Editor’s Note: In 2009, shortly after marrying her (first and only) husband, Paolo, Elizabeth Heath was diagnosed with premature menopause and resulting infertility. Paolo and Liz are now parents to a baby girl, Naomi. In this series, Liz recounts the couple’s struggle with infertility, and how they finally achieved a successful pregnancy and parenthood.
Despite our disappointment at losing one of the fetuses, we couldn’t take much time to mourn what wasn’t meant to be. After all, we felt damned lucky that the other fetus had hung on, and now our number one goal was to preserve the pregnancy. After a week of doctor-ordered bed-rest, I continued to take it easy, though it was a challenge at times. How do you not lift anything when you have to grocery shop? How do you not strain yourself when you have to climb two flights of stairs to do laundry? How do you avoid driving on bumpy roads when you live in the countryside? And most of all, how do you avoid going nuts with all those pregnancy hormones coursing through your body?