Lately, I haven’t been wanting to live in the past. I don’t really want to talk much about my previous miscarriages, diagnosis, or the struggles I have had. I feel like it just keeps that energy present in my life and it’s something I want to move forward from.
But I know there are so many that can benefit from me sharing my story. I can be the light for others I so desperately craved & needed. So, I am going to share my story in a way I feel like I need to: for myself to move on and for others.
Today I am going to talk about MTHFR and how this diagnosis led me to become an Arbonne Consultant.
It was after our 4th miscarriage that my doctor FINALLY ordered a habitual aborter blood panel test. When the results came back we found out I am heterozygous for MTHFR (variant A1298C) as well as heterozygous for Factor V Leiden.
Both explained my miscarriages, previous health issues, and health issues in my family.
My doctor wasn’t too familiar with MTHFR since it is a new discovery in the last 10-20 years. She told me the biggest of my worries was Factor V and that I should start once a day aspirin for the rest of my life and never get back on birth control. Other than that, enjoy the holiday and well meet again after the new year.
I left the appointment feeling like I had an answer but she didn’t seem too concerned so neither was I. I did some light research but with a big trip to Italy coming up, I was preoccupied.
December 25th, 2018. I was 2 weeks late and finally decided to take a pregnancy test. Sitting on the toilet at the Santa Maria Novella Hotel in Florence, Italy we INSTANTLY got a positive, DARK pregnancy test.
Besides our past, I couldn’t help to feel that this one was it. We were going to have our rainbow baby.
I made sure I didn’t forget my once a day Asprin and turned down all wine (while in wine country, that was brutal). I spent my sleepless, jet-lagged nights extensively researching MTHFR & Factor V and felt anxious to get home and get to the doctor.
Honestly, I felt terrified but didn’t want to think about it till I got home.
We landed on a Saturday and I had an ultrasound scheduled for the very next day at Oh Baby. The second I heard my sweet girl’s heartbeat I started sobbing and couldn’t breathe. There was a baby snuggled up in me with a beating heart.
We have a strong chance.
Happiness overtook me and then that night, fear.
I couldn’t stop playing the heartbeat over and over again in the little teddy bear they gave me. I knew now that I have heard that sound, I will do anything to never lose it.
This baby was going to make it and I wasn’t going to let my f*cking body take it away from me.
Everything I read about MTHFR & Factor V terrified me. I could barely get off the floor from sobbing all night, clear into the morning, to go to work that day.
Before we go on any further, I need to explain what MTHFR is.
According to vitagene.com, “This particular gene variation can impact how well your body can metabolize folate and folic acid. Both of these are forms of Vitamin B9 which are required for numerous critical bodily functions.
MTHFR provides your body with instructions for making a certain enzyme called methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase or «MTHFR» for short.
Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase plays a central role in converting folate into the active form that is found circulating in your blood. This form of folate is then utilized in the process of lowering homocysteine levels in your body.”
Common symptoms are:
- Bipolar disorder
- Acute leukemia
- Colon cancer
- Cardiovascular and thromboembolic disorders
- Chronic pain and fatigue
- Recurrent miscarriages in people of child-bearing age
I personally struggled with all bolded above most of my life. I never knew why I felt so sick after eating or why I had ZERO energy. I didn’t know why as young as 3 years old I had anxiety or why I got migraines and my friends didn’t.
The easiest way for me to describe MTHFR is, I am “allergic” to folic acid. (There are other issues from the gene mutation, but this is the most severe)
And all the foods I love and have eaten my ENTIRE life, are fortified with folic acid. Without knowing, I have been putting so much folic acid in my body and it literally couldn’t handle it. So the allergy manifested itself in anxiety, depression, migraines, and so on.
I am so grateful I found out about MTHFR because knowledge is power.
There is so much I can control by controlling what I put in my body.
I have always cared so much about my skincare ingredients but never really cared too much about the food I put in my body. Ironic huh?
So, that’s how I ended up as Arbonne’s newest Independent Consultant.
Let me explain.
Eating with MTHFR is extremely difficult at first. You basically can’t have anything with enriched flour, wheat, grains, rice, or anything else fortified. If you go to the grocery store and grab a box of cereal, a bag of chips, cookies, pasta, basically anything- you will see folic acid % either in the nutrition panel or in the small ingredients list.
Searching for prenatal vitamins, protein, or supplements is a NIGHTMARE because it all contains HIGH amounts of folic acid. Thankfully I found the “Smarty Pants” brand of vitamins which has methylenetetrahydrofolate (which my body can process) and not synthetic folic acid.
But other than that, my life totally changed. It’s not easy for me to go to a restaurant and order whatever I want (and when I do, I feel hungover, anxiety-ridden, and SICK the next day). I had to start reading all labels and make sure not only can I have it while pregnant BUT I can have it with MTHFR.
While I was going through this food struggle, I started seeing my friend Alyssa’s Arbonne posts. Honestly, I was annoyed.
I kept thinking, “Great! Another shit product pretending to be healthy and poisoning everyone.” I was bitter, annoyed, and wanting to call her bluff.
But I’ve heard about Arbonne before and some of the products caught my eye. But with me being mad at the world I refused to try it.
But again, she kept posting about a product my husband actually needed (fizz energy sticks) and so I decided to reach out and ask some questions. I’ll admit, my questions were a little bitter and I was trying to “catch” her in something.
Honestly, I was just so mad at the world, so mad at the food industry, that I just had all I could take with all this “healthy” stuff that wasn’t really healthy at all.
I have to say her answers surprised me. Not only that, she gave me the direct ingredient list for every product I asked for and let the truth speak for itself.
Damn, these are actually high-quality products with ingredients that are healthy. Not only that but they are vegan (so I don’t have to worry about the hormones in cow milk like folic acid) and gluten-free!!! MEANING NO ENRICHED WHEAT!!!!!
All my hesitation went out the window (especially since Arbonne includes all their ingredients right there on their website) and I made my first order. We got a box of Energy Fizz Sticks for my husband and Green’s Balance for both of us.
What truly won me over is when a week later, my husband told me he went from 5 cups of coffee a day to just one 12oz cup and 1 Fizz Stick. I couldn’t believe it. There was no reason to bullshit me. He truly was able to cut out THAT MUCH CAFFEINE and didn’t even have withdrawals. The superfood blend in the Fizz Sticks naturally energized his body and gave it the nutrients it needed to combat any withdrawal symptoms.
When he told me that, I knew I had to be a part of this company.
The Green’s Balance has been the best part of my day and I don’t miss one serving!!
Finally, someone in the food and beauty world was selling quality products that did what they say they do.
This was a huge moment for me in my struggle with MTHFR because I felt like I had hope. I can have my cake and eat it too.
So here we are at 23 weeks, 5 days and I am the happiest and healthiest I have ever been. My sweet baby girl’s heart is beating strong and I am feeling every kick.
Every kick I feel is a reminder of how important it truly is to put our health first.
Not only that, but I want to create and build something for her. I want to be apart of a company I truly believe in, helping others, while making money to support my sweet girl and our family.
This is my journey and I am grateful for every single second of it. I am so grateful I gave Arbonne a chance and I can’t wait to see where this company will take me. I can’t wait to help other people struggling and give them the hope Arbonne gave me.
Thank you for reading.
P.S. There will be a few more posts going live where I will talk about my pregnancy journey, struggles, and Factor V Leiden. I also want you to know that if you are struggling or have any questions, don’t hesistate to reach out to me. I am here for you and you are not alone.