The decision to have children is a personal one that every couple must face in their lives. For some, the decision is simple and the lifelong dream of having children comes true shortly after they are married. For others, the process of conceiving can be a long and daunting one.
Nadia and Robbie Sherwin are like most couples and they longed to have a family, which is why they were devasted when doctors told them that they wouldn’t be able to conceive because Nadia, 30 had polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and 37 cysts in her ovaries. PCOS affects between 8 and 12 percent of women in the United States and one in ten women in the U.K.
“I had eggs available but my body had hormonal imbalances causing me to be unable to mature eggs on my own,” said Nadia, who felt vulnerable and inadequate. “Knowing that I was unable to do the one thing that I knew I was destined for, broke my heart.”
Robbie, 32, felt helpless, knowing that there was nothing he could do to fix the situation. The Dallas couple relied on each other for emotional support and they never gave up hope.
On a mission to try and stimulate ovulation, Nadia was instructed to take oral Femara and Clomid medication. Eleven months later and the medication still didn’t work and she was feeling sick from all of the side effects. But this didn’t deter the couple and they opted to try out an injectable hormone, called Gonal-F. The purpose of this hormone is to stimulate the ovary so it produces a follicle, small sacks that contain immature eggs. However, the hormone alone is not enough to mature the follicle.
The couple’s hope paid off when they learned that Nadia was pregnant within a month of the hormone injection, and they soon found out that they were expecting twins.
“It was the most amazing and victorious feeling I have ever felt when I received the positive pregnancy test,” said Nadia, the proud mom. “At our first sonogram when we found out it was twins, we were thrilled.”
Their twins, Amari and Keona, now three, were born via c-section and are happy and healthy little girls. When the twins were 18 months old, the couple decided that they wanted a sibling for them and they went on to take the lowest dose of the hormone injection.
The couple was lucky for a second time, when Nadia became pregnant within a month, but never imagined that they would be told that they had three more little babies on the way. Because multiples are more likely to cause miscarriage or safety issues for Nadia, the doctors offered the couple the choice to have a selective reduction, but the couple refused, feeling that they were destined to make their family complete with three more children.
“When our doctor recommended selective reduction for my safety, the thought seemed absolutely absurd,” Nadia reflected. “The thought of choosing which baby/babies would live made me sick to my stomach. I walked out of the doctor’s office and never went back.”
Having faith that God brought three more babies into their lives for a reason, the couple was confident that they could manage five children. Nadia knew that she would have to leave her job as a kindergarten teacher to tend to the children, but she was fine with that.
At 35 weeks into her pregnancy with no issues, Nadia gave birth to Noah, Mila, and Colette via c-section. Other than having to spend ten days in the neonatal unit so they could learn to eat on their own, the triplets were healthy and welcomed addition to the family.
The couple is beyond busy with their five children, but if another baby came around, they would gratefully accept it into their lives.
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