- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
So DH and I just got married :). I ceased my birth control pills and now I am waiting for my first real period in 10 years (since I was 15)!
We both want to conceive within the year (eeeek!). But here is my dilemma… I struggle with high cholesterol. It is hereditary. It comes from my mother’s side of the family… Her father passed away from a heart attack when I was a baby. Her sister passed away from a heart attack when she was only 29! She had high cholesterol and had just given birth to her son… I guess the stress and cholesterol led to the attack, which after she died, they found out it was her second heart attack…!
This scares me beyond belief… It could happen to me, right? Especially since cholesterol naturally becomes higher during pregnancy, according to what I’ve been reading online…
I’ve been struggling with high cholesterol since I was 16. When I first got tested, the results were so high that my doctor almost had a heart attack himself.
Another thing is that I love food and hate excercise (I know, I should know better). But now that we are thinking of having a baby, I am starting to take all of this very seriously…
I am not overweight by any means (I mean, I could lose 10-20 pounds), but you couldn’t tell by just looking at me that I would have high cholesterol.
I haven’t been tested for my cholesterol in a few years out of fear… It was high last time and my doctor suggested medication… I vowed to lower it on my own through diet and exercise and have been struggling ever since. I will admit I could have tried harder, way harder.
Now I am determined to get this under control before I get pregnant. I am giving myself a 3 month challenge to lower it. I will adopt a better eating routine, will walk my dog more, and I even want to start swimming again – doing laps at the community pool. I will try and eat fish twice a week, eat more lean chicken, etc. I have read a lot online on what foods to eat and to avoid… I plan on getting my cholesterol checked at the end of the 3 months and I pray I will succeed…
I guess I am looking for support, advice, inspiration, etc.
Has anyone else gone through this?
How long did it take to lower your cholesterol?
Thank you so much for reading my story.