The popular TV personality, host of MTV Base Africa and Ebony Life TV, recently appeared on an episode of Life Lessons with Betty Irabor. She spoke extensively about her experiences with IVF, and how her difficult journey to motherhood shaped the way she feels about motherhood.
While the media often portrays the path to motherhood as a blissfully easy one, this is certainly not always the case
Stephanie Coker-Aderinokin spoke at length about her own assisted fertility journey with Betty Irabor.
Stephanie married her husband, businessman Olumide Aderinokun, on the Greek island of Mykonos in 2017.
Their first baby, a little girl, was born in 2019, via IVF
It wasn’t an easy journey for Stephanie, as she found the injections difficult to get used to.
She says that it was “stressful because of the amount of injections involved I was injecting myself first in the stomach every day… every 12 hours… I was injecting like a stimulant, like for ovulation and you have to mix it yourself. So, I’ve got the liquid form, it’s like a powder, and then you mix it.”
The process didn’t stop there
“After that, I had to take a trigger shot for the egg retrieval,which is where it all kind of went a bit bonkers. I woke up the morning of the egg retrieval, which is when they want to take the eggs out to mix with the sperm, and I was just so heavy. My stomach was full of fluid. I couldn’t stand up. When I got to the clinic, they were like, ‘what’s going on here? Your stomach is…’ and I was like, ‘I thought this is normal’. They were like, ‘no.’”
Stephanie was soon told that she had been injecting the incorrect trigger shot
While this was an honest mistake, it caused her great pain and discomfort, and could have caused grave health problems. She says, “human error ended up being life-threatening… I was bedridden, throwing up blood and couldn’t walk.”
After she recovered from this issue, she was lucky enough to get pregnant on her first embryo transfer cycle
Some women go through 2, 3 or even more cycles before they are successful.
She did have a nerve-wracking miscarriage scare, but everything worked out well, and she gave birth to her beautiful daughter in November of 2019.
Stephanie, a businesswoman and TV personality, is used to meticulously planning her next moves
However, she learned that when planning a family, this is not always possible. “You can’t always plan everything. I literally planned my life like, I’ll get married by this time and I’ll get pregnant… because I actually wanted to give birth by when I was 30, so I gave birth when I was 31… Sometimes, life actually happens, and it will teach you that you need to be very grateful.”
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