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Rachel Gurevich

Is Pregnancy Success a Miracle if You Need Treatment to Achieve It?

By November 29, 2010

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With Chanukah on Wednesday night, miracles are on my mind. Many people see the December holiday season a time for miracles. Just consider all the holiday movies. How many feature at least one miracle moment?

Positive pregnancy test

Those struggling with infertility hope for a miracle every day, all year long. They hope and hope that this month will be their month. This will be the month they see the second pink line appear on the pregnancy test. This month, when the nurse calls, she will have good news.

So I was a bit surprised by something I read in The Daily Shot a few weeks ago. The Daily Shot is an email newsletter from FertilityAuthority.com, and it's a good one to subscribe to. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's inspiring.

A few weeks ago, they had an email newsletter featuring "Expressions that Are Annoying to the TTC Crowd." One of them was, "He's our little miracle!" The newsletter then said, "There's nothing miraculous about ART [assisted reproductive technology]. You're working really hard."

A miracle is not a miracle if you work hard for it? Really? I disagree.

I think every pregnancy is a miracle, but the IVF and fertility treatment babies are the biggest miracles.

Despite all the injections, the ultrasounds, the medical procedures - despite all this advanced medicine going into conceiving one baby - most of us have doubts it'll be successful. We figure the gal down the street, sleeping with her boyfriend for the first time on some random day, has a better chance of pregnancy success than we do at the fertility clinic.

So when pregnancy success happens, it feels amazing. It feels like a real miracle. It is a miracle, in my opinion.

How do you feel about others referring to fertility treatment conceptions as miracles? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

More on pregnancy success:

November 29, 2010 at 7:14 pm
(1) Marci says:

It’s a fair question. I had given up hope in miracles, sacrificed faith, and was going through the motions of religion, with no clear path. No feeling of hope or security.

Now that I’m pregnant at Channukah, I don’t know what to think. Am I blessed? Why me above the others who are trying? Why do they still suffer? And yet, I feel like my pregnancy is a triumph of the weak over the strong. The one over the many. It feels miraculous. And yet, it feels like there are no miracles at the same time, only luck and chance.

December 5, 2010 at 9:53 pm
(2) Lori says:

I have two IVF babies, now 6 and 3 years old. And yes, I consider them to be miracles. I have been through 6 fresh/ frozen IVF cycles, two that didn’t work, two that resulted in miscarriages and two that resulted in my miracle babies. Can you imagine anything more miraculous than what doctors are able to do through IVF? I wouldn’t have my children without IVF. Would it probably be more of a miracle if I got pregnant on my own? Sometimes I think so, but I consider my two IVF babies miracles for the mere fact that they were conceived in a way God never intended.

December 6, 2010 at 3:50 pm
(3) Gloria says:

It is indeed a great miracle because there are many out there who have tried it severally without success. The race is not for the swift neither is the battle for the strong. It is a miracle for sure. God makes it to be.

December 6, 2010 at 6:14 pm
(4) bibbidoc says:

Miracles defy logic and still happen. We don’t know all the rules but here’s some help- especially to get pregnant. a)Believe in God or good; see Luke 1.45 b) Then look at Isaiah 54.1-3 and St.John 16.33 and do what they say daily for 3 months. c)Write to tell us your experience – in this forum and/or others. You will testify. Cheers

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