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My Labor + Delivery Story

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He’s here! My husband and I are parents to a beautiful, healthy baby boy named Benjamin Charles.  He came three weeks early on June 2 at 11:28 pm but is healthy and doing well.

God is truly awesome and we are so in love!

 

 

Labor and Delivery

On Memorial Day, I first noticed some clear liquid that would leak out periodically throughout the day.  I thought I had peed on myself at first so I did not pay it any mind but, when it continued on and off for the next two days I decided to call the nurse.  She asked me a few questions, called my doctor, and told me to head on over to the hospital to get checked.

A part of me was thinking it was nothing and I would probably get sent home once we got there.  I texted Malcolm that we would have to go to the hospital that night and I went to  throw a few more things in my bag.  Once we got to the hospital, we waited only a few minutes before a nurse called my name and led me to a small room.  The nurse explained the swab test she would be performing to determine whether or not it was actual amniotic fluid coming out.

She came back and said, “Well, you’re not leaving here without a baby.”

I did not know what to say.  I knew that he would come earlier than the June 21st due date because for all of May I could literally feel like his head was knocking at the door.  It was painful to walk and the dizzy spells made every day tasks almost impossible but, a June 2nd delivery was much earlier than I expected but, the day had come.

I was moved into a delivery room and given Pitocin around 10 in the morning.  Thirteen hours later, after an epidural, and seven pushes our miracle baby boy was born at 11:28 p.m. After being sick my entire pregnancy and having killer contractions, when I looked at him for the first time it was ALL worth it.

 

*If you want to hear more about my journey with PCOS and how I got pregnant naturally despite what doctors told me for years, check out my e-book, This Side of Faith.

 

 


PCOS, Skin 101, Soul

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Hey loves!

I am just beside myself that this Mother’s day I get to celebrate the coming of my little miracle baby.  For so many years, I prayed, cried, and dreamed of the day that I would be blessed with the title of mother so it is still surreal that I will be official next month when my little baby boy is here. Although the pregnancy journey has not been easy (all day “morning sickness” for the past eight months…ugh!), I am forever grateful that God saw fit to answer my prayer.

Despite what doctors have said, I got pregnant the good, ol’ fashioned way (with some changes in my lifestyle and thinking).  It does not get any more miraculous than that.  For the women for whom this day is especially difficult because of infertility, loss or grief, please know that you are not alone. God truly does restore!

Don’t forget to pre-order my e-book , This Side of Faith, on Amazon! It is all about how I healed from PCOS, got my miracle baby, and learned to live the life God had in mind for me. I list the steps that can also help you to live the life you have always wanted despite whatever odds are stacked against you.


PCOS, Preggo, Soul

My E-Book Launch!

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I am so excited to announce that I am launching my new e-book, This Side of Faith: How to Heal from PCOS, Get Your Miracle Baby, and Change Your Life! It has been on my heart to write this book for some years now and it feel like a dream to actually have written it and about my natural health journey with PCOS but, now that my little miracle baby will be here next month I have even more motivation to put my testimony and experience out there sooner.

After announcing my pregnancy on social media about six months ago, I have been humbled by the number of emails, texts, and messages from women who said that I had given them hope to be able to overcome their own fertility and health issues. I had no idea that me telling my story would have such an impact. It was during this time that I knew I had to start writing about my experience to show many more women what was possible.

I decided not to overthink it, stop second guessing myself, and to just write. A few months later, This Side of Faith was born. Find out the steps that can lead you to the healing, miracle baby and the life you have been wanting!

Now available on Amazon for pre-order here.  Thank you for all of your support through the years as I have shared bits and pieces of my life here on Simplistic Chic.  I hope you will be inspired by my book to take charge of your life and always know that there is a purpose to the challenges you are going through right now.

Feel free to email me with any questions at: candice.selby@gmail.com


PCOS, Preggo

The Three Women Who Helped Me Get Pregnant

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Hey loves!

I’m just a few days away from hitting the 20-week mark.  Ahhhhh! Yep, halfway through this miraculous journey.

Current symptoms/updates:

  • nausea throughout the day off and on….still (at least the vomiting has ceased)
  • my appetite has picked up a little bit- all I want is vegetable lo mein, fruit, and red snapper
  • I’ve gained a total of 7 lbs, after losing 4 lbs. in my first trimester
  • leg cramps at night- probably from dehydration since water still makes me gag
  • neck and upper back aches like crazy!  There’s a prenatal massage in my near future.

My body has been going through some serious changes.  Most of them have been amazing while others have been more difficult to go through but, I thank God every day for this blessing of being able to carry a life.  I will never take this miracle for granted.

It has truly been a journey to even get to this point and it is still ongoing.  I have to especially thank God for helping me to come across three women who do not even know the role they played in helping me to prepare my body (and mind) for pregnancy and overcoming PCOS.

  1. Alissa Vitti- she is an integrative nutritionist, author of Woman Code, and founder of FloLiving.  I was listening to a podcast last summer that she did with Jess C. Lively and I had to find out more about this lady.  She too, had PCOS and talked about how diet can really change your body.  Alissa was able to get pregnant naturally at the age of 37 after doctors told her that she might not ever be able to conceive.  I wrote down all of the suggestions she gave for dietary changes and I put it into action right away!  I also stalked her FloLiving site almost daily and read all of her tips.
  2. Tierra Goes Green– I love her ‘straight up, no chaser’ approach to giving the facts on living a holistic lifestyle! I have learned so much from reading her website and Instagram posts.  She also gives one-on-one consultations about what to do for your situation and help you meet your health goals.
  3. Gessie Thompson-  I was so inspired when I read about how this beautiful lady fought against fibroids for ten years and won!  Her faith and belief that she would have a baby despite all of the health problems she experienced was truly phenomenal.  She is now a fertility coach and co-founder of the 90-day Hope Beyond Fibroids elimination program, helping other women to take charge of their health and fertility.

I want to thank these ladies for allowing God to use them to help others, like myself to be encouraged and more informed about how our bodies works! I am forever grateful.

To those of you who are praying, wishing, and hoping for better health and/or healthy, natural pregnancies ask God to show you what to do next, and stay in a place of love.  When I changed my outlook on my situation and made up my mind to let go resentment, anger, and jealousy EVERYTHING changed.

“With God, all things are possible”. – Matthew 19:26