

What do you find to be the biggest challenge when you are TTC? Mine was for sure vitamin taking!

Disclosure: This post is in partnership with First Response. As always, opinions are all mine.